Education: Rosmini College
Industry Pros Visit Rosmini Drama Students
Rosmini drama teacher Rob Owens is committed to enabling his students to have a pathway to success. In the last two weeks he has had industry professionals come to Rosmini to share their knowledge and experience with Rosmini students.
The senior students have had the good fortune to work with leading Auckland Theatre Company actor Jordan Mooney and Auckland Theatre Company educational specialist tutor Ben Henson.
Jordan has worked for the ATC in The Heretic, Anne Boleyn, Lord of the Flies and stars in the film 3 Mile Limit. He is especially enthusiastic about drama at Rosmini. He said: “There is a camaraderie between the boys. There was an open energy to them all and they worked positively with one another which creates an essential air in the classroom. The way they bounced off each other made for a great learning environment. “
Rob was relieved to have been able to secure these two high calibre talents. He said: “I was very lucky to have two old mates available between gigs. Jordan is probably one of the most sought after actors in Auckland right now and Ben is directing and teaching flat out, both lads are extremely busy.”
Ben Henson is an expert in the classroom. He is a professional theatre director and a graduate of the University of East Anglia. He works year-round developing workshops for the Auckland Theatre Company as well as directing the Actors Programme showcase for Michael Hurst. His Shakespeare workshop has had particular reverence for the boys.
Ben said: “What stood out about the Rosmini boys was their maturity, grounding and respect for one another. This was a workshop firmly based on mutual support. These boys were pushing through work that actors of 20 years would find hard to do.”
Year 11 Student Matthew Kereama said: “Drama at Rosmini is a place where you can freely explore who you are. There are so many fantastic opportunities, its my favourite subject.”
Both guest tutors agree that the Rosmini students both onstage an off have great careers ahead of them. Jordan said: “No question, as talented as I have seen, they just need the resources to grow.”
Ben believes there are many opportunities for the students at Rosmini. “There are so many intelligent young men in the room, they’ll be the guys who will not only act, they’ll be running theatres. We’ll be asking them for jobs in a few years time.”
Rosmini drama students will be competing in the regional Shelagh Wynn Shakespeare competition in April.
Senior drama will be performing “The long and the short and the tall” at the Pumphouse in August.
Rosmini College Coastal
For the seventh consecutive year Rosmini College has won the secondary schools section of the Coastal Challenge.
The Coastal Challenge is a coastal adventure run that sees participants taking on the stunning North Shore coastline. Since 2003 thousands of competitors have walked, run, jumped, rock-hopped and waded down 33 kilometres of North Shore coastline from Arkles Bay in Whangaparoa to Windsor Reserve in Devonport.
For the last seven years, since the 2008 event, Rosmini College has won the secondary schools team title. This year the team consisted of Coastal Challenge veterans James Duff, Teague McElroy, Mason Cooksley, Jonty Scott and Matt O’Brien. The boys led from the start and powered through the course to finish in a time of 3 hours 47 minutes, good enough to be the eighth team across the line out of the 39 competing, and the first secondary school team.
The boys enjoyed the unique experience that is the Coastal Challenge and the opportunity to work together, be active, represent their school and continue the tradition of excellence that Rosmini College has with the Coastal Challenge event.
Rosmini College was especially proud of four of the 29 scholarships that were obtained because they came from Year 12 students.
Theopolis Carlos gained an outstanding scholarship in Technology and was placed second in the country with a score of 23 out of 24.
James Shanahan also obtained an outstanding scholarship in Geography and finished in the top 25 nationally. The other two winners were Mitchell Broom and Joseph Gibson both in Geography.
In NCEA, the top scholars in Year 13 were Jack Timings, Lorenzo Datuin and Ben Curran. In Year 12 they were Ethan Breinhorst, Joseph Gibson and James Shanahan. Andrew Fermor, Joseph Gore and Matthew Cranfield were the top scholars in Year 11.