4, Week 1 - Friday 18 October 2019
Welcome back to Term
As we start the final term for 2019, we welcome the following boys and their families
who have joined the College this week. We wish them well as they settle into their new College and trust
that they will quickly feel at home here.
Sebastian (Year 5)
Harrison (Year 8)
Angus (Year 9)
Congratulations to the boys in our Primary A cricket team who made the most
of their opportunity to play their match against Greenwith Primary School on the Big Mem on Thursday after
the Bungalow pitch was washed out following the rain overnight. Thankfully, after many years of waiting,
we now have pitch covers for Big Mem that will minimise rain cancellations in the years ahead. Following
the success of the younger peers in the morning, our First XI side got off to a fine start for Term 4
with a close T20 match against Pembroke later in the afternoon on Thursday.
In signing the latest batch of certificates for boys who had improved their GPA by 5% or more from Semester
1 to Term 3, I was struck by the large number of certificates. 144 boys have increased their GPA by 5%
or greater and 13 boys have increased their GPA by 15% or more. With this in mind I am looking forward
to presenting these certificates in Week 2 to a group of young men who will now receive tangible evidence
of Palma Merenti in their lives.
Twilight Fair (Friday 15 November 2019)
With preparations well under way for the 2019 Twilight Fair, we look forward to hosting you for our final
Rostrevor family gathering for the year.
Having conducted our final Principal's Tour for the year
on Wednesday morning, I would like to publicly thank and commend the many students who make the tours
so valuable for families. This year several of our Prefects have shared their story with families to provide
them with a student's view of the College. Our tours have also been enriched by the performance of various
ensembles prior to the commencement of the official tour. Reviewing some recent market research, I was
not surprised to learn that many families choose Rostrevor once they have met some of our boys or observed
their interactions with staff.
Final days for Year 12
I ask that you
keep our Year 12 students in your thoughts and prayers over the next few weeks as they complete their
final lessons prior to the SACE Examinations and Graduation. While the last day at school is something
that most young people look forward to, it is also the end of a very significant chapter in a young person's
life and is, therefore, tinged with sadness as they realise that they will soon leave the familiar surroundings
and daily catch up with their mates. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our Year
12 students on the way they have returned to school this week focussed on their final preparation for
exams and the various ceremonies that will conclude their time as students at Rostrevor.
to think about as our 2019 graduating class prepares to step confidently into the world:
"I have chosen you from the world, says the Lord, to go and bear fruit that will last." John
Best wishes for the week ahead.
the grounds of Rostrevor College have been very quiet over the weekends for the past month, local sporting
clubs have had an abundance of activity and incredible results involving both current and past students.
August and September are traditionally the busiest of months for various Co-Curricular activities, and
a number of our students had the memorable opportunity to represent their respective clubs in finals fixtures.
These opportunities are priceless for our students as they challenge themselves to engage and perform
in an environment where almost every tangible aspect of competition is 'heightened' somewhat.
One of the most pleasing realisations recently has been the reciprocal support of staff and students
from a Co-Curricular perspective. Students are commonly spotted along the sideline of the Rostrevor Old
Collegian Football and Soccer Clubs on a Saturday afternoon, whilst staff also frequently return the favour
to support students inside and outside of Rostrevor College. Whilst I'm positive we aren't the only College
in South Australia with that connection, it is one that will play a significant part of developing and
maintaining the inclusive and supportive culture we seek.
Whilst the peace and quiet was indeed
enjoyable around the College grounds with the conclusion of Winter activities, our Summer Season is upon
us already to spoil the serenity. In traditional fashion, the next 5-6 weeks of competition will most
likely seemingly finish just as it has begun making it imperative that our students make the most of the
final term for 2019. There is a much more relaxing atmosphere present on Saturday mornings watching Badminton,
Cricket and Tennis whilst our Volleyball and Water Polo teams compete on Friday afternoons to slightly
extend the school day. As the weather improves and sun creeps through the clouds, I very much enjoy this
time of year from a Co-Curricular perspective and look forward to seeing many of you throughout Term 4.
