📽️ Principal's Message
While the weather may have been a little grey and unpredictable, Rosebank still managed to shine for Open Day. The occasional showers did nothing to dampen the spirits of our staff, students, P&F team and volunteers, as we welcomed nearly 3000 visitors to the College. The Benedictine tradition of hospitality and our love of learning was on display around every corner. Our remarkable students performed their roles as greeters, tour guides, chefs, servers, artists, musicians, athletes and stewards with confidence, humility and care, and I could not be more proud or grateful. I thank our entire community for the tremendous support which contributed to the success of the day, including those who made a special trip to the College to donate such delicious treats to the Cake Stall. I also make special mention of College Captains Lola Arnold and Jonas Kapsanis. These two young people are exemplary role models for their peers and outstanding representatives of Rosebank and it was an honour to share the stage with them during the Principal’s Address. I also congratulate Year 7 Delaney student Damien Bova, who bravely accepted the challenge of stepping in at short notice to join us in addressing our guests on the main stage – a task not easy for even the most seasoned speaker. I am immensely proud of you all. I encourage you to read more about Open Day from one of our Year 11 Brady students, Xavier Woods, who has an article included in this newsletter. We have also put together a short video of the day for you to enjoy.
It was a great privilege to recently join a Good Samaritan Education (GSE) pilgrimage, visiting a number of abbeys, churches and sacred sites in the United Kingdom and Italy. I include here an excerpt from my Pilgrimage Reflection and look forward to incorporating some of the lessons learned into my leadership style:
Our group of pilgrims came from many walks of life, but all concerned with Good Samaritan education in both pastoral and educational work. We learnt that Benedictine can be expressed in many ways but always is concerned with the Benedictine challenge of service and a love of Christ.
One thing I realise now, is that I preferred to look from the buildings we visited rather than at the buildings themselves. It was always the view that captured me, as I imagined those who stood a long time before me, appreciating the same view, the same God given masterpieces of nature. We might try but we will never be able to match the infinite power and glory of our creator. The windows from Monte Casino confirmed this like no other place.
The journey stirred in me an interest in the Irish Benedictines. I visited Glenstal Abbey, a mesmerising place with a school tucked into the lush countryside. The buildings resonate the great past, but most uplifting once again was the use of nature to inspire. The classrooms I saw were designed with the external wall made entirely of glass. This wall ‘window’ looked into a tapestry of trees. Students are witness to the dancing sunlight as it presses onto the trees, seeking out the darkness, shading, brushing and illuminating textures and tones of green, yellow and brown. Students are immersed into landscape. My teacher’s heart soared.
I visited Dublin several times before and after the pilgrimage and for the first time in my life I noticed the gothic remnants of olden days peeping out behind facades of shops. I had never stopped to notice. I walked cobble stones in Trastevere, Dublin and Galway with a renewed respect to those who have gone before me.
Surprisingly, we heard Archbishop Polding’s vision is perceived by some to be a disappointment, an impossible dream because of the opposition it met from the Irish in particular. But I can see why Archbishop Polding would have had trouble with landing his vision in Australia and persuading Irish convicts that this was not an anglicised faith. This well-intentioned church leader would have been faced with severe prejudice and one I completely understand. The poverty of the Irish Catholic church, the destitution of many convicts, particularly women would have formed strong barriers. So, the magic for me, was when Polding established the Sisters of the Good Samaritan. Here we can see the Benedictine tradition become active and translated into the hard work and prayer that met the people of the church where they stood, dirty, miserable, lonely and often without hope. Sisters, who could translate the hands of Christ, who supported the destitute, the lonely, the poor, the downtrodden and the abused. They captured the hearts and souls of many. Polding may have been described as lofty, but the missing piece was the sisters. The sisters are Good Samaritan and indeed the Benedictine community now at Jamberoo is testament to his vision and so are we. I wonder what Archbishop Polding would have thought of us all sitting in Douai marvelling at his vision and courage.
It makes the cemetery at Rosebank even more special. I often stand there and imagine these amazing women who would have pondered and tackled the pressures of their time. I try to appreciate the sacrifices they made so far away from their families, their complete surrender to their faith and love of Christ.
This is what I bring back.
Mother’s Day Celebration
We honoured Mother’s Day with a breakfast and Mass last Friday. My thanks to every parent and special guest who attended. Thank you also to Father Phil Zadro, for his ongoing support of us here at Rosebank and especially for celebrating Mass with us.
