Pupil Free Day/Staff Day Reminder for Friday, 11 August
Students in Years 7 - 11 will stay home. Year 12 students will be coming in for their HSC Trial.
Join us on Saturday, 19 August for an evening of entertainment and fundraising with the P&F at the annual College Trivia Night. There are still a few seats remaining, so get your friends together and click here to reserve your spot.
Dear Rosebank Families,
As an educational leader, last week profoundly affected me. Two events struck the centre of my purpose in leadership. The first was a professional learning event we call Rosebank in Conversation.
As a community, we discovered we are not alone as we face new challenges. We also learned a great deal from our colleagues in other schools, including MLC and Saint Ignatius College, Riverview. Additionally, we are also grateful to Professor Matt Bower from Macquarie University for igniting the conversation with his research. I am very proud of the Rosebank teachers for their exceptional insights into pedagogy. Hosting this professional learning session was a true privilege.
The second event is one I will never forget. Maddison Campbell, a former student of mine from Clancy Catholic College, spoke at our College Assembly. For anyone, this would have been a daunting task, but for Maddison, it was an incredible feat. Maddison was diagnosed with selective mutism and autism whilst at school and has fought hard for the capacity to use her words.
As a community that emphasises listening, empathy, inclusivity and diversity, I was very proud of our students who demonstrated these values by leaning in to listen to every word she said. Now studying at Notre Dame University, Maddison's life goal is to inspire others with a disability to overcome and thrive.
I am incredibly grateful for Maddison's courage in sharing her story, and I am thrilled that we were able to give her a platform for her voice here at Rosebank.
This week’s newsletter focuses on the huge number of opportunities made available to our high potential learners and to those who want to pursue a specific passion outside the classroom; congratulations to everyone, and thanks to Ms Cheryl McArthur and the Diverse Learning team.
Congratulations to our Year 12 and Year 10 debaters who made it through to the CSDA Debating Grand Finals. We are very proud!
It was a splendid week to be a principal, witnessing our students and teachers coming together in a spirit of enquiry, compassion, and inspiration.
Ms Iris Nastasi
From the Assistant Principal
I want to publicly acknowledge the wonderful students in our Year 7, 9 and 10 RE classes, who, with the support of Ms Rhonda Goodenough, created tokens of condolence in the form of cards and paper flowers, which they posted to the Singleton community to be added to the shrine in commemoration of the Hunter Valley bus tragedy victims. The Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore, has sent a letter of thanks in response to this thoughtful gesture by our students in which she says, “Please pass on my thanks to the students of Years 7, 9 and 10 of Rosebank College for their thoughts and expressions of comfort and care. I am touched by their compassion and concern.” – This is Rosebank.
As we head into the second week of HSC Trials, I commend those students who have displayed a true commitment to their learning, approaching their trials with focus and positivity.
The tremendous support of their teachers will continue, including a debrief at the post trials meeting with the students to provide them with feedback as we work through any of their concerns and ensure that the support systems they need are in place as they fine-tune their study plan for their final exams.
We are also preparing to meet with our newly elected 2023/2024 Student Leaders this week, as they come together for a Student Leadership Development and Training Workshop aimed at empowering them to be leaders of vision, compassion and action. It is never too early to set a personal goal of being a student leader. We encourage students in all year groups to keep in mind some of the criteria for Rosebank leadership selection, as they make their way along their road through high school. These include:
- Observation of College regulations and expectations
- Good attendance and punctuality
- Participation in and support for College activities
- Personal presentation of a high standard
- Co-curricular and community involvement and service
It is timely that a melding of youth leadership and diversity is also being celebrated on a global scale, with the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples on 9 August. An article by the United Nations explains that “The title of ‘Indigenous youth as agents of change for self-determination’, revindicates the role that indigenous youth must occupy in decision-making while recognizing their dedicated efforts in climate action, the search for justice for their people, and the creation of an intergenerational connection that keeps their culture, traditions, and contributions alive.” These topics are certainly relevant for all our young people and I encourage our students to click through the above link to learn more.
Feeling a part of the global community has, over the past few weeks, certainly been easy, as we have barracked for our nation's representatives in the World Aquatics Championships, the Tour de France, the Netball World Cup, the Ashes, the FIFA Women’s World Cup and to a lesser degree of enjoyment (for obvious reasons), the Rugby Championship. A little of that international colour and comraderie was also evident in our classrooms, as our wonderful group of visiting exchange students from Italy, Germany, England and Ireland joined our community. Their visit comes to an end this week and we are all left a little richer for their contribution to Rosebank. We look forward to sharing the gifts of our own students when they travel abroad as part of the Benedictine Exchange Program at the end of this year.
