Term 2, Week 2 - Friday 8 May 2020

Term 2, Week 2 Update

Important Update:

Due to COVID-19 disruption, please note that Semester One will now conclude on
Wednesday 1 July at 3.15pm for all R-12 Students  

Thank you!

We have been delighted in the way our students have responded with persistence and flexibility to all the challenges associated with our response to COVID-19. From social distancing, greater care with hygiene, to learning online and now returning to face-to-face teaching. We are also grateful to parent(s)/caregiver(s) for your patience, understanding and willingness to support us over the past few months.

It was great to return to face-to-face teaching this week with the majority of our boys back at school. After three weeks away, and restrictions at home in relation to going out, I suspect that most were pleased to be out of the home and back seeing their friends.    

It is hoped that most of our local boarders will return next week. There will be some changes in how the Boarding House operates to ensure that social distancing requirements are met and that appropriate hygiene practices are in place. Plans for isolation for infection control and prevention are also being refined.

We are pleased to report that approximately 12 of our boarders from Darwin are attending lessons at MacKillop College, Palmerston in the Northern Territory, where several key staff have generously offered to support them in their learning. 

Edmund Rice Day

One of the main celebrations of our traditions at Rostrevor is the Feast Day of Blessed Edmund Rice (Tuesday 5 May). This is a celebration of the life of the founder of our schools, Irishman, Edmund Rice, who became a holy man through the great work of providing schooling to uneducated boys and young men, particularly the poor and disadvantaged. Through the order he founded, the Christian Brother schools were started all over the world, including many in Australia. 

Thirty-eight of these schools now continue under the banner of Edmund Rice Education Australia, the body that now carries on the founder's work, and of which we are all a part.

The depths of poverty in our world reminds all of us who live comfortable lives that we must take action to help others. Edmund Rice Day is a time when we come together to celebrate; central to our celebration has been our fundraising. Due to the current restrictions in place, this year the focus was simply the celebration, with students participating in a range of activities during their extended pastoral care class on Tuesday morning.

Student Standards and Expectations

We pride ourselves on the wonderful relationship we have with our community and are overwhelmingly delighted with the way most of our students present themselves in terms of uniform and grooming and how they behave.

Given that families were not anticipating a return to school from Week 1, some leniency has been granted regarding uniform and grooming. Generally, our boys take pride in their appearance and how they present themselves. From time to time, however, there can be some scenarios where young men make decisions that go against the College's standards.

Our expectations are set on what we believe are appropriate standards; we cannot attempt to keep up with society's ever-changing fashions. When we ask a student to alter a hairstyle or to have a shave, we hope parents appreciate that is all it is - a simple request to abide by our standards.

We thank you for your support in this matter.

College Uniform

Given the changes made last year, we have updated our Uniform Requirements. Please refer to full document by clicking here.

Thought for the Week

"A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path." - Agatha Christie

Happy Mother's Day to all mums!

Frank Ranaldo
Deputy Principal - Dean of Students (R-12)

Edmund Rice Day 2020

Edmund Rice Day looked quite different, this year, without the traditional assembly, liturgy and Unfair Day activities. But this year, more than ever, we are reminded of the power of simple kindness and, with this in mind, our Junior Years took the time to write letters of thanks and hope to frontline healthcare and emergency workers and elderly family members.

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While our teachers have been instrumental in learning new tools, sharing great initiatives and looking for creative ways to engage our boys who have been learning online, we are pleased to have most of our students back here at the College. The wonders of technology allow us to create interactive, thought provoking lessons that encourage our learners to be critical, creative thinkers and synthesise this information to make meaning for themselves and the world we live in. Our teachers have demonstrated resilience, initiative, camaraderie and collaboration during this time and we thank them for this. All of these skills are crucial in our modern world, but never more so than now. To have these valuable life lessons modelled for our boys may hopefully equip them with skills that go way beyond the scope and sequence of curriculum outcomes.

While we practice the importance of social distancing, it has also reminded us of the fundamental beauty of human connection.

The thoughtful ways that our boys look out for one another, a teacher reaching out to a family who needs support or simply an ear to listen when things are not going to plan.Our teachers at Rostrevor have well developed curriculum outlines and readily adapt as we learn new information, so the curriculum scope and sequence are never in question. The introduction of SEQTA has enabled us to clearly outline goals, expectations and release timely feedback whether our students were learning on campus or at home. We will schedule our Parent-Student-Teacher Interviews at the end of Week 10 for our Reception-Year 11 families and our Year 12 subject teachers will be available for online interviews during May. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact your son's teacher via email or phone and we will get back to you.  Full details on how to schedule interviews will be emailed to Year 12 families in the week beginning Monday 11 May.

These recent times have also highlighted the significant difference that an education at Rostrevor can provide. The care, versatility, seeking new ways of understanding and sense of support that have been so strongly emulated in the life of Blessed Edmund Rice, have been present in our community. We thank all of our families and their sons for working in close collaboration with us during this time and look forward to continuing the wonderful new learnings that we have embraced and developed.

Nicole Laube
Deputy Principal - Dean of Faculty (R-12)

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'.

Canteen Information


Uniform Shop Hours & Information


Term Dates

2020 Term Dates

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