Term 1, Week 2 - Friday 8 February 2019

From the Deputy Principal

Prefect Investiture & Assembly 
On Friday 1 February our 2019 Prefects were invested in their role as student leaders; presented with their badges, they signed their Contracts of Office and were introduced to and congratulated by the Rostrevor community.

At the Assembly, the prayer and Gospel reading were about Servant Leadership. Students are reminded that the servant leader is servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. This is very different to the servant leader who wants to lead first, perhaps because of the need for power over others, or need for authority.

The servant leader:

  •  values everyone's contributions and regularly seeks out opinions and cultivates a culture of trust amongst his peers.
  • develops other leaders - this means teaching others to lead, providing opportunities for growth and demonstrating by example.
  • 'sells' instead of 'tells'. A servant leader is the opposite of a dictator. It's a style all about persuading, not commanding.
  • thinks 'you' not 'me'. There's a selfless quality about a servant leader.
  • A servant leader acts with humility. The leader doesn't wear a title or a badge as a way of showing who's in charge, doesn't think he's better than everyone else, and acts in a way to care for others. Setting an example of service, the servant leader understands that it is not about the leader, but about others.

Our Prefects have been called to be servant leaders and to serve first in their role as Prefects. I know that they have taken their responsibilities seriously and will represent the student cohort and Rostrevor as servant leaders who will uphold the traditions of the College.
Head Prefect, Joshua Rahaley, delivered a heartfelt speech, which is available by clicking here.

Prefects' Theme for 2019
At the Prefects' Assembly, Head Prefect Joshua Rahaley announced the Theme for 2019 as The Year of Legacy. While the idea of legacy may remind us only of what we leave behind, it is also about life and living - about learning from the past, living in the present, and building for the future. The following extract expands on this notion:

"Where do you think it's best to plant a young tree: a clearing in an old-growth forest or an open field? Ecologists tell us that a young tree grows better when it's planted in an area with older trees. The reason, it seems, is that the roots of the young tree can follow the pathways created by former trees and implant themselves more deeply. Over time, the roots of many trees may graft themselves to one another, creating an intricate, interdependent foundation hidden under the ground. In this way, stronger trees share resources with weaker ones so that the whole forest becomes healthier. That's legacy: an interconnection across time, with a need for those who have come before us and a responsibility to those who come after us".


Legacy is fundamental to what it is to be human. Research shows that without a sense of working to create a legacy, adults lose meaning in their life. Exploring the idea of legacy offers a glimpse not only into human relationships and building strong communities, but also the human spirit.

Year 10 "Stepping Up"
(Father/Male Mentor and Son)
& Retreat Days

On Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 March, we will be holding our annual Father/Male Mentor and Son Program and Retreat Days for our Year 10 students. The program consists of two parts with three House groups participating in a Retreat on the first day (students only) and spending the second day with their father or male mentor, experiencing a range of activities. It works in reverse for the other three House groups. The full program is held at the College. Since its inception several years ago, we have received numerous messages of thanks and encouragement for the program to continue. While it can be difficult for some fathers or male mentors to arrange time out of their busy work schedule, it is certainly worthwhile for all who are able to attend.

Through our Pastoral Care Program, our Academic Programs and our Spiritual activities we aim to assist in the development of young men who can be true to themselves and who will become advocates of the values their families and school share. At Rostrevor College our main goal is to educate young boys and watch them grow into fine men, able and willing to make a difference in the world around them. If we achieve this then we certainly have followed Edmund's directive when he said, "The will of God be done in this and everything we undertake".

Foundation T-20 Match
Congratulations to the Foundation Board and the organisers of our Inaugural Foundation T 20 Cricket Match and Luncheon last Sunday in the Pavilion. As you can see from the gallery, the 110 Old Collegians, parents, staff and friends of the College made the most of the opportunity to enjoy a causal lunch together while being entertained by guest speaker, Mr Jason Gillespie, and witnessing some spectacular cricket action. The event also raised approximately $10,000 to assist the Foundation Scholarship Program. Congratulations to Geoff Aufderheide's team for the win and I know Mr Schumacher is looking forward to cooking the barbeque for the Junior Years boys as a result.

Weekend Sport and Our 700th First XI Cap
With our Term 1 weekend sports program commencing this Saturday, we look forward to providing many opportunities for the boys to enjoy the company of their mates while pursuing their chosen sporting passions throughout the term. It gives me great pleasure to announce that new Year 10 Boarding student from Darke Peak, Max Ramsey, will play his first game with the Rostrevor College First XI on Saturday; just prior to the start of play, Max will be presented with cap number 700. Congratulations to Max and all the boys selected to represent the College at the highest level in our 2019 cricket competition.


Frank Ranaldo
Deputy Principal


Community Notices

Rostrevor Ski Trip 2019 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.

Exeat Home Stays

Dear Families,

Each term the College schedules 1-2 exeat weekends for Boarding students. These are opportunities for students to return home, however, many students do not have the luxury of returning home on these weekends and are required to seek other arrangements including staying with Rostrevor families. This is referred to as Homestay.

Rostrevor College is seeking expressions of interest within our College community for families to host one or two of our boarders for Homestay at times when they are unable to return home for exeats.

Becoming a homestay host family is a rewarding experience. You and your sons will have the opportunity to learn about the backgrounds of students from different parts of Australia. For many students and families, the relationships forged can last well beyond the schooling years.

If you are interested in becoming a homestay family, or would like to enquire further, please contact Linda Haynes (lhaynes@rostrevor.sa.edu.au).  Linda will be able to provide you with details in relation to College requirements, dates and remuneration. Our first exeat weekend in Term 1 is the March long weekend (8-11 March).

Best Regards,

David Walker
Acting Director - Boarding


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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