- Friday, 11 August - Staff Professional Development Day / Pupil Free Day
- A reminder that students in Years 7 to 11 will not attend school on this day as staff will be completing professional development on site. The Year 12 students will be in attendance for their trial exam.
Eye Spy Something Beginning with ‘O’ – Optometrist!
The Eyecare Program is well underway at Rosebank, with students continuing to meet with an onsite optometrist for their free, comprehensive eye exam. You are still able to book an appointment for your child by clicking here.
Last Chance - Trivia Night Fundraiser
The Soccer World Cup Final is scheduled to be played on Sunday, 20 August, this means that we all have Saturday, 19 August free to enjoy an evening of entertainment and fundraising at the annual College Trivia Night. There are still a few seats remaining, so get your friends together and click here to reserve your spot.
Mr Paul Hardwick
From the P&F
The 2023 Trivia Night auction and raffle are now open!
You’ve got to be in to win! Thanks to generous donations from the Rosebank College community and local businesses, there are over 60 fantastic items to bid for, as well as a raffle with 5 great prizes.
Check out the auction and raffle using the QR code below or visit
Coming to Trivia Night?
In addition to a fun night of trivia, all attendees will receive a lucky door ticket to win one of 5 prizes, plus games to win prizes ranging from $15 - $150 and more! (Note: card payment is preferred)
Have fun with the Christmas theme, dress up and pack decorations with your food and drinks (don’t forget to bring cutlery).
Haven’t got your tickets yet?
There’s still time, choose your table here.
We hope to see you there!
Ms Cara Edwards
📷 Ministry News
World Youth Day 2023 Portugal - A Tsunami of Joy
On Benedict Day last term we blessed our young people and teachers who were preparing to travel to Europe to join several hundreds of thousands of young people in celebrating the joy of their Christian faith. Back here in the Ministry Office, we have been following the pilgrims through messages and photos from Mr McCaughan. There have been more than a few funny moments and many moments showing a widening of hearts as our young people go to places of great spiritual and cultural meaning, such as Rome, Assisi, Florence and Venice.
The Australians have joined the global pilgrims in Lisbon and have given Pope Francis an electric greeting. And Francis, of course, has given our young people an equally electric greeting and message!
Just before leaving Rome for his journey to Portugal, Francis made another one of his WOW statements. Pointing to the pilgrims on their way to Lisbon, the Pope said that there was the future of the Church.
The pope has often referred to the young in this way - they are the future. We have nothing to fear from the energy, enthusiasm and longing of the young on the contrary, the young look to those of us who are older for wisdom, experience and a willingness to be faithful witnesses to Jesus Christ who will walk beside them.
The journey will most likely be bumpy, but it will never be dull!
Mr Colm McCaughan
Assistant Dean of Ministry
Mary Mackillop Rosaries
On 8 August we will celebrate the feast day of Australia’s first canonised saint, Mary of the Cross MacKillop. This year, Aid to the Church in Need is inviting you to bulk purchase, at our special feast day rate ($25.00), these beautiful Italian made Ghirelli rosaries which commemorate this notable occasion in the history of the Catholic Church in Australia.
These unique rosaries can be utilised as gifts to school or university cohorts, sacramental classes, youth groups, staff members, leadership teams, residents in aged care or group members. Alternatively, they can be purchased and then on-sold at a profit, creating an opportunity for local fundraising.
You may place your order using this order form.
Please note that orders will close Thursday, 31 August.
Dr Paul O'Shea
Dean of Ministry
The Lost Art of Boredom
If you were given the choice to take a pill that would remove all boredom from your life, would you take it? Ask me a few months ago and I would have said ‘yes!’, as being ‘bored’ is one of my greatest annoyances. We are told to maximise our time and, to be honest, there’s a lot to do in life. As the cliché goes: so much to do, so little time.
Yet, after returning from the recent Red Earth Immersion to Cape York, I realised that my childhood is filled with memories born out of boredom. Boredom built a BMX track, boredom built cubby houses, boredom built sand castles, exploring the nearby parks and creeks, and even mowing a cricket pitch into our backyard to the complete displeasure of my father. Boredom has brought me time to contemplate how I got to this point in my life, what it is that is actually important, and embracing boredom as part of my life has allowed me to sit more comfortably in those moments of silence.
