Term 2, Week 7 - Friday 14 June 2019

Term 2, Week 7 Update

Around the College this week
After a few weeks of commitments that have taken me away from the College, it is great to be home among the boys for the last three weeks of Term 2.  As you know, it is a busy time of year with many boys working diligently to complete their final assessments for Semester 1 and prepare for examinations.  This evening, the P&F host the 2019 Fashion Parade which I am sure will be a wonderful success thanks to the vision and hard work of those involved.  We look forward to some extra glamour in our social media posts over the weekend and in our Newsletter next week.

While we have been enjoying the steady downpour this week, spare a thought for our Year 9 boys and their teachers who have braved the wet conditions while participating in our annual Year 9 camp. Sometimes, the worst conditions set the scene for the most memorable moments of boys' school experiences.  It can be the case that it takes a few setbacks and less than optimal circumstances to bring people together.  Let's hope this is the case for our Year 9 lads and that they have found the few days kayaking, bushwalking and mountain biking both challenging and rewarding.  I am sure they will all find new joy in the comforts of home this weekend.

Year 6 Canberra Trip
We extend our best wishes to the Year 6 boys and their teachers who are heading off to Canberra in the near future.  This three-day tour of our National Capital is an important part of the boys' education. It is also the first time away on an interstate trip without their parents for many of our boys; a significant milestone in itself.   

The action-packed itinerary takes the boys to Parliament House, The Australian War Memorial, The Australian Institute of Sport and the Questacon National Science and Technology Centre. In my opinion, it is an unmissable part of an Australian primary education; one that is filled with interesting learning activities that complement what the boys have been studying in class.

80th Anniversary of the College Chapel
While many contemporary students will readily identify the legacy of Brother Ignatius Mackey (Headmaster 1933-1938) with the Mackey building, only a few will have read the plaque on our Chapel that records it as a gift to the College from Brother Mackey.  As we celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the opening of the Chapel (4 June 1939), the following excerpt from Brother Bourke's book, 'The Rostrevor Story, 1923-1983' reveals much about the generosity of Brother Mackey and the importance of the Chapel in our daily lives.

The crowning achievement of Ignatius Leonard Mackey's reign was made possible through his own generosity.  His father had died and left in his Will a sum of £5,000 to his son, who then requested permission from his Order to devote this legacy to the replacement of the Old Chapel which had done fine service for 15 years, but had always been regarded as a temporary House of God until something more substantial could be provided.

The honour of being the first Old Scholar to be married in the new Chapel belongs to the popular Yorketown identity of other days, Joseph Honner Snr.  Joe and Ivy Limb were married on 20 June 1939, just two weeks after the blessing and opening of the Chapel.  Since that day Rostrevor has been very happy to welcome back for their weddings hundreds of old scholars for the important event in their lives which in a way puts a finishing touch to their education.

Best wishes for the week ahead.

Brian Schumacher


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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