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The Updated Prefect's Badge

Symbols are very important. They define institutions, and they tell the world what they stand for – they are true ‘icons’. At this school, we have three icons which tell the world all about us, who we are and what we stand for. They are: the School Shield; the three plumes or feathers of the Raukura; and the Prefect’s Badge.

The Prefect’s Badge has defined the office of Prefect at our school for 91 years. And until August, 2018, it remained completely unchanged since it was first created in 1927. But we need to go even further back to 1915 – 104 years ago – when the story of this historic badge first began.

In 1915, the year after our school was established, the boys and girls were asked to think of symbols that were meaningful to them and that they wanted their school to stand for. The symbols that they chose were: a Crown, symbolizing the Sovereign and the Government; a Lion, symbolizing courage and strength and also, at that time, British imperial dominion; a Book, symbolizing knowledge, learning and education; and a Rose, symbolizing England and English traditions. The symbols were placed onto a traditional heraldic shield and so the first part – the central shield – of our historic School Shield was created.

In 1927, two further additions were made. The Latin Motto was added in a scroll beneath the shield; and a carved Māori Head, symbolizing our proud Māori heritage, was added atop it. The School Shield, as we know it today, was thus fully created 91 years ago.

Also in 1927, two new badges were commissioned for the School: the Cap Badge, which was worn by the boys only at the centre of the original School Cap; and the Prefect’s Badge. Both badges feature the central shield; the Latin Motto; the School Colours of red and gold in horizontal bands around the shield and blue inside of the shield; the School’s name, which was at that time Rotorua High School; the dates of the badges’ creation, A.D. 1927 – A.D. standing for the Latin phrase, Anno Domini, meaning, in the “Year of our Lord”; and two flanking stars between the School’s name and the dates on the badges. The only difference between the two badges are the surrounding laurel leaves of the Prefect’s Badge symbolizing leadership.

The boys’ Cap Badge was worn from 1927 until the original School Cap was abolished as part of the uniform in 1972. The Prefect’s Badge continued unchanged.

In August, 2016, the School Museum cabinet opposite the main office was installed. For this, I selected items of old school memorabilia to display in it. As I was placing in to it examples of an old and a modern-day Prefect’s Badges I stopped and I looked at the modern-day Prefect’s Badge. I asked myself two questions about the modern one: why is this badge still saying Rotorua High School on it, and where is our Māori Head atop the shield? I also thought that boys who were Prefects would want to wear a badge that represented the School they were the Prefects of – not the long-defunct Rotorua High School which had not existed since 1958 – and was also complete in terms of its design.

In mid-October, 2016, I wrote a paper for Mr. Grinter about the Prefect’s Badge. I suggested to him that we really ought to update the badge by inserting Boys’ into the name and adding the Māori Head atop the shield, but otherwise leave it unchanged. My paper set off a chain of events leading to updating of the Prefect’s Badge in 2018.
For the first time almost 60 years we were able to award, at the Senior Prize Giving held on 2 November, 2018, the first set of updated Prefect’s Badges. The boys who received the new badge were the first to wear an historic symbol and an icon of our school that includes the following changes:-

  • The name on the badge is now Rotorua Boys’ High School.
  • The Māori Head is now in his customary position atop the shield.
  • In place of the year A.D. 1927 is now our Māori name, Raukura.
  • In place of the two original flanking stars there are now two plumes.

The addition of Raukura and the two plumes on the badge were Mr. Grinter’s idea.

We now have a really stunning Prefect’s Badge that embraces 104 years of history and tradition updated to reflect the school that we are today in the 21st century. And it is very fitting that this updated “old” badge will be properly worn for the first time by the newly appointed Prefects in 2019. Next year also marks the Diamond Jubilee of the School’s re-opening as Rotorua Boys’ High School in 1959