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Visit from Eldest Old Girl

Roseville College’s eldest Old Girl, 94 year old Mrs Margaret Gray visited Roseville College

 

Visit from Eldest Old Girl

Mrs Gray and Miss Gray were quick to notice architectural changes at the School, pointing out the historical sites of some of their fondest memories.

It looks a very different school,” admits Mrs Gray, who says it still has the same warm feeling she remembered as a student. “Most importantly, I remember Roseville College as the place I made friends for a lifetime. There aren’t too many of us left; but for those of us who shared the connection with Roseville College, we are proof that this School is one where girls make true and lasting friendships.

Mrs Gray laughs as she describes her traditional experience of education in the 1930s. “Times certainly have changed in the classroom” she says, confessing that academic learning wasn’t the highlight of her schooling – she moved to and from Sydney a few times during her childhood as her father relocated several times for work. She has always remembered Roseville College as “a happy school”. It was for this reason, her daughter Miss Margaret Gray was enrolled at the School in the 1960s.

Roseville College was part of our family,” adds Miss Gray. “The good thing, when I was here, was the feeling that you got to learn as an individual. The teachers also focussed on instilling enduring life skills and values in the students, which set me up well in life. I’m a volunteer fire-fighter with the NSW Rural Fire Service and I could not have done that without those foundations.

Miss Gray was pleased to accompany her mother to the College for the Archival interview, discovering snippets of her mother’s history that she hadn't known before.

I can’t believe the College has copies of all the old yearbooks and [its original publication] The Scroll, so I was interested to read about the days when my mother was a student here,” says Miss Gray. “I admit that sitting with a class of young Year 9 girls made me reflect on my own experiences; when I left Roseville, I missed it very badly...

Caption: Roseville College Archivist Mrs Caroline Lovell (left) and Year 9 student Ella Haid (right) welcomed the School’s eldest Old Girl, Mrs Margaret Gray (Old Girl Class of 1936) and her daughter Miss Margaret Gray (Old Girl Class of 1978). They hold an original copy of The Scroll from Mrs Gray’s days as a student.

Contact: Kaje Pickering, Media & Public Affairs | M 0414 473 640 | kpickering@roseville.nsw.edu.au

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Visit from Eldest Old Girl

22-Jun-2017 Roseville College’s eldest Old Girl, 94 year old Mrs Margaret Gray visited Roseville College

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Zonta Awards Emily as Best Speaker

Roseville College Year 11 student, Emily Dawson, has won the Pat Fisher Best Speaker Award,

 

Zonta Awards Emily as Best Speaker

Along with fellow Year 11 finalists, Jacinta Holtsmark and the Pat Fisher Best Speaker Award’s joint runner-up Caroline Wentworth, Emily was nominated for demonstrating an exemplary attentiveness to the needs and service of others.

Roseville College places a high value on fostering a community concern in our students, while also active about the advancement of women in life beyond school,” says Roseville College Leadership Coordinator, Ms Penny Walsh.

Each year, Zonta International showcases the outstanding community service and individual initiative of young women. Roseville College appreciates the opportunity to nominate role-models in areas of student leadership, community service and volunteering, and to celebrate each girl

Founded in the USA in 1919, today Zonta International is a global organisation of more than 30,000 professionals in 65 countries working to advance the status of women through service projects and advocacy initiatives spanning economics, professions, education, health, law and politics. Australia has been part of Zonta International since 1966.

The Awards are open to women aged 16-19 years, who demonstrate leadership in a voluntary capacity and in student government. Among the finalists were representatives from several local, North Shore schools. In 2012, Roseville College Year 11 student Alice Strauss also won the Pat Fisher Best Speaker Award.

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Caption: Roseville College Year 11 student, Emily Dawson (right, with joint runner-up Caroline Wentworth), has won the Pat Fisher Best Speaker Award at the Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Awards.