With all these benefits, why would I consider taking the ‘boredom-free’ pill? Our lives today make boredom appear as a negative. We have a device in our pockets that can ‘cancel out’ boredom in an instant: thousands of songs, movies, tv series, podcasts, tweets and information at the tips of our fingers to help distract us from the moment of boredom; noise to replace silence.
So, my moment on Red Earth where I chose boredom was our last full day at the Yungee Homeland. The students were so happy just being around the kids of the Homeland, kicking the footy, braiding hair, talking, and sharing. The sun was bright, warm and inviting, so Miss Hanrahan-Tan and I lay on the grass and looked up at the clouds, watching them glide gracefully across the sky and I started to see shapes: faces and animals that we so dearly remembered as a child. Boredom was embraced, my breathing slowed and the world in which I run at speed to keep up just paused.
In 1 Kings 19, the prophet Elijah experienced a similar moment at Mount Horeb. Elijah was instructed by God to stand on the mountain for God to pass by him. What an amazing opportunity to experience God himself in all glory, right? So Elijah waited. The wind picked up and shattered rocks around him. Surely God was there? But he was not. An earthquake shook the whole region. Surely this was God, but he was not found here either. Lastly, a fire swept through the area. This would have to be God, yet God was not in the fire. Then, after all that noise, commotion and frankly, craziness, came a still small voice. Here, Elijah encountered God.
The great winds, earthquakes and fires are those things in our lives that stop us from having moments of quietness, stillness and boredom. The God of the Bible has patience that we can’t begin to understand. He will wait for us to stop before he meets us, wherever we are in our faith journey. There he speaks, instructs, guides, consoles and loves us unconditionally. For as God’s children, we are indeed made in the image and likeness of our Father.
So as I continue my journey in life, I take greater comfort when St Benedict begins his rule with “listen with the ear of your heart” for in this phrase is great wisdom: that we are to embrace the stillness and boredom; that boredom is where God reveals, revives and builds.
Mr Chris Hanford
Assistant Dean of Ministry
📷 EnrichED News
This week’s article is all about our students' experiences with the InspirED Program during the first two weeks of this term.
Coming up over the next few weeks are Meeting of Minds Day (Years 7 and 8), Inquisitive Minds Maths Challenge Days (Years 8 and 10), Round 2 of the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge (all years), the CyberTaipan Youth Cyber Defence Challenge (all years) and the NSW Philosothon (all years).
There are still places available to participate in the Bebras Challenge and the NSW Philosothon, for interested students identified with high potential. If you want to know more about participating, contact Ms McArthur in the Diverse Learning Office (bottom of O Block) or via the email below.
Also worthy of mention is the continuing success of our Senior Chess Team who having made it into the knockout rounds of the Metropolitan Secondary Schools Competition, competed in the semi-finals on Friday, 4 August.
Science and Engineering Challenge
Some Year 9 and 10 students were given the opportunity to attend an excursion to Western Sydney University on 21 July in a round of the Science and Engineering Challenge, competing against nine other schools from Sydney and surrounds.
The bus ride to Western Sydney University took about an hour, and the atmosphere was brimming with excitement and tension as each group discussed and planned out their strategies for tackling their STEM challenges.
The intensity increased as we witnessed numerous other schools arrive but the atmosphere swiftly changed as everyone had a fantastic time socialising, conversing and getting to know each other.
After all the schools arrived, we walked to one of the lecture theatres and the challenge commenced, starting with a welcome and an explanation of the instructions and rules. When "Rosebank" was said during the roll call, we all shouted with excitement making our presence known.
Moments afterwards, everyone was at their assigned spots. My group participated in the “Helter Skelter Shelter” and "Job Juggle" challenges, respectively. They each had their unique difficulties, fun elements, and problems requiring intense critical and creative thinking. Both activities lasted approximately two hours, with a break in between where students could socialise further or more importantly, sample Western Sydney University's food at their cafeteria.
We wrapped up the day by watching the stress testing of the "Bridge Building" challenge, where one team representing each school spent the whole day building a bridge. The bridges were assessed for stability, durability, function and efficiency by using a truck that slid across the bridge, with each successful pass more weight was added to the truck until the bridge failed, and to our delight sometimes catastrophically. With that, we all expressed our appreciation to the judges and all those involved and said our final goodbyes to the new friends we met.
