Education: Rosmini College
Rosmini Recognises Achievement at Prizegiving
At Senior Prize Giving this year, Rosmini College Head Boy, Jack Timmings was named the School Dux and he also won the Wallace Cup, the Casey Cup, the Father Charles Sormany Chemistry Cup (along with Jonathan Chang), the John Stevenson Memorial Cup for Determination, the Yunus Mohammed Cup for Excellence in Calculus (along with Gitae Moon), the Jim Church Senior Physics Cup, the Senior Performing Arts Cup (along with Peter Walsh), the Commitment to Choir Cup and the North Shore Harmony Club Trophy (along with prefect, Lorenzo Datuin). Jack also received a University of Auckland Scholarship. The school’s other Head Boy, Benjamin Curran was awarded the Donnelly Cup for Senior Economics, the John Skinner Geography Prize and the Senior Accounting Prize.
Deputy Head Boy, Jacob Ngaha, was given the Williams Award for Services to Music and the May Gore Cup for Dependability (along with prefect, Miles Broderick). The school’s other Deputy Head Boy, Oliver Tyack won the RSA Trophy. Oliver along with prefects, Miles Broderick and Joseph Coddington have also received a special Rosmini College Medal of Courage for their heroic actions during an incident in which an out of control Subaru crashed into their school bus. This terrible accident took place in Kumeu in 2010, the boys, who were only in Year 10, administered first aid to the car’s driver (who later died) and his two seriously injured passengers.
Sports Captain, Ben Hyatt-Brown won the Catcheside Memorial Cup for Responsibility and Involvement. Ben was a member of the 1st XV Rugby team, the North Harbour U18 Rugby team and he attended the Auckland Blues Development Camp.
The school’s other Sports Captain, Callum Simmonds, received a Auckland University Scholarship. He was also named the Sportsman of the Year. Callum was a member of the 1st XI Cricket team, the Captain of the 1st XI Soccer team and he also plays for Waitakere City Men’s Premier Football team. Callum also won the Aldiss Classical Studies Prize and the Senior English Prize (along with Lorenzo Datuin).
Rosmini College’s Prefects also did well: Miles Broderick won a Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship to the Auckland University of Technology; Mitchell Davie Martin won a Victoria Excellence Award to Wellington’s Victoria University and Lorenzo Datuin won a University of Auckland Scholarship. Lorenzo also received the Senior Graphics Prize (along with Emilio Garcia and fellow prefect, Zion Ahn), the Graphics Art Award and Photolife Award.
Bradley Pivac won the Hospitality and Catering Award. Simon Woodard won the Services to Liturgy, Music and Audio Visual Events Award. Bradley and Simon were also awarded the Headmaster’s Prize. Henry Pyc won the Academic Prize for Physical Education and the Milne-Bland Award. Dominic Nano received the Philip Gales Biology Prize and the Mathematics with Statistics Prize (along with Jonathan Chang and Andrew George. Xavier Choi (along with Brian Kim) won the Edmonds Cup for Achievement (St Vincent de Paul).
The following Year 13 students also won scholarships: Brian Kim won a Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship to Otago University; Aidan Cheyne won a Victoria Excellence Award to Wellington’s Victoria University and Ming Lun Choi won a University of Auckland Scholarship. Jack Simpson won the Sporting Performance of the Year and the Premier Basketball Team was the Team of the Year.
Not everyone who becomes involved with performing arts at school wants to take to the stage; Rosmini past and present students Simon Woodard(17), Dylan Pike (19), Christian Nickless (18), and Ryan Westley (17) are proof of that.
The boys have been actively involved with drama, music and multi-media productions at the state integrated Catholic secondary school in Takapuna on Auckland’s North Shore. They provide the lighting, sound and other backstage technical support and have grown this into paid part-time work outside of school.
Last year they provided lighting and sound for professional productions of Educating Rita and The Lion in Winter while Woodard, who wants to work in event management, worked as a stage hand at Auckland’s annual Christmas in the Park and as a camera cabler on the TV show New Zealand’s Got Talent.
Nickless, who this year started studying film-making at South Seas Film, Television, Animation and Photography School, says it’s allowed them to meet and network with industry insiders and to get work experience which, in turn, has helped in decisions about future work and tertiary training.
Rosmini drama teacher, Rob Owens, says it’s a credit to the senior management and the school board that by implementing a drama programme they are not only recognizing the value of the arts but also the value of vital life and communication skills that can be learned through the subject.
“These boys are evidence that it works.”
The boys say arts need to be taken as seriously as any of the so-called more academic subjects as they believe it is these areas that will provide more jobs in future and foster the type of creative thinking work in general will increasingly demand.
But they agree the system is not perfect. Pike, now studying Screen Arts at Unitec, says to be creative you have to have “the space” to make mistakes, fail and learn from these disappointments.
“You have to have the room to fail and if you are afraid to fail because you’re concerned about the impact on your marks or NCEA assessment, then it hinders learning and development.”