Term 2, Week 3 - Friday 15 May 2020

Term 2, Week 3 Update

Vale - Mr Lancelot Robert (Bob) Pridham (2/11/26 - 28/4/20)

We were deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of Old Collegian, Lancelot 'Bob' Pridham on 28 April.  Bob attended Rostrevor College as a boarder from 1940 to 1943 during which time he earned a reputation as a fine scholar and sportsman.  Bob and Marie were married in the College Chapel in 1953 and their three sons, David, Richard and Andrew attended Rostrevor in the 1970s and early '80s.

Reading the funeral notice and some background material courtesy of our College archives, I couldn't help admiring the life of a man I have never met; someone who has been married for 67 years and who obviously lived a long and full life.  Clearly, the commitment of being men for others was not lost on Bob or his family.  Walking through the foyer of the College Science Wing you will see a small plaque reminding us that our current students get to enjoy the use of state-of-the-art science facilities thanks to the generosity of the Pridham family.

As we come to the end of Week 3 at a time when, hopefully, the world is emerging from the worst effects of the pandemic, we give thanks for the life of Bob Pridham - Old Collegian '43.  We pray for his wife and family in their time of grief and we pray for our current students that they too may enjoy long and full lives; lives in which they make a positive difference to the world and the people they encounter.

Gradual return to Co-Curricular activities

Whilst enjoying the normality of everyday school life, it can be difficult to remember that we need to remain mindful of our personal hygiene and social distancing practices; it remains the most important strategy to avoid infection within our community.  

With this in mind, we are working through a gradual return to co-curricular activities as the Government updates its advice on further easing of restrictions.

Over the coming weeks, you will begin to see some senior teams returning to training under strict controls about group size and the use of shared facilities.  In the longer term, we remain optimistic that most Winter sports competitions will resume in Term 3.

It is also great to see that our bands and ensembles have begun rehearsing with some variations depending upon the size of the group.

Day-to-day school activities and restrictions

Large gatherings for assemblies and the like are still not permitted.  Likewise, excursions have either been cancelled or postponed.

On a positive note, we have begun planning with our Year 12 students for the Principal's Ball and Year 12 Retreat to be held in Term 3. Likewise, we have all enjoyed watching our Junior School boys create new games and outdoor play while some of our structured games club activities are not possible at present.

Finally, on the subject of COVID-19 restrictions, an international colleague reminded me this week that Rostrevor, along with CBC and St Paul's, were among the first Edmund Rice schools in the world to return to face-to-face teaching.  It is also sobering to learn that, while we were concerned about internet connections and the like, many of our international colleagues are trying to provide distance learning and care under much more difficult circumstances.  From our privileged position here in SA, we are delighted to be able to share some of our experience and planning tools for re-opening schools safely with counterparts across the world.

Best wishes for the week ahead.  I hope that as each week passes you are seeing signs of hope that life is gradually returning to normal.

Brian Schumacher

'Bob' Pridham ('43), was a regular attendee at Old Collegians events and will be missed by many within the Rostrevor community. Pictured Left in front of the plaque bearing his name in the Science building and above at an Old Collegian's Luncheon in 2018.

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'.

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Term Dates

*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

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