Archive for September, 2017

Rosebank College Student and Teacher Cultural Immersions

Rosebank College’s commitment to cultivating a learning culture of empathy and awareness of others came to fruition through two Immersion Programs undertaken by students and teachers.

The first was the Santa Teresa Immersion Experience, coordinated by The Good Samaritan Education Mission Team. The three Year 10 students (Molly Hayes, Susanna Gillard and Colm O’Niell) and teacher Dr Paul O’Shea, joined their peers from Good Samaritan Schools in NSW to learn about and vicariously live the life of the Indigenous community of Ltyente Apurte in eastern Arrente country, about 80 kilometres south-east of Alice Springs.

The experience aimed to raise the student’s awareness of social justice in the wider world and the call to action this awareness requires. This was achieved by visiting places of historical and cultural significance within and around the community and participating in traditional activities.

The group was guided by Sr Liz Weimers sgs, who has lived in Santa Teresa for the last nine years. Sr Liz left a lasting impression on the students who said “Sr Liz does not sugar-coat life in Santa Teresa, but neither does she give us reason not to expect extraordinary things if we are open to the possibilities.”

The second was the Good Samaritan Education Staff Immersion to the Philippines. Mrs Philomena Middeldorp represented Rosebank College. During their time there, the teachers spent time at the Good Samaritan Kinder School, the Community Centre, Holy Innocent’s Orphanage, the “Boulevard”slum area, as well as enjoying social and cultural experiences in Bacolod and Manila.

Mrs Middeldorp said of her time at the Kinder; “The children welcomed us with flowers and greeted us by name. Our time there included morning prayer, where the students lined up in impeccable uniforms as they prayed, sang, raised the national flag, and welcomed each of their teachers.”

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Rosebank Celebrates another Milestone in its Sesquicentenary Year

On Friday 1 September, Rosebank College officially blessed and opened Downside Hall, the newest facility on its campus.

Downside Hall includes a new staff and administration block, along with 11 classrooms, a formal entry into the College and direct connection with the rest of the school.

The Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop of Sydney, presided over the blessing, while The Hon Craig Laundy MP andDom Leo Maidlow Davis, the Prior Administrator at Downside Abbey in England, opened the building. The building’s name acknowledges the College’s ties with Downside Abbey in England which was established in 1814.

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Rosebank College Student Fights for Success

Samuel Evans is quickly accumulating gold medals for his prowess in Taekwondo. The student competed in the Black Belt cadet division 12-14 years at the NSW State Taekwondo Championships and at the Gold Coast Open, winning gold at both.

Samuel has been involved in the sport for about five years and relishes “the challenges and experiences of pushing my body to the limit every single time I train and fight,” which is at least six training sessions per week.

Currently holding a Black Belt 2nd Dan, Samuel hopes to achieve a place on the Australian National Team to compete at the World Cadet Championships later this year. “Last year I represented Australia at the Oceania Championships in Fiji and received a silver medal which has been my Taekwondo highlight to date. The opportunity to represent my country again is something that I am very passionate about and hope to one day compete in the Olympics, with the graciousness of someone like Australian Taekwondo Olympian Safwan Khalil,” said Samuel.

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Rosebank College Give Thanks for 150 Years of Education

Sydney’s CBD was awash in navy and gold as 1,300 students and staff from Rosebank College will descend into St Mary’s Cathedral on 16 June to celebrate Benedict Day (Founders Day).

This year is of particular significance as 2017 marks 150 years of educating young women, and more recently, young men. As one of Australia’s oldest continuing Catholic schools, the College is energised as it draws on ancient wisdom for a modern world.

Following Mass, the group gathered on the Cathedral forecourt for what was the largest school group photo taken in that location.A walk to the Domain saw the group enjoy a picnic lunch before they boarded ferries to be transported back to school travelling up the Parramatta River to Five Dock as the early settlers had done 150 years ago

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