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Rosmini College bestows new honour on principal

BY SARAH CODDINGTON
Last updated 05:00 04/08/2009
Tom Gerrard
Photo: BEN WATSON

SURPRISED: Rosmini College's new gym has been named after prinicipal Tom Gerrard, pictured with Bishop Patrick Dunn.

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Rosmini College principal Tom Gerrard got a shock when he found out the name of the school’s new gym.

He had no idea the school’s board of trustees had decided to name it after him.

"I am overwhelmed and greatly honoured," he says.

Mr Gerrard is New Zealand’s longest serving secondary school principal. The college sportsground is also named after him.

Last week the Tom Gerrard Gymnasium was opened and blessed by Auckland Catholic diocesan Bishop Patrick Dunn.

Mr Gerrard, who has been at the college for 34 years, does not know when he will retire from the job he loves.

To help celebrate the occasion Rosmini old boy and Black Sticks hockey player David Kosoof talked to the students about his experiences at the school.

He attended from 1992 to 1996 and recalled one time when during detention he was taken to watch a rugby practice game.

The new gym took 45 weeks to complete. It has a full-sized basketball court with bleacher seating and two changing rooms.

Tom Gerrard Gymnasium was built to replace the older and smaller gym and to cater for a larger school roll.

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