It was my first time competing in the Science and Engineering Challenge at Rosebank, and I strongly encourage others to give it a try.
Return to Mars
One of the challenges included in the Science and Engineering Competition for my team was Return to Mars. This challenge required a group to work together to build a "rover" from various metal pieces, string, rubber bands and some wheels. It needed to successfully carry objects across a rough and increasingly bumpy surface. The weight and shape of the objects carried changed with each passing, making it more difficult for the rover to cross to the other side with each journey. Other requirements in this challenge included dragging the "rover" with the provided string and avoiding the base of the "rover" touching any rocky surface as it passed over. We had to position the attachment of the string not too high and not too low to ensure success. As you can see, this is a tough challenge.
My team and I worked collaboratively and had a lot of fun experimenting with the bolts, screws, rubber bands, wheel formations and the rover’s suspension to figure out what worked well and what didn't work at all; overall it was a great practical physics and engineering learning experience.
During the ‘Flight’ module of the Science and Engineering Challenge we learned about how aircraft use lift to stay in
the air. We worked to make a small glider from balsa wood, which we would test with divides that would launch our aircraft at specific speeds. These tests allowed us to get a better understanding of the way that the balance of our plane affected the way that it flew. While this activity helped us to understand the mechanics of flight it also helped us to understand the importance of teamwork in engineering projects. We allocated different people to different tasks, such as creating the fuselage, creating the wings and elevators, and finding a way to attach them together. The understanding of these concepts will surely be useful not only in our future careers but in our day to day life too.
Helter Skelter Shelter
Helter Skelter Shelter found my group and I creating two separate towers out of various materials to try and withstand certain amounts of weight and seismic activity. We worked as a team to try and create the most stable structure using straws, tape, paper and cardboard. This structure was then put to the test as weights were placed on top to test the strength of the tower. After the first test of weights, we created a second tower to correct the flaws in the first one. This second tower was tested in earthquake-like conditions by placing it on an erratically vibrating platform to see if it would remain standing. The activity was fun and a great experience for our group.
Throughout the day, my group and I set out to build a bridge that could withstand the weight of a rolling truck. This consisted of many different challenges compared to a normal bridge building competition. The structure of the bridge wasn’t as important as its ability to let the cart easily and quickly roll across. Numerous issues arose due to this, such as having to shorten the height of the bridge and compress it inwards in order to fit snugly on the ledge.
There was also the structural component to the challenge where a limited quantity of light and delicate materials were provided for construction. This made it very difficult to create a bridge that was able to withstand the increasing weights that were rolled across it. Overall, the task was incredibly complex but having such a challenge was very enjoyable.
The ElectraCity was one of the challenging brain teasers set for my team of four. It required us to power a city in the most cost-efficient way given different situations. Each board had three different power stations. Each team had four different types of cables, short black, long black, short red and long red, which represented the cheapest to the most expensive way to transfer electrical current. Each end of the cable plugged into a variety of sockets to transfer electrical current from the power station to each building making one big series circuit. When each building was receiving enough power, the light above the building would turn on. It started off easy but became more challenging as the scenarios changed. It would start out as power to at least 25 buildings using all power stations but then it would become more challenging saying 'Power 25 buildings using only 2 power stations'. It was a challenging but fun experience to experience and I would recommend it for people who love problem solving.
During the Science & Engineering challenge, my group (Vedant, Jay, Daniel, and I) were given an opportunity to participate in the activity known as Confounding Communications. This activity challenged us to send messages between the members of our group, using our own codes created from pulses of different coloured light. The main goal of the Confounding Communications activity was to send these messages accurately and efficiently from one pair of the group to the other. Although this activity was fun, it most definitely demanded a great deal of concentration, teamwork and creative thinking. Overall it was a great experience.
One of the activities my group participated in was Stringways, which proposed the challenge of connecting towns using a railway line, represented by string. This activity consisted of a series of scenarios that needed to be solved, getting harder with each new scenario. We were given two sets of string and a board with screws all over, representing the towns within an area. The challenges required us to use the string to go around the board and touch as many towns as possible with the least amount of string, the focus being the most efficient use of the string.
