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Newsletter (June 2009)

Dear Parents

NEW CURRICULUM
Rosmini is well on track with the implementation of the New Curriculum. In 2010 Years 7-10 students will be part of this new initiative where curriculum content is closely aligned to key competencies and values. Rosmini is adopting the “16 Habits of Mind” as a framework through which to teach these competencies, and is able to draw on the strong moral education that our students currently receive to teach the values component of the curriculum. The college is aiming to provide a curriculum that will engage and challenge students whilst affirming the traditions and values that underpin the unique character of a Rosmini education. Teaching staff are undertaking a range of professional development programmes (the next being Wednesday 24 June) to allow for effective teaching and learning of the 5 key competencies: Thinking, Using language symbols and texts, Managing self, Relating to others and Participating and contributing. It is hoped that this will lead to our school community achieving the vision of our young people as lifelong learners who are confident and creative, connected and actively involved.

JUMBO DAY
Rosmini College will be closed for all pupils on Wednesday 24 June. Along with the staff of all North Shore secondary schools, our staff will be attending the regional professional development “Jumbo Day” assisting with the implementation of the new curriculum.

END OF TERM
Rosmini College will be closing for the July school holidays at 12.05 pm on Friday 3 July. Students who travel by bus will need to make alternative arrangements.

eLEARNING
Students are increasingly able to access study activities from home as Rosmini’s eLearning site is developing. The school is using the Moodle online learning management system and all staff are currently upskilling their ICT capabilities in order to make full use of this resource. The eLearning site can be navigated to using the link on the school website or directly at http://elearning.rosmini.school.nz Students use their network username and password to access the site.

This eLearning facility would obviously be invaluable if the school were forced to close due to Swine Flu.

SPORTS RESULTS
At the time of writing only two teams remain unbeaten among the winter sporting codes. In rugby the 6A’s, coached by the experienced duo of Gus Bell and Grant Richards are unbeaten, and in Hockey the 1st XI, coached by Paul Fordham are having a great season.
The 1st XV have had only one loss (to Massey) and are still handily placed.

Tae Kwon Do
Four of our boys competed with distinction in the recent Regional Tournament. Dylan Tiller won a Gold in Sparring; Charle Megala won a Bronze in Patterns and a Silver in Sparring; Alex De Vries won a Bronze in Patterns and a Silver in Sparring and Liam Kelly won a Bronze in Sparring. Well done boys.

Orienteering
Congratulations to our Junior Orienteering team which came second in the Auckland Championships. The team is Henry Pyc, Oliver Tyack, Jacob Rennie, Miles Broderick, Sam Klein and Sam Parsons. Henry and Oliver were selected for the Auckland Provincial team.

Rugby
Congratulations to our Year 8 U55 kg Rugby team who won the North Harbour Championship.

Soccer
Well done to our Year 7 Soccer team who won the North Harbour Championship and went on to be runners-up in the Auckland Championship. The team consisted of Callum Flanagan, Max Hart, Charlie Timings, Finn Mason, Elliot Aitken, Joseph Phelan, Kieran Seedall, Stefano Lorusso, Kyle Simmonds, Jackson Walker, Vance Avery, Todd Gibbs, Jordan Hercock and Christopher Woodard. Congratulations to Tom Oosterhof and Miles Lloyd who did a wonderful job of coaching the boys.

OTHER SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS

Surf Lifesaving
Congratulations to Miles Broderick of Year 9 who won the Northern Region Surf Lifesaving Rookie of the Year 2009 award.Miles is currently a member of the Muriwai Surf Lifesaving Club and the award is for commitment given to life saving principles, leadership and concern for the safety of the community. It is significant that there are currently 221 Rookie Life Guards in the Northern Region.

Swimming
Well done to Sam Robinson of Year 12 who has been selected as a member of the SNZ Trans Tasman Tri-Series team to represent New Zealand. The Tri-Series is to be swum at three Australian venues, Melbourne, Wadonga and Canberra staring on 5 July.

MUSIC
Congratulations to our Barbershop Quartet “Tagline” who competed for the first time in the National Competition recently and finished a very commendable fourth. The quartet was Leroy Banse, Thomas Carlos, Karlo Valdez and Jack Timings.

FOODTOWN
I am writing to inform parents that before school each day an average of 68 pupils from Rosmini College go across to Foodtown to purchase food and drink. The bulk of the food purchased is of an unhealthy nature such as crisps and large bottles of coca-cola. We cannot stop students from purchasing food at Foodtown – the purpose of this note is to inform parents of the fact, as they may not be aware that the money they give their sons is being spent on crisps and coke.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE
A group of Year 12 & 13 students have set up an environmental group. Their first objective will be to conduct a waste audit in Week 10 to measure what sort of waste the school produces and the processes involved. Following this they intend to introduce a paper re-cycling scheme. These initiatives are largely being run by the boys themselves in conjunction with the North Shore City Council.

NEW SCHOOL CHAPLAIN
Father Craig Dunford from the St Mary’s Northcote Parish is our new school chaplain. Father Craig has settled in well and met the whole school at a recent assembly. I am also pleased to report that record numbers of students have been attending the voluntary Thursday lunchtime Mass throughout this year.

READER/WRITERS
I would like to thank over 50 of our Year 13 boys who volunteered to be reader/writers in the recent junior exams. With the burgeoning numbers of boys in the junior school with special needs, the number of reader/writers required has increased enormously. The junior boys really enjoy having the Year 13 boys work with them and the senior boys display a real empathy towards the boys they are working with.

THANK YOU
Following on from our recent communication regarding the Swine Flu pandemic, we would just like to take this opportunity to thank parents for their responsible attitude towards keeping boys at home when unwell. Please keep us informed of absences and any change to contact details.

LIBRARY HOURS
The school library will be open in the second week of the holidays (13-17 July) between
10 am and 2 pm.

N C COOPER
ACTING PRINCIPAL


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