• Rosmini Snr Prize winner 1

    Rosmini Snr Prize winner 1

  • Rosmini Theophilus Carlos  and Mr Paddy Hallissey

    Rosmini Theophilus Carlos and Mr Paddy Hallissey

  • Rosmini Snr Prize winners

    Rosmini Snr Prize winners

  • Rosmini Joseph Gibson

    Rosmini Joseph Gibson

  • Rosmini Hauwai McGahan and Teague McElroy

    Rosmini Hauwai McGahan and Teague McElroy

  • Rosmini Guard of Honour 1

    Rosmini Guard of Honour 1

  • Rosmini Ethan Breinhorst and HOD of Sci, Ben Plummer

    Rosmini Ethan Breinhorst and HOD of Sci, Ben Plummer

Schools & Education

Senior Prize-Giving, Speeches and Rising Rugby Star
Round Up of Rosmini College News

At Senior Prize Giving this year, Rosmini College’s Head Boy, Teague McElroy, received a Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship to Otago University. He was also awarded the Chris Ireland Cup for School Spirit and the MKG Associates Cup for Rugby’s Best and Fairest Player. Fellow Head Boy, Hauwai McGahan received a University of Auckland Chancellor’s Award for Top Maori and Pacific Scholars. 

Deputy Head Boy, Ethan Breinhorst was the Proxime Accessit Dux and he received the Philip Gales Biology Prize, the Fr Charles Sormany Chemistry Cup, the Jim Church Senior Physics Cup and the Yunus Mohammed Cup for Excellence in Calculus. Ethan also was awarded the Catcheside Memorial Cup: All-Rounder Award along with a Tom Gerrard Scholarship.  The school’s other Deputy Head Boy, Tom Blackwell received the May Gore Cup for Dependability. 

Sports Captain, James Duff won the Personality Cup for School Spirit and the Avago Trophy for Rugby’s Most Valuable Player. The school’s other Sports Captain, Joshua Hilton-Jones was the Sportsman of the Year. Joshua also won the Glenfield Cup for Rugby’s Player of the Year and the Dr Terry Cup for Cricket’s Player of the Year. 

Rosmini College’s Prefects also did well: Joseph Gibson won the Matthew Casey Cup for the School Dux, the Wallace Cup, the Mohammed Trophy for Effort and Determination in Mathematics, the RSA Trophy, the John Skinner Geography Prize, the Hillman Cup for English (alongside James Shanahan) and the John Stevenson Memorial Cup for Determination (alongside Jonty Scott). Joseph also received a University of Auckland Scholarship and he was the Orienteerer of the Year (alongside Matthew Hopkinson). James Shanahan won the Crawley History Trophy and the Donnelly Cup for Economics.  Nathan Bagosi-Cave won the Head Master’s Prize (alongside Mitchell Mackay). 

Shaun Cooke won the Senior Accounting Prize and the O’Brien Cup for Cricket’s Batsman of the Year. Fraser Conway won the Glenfield Cup for Rugby’s Most Consistent Player (alongside Daniel Castle). Michael Li won the Academic Physical Education (alongside Jonty Scott). Mitchell Mackay won the Graphics Art Award, the Photolife Award and the Senior Graphics Prize. Matthew O’Grady won the Wackrow Cup for Rugby’s Most Improved Player. 

The following Year 13 students also won scholarships: Jonty Scott won a Auckland University of Technology Scholarship; Hyung Jin Chung won the Rosmini College PTFA Scholarship and Theophilus Carlos won two Scholarships – the Massey University Vice Chancellor’s Innovation and Academic Excellence Scholarship and the Ned Covich Scholarship. At the conclusion of Senior Prize Giving all the Year 13 students stood up and formed a Guard of Honour for retiring Principal, Mr Tom Gerard to walk through.


Rosmini College Year 9 student, Luke Gilbert (14) of Coatesville recently did a speech in his English class about his Great-Grandfather’s experiences during WWI:  

“Gas, Gas, quick boys grab your masks!” 

“We have to dig a drain before we drown in this trench!”

 “Over the top boys, LET’S GO!” 

Where would you have heard these shouts? 

From New Zealand soldiers during the battle of Passchendaele. 

When was this? 

October 12th 1917, almost exactly 100 years ago from this day. 

We, as young New Zealanders, should know about this battle because it is where the most New Zealanders were killed in one day in history. We should also know about the extreme hardship endured by our New Zealand soldiers there. People who do know about Passchendaele think of it as a waste of human life and a meaningless battle – this is not the case!

On this morning of the 12th of October 1917, 845 New Zealanders were killed in the small village called Passchendaele in Belgium. The total number of deaths is the same as the combined deaths as New Zealand’s four greatest tragedies: The Hawkes Bay earthquake (also known as the Napier earthquake), The Tangiwai railway disaster, the Erebus plane crash and the Christchurch earthquake.  New Zealand’s population during the time of the First World War was just over one million. This meant that every 1 in 4 New Zealand men between the ages of 18 and 45 were killed. The impact of this great loss of life affected most New Zealand families and communities. One family from Golden Bay lost three sons. Most people know about Gallipoli and the 2700 New Zealanders that died there but not many people know about the 12,500 New Zealanders who died on the Western Front in Belgium. 


Most of you will have great grandfathers who fought there. This is the bullet from James Francis Gilbert, my great grandfather, who fought at the battle of Belleview Spur at Passchendaele.


He was shot by a machine gunner while being a runner taking a message from one trench to another; he survived his wounds and was amongst the lucky few to return home. If he hadn’t I would not exist.

The battle of Passchendaele is known as the Battle of the Mud. It is known as the most horrific trench battles of World War One. Every young New Zealander should know how their ancestors suffered and think of them as true heroes. They were made to fight a losing battle. They were fighting against Germans with machine guns on higher ground. This meant they had to dig extra deep trenches. Then with 10 days of sudden heavy rain, the trenches filled up with water. Many soldiers drowned in their trenches. When the rain stopped the Germans threw cylinders of mustard gas into the trenches. They had to quickly grab gas masks and it was a lottery if you got one that worked or not. This death was slow and agonizing: it caused blisters on the skin, tongue and on the inside of the lungs – those who survived were blinded. 

When officers shouted, “Over the top boys!” they ran straight into a barrage of German machine gun fire. Many of the bodies fell straight back into the trenches they had just come out of. Many people think of Passchendaele as being a waste of life and a mistake. This is unfair to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for us. It was not a waste of time because even though the battle was lost, there was also a significant loss of life by the Germans. This strengthened the overall power of the allies who were soon to be joined by the USA. The battle also distracted the Germans from launching submarine attacks, which could have caused a greater loss of life.

So 100 years later let us remember our great New Zealand soldiers who fought in the most horrific trench battle ever known. Those brave men – our great grandfathers who sacrificed their lives for our country.

By Channel Editorial

Channel Magazine: Issuu 50 December 2014 | January 2015

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