This meant we needed to use problem solving skills but manage our time as each scenario had certain parameters and more points available for efficiency and speed. Overall it was a really challenging but enjoyable activity.
One of the tasks my group participated in was the Job Juggle. This activity included sorting and rearranging coloured tiles on a six column board reflecting the analogy of sorting out your week and all the jobs that must be put into a schedule. The activity had a set of rules and guidelines such as the same colour from different columns can't be in the same row. We had to get through as many scenarios and rack up as many points as we could within the given timeframe. This activity was both fun and challenging - although it did mess with our heads a bit!
Da Vinci Decathlon
On the 25 July, two teams of eight Rosebank College students from Years 7 and 8 travelled to Knox Grammar School in Wahroonga, to represent the College in the middle school division of the Da Vinci Decathlon. The Da Vinci Decathlon is an annual event which incorporates a series of 10 academic challenges that all relate to the theme of the year (Unity) and are inspired by the life and works of Leonardo Da Vinci.
The 10 challenges include Engineering, Art and Poetry, Creative Producers (Drama), English, Mathematics, Code Breaking, Cartography, Science, Ideation and the Legacy Quiz (30-min quiz on general knowledge and Leonardo da Vinci’s life). The Year 7 team included Elizabeth A, Evan A, Jeremy D, Lily G, Olivia R, Sienna S, Sophie O, Kiera Y, with Charlotte A, as a substitute in case any of us were too unwell to attend. What follows is an account of our day.
Arriving at Knox was a surreal experience. Hundreds of students from schools all over the state were pouring into the massive Great Hall of Knox Grammar School. We saw schools from as far north as Coffs Harbour and as far south as Young!
As soon as the Opening Ceremony was over, the first session commenced. This was probably the most stressful moment of the day and we were all feeling nervous. The time limit definitely didn’t help! We were given an hour and a half to complete a series of four papers. We learnt how to divide up the work efficiently to finish all the papers and developed time management skills to meet all the different deadlines. We also learnt how to recognise our individual strengths and use that effectively to successfully complete the papers .
A small break later and the second session was underway. The rest of the day flew past and in a blink of an eye it was time for the awards ceremony. To our utter shock and delight, the Year 7 team from Rosebank won first place in the Legacy Quiz category. Ms McArthur told us that we are the first Rosebank College Team to win a division ever! Unfortunately, this didn’t mean we won overall but that is definitely a goal for next year! We had a wonderful and quite chaotic day but we worked as a team and learnt a ton!
Thank you to Ms Peters for accompanying us on the day and to Ms McArthur for organising the training sessions and the transport to and from Knox Grammar School.
Lily Germain and Sophie O’Driscoll
During Term 2, four teams of eight students, studied and practiced for the 10 different challenges included in the Da Vinci Decathlon. Each week during PACE, a different teacher with skills and knowledge from one of the challenge areas, coached us. We studied all these topics in preparation for one fun, challenging and adventure packed day at Knox Grammar School. With over 150 schools packed into Knox Grammar School’s Great Hall, it was very crowded and noisy; a very different experience to last year when we all had to compete online. Along the rows of tables was our team of Year 8 and on the other side of the hall were the Year 7 students. In addition to the academic challenges, we had the competition for the best tablecloth design based on the key word for the day, Unity.
It was an amazing day as a culmination of all the work we did in Term 2. It helped us forge new friendships, work on problem solving, academic collaboration, time management skills and a whole lot more. We all had so much fun and will definitely do it again next year.
On 26 July, a small group of students including myself, seven other Year 9 students, one Year 10 and seven Year 11 students attended Knox Grammar School to compete in the annual Da Vinci Decathlon. The traffic going to and from the venue was heavy, but the event itself completely made up for it. The day was split into two sessions, with Session 1 containing papers on Cartography, Science, English and Art & Poetry and Session 2 containing Code Breaking, Mathematics, Ideation, Engineering and Creative Producers (drama). The day concluded with the fast and furious Legacy Challenge, a multiple-choice quiz. As dreadful as it sounds doing so many test papers in one short day, it was a surprisingly fun event. The papers weren't done in test conditions as teamwork is essential in this setting.
This is mostly because the challenges are extremely difficult, with some definitely set at university level, but overall it was a great experience. Academically, we did not win any awards but we won an award for being the most humorous, energetic and engaged table. The Da Vinci Decathlon is something I would definitely recommend you try out with your friends, I for one will definitely be doing it next year!