Finally, we will be operating a trial run of the communication and management system Consent
2 Go during Term 4. Whilst there is likely to be some small 'hiccups' along the way, I'm positive this
will drastically improve communication portals to parents, staff and students to ensure accurate information
is delivered to those who require it. As always, we welcome feedback if there are any irregularities with
the communication you are receiving during the trial. Provided all goes well, we aim to implement the
use of Consent 2 Go for all Co-Curricular activities from 2020 onwards.
In other Co-Curricular
Our Senior Debating Team were crowned unanimous victors and State
Debating Champions on Saturday 21st September 2019. Our team, consisting of Year 11 students Liam
D'Silva, Garang Kuach and Christy Saji, competed
against St. Peter's Girls College at The House of Assembly Chamber, Government House. Our boys were the
affirmative for the topic 'Boris is best for Brexit' and spoke tremendously to secure the first State
Debating title for Rostrevor College in years. It capped something of a 'Cinderella Story' season for
the boys as they went from strength to strength each week, surprising many and most likely themselves
along the way. Congratulations to Mr. Tom Hodkinson also for his tireless efforts to prepare the boys
each week, and an amazing reward for the efforts of all involved.
Griffiths (Year 7) was selected in Under 13 FFSA Soccer Squad, who competed at the National Championships
at Coffs Harbour on the 30th September until the 4th October. This would have been an incredible experience
for Thomas, and no doubt rest of the South Australian Under 13 Squad.
Luca Meggetto (Year
12), Noah McNamara (Year 11) and Adam Leombruno (Year 10) represented Adelaide
United Youth Reserves in their 4-1 win over Adelaide Comets on Sunday 15th September to secure the NPLSA
Reserves Championship. Noah and Adam were also prolific as members of the Rostrevor College First XI throughout
the 2019 season. Congratulations to all three boys for their achievements throughout the season.
On Saturday, 31st August 2019 the Rostrevor Old Collegians Soccer Club
was crowned Champions of the Division 1A Collegiate Soccer League, defeating Adelaide Comets 3-0 to clinch
the Premiership and finish 6 points clear on top. The A-Grade team, and club in general is littered with
Old Scholars and has now become the most successful CSL Club in History which in itself is an incredible
feat. ROCSC has gone from strength to strength in recent years, and is a terrific pathway
for many of our senior students who wish to continue playing once they have left Rostrevor College.
Campbelltown City Soccer Club clinched its second successive NPLSA
Championship on Saturday 14th September, with a 3-0 win over Adelaide Comets. Old Scholars Anthony
Ture, Marc Marino (who scored a hat-trick) and Adam Piscioneri played in the
win, as did current Year 12 student Antony Piscioneri. Year 12 student Jamie
Signorello was also part of the squad. An amazing result for a club that has a very strong connection
to Rostrevor College, and as a community we congratulate their continued successes and long may it continue!
Old Scholar, Past Head Prefect & First XVIII Football Captain Bradley
McCarthy was a member of the Glenelg Tigers SANFL League Premiership Victory on Sunday 22nd September.
It was the first Grand Final victory for Glenelg in 33 Years, as they defeated Port Adelaide Magpies 11-7-73
to 6-9-45 to prevail by 28 points. Bradley (pictured middle row, behind the cup below) is also planning
to complete a Masters' Degree in Education in the coming years so with any luck we might be seeing more
of him in the future!
Over the weekend of 21st-22nd September 2019, our Middle
and Senior Pedal Prix teams competed in the annual 24 Hour Australian International Pedal Prix Race. Our
Senior boys, riding 'Eddy 1' finished 12th in Category, and 45th out of 207 outright. They managed to
complete 452 laps, and 773 kilometres. Our Middle Boys, riding 'Eddy 2', finished 51st in Category and
152nd out of 207 outright. Despite a major mechanical break, the boys still managed to complete 320 laps
and 547 kilometres. Rostrevor College staff member Mr. Tom Wiseman also raced in the Open Category, with
his team completing 626 laps and covering an astounding 1070 kilometres. Unfortunately for Mr. Wiseman,
his team finished in 2nd place overall in their pursuit of three consecutive first placed finishes
which is a feat that has never been achieved before. Congratulations to all participants, staff members
and volunteers who gave up their time over the weekend.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone, so that I can include his achievements in the weekly newsletter.
For a full list
of results from the preceding week's fixtures, please click the link below:
Head of Co-Curricular Programs
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