2019 Heads of Faculty
Heads of Houses
We have had some enquiries from parents about the names of staff
who oversee our academic faculties and pastoral care structure. I have listed these below for your information.
Heads of Faculties
Arts - Mr Peter Waterman
English & LOTE - Mr John Kelly
Flexible Learning - Mrs Julie
Health & Physical Education - Mr Glen Urbani
Humanities - Mrs
Inclusive Education - Ms Nadia Fantasia
- Mr Anthony Callisto
Science - Mr Peter Steel
Mr Joel Phillips
VET - Mrs Belinda DeConno-Coward
Barron House - Mr Matt Footner
Egan House - Mr
Gurr House - Mr Michael Vickery
Murphy House - Mrs Marnie
O'Brien House - Mrs Lee-Anne Genner
Webb House - Ms Melissa Frasca
EREA Teaching and Learning Conference
The inaugural Edmund Rice Education
Australia Teaching and Learning Conference was held this week, at the University of Technology in Sydney.
All EREA schools Australia-wide in addition to some New Zealand schools sent their Deputy Principal, Leader
of Learning, and Identity Leader to engage in a conference dedicated to thinking critically about teaching
and learning in our schools. The focus on the touchsteone 'Liberating Education' is a key strategic priority
for everything we do at Rostrevor College in order to support our students to achieve their academic personal
A range of credentialed guest speakers presented to the conference attendees, and Ray
Paxton delivered pivotal EREA data which drives our strategic plans and school improvement.
I represented Rostrevor College along with Mr Ric Sachse (APRIM) and Mrs Kerry Hodkinson (Director Teaching
and Learning). We were very proud of Kerry who had a significant role as a member of the Organising Committee.
Over the following few weeks teachers will be finalising
assessments to determine student achievement for Term 3. Teachers will work collaboratively within faculties
to confirm assessment standards through moderation activities and prepare student reports.
Reports will be available from the Parent Portal during the first week of the October holiday break. 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.
Over the past month, we have collated feedback from staff regarding our current practices for following
up non-attendance and examining research in the area of student absenteeism and its impact on student
learning and wellbeing.
Every day matters in the school life of a child or young person. Each
day of attendance has a positive effect on their development and future success. In contrast, regular
attendance at school contributes to opportunities for success, including a population that is better educated
and healthier, with improved job choices, financial independence and higher overall wellbeing.
As early as preschool, regular absence can be a predictor of later attendance patterns. Even missing
one day a week of school from Reception to Year 10 adds up to missing two years and one term of schooling.