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100 Days at Big School

100 year old Roseville College Old Girls took over the Kindergarten classroom

 

100 Days at Big School

The 100 year old “Old Girls” were, in fact, the imaginative and enthusiastic Kindy girls themselves, who embraced the landmark with a usual air of energy and inquisitiveness.

“While the 100th day at school is a wonderful celebration, it is also a practical and fun way to make numeracy relevant and attractive to 5 and 6 year olds,” explains Kindergarten teacher, Mrs Jos Dudley. ‘Over the last six months, the girls have counted – gradually – to 100 days, learning the predictability and rules of numeracy along the way to establish solid foundations for future learning, such as arithmetic,” Mrs Dudley says.

Mrs Dudley believes that fun, surprise and curiosity cannot be separated from the learning experience, so she has worked diligently to incorporate and magnify these elements in the 100 Days program. For example, when students arrived for their 100th day, excited and dressed to theme, the girls discovered the 99 numbers on their 100 chart had escaped! The search for the 99 lost numbers lasted all day culminating in the discovery of the newest, 100th numeral. Meanwhile, they collaborated with peers to consider and apply basic engineering principles to construct a self-standing structure from 100 marshmallows and 100 toothpicks, before exploring foundations of trigonometry by creating triangular shapes in fairy bread covered generously with 100s and 1000s, and eating them!

“The 100th Day was definitely a milestone event for the girls; however, each day in Kindy at Roseville College is considered and well-prepared in order to provide each child with her own unique, teachable moments,” says Mrs Dudley. “As specialist educators, it’s our job to recognise and nurture learning moments for our students; such as when girls question something and resolve it on their own, or gain new revelations about ‘why’. Personally, I love their excited impatience and curiosity about ‘what’s to come’. “

Roseville College is committed to the practice of innovative, inspirational teaching and learning from Kindergarten to Year 12. The School delivers the world-class IB Primary Years Programme across the Junior School to enrich and embolden girls’ learning as they grow in awareness and character, and approach the Senior School transition.

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Caption: Three of Roseville College’s Kindergarten class, Rosie Craig, Freya McNally and Ivy Gan, enjoy their 100th Day at “Big School”.

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

 


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100 Days at Big School

10-Aug-2017 100 year old Roseville College Old Girls took over the Kindergarten classroom

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Roseville College Captain and Dux Awarded Australia’s only 2017 Robertson Scholarship

2016 School Captain and College Dux, Zoe King wins one of 27 elite scholarships at Duke University USA

 

Roseville College Captain and Dux Awarded Australia’s only 2017 Robertson Scholarship

Inspired by her mother’s positive experiences from studying abroad, the ambitious 19 year old set her goal on securing a USA scholarship many years ago. Highly capable and boundless in her inquisitiveness, Zoe applied herself whole-heartedly to school life and excelled academically throughout her Senior School years. She pursued leadership opportunities and highly competitive academic pursuits within and beyond school; including the Oxford Summer School and the National Youth Science Forum (ANU).

In her HSC year, Zoe was School Captain, the head girl at Roseville College. As a result of excellence in her HSC, she was named Dux at Roseville College and was distinguished as a HSC All-Round Achiever in 2016 by the NSW Premier.

All the more remarkable, while Zoe was preparing for and completing her HSC exams, she was also managing a rigorous and complicated application process, which continued for several months; simultaneously to apply for and secure a place at Duke University, and, contingent on this, for the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program.

“I pursued a Robertson Scholarship because it recognises the effort you’ve made so far as a student; but the greater emphasis is on your future potential. I have always loved the feeling of being outside a ‘comfort zone’ and this program is definitely the challenge that I was hoping for. I am very excited for the experiences abroad (as part of the program) that will further widen my perspective of the world around me,” she explains.

Zoe says the vast array of opportunities available at Roseville College enriched her application, as much as they deepened and balanced her educational experience at School. Above all, she is grateful for the work her teachers put in to helping her throughout her HSC with “any and every question” she had. She is thankful for the hours of assistance her teachers at Roseville College invested into her US scholarship application process.

Duke University ranks 8th in the US and is among that country’s most selective, with a 2017 acceptance rate of just 9.2%. The Robertson Scholarship, worth up to $AU350,000 over four years, invests in young leaders who strive to make transformational contributions to society. It covers eight semesters of full tuition, accommodation and travel.


Caption: Roseville College 2016 School Captain and Dux, Zoe King, has won a rare place in the prestigious Robertson Scholars Leadership Program and will spend four years studying at Duke University. 
 
Contact: Kaje Pickering, Media & Public Affairs | M 0414 473 640 | kpickering@roseville.nsw.edu.au

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Roseville College Captain and Dux Awarded Australia’s only 2017 Robertson Scholarship

10-Aug-2017 2016 School Captain and College Dux, Zoe King wins one of 27 elite scholarships at Duke University USA

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Another Roseville Student Wins Henry Lawson prose competition

Roseville College Year 8 poet, Darcey White, has won the 2017 Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Short Story

 

Another Roseville Student Wins Henry Lawson prose competition

The talented 15 year old says her entry in the 2017 competition, apoem titled “Mars and Stars”, uses science and space as a metaphor for time and love. Inspired by the “star-crossed lovers”, Shakespeare’s
Romeo and Juliette, she explores the idea of forbidden love and how it defies society’s parameters.

Despite the characters’ many distinctive qualities, they discover a connection they feel nobody else will understand,” says Darcey.

The metaphor connects science and space, which are supported by evidence, to time and love that are vulnerable and human, and arguably cannot be measured by numbers and figures,” she explains. “I hoped to encourage the audience to question what is valid and invalid love, when we struggle to define what it is, or how to rationalise it. I hope that my poem shoes that people can form connections and love despite their many differences, and that, as a society, we should cherish this.”

The Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Short Story and Verse competition is a national, annual event; visit http://www.henrylawsonfestival.com.au

Darcey’s win is the fourth win in the famous Short Story and Verse competition by a Roseville College student in recent years; it was also won by Sejung Park in both 2009 and 2011, and by Alex Turner in 2016.

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Caption: Roseville College Year 8 poet, Darcey White, is the fourth College student to win the Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Short Story and Verse competition’s Secondary Verse category in recent years.

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

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Another Roseville Student Wins Henry Lawson prose competition

10-Aug-2017 Roseville College Year 8 poet, Darcey White, has won the 2017 Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Short Story

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Passion to Equip the Homeless

Year 6 student, Arabella Smith, presented the culmination of her compassionate Year 6 Passion Project to Mission Australia

 

Passion to Equip the Homeless

Roseville College’s annual Passion Project initiative encourages participants to choose an area of passion that they want to foster or pursue. For some, this may involve tackling an issue of interest or concern. It’s an initiative that not only inspires those undertaking the project, but other students that see it in action,” explains Roseville
College Year 6 teacher, Miss Hayley Smith.

Miss Smith says the Passion Project is a home learning exercise that strengthens each girl’s ability to motivate and guide their learning beyond the classroom.

“Students are free to choose their project and some decide to use the opportunity to make a positive difference in an area that matters to them. No matter the project, all girls develop vital transferable and life skills; such as written and oral communication, time management, financial literacy, organisational skills and, like Arabella, the value of learning from trial and error.”

Arabella says her mother was her inspiration for her Passion Project. “My mother has a habit of practising kindness,generosity and compassion toward people in need. If she meets someone who is in need, she tries to help them in a meaningful way and I wanted to imitate that quality through my project,” she says.

“My parents took me to see a movie called, ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’, which had a big impact on me. I hadn’t realised the significance of homelessness; that it was so hard – or perhaps, that my family and I had it so easy in comparison.” “My parents both encouraged and supported my project, which I called ‘Home in a Bag’. The orange outer dry-bag is waterproof, containing a sleeping bag and a poncho that doubles as a waterproof ground sheet,” says Arabella, who adds that each bag costs around $50 and, to assemble 25 units, she undertook extensive fundraising among family and friends, to whom she is also grateful.

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Arabella presented 25 complete ‘Home in a Bag’ packs to Mission Australia this week to be distributed to homelesspeople across Sydney.

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Caption: Roseville College Year 6 student, Arabella Smith, created 25 ‘Home in a Bag’ packs for homeless people, pictured with a member of Mission Australia’s Mission Beat team, for distribution across Sydney.

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

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Passion to Equip the Homeless

10-Aug-2017 Year 6 student, Arabella Smith, presented the culmination of her compassionate Year 6 Passion Project to Mission Australia

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Championship Titles Retained

Roseville College Snowsports Team successfully defended both Championship titles

 

Championship Titles Retained

The team, comprising 50 girls in Year 2 to Year 12, further improved on its superb 2015 and 2016 results by also raising to second in the Secondary Skiing Female Point Score and more than doubling the number of girls who qualified for the Suburu NSW State Interschools Championships.

Roseville College Snowsports Coordinator, Mrs Suzi Litchfield, says she is impressed by the dedication of the students and their families, who give so much time and effort to travel, training and team-building. Led by Snowsports Captain, Jasmine Wong, Mrs Litchfield believes that the 2017 team camaraderie was unparalleled.

“The team brought home 7 gold, 4 silver and 8 bronze medals and a total of 39 top 10 places, “ says Mrs Litchfield. “Despite outstanding individual performances by several girls, every team member contributed to this fantastic result.”

The girls competed in five events: Alpine GS, Moguls, Ski Cross, Snowboard GS and Snowboard Cross. The Suburu NSW State Interschools Championships will be held in August.

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Caption: Roseville College Snowsports member, Sarah Leatherbarrow, competes in the 2017 Northern NSW Interschools Championships.

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


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Championship Titles Retained

10-Aug-2017 Roseville College Snowsports Team successfully defended both Championship titles

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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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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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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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