Contact: Kaje Pickering, Media & Public Affairs | M 0414 4 73 640 | kpickering@roseville.nsw.edu.au


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Zonta Awards Emily as Best Speaker

22-Jun-2017 Roseville College Year 11 student, Emily Dawson, has won the Pat Fisher Best Speaker Award,

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Roseville Student wins School’s Fifth Rotary Scholarship

Year 12 student, Wenny Qu, has won the Annual Rotary Club Gordon Waterhouse Memorial Music Scholarship

 

Roseville Student wins School’s Fifth Rotary Scholarship

Wenny performed Carl Vine’s Anna Landa Preludes: Short Story and Thumper, followed by Moszkowski’s Caprice Espagnol.
“Wenny has enjoyed quite a remarkable year so far,” says Roseville College Head of Music Mrs Noni Katada, referring to Wenny’s success in this competition as well as her recent masterclass at the College with one of Australia’s finest and most admirable musicians, pianist Mr Simon Tedeschi.

“Wenny’s piano performance of Carl Vine’s Anna Landa Preludes: Short Story and Thumper combined expressive
phrasing, rhythmic vitality and sensitivity to style. In addition, her dynamic interpretation of Moszkowski’s Caprice
Espagnol explored Spanish nuances and highlighted Wenny’s maturity as a performer,” Mrs Katada says.

Prior Roseville College winners are:

2011 - Roseville College 2011 Music Captain, Sophie Podrasky, on violin
2012 - Roseville College 2012 Music Captain, Chermaine Chew, on piano
2013 - Roseville College graduate, Jessica An, on violin (with a unanimous result)
2015 - Roseville College graduate, Christina Kim, on cello

The annual scholarship was inaugurated in memory of Gordon Waterhouse, a highly esteemed member of the Rotary Club of Chatswood (www.chatswoodrotary.org.au) who dedicated his life to music and service above himself. The popular competition is contested by talented young musicians from six local schools and it provides students with an opportunity to be recognised for both performance excellence and service to music within their school community.

As this year’s winner, Wenny receives a $2,000 grant towards her music education, presented by the President of Chatswood Rotary Club. The 2017 event was held on Wednesday 14 June, at the Zenith Theatre in Chatswood.

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Caption: Roseville College Year 12 Music Captain and music scholar, pianist Wenny

Contact: Kaje Pickering, Media & Public Affairs | M 0414 4 73 640 | kpickering@roseville.nsw.edu.au

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Roseville Student wins School’s Fifth Rotary Scholarship

22-Jun-2017 Year 12 student, Wenny Qu, has won the Annual Rotary Club Gordon Waterhouse Memorial Music Scholarship

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Erin Triumphs Against Odds

Roseville College Year 6 athlete, Erin Masters, will represent NSW

 

Erin Triumphs Against Odds

Erin swam personal best times at the PSSA Championship to place 3rd in 50m Freestyle and 100m Freestyle respectively. She also placed 2nd in 50m Backstroke and 50m Breaststroke (all 11-13 years).

Even beyond the pool, Erin seems to relish the opportunities placed before her; not because they are easy for her, but precisely because they should be too hard.

I have already overcome so much opposition before I enter the pool,” she explains, describing how a stroke at 13-months resulted in hemiplegia that limits the physicality of her left-hand-side. “On the surface, it might appear that multi-class competitions are somehow less competitive. But it’s not true. Inspite of the visible ‘disabilities’, I know the other swimmers in the pool aren’t only focused on competing against me. We are all competing with our own thoughts: the things doctors have said to us, our feelings, our pain and the wrong belief that, ‘I shouldn’t even try’.”

"When you’ve had to overcome these things before you even get in the pool, you understand the true strength of your competitors. They are courageous, determined, resilient, compassionate, brave and inspirational. These things actually make multi-class competitions even more competitive – and achievement at this level more significant – once you scratch below the surface,” Erin says.

