Term 2, Week 6 - Friday 07 June 2019

Term 2, Week 6 Update

Student Wellbeing
A fundamental belief for Catholic schools in the Edmund Rice tradition is that Jesus is seen in God's image and likeness in its human expression, and that Jesus' values and teachings show all people 'the way, the truth and the life' (John 14:6). In harmony with this acceptance and as reflected by the Touchstones, values to be fostered within Rostrevor College's understanding and practice of pastoral care and student wellbeing include love, respect, compassion, reconciliation, justice & solidarity, tolerance, forgiveness and inclusivity.

The pastoral care of students in this context refers to action taken by the College and all its members to support and enhance student wellbeing of a personal, physical, social, emotional, mental or spiritual nature. One such school-wide initiative includes the promotion of cyber-safety and the stance taken against cyber-bullying.

The internet offers the chance to explore a virtually unlimited world without the restraints of the 'real' world, additionally, content on the internet is not broken into age or developmentally appropriate areas. Without supervision and guidance, a young child can either unintentionally or purposely find content that is disturbing, explicit or inappropriate. Subsequently, Rostrevor College, working alongside parents, helps facilitate the education of its students regarding the appropriate use of technology.

Next week Brainstorm Production will be visiting Rostrevor to perform 'Verbal Combat' for our Years 7-9 where cyber safety and cyber bullying will be addressed through a cutting-edge educational theatre performance."

Families are reminded that students are required to attend school and all school-based activities including major College events on all designated school days. Rostrevor must account for every absence of every student and record the reason. Students who are absent from school must provide a letter/diary note from their parent or caregiver explaining the reason for the absence upon returning to school. In addition to this, students in the Senior Years who miss summative deadlines must also provide a medical certificate.

We ask that families support the College in relation to attendance.

(READ MORE)  for a list of what we believe are acceptable and unacceptable reasons for absence.


Flaws or Blessings
We all have flaws and we may think that due to these, we are ineffective or even hopeless in certain areas of our lives. Nevertheless, they can turn out to be blessings in disguise.

I would like to share with you a story which suggests that our flaws are what make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole, which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the house. The cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.

After 2 years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream. "I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house!" The old woman smiled, "Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?" "That's because I have always known about your break, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house."

Each of us has our own unique differences. While we may refer to these as flaws, from a spiritual point of view, there are no flaws in God's creation. Each divine idea serves a special and worthwhile purpose, and it's the grateful mind's desire to see that heavenly purpose and acknowledge its benefits.

So, perhaps we all need to ask the question about ourselves, and about our neighbour, "Am I seeing flaws or am I seeing the blessing in the differences we all behold?"
And with a more grateful and appreciative perspective, we may notice a whole row of beautiful flowers alongside our path we never noticed before!

Frank Ranaldo
Deputy Principal





Congratulations to Cameron Taheny (Year 12) who put in a superb performance, kicking 5 goals in Norwood's 53-point victory over West Adelaide on Friday 31st May in the SANFL Statewide Super League. To be playing such a high standard of football in South Australia's Premier AFL Competition is remarkable, and we're incredibly proud of his achievements this season and also eagerly anticipate what the remainder of the season holds.

Luke Manuel
Head of Co-Curricular Programs

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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