Ms Iris Nastasi
Student photography by Izabel Apolonio, Ilaria Carbone and Annika Wynen (Year 10)
There are few things that Rosebank does better than demonstrate school spirit and pride, and our Open Day this year was no exception. On Sunday 7 May, Rosebank College opened its gates to the community, welcoming them with our Benedictine hospitality and friendly smiles. Not even the rain managed to dampen the school spirit and eagerness displayed throughout the day, by both the students and the staff.
Throughout the day, I had the opportunity to speak to some of the families visiting the College, and one comment remained clear in all of them. Whether they were talking about the ever-popular science experiments, the incredible artwork displayed by the CAPA students, or simply the costumes worn by the history students, every family was impressed by how passionate the students were about the school. Hearing the students happily talk to families interested in the College, it was easy to forget that many of them had given up part of their weekend to support this community event. Places like the Technology rooms were particularly full of energy as students showed families projects they had spent hours creating, and teachers struck up conversations with kids about the possibility of making their own video games. One small boy, in particular, remarked how “awesome” our bands were, and hearing them put on full performances despite the harsh weather, it is hard to disagree.
Parents on the other hand continually talked about how impressed they were with our Pastoral Care program, commenting on the seemingly endless spectrum of personalised experiences and assistance that we offer here at Rosebank. From the counselling services, and the idea of weekly EmpowerED lessons that directly cater to the year group’s needs, to the exciting idea of camps and retreats, our student leaders were happy to answer any questions that parents had. But the achievements of this day cannot only be attributed to the students, as our excellent College staff worked busily and passionately behind the scenes to make this event as successful as it was. It is things like these that I believe impresses parents the most, as they saw the amount of effort put in by both teachers and students, to display a school that we are truly proud of.
Looking around near the end of the day, I found myself tempted to quote our incredible Principal by saying “This is Rosebank”. Because everything about Open Day, our hospitality, our pride, and our readiness to approach any challenge, is exactly what makes Rosebank such a fantastic school.
📷 From the Assistant Principal
Last Friday the College celebrated Mother’s Day breakfast and Mass. It is a fitting time to reflect and give thanks to all women and the Church’s mother, Mary, during the month of May.
The gathering and Mass were a vibrant event where we welcomed over 650 students and their special guests into the College to celebrate and pay tribute to all the significant women in our lives.
During Friday’s celebration I was reminded of the words of Richard Daly and his book, Joy, “even if you don’t have a specific need right now, sow a seed of kindness…you never know who might reap it in the future.” This is truly at the heart of what our mothers have done for us, especially those who have gone before us.
I attended Mass at St Gerard’s parish in the Broken Bay Diocese on Sunday. Listening to the priest’s homily, I was reminded that St Gerard is the patron saint for mothers and that a mother’s unconditional love, given without question and without expecting love in return, is something really remarkable. I hope all the women in our community had a wonderful day.
A reminder that this Wednesday evening, we are conducting our Term 2 P&F meeting. It is no coincidence that it is National Families Week (15-21 May) and the College has secured guest speaker Catherine Garrett-Jones, Executive Director at the Council of Catholic School Parents NSW/ACT for her presentation on ‘Parent/Carer Engagement’. As previously written and shared, 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. Please come along to the meeting for what promises to be an informative discussion. Please click here to RSVP by 12pm on Tuesday, 16 May.
All organisations that work with children are currently raising their community’s awareness of the Child Safe Standards that have been developed as a result of the Royal Commission’s five-year inquiry into child protection matters.
Embedding a culture that child safety is everyone’s responsibility is not a new concept for the College and as such, the College has been involving the staff in ongoing professional development focusing on each of the standards and hearing from guest speakers at parent information evenings and Parent & Friends meetings.
Student voice is a critical aspect in this area and our students have been sharing and consulting regarding a number of areas that affect them directly to ensure that those we are all here to protect have a say and feel empowered and safe within our community.
I am sharing an infographic that captures each of the standards.
Mr Paul Hardwick
From the P&F
A huge thank you to all the P&F Committee and volunteers who made the Open Day Food Hall a success. A special call out to Toni Catton, Binh Pham, Tim Nelson, Lindy Sivyer, Lorraine Kavanagh, Sally Tagoe, Luisa Iskra, Sandra NoRu, Adrian Tourle, Francesca Raiti, Antonella Mifsud, Paul Hurst and Laney Reyes.
The rain came in the morning but did not dampen the enthusiasm, with atmosphere and community spirit pumping. It was an extremely busy day with almost all cakes, slushies, popcorn and sausage sizzles gone by the end of the day. The amazing team of 100 volunteers served 1700 sausage sizzles, 96 litres of slushie mix, 9 kg of popcorn and 560 sticks of fairy floss.
