Term 1, Week 4 - Friday 21 February 2020

Term 1, Week 4 Update

Middle/Senior Years 7-12 Parent information Evening
We received a great deal of positive feedback from parents who attended this evening recently. The new format was well received with a choice of sessions for parents to attend including Homework, SEQTA, Elevate Education Study Skills as well as year level based information. To provide us with specific feedback on both the informal and more formal parts of the evening, please complete the survey which was emailed earlier in the week.

If you were unable to attend, please refer to the PowerPoints and other related materials which will be made available.

Year 10 'Stepping Up' (Father or Male Mentor & Son) and Retreat Days Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 March

The program consists of two parts with three House groups participating in a Retreat on one day (students only) and then spending the day with their father or male mentor, experiencing a range of activities here at the College on the second day. It works in reverse for the other three House groups. Since inception of the program, each year we receive numerous messages of thanks and encouragement for it to continue. While it is difficult for some fathers or male mentors to get time off work it is certainly worthwhile for all who can attend.

By now Year 10 parents would have received information regarding this event; we look forward to your participation.

Principal's Ball
This morning Mr Schumacher, Mr Pezos and I met with our Year 12 cohort to discuss the much-anticipated Year 12 Principal's Ball which will be held at the Intercontinental on Saturday 21 March.

Students were reminded that the Principal's Ball is a College event, during which time there will be staff supervision and consequently, all the usual school rules regarding appropriate standards of behaviour will apply. Nevertheless, the College cannot be responsible for the care and supervision of students after they leave the Intercontinental. Parents are encouraged to discuss details of any post Ball plans and be aware of the laws relating to the service of alcohol to young people.

All relevant information will be provided to parents via a letter.

Shrove Tuesday
On Tuesday morning, we will hold our annual Shrove Tuesday pancake breakfast in the Valley. This is a combined Junior Years and Prefect initiative to raise money for Edmund Rice Camps.

Edmund Rice Camps provide holiday experiences for young people aged 7-16 years. Many of the participants come from what could be considered as marginalised or disadvantaged backgrounds who are not in a position to afford such an experience. The money raised will contribute to making this a reality for a number of these young people.

Junior Years Representative Council
At our Junior Years Assembly last Friday, Student Representative Council (SRC) members for Year 1-6 classes were announced. I was honoured to present students with badges and I applaud them for their desire to serve Rostrevor and the community. Students and families should be justifiably proud.

The following young men were identified through a democratic voting process in each class and their nominations were supported by Pastoral Care staff. Their roles are, in the first instance, to offer another level of leadership at the classroom level as they provide positive role modelling to their peers. It is also their responsibility, via classroom meetings, to represent the opinions of their classmates at our SRC Meetings which are held twice per term. Through this mechanism we aim to provide them with an opportunity to build on their leadership strengths, to raise any concerns the students in their class may have or to promote opportunities to assist the boys in our care.

I would like to congratulate these young men on their roles:

Year 1: Gabriel Leonard and Aristo Wiguna

Year 2: Anthony Cerracchio and Harry Isaac

Year 3:  Henry Askem and Daniel Piteo

Year 4:  Dan McGuire-Coward and Thomas Ford

Year 5B: Jakub Camm and Max Penna

Year 5R: Thomas Hancock and Miles Fotheringham

Year 6B: Simon Vello and Bradley Sweet

Year 6R: Bailey Patterson and Luca Fantasia

Thought for the Week
Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification. To put it another way: people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport.  - Pope Francis

With this in mind, have a wonderful weekend!

God bless.

Frank Ranaldo
Deputy Principal


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Term Dates

2020 Term Dates

Term 1: Wednesday 29 January to Thursday 9 April 2020
Term 2: Tuesday 28 April to Friday 26 June 2020
Term 3: Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September 2020
Term 4:  Monday 12 October to Friday 4 December 2020