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Rosmini College Principal Appointment

 Following a very thorough recruitment process that attracted widespread interest and a very high calibre of applications, the Rosmini College Board of Trustees were unanimous in their appointment of and support for Nixon Cooper as the replacement to our retiring Principal, Tom Gerrard.

The replacement of a 38 year veteran who has taken Rosmini to a pre-eminent position in the educational sector and received a number of accolades during his tenure was always going to be somewhat of a challenge. The board is confident that in Nixon we have found a successor with the necessary, skills, experience, leadership and passion to guide the college through the next phase of its growth and development.

Nixon is an old boy of the college who after gaining qualifications at the University of Auckland and Auckland Teachers College commenced his teaching career in 1982. Over the intervening time, Nixon has taught Art, Geography, History, Religious Education and Social Studies both in New Zealand and offshore. On his return from overseas, Nixon was appointed an Assistant Principal at Rosmini in 2002, a position he has held continuously over the past 11 years. In 2009 Nixon completed a term as acting Principal covering Tom Gerrard’s absence on sabbatical leave.

As well as his classroom time, Nixon has a wide ranging involvement in many areas of College life, including, strategic planning, health safety and risk management, curriculum, staffing, including induction and appraisal, timetabling and responsibility for international students. Nixon also finds time to be involved in extra-curricular activities including rugby coaching and the school running club.  Nixon is married to Siobhan, lives on the North Shore and is actively involved in the Milford/Takapuna parish.

The appointment of Nixon to the Headmaster position provides an opportunity to further enhance the talent and skills base at Rosmini in recruiting his replacement; this process will commence shortly. Nixon will begin his new role at the start of Term One 2015. This will provide an ample period to both farewell Tom and for Nixon to transition into the role.

I know everybody will join me in congratulating and supporting Nixon in his appointment. The Board and I look forward to working with Nixon to further the traditions and successes of Rosmini College. 


In recent weeks, people throughout the world have been shocked to read about and see on the news the atrocities that have been committed against innocent people in Iraq by the Islamic extremists, Islamic State.  As a result, tens of thousands of Iraqi families are homeless, starving and in fear of their lives.

Rosmini College has many Iraqi students. These boys and their families are very anxious over the plight of over one million Christians who have been terrorised by the extremist Islamic State. They have fled their homes in northern Iraq and are in desperate need of help. Some of these students approached me as Director of Religious Studies and asked what the school might be able to do.

As a Catholic school, we needed to stand in solidarity with the Iraqi Christians and felt that we could do this in two ways. The first was through prayer.

On Thursday the 29th August the school community were invited to attend a lunchtime Mass in the school auditorium which would be dedicated to the displaced Iraqi Christians. This Mass was also advertised on the school’s website. 

The second way to help was through a monetary collection during the Mass.

Over 250 students and many parents attended this Mass, celebrated by our College Chaplain, Fr Craig Dunford. A collection was taken, amounting to well over $800. This was sent to those who are working with the displaced Christian families in Iraq. 

During September, Catholic schools throughout New Zealand are focusing on social justice and the principles that uphold this in society. Three of these principles are Solidarity, Human Dignity and Peace. Although Rosmini College is a relatively small secondary school we nevertheless wanted to stand beside the Iraqi victims of injustice whose dignity is being totally disrespected by others and who deserve to live in peace.

Steve Mills (Director of religious Studies – Rosmini College) 


Congratulations to Year 12 Japanese student, Hyungchan Chung, who won the first prize in Years 11-13 category in NZ for designing a carry bag. This competition was organized by NZALT for promoting languages.  For achieving the first prize, Hyungchan received a $50 gift voucher and the Japanese department received $200, which has been spent on Japanese popular manga.  All students appreciated the latest manga from Japan. 

by Channel Magazine