📷 ANZAC Day Assembly
Acting Principal's Message
I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful Easter break. As we begin Term 2, we look forward to continuing our journey of learning and growth together. Let's work hard, stay focused, and make this term a successful one.
On Friday, 28 April 2023, Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Orry Kirkham graced us with his presence at our College Assembly and addressed the school community on the significance of ANZAC Day. He spoke about the traditional meaning of the day, which includes the sacrifice made by the men and women serving overseas, and how ANZAC Day has evolved over time, given that there are no WWI veterans left. Nevertheless, he emphasised that it is still a day about sacrifice and service, not just in military contexts but in community ones as well, tying into our school's values of humility, service, compassion, and stewardship.
During his talk, LTC Kirham shared with us the story of Perditta Majorie McCarthy, who attended Rosebank from 1932-1934 and later became a nurse in the Australian Army. Perditta served in World War II, Korea, Malaya, and Vietnam, eventually reaching the rank of Brigadier, the first woman ever to reach that rank in the Australian Army. She passed away in 2012 at the age of 96. LTC Kirham highlighted her life as an example of sacrifice and a role model for not only females but all our students.
We are grateful to LTC Kirkham for sharing his insights and for reminding us of the importance of sacrifice and service in our lives. His talk was both honest and insightful, and we appreciate his willingness to discuss his experiences.
Year 11 History students from left to right: Isabella Todaro, Emma Speranza, Jimmy Handley and Aiden Milligan
On Saturday, 22 April, I had the great fortune of joining four of our wonderful History students, Isabella, Emma, Jimmy and Aiden, at a very moving Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway service at Concord. Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Garth Callender gave the ANZAC address. LTC Callender was Australia’s first serious casualty in the Baghdad war after multiple deployments. He spoke about those who had served before him and the bravery of these men and women. He also talked about the support that returning service men and women receive, highlighting that, as a nation, we are getting better at supporting these members of our community. During the service, LTC Callender emphasised the significance of commemorating and honouring the positive aspects and the strong connection between Australia and New Zealand on this significant day for both countries.
Our upcoming community event, Open Day, is fast approaching on Sunday, 7 May. It's a special day when our students showcase their talents and share their work with the wider community. I am grateful to the students who will lead this showcase and always appreciate their pride in representing our school to visitors. Our students are truly our best ambassadors. I encourage our current families to visit the College on this fantastic community day and join in the celebration.
Mr Paul Hardwick
From the Acting Assistant Principal
A warm welcome to Term 2. I hope that you enjoyed quality time with family and friends over the Easter break. As we prepare for a busy 8 weeks ahead there are a number of opportunities for students and parents to engage in College events and educational offerings. I encourage you and your children to get involved where you can.
The always popular College Open Day is coming up on Sunday, 7 May from 10am to 2pm. This is one of our biggest community events on the calendar where we have the opportunity to showcase not only the exceptional breadth of what Rosebank has to offer academically, but to demonstrate our Benedictine hospitality. It is always lovely to witness the pride in our students as they talk about their varied experiences at Rosebank. This year, students in Hayes, McLaughlin, O’Connor and Vaughan Houses have been rostered on and many students from other Houses have volunteered their time. We look forward to welcoming current and future families to another successful Open Day event.
Attendance / How to Combat School Refusal
Our House teams are in the process of looking at student attendance during Term 1. The College works with families of students who have a high absence rate to find practical ways to support them back into full time learning. Studies of chronic absenteeism (missing more than 10% of school days) regardless of the type of absence, has a compounding negative impact on academic performance (Gershenson et al., 2017; Gottfried, 2009; Zubrick, 2014), impacts social connectedness and makes it harder for students to learn. There are a variety of factors that may influence attendance including individual, family and school-related issues and it is important that we work in partnership with parents and students to encourage attendance.
One area of complexity surrounding attendance is that of school refusal. Much has been documented in the media about the increase of students struggling to come to school and a senate inquiry into the national trend of school refusal was launched in October 2022.
As a response to this, our College counselling team is delivering a parent seminar on ‘How to Combat School Refusal’. The seminar takes place on Wednesday, 3 May 2023 at 6pm in the SRSC (library). Our team will talk about the warning signs, impact, and strategies around school refusal and how best to deal with this issue as a parent. They have also prepared a set of resources for parents to take home with them. For venue set up purposes, please RSVP by Tuesday, 2 May by clicking here.
P&F Advisory Committee Meeting
Our Term 2 P&F Advisory Committee Meeting is on Wednesday, 17 May at 6:30pm in the SRSC. Join guest speaker Catherine Garrett-Jones, Executive Director at the Council of Catholic School Parents NSW/ACT for her presentation on ‘Parent/Carer Engagement’. Research indicates that when parents work in partnership with schools, young people improve academic skills, increase motivation and achievement and have more regular school attendance. All parents are invited to join College Principal, Iris Nastasi, Assistant Principal, Paul Hardwick and our members of our P&F for what promises to be an informative discussion. Please click here to RSVP by 15 May. You are also able to submit any proposed agenda items via this link.
