Rosmini College

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Rosmini College
Rosmini college.jpg
36 Dominion Street,
New Zealand
Coordinates 36°47′32.71″S 174°45′36.40″E / 36.7924194°S 174.7601111°E / -36.7924194; 174.7601111Coordinates: 36°47′32.71″S 174°45′36.40″E / 36.7924194°S 174.7601111°E / -36.7924194; 174.7601111
Type Integrated single-sex boys secondary (Year 7-13)
Motto Legis Charitas Plenitudo
(Charity Fulfills the Law)
Established 1962
Ministry of Education Institution no. 39
Principal Nixon Cooper
School roll 1065[1] (March 2015)
Socio-economic decile 9Q[2]

Rosmini College is a state integrated Catholic secondary school for boys, situated in Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand. The school caters to Years 7-13 (Forms 1-7), and currently has a roll of approximately 960.

Founded in 1962 by Father Catcheside, the school was named after Antonio Rosmini, founder of the Institute of Charity. The school's motto is Legis Charitas Plenitudo, translated as 'Charity Fulfills the Law', or sometimes translated as 'Love Fulfills the Law'. Tom Gerrard has been the school's principal since 1976,[3] making him New Zealand's longest serving principal.[4]

Catholic Character[edit]

The school's curriculum mirrors that of state schools, apart from the addition of Religious Education classes, and its associated Prayers, Retreats and Masses. These religious activities and the promotion of Christian values constitute the school's Catholic character.


Prayers are a part of daily school life at Rosmini. This generally includes the school prayer:

Help us to be a school of dignity, integrity and fairness
As we try to live out the maxims of Antonio Rosmini
To desire only, without limits, to please God and be just
To direct our thoughts and actions to the glory of God's church
To accept calmly what God wills for us
Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

The school's enrolment policy favours boys from Catholic primary schools, although students of other denominations fill the remaining space on the roll, in accordance with government funding legislation for integrated schools.


The school's buildings include the Tindall Auditorium and school chapel, a purpose-built music block, the Maire Technology Block, the Sormany Science Centre, main block (containing classrooms, computer labs, administration facilities, staff offices and the school library), and several prefabs. The school also has two gymnasiums as well as extensive sports fields and courts.

A new gymnasium is the most recent facility. The gym was formally opened in July 2009 by Bishop Pat Dunn, and was named the Tom Gerrard Gymnasium.[4]


New Zealand's national secondary qualification, the National Certificate of Educational Achievement, is offered to all Year 11-13 students. In 2007, the school obtained pass rates of 83%, 86% and 81% in Years 11, 12 and 13 respectively, figures well above the national average.


Sport is an integral part of Rosmini life, and the school has enjoyed success at regional level in many sports, particularly rugby. The College's Senior basketball team won a New Zealand National Secondary Schools title in 2011. In 1980, the College's Senior football team won the National Secondary Schools Football Championship.

Rosmini has produced five All Blacks: Liam Barry, Anthony Boric, Graham Dowd, Blair Larsen and Rudi Wulf. The school also produced three Black Caps: Martin Snedden, Chris Pringle and Chris Drum. Adrian Blincoe, a Rosmini Old Boy, competed in the 5000m Men's race in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[citation needed]

Martin Brill represented New Zealand in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and the 1988 Seoul Olympics at Fencing, achieving 15th place and 7th place respectively in the Épée at those events[5] - the best results achieved by any New Zealander in Olympic fencing to date. Another Rosmini alumnus, Paul Lyons, also represented New Zealand at fencing.[citation needed]

Music and Performing Arts[edit]

The College has purpose-built facilities for the teaching of music and performing arts. The school has a small jazz band and choir, in addition to solo performers and rock bands. The school also holds drama productions with sister school Carmel College, the most recent of which were Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar and Oliver and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Students of the College also formed the seminal New Zealand rock band, the Screaming Meemees.

Notable alumni[edit]


  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. 
  3. ^ "33 years at the top". Rosmini News. March 2009. p. 3. 
  4. ^ a b Coddington, Sarah (4 August 2009). "Rosmini College bestows new honour on principal". Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Martin Brill Biography and Olympic Results". 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Swimming to Success" (PDF). Sursum Corda. Summer 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2012.