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I have the absolute pleasure of advising the appointment of Nixon Cooper as the next Headmaster of Rosmini College.
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 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.
Mike Taylor, Board Chairman, Rosmini College Board of Trustees
Opening of The John Copson Sports Pavillion
On Thursday 2nd October 2014, the CEO of NZ Catholic Education Office, Brother Pat Lynch FSC, opened the John Copson Sports Pavilion at Rosmini College. This versatile and well-appointed building was blessed by Father Craig Dunford, the college chaplain.
The major sponsors of this project were John Copson of Copson Group Holdings and John Green from Hugh Green Foundation. Tom Gerrard, the Principal, and Br Pat Lynch spoke highly of the generosity of these two sponsors. Mr Gerrard also thanked the architect, Allan Shanahan, who freely donated his time and expertise. He also thanked the PTFA (Parents, Teachers, Friends Associationn) for the kitchen fit-out.
While refreshments were served, Mr Gerrard thanked Teak Construction for their good work, and Property Manager, Owen Hughes, and the on-site manager, Martin Rogers.
Over the years, the college has benefited from the generosity of many people and groups, especially the Old Boys. Now we have a facility where they can meet and renew their relationships with their Alma Mater. They can view at leisure the First Fifteen or First Eleven as they take on the local opposition. The college looks forward to hosting many and varied groups in the acquisition.
The pavilion will be used as a meeting place for many groups, for example, Board of Trustees, PTFA, Fund Raising committee. Its location is superb, looking out on the top field where many present and past teams did battle. Contemporary rugby players like James Doyle, Nick Mayhew, Rodrigo Costa played many games on the top field. Other Rosmini Old Boys like Richard and Mike Mayhew, Jack and William Whetton, Rudi Wulf, Gareth Anscombe all have fond memories of the top field. But the pavilion itself will endeavour to cater for all sports, especially the major codes of soccer, hockey, cricket, basketball, rugby, tennis etc. We are trying not to use it as a classroom, but this may prove difficult with space in the school at a premium.
Karate Kid's World Champs Dreams
Rosmini College Year 12 student, Richard Rahardja, 16, has been doing karate since he was five years old. He has won gold medals at the 2010 Oceania Championships in Tahiti as well as numerous titles at the New Zealand Nationals and the New Zealand Open.
However, in 2012 Richard suffered a slipped disc and he had to undergo spinal surgery. Richard returned to Karate in 2013 but he was forced to stop competing in the Kumite division and he was only able to participate in Kata. Nevertheless Richard was still able to win gold in the 14/15 years old Kata division at the 2013 Commonwealth Karate Championships in Canada. He also won gold in the Senior Male Kata division at the New Zealand Open. At the 2014 Oceania Championships held in Suva, Fiji Richard won silver in the Senior Male Kata division as well as a gold medal in the Senior Male Team Kata division.
Richard trains with his brother, former Rosmini College Sport’s Captain, Christopher Rahardja, 2009, who has had arguably the most successful Karate career of any New Zealander. Chris was the first and only Kiwi to win a medal at a World Championships. He won a silver medal at the 2008 Junior World Championships in Morocco. Consequently, Richard’s goal right now is: “To hopefully be selected to represent New Zealand in the 2015 Junior World Championships where I hope to achieve the same success my brother attained at the same age.”
Channel Magazine: Issuu 49 November 2014