Ms Belinda Clark
Acting Assistant Principal
📷 Red Earth Immersion
10/10 of sheep, shepherds and calls …
The reference 10/10 comes from John 10.10, the last verse of the gospel reading for Sunday. The fourth Sunday of Easter has become known as Good Shepherd Sunday and is usually combined with Vocation Sunday. For a very long time in our Catholic tradition the language of “vocation” was associated with the ordained ministry of deacons and priests and the vowed religious life of monks, nuns, sisters and brothers. In more recent times, the language of “vocation” has been restored to its original context, namely, baptism.
When I was baptised, I was called. I was called into a family that went beyond the biological and into relationships with women and men from across the centuries, the saints, and across the world into which I was born, the family of believers. Baptism calls me into the community of life and love in the intimacy of the Trinity and the lived experience of the Christian family. The Christian is not meant to be alone.
The “call” comes from God and demands response. That “response” comes from me or it does not. God’s respect for my free will to accept or reject is never compromised. Christian tradition teaches that the natural human response to the call of God is to respond, because that is how we are created. Baptism is the opening up of a relationship with God and God’s people. It is the beginning of eternal life. How my Christian life is lived becomes a journey of discerned discovery.
Benedict understood this and wrote about it with great poignancy in the Prologue of the Rule:
Seeking labourers in the multitude of people, God calls out again: “Who is the one who desires life and longs to see good days?” (RB Prologue 14) And a few verses later, Benedict says: “What, dearest ones, can be sweeter to us than this voice of God inviting us? See, in loving kindness, God who shows us the way of life.” (RB Prologue, 19-20) Augustine also wrote about God’s call in his Confessions: “You have made us for yourself O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” Benedict and Augustine are putting into their own words what Jesus said in Sunday’s Gospel: “I have come so that they may have life, and have it to the full.” This is what our baptism opens up for me, for us - fullness of life here and now.
God’s call to me, to all of us, comes in many ways. There is no “better” way than any other. If I listen in order to hear God’s call to me, I will hear it. Of that I have no doubt at all. Wherever the call of the Good Shepherd leads me, it will only be life-giving and life-affirming, no matter what happens on the journey. Jesus warns of strangers along the way, but says the sheep who hear his voice will only follow him, “they do not recognise the voice of strangers.”
Every member of our Rosebank community is called through their baptism. We are called to be who we are meant to be in the service we are called to give right here and right now. Whether that call is to be a student, a teacher, oblate, a leader, a support staff member, a caregiver, a parent, a service provider, that is where God calls me to be. My response is to listen and respond, and to allow the promise of Christ to be fulfilled - life to the full.
Next week the community will honour our mothers and all the women who love and have loved us. If you are looking for one of the great responses to the call given in baptism, you need look no further than our mothers, grandmothers and all women who give their lives for the sake of others.
Dr Paul O'Shea
Dean of Ministry
From the Dean of Learning
Over the school holidays you may have heard about the prevalence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its use in our society. Of most notoriety was the artist Boris Eldagsen who won this year’s Creative Open category at Sony World Photography Awards with an image which was generated using AI, yet this was not disclosed to the organisers of this competition. There is no doubt that AI will be a discussion point for many years to come and its prevalence will bring many opportunities to industries and education is not excluded. As a College we look forward to exploring the opportunities AI can bring to education.
However, with the introduction of any technology, the question of ethics also arises. For example, was it ethical that Eldagsen submitted a photo into an international photography exhibition whilst not disclosing that AI was used to generate the photo? Now, I want to make it clear the artist has disclosed they submitted this photo to generate discussion around the potential AI has in the Arts, however, we also need to consider the integrity of the individual that submits work as their own when it was not.
I wanted to take this opportunity to inform our community that using AI when completing learning tasks and submitting it as your own work is academic malpractice as students have gained an unfair advantage when completing their assessment. As a College, we will discuss this with all year groups in upcoming year meetings. However, you might want to take this opportunity to discuss with your child their use of AI and the importance that it is used in an ethical manner.
Stage 5 Assessment Block
Students in Years 9 and 10 will complete their first Assessment Block during Week 4. Students will be spoken to about this assessment block this Friday during their year assemblies and they will be provided with their assessment timetable.
The NSW Education Standard Authority requires all students to meet a minimum standard in reading, writing and numeracy to obtain the qualification of the Higher School Certificate. At Rosebank College all students in Year 10, and students who are yet to meet the standard in Year 11 and Year 12, will be sitting these assessments during Week 5. There is no need to prepare or revise prior to these assessments. Further information will be provided over the coming weeks to those students involved and to their parents and carers.