Thank you also to the parents who brought delicious and popular baked goods for the cake stall and our immense gratitude to the parents who donated money towards drinks and Club Ashfield and Club Burwood for their generous donations.
All profits will be donated to the school toward the redevelopment of the Fig Tree area into a new gathering space.
Ms Cara Edwards
One Step Closer to World Youth Day 2023!
On Friday, 5 May, eight other Year 10 and 11 Rosebank students and I accompanied by Mr McCaughan and Miss Lines went to De La Salle Revesby for our first official gathering as the 2023 World Youth Day participants for Rosebank College. There were many other schools from across Sydney that attended that are joining us for the pilgrimage to Portugal. The day was filled with music and information about our pilgrimage that we will be embarking on in July. We met our bus group and bus group leader for our journey through Italy and Portugal. It is very important that we meet these people as they will be with us every step of the way and we will be seeing each other's lowest and highest points. This journey to Italy and Portugal is not a holiday. It is a pilgrimage to deepen our connection with our faith and an opportunity to connect with people all around the world. World Youth Day is fast approaching and we are all very excited and grateful to have this opportunity!
Pictured left: Rosebank WYD participants with rapper Josh Angrisano. Pitcured right: WYD Rosebank students with Mr McCaughan and Ms Lines rocking the sunnies given as part of the WYD preparation pack!
Mr Colm McCaughan
Assistant Dean of Ministry
📽️ From the Student Leaders
Rosebank College Push-up Challenge
Donate here: https://www.thepushupchallenge.com.au/fundraisers/rosebankcollege
Express interest to participate here: https://forms.gle/MLpwVWTWhzzRS5bB8
Throughout June, leaders along with other students will be participating in the Rosebank College Push-Up Challenge running from 13 - 23 June. This initiative is open for anyone to join and students in their House groups will be aiming to complete at least 3,144 push-ups during this period. The push-up target was chosen as it represents the number of Australian’s who lost their life to suicide in 2021. Not only this but during the COVID-19 pandemic, 1 in 4 young Australians experienced suicidal thoughts due to lack of social support. This is a statistic that we are trying to change and improve through raising awareness for mental health, and how to help ourselves or our friends get help if they are struggling. As part of the challenge, we’re also hoping to get fit, have fun, and learn how to have both open and positive conversations around mental health which we feel are currently lacking in society.
One of the main ways to improve our mental health and wellbeing is to exercise regularly. Studies have shown that in cases of depression, 12% can be improved with just one hour of exercise a week. This is why we have chosen to perform daily pushups to help people experience the benefits of exercise in a supportive and open environment.
We are also running this initiative as a fundraiser in order to support foundations that work towards improving mental health support and awareness. These include the Push For Better Foundation along with Lifeline, who ensure critical support services are accessible to anyone who needs them; and Movember who help to deliver mental health and suicide prevention programs to men across Australia. There is a donation link above where you can contribute towards either the College as a whole or individual House teams. These donations will help improve thousands of lives so feel free to share the page with family, friends and colleagues - because every dollar makes a difference.
Not only is this initiative open to students, but any teacher who is willing to show their support for this cause can also contribute pushups towards the teacher team. This display of support will have a lasting impact on students who will see just how supported they are within the school community. It will also emphasize the support systems we have at school no matter what else is going on in students' lives - including both our teachers and the amazing counseling team on staff. With the current statistics, such that one in five Australians are experiencing mental ill-health this year and only 46% are likely to seek help - the value of this awareness cannot be diminished.
If you would like more information, reach out to Rosebank College Push for Better Student Ambassador and Caulfield House Captain, Jasmine Gilligan.
From the Dean of Pastoral Care
International Nurses and Midwives Week
Last week, the College partnered with Concord Hospital as they celebrated International Nurses and Midwives Week, Our Nurses, Our Future.
A callout was made to the Rosebank student body for students to contribute to this week of celebration, by writing messages of gratitude in cards that could be passed on to these deserving healthcare workers. Our nurses and midwives do such an amazing job on a daily basis, and this was the perfect opportunity to give back and show our appreciation. We were tremendously proud of the response of our students and the compassionate and heart-warming sentiments expressed in their messages, with some students also writing about the care they had received during their own personal experiences in hospital. Several of our classroom teachers also ran a gratitude exercise with their class to reinforce the importance of giving thanks.
