Education: Rosmini College
Ray top scholar in French
Last year’s Head Boy and Dux, Ray Hu, was the 2012 National Top Scholar in French.
Ray and his teacher Mr Eric Elgoyhen went to Government House in May to receive the award from the Governor General. They also met the Prime Minister and Ray enjoyed the opportunity to speak to The Right Honourable, John Key and His Excellency, Lieutenant General, The Right Honourable, Sir Jerry Mateparae.
Ray’s expertise in French was initially developed on an AFS exchange trip in 2010 to Haubourdin in northern France. Ray’s host parents do not speak English so Ray had to rely on sign language, a limited vocabulary and brief forays into his pocket dictionary in the first few weeks. After his return half way through year 11, Ray gained scholarships in French in the New Zealand Scholarship Examinations in three consecutive years. He attributes his success in gaining the Top Scholar award to the strong work ethic of his native French teacher who challenged Ray to study French in a variety of contexts. Ray’s language ability will no doubt be beneficial in his future career. Ray is currently studying a pre-medical course at the University of Auckland. Bonne chance, Ray.
Sailors on the Podium
A year of hard work has helped New Zealand's top 29er sailors on to the podium at both the ISAF youth worlds and the 29er worlds.
Rosmini's Jack Simpson and Takapuna Grammar's Markus Somerville, both from the Wakatere Sailing Club, claimed Bronze at the ISAF Youth world Championships in Cyprus in July and Silver at the 29er World Championships in Denmark in August.
The World regatta included 213 entries from 25 nations representing all continents in a highly completive fleet. The 29er is a two-handed skiff which is a pre cursor to the Olympic 49er skiff.
The pair were coached by YNZ coach Jim Maloney who is very pleased with his young charges’ performances. Jim said: “Markus and Jack sailed a very good regatta and were the only other team in the fleet with a shot at the tittle going into the last race at the worlds.”
Simpson and Somerville have accumulated some top results in the last year winning the Sir Peter Blake competition in New Zealand, Sail Sydney, Australian Nationals in Melbourne, New Zealand Nationals, British RYA Youth National Championships in Scotland, in addition to coming 3rd at the ISAF Youth Worlds and 2nd at the 29er world Championships.
Drama Success at Rosmini
It’s been a successful year for the seniors in Rosmini Drama.
A win in the Sheilagh Wynn Shakespeare competition is a first for the school, and now the year 12 and 13 boys tackle one of the most significant plays in American history; Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet. This play, set in the ruthless world of mid 80's real estate, was considered ground-breaking in its day and has been made into a feature film starring Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin and Al Pacino. Drama teacher Rob Owens says the play provides some real significant challenges to the boys, which they are embracing wholeheartedly.
He has divided the play up with the year 12's playing the first act and the year 13's playing the second act. The play will be performed at The PumpHouse Theatre and Rob would like to thank the theatre manager David Martin for his support of college drama. Glengarry Glen Ross also won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
WHAT: Rosmini Senior Drama presents Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet
WHERE: The PumpHouse Theatre
WHEN: Tues/Wed 3 & 4th September 7pm
*contains some coarse language, not suitable for children
Japanese Speech Awards
The Auckland Japanese Speech Contest was held at the AUT on Saturday 10th August.
Many schools attended and the competition was strong. This year was fantastic because two students from Rosmini College received awards. Congratulations to Andrew Kim and Beomseo (Peter) Park who received the Highly Commended Award and Third Prize respectively. The speech title for Andrew was "Auckland must change" and for Beomseo (Peter) it was "Smartphone and friends' relationships".
The National Language Adviser in Japanese, Ms Tomoko Semba and the Programme Leader from AUT, Ms Sonja Gallagher congratulated the students.