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Richelle Cannell
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From the Principal

Chris Comeau —

Sadly we farewell one of our long standing staff members.

 At the end of term 3, we will farewell Richelle Cannell after 16 years of loyal service to the College.

Richelle started at Roncalli in 2003 as a Sports Administrator and has been serving in that role ever since. She has also been helping out more recently in the library and has provided support to the International Department.

Richelle's passion and commitment to sport and to young people is inspiring and has resulted in the increase of sporting opportunities at the College over the years and also to some very successful teams.

Richelle has accepted a position with South Canterbury Kindergarten Association as an Office Administrator and we wish her all the best in her new venture.

Beauty and the Beast

Roncalli College is proud to support student Georgia Carnegie and staff member Victoria Chappell who both have lead roles in the South Canterbury Drama League production of Beauty and the Beast.

We would also like to acknowledge Adele Churchman and students Oscar Miles-Hussey and  Carl Webber who are involved in the production.

EDICM FutureSchool Speect Competition

We would like to congratulate Abhi Bharathan from year 11 who will represent Roncalli in this years EDICM speech competition. 

The competition is open to one student in Year 10, 11 or 12 from each of the following schools:

  • Columba College, Dunedin
  • Craighead Diocesan School, Timaru
  • John McGlashan College, Dunedin
  • Otago Boys’ High School, Dunedin
  • Roncalli College, Timaru
  • St Hilda’s Collegiate School, Dunedin

Each contestant is invited to deliver a speech of 6 – 7 minutes on the topic:

A life less ordinary

During your life thus far, you have had a number of experiences that have shaped you as an individual.  Reflect on what you have gained from these experiences. What skills have you learnt and what  values and understandings,  have you developed that have shaped you as an individual and that you will take with you into the future?

What makes ‘A life less ordinary’?

Two winners will be chosen. Each will be offered a free 12-day (including travel) cultural exchange to Japan.

In 2017, Anne Newmarch was one of the winners and enjoyed a wonderful, all-expense paid trip to Japan.

Student Representative - Election Results

Grace Watt has been elected as the Student representative to the Board of Trustees for 2018/2019. We congratulate Grace on her appointment and for being selected to attend the Spirit of Adventure Trip around Stewart Island with other Student Trustees early in 2019.

Our Marist Connection

On the weekend of 15 September, Fr Patrick Breeze S.M. returned to Timaru to celebrate his 25th Jubilee as a Marist Priest. Fr. Pat is a past pupil from St Patrick’s High School in Timaru and still has family living in the area.

Fr Pat joined the staff at Roncalli College for morning tea prior to his special celebration. Fr Pat is currently lives in Auckland and works at the seminary training novitiates.

We congratulate Fr Pat on 25 years as a Marist Priest.

Two upcoming visits

On Saturday night, 29 September, Roncalli College will proudly host a group of St Bede's runners participating in the Canteen 'Run For a Life' Appeal. This group is one of eight groups travelling to different destinations around the South Island and running the return trip of 500 kms as part of a relay. The group staying overnight at Roncalli will be starting at Mt Cook and running along the Alps to Ocean into Oamaru and then up to Timaru. From here they will run the inland road back to Christchurch and finish at St Bede's. The whole trip consists of 5 days and 4 nights.A group of Roncalli staff and students has volunteered to feed this group when they arrive on Saturday evening and again before they head off early on Sunday morning.We wish the runners all the best for their fundraiser.

Early next term we are hosting a group of 25 staff and students from  Penola Catholic College in Broadmeadows, Victoria Australia. This group is travelling  in pilgrimage to St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop.  They are being welcomed in Christchurch by Marian College, will visit the Mary McKillop Centre and St Josephs Primary School in Temuka before staying overnight at the College before travelling to other significant Mary MacKillop sites including her cottage and St Patricks Church in Arrowtown.