The College would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to all the nurses and midwives in our community. Your support, particularly in moments of difficulty, heartache and fear is so appreciated. You make a difference to the lives of so many each and every day. Thank you!
Ms Belinda Clark
Dean of Pastoral Care
Mosman Youth Art Prize
We are thrilled to announce that one of our very own students, Lola Tesoriero in Year 11, has had her oil painting "Still Life with Mum's Vases" accepted into the prestigious Mosman Youth Art Prize.
Lola is a talented artist who has been honing her skills in our art classes for several years. Her dedication and hard work have paid off, as her artwork was chosen from a pool of many talented young artists to be displayed in the Mosman Art Gallery.
The Mosman Youth Art Prize is a highly competitive and sought-after art competition that showcases the best of young talent in Australia. This year, the exhibition received over 400 entries from students across the country, making Lola's acceptance an incredible achievement. A huge congratulations to Lola for this wonderful accomplishment.
ARTEXPRESS Poster Reveal
We are thrilled to announce that Hugo Daly's (Year 12 2022) HSC Visual Arts Body of Work "This is not a Box" has been chosen to be featured on the flyer for the regional Mudgee ARTEXPRESS Exhibition.
This is a significant achievement and a testament to Hugo's exceptional talent and dedication to his artmaking practice. We are incredibly proud of this student's accomplishment and the hard work he has put into the development of his Body of Work. This recognition is a testament to the quality of education and support provided by Rosebank's Art Department, which has fostered the development of our students' skills and creativity. Congratulations Hugo!
Ms Aimee Leal
Visual Arts, Photography and Digital Media Teacher
English Creative Writing
Cormac Ryan (Year 11 Delaney) composed a highly engaging piece of writing for the Year 11 English Advanced assessment task in Term 1. Students were asked to compose a piece that ‘put marginalisation at the centre’. The markers were very impressed with Cormac's highly engaging, authentic and powerful response that clearly captures his own personal response to marginalisation.
Another day. Another desolate dreadful day. My constant mantra leaked into my thoughts like running water. “I was not put on this Earth to be gawked at and pitied repeatedly, the same way as a wounded, limping bird, facing what society views as a restriction, a disadvantage”. I knew this would happen one way or another today, it always does, not surprised anymore. Wanting to immediately distract myself from this destructive tangent again, I decided that I would shuffle forward out of my ordinary bed, into my ordinary wheelchair, sitting at the side of the ordinary bed-post. If I had lived without people's stigma and petty pitiful opinions, I never would have viewed myself as different, as anything but normal. If. It’s a comforting thought to have.
“Bloody hell.” grunting like an angry old man, giving up on the world. The plate I bent over and grasped slipped out of my wearied hands, but without shattering. I try to reminisce on the time of my life that was not similar to living in a glass house, as it is now. Perhaps I just never noticed. Drifting willingly out of my state of awareness and thought, the bright Sun shone through the glass sliding doors while my eyes met the shiny piercing rays. I was in a good place today, nothing aches, nothing irritates, and there’s no stress. I take a breath, long-overdue, one of readiness for the day ahead. I slouched crookedly on the green velvet-leather couch, placing the cold ceramic bowl on the support of my pale, wrist-wide legs.
“You’ve gotta be kidding.” Once again, we were out of fruit for the house. Great. That means no fruit for the remainder of the week.The brown straw fruit bowl lay bare. My frigid bowl has grown colder while I sit oblivious to the changes of the day. Still brooding over this morning. I just do ordinary things, in a different but ordinary way. I don’t know why that's so hard for people to understand. I thought I looked pretty dishy this morning. I was pushing my way through the street like a stylish stallion. I had the confident spring in my…well…”step”. I recall my state at that time, it was quite content. Nobody I had passed had thrown me a quick side-glance of unneeded pity, an image which I had worked hard to cultivate from that point forward.
I pushed proudly through the packed crowd of people. This proved to be a challenge that morning. It felt as though all of able-bodied suburbia had gathered around this single shopping centre. I carried on. I felt happy. I felt healthy. I was aware that some leggy-lad would probably think I was feeling these things “despite” my “obstacles.” But I didn’t care. I recall my smooth grey worn-out tires that morning, that had carried me swiftly down the declining, slanted street, rotating ever closer to the blinding neon-metropolis.
I kept pushing and feeling cold, this time my metal rim releasing from my hand rhythmically.I trusted that I wouldn’t lose control. I trusted that my wheels would keep me centred, and not veering from the path I was supposed to take. Along that path, I witnessed the usual. Homeless people disregarding their last strand of dignity to politely ask for money, and runners blocked away from the world around them because of the devices that seemed to fuse to their ears. The “able-bods” were everywhere, I stuck out once again.
