"Charity fulfills the law"

Junior Newsletter (September 2011)

The third term is drawing to a close with lots of successes throughout the term.  Well done to all the boys who entered academic, sporting and social events so wholeheartedly.


Rosmini has had a group of boys completing a 12 week Sacramental course with Mrs Herbst and Father Craig. The boys are now being welcomed into their own parishes. Congratulations to Joseph Ganley, Elliot Prosser, Ryan Harrison, Matt Mangino, Seamus O’Reilly, Will Warton and Jarrod Fish. Please keep these boys in your prayers.


The results of the Persuasive speeches that all Year 7 and 8 have completed are:

Year 8

1st -Matthew Kereama

2nd - Johnathon O'Sullivan- Scott

3rd - Josiah Tu’inukafe

Year 7

1st - Finn Barry

2nd - Chris MacDonald

3rd - Ryley Bagosi-Cave , Matthew Klein

The overall winner was Finn Barry with Matthew Kereama coming 2nd.

Thank you to the members of the Senior Debating team, Chris Duignan, Patrick Lalor and Luke Simmonds for judging the speeches.

Both Matthew and Finn made it to the North Shore Intermediate Speech final, which Matthew won for the second year in a row and Finn came 2nd.


The Life Education caravan is in school for 10 days. Life Education educator is finishing after 10 years working with the North Shore primary and intermediate schools, bringing messages related to understanding the human body and making the right choices. Each Year 7 and 8 student will bring home a workbook. The students should read their workbook and complete the activities in the centre section. The workbook is to come back for further discussion in Health class, and each student’s work will be checked for completion.

The boys are also in the middle of their class projects:  Year 8 (sport) and Year 7 (play) students are examining the influence of the physical and social environment on play, exercise and sport. Classes are making their recommendations and creating design themes to be presented to experts who are coming into school to learn what our students think the environments of 2030 will be like to promote individual wellness and community health.


The Food Technology department have been running ‘Rosmini’s top chef’ competition this term. This was open to students from Year 7 –13. A number of Year 7 and 8 boys have participated. The competition has been run similar to ‘Masterchef’ on television. Each week the participants have had a challenge given to them. Nearing the end of the term there are still three participants, Daniel Hewitt, Andrew Thomas and Joseph Ganley from Year 7 and 8 in the competition. This is a fantastic result.

Competitors have been Randall Ramos, Jack MacGeorge, Joseph Ganley, Andrew Thomas, Harry Kim, Thomas Stevens and Daniel Hewitt.


Congratulations to these Music students who passed their grade examinations:

Zheng Tan                    Grade 7 piano

Matthew Chan             Grade 6 piano

Grade 4 violin

Tomas Kelly                 Grade 6 piano

Hopefully these boys will be showing their talent in the Talent Show at the end of the term.


The season has now finished, with a mixed bag of results. Team 1 are the Intermediate A grade champions and with most of the team being in Year 7 this looks good for 2012. This group of boys participated in the AIMS sports tournament held annually in Tauranga and eventually came 4th out of 16 teams. Keegan Russell, Callum Dempster and Taimana Iversen-Reeder were selected for the tournament team. A great accomplishment for them all! Special thanks to Recreational Services for their generous support of the team.

During the season,Teams 2 and 3 had mixed results, some very pleasing and some disappointing. Many thanks to those parents involved in supporting hockey during the season.


Rosmini boys just won the North Harbour Club Representatives Rugby Tournament (J2) - Arikitohia Hood-Kaitapu, Josiah Tu’inukuafe, Johnathon O’Sullivan-Scott, Harrison Windelburn and Jimmy Roots.

Congratulations to Samuel Hasler and Harrison Poole who made the Roller Mills team. Good luck for all your games.


Former Kiwis coach, Brian McLennan, described the Open Weight Rugby League team as "awesome" at the recent Ruby League field day. Two teams from Rosmini College were stacked full of talented players and both teams made the Grand Final in their respective grades.

The U55kg team was led by the skillful Sam Hasler. Sam played well all day and other boys in his team who did the hard yards were Tamarau McGahan, Ryley Bagosi-Cave, Sam Bennett, Harrison Windelburn and Tom Barham. Other team members were Josiah Tu’inukuafe, Josh MacCauley, Matt Jurlina, Arikitohia Hood-Kaitapu,  Josh Otter, Joel Battersby,  Josh O'Regan and Harrison Windelburn.

In the Open Weight team, Rory Kelleher was at his inspirational best with a total of 11 tries for the day. Vincent Tuitupou, Tino Simoneti and Joe "The Enforcer" Clarkson ran hard all day and tackled their hearts out. The Open Weight team played Northcross in the Grand Final and beat them 40-0. The team has qualified for the Auckland Championships which will be held at Cornwall Park on 29 September.

A special thanks to former Old Boy Ryan O'Sullivan and parents Glen McGahan and Peter Cordtz for helping coach the teams.

Open Weight: Rory Kelleher, Ofa Moataane, Denzel Veramu, Eukaliti Vea, Josh Lucas, David Meki, Jimmy Roots, Vincent Tuitupou, Tino Simoneti, Blake Houghton, Joe Clarkson, William Sukmadjaja, Dante Coughlan and Jed Hagger.


Matthew Kereama led the Basketball field day team at the North Shore Events Centre. The team consisted of Nathan Curran, Liam Wilson, James Abercrombie, Sam Bowden, Ben Turpin, Denzel Veramu and Matthew Sokol. The team played very well on offense and defense and made the play-offs. They narrowly lost in the semi-final to a very strong Birkdale Intermediate team who went on and won the final. A big thank you to parents Mate Sokol and Peter Kereama for coaching the team.


The Rosmini Tornadoes and Rosmini Hurricanes represented the college at the recent Volleyball field day. The Year 8 Tornadoes team was captained by George Thwaites-Tankard. The rest of the team included Nathan Curran, Ben Turpin, Denzel Veramu, Rory Kelleher, Matthew Kereama and Travis van Gysen. The Year 7 Hurricanes team won most of their pools matches and was led by up-and- coming triathlete Nicholas Young. Mr Rodkiss said that Moses Akimana played "exceptionally well" and other members in the team were Peter Jenkins, Milan Elie, Jarrod Feast, Luke Turner and David Meki.

A special thanks to New Zealand Volleyball representative Liam Munday for coaching the team.


Year 7 students Ollie Houghton and Brick Forde recently competed in the Cross Country Championships at Pukekohe. The very best runners in the Auckland region were at the race and Ollie performed exceptionally well finishing 6th! Brick also ran a great race on a tough course. Well done to both boys for their gutsy efforts!

Term 4 is full of some great field days - Badminton, Touch, Golf, Yachting, Aussie Rules and Top Town are all coming up. Please listen to notices for trials or ask Mr Lucas for more information. Lastly, a huge thank you to all of the parents who have assisted with coaching and transport.



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