Newsletter (December 2010)
This will be my final epistle for 2010, a year that has flown past very swiftly. We had a very special senior prize giving that parents and boys all enjoyed, followed by a Year 13 Breakfast and Leavers’ Mass the following day. I use the word ‘special’ for that evening because Martin Snedden and our two Head Boys, Luca Hyatt-Brown and Chris Waterman delivered orations that were truly captivating. At the Year 13 Breakfast the following day, Dr John Mayhew, an Old Boy (as is Martin Snedden) spoke of the value of Education in general, and the value of education at Rosmini in particular. Then our School Chaplain, Father Craig, said Mass, attended by parents, where he preached very eloquently on the importance of family, friends and faith.
I would like to comment on this year’s senior boys. Chris Waterman, Luca Hyatt-Brown, Joseph Bergin, Leroy Banse, Rodrigo Costa and Miles Lloyd, the top six, who were supported by the prefects, and indeed the rest of Year 13, all brought a maturity and style to their final year of college. Mr Hughes and Mr Gale did a fine job as their Deans, as did the Catholic Character team, organised by Mr Mills, in adding a worthwhile dimension. I will miss their friendship, but they will continue to be a part of Rosmini into the future as Old Boys.
JUNIOR PRIZE GIVING
Our prize giving for Years 7-10 will be held in the Auditorium on Thursday 9th December from 10 am until 12 pm. The boys will be dismissed at 12.05 pm and will be free to make their own way home.
On 9 November we held our Orientation day for new entrants next year, and their parents. This was very well attended and Mr Thornley, who is in charge of our Intermediate department outlined some of the more important aspects of the school. This year we have had tremendous pressure on enrolments so it is good to see so many people showing a very keen interest in the college.
The Year 8 boys will be taking part in ‘Have a Go’ sailing experience organised by Yachting NZ and Madloop Windsurfing at Lake Pupuke. The dates are 29 November (8MJB), 30 November (8BSJ), 1 December (8SGR), 2 December (8SVS) and 3 December (8AXB). All money and permission slips should have been handed in by Friday 19 November. Parents, please consider that this is an outdoor, on the water activity and boys should be sun smart - sun screen, hats, drinking water etc.
TEACHER ONLY DAY
Last week we had a Teacher Only Day which is very different from a strike day. It was, in my opinion, very worthwhile and gave us a chance to look at an in depth review and set up structure for our staff to have on going reviews of their departments.
No doubt you have read in the Herald about our three young Year 10 men, Oliver Tyack, Miles Broderick and Joseph Coddington who acted with such courage and composure at the tragic accident at Kumeu recently. All the media people who have spoken to me were amazed at the boys’ attitude and outstanding behaviour. I cannot speak highly enough of the boys, and I know that their parents are equally proud of them. I am sure you will all be interested to read some of the emails that have come to me in praise of Oliver, Joseph and Miles.
“Please pass on to your brave Rosmini heroes from the bus crash tragedy my warmest congratulations.” Bishop Pat Dunn
“Please pass on to all concerned, particularly the three students who acted with such courage and presence of mind – my admiration and good wishes. God bless them.” May Gore (former Chair Rosmini Board of Trustees)
“I have read of the heroic actions of your students and would like to commend them on what they did for those three people in the car crash at Kumeu. What extremely exceptional young men who did not concern themselves with their own feelings about the horrific scene they would have faced but who instead chose to try to save the lives of others. I am astounded with the maturity that they exhibited and hope that they get the recognition for their actions that they deserved. If one were to write a description for the meaning of the phrase “humanitarian action” one could best describe the actions of these boys to illustrate that function. What incredible young men – I commend you greatly.” – Sue Deuchar
“My name is Tange Pohatu – I am the mother of one of the young men who was involved in the Kumeu car bus tragedy. On behalf of my family, and the family of the deceased, I would like to extend a huge thank you to Miles, Oliver and Joseph for their heroic acts that saved the lives of my son and the deceased’s younger brother. If not for their quick thinking and actions we would all be in a different place today. These three young men come from the east coast of the North Island and belong to the second biggest tribe in the country, called Ngati Porou. We are a proud people and wish to extend our sincere gratitude to the boys, their families and the school for giving our young boys back to us. Best wishes to you all and I hope the boys did well in their tests. Nga mihi kia koutou.”
These letters are just a few of those I have received, in addition to the many phone calls from impressed parents and members of the public.
ROSMINI, A PROPHET FOR TODAY
Between 27 October and 2 November Mr Cooper attended the bi-annual international gathering of Rosminian schools in Italy. The title of this year’s conference was Rosmini, Prophet for Today: Witness to God’s Love and Truth. There were Rosmini schools representing New Zealand, Italy, England, Ireland, Wales, India and Tanzania. Each school did a presentation on themselves and
Mr Cooper found the work the Rosminians are doing in Tanzania particularly interesting and uplifting. The keynote speakers discussed the continued relevance of Rosmini’s educational philosophy in today’s Rosminian schools.
The setting for the conference was the Monte Calvario Monastery near Domodossola in the far north of Italy. The monastery is a wonderfully spiritual and beautiful building in a spectacular natural mountain setting. Mr Cooper felt enormously privileged to be able to attend the gathering and found it to be hugely rewarding.
Rosmini has had another very successful season. Of the ten teams entered we have won the Intermediate A (Years 10 & 11), the Junior 20/20, and the Junior Prems have won the North Harbour Championship. The 1st XI has had a very good second half of the season and has consolidated their place in the Premier A grade with a third place in the plate section. In addition, our Milo Cup team was again the top of the North Shore and lost narrowly in the quarter finals.
Thanks must be given to all the parents who have given up their time to coach teams this year, but especially to Gary Langridge who is stepping down after seven years as 1st XI coach. During this time we have seen Rosmini established as a realistic force amongst Auckland cricket, and we are indebted for the energy and commitment he has shown over a long period of time.
- Jono Houzet, Tom Blackwell and Bruno Gentile all represented North Harbour in the bi-annual Pan Pacific Waterpolo Competition in the July school holidays. 120 teams from New Zealand, Australia, USA and South Africa competed in different age groups. Tom and Bruno played for North Harbour U14B team and Jono played for the U14A team which went on to win gold.
- Joseph King of Year 11 has made the New Zealand U18 Koru team for Basketball and will be representing New Zealand in Australia in January 2011.
- Todd Gibbs of Year 8 has been selected by the coaches at Ricky Herbert’s 82 Football Academy to play in an U14 team from New Zealand at the Mediterranean International Cup (MIC) Tournament in Barcelona in April 2011.
Next year our Year 13 students will all wear the dressed blazer uniform. We have noticed this year that there seems to be a variation in the styles and colour of the long grey trousers worn by both Years 12 and 13. To ensure uniformity, and make sure parents are not paying for trousers that are deemed unacceptable, we suggest that you purchase trousers from our recognised school uniform stockists, Yarntons and Janbells. Yarntons have shops in Devonport (77-79 Victoria Rd), Albany (Unit 1, 80 Paul Matthews Rd, Albany) and Birkenhead (18-22 Mokoia Rd). Janbells is in Mairangi Bay (Shop 7, 404 Beach Rd).
READJUSTMENT OF CLASSES IN YEARS 8, 9 & 10
Rosmini College has a policy of reassessing students in the top classes at years 8, 9 and 10 after the exam rounds (mid and end of year). This is to take into account the achievement of boys in the streamed and those in the general classes. The criteria for assessing whether any changes will be made will be the boy’s report scores taken across all graded compulsory subjects.
YEAR 7 FATHER/SON BREAKFAST
The Rosmini College PTFA (Parents, Teachers, Friends Association) will be inviting our new Year 7 students and their fathers/caregivers to the Father/Son Welcome Breakfast which will be held on Thursday 17 March 2011 at 7.30 am in Auditorium. Please make a note of this date in your diaries.
A flyer with full details will be sent to you in Term One. The PTFA encourages you to look regularly at the college website www.rosmini.school.nz for information regarding upcoming events.
2011 ATTENDANCE DUES AND SCHOOL CONTRIBUTIONS
The Board of Trustees has made a conservative increase in the school contribution for next year of $52.00 per annum. Perhaps it is worth noting that we at Rosmini have not increased our portion since 2002 and $13.00 a term is not too drastic. I know that any increase is not good, but at the end of the day we have to be realistic. Please note that any increase involving the Diocese’s portion of fees is quite separate from us.
Finally, my last comment regarding the school contributions is that some people really struggle and make huge sacrifices to pay them, while others, who are in a better financial position, often need chasing. There is a fair amount of pressure on me to raise our collection rate, so if you are in a position to pay promptly I would appreciate it if you could do so.
SPECIAL LEARNING NEEDS
It is most important that caregivers who have a son with special learning needs inform the school if your child has a Specific Learning Disability such as Dyslexia. Some support is available for children with SLD; however for the school to provide reader/writer assistance, supporting data such as an Educational Psychology report must accompany any request.
Enclosed are stationery lists for Year 7 students for 2011. Please note the dates that the school will be open for purchasing stationery, and any second-hand items needed, on the top of the sheet. It is important that all Year 7 students come to school on the first day of Term One correctly attired and with all their stationery needs.
Stationery lists for all year groups can be downloaded from our website www.rosmini.school.nz
Stationery can also be paid online – BNZ Takapuna 02-0272-0330978-00. If you choose to pay this way, please make sure that you enter your son’s name and the word ‘Stationery’ on the details.
Sadly we say farewell to four of our staff members this year.
- Marian George has taught over many years in the Intermediate department and has played a very important role in the liturgical life of the school. She is leaving Auckland to go and live in Otaki;
- Marc Camburn coached the First Fifteen to a final and a championship win; indeed he was fully involved in the sporting life of the college. He leaves us to return to his home town, Whakatane, to take up a teaching position there;
- Sue Williams has been responsible for lifting the standard of Music at Rosmini dramatically. She takes on a senior role at Orewa College;
- Alex Brown has coached the First Eleven Soccer team and has spent a good deal of time with the Maori and Pacifica students. He is off overseas to teach.
All these staff members have made a rich contribution to Rosmini, not only in the classroom but in their involvement with extra curricular activities. We wish them well in their new challenges.
Finally, before wishing you all a very Happy and Holy Christmas, I would like to thank the Board of Trustees, the PTFA, the staff, especially my senior team of Mr Cooper, Mr Bell, Mr Hughes,
Mr Gale and Mr Thornley, my Manager, Hugh Richards, the dedicated Admin staff and our chaplain, Father Craig.
Christmas Blessings to you all.
T J GERRARD