As much as I would love to think that it was because of my yellow and red flower-collared shirt, and the splashes of colour which lay spread on a black background, it wasn’t. Can’t quite recall where I was on the rolling cycle in regards to the shops now, but I was edging closer. I had hit the religious sector. I respected it. People quite willing to preach and stand in the middle of the street, not caring about staring strangers or judgemental juveniles. I aspired to be like that, being free and secure about myself and my beliefs, not caring about other people’s views. I remember diving into literature such as the Bible in sections during primary school. Not quite grasping the literary significance of it, me and the able-bods I was surrounded by just took in the imagery. A “magical messiah” performing miracles, saving humanity, a hero, and the helpless leper, a person who couldn’t walk, and countless other people with disabilities seeming so helpless and discontent with their lives.
“Aww. Poor man.”
“He can’t walk”.
“He must need someone to fix that,”
“How can you be happy and live a worthwhile life without walking!?”
Those words pierced through me millions of cold shards. Scars that still remain. Can’t blame them though, their parents clearly hadn’t bothered to sway their close-minded thinking, or teach them any better. I realised later that literature had painted these pictures. These pictures of us, of what people without disabilities somehow “thought” they knew about disability. We need a writer; we need a writer to swat away the stereotypes. Change behaviours. Change thinking. Improve capacity to understand. I know it would definitely help them to improve their capacity to understand what others are thinking and feeling.
The Church was heritage listed, I passed it noting its sacred age. I felt at peace just gazing in awe at its historic, noble grey thick sandstone structure. It may have looked barren and run-down to the outside view, but I knew I shouldn’t judge on appearance. I must have been drifting out of consciousness for a while, must’ve looked crazy staring at the old blank wall. I hadn't noticed the older man, hunching near the wooden door. He looked content, at peace. He looked different to the many older people in my life, angry at millennials, angry at their lives.
A soft smile, a smile for a friend, soft, known for a lifetime. I chose not to disturb him. His turquoise woollen-jacket complemented his dark blue shirt. They all looked creased as he waited for…I don’t know. Hand against the mighty wooden door, he expected it to open. Normally, I would have assumed he would have looked up by now or, further down at me, and followed the “helpless” stereotype. But to my surprise, the kind man just sat there. A nod. I got a nod and a smile. No patronising comments, no pitiful smile. I was his equal.
The memory, the feeling of equality, the nostalgia, and a tear as I sit here. I am moved from my anger and dissatisfaction to a faint happiness. I have improved people’s capacity to understand what I am thinking and truly feeling. I am thinking and feeling just like everyone else.
Ms Emily Davis
O'Connor House Coordinator, English Teacher
Stage 5 Food Technology has been studying food trends this term. We have looked at food photography and styling and all the tips and tricks used. They were able to showcase what they have learnt in their creation of their own poke bowls highlighting nutritious ingredients and great photography and presentation skills. Very Impressive, Well Done!
Mrs Rosalie Gossow
Year 12 Science Excursion
Earth and Environmental Science Excursion to Sydney City and the Australian Museum
For the Year 12 Earth and Environmental Science class to learn more about adaptation and mitigation strategies to deal with climate change, we went on an excursion around Sydney City on Wednesday, 3 May. We began at One Central Park and visited the building which is the winner of the International Green Infrastructure Award from World Green Infrastructure Congress 2014. In the building and surrounding outdoor areas we took pictures of mitigation and adaptation strategies, and after that we moved on through the The Goods Line.
After arriving at Darling Harbour, we were on the search for more strategies. To learn more about how Australia has changed due to climate change, we went to the Australian Museum. We took a look at how Australia’s climate has changed which led to the extinction of certain species. A well-loved section was the mineral section and this helped us learn about the formation of Earth. Overall this excursion was a great way to gather insight into how Sydney is trying to use less energy sources and adapt to a warming climate.
📷 EnrichED News
As always, Term 2 is the busiest of all the school terms for our high potential learners. Currently we have students preparing for the robotics challenge later this term, a Future Problem Solving team continuing their project, a group of students developing skills for Tournament of Minds and five chess teams competing in the Metropolitan Secondary Schools Chess Tournament. None of this would be possible without the support of all the teachers involved; Mr Stivaktas, Mr Borg, Ms Badman, Mr Moreira and Mr Balfas respectively.