HSC Exam Timetable
The 2023 Higher School Certificate Examination timetable has been released. Students in Year 12, and students completing an accelerated course in Years 10 or 11, are asked to familiarise themselves with the following documents. It is each student’s responsibility to ensure they are present for each of their examinations. The College will continue to remind students about the Higher School Certificate as the year progresses.
- HSC Written Examination Timetable
- HSC Practical and Performance Examinations
- HSC Language Oral Examinations (information regarding locations and timing will be made available to students via Students Online by Friday, 9 June)
Mr Greg Georgiou
Dean of Learning
Year 11 students have been exploring the world of Visual Arts by creating three unique still life artworks inspired by traditional, modern, and postmodern time periods. Under the guidance of their art teachers, the students delved deep into the different art movements and styles to understand their unique characteristics and techniques. Throughout the unit these students demonstrated exceptional creativity and critical thinking skills, taking inspiration from a range of artists and art movements to create unique and thought-provoking artworks.
Year 9 Elective Visual Arts students have been unleashing their inner creativity by appropriating famous artworks onto canvas shoes and bringing them to life with vibrant colors and patterns. The students learned about the concept of appropriation and how artists throughout history have reimagined and transformed existing works to create something new and unique. The final shoes showcased the students' ability to reimagine and transform existing works, breathing new life into them with their own artistic vision. Overall, the unit allows the students to express their creativity in new and exciting ways and inspires them to continue exploring the world of visual arts.
Stage 5 Elective Photography and Digital Media students have been exploring the exciting world of filmmaking by creating a thrilling short film centered around the theme of "The Chase". Students learned about the various elements that go into creating a successful film including screenwriting, storyboarding, cinematography and editing. Each group's final film interpreted the theme in a variety of ways to create captivating and suspenseful short films that showcased the students' creativity and technical skills. From the intense physical chase scenes, to chasing their dreams, each short film kept the viewers on the edge of their seats and left them wanting more.
Ms Aimee Leal
Visual Arts, Photography and Digital Media Teacher
Professional Learning at Rosebank
On Monday 24 April, Rosebank staff across teaching, support and operational sectors came together as a professional learning community to complete Module 4 of The Flourish Movement, a wellbeing program specifically for educators, created by Dr Adam Fraser, with links to Deakin University. Our teaching staff also engaged in NESA Accredited PD to specifically focus on Stage 4-5 syllabus implementation and KLA focussed professional development skill building.
Rosebank College has made a commitment to support staff across the College with their wellbeing. Staff started on The Flourish Movement journey last year, completing Modules 1 and 2 across staff days in June 2023, and have engaged in the sessions, led by Dean of Learning Mr Gregory Georgiou, during this year’s staff meetings and then again on Monday, at the ‘Flourish and Faculty’ Staff Day.
During the Staff Day last week, the full staff body gathered in the Benedict Auditorium to reflect, discuss and share in strategies from The Flourish Movement. Each member of the College workforce have been encouraged to fully commit to their wellbeing, which has been an ongoing part of the Professional Learning program. Staff say it has led to a greater understanding of how to develop a greater focus on their individual wellbeing, having impacts in various areas of their lives.
The Flourish Movement has been a significant professional and personal development journey, implemented to help each member of staff gain an understanding of strategies for longer lasting feelings of buoyancy, building positive workplace and family relationships which is reported to be having a positive effect. With such a commitment to our staff body, we will continue to come back to the tenets of The Flourish Movement to build on the strategies gained as we move through Term 2 and beyond.
Teaching staff also continued on engaging in their professional development with a focus on implementing high yield teaching strategies focussed on at the 6 March ‘Teaching and Learning Day’ and Professional Learning Network meetings. This meant collaborative conversations and activities to share practice and review evidence based, researched pedagogy.
At the 6 March Staff Day, teachers split up into cross-faculty groups to have rich discussions about best ways to develop pedagogy and teaching practice to further build on a culture of learning excellence in their classrooms. Specific teaching strategies known to have a high impact on student outcomes, confidence and wellbeing, were focussed on and presented to staff through the Deaneries of Learning and Professional Learning and Culture. Full staff presentations on research of best practice such as collaboration in the classroom, multiple exposures to building skills and content, eLearning technique, literacy, questioning techniques and learning how to re-engage high potential learners have been topics of NESA accredited workshops and professional learning so far. With a deliberate focus on creating a classroom with a balance of challenge and support, teachers worked together to shape and articulate a common understanding of teaching and learning elements which create a learning environment of excellence, where all students are encouraged to achieve their personal best and fully engage in our Good Samaritan education.