Upon entering the senior competition hall at Knox College, it was astounding to see over 60 tables set up neatly for teams of eight students from schools all across New South Wales. In Year 7 some of us had the opportunity to participate face-to-face but every other year until now has been completed online. Apart from other independent schools, there were also selective, public and Catholic systemic high schools in attendance. There were even schools from as far away as Dubbo, Young and Port Macquarie! There were some familiar faces amongst the students, and it was a great opportunity to catch up with a friendly face or to meet new like-minded peers, despite the competitive atmosphere.
The practical aspects of the day proved to be one of the highlights. In the Engineering Challenge, our team built a ‘carnival ride’ from a kit of stationery supplies that involved bouncing a table-tennis ball across two areas. For the Art and Poetry Challenge, we were tasked with creating a collage incorporating a poem. The winning entry was a three-dimensional model of a tree with the poem entangled in the roots. Another highlight of the day was towards the end and seeing who won each of the challenges. The atmosphere lifted even further at that point!
Overall, the Da Vinci Decathlon was a great experience to challenge ourselves academically whilst also collaborating, building our communication skills and meeting new people. Everyone learned so much from the day, and it is most definitely a rewarding experience that would be a shame to miss!
Ms Cheryl McArthur
Gifted Education and iThink Teacher, EnrichED Program Facilitator
📷 PACE News
Congratulations to two of our Year 12 Rosebank Judo Club students who have graded to their next belt, Hugo (Brown Belt) and Henry (Blue Belt). We'd like to give a special mention to Hugo, who has completed 4.5 years of Judo training and reached the final belt before Black Belt and has become a great role model to the other students in the club throughout his time at Rosebank.
Rosebank Making a Splash at Australian Schools Water Polo Exchange
Rosebank’s depth of water polo talent was on display at the Australian Schools Water Polo Exchange. Four Rosebank students; Jacob Keelty (Year 11 Adamson), Cooper Smith (Year 11 McLaughlin), Nate ToelleAtkinson (Year 10 Adamson) and Ellie McNeill (Year 11 McLaughlin) were all part of the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC) team. These students competed at a 3-day tournament on Central Coast putting up a valiant fight against CIS and CHS. Congratulations on a wonderful tournament and being selected into the NSWCCC team.
(Ellie McNeill - front row, 3rd from the right)
Term 3 Rep Sport
Congratulations to the students selected into a Term 3 Representative Sport team. These students will represent Rosebank each week in Tennis, AFL or Rugby 7s as they compete against other schools in our Conference. Our Representative Tennis teams got off to a strong start on Thursday, 3 August, with our Girls Junior A team getting a clean sweep in the doubles.
The high level of commitment from all Rep Sport teams so far this season makes it exciting to see how much they can improve and excel this term. We wish all of the Rep Sport teams the best of luck for their season.
Ms Annalisa Di Bella
PACE Coordinator (Representative Sport)
📷 SRSC News
Celebrating Library and Information Week, 31 July - 6 August
To celebrate Library and Information Week, the SRSC has hosted an exciting range of events in the past week including student artwork displays, an author visit, and extended hours for collaborative learning.
Manga in the SRSC
Come and check out the manga inspired artworks by Year 7 students currently on display in the SRSC or grab a bookmark featuring student artwork commissioned as part of Library and Information Week this week. Take a look at our manga collection which includes all your favourites such as Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Pokemon and more! Check your emails to sign up for the Manga Club on Fridays at Break 2.
Author Visit - Will Kostakis
He talked about his story and his journey to becoming an author as well as talking about some of the books he wrote. He was a very confident speaker and made everyone laugh more than once. It was an engaging talk, and he joked about his writing skills throughout high school.
We learnt how to elaborate on simple ideas (show, don’t tell), take on feedback, as well as learning writing tips from a skilled author.
He also interacted with the audience and played little games, but the best part of all was the free books he gave away.
We all had a great time laughing at some of his experiences and found it a very helpful talk to listen to before we write our own story!
Luca Hall and Leila Woods
Year 12 Collaborative Learning
In the lead up to the HSC Trial exams, the SRSC extended its opening hours to 7pm on Monday and Wednesday nights for Year 12 students to participate in collaborative learning.
Thank you to all the staff members who made this happen. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Premier’s Reading Challenge
There are only 2 weeks left to complete the Challenge. All reading records need to be finalised by 18 August in order to receive the appropriate acknowledgement and certification for 2023.
