Term 2, Week 8 - Friday 21 June 2019

Term 2, Week 8 Update

Big Science Competition
The Big Science Competition is open to students of all abilities from Australian and international schools. The competition is organised by Australian Science Innovations (ASI) which is Australia's premier provider of innovative and challenging science programs, competitions and residential camps for high achievers such as the Australian Science Olympiads.

I am pleased to announce that Jack Basso has been awarded a Distinction for this competition.

Semester Reports
Over the following few weeks teachers will be finalising assessments to determine student achievement for the term. Teachers will work with others including their Head of Faculty to confirm assessment standards through moderation activities and prepare student reports.

Reports will be available from the Parent Portal during the afternoon of Monday 8 July. Parents are encouraged to contact subject teachers if they have concerns from the home front. Ideally, through regular contact with the school and access to your son's academic program and achievement at a task level from the Parent Portal, parents should know enough about their son's progress for there to be nothing in a term or semester report that comes as a total surprise.

Year 11 Service Learning
From Monday 24 June to Thursday 27 June, Year 11 students are participating in the Service Learning Program. This Program offers students the opportunity for SACE recognition as well as completion of the College Graduation requirement. Students are placed in organisations such as Nursing Homes, Special Schools, Meals on Wheels, St Vincent de Paul and Salvation Army shops, Edmund Rice Camps, Sony Camp (for students with disabilities) and Primary Schools. Students are expected to assist where needed and keep a journal of their experience. Our Service Learning and Social Justice Coordinator, Adam Whitefield, has done a terrific job in making sure that all students have placements.

Year 10 Pathways to Post-Secondary Program
Year 10 students will be participating in our Pathways to Post-Secondary Program from Tuesday 25 June to Thursday 27 June. This program exposes students to a range of work, career and tertiary pathways and opportunities and is well situated in terms of timing as we begin the subject selection process next term. An enormous amount of work has gone into planning and preparing the program and we thank our VET & Careers Coordinator, Ms DeConno-Coward, and staff who assist in running the program.

Compulsory Year 10 & 11 Exam Returns and Feedback day
Following our Year 11 Service Learning and Year 10 Pathways to Post-Secondary Programs, students will attend the compulsory Exam Returns and Feedback day on Friday 28 June. If one of the purposes of examinations is to assess student learning, which includes the knowledge and skills associated with the subject as well as skills associated with undertaking timed,

supervised assessments, then feedback to students is critical. Subject return and feedback days are both important and compulsory. For subjects without exams, there will be an opportunity for students to partake in subject evaluations.

Year 12 Mid-Year Trial Exams
Year 12 Mid-Year Trial Exams are scheduled for Tuesday 2 July to Thursday 4 July. Students have attended a presentation by Elevate Education, entitled 'Ace your Exams' which offered them a range of strategies to assist in revision and study.

Year 12 families will have received a letter summarising our expectations of your son during the examination period together with a copy of the examination timetable.

Subject Selection
Next term we commence the subject selection process for 2020. A series of assemblies will be organised for each year level with information regarding the selection of 'choice' subjects. As students move through to the Senior Years, there are subject pre-requisites or recommended minimum requirements for students wishing to pursue that subject the following year. The grade pre-requisites range from C to B+ for most subjects. Therefore, it is wise for students to reflect on their Semester 1 performance, including exams, with a view to whether they will qualify for the subjects they wish to undertake in 2020. This should then be a gauge of the level of commitment and effort required in Term 3 to ensure that these requirements are well met.

SACE Information Evening & Careers Expo
The SACE is a qualification for entry into Universities and further training. Students need to meet SACE requirements to be eligible for some studies at TAFE level and for all University studies. 

Each year, we offer parents the opportunity to learn more about the SACE and tertiary entry.  This year, our SACE Information Evening will be held on Tuesday 30 July 2019 at 7.00pm in the Kelty Theatre for parents of current Year 10 and 11 students. The presentation will cover:

  • The SACE and completion requirements;
  • SACE assessment and moderation;
  • University & TAFE entrance requirements, including the calculation of the ATAR;
  • How to plan for tertiary entry and select appropriate subjects at Stage 1 and Stage 2.

A Careers Expo will be scheduled on the same evening to provide families with an opportunity to connect with organisations for guidance and clarity in relation to career pathways and training.

By attending this evening, I am sure that you will feel more confident in assisting your son with his 2020 subject selections.

The final newsletter for the term will be prepared by our Prefects, so I take this opportunity, on behalf of all the staff at Rostrevor, to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. 

It has certainly been a very busy term for staff and students alike, particularly our Senior students. The school break will certainly be welcomed by all.

Thought for the week
"When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really PLAYED".
-Dr Seuss

Frank Ranaldo
Deputy Principal


Incredibly, this coming week is the last weekend of Co-Curricular fixtures and signals the near conclusion of Term 2. With the school holidays approaching, it offers our students a fantastic opportunity to 'reset' and begin Term 3 with a positive mindset along with renewed energy and excitement. All teams, across various activities are naturally exposed to the inevitable 'ebbs and flows' of a season where everything runs incredibly smoothly one week and can resemble a train wreck the next.

Resilience is an imperative characteristic we continually encourage our students to develop in all aspects of their lives. The ability to proceed and adapt in the face of adversity is one of the most beneficial traits that our young men can develop. From a Co-Curricular aspect, engaging in both individual and team activities requires a variety of unique characteristics and resilience would be very close to the top of the list.

Our focus moving forward is the social, emotional and physical responses students display when participating in their respective activities. Remembering that our students are slowly developing into young men meaning, that patience and understanding are key. The strong relationships and camaraderie at Rostrevor College are near second to none, but there is always room for improvement in terms of the way our boys hold themselves in competition, and the way they present to others as members of society.




Hopefully the impending break offers our students, and families, the chance to enjoy the break in routine, expectations and school environment in general. The old adage goes 'you don't realise what you've got until it's gone' and I believe this will hold true for our boys when they return in Term 3.

In other Co-Curricular News:

Christian Wills (Year 12) has been selected in the South Australian U/18 Rugby Union Representative side and will compete in the National Tournament in Canberra held on the weekend of the 13th 14th July. We wish Christian all the best and eagerly anticipate hearing of his involvement upon his return to Adelaide.

Jakob Sellmann (Year 10) has added to his impressive list of achievements for 2019 in Basketball recently. He competed in the Basketball Australia National Junior Classics over the June Long Weekend, representing Sturt Sabres Basketball Club in the U/16 Division. His team were terrific, winning 5 out of 6 games with their only defeat coming in the Semi-Final against Eltham. Jakob and his team mates placed 3rd for the tournament, meaning they were adjudged the 3rd strongest U/16 Basketball team in Australia which is a remarkable achievement and would have been an incredibly memorable experience.

Thomas Snowball (Year 10) has been selected to represent the South Adelaide Football Club U/15 Country Development Squad, as a precursor to the SANFL State Youth Championships which are held in July this year. Thomas will compete in 2 trial games in late June and early July against squads from other SANFL teams. Best of luck to Thomas, and hopefully we are informed of his success in the coming months.

If your son, be he a current or past scholar, has made any significant achievement in an activity outside of the College, please pass this on to me via email to lmanuel@rostrevor.sa.edu.au or by phone, so that I can include his achievements in the weekly newsletter.

Luke Manuel
Head of Co-Curricular Programs

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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