Junior Newsletter (April 2011)
Term One is drawing to a close after 11 weeks. The boys are ready for the holidays and so too are the staff! The ERO team visited in the term and were impressed by the number of parents who gave up their time to come and have breakfast with their Year 7 sons and listen to the guest speaker, our Principal Tom Gerrard.
CATHOLIC CHARACTER EVENTS FOR YEAR 7 & 8 – TERM ONE
On 17th February we had our Junior Opening Mass in the Auditorium where we dedicated our year to the Lord. The boys behaved superbly and sang with enthusiasm, to the credit of their teachers and parents.
Less than a week later the terrible Christchurch earthquake occurred. We were all shocked and dismayed by what happened and the misery it has caused. On 24th February over half the school turned out, including a large number of juniors, for a lunchtime Mass which was dedicated to the people of Christchurch. This was celebrated by our school Chaplain, Fr Craig. Shortly afterwards the school ran a Gold Coin Mufti Day and a sausage sizzle on Senior Sports Day for the Christchurch Appeal. These fundraisers gathered almost $3000.
In March we celebrated Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent – a season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving as we prepare ourselves for Easter. Also, over this period the school is running its usual Caritas Appeal for impoverished and suffering communities overseas, as well as those in Christchurch. We hope to raise at least $1500 for this appeal.
Finally, during Term One, Fr Craig visited each junior class where he had an informal question/answer session with the students on any queries they may have about Catholicism, the Priesthood, etc. The boys have really enjoyed these visits, as has Fr Craig. He has been impressed with the large numbers of juniors who turn up regularly for our Thursday lunchtime Mass in the school chapel. It is a real credit to parents that their sons give up their time voluntarily to attend this Mass.
Rosmini Rockets Hit the Big Court
The New Zealand Breakers last regular season game was anticipated to be a big night as the home crowd recognised Paul Henare’s final game. It was also memorable for the Year 8 Rosmini Rockets team who were given the opportunity to play the curtain raiser against Northcote Intermediate boys, a team they frequently play in their Monday night league.
As the curtain raiser began, the boys soaked up the atmosphere of the big lights, giant scoreboard and a growing noisy crowd. They played a fast and fearless game as they were cheered on by their loyal supporters. The ‘coaching staff’ made themselves at home on the Breakers bench while the boys gained a victory over Northcote Intermediate.
With the game won, both teams formed a guard of honour for the New Zealand Breakers. The crowd roared and smoke machines bellowed as the boys high-fived their basketball heros on to the court. New Zealand Breakers inspirationally beat Adelaide Lakers 100-71, making those post-game autographs even more significant. Go Rosmini Basketball Teams!
Year 7 & 8 Cricket Field Day team captained by Sam Tither and Ariki Hodd-Kaitapu
The boys played well as a team and displayed a high standard of sportsmanship. In an exciting final, the boys held their composure to win in style against a determined 11 from Mahurangi College. Kiharoa Iversen-Reeder claimed victory when he smashed a huge six over the square-leg boundary. It certainly was a day for twins when brother Taimana took a brilliant one-handed catch to dismiss their danger man. The team also featured two other sets of twins who played a big part in the team's success, Daniel and Jack Kenney and Jason and Justin Stott. Mr Gerrard informed me that this was the first time three sets of twins had played in a Rosmini College sports team.
Flynn Jones, Rory and Jack Kelleher and Jed Sorensen competed in the New Zealand Junior Swimming Championships. Jack and Flynn both posted personal bests in a number of events. Flynn finished in the top 10 in 200m backstroke while Jack was in the top 15 in 100m freestyle.
Rory Kelleher was a member of Northland Relay team that won a silver medal in the 4 x 50m Medley relay and bronze in 4 x 50m freestyle relay. He also finished second in Northern Regions 100m breastroke, and fourth nationally.
Rory Kelleher has performed exceptionally. He is something of a breaststroke legend and blew the competition out of the water at the North Shore Intermediate Swimming meet. He then went on to the Auckland Inter Zone Championships where he won Gold in the Senior Boys 50m breaststroke final. Other boys that performed notably at the North Shore meet were Joshua O'Regan, Jed Sorensen, Flynn Jones and Jack Kelleher.
Patrick Yarker represented the school to the highest level when he captained our Tennis team at a field day. Patrick was seeded number one and played very good tennis all day. Other boys in the team were Michael Williams, Alan Jeyaseelan, Dylan Davids and Connor Leather.
The Year 8 Softball team was packed full of future sporting stars. Last month the boys competed well in the North Shore Softball field day team. Led by Joseph Alesich-Tamariki, the boys played smart softball that took them to the play-offs. Big-hitting Sam Hasler said the tournament was "awesome!" Other boys that played well were Matt Cordtz, Arikitohia Hood-Kaitapu, Harrison Windelburn and Matthew Kereama.
The future of Triathlon is healthy at Rosmini College, with the team turning out gutsy individual performances at the recent field day held at the old Hobsonville Airbase. Joshua O'Regan led the team by example, with up and coming Ironman, Nicholas Young, having a strong race. The other two boys in the team that performed well were Jed Sorensen and Ander Castelltort.
Orienteering was the final event of the term that our boys competed in. This event combines map reading with speed and endurance. Mathew Widdows captained the Year 8 team and Ollie Houghton led the Year 7 boys. The team had a lot of fun and recorded some of the fastest times of the day.
Jack Simkin competed at the Auckland Junior Athletics competition and was awarded a silver in Long Jump and bronze in High Jump for the 10 year old division. He just missed out on the 200m bronze, placing 4th.
Next term is shaping up to be just as busy. As we move into the winter sports, there will be lots of opportunities for boys to participate in field days and other events. The best way to keep track of what sports are happening is to visit the Intermediate sports notice board and listen out for daily notices. Finally, I would like to acknowledge all of the parents who have helped with the field days in Term One. The school appreciates your support and generosity.
I would like to wish you all a happy and safe Easter and look forward to seeing you again in Term Two.