Term 1, Week 7 - Friday 13 March 2020

Term 1, Week 7 Update

Personal growth through community engagement
Looking through our recent social media posts, I couldn't help noticing that the vast majority contain images of boys achieving great things, in the company of friends, peers and even girls from Loreto.  This shouldn't surprise us; we know that, as human beings, we are social animals, that we rely on friends, family, colleagues and, sometimes, complete strangers to help us grow into the people we are meant to become.  A few years ago, Pope Francis suggested that God bumps into us in the people we meet in our daily lives.

While we didn't discuss this idea at the time, there is an element of this truth in our 'Year of Camaraderie', coined by the 2020 Prefect Group.  It was a natural expression of their desire to help live life to the full in 2020 and their wisdom in recognising that we need to 'get around' each other; to support, to celebrate and to understand.  While the boys often interpret our 'Men for Others' as a call to service in social justice activities, it also reminds us that we are at our best when we are men and women for and with each other.

Unplugged Rostrevor
(Wednesday 01 April 2020)

While gaming and social interaction via the internet are an important part in the lives of many/most young people, they are not without challenges.  If we could do everything in moderation, there wouldn't be a problem.

In the gaming world, we often bring together at least two powerful forces that combine against the desire to do all things in moderation.  Fantastic programming designed to keep us engaged until we reach the next level, and the next, and so on, target an adolescent audience where we are still developing our skills to self-regulate our behaviour.

Following our very successful parent evening with Mark Le Messurier in 2019, we are delighted to host this important workshop that offers much in the way of deeper understanding and support for the many families trying to negotiate more effective ways of helping our boys moderate their engagement with online entertainment of all types.

We remain in constant communication with state and federal health authorities regarding the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 at school.  Today's parent communication provides more details on this.

2020 Parent Calendar
The 2020 Parent Calendar is available on the College website and is a wonderful resource for families to stay in touch with College events.

2020 Student Leaders
At the Principal's Assembly this morning we presented over 60 leadership badges to our newly appointed Years 7-12 House Vice-Captains.  A number of other leadership positions were also announced, including our Music Captains and Boarding leadership positions announced by Head Boarder, Cooper Llewelyn.

As an R-12 community, we had the opportunity to congratulate the Junior Years Captain (Finn McNamara), Vice-Captain (Chanho Jung), and Year 6 House Captains.

Congratulations and thank you to our 2020 student leaders.  We look forward to your influence and service to our community this year.  We also hope that you find the experience of leadership personally rewarding and a source of growth towards the man you seek to become.  These positions come with the responsibility of being a visible leader within the community.  There are literally thousands of quotes that can help explain what leadership should be.  Nevertheless, we need to go no further than the most powerful example we have, in Jesus.  His leadership was quite simply 'servant leadership' and, as the title suggests, he was prepared to serve the people who actually believed they were his followers.

The full list of 2020 Student Leaders can be found HERE.

Congratulations also to the hundreds of boys who have made such a magnificent start to the 2020 Co-Curricular Program.  We have many boys taking up sports for the first time and many others now competing in two or three different disciplines.  There are, after all, few better ways to build your connection sense of bellowing with the Rostrevor community than representing your College in your preferred sport, activity or musical ensemble.

Harmony Day
In order to acknowledge the three significant events listed below, students have today gathered in House groups to partake in a simple activity which involved making a poster with the theme, "Why everyone belongs at Rostrevor."

National Close the Gap Day (19 March 2020) 
Australia's largest campaign to improve Indigenous health.  Supported by more than 30 Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations, the campaign calls on Federal, State and Territory Governments to commit to closing the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation.

National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence (20 March 2020)
This is an opportunity for students, teachers, parents and the whole community to take a stand together against bullying and violence.  This annual day provides a focus for the College community to say, "Bullying.  No Way!"

Harmony Day (21 March 2020)
This coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.  It is a day of cultural respect, widely celebrated across the nation, with a focus on connecting and engaging with local communities and building relationships.

Please refer to the gallery for some photographs of the R-12 Harmony Day Activity.

Easter Raffle
Our Parents' and Friends' Association have organised an Easter raffle for both the Junior and Middle & Senior campuses, with a large basket of Easter eggs as prizes. Tickets will be sold for 50c each over the coming weeks with the prize winner being announced in the final week of Term 1.

Best wishes for the week ahead.

Brian Schumacher

Community Notices

Enrolment of siblings

As a reminder to our parent community, if you would like to enrol a sibling of a current student please contact our Enrolments Officer on enrolments@rostrevor.sa.edu.au or phone (08) 8364 8244.  Specifically, if you are seeking a 2021 enrolment of a sibling, applications should be being completed and submitted now.  Further information can be found on the College website 'Enrolling at Rostrevor'.

Open Day P&F Cake Stall
Any families wishing to donate baked goods for the College Open Day are asked to please bring their donations with listed ingredients to the Rostrevor House Kitchen by 11am Sunday March 29. 

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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