Erin is evidently wise beyond her 11-years and is noticeably considerate towards her peers at Roseville College and in her competitions. She credits both her School and her family for nurturing her when life could otherwise have hardened her, and for establishing in her a broad, positive outlook for the future.

"I am really interested in health and medicine, and I know I can find a niche where I can inspire and help others,” adds Erin, who lists obstetrics and competing at the Paralympics among future aspirations. “I have learnt that no one should be made to feel embarrassed for, or ashamed of, who they are. Everyone is equal and has value, and everyone can make a difference.”

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Sarah Pursues Her Professional Tennis Dream

Roseville College Year 8 athlete, Sarah Munroe, will attend Tennis Australia’s Double’s Camp

 

Sarah Pursues Her Professional Tennis Dream

The 13 year old, who began tennis at age 7 and now ranks 8th in Australia for her age group, embodies both the high physical aptitude demanded by the sport as well as a self-controlled, well managed temperament; a combination that gives her both a physical and mental edge on court.

“I’m excited about my inclusion in the camp, which is a reward for hard work,” she acknowledges, adding that she wouldn’t have the same opportunity without the support and inspiration of her parents, family and school community.

“The [Roseville College] Tildesley Tennis team is supportive of each other and I sense that personally, too. I’m grateful for the flexible study program at School that accommodates my training regime. I’m thankful for my family and their constant support, and I appreciate that my friends and teachers at School give me the freedom to be a ‘normal’ student, which is in contrast to standing alone on a tennis court with all eyes on you,” she explains.

While thoughtful in her words, Sarah is uncompromising about the qualities she believes constitute a great tennis player and role model.

“Sportsmanship is one of the main qualities I admire in players on today’s [tennis] circuit,” says Sarah. “Together with integrity and self-control, sportsmanship is underrated, but increasingly important in high visibility sports like ours.” Sarah, who is also an All Rounder Scholar at Roseville College, says sportsmanship includes honesty, respect and courtesy towards others on court.

“How I conduct myself and play the game of tennis is more important than winning or losing,” she believes. However, Sarah is also a realist: “I know these things are easy to say at 13 years old; but I hope I still feel this way in years to come when it really counts!”

Caption: Roseville College student, Sarah Munroe, will attend Tennis Australia’s Double’s Camp later this month. 

Contact: Kaje Pickering, Media & Public Affairs | M 0414 4 73 640 | kpickering@roseville.nsw.edu.au 

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Sarah Earns University Academic Award

Sarah Leatherbarrow receives Sydney University Academic Excellence Award

 

Sarah Earns University Academic Award

Sarah is among a select cohort of students from across NSW to receive the Academic Excellence award, which is part of a scheme initiated by the University to acknowledge and encourage academic diligence.

Schools with significant links to the University are invited to nominate a deserving candidate from their most recent Year 10 cohort. These nominations are then considered against eligibility for the award. The awards allow the University to search for future, talented students and inspire them to consider graduate studies at the University post-school.

"Roseville College has a long standing, positive relationship with the University of Sydney, which consistently tops student preferences for post-school study," says Principal Ms Deb Magill. "I am delighted that Sarah's diligence has been rewarded in this way. I expect it will motivate her to a higher level of achievement as she focusses on her HSC."

Sarah received her certificate at an official presentation ceremony at the University of Sydney on 4 April.

Roseville College ranks among NSW's best in HSC achievement. Many Roseville College students and Year 12 graduates perform strongly in their school and post-schooling pursuits, including scholarships for higher education learning, as well as local awards for academic, music and performing arts, sports and community achievement.

Caption: Sarah Leatherbarrow receives her Sydney University Year 10 Academic Excellence Award from University's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Registrar), Professor Tyrone Carlin.

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Learning Enrichment Tedeschi Style

Simon Tedeschi, most certainly one of Australia’s finest musicians

 

Learning Enrichment Tedeschi Style

Three Roseville College Senior School music students, including two music scholarship recipients, also performed during the Masterclass.

