2, Week 4 - Friday 22 May 2020
Like many, the interactions that we
have with one another have changed significantly over the past few months. We can often move quickly from
one event to another without taking the time to reflect on what is really important or makes a difference.
The deepening of the relationships between home and school during this pandemic has been significant.
Our new tools to share feedback on your son's well-being and engagement across all learning areas and
with all of his teachers, have been enhanced. Questions or concerns are always welcome but particularly
during times of great change or uncertainty. These conversations provide the College with valuable insight.
Looking out for each other during these times and responding with patience and kindness will continue
to assist in this shared experience.
Our boys were delighted and genuinely excited to see one
another and the obvious value of community has been clearly evident. When walking through the College,
there are many aspects of learning that haven't changed. The boys are still questioning, reflecting, creating
and co-constructing new understanding. We experience laughter, respect, reflection, care and continue
to refine our practices on the importance of social distancing that are always more challenging on the
oval. The richness of a community of learners has been highlighted. Our ability to read body language
and collaborative learning are aspects that have significant influence on our boys as they debate, critique,
create new knowledge and critically reflect on each new situation. The energy and enthusiasm that enhance
our learning environment are not as easily replicated when we are online. Many boys commented that "it
is great to be back", "I didn't realise how much I missed everyone" and "it is a place that feels normal
Upon students' return to school, I asked my Year 12 class what they are
most grateful for about coming back to Rostrevor. Some wonderful reflections were received, including
"Knowing that I have my mates to rely on when I need them the most".
"The banter amongst mates and the memories I will cherish forever".
I also asked
them what they have learnt about themselves or valued more during this time. Typical responses included:
"It's pretty boring being stuck at home you can't go outside and meet with mates. I have learnt
that you don't realise how much these opportunities mean until they are no longer available".
"I have learnt that there are bigger things in life and it's about going forward one step at
a time and not rushing things".
How important connections are with people.
value the relationships that we have with others, even the relationships we believe to be small but when
being deprived of our social life because of this time period it shows how we should value each other's
Our Year 12 teachers will be available for
P-S-T Interviews on the
phone over the next two weeks. We are proud of the way that our teachers and Year 12 students have maintained
exceptionally high levels of interaction and rigour in the learning, without foregoing the importance
of mental, social and emotional wellbeing. P-S-T Interviews will be scheduled for other year levels later
Rostrevor College is a place that encourages each one of our young men to be his best
and make a difference to the wider world. The value of family, health, education and faith have been many
of the key insights during this time. Whilst we continue to reassure our students how fortunate we are
that Australia has done a very good job of controlling the spread, we all still have an important role
to play in maintaining the safety of all. Thanks must go to all families for continuing to work with us,
adjusting to the new routines we have implemented to keep us all safe during this time.
lies the paradox of hope: it is the times when it is the hardest to find that we need it most. The boys
sheer delight in re-joining our College community and applying themselves to their academic endeavours
brings light to this. This vision of hope and optimism has been shared in abundance and is what makes
us so grateful to work in partnership with you and your sons. Whilst "it almost feels like normal"
we have learnt that normal at Rostrevor is an exceptional place to be.
Deputy Principal - Dean of Faculty (R-12)
A Moment of Grace for Archdiocese
Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Patrick O'Regan, currently Bishop of
the Diocese of Sale in Victoria, as the 9th Archbishop of Adelaide.
Bishop O'Regan was born in
Bathurst in 1958 and educated at St Joseph's Primary School in Perthville and St Stanislaus' College,
Bathurst. He undertook seminary training at St Columba's College, Springwood, and St Patrick's College,
Manly, and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Bathurst in 1983.
Newly appointed Archbishop Patrick O'Regan
He was appointed Bishop of Sale in December 2014, with his episcopal consecration in February 2015.
He holds a licentiate in sacred liturgy and sacramental theology from the Institut Catholique de Paris
and is a member of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.
The primary role of
any Bishop is to ensure that the work of Christ is carried out at the local level by caring for all the
faithful entrusted to him in his particular diocese. Often, the Bishop is referred to as the Chief
Shepherd, since his ministry is modelled on that of Christ, the Good Shepherd.
Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge, said Bishop O'Regan has "shown himself to
be a man of unusual gifts, one of which is his deep sense of pastoral care for the people entrusted to
his care and another of which is his quirky sense of humour".
Feast of Mary
Help of Christians
Mary Help of Christians has been the official patroness of Australia
since 1844. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect Australians' lives, including their worship,
the Australian Catholic Bishops have entrusted the country to the care of Mary Help of Christians on her
feast day this week. The motion agreed to during the Bishops' plenary reads:
Bishops entrust Australia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary under the title Our Lady Help of Christians,
seeking her intercession for the safety of all our people especially in this time of COVID-19 pandemic'.
Please join in praying the prayer of entrustment: Prayer
A Return to Winter Sport
It was great to see our First XVIII boys back on the field under the guidance of their Coach Mr James
Allan, on Tuesday night, although it looked a little different with drills in groups of 10 and no contact.
Our First XI players have also resumed training at club level, with other Rostrevor sports and divisions
to be gradually rolled out in the coming weeks. Parents and students alike will be pleased to know our
staff & coaches are pumped and have been preparing for the return of sport.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
(08) 8364 8244. Specifically, if you are seeking a 2021 enrolment of a sibling, applications
should be completed and submitted now. Further information can be found on the College website 'Enrolling
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