New Junior Years Leadership Appointments
Further to our minor restructure
of the College Leadership Team last term we are delighted to announce the following appointments for 2020.
These important roles were advertised nationally and attracted a strong field of applicants.
We are pleased to announce:
Director Wellbeing (Junior Years):
Mrs Melissa Canil
Religious Education Coordinator:
Mrs Lisa Clark
Both Melissa and
Lisa have broad experiences teaching in Catholic schools in South Australia, previous experience in leadership
roles and a strong commitment to boys' education. They each have their own family connections to the Rostrevor
community and are looking forward to joining our staff in 2020.
Next week, from Monday 2 September to Friday 6 September, the College Prefects will host 'Blue Week' to
help raise awareness of men's health, including depression and anxiety. Within the College, our Prefects
aim to reduce the stigma associated with mental health and provide information to students who may be
suffering or know someone who is suffering from a mental health condition. The College is proud to be
involved in this initiative and will support the College Prefects in co-ordinating events throughout the
week. The letter emailed to families earlier this week outlined the schedule of events.
Our College Patron Saint, St Joseph, is recognised as the patron of fathers, family
life, patience and purity, workers, carpenters, the troubled and the dying.
From what we know
from the gospels, St Joseph faced a few major dilemmas in his life. One of his dilemmas was whether to
accept Mary as his wife or to abandon her, after hearing that she was pregnant. Another dilemma was to
choose between remaining in Nazareth, his home, or to flee to Egypt in order to protect his family.
We can say that in these times of dilemma, Joseph discerned what was just/good not only for him,
but also for Mary and later for the infant Jesus as well. He was a person who listened to, and was aware
of, his 'inner calling'. It happened because apart from being a just man, he had other 'grounding' qualities
like faith, humility and a caring demeanour. We can all learn from St Joseph's discerning attitude when
dealing with our own family dilemmas and issues.
Furthermore, while dealing with these issues,
if we discern that what we choose is in line with God's will for us, then we can certainly trust that
the outcome will bring joy and peace not only to us but to our whole family as well.
Day to everyone who has ever played the role of 'dad'; whether that be a brother, an uncle, grandpa, great
grandpa, cousin, or friend, this weekend is all about you!
School Closure Day
A reminder that a school closure day is scheduled tomorrow Friday 30 August, which
is also an exeat weekend for our boarders. This offers students the opportunity to catch up on assessment
work and revision prior to Week 7 of the term, where teachers will be in the process of finalising assessment
for the Term 3 report cycle.
Year 11 Formal
Last Saturday evening our Year 11 students attended the 2019 Formal
at The Ellington and enjoyed a fabulous evening. We are very proud of the way they presented and conducted
themselves; not only were they dressed handsomely and appropriately for the event, but they also exhibited
behaviour expected of fine young gentlemen. It was evident from the time of their arrival when they greeted
and then introduced their partner to the College Principal that they were exemplary hosts for the young
ladies whom they had invited. While we acknowledge that parents and family are the first and most influential
teachers of our young men, I'd like to thank Ms Maria De Ieso for once again developing and offering to
our Year 11's a presentation on 'Etiquette & Manners'.
It was great to see the dance floor
filled as the young men also displayed with enthusiasm their dancing skills that I'm sure they had been
working on for some time. Mind you, I didn't always recognise many of their contemporary moves (which
had me almost calling for the paramedics) but was heartened to hear the roar of approval and the rush
to the dance floor when the 'classics' were played - the Macarena and the Nutbush are always in vogue!
On a night when the Year 11 Vice-Captains ran the show with aplomb, for which they should be congratulated,
the College also took the opportunity to announce the 2020 Prefect Body (portfolio positions). There was
a sense of excitement as the group of six were presented in the knowledge that this cohort is a matter
of weeks away from assuming the title of 'seniors' at Rostrevor College.
As already stated, congratulations
to the Vice-Captains for the role they collectively played in ensuring that it was an inclusive event.
Additionally, a big thank you to Mr Tom Hodkinson for emceeing and to Mrs Sonja Robinson, Mrs Meegan Roberts
and Mr Henry Critchley for bringing together a delightful evening. Gonzalez once sang, "I Haven't Stopped
Dancing Yet" ... something we want for all our students!
Director - Wellbeing (Senior Years)