ANZAC service

Posted Thursday May 2, 2024

At the break of dawn on Monday, 29 April, a group consisting of staff, students, local community leaders, Veterans, Serving Soldiers and families of our fallen who were once students of St Peter's College, all gathered in remembrance at the first "In The Spirit of the ANZAC's" Service and Unveiling hosted by Principal Tara Quinney, and Boarding Director of Rosmini House Zane Langford, along with members of The Rosmini House Project, assisted by the wonderful PTFA. The ceremony was followed by a Fundraiser Breakfast attended by our guests and school/hostel community.

This concept was born out of circumstances. The fact that ANZAC Day fell during school holidays, the school memorial needing a fallen soldier's name to be added to and blessed, a hostel with an uncertain future and the need to engage and bring a community together. And within the two hours that our people were brought together by these circumstances, we achieved all these goals and most importantly, we created an opportunity to reflect on the importance of selfless service and community working together. Ultimately, we raised much needed funds to go towards whatever is needed to ensure the continued boarding services provided by Rosmini House for our school community and families.

We acknowledge with sincerity the support and involvement of our Mayor Ben Bell; Gore RSA President Bradley Bridgman and our Veterans; our Invercargill Army Centre SSgt Chris Cubitt, Father Tony; St Mary's Principal, Mallory Hood; the families of our fallen soldiers; Private Callum Boult-O'Neill and his whanau; Matua Wayne, Mr Darren Jack, Whaea Vanessa and our amazing Kapa Haka Group; Justine, Julie, John and our wonderful PTFA; our Rosmini House Board, staff and students and families; our Super Chef, Corrina Mitchell and her crew and last but not least, Principal Quinney and Zane Langford for believing that we can make this happen.

There will be other events and initiatives planned throughout the year with all funds raised to go towards The Rosmini House Project. If you wish to join us, please check us out on Facebook at The Rosmini House Project page. All help is very much appreciated.