It is NOT TOO LATE to join the challenge! Many students will have already read the required 20 books - why not create your list and SRSC staff can help you get started? Check out the PRC website for more information.
REMEMBER: every student who completes the challenge earns House points.
If you need some ‘quick reads’, we’ve got you covered. See the display in the SRSC or email email@example.com for some ideas.
Did you know that you have access to Audiobooks through Bolinda BorrowBox at Rosebank?
These 11 titles have just been added to the collection. You can access these from the SRSC homepage.
Audiobooks can also be used to complete the Premier’s Reading Challenge. Please see SRSC staff for more information.
Happy Library and Information Week from the SRSC Team!
Mrs Leanne Plesa
SRSC Library Assistant
📷 Debating News
The CSDA Debating competition held its Grand Finals on Friday, 4 August with Rosebank represented in two of the six debates.
Our Year 10 squad (Ruby Calov, Ben Gilligan, Benjamin Hu, Aryan Mirzan) were coached by past students Coach Stephanie Ius and Assistant Coach Rania Sayed and our Year 12 squad (Lola Arnold, Josephine Frisina, Jasmine Gilligan, Gabriel Giuntoli) had the guidance of Coach Ms Michelle Khoury and Assistant Coach George Youloundas.
Both teams would like to thank the many students, staff and parents who came to support them at CBHS Lewisham.
All of our debaters have contributed to another fantastic season and we remind all students that if they would like to be a part of this success in 2024, the Debating trials should take place towards the end of Term One so please keep reading the daily notices.
Mr Ewen Sinclair-Kydd
Manager of Debating & Public Speaking
📷 Cassidy Community Update
Cassidy would like to congratulate 2 students for their amazing extra curricular achievements.
Congratulations to Laura Errichiello (Year 10) on her selection to play for Football NSW in Japan. Laura is competing at an elite level and is one of few players selected for this opportunity. We wish her all the best for the upcoming tournament.
Congratulations to Ava Caryofyllis (Year 7) on her acting role in the ABC's Bay of Fires. Ava is congratulated on pursuing her passion for acting and for being cast in the series. Be sure to tune in on Sunday nights!
Ms Elizabeth Solomonides
House Coordinator - Cassidy
📷 Brady Community Update
On the 27 and 28 July, Xavier Woods, Nathan Platakos, Beth Day and I participated in the Good Samaritan Education, Prophetic Voices Retreat. We were accompanied by Ms Piperides. Over the last three terms, we have been participating in numerous Zoom calls with other Good Samaritan schools across Australia and this was our opportunity to finally meet in person. During the calls, we heard presentations from the likes of Brooke Prentis and MilkCrate Theatre on the topics of First Nations issues and homelessness and had the chance to discuss these key issues in depth. We were also given the opportunity to share initiatives that Rosebank College is running to gain more awareness of these topics, such as the recent Winter Sleepout.
Across the two days, we engaged in activities aligned with the Year of Neighbour. These included reading about experiences of people around the world to understand the struggles of our neighbours and working with students from the nine other participating schools to create a board of the complexities around homelessness and the ways assistance is provided.
Whilst this was very informative, it also allowed us to properly “listen with the ear of our heart” and place ourselves in others’ shoes.
Overall, it was a great opportunity to work with the other Good Samaritan Education schools from across Australia and share our similarities. This was an amazing and thought provoking experience that I would recommend for anyone who is interested.
Year 11 Brady
📷 TAS Update
Stage 5- Food Technology
Year 9 and 10 Food Technology classes have been working through the Food for Special Occasions unit where they have learnt how food is an important part of any celebration regardless of culture or religion. In this unit students studied a range of special occasions and prepared foods unique to specific celebrations. As part of their assessment, students were asked to design and plan details for a child's birthday party.
Their practical component led to the fabulous creations pictured, representing the various themes chosen for the birthday cake. Thank You to Ms Nastasi who was our special guest judge on the day awarding places in our mini Cake Decorators competition. Well done to all students involved, your cakes were beautifully presented and executed, which made it difficult to pick a top 3.
