Education: Rosmini College
World Language Championship
A World Language championship took place recently. Organised by 'Language Perfect', it was advertised on National TV and saw more than 140,000 students from all around the world joining in to compete.
Students at intermediate level went head to head with university students. Many languages were offered and for ten days the competition was fierce. Finally, in the French language category, Ray Hu of Year 13 finished 2nd. He was 4th overall, all languages combined.
Two other Rosmini boys, Kuba Rozmus and Daniel Meech of Year 10 were part of the small group, like Ray, who won an Elite award for reaching 10,000 points. Only 229 competitors managed to achieve this.
Overall, Rosmini finished 13th in French in New Zealand, out of 177 schools, and 29th in the world out of 630 schools. All languages combined, Rosmini finished 53rd out of 802 schools, and 19th out of 211 schools in New Zealand.
A great performance to all the boys involved, and especially to Ray, Kuba and Daniel for their exceptional performance.
Rosmini 50th Jubilee
Rosmini College's Jubilee celebrations were held over Queen’s Birthday weekend.
Friday night saw the auditorium packed as old boys renewed old friendships and told their stories. The mood was festive and friendly and Mike Taylor, Board Chairman, addressed the gathering. Ross Halpin, who had a big hand in the organisation for the evening, did a great job and everyone had a great time.
On the Saturday the sports fixtures were well attended and a large number of old boys took the opportunity to have a guided tour of their school. Many of them had never seen the Tindall Auditorium, Peter Maire Science Centre and Tom Gerrard Gymnasium and were impressed.
The Jubilee dinner at Eden Park on Saturday night saw 500 guests enjoy a wonderful evening. A Rosmini Old Boy, Craig Stanaway, was the Master of Ceremonies, and he was a great success. Tom Gerrard, Matt Casey, Fr Jim Flynn, the Superior General of the Rosminian Order, and Fr Hill addressed the assembly. The speeches were well received and then the Antonio Rosmini awards were presented.
On the Sunday over 500 attended the Jubilee Mass which was led by bishops Pat Dunn and Charles Drennan. The success of the jubilee was ensured in no small part by the commendable efforts of Kevin Barry and his team.
The inaugural Antonio Rosmini awards went to:
John Copson (Award for Business Excellence).
Fr Aidan Cunningham (Award for Pastoral Care).
David Kosoof (Award for Sporting Excellence).
Peter O'Connor (Award for Social Justice).
Peter Maire (Award for Innovation Technology).
Michael O’Neill and Peter van der Fluit
(Awards for Artistic Achievement).
Anthony Boric (Award for Sporting Excellence).
recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours
Tom Gerrard, Principal of Rosmini College for 36 years, was recognised for his services to education in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours, becoming an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM).
Tom was also honoured at the 25th Jubilee celebrations of the Secondary Principals' Association of New Zealand with a SPANZ pin for his contribution to secondary education and principalship.