It was an honour to have Simon attentive to my performance, says Year 12 Music Captain, Wenny Qu, who expects Mr Tedeschi’s guidance of her emotive and technical skills will help her as she approaches her HSC music performances. Wenny, a Roseville music scholar, has played piano for 14 years and currently studies with one of Simon’s past teachers. It is incredible to have an opportunity like this at school

Pianist and music scholar Elyssa Chien, Year 7, and fellow pianist Cynthia So, Year 9, also performed in the Masterclass. Despite being younger performers, both have set high standards for learning, self-improvement and discipline when it comes to studying piano. The girls agree that today's remarkable opportunity will have lasting impact on the depth and quality of their musical performances, as well as on their outlook to practise and learning – even beyond music.

Roseville College Learning Enrichment teachers, Mrs Annelise Woo Ruiz and Mrs Claire Rowsell, orchestrated the visit because they are committed to inspiring girls to embrace their natural gifts and abilities - whether in music, the arts, sports or academic pursuits, and to persevere through work hard.

Simon is extraordinarily gifted musically, yet he had to work extremely hard at perfecting his ability to a world-class standard, explains Mrs Woo Ruiz, who says Simon tells his own story to expel the notion of easy giftedness and credits his success to several things including a measure of good luck. Mrs Woo Ruiz thinks three of these in particular will resonate with Roseville College girls. Firstly, the currency of hard work; it counts and it pays off. Next, appreciating the network of teachers and family who support (and nudge) you to stay focussed on your goal or dream. Lastly, the value of having balance in life; to nurture relationships and have a good sense of humour, and to enjoy a range of hobbies.

“Make the most of every opportunity you have to refine and extend your natural abilities, no matter what they are. Everyone’s development process is individual; however, key characteristics that will help you achieve your goals are universal: resilience, perseverance, hard work and passion,” said Mr Tedeschi.

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Contact: Kaje Pickering, Media & Public Affairs | M 0414 4 73 640 | kpickering@roseville.nsw.edu.au


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Music tour to Japan

Girls mark ANZAC Day during music tour to Japan

 

Music tour to Japan

For two weeks, 51 students in the School's Wind, Vocal, String and Jazz Ensembles will participate in cultural and musical exchange, featuring workshops and performances with Japanese schools, including the College's sister school, Bunka Girls High School in Tokyo. A tour highlight is an official performance for HE Mr Richard Court AC, Australian Ambassador to Japan, in proceedings following the solemn ANZAC memorial service at Yokohama War Cemetery on 25 April.

"Yokohama War Cemetery is the only war cemetery in Japan administered by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission," explains Roseville College's Head of Music, Mrs Noni Katada.

"Yokohama is the resting place of 277 members of the Australian army, navy, merchant navy and airforce, as well as two unknown Australian military personnel. As such, it is extremely special and timely for Roseville College students to honour and remember the ANZAC sacrifice, while simultaneously building their own personal connections in Janap that inspirit richer cultural respect and understanding,"

The students will also enjoy the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of famous musicians, experience the diversity of Japan's music and art culture (including attending a kimono fashion show and a private Koto music performance), and will explore the significance of local music history (including the development of Japanese musical instruments).

"This is a lifetime opportunity for students to expand both their musical and cultural horizons. Music is the common language of the tour; it is like the seed from which friendships grow," says Mrs Katada. "Of course, no trip to Japan is complete without walking beneath the cherry blossoms, travelling by bullet train or visiting ancient sites like Kyoto's splendid Kinkakuji temple (the 18 carat Golden Pavilion). It is truly a privilege for the girls to tour Japan, sharing their love of music."

Students will participate in workshops and perform formally to audiences in glorious venues and spectacular settings in cities including Otsu, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Odawara and Tokyo.

Photo: Rachel Montford, Natalie Vogel and Krystal Lau are visiting Japan for two weeks on the Roseville College Music Performance Tour

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