1st Naomi S
2nd Charli H
3rd Giana P
Special mention: Alexis S
Mrs Rosalie Gossow
Food Technology Teacher
📷 Chinese Language Excursions
In Term 2, the Year 9 Chinese language class went to Burwood in order to immerse themselves in the language and culture of China. They first enjoyed a delicious meal at the ‘Taste of Shanghai’ and used their Chinese language skills to order from the menu. The class then went to a bubble tea store and some Chinese stores to further practise their Chinese reading and speaking skills. Students enjoyed identifying characters on products and shop signs that they had learnt in the classroom. Abbey said “The shop assistant could understand what we were ordering which made us feel accomplished that we could use our Chinese skills in a real life setting."
In early Term 3, the Year 10 Chinese language class went to Chinatown and the Chinese Garden of Friendship to put into practice what they had been learning in the classroom. In the Chinese Garden, students explored the surrounds and develop a deeper understanding of Chinese symbolism and culture. In Chinatown, students used the language they had recently acquired and also enjoyed recognising familiar characters on shop signs.
Ms Angela Kim
Language Teacher - Chinese (Mandarin)
Rosebank in Conversation
On July 25, Rosebank College hosted its first “Rosebank in Conversation” Teachmeet - a professional learning afternoon where teachers came together to learn from each other, share practice and discuss the impacts of ChatGPT.
Macquarie University Professor of Technological Education, Matt Bower, was the keynote speaker and he started the event by sharing his expertise and latest research on the challenges and opportunities that can be found in the use of Large Language Models like ChatGPT.
What followed was the Teachmeet session - where six colleagues from Rosebank College and a group of teachers from MLC and St Ignatius’ College, Riverview, presented on ways generativeAI is being used by and with students as a classroom tool.
Other topics in the Conversation afternoon included how students could be taught ethical ways to use ChatGPT as a learning tool, and ways other apps were being used to teach more effectively across a range of subjects such as Music, History, Mathematics and even painting.
Whilst many of the presenters discussed concerns that had been raised about learning, engagement and impacts from using this kind of technology, the focus on teaching practice was at the forefront of this professional learning collaboration. Principal, Iris Nastasi warmly welcomed the visiting teachers, including those presenting and many who were attending to learn from the Teachmeet presenters.
Much of the commentary after the event centred around having a new understanding of ways to use ChatGPT and what it might mean for their individual and school’s practices. Teachers also gained a new understanding of how to use practical strategies to support students in utilising ChatGPT to enhance their own learning in a creative way.
The practical applications of technology such as ChatGPT shared by Professor Matt Bower and the teachers who presented, all showed that whilst the large language model might have many uses, what needs to remain at the heart of education is student learning and connection with the individual.
Six of our own teachers presented at the TeachMeet about classroom practice and from a big picture perspective about where we might head next in a world - where technology and learning are bound to be entwined in the education evolution of the future.
With many thanks to Professor Matt Bower from Macquarie University; Jason Smith, Assistant Dean of Learning; Kylie Carroll, Religious Education Faculty Coordinator; Albert Makram, Math Faculty Coordinator; Amelia Stivaletta, Science and Math teacher; Greg Georgiou, Dean of Learning; and Paul Hardwick, Assistant Principal.
Ms Jennifer Jackson
Dean of Professional Learning and Culture
Australian Government and ATO School Leaver Programs
The Australian Public Service (APS) is ready to kick-start the careers of 2022/23 Year 12 graduates with two fantastic opportunities. Applications for both open on 2 August and close on 30 August 2023. Each of the 12-month career development programs provide:
● Professional development and networking opportunities.
● Practical, hands-on work experience
● A competitive salary
Successful applicants will be placed in a range of full-time entry-level roles, with opportunity for advancement.
ATO School Leaver Program
Online information sessions held via Microsoft Teams
2024 Materials Engineering Cadetship Opportunities at BlueScope
Learn real-world skills related to study and gain a head career journey head start. Open to Year 12 students eligible to study Materials Engineering at the University of Wollongong in 2024. Students can apply by Sunday, 13 August 2023 via link or
Learn more about Cadetship opportunities
Casual Learn to Swim Instructors
Inner West Council
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Customer Service Officer Casual
Concord Oval Recreation Centre and Five Dock Leisure Centre
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Hairdressing Casual or Apprenticeship
A local Hairdressing Salon has employment opportunities for casual staff as well as a 1st, 2nd or 3rd Year Apprentice. Phone Natalie 0418665411
UTS Career Tools
Mrs Angela Pavicic
Pathways and Partnerships Coordinator