Last Monday’s professional development Flourish and Faculty staff day followed on from the 6 March Teaching and Learning Day, with a reflection on the chosen Rosebank priorities - evidence-based teaching strategies which teachers are implementing into new and revised units of work. As we continue to work together at staff days through the term, and subsequent Professional Learning Network meetings on Tuesday afternoons, we continue to support our teachers to create learning cultures of excellence in every classroom, for every student across Rosebank College.
Ms Jennifer Jackson
Dean of Professional Learning and Culture
O'Connor House Update
Sam Cassaniti (Year 7 O'Connor) recently competed in the State Championships in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and won the competition. We are extremely proud of Sam's commitment and we congratulate him on his success!
Ms Emily Davis
O'Connor House Coordinator
Click here to view full Rep and Club Sport results (Term 2)
Our Term 2 Representative Sport teams are off to a flying start, with 9 of the 11 teams that played kicking their season off with a win. This term there are 20 Representative Sport teams and over 240 students representing Rosebank each week. We wish these students the best of luck as they battle it out in Netball, Rugby League and Soccer in a bid to win the conference and progress to the Sydney Championships.
SCS Soccer Selection
Congratulations to the following students who have been selected into the Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) Soccer team. They will represent SCS at the NSWCCC Football (Soccer) Championships at the end of May. We wish them all the best in their preparations.
- Lorenzo Bilotta
- Cameron Duong
- Mikayla Duong
- Laura Errichiello
- Mia Millauro
- Samuel Soultis
Adriano Sorrentino (Year 9) competed at the National Swimming Championships on the Gold Coast during Week 10, Term 1. Adriano represented SOPAC Swim Club and swam 6 heats and 5 finals, achieving some massive personal best times. Congratulations on this wonderful achievement Adriano!
Ms Annalisa Di Bella
PACE Coordinator (Representative Sport)
Giancarlo Italiano (Giancarlo Maisano), a 1996 Rosebank alumni, has been appointed as head coach for A-League team Wellington Phoenix for the next two A-League seasons.
Giancarlo, known throughout the club as ‘Chiefy’, has built an extensive coaching experience at grassroots level in Australia. He held several junior coaching roles before becoming National Premier League side Blacktown City’s head of football in 2015, guiding them to the NPL NSW Premiership and the NPL Australia title. He was appointed assistant to Sydney FC’s NPL and National Youth League teams in 2017, before being promoted to NPL head coach in 2018. It was at Sydney FC where he first worked alongside Ufuk Talay, his predecessor, who was at that time the assistant coach of the top men’s side.
A self-described “nobody”, Giancarlo, unlike most A-League coaches, is not a former professional footballer. He actually got into coaching by accident, after stepping in to coach a Sunday league team. “I’ve always had to overcompensate with my knowledge of the game, my processes and thinking outside the box to make up that shortfall, whereas ex-players have the advantage of knowing the environment already,” Italiano said.
Since then, Giancarlo has completed the AFC professional coaching diploma, football's highest coaching qualification run by Football Australia. "It was a lifelong ambition when I started coaching that I wanted to reach the highest qualification," he said. “I didn’t think it was possible because coming through the New South Wales system it’s very hard to get on the pro licence course. Everything went my way with getting the job here at the Phoenix and then being accepted onto the pro.” “I’m going to build on the playing style that Uffy has put in, but with my own new ideas. I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”
“A message for aspiring coaches: just work hard, people will eventually see your good work. As long as you have good processes and you’re about the game first, there’s always a possibility you can do well.”
Congratulations to Giancarlo!
Sam Crosby (2000 Rosebank alumni), former Labor candidate for Reid and the current Executive Director at St Vincent de Paul Society NSW, has received the 2023 Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership.
The Fulbright Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership supports emerging leaders in the NFP sector to undertake research in the United States for up to four months. Sam will use the Fulbright scholarship to meet with prison reform experts, current and former prisoners, not-for-profit leaders, researchers and legislators. Ultimately, Sam hopes to observe and understand programs that can be adapted to Australian environments.
“I am so honoured to be the recipient of the 2023 Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership,” says Sam. “With Australian prison populations increasing at worrying rates, the cost to society in human and economic terms is an avoidable tragedy.
The United States has an enormous prison population but also has some interesting innovations that are leading to real results, and decreasing repeat offences. The Fulbright Scholarship is a chance to speak to the leaders in their fields and better understand programs that we can import back to Australia.”
Congratulations Sam, we look forward to watching where this research opportunity takes you.
Mrs Tina Carbone
Community Engagement Liaison
The SRSC commemorated ANZAC Day with a display featuring WWI picture books, novels, poetry and non-fiction books.
We were also honoured to have been loaned the transcribed wartime diary of Mrs Harris's (Diverse Learning teacher) grandfather. Students had the opportunity to read the diary and connect with a fascinating historical source, which includes gems such as “Great excitement on board all troops going to Egypt. Red sea not red at all but just blue. Full speed ahead.”
Ms Monika Gyi
SRSC Library Assistant