In addition, our four Da Vinci Decathlon teams are busy preparing for the Term 3 competition. Each week during PACE this term they are focusing on one of the ten challenges they will face on the day. Many thanks to Ms Peters, Mr Couani, Mr Balfas, Ms Booth, Mr Comninos, Ms Nandi, Ms Algeri and Ms Cushway for their support of the students. This year, excitement is high as we return to a face-to-face competition at Knox College after several years of competing remotely.
Ethics Olympiad preparation has also continued this term. Students have been analysing the eight dilemmas in a case pack that ranges from the ethics of neurotechnology, whether cosmetic surgery should be free to overcome discrimination related to appearance, through to the ethics of compulsory military service. They are now preparing their arguments for the competition to be held at the end of May.
A new and very popular opportunity is the Write s Book In s Day competition. Ms Whiticker is currently developing the skills of three teams of students from Years 7 through to Year 11 to prepare them for the rigours of writing, illustrating, editing and publishing a book in 12 hours. As part of the competition the students must fundraise to support The Kids’Cancer Project. Below is an article written by three of the students involved in planning and executing the most recent fundraising event for the group.
Write a Book In a Day
At the Rosebank College Open Day, students of the Write a Book In a Day PACE group held a “Blind Date with a Book” fundraiser, a second hand book stall with a twist! The books were wrapped in brown paper so that buyers had a surprise after purchasing a book. The only clues as to the books’ identities were cryptic dating profiles on the wrapping. Visitors certainly couldn’t judge the books by their covers!
The purpose of this was to begin our fundraising for entry into the Write a Book In a Day competition. For this competition, we will spend 12 hours at school on 18 June writing, illustrating and publishing short books, in teams of five to ten. The stories will be based on prompts and parameters which we will receive at the beginning of the competition day. Once the books are completed they will be shared with the patients of children’s hospitals across Australia. The funds raised as a prerequisite for entry, will all go towards the Kids’ Cancer Project — it is wonderful to know that we will be making a difference!
With the help of Ms Whiticker, Ms McArthur and several other generous staff and students, the Write a Book In a Day students were able to pull this wonderful book sale together in less than a week! The Open Day book sale, which was held in the SRSC, was exceptionally successful. Visitors of all ages flocked to the book stall, and we almost sold out. We were able to raise a significant amount of money throughout the day, meaning that we are on track to reach the final fundraising goal of $320 per team.
If you would like to donate, this link takes you to a page on which you can search student or school names and donate to our cause. The participating staff and students have put a lot of effort into planning and fundraising so far — but we can’t do it alone! Keep an eye out for future fundraisers from the Write a Book In a Day students and help us to make a difference!
Isabelle Campion, Ella Nicholson and Fotini Papavramidis
Ms Cheryl McArthur
Gifted Education and iThink Teacher, EnrichED Program Facilitator
Click here to view full Rep and Club Sport results (Term 2)
Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Recipients
Congratulations to Lucy Garraway and Paolo O’Connell (Year 12) who recently completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. The Gold Award is the highest level of the Duke of Ed Award and requires participants to complete 52 hours of a physical recreation, skills and voluntary service activity as well as an Adventurous Journey and Residential Project over multiple days and nights. Well done on this fantastic achievement!
Over the past 2 years I have been working towards finishing my Gold Duke of Ed Award. I started the Award knowing it was helpful for early entry university applications, but also because I knew it would challenge me to be organised with extra-curricular activities and also allow me to commit to bigger things like hikes that would take me outside of my comfort zone. My favourite part of the Award was the Residential Project, where I was able to experience Indigenous culture in remote areas of Australia. My biggest achievement was doing a 6 day Adventurous Journey hike without knowing anyone else there. We walked up to 35 kms a day with our 17kg packs, so I was pretty happy that I got through it and was able to learn about navigating through areas and working with new equipment, while also meeting new people at the same time. One thing doing the Award taught me was how good it feels to complete something significant that I committed to.
During the time spent completing the Duke of Ed Award, I learnt how to be myself. I discovered how to interact and form relationships with people I had never seen before and how to motivate others to achieve their potential. The most valuable lesson I learnt was to just keep on going. This pertains to other sections, such as the Voluntary Service section where your actions are rewarding but not by self gratification and validation but rather the awareness that you are leaving behind a positive impact on the lives of others. This was the most rewarding aspect of the Duke of Ed experience. Through the challenges, and there were too many to think about, it was persistence that allowed me and others to complete the Duke of Ed Award. This was especially noted when we had to complete the Adventurous Journey section virtually during COVID-19. Doing Duke of Ed was a great experience and one that taught me a lot about myself.
