Term 2, Week 5 - Friday 29 May 2020

Term 2, Week 5 Update


Dear Rostrevor families,

Several years ago, while walking the Camino de Santiago, Joan and I found ourselves staying the night in a small hostel in a region of Northern Spain known affectionately as 'the plains of insanity' due to the sparseness of vegetation and lack of eye-catching scenery.  Our tiny hostel only accommodated twelve pilgrims in shared facilities with the nearest town about an hour's drive away.  There we were in the middle of nowhere, sharing dinner with ten people we didn't know and most of whom we didn't share a language.

To our great surprise, the evening meal extended well into the night as we shared stories of our journeys and joked about the closeness of our sleeping quarters.  Using our broken fragments of each other's language and relying on rough translations across the table, we had to be far more attentive to each other, often reading facial expressions and body language to help find meaning in stilted conversation.  Interestingly, those challenges somehow brought us closer together in that tiny room.

Lying in my bunk bed later that evening (listening to the snoring of weary pilgrims), I wondered if this experience was something like the experience of Jesus' disciples at Pentecost.  Occasionally, an unplanned experience helps us transcend the limitations and boundaries we usually build around ourselves to discover incredible richness in our shared humanity with people from different backgrounds, beliefs and languages.

Despite the horror and sadness of so many COVID-19 deaths across the world, there have also been so many joyful and liberating moments as people have found ways to reach out to each other despite their circumstances. The Feast of Pentecost that we celebrate this weekend reminds us of a similar moment of joy and hope after tragedy and death 2000 years ago at the first Pentecost.  In 2020, we pray ...

... that in time we will see that everything has a place in this magnificent creation, that nothing is excluded, and that we need only accept the presence and working of the Spirit in our lives.  The Spirit continues working to bring us to fullness, to peace, and to a joy that is everlasting.

This year, we give thanks that the same Holy Spirit has brought Archbishop Patrick O'Regan to Adelaide as our new pastor of the Archdiocese.  We look forward to getting to know him and the influence he will have on our lives and work in Catholic schools.

Reconciliation Week at Rostrevor
Just as the simple act of sharing a meal with total strangers in Spain can transform one's thinking, so too our annual participation in Reconciliation Week activities and regularly acknowledging the Kaurna people.  Their continuous link to country help to build understanding and relationships between our First Nations people and those of us who were part of various waves of migration over the last 200 years.

The issues we face are complex and long term but not without hope.  In this regard, we feel privileged to play a small role in national reconciliation through our ongoing commitment to providing boarding and education to a significant number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys.  At the moment, we are missing their presence deeply as they wait for the SA/NT border to re-open before they can return.  This Reconciliation Week is not the same without their leadership and stories to help bring deeper meaning to this national week of coming together.

As you can see in our Reconciliation Week Photo Gallery, we have been signing our names to the 2020 Reconciliation Banner as an act of personal commitment to the goals of National Reconciliation.  All those Rossi signatures say, 'We're in this together.'

Hot Chocolate with the Head
What better way to celebrate our 97th Birthday than with a cup of hot chocolate with representatives from each of the Junior School classes.  We look forward to continuing this initiative in the Winter months.  In a community where boys thrive, we want them to feel comfortable and connected to all of us who are employed to care for and educate them.  Thankfully, the old days of being fearful of being called to the Principal's office are long gone.

Happy Rostrevor Day.

Brian Schumacher

Community Notices

The University of Adelaide - Online Parent Information Session

Wednesday June 3rd from 6pm
Register Here (places limited)

The University of Adelaide is pleased to present an online opportunity for parents, caregivers and families of high school students to meet expert staff from the Domestic Recruitment Team at The University of Adelaide and hear information about future tertiary applications.

At these 2020 Parents Information Sessions you will be able to hear about degree choices, SATAC procedures, timelines, support services, accommodation, and everything else that is involved in the lead up to life at university.

There will also be a chance for you to ask questions or discuss anything else the University of Adelaide might be able to help with.

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 completed and submitted now.  Further information can be found on the College website 'Enrolling at Rostrevor'.

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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 Wednesday 1 July 2020
Term 3: Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September 2020
Term 4:  Monday 12 October to Friday 4 December 2020