There was plenty to celebrate last weekend for sports teacher Tim Roslin &
“I’m ecstatic, I really am. It’s the first time the Senior Boys have won the cricket ever! And the Senior Girls winning the softball again is fantastic!”
Mr Roslin is talking about the inter-school sports competition known as Pisa sport, (Peninsula Independent Sports Association) which JCS has been part of for the past eight years and which he currently convenes.
“We’ve come a long way since we joined Pisa. We are still the smallest school by a long way in the competition, so it’s really something when we are able to do well against these much bigger schools.
The kids are very considerate of each other [at sports]. They shake hands with the other team and generally show pretty good sportsmanship.”
Mr Roslin is in his 11th year of teaching at JCS and says when he started there were 80 students, few permanent buildings and no formal sport program.
“I love the teachers here, they are a fantastic bunch, and the kids are great too.”
He works at JCS three days a week on Monday, Tuesday and Friday.
“We have seven sports staff at JCS on a Friday, plus Alex Ladomatos who works for JCS: Mr Cairn has been managing the Girls softball, I’ve been looking after the Senior Boys cricket, Miss Ellie has been managing the Junior Girls T Ball and Mr Burcham looked after the Boy’s T Ball. And Mrs Keating looks after the sports teams back at school.”
Next term, Pisa sport will be netball for the Girls and football (soccer) for the Boys.
Mr Roslin also runs our school fencing club which has around 20 members this term.
“I was a member of a fencing club in the UK, and I found that teaching fencing was a popular request by schools I worked with over there, so that was how I got into fencing coaching.”
He has been running his sports coaching business Sportextra for 25 years and through it coaches and teaches at five schools around Sydney: Masada, Lindfield East, Loquat Valley and Rudolf Steiner as well as JCS.
Mr Roslin was born in London and went to a private school, The King Alfred, in Hampstead, which he describes as an arty, small school, co-ed, no uniform, and we called the teachers by their first name.
“I didn’t particularly enjoy school, having dyslexia meant that academics were not my thing. I loved my sport though and I was captain of cricket and football so that was definitely the best part about school.”
“I’ve found over the years that there are links between things like dyspraxia and dyslexia and if you get kids catching and throwing and developing their ball skills, it does seem to help a lot of kids. It can help in improving their organisational skills, spatial awareness and audio processing and helps with the social side of life, and that’s very much what we work on at JCS with all the younger students especially.” Click here to review the NSW sports curriculum for Boys and Girls, as taught by Mr Roslin and Mrs Keating during Term 1 and Term 2 at JCS.
This is Mr Roslin’s 12th year in Australia. He d visited Australia a few times before moving here, and he and his wife Andrea decided to settle in Sydney as it seemed to provide the most opportunities for Andrea’s work as a makeup artist in the film and fashion industry.
They live in Frenchs Forest and have two children. Luke, the eldest, just got married last weekend, (the other major reason for celebrating last weekend!) and Milly, who is at Oxford Falls in high school.
‘I don’t have a lot of spare time for hobbies, but I still love my cricket! I have done a lot of photography, in combination with travelling and taking photos of the kids while they were growing up. I went around the world before I got married and meeting so many people as I travelled, that was the best time of my life. I look back at those photos from 20-odd years ago taken on my old 35mm camera, and yes, I’d like to do more travel and photography!”
Thank you Mr Roslin.