Congratulations to the following students who have also recently completed the respective level of their Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.
Bronze Award: Thomas Canale, Sophia Ferrara, Grace Renwick, Ilaria Carbone
Silver Award: Benjamin Charles
If you’re in Years 9-12 and would like to participate in Duke of Ed, please contact Miss M Di Bella (email@example.com) for more information.
Club Netball off to a great start!
Rosebank’s Club Netball teams are off to a great start in the Inner West Netball Association winter competition. This season Rosebank has 158 students competing across 19 teams and additionally eight ex-students representing Rosebank as part of our alumni team. Rosebank was well represented at the annual association March Past, showing great school spirit and pride, highlighting our girls, mixed and alumni teams. Rosebank had the largest representation of any club and all students who attended are to be commended on their efforts. The first four rounds of the competition have provided all sorts of weather conditions, with all of our Rosebank teams up to the challenge, working cohesively as a team and improving their skills each week.
Netball Umpiring Achievement
Congratulations to (from left to right) Isabelle Calleja, Olivia Gimenez, Katia Reichle and Sienna Roach who were all recently awarded their Club Umpiring Badge. All four students are part of Rosebank Netball Club’s Umpiring Program where they attend weekly umpiring training and umpire games on a Saturday.
Ms Maryanne Di Bella
PACE Coordinator (Cultural and Diverse Activities)
High Performance Program
Rosebank College conducted a trial “High Performance” training program for the Cross-Country team this week at St Lukes Park. It was very well accepted with over 25 cross country runners attending session 1 and they were put through a mobility and prehab opening, then progressing to a conditioning program in preparation for the upcoming cross country event at Eastern Creek. 20 junior football girls also joined in for the opening session for mobility and injury prevention. We have a big focus on resilience and wellness, so we do a lot around these factors within the program. Our motto is “Creating Future Champions, On And Off The Field”!
The cross-country program was scheduled for Monday and Wednesday afternoons after school and a special 6.30am preparation session on Friday morning at 6.30am. We hope that future sessions will be held for all athletes, all sports, and all participation levels. This I believe could set our school apart from all others.
On Thursday, 4 May, the PACE Department held a “Coach the Coach” seminar conducted by Stuart Hanrahan and Jason Amos. This was the first in what will become a term-based initiative to ensure that coaches represent the values and culture of Rosebank College, as well as delivering the upmost professionalism in youth coaching standards. An emphasis was placed on student welfare, injury procedures and what makes the ideal Rosebank Coach. The event was received well by the coaching staff and there will be future ones planed in coming months. PACE will also be completing an induction video to ensure that new coaches will have an easy transition into the Rosebank Community.
Mr Jason Amos
PACE Administrator and Club Sport Coordinator
Theatresports at Rosebank
On Monday, 8 May, the Senior Theatresports team competed in the Theatresports School Challenge at Ashfield Boy High School. This was the team’s first official competition and live performance and after a term of training they faced the competition with excitement and a little trepidation.
From the moment the team stepped on stage, their performance was strong. Creating characters of great depth and interest, improvising entertaining scenes of humour and enthralling storylines, they fought with gusto through the 4 rounds. A mime in a house of vampires, characters exploring the jungle, a door of destiny and a Shakespearean skateboarding duel, the team performed with brilliance, dazzling the audience and judges. At the end of the night, they were announced as winner of this heat and they now move on to the semi-finals where they will face new competition.
The semi-final is a public performance and open to all. It will be held at Ashfield Boys High School on Monday, 22 May from 7pm. Tickets for Adults are $15 and students $10. We encourage you all to come along to support the team and to find out what Theatresports is all about.
Ms Belinda Clark and Ms Heather Clark
Conference Table Tennis
Our representative table tennis team got off to a swinging start on Tuesday, 9 May at the Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) Conference 2 Table Tennis Championships. Our 12-player strong team went out to Sydney Olympic Park Sports Hall to compete against other schools in this gala day. The team is to be commended on their excellent display of skill and composure. A special mention to the following students who placed in their age category:
- Toby Nakat and Jayden Wong - 2nd place Boys Senior
- Mia Mullan and Isabel Wong - 2nd place Girls Junior
- Santiago Anaya Alamanza and Moses Lawrence - 3rd place Boys Junior
Toby, Jayden, Mia and Isabel now progress onto the Sydney Championships.
Congratulations to our table tennis team: Santiago Anaya Almanza, Luca Ciancio, Levi Cidem, Moses Lawrence, Mia Mullan, Toby Nakat, Fotini Papavramidis, Zoe Papavramidis, Isabel Wong, Jacob Wong, Jayden Wong, Lucas Ziino
Representative Boys and Mixed Netball
Rosebank is excited to be able to field teams in the inaugural Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) Netball boys and mixed netball competitions. These teams compete in the term 2 weekly sport competition at Cintra Park Concord, with all teams putting out strong performances to set the tone for the season. These teams are to be commended for their commitment and sportsmanship.
On Monday, 8 May (girls) and Tuesday, 9 May (boys), Rosebank competed in the NSW State Schools Handball Championships. The girls team finished 5th, narrowly missing finals by one point. To their credit, they recorded a win over the eventual runners up and didn’t lose any of their games by more than one goal. This is an exceptional performance given that most of the players in the team had never played before. The boys finished 4th, recording three out of five wins in the pool stages to finish 3rd. The team battled through extra time in the 3rd place play-off game, going down by one goal. Similarly to the girls, for all except one player, this was their first experience of competitive handball.
Congratulations to the following students:
Girls team: Lola Arnold, Elise Borozan, Anna Concannon, Elizabeth Cruz, Dakota Hammond, Marlie Harris, Tina Hatzivasiliou, Olivia Mazzott, Maggie Peterson, Lola Tesoriero, Chloe Tselis
Boys team: Hugo Guastella, Cooper Husken, Daniel Righi, Cooper Smith, Nate Toelleatkinson, Owen Tourle-Choi, Owen Watson, Scott Wrigley
Rosebank Boys Dominate at Nationals
Over the Easter Holidays, Jack Harris, Jonas Kapsanis, Solomon Howard, and Fraser Salmon represented New South Wales and embarked to Perth for the annual Australian Men's and Mixed Netball Championships. The championships commenced with an opening ceremony on Saturday, 8 April and concluded with a presentation dinner on Saturday, 15 April. Jack, Jonas and Fraser competed in the 20’s and under age division while Solomon in the 17s and under, with all age groups (17s, 20s, 23s, Opens, Open reserves, Mixed, and Mixed reserves) playing 2 games a day and one game on Thursday leading up to the start of finals on the Friday. The NSW 20s age team finished the regular rounds with four wins and five losses, securing 3rd place position, getting eliminated in the elimination finals to 4th seed Queensland metro. The 17s and under age group secured three wins out of the nine games and finished 5th out of seven teams.
Overall, we can all confidently say being a part of a NSW men's netball team was an experience we recommend for any male netballer seeking to take their skills to the next level. The opportunity provides means to create new friends, develop skills in a high-performance environment and have a chance to represent NSW! Information regarding trials for the 2024 championships will be released at a later date and can be found on the Men’s Netball New South Wales Facebook page.
Year 12 Caulfield
Ms Annalisa Di Bella
PACE Coordinator (Representative Sport)
Premier's Reading Challenge
Congratulations, Rosebank! There are now over 100 students registered to complete the challenge. There are many ways for you to choose your reads. The easiest way is to check the PRC Booklists on the official PRC website or by doing a keyword search for "Premier's Reading Challenge" on Destiny Discover. Staff in the SRSC can also assist you. Did you know that we are completing the challenge with you? We are very happy to make recommendations to you or help you search for books. Don't forget you can count the books you are reading in class as well as anything you read at the end of last year's challenge.
Please click on this link to see the latest additions to our library catalogue. These books and ebooks are available for loan now.
Come and join us in the SRSC this term on Fridays at Break 2 for Manga Club. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Celebrating Mother Figures in Literature
Happy Mother's Day to all of Rosebank's mothers, grandmothers, step-mothers, aunts, foster mothers, carers and big sisters. To anyone who is a mother figure for you, we say thank you to them for everything. The SRSC is celebrating all of you with a display of books from our collection featuring significant mother figures.
Mrs Leanne Plesa
SRSC Library Assistant
From the Archives
Return of a lost treasure
At Open Day on Sunday, 7 May, Geraldine Finnimore (1958-1962) presented to the Archivist a uniform badge from the period WWI – WWII. The badge was worn on the hat. It had belonged to her mother, Peg Le Jeune. The gifting of this badge is an exciting event since such survivals are rarely encountered. It will be an important part of the collection.
If any family wishes to donate items which had belonged to past students, then they would be of great value for the Archives. Please contact the College Archives on 9713 3155.
Mr Robert Beazely