"Charity fulfills the law"

Newsletter (May 2009)

Dear Parents

Thankfully the recent cases of ‘swine flu’ in New Zealand seem to be diminishing in number.  However we urge parents to remain vigilant and to err on the side of caution when sending their sons to school if they display any flu-like symptoms.  These would include fever, muscle ache, headache, sore throat and nausea.  If any of these symptoms persist you should seek professional medical advice.  Your son should also have brought home a form for you to update your personal contact details in the event of an emergency.  We would appreciate these being returned to the school office if any of the information we require is out of date.

Twenty-three of our senior boys attended the Anzac Day parade in Takapuna with great respect and dignity.  The participation of our young men, and indeed all the schools, both secondary and primary, was much appreciated by the war veterans.  In fact a number of speakers commented specifically on how the attendance of so many young people makes a significant contribution to the special nature of the day.

Approximately 700 people attended the farewell for Father John Bland at the Rosmini Auditorium on 26 April.  The farewell was organized along the lines of the television show “This is your life.” There were various speakers representing differing aspects of Father Bland’s religious life, including teaching, running the Retreat team and of course as Parish Priest at St Thomas More.  The farewell was highly entertaining, with a number of fun musical items, and Father Bland visibly enjoyed himself.  Father John flew out for the United Kingdom via Kenya on 30 April.

The fund-raising committee has organized a breakfast on Monday 11 May at the Spencer on Byron Hotel in Takapuna.  It will give those interested an opportunity to listen to three of New Zealand’s foremost investment professionals and to enjoy a breakfast in the hotel.  Funds raised will help with our continual quest to raise funds to pay for our much needed new gymnasium which is well on the way to completion.

Our much anticipated new gymnasium is almost completed.  Auckland Construction Company have done a fantastic job for the school and hope to have all final inspections completed at the start of Week 3 (11 May).  All students are certainly very keen to see the full-size Basketball court.  They will be even more impressed when they see the size and quality of the new changing rooms.

The first round of parent/teacher interviews started in the Auditorium this week for parents of Years 7-10 letters A-L.  This will be followed by M-Z on Wednesday 13 May.  Senior parent/teacher interviews will take place after senior exams on Tuesday 16 June.

Senior exams start on Friday 15 May and run through until Friday 22 May.  Seniors should be down to some serious study by now for these exams.  If your son does not have any exams on a particular day he is allowed to stay home and study.

The winter sports season started on Saturday 2 May.  Those of us who braved the freezing weather must have thought we were in the middle of winter rather than autumn.  The 1st XV did their best to brighten everyone up and lift the gloom with an emphatic 82-0 win over Northcote College.  This fifth consecutive home defence of the Woodhouse Shield enabled Rosmini to have it’s name engraved on the trophy.  This is only the second time Rosmini has achieved this.

The 1st XI Soccer team opened their season with a 0-0 draw with Long Bay College.

The Auckland Secondary Schools’ Principals’ Association has asked that the following letter be published in school newsletters.  It is certainly a timely reminder to spectators about appropriate behaviour at school sporting fixtures now that the busy winter sports season is underway.

‘The ASSHA Executive Board wishes to remind all players, coaches and supporters of their expectations around conduct and behaviour in College Sport competitions.

In 2008 to the widespread dismay of ASSHA members some unsavoury incidents involving players and coaches went unreported to the respective sports bodies and the ASSHA.  One particular case played out extensively in the national media.  These incidents brought the respective schools, team members, coaches and the sport into disrepute, and in doing so by implication the ASSHA, particularly as there were limited steps that the respective sports body and ASSHA could take, as the incidents went unreported and were not notified by way of complaint.

Players, coaches and supporters are reminded that the highest levels of sportsmanship, fair play and conduct are expected in relation to opposition players, coaches and officials.  Objectionable language, sledging and the entering of the field of play by substitutes, spectators and coaches is totally unacceptable.

All ASSHA member schools are encouraged to follow the complaints process in 2009 to prevent the actions of a few impacting on all member schools.  Every player, coach, supporter and team official has a responsibility to uphold the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship.”
The Karate prowess of Year 13 student and Sports Captain, Chris Rahardja, was displayed again during the recent school holidays.  Competing in the New Zealand Open Karate Championships in Christchurch he won four Gold medals across various age ranges and disciplines.

  • Senior Open Male Kata (Forms)
  • Junior Open Male Kata
  • Junior Open Male Kumite (Free Sparring)
  • Junior +76kg Male Kumite

Chris is now looking forward to competing in the Melbourne International Open where a number of the leading competitors from around the world will be involved.

Richard, Chris’s brother, of Year 7 won two Gold medals out of two divisions he entered, 10/11 yrs Male Kata and Male Kumite.  Well done Richard.

Congratulations to Sam Haven of Year 11 who represented Rosmini at the Auckland Regional Secondary Schools’ Surfing Championships and came 1st.  He was then selected for the National team to represent the Auckland U16 team at the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Championships held in Raglan during the recent school holidays where he came 9th out of 32 as an individual and the team came 3rd with a Bronze medal overall.

Theo Commissaris of Year 12 represented Piha Surf Lifesaving Club at the New Zealand Surf Lifesaving Championships in Gisborne where he won Gold as part of the rowing crew in the U23 Men’s Surf Boat short course event and Silver in both the U19 Men’s long course and short course events.  Well done Theo.

Congratulations also to Connor Beddow of 7MKG who won the Supreme Champion award in the North Island Calf Club at the Easter Show.

Rosmini held its annual Open Day on 29 April and the event was very well attended.  We were blessed with lovely autumnal weather which enabled the senior boys to take groups of interested parents around the school and show it in its best light.

Our sincere thanks to those families that made a financial contribution to the school’s Social Justice Programme or purchased an Entertainment Book.  We have now raised $7000.00 which will go towards supporting our three overseas students through Child Fund, North Shore Hospice, Catholic Caring Foundation, Marist Brothers Alternative Education Centre, De Paul House, as well as other worthy projects that arise during the year.

There are still some Entertainment Books available for sale at the stationery office should anyone be interested.

Entries for the ICAS Australian Science Competition are due by Friday 8 May.  Entries are $7.50 per student which should be given to the student’s Science teacher.

Orders are due by Friday 8 May for both Class photos and Cricket photos.


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