Rosny College chalks up 50 years

Rosny College celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, and since its founding in 1973 many students have returned to become teachers and staff at the college.

Ray Riewoldt was one of the first students to go through Rosny College as part of the 1973 cohort.

He now works as a disability support worker in Rosny College’s Springboard program, which helps students with intellectual disabilities.

“We had just come from high school which was very strict, where we had to wear uniforms, but then we came to a fresh, brand-new college which for us was just sensational,” he said.

“When we came it was only stage one of completion, so there was a common room, offices and a few classrooms.

“Stage two was completed about four or five years later and that added in the gymnasium, auditorium and drama areas.

“Little things have changed as well. For example, the common room – in 1973 we were allowed to smoke in there. Now you can’t smoke anywhere on the school grounds.”

Clare Latham graduated in 2001 and is now one of Rosny College’s performing arts teachers.

“It’s a bit of full circle moment coming back, especially since I studied performing arts and am now on the other side of the stage,” she said.

“I absolutely love it, and I feel very passionate about Rosny College. It is really special to be a teacher here.”

Andrew Woodham graduated from Rosny College in 1998 and is now the principal.

“The presence of many former students among the staff at Rosny is a source of immense pride and satisfaction,” he said.

“Having alumni on staff fosters a strong sense of shared commitment to providing current students with the same high-quality education that benefited them in their formative years at Rosny College.”

In 1973 there was less than 300 students enrolled at Rosny College. Since then numbers have more than tripled, with almost 1000 students enrolled for 2024.

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