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Head of Junior School Appointment

 

Head of Junior School Appointment

Mrs Woldhuis DipT BEd MEd is an insightful, passionate educator, who demonstrates upstanding strength of leadership in girls’ education and student well-being, specifically in the junior years. Having served the College since 2011, Mrs Woldhuis has proven her commitment to the values and ethos of the College as an Anglican school, and is known as warm, considered and courageous. As a role model to girls, her professional conduct and personal character are respected and appreciated.

Ms Magill describes Mrs Woldhuis as a devoted teacher who values each child, and brings expertise in personalised learning, integrated technology,and learning innovation to the role of Head of Junior School.

“Roseville College is a learning environment where qualities such as leadership, innovation and enrichment are vital for our staff and the girls they influence. We work hard to develop and reinforce qualities like these within our collegiate,” says Ms Magill, who believes that the school’s Professional Growth program for staff, together with its succession management, contributes to strong internal candidates for senior and executive roles at the College.

“I am so pleased that, despite a global search of more than 300 leaders using a leading academic recruitment firm, the excellent candidature of a well-regarded member of staff could not be overshadowed by any local or international applicant in the final round of interviews. Mrs Woldhuis’ strength and example in leading education and innovation, with the care of each girl at the centre, is outstanding.”

Mrs Woldhuis is a long-standing member of the Roseville College Junior School Executive, overseeing Teaching and Learning Innovation, and was an integral member of the team that achieved International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP) accreditation for Roseville College Junior School in 2015. In 2016, Mrs Woldhuis was named as “ICTE Educator of the Year” for her significant contribution and demonstrated leadership in schools and to the teaching profession. In 2017, she was appointed Head of Professional Growth, before becoming Acting Head of Junior School, upon the resignation of Mrs Tanya Vaughan, effective December 2017. Having also contributed to formation of the College’s Strategic Direction 2018 – 2020, Mrs Woldhuis’appointment ensures a seamless transition of leadership in Junior School, including the IB PYP and leading the accomplishment of Realising Purpose in the life of Junior School.

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Caption: Top, Roseville College Head of Junior School, Mrs Abi Woldhuis.

Contact: Kaje Pickering, Strategic Communication and Marketing

mobile 0414 473 640 • email kpickering@roseville.nsw.edu.au

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Head of Junior School Appointment

26-Mar-2018

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Roseville College Celebrates 110 Years of Realising Purpose

Roseville College, established in 1908, celebrates another milestone next week, marking 110 Years

 

Roseville College Celebrates 110 Years of Realising Purpose

The College celebrates its 110th anniversary with a series of dedicated birthday events, beginning with a family Thanksgiving Service at the College on Sunday 25 February, followed by a traditional Birthday Assembly for the students on Tuesday. Throughout the week, the College will also host a number of tailored events for parents, the College’s wider community and its Old Girls.

Roseville College’s current, and 10th Principal, Ms Deb Magill, says celebrating is important in the life of any community.

“Since 1908, many families and students have likened Roseville College to an extension of home. Birthdays are a wonderful excuse to gather and be thankful; not only for the amazing environment; but for each other. Past and present.

“In 110 years, ten Headmistresses and Principals have led Roseville College, and five of these women attended our 110 Years Thanksgiving Service. That makes this service a particularly historic event for the College,” she says.

110 Year events will continue throughout the year, including a Learning Festival and Open Day on Saturday 26 May.

Contact: Kaje Pickering, Strategic Communication and Marketing
mobile 0414 473 640 email kpickering@roseville.nsw.edu.au


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Roseville College Celebrates 110 Years of Realising Purpose

27-Feb-2018 Roseville College, established in 1908, celebrates another milestone next week, marking 110 Years

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Roseville College ranks 25th in the State

Roseville College announces Year 12 graduate Claire Chen as its 2017 HSC Dux

 

Roseville College ranks 25th in the State

Principal, Ms Deb Magill, says she is delighted with the results which reflect an outstanding and personal best effort by such a large proportion of the Class of 2017, with three students awarded Premier’s All Round Achievers Awards: Claire Chen, Remi Krenkels and Natasha Turner-Cohen.

“I am delighted that, as a cohort, this year group has achieved a rank of 25th in NSW, which is a tremendous improvement for the School this year. As a non-selective school, results like these demonstrate how Roseville College’s culture of excellence in learning does inspire each girl to achieve her best.”

Ms Magill listed the HSC Highlights to include more than a third of exams taken by Roseville College students achieving a mark of 90 or more, and more than two thirds of students achieving at least one Band 6 score (of 90 or more).

“Outcomes like these are in reward for hard work and commitment by the students,” adds Ms Magill. However, she believes that the love and support of parents and families of HSC candidates shouldn’t be overlooked. “There is always a team of family, friends, teaching professionals and academic leaders who deserve congratulations, too.”

Claire is thrilled to be named HSC Dux for Roseville College, saying it opens the door to study at Sydney University in a double degree of Law and Commerce. However, like her fellow Premier’s All Round Achiever, Remi Krenkels, Claire agrees that the ATAR itself isn’t an excuse to stop working hard.

“No matter what your mark is, everyone should keep working hard and chasing what’s important to them. This may mean alternative pathways for some, so – for the girls from Roseville College – we will keep loving and respecting one another – asking how we can help each other achieve our goals,” Claire says.

For Claire and Remi, who are celebrating today, the quality that they will miss about student life at Roseville College is the nurturing staff and peers, who are part of a true culture of really caring for one another. “Roseville College really is like a family – a tight-knit community,” they agree. “... and we will always be Roseville girls.”

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Caption: Roseville College Principal, Ms Deb Magill, congratulates HSC Dux for Roseville College, Claire Chen, and fellow Premier’s All Round Achiever, Remi Krenkels.

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


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19-Dec-2017 Roseville College announces Year 12 graduate Claire Chen as its 2017 HSC Dux

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Dame Bashir Presents Peace Award to Year 12 Leader

Dame Bashir Presents Peace Award to Year 12 Leader

 

Dame Bashir Presents Peace Award to Year 12 Leader

Selected from a large number of applicants, each who has shown exceptional leadership qualities, Annabella was one of eight recipients statewide to receive an award for her contribution to social justice.

“I was particularly impressed by other recipients whose challenging personal circumstances inspired their efforts to make a difference for others in a similar situation; such as child protection, refugees, bullying, children’s cancer, or gender rights,” says Annabella. “Drawing from their personal experience, they are highly empathetic, deeply driven and extremely creative in helping raise awareness to create positive change.”

“I feel privileged to live in safety and peace, to receive love and have opportunities to thrive,” says Annabella, who adds that her contribution to social justice is a result of wanting to bring peace, harmony and security to others.

Roseville College has a strong service culture, underpinned by strong female leadership among both the staff and students, which Annabella says has been influential in shaping her attitude toward social justice, both at school and in her local community.

Referring to a visit to the College by Baroness Cox, Annabella said everyone can make a difference. “Baroness Cox shared with us how she used her title of ‘baroness’ for the betterment of people in poverty. She shows great courage and perseverance to be present in remote places where many others wouldn’t be brave enough to go,” says Annabella. “I will always remember Baroness Cox saying, ‘We cannot do everything; but we must not do nothing’.”

Annnabella is honoured to receive a 2017 Dame Marie Bashir Peace Award and is empowered knowing that a group of girls her age can make a real difference to other people’s lives. “It is awesome to be included among a group of young women who are so passionately and actively making a difference in the world, and to be known for something other than the typical things that teenagers are known for... There is no limit to the amount of positive impact your life can have from any age.”

For more information, please visit National Council of Women of New South Wales

Caption: Roseville College Year 12 Community Service Captain, Annabella Teale, and her Peace Award from the National Council of Women with Dame Marie Bashir. Credit: Michael Mannington

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

 

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Dame Bashir Presents Peace Award to Year 12 Leader

01-Nov-2017 Dame Bashir Presents Peace Award to Year 12 Leader

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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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2016 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

 

2016 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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2016 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.


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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