Term 2, Week 4 - Friday 24 May 2019

Term 2, Week 4 Update

Reconciliation Week
At the Principal's Assembly today we launched National Reconciliation Week (NRW) which runs annually from 27 May to 3 June.  These dates mark two milestones in Australia's reconciliation journey: the 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision 27 years ago, respectively.  The referendum saw over 90% of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to recognise these people in our national census. On 3 June we will mark the anniversary of the High Court of Australia's landmark Mabo decision, which legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land - that existed prior to colonialisation and still exists today.

The theme for Reconciliation Week this year is 'Grounded in Truth, Walk together with Courage'. Sacred Trees are significant in Indigenous community laws and cultures and they also tie Indigenous Dreaming with the Church.  In line with this theme, we will be planting a tree on the northern lawn area alongside the Mackey Building.

Rostrevor will be celebrating NRW through a range of other activities planned for next week, including Reconciliation as a theme at House gatherings.  The week will culminate with the Mabo Football Match at lunchtime on Friday and a Bush BBQ for students.

Many thanks to Tania Garrand (Coordinator - Indigenous Education) and Adam Whitefield (Coordinator - Service Learning) for planning the many activities to celebrate NRW.

Academic Awards
At our Principal's Assembly we also acknowledged the academic achievement of Middle and Senior Year students as recipients of Palma Merenti Awards and collectively through every student's contribution to points for the House Academic Shield.

We acknowledge that not all students will attain the highest standards and that excellence is measured in different ways for each student.  Rather, it is the process, the aspiration, the diligence and improvement, which we also award, which underpins our academic pursuits.

It is important to also acknowledge recipients of the Principal's Award, Christian Brother Award for effort and GPA Improvement Award; this is undertaken at House Meetings as there are far too many to present at a whole school assembly - a total of 84 Principal's Awards (students with GPAs of 85 to 89.99) and 40 Christian Brother Awards based on A for effort.

The Palma Merenti Award (students who achieve a GPA of >=90) was presented to 55 students based on their Term 1 results.

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A Rostrevor Education
At Rostrevor, we aim to well and truly involve the boys totally in their own education.  As Aristotle once proclaimed: "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all."  Our aim, as the students grow and mature, is to impart the knowledge that they are responsible for their own learning.  It is the boys themselves that control their own destiny, and this is dependent on their work ethic and willingness to make sacrifices.  The roles of parents and teachers is to provide the best possible environments in which their potential can be reached.

Every student has valuable contributions to make.  Our approach to teaching, learning and student wellbeing is dedicated to providing high quality educational options and support structures for all students.  It is an honour for us to recognise those students who have achieved high levels of accomplishment. They inspire us, they inspire their fellow students, and they are tremendous representatives of Rostrevor College.

Thought for the week
"A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination.  But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special."  Nelson Mandela

God Bless

Frank Ranaldo
Deputy Principal

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The Rostrevor College Cycling Team had an incredible day at the Secondary School Sport SA State Cycling Championships. The event was held on Wednesday 8 May 2019 at Victoria Park Racecourse. Individually, there were some fantastic results which are listed below:

  • Elliott Murada (Year 11) finished first and was therefore champion of the A Grade Division.
  • Jack Rudolph (Year 10) finished first and was the champion cyclist in the C Grade Division. Charlie Haynes (Year 9) finished runner-up to Jack in the C Grade Division, meaning Rostrevor cyclists finished 1-2 in this division.
  • Khye Madex-Hefford & Joshua Smith (Both Year 10) shared the spoils by finishing equal second in the D grade division.

Most importantly though, Rostrevor College finished a stunning first overall, making them the SSSSA State Cycling Champions for 2019. This caps off a sensational effort by the boys, who along with Mr Michael Vickery and Mr Tom Wiseman can often be seen scaling the challenging Norton Summit Road as part of the their after-school training program. This result is a just reward for the hard work, determination and commitment of all students and staff involved and we are incredibly proud of the way they represented themselves and also Rostrevor College.

In other Co-Curricular News:

  •  Alex Corones (Year 6) won the First Junior Medal for Goolwa Surf Life Saving Club in the Surf Life Saving State Finals in March 2019. Alex has been a nipper at the club since he was 8 years of age and has competed in 3 seasons of competitions. He has progressed well in paddle boards and beach flags. Fantastic achievement by Alex and we wish him all the best for the future!
  • Kyle Brazell (Year 12) and Samuel Rahaley (Year 11) who have been selected in the U/19 Australian Cricket World Cup Squad. They will compete in the U/19 World Cup in January 2020 in South Africa, facing countries from various parts of the world. Whilst it is a little way away, we are very excited for the boys and eagerly anticipate hearing of their involvement and hopefully many successes early next year.
  • Thomas Snowball (Year 10) and Xavier Grant (Year 12) have been selected in the KIFL U17 Rep Team to play Southern Fleurieu on 2 June 2019. Their selection comes as a result of some impressive performances in the Senior B Grade competition over the Border's Exeat Weekend, where Xavier was adjudged Best on Ground and Thomas joined him in the Best Players after kicking 5 goals.
  • Matthew Dnistriansky (Year 11) has been selected to represent South Australia in the U/16 Australian Rules Football Team. The squad of 33 players will compete in the National U/16 AFL Championships to be held in Western Australia and Queensland in June and July 2019. Matthew's selection in the squad followed his performances for Norwood in the under 16 SANFL competition this year, where Matthew was co-captain of Norwood.
  • Xavier Tranfa and Ned Carey (Both Year 11) have both been recently involved with the SANFL U/17 Futures Academy Team and have played trials against the U/18 and U/16 South Australian Teams.
  • Cameron Taheny, Anzac Lochowiak (Both Year 12) and Joshua Shute (2018 Graduate) are all part of the SANFL U/18 South Australian Academy Squad for 2019. The squad comprises 36 players and will compete in the National Championships later this year. We wish all our students involved in the U/16, U/17 and U/18 SANFL Academies the best, as these are phenomenal achievements and will provide the boys will some incredible memories and experiences.
  • Finally, a special moment occurred in the SANFL over the weekend as old Scholars Darcy Pisani ('15), Brad McCarthy ('16) and Flynn Pisani ('17) played against each other in the Glenelg vs. Central Districts League Match. It was the first time that Darcy and Flynn, who are brothers, have played SANFL League Football together so a very proud day for their parents and families. Also, it meant the First XVIII Australian Rules Football Captains from 2015, 2016 and 2017 all played in the same SANFL match. For the record, it was Glenelg who were 49-point victors, but a brilliant moment for the Rostrevor College Community. Hopefully, these gentlemen continue to experience success and may play against each other later in the season!

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Danielle is the founder of The Girl Gang Group and a qualified Teen Counsellor. Danielle has hosted many events where she speaks about a range of topics including positive body image, resilience, self-esteem, social media and more.

The aim of The Girl Gang is to promote self-esteem and resilience in women and is designed to unify girls into becoming strong confident women together.

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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