Rosmini College

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 1097.

Rosmini College
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36 Dominion Street


Coordinates36°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
TypeState-integrated secondary
MottoLegis Charitas Plenitudo
(Charity Fulfills the Law)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1962; 58 years ago
Ministry of Education Institution no.39
PrincipalNixon Cooper
School roll1109[1] (March 2019)
Socio-economic decile9Q[2]

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 was the school's principal from 1976 until 2014,[3] making him New Zealand's longest serving principal.[4]

Catholic CharacterEdit

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. 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.[citation needed]


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, 2017 and 2018. In 1980, the College's Senior football team won the National Secondary Schools Football Championship.[citation needed]

Music and Performing ArtsEdit

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, Oliver, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. In 2017 the school put on a performance of Bugsy Malone in conjunction with Carmel College. Students of the College also formed the seminal New Zealand rock band, the Screaming Meemees.

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 3 April 2019". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  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. ^ "Swimming to Success" (PDF). Sursum Corda. Summer 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 April 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2012.