Rosehill College

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Rosehill College
5 Edinburgh Avenue,
New Zealand
Coordinates 37°04′35″S 174°56′05″E / 37.0764°S 174.9346°E / -37.0764; 174.9346Coordinates: 37°04′35″S 174°56′05″E / 37.0764°S 174.9346°E / -37.0764; 174.9346
Type State co-ed secondary (Years 9-13)
Motto "Together we provide an environment for personal excellence"[citation needed]
Ministry of Education Institution no. 102
Principal Sue Blakely
School roll 1770[1] (March 2015)
Socio-economic decile 5M[2]

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 3 February 1970, and is now the largest secondary school in the area].

Located approximately 30 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 including Te Hihi, Karaka, Drury, Ponga, Runciman, Ramarama, Ararimu, Kingseat, Waiau Pa, and Clark's Beach. The campus is also situated next to 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, 3 February 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 was officially opened by Mr. A Campbell, who was the mayor of Papakura at this time, and previously worked as Principal of nearby Papakura High School.


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 a heated swimming pool.[3]

Rosehill College, like most New Zealand state secondary schools built between 1960 and 1970, was built to the Nelson 2H common design plan. The Nelson 2H is distinguished by its two-storey H-shaped classroom blocks, with stairwells at each end of the block and a large ground floor toilet and cloak area on one side.[4] Rosehill has two of these blocks: C block and S block.

The school has ultrafast broadband and wireless internet connectivity throughout the grounds.

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 drama rooms but is mostly for English, also two levels
  • M Block - ESOL, Te Reo Maori and also houses the school nurse and counsellors and the Learner Support Department
  • 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 teaching and performing space.


Mr. Eric Jerkovich was the foundation Principal of the school and remained as principal until 1984. Following his retirement, the then Deputy Principal, Mr. Tom Robson, became principal. He stepped down from the position in 1995 and was replaced by Mr. Bali Haque. Mr Haque was principal for seven years, during which time the school roll grew to nearly 2000. At different times both Mr Robson and Mr Haque were presidents of the Secondary Principals Association of New Zealand.

In October 2003, Mr. Graeme Macann was appointed the head of Rosehill College. Mr Macann had been president of the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association in 1999-2000, and has chaired the New Zealand Secondary Principals' Council. He was an inaugural member of the New Zealand Teachers Council in 2002.

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.[5]

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 13 individual tutor classes from Year 9 - 14.

  • Atawhai (Yellow)
  • Kahurangi (Blue)
  • Manutaki (Purple)
  • Pounamu (Green)
  • Rangatahi (Black and White)
  • Taikura (Red)

Notable alumni[edit]

Rosehill College has had some "celebrities" and famous figures on the school roll such as


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 7 April 2015". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
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  4. ^ "Catalogue of Standard School Building Types" (PDF). Christchurch: Ministry of Education. August 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Rosehill College Prospectus" (PDF). 2009. p. 5. 
  6. ^ Jonathan Marshall; Stephen Cook (8 October 2006). "From Virgin Mary to mum". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Helen Twose (4 March 2007). "Business Chat: Freightways' Dean Bracewell delivers the goods". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 24 June 2014.