Term 1, Week 1 - Friday 1 February 2019

From the Principal

Dear parents and friends of Rostrevor College, on behalf of our teachers and support staff I welcome you to the 2019 Academic Year.  Of course, we offer a special welcome to the 156 new students and their families who join our community for the first time this year.  We are delighted that you have chosen Rostrevor and we look forward to getting to know you in the weeks and months ahead.

We would also like to congratulate Ingrid Kennerley who has been named SA Citizen of the Year and Lower Eyre Peninsula's Citizen of the Year for her outstanding community involvement. The mother of recent AFL draftee and Rostrevor boarder, Jacob Kennerley, is among our many wonderful Rostrevor parents who set great examples for their sons every day.

As you can see from this week's gallery, our Valley ceremony on Wednesday morning brought parents, students and teachers together for the official opening of our 96th year.  With our boys in Year 7 and Year 8 heading off to camps immediately after the opening, it was certainly a very full day.

New Staff at Rostrevor
Please follow the links  below to read the brief biographies of our three newest teachers.  They come to us well-qualified and from quite amazing backgrounds that complement what they will offer the boys.

It is also a pleasure to announce the following staff appointments:

  • Mr Bill Trewartha - Director of Student Wellbeing (Middle Years 7, 8, 9).
  • Mr Evan Pezos - Director of Student Wellbeing (Senior Years 10, 11, 12).
  • Mrs Nadia Fantasia - Inclusive Education Coordinator (Senior School).
  • Mr Anthony Callisto - Head of Faculty (Religious Education).
  • Mr Adam Whitefield - Service Learning & Social Justice Coordinator.
  • Mr Tom Hodkinson - Head of Egan House.
  • Mr Matt Footner - Head of Barron House.
  • Mrs Carelyn Robinson - Head of Humanities & Social Sciences.

2018 SACE Results
In case you missed the summary of our SACE results, CLICK HERE.  As you can see, our boys were handsomely rewarded for their persistent efforts throughout the year.  With 88% of our graduates gaining entry to their preferred University course, three boys being selected in the AFL Draft, a major award to be announced at the SACE Merit Ceremony next week and a long list of other accolades, the Class of 2018 take their place in a long line of outstanding achievements at Rostrevor College.

While the SACE results continue to improve, the key to maintaining this trend over the long term is ongoing review of our work as teachers and a continued focus on the needs of every boy. Therefore, well before the boys returned for the year, our teachers have been busy updating and preparing for the year ahead. This work continues throughout the year and we look forward to sharing some of the major developments that will offer improved learning outcomes for your son.

Newsletters in 2019
Our Newsletter will continue in this weekly format for most of the year while we prepare to launch our Rostrevor App that will bring together all of our current communication platforms and access to the new Learning Management System in a single, easy to use application.  Each week, we will include an overview of developments at the College, along with a celebration of student achievement.  You can access more detailed reports and commentary through the various links on the front page.  Our hope is that this format allows you to quickly check-in with the Newsletter each week and to access more detailed information as you need it.

Our 2019 College Calendar is attached for your information.  It contains key dates for terms, examinations and reports with any extra information to be provided through this newsletter each week.

Social Media
Don't forget to join us on the many social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin  where we are able to share the latest news about the boys and daily life at Rostrevor. 

Opportunities for parents to gather in the weeks ahead
As you can see from the list below, there are several opportunities for parents to join us over the weeks ahead.  Regardless of the event, I hope you enjoy the chance to reconnect with each other and to get to know our new families in 2019.

  • Friday 08 February 2019
    New Parents Welcome Evening
  • Monday 11 February 2019
    Junior Years Parent Information Evening
  • Tuesday 12 February 2019
    Parents' & Friends' (P&F) Meeting
  • Wednesday 13 February 2019
    Middle & Senior Years Parent Information Evening

A thought for the year ahead:

"Jesus keeps knocking on our doors, the doors of our lives.  He doesn't do this by magic, with special effects, with flashing lights and fireworks. 

Jesus keeps knocking on our door in the faces of our brothers and sisters, in the faces of our neighbours, in the faces of those at our side."   
                                      - Pope Francis

With best wishes for the year ahead.



Community Notices

Rostrevor Foundation T20 Cricket Game
We invite spectators to come down and watch the Rostrevor Foundation T20 Cricket match happening this Sunday between 2-4.30pm, the kiosk will be open with a special summer menu for what promises to be a great day.

Rostrevor Ski Trip 2018 Mt Hotham.
Rostrevor will again conduct a Snow Sports Trip for senior years' students (10-12) to be run in the last week of the July school holidays.

The tour group will depart Adelaide Airport at 8am on Sunday 14th of July and will return at 10pm Friday 19th July. We will be staying at the Jalanga Lodge, Mt Hotham. This lodge is just adjacent the Big D chairlift and provides ski in/ski out convenience, as well as shuttle bus access to the village.

The cost of the ski trip is $1850 and includes:

  • return flights from Adelaide to Melbourne and chartered coach transfers to Mt Hotham,
  • all accommodation and main meals (except whilst in transit),
  • 5.5 days of ski or snowboard hire including helmet, boots and poles,
  • 5.5 days of lift passes,
  • 5 days of ski or snowboard lessons (2 hours per day).

For an information pack on how to secure your son's place on this exciting opportunity please contact Mr Vickery on 8364 8220 or mvickery@rostrevor.sa.edu.au.

95 Year Whole School Photos
Final orders for the Rostrevor 95 Year Whole school photo are due 15th February 2019.
The following options are available:

  • 1000mm x 500mm, Laminated - $55
  • 1000mm x 500mm, Block Mounted - $120
  • 750mm x 375mm, Screenboard - $70

The College will receive 20% of the sales as a donation to the P&F.

To order please CLICK HERE (or go to saschoolphotography.com.au, Client Galleries, Rostrevor 95 Year Whole school photo.)

Orders will be delivered to the College by end of term.  Please note, for those who have placed their order since1st December 2018, photos will also be delivered by the end of this term.

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Term Dates

2019 Term Dates

Term 1: Wednesday 30 January to Friday 12 April 2019
Term 2: Tuesday 30 April to Friday 28 June 2019
Term 3: Monday 22 July to Friday 27 September 2019
Term 4:  Monday 14 October to Friday 06 December