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History and Archives

Rosehill College is a co-educational school offering a comprehensive curriculum to Year 9 to 14 students.  The students come from various ethnic backgrounds residing in the 
western area of Papakura township,and rural districts to the south and west including Drury, Opaheke, Ponga, Ararimu, Runciman, Ramarama, Karaka, Te Hihi, Kingseat, Waiau Pa, and Clarks Beach.     

The College opened on Tuesday, 3 February 1970 with 180 pupils and nine teachers.  By the following year the pupils had increased to 361 and staff to 17.  Mr Eric Jerkovich who retired in 1984 was the founding principal.   Other principals have been:  Tom Robson, Bali Haque and Graeme Macann.  The present principal is Sue Blakely. 

The Official Opening by His Worship the Mayor of Papakura Mr A. Campbell, formerly principal of Papakura High School, was held on 9 December 1970.     

The College badge and motto “Resolution” were finished in 1972 by Mr Harold Clark of Hamilton. 

Over the past four to five years, the College has undergone several renovation programmes.  These have included the front office, the library, new gymnasium, and technology, music, drama, art, science labs, e-learning rooms and a Maori learning facility.    

Every student is placed in one of six school Houses on his/her arrival at the College.  Each House is lead by a Head of House who is a senior member of the staff and comprises of thirteen tutor classes of approx. 25 students from Years 9-14 in the same group each year.  The six houses are:  Atawhai, Kahurangi, Manutaki, Pounamu, Rangatahi and Taikura.    

The Archive at Rosehill College was established in 2001 and is located in the Library and Information Centre.  It contains a large collection of material, such as minutes, formal and candid photographs, newsletters, school magazines, attendance registers, newsclippings, fundraising reports, daily bulletins, recent uniforms, and many other items.    Every term, a display cabinet in the Administration Lobby shows a different selection of items from the archive collection.   

Assistance with research Verification of historical events at the College Sale of  spare copies of old school magazines   Donations of archival material including old uniforms, photographs, badges, books, etc. are always gratefully received.   

The archivist can be contacted during term time by phone, fax or email at