|5 Edinburgh Avenue,
|Type||State co-ed secondary (Years 9-13)|
|Motto||"Together we provide an environment for personal excellence"|
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||102|
|School roll||1651 (November 2013)|
Rosehill College (RC) is a co-educational state school located in the Auckland suburb of Rosehill in Papakura, New Zealand. The college was established on February 3, 1970, and is now the largest secondary school in the area].
Located approximately 45 minutes south of Auckland CBD, on the southern edge of the Auckland metropolitan area, the college admits students residing on the western side of the Southern Auckland Railway Line in Papakura and caters the Rosehill, Pahurehure, and Opaheke area as well as students from surrounding rural areas of Franklin District, Te Hihi, Karaka, Drury, Ponga, Runciman, Ramarama, Ararimu, Kingseat, Waiau Pa, and Clark's Beach. The campus is also situated near Rosehill Intermediate.
The college offers all students a comprehensive range of subjects from Year 9 to Year 13, leading to the National Certificate of Educational Achievement and Scholarship
When the school opened on Tuesday, February 3, 1970 the population consisted of only 180 students, and 9 teachers. As the Papakura area was overtaken by Auckland's urban sprawl the school's roll increased exponentially.
The school has a number of classroom blocks, typically consisting of a series of connected buildings. A Block is surrounded by the hall, offices and staffroom, while X Block backs on to the field, split into soccer and rugby sections. Rosehill also has a library, astroturf and pool.
The Various Classroom Blocks and Main Subject Areas
- A Block - music
- B Block - a combination of subjects but mainly sciences
- C Block - a two storey buildings, houses a number of subjects; notably maths
- D Block - the art block
- F Block - contains the original drama rooms but is mostly for English, also two levels
- M Block - ESOL, Maori and located near the nurse, student and learner support
- T Block - technology
- S Block - same basic layout as C Block, includes media studies and languages
- X Block - a variety of subjects, but mostly social sciences and humanities
- Y Block - science
The Sports Centre and Gym 1 serve as indoor sports venues, while the Performing Arts Centre functions as the senior dance and drama classroom.
From 1970 to 1984 Mr. Eric Jerkovich was the founding Principal. Following his retirement, the school was taken over by Mr. Tom Robson, and early in term 1 of 1995 by Mr. Bali Haque.
In October 2003, Mr. Graeme Macann was appointed the head of Rosehill College. Graeme has had extensive experience in the education sector and holds a Masters Degree in History from the University of Canterbury and a Masters in Education Administration from Massey University. Graeme was president of the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association in 1999-2000, and has chaired the New Zealand Secondary Principals' Council. He was also an inaugural member of the New Zealand Teachers Council. Academic staff come to Rosehill each day from all over Auckland City to teach the students. Teaching staff are well qualified in various subject areas.
Students from Year 9 - 12 are required to wear regulation uniform. The school has a blue uniform with the red and white logo with polo shirts, blouses, shorts, skirts, jumpers, and blazers. Juniors and seniors have distinct uniforms while Year 13 students are in mufti.
Year 13 students are allowed to leave the school grounds during morning teas, lunchtimes and when they have study, but must still have an exit permit at other times.
Rosehill College is split up into six houses.
Every student is placed into one of the six houses upon arrival to the college. Each house is managed by a "Head of House", who is a senior staff member and consists of individual tutor classes from Year 9 - 14.
- Atawhai (Yellow)
- Kahurangi (Blue)
- Manutaki (Purple)
- Pounamu (Green)
- Rangatahi (Black and White)
- Taikura (Red)
Rosehill operates a five period a day time-table over a six-day cycle. Every Tuesday starts an hour later and there are only four periods as a result. The timetable of senior students follows a pattern. When a senior has a subject period four on any given day then on the following five time-table days they will have that subject first, fifth, second, third and then won't have it. The pattern then repeats.
Year 9 students must take the following subjects
- Social Studies
- Physical Education and Health
- Digital literacy (replaced Reading in 2012)
Students also choose two arts subjects, which are half year courses.
- Advanced Music
- Band (full year)
- Art Design
Students also choose a language.
- Te Reo Maori
In Year 10, students must take the following subjects:
- Social Studies
- Physical Education and Health
Students also choose three subjects of their choice.
Year 11 must take
They also have to take three optional subjects
Year 12 students have to take
There are no compulsory subjects in year 13 and students can choose any 6 subjects, however taking Study (code 13SDY) is highly encouraged for most students, as 6 full subjects is demanding, and is considered overwhelming for all but top students. Study is regarded as a perk of being year 13.
Rosehill College has had some "celebrities" and famous figures on the school roll such as
- Keisha Castle-Hughes - actress
- Rhys Castle-Hughes - actor
- Brandon Field - New Zealand Commonwealth Games athlete
- Rod Lousich - actor
- Karen Phillips - New Zealand Commonwealth Games athlete
- Kieran Read - Crusaders and All Black
- Baden Kerr - Counties Manukau Steelers and Blues
- J. Williams - Singer
- "Directory of Schools - as at 4 December 2013". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
- Decile change 2007 to 2008 for state & state integrated schools
- "Rosehill College Prospectus". 2009. p. 5.
- Jonathan Marshall; Stephen Cook (8 October 2006). "From Virgin Mary to mum". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 8 December 2012.