Term 1, Week 6 - Thursday 07 March 2019

From Leadership

Shrove Tuesday

Our R-12 Shrove Tuesday Pancake morning was an enormous success. This was a combined Junior Years and Prefect initiative to raise money for Edmund Rice Camps and Ski for Life.

Edmund Rice Camps provide holiday experiences for young people aged 7 - 16 years who would not otherwise be able to enjoy them. Many of the participants come from what could be considered as marginalised or disadvantaged backgrounds and wouldn't be able to afford such an experience; the money raised will contribute to making this a reality for a number of these young people.

Ski for Life is an organisation committed to raising awareness and promoting mental health, wellbeing and suicide prevention. Fundraising enables them to provide grants to groups undertaking projects which align with their mission. Two of our boarders, brothers Oscar and Andrew Klose will be raising money for this worthwhile cause by skiing from Murray Bridge to Renmark (about 450 kilometres) this coming weekend. We wish them all the best.

A very special thanks to John Parrella, father of Sabastian in Year 8, for his home-made pancakes this year. There was consensus among the Prefects who were helping at the stall that this year's pancakes were the tastiest ever!

Ash Wednesday

On Wednesday morning all students gathered in the Valley for our Ash Wednesday Liturgy. We were joined by many parents including fathers and mentors who were here for the Year 10 Stepping Up Program. 

Ash Wednesday is the first day of the Christian season of Lent, a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, where we pray, act kindly and with mercy towards other people, give up things we enjoy and give to others, as we prepare to celebrate the great feast of Easter. Being signed with the ashes we are reminded that we want to walk with Jesus this Lent, that we want to say sorry for the times we have hurt others, and so we become more loving as we put the needs of others before our own.

Students will be collecting for Project Compassion until Lent finishes when we will switch to fundraising for our other charities. The theme for Project Compassion 2019 is based around Hope and giving Lent 100% in the name of hope. Hope enables us to rise above our fears and helps those in great need to shape a better future for their communities. Through your generous support of Caritas Australia, you are demonstrating the power of hope.

Year 10 Retreats

The Year 10 Retreat day facilitated by Mr Ric Sachse and his team is an integral part of the spirituality dimension of the College.

The retreat holds the theme that maturing in our understanding of relationships helps build deeper relationships both with important people in our lives as well as with God. Expectations we have of others and realistic images are important for relationships to develop and deepen.

This year it was coincidental that Ash Wednesday occurred at the beginning of these two days. It meant that many of the boys' dads and mentors shared that moment with the rest of the school community. What became clearly apparent to me very quickly was the genuine desire that the attending dads and mentors had in sharing the day with their boys, celebrating the relationships they had built and saying once again through their presence, you are so important, your future is everything to me and I value our relationship more than you could imagine.

Year 10 Stepping Up Program

Alongside the Retreats, we also hold the Year 10 Stepping Up Program (Father or Male Mentor and Son Day), ably led by Mr Pezos this year. The event, held over two days, was again a great success and we were delighted with the attendance and wonderful feedback we received.

The program rationale is based on extensive research in the area of boy's education. We need to acknowledge the challenges facing adolescent boys in education and society in general, the need for male role models in their lives and the importance of having conversations we may otherwise not have.

I would like to share a wonderful definition of boyhood penned in 1949. It is good for men who would like to ponder on their boyhood spirit and an excellent reminder for fathers (or mentors) and young men, to always cherish their time together.

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Reminder - Invitation to join the Rostrevor College Board or Committees

The Rostrevor College Board and its Committees play a vital role in ensuring that our College remains faithful to its mission in providing an outstanding education for every boy entrusted to our care.

If you are interested in serving our community as a member of the Board or one of the following Committees, please contact Mrs Deb Winchester (Principal's Assistant) pa@rostrevor.sa.edu.au for more information.

Board Committees:

  • Stewardship
  • Risk Management
  • Promotions & Marketing

Thought for the Week

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.   Albert Einstein

Frank Ranaldo
Deputy Principal

Community Notices

Canteen Payment Options

Dear parents/caregivers of Middle and Senior Years students,

To ensure compliance with data security obligations in regards to financial information, the Canteen staff will no longer be able to process payments for canteen items via credit card over the phone.

With effect from Monday March 18, the options for payment at the canteen for Middle/Senior Years students will be  as follows:

  • Cashless system through Flexischools credit loaded on to the student ID card (see link):
  • Online ordering through Flexischools
  • Students paying with debit/credit card with card present
  • Students paying with cash

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.

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. 

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