Newsletter (April 2011)
In my last newsletter I expressed hope for a more settled international scene; alas that was not to be. The earthquakes in Christchurch and Japan, and a very volatile Middle East, ruled that out. Some say an ideal government is a benign dictatorship, but we see little evidence of the ‘benign’ aspects in recent history; in fact quite the contrary.
We have completed an ERO visit recently and await their findings. It will be good for the school to settle back into its normal routine. I would like to pay tribute to our boys whose manners were impeccable during the visit of the ERO team. Manners don’t cost much but they are very much part of our Rosmini tradition. We try to live out our Founder, Antonio Rosmini’s motto, “Charity Fulfils the Law”.
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.
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.
Newsletter (March 2011)
Just a brief epistle as we reflect on the Canterbury earthquake. Like so many people, we feel helpless but we can however do our best to offer spiritual and some tangible assistance from the Rosmini family.
Firstly, I am sure some of you will have lost friends, or even family, and to those of you goes our deepest sympathy. The images and heart rending stories we are seeing and hearing in the media
have affected us all. Christchurch is indeed a city utterly decimated. More importantly, the people are the city and although they have all been crushed in so many ways, they maintain that fighting spirit.
Newsletter (September 2010)
I was quite taken by a recent article in the ‘Sunday Telegraph’ titled:
‘THERE ARE NO EXCUSES FOR THE STATE OF OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM’
Although the article was in reference to the education system in Britain, some of the sentiments are very relevant to New Zealand. The writer, Neil O’Brien (must be Catholic!) claims that, “British schools are a disaster zone, churning out too many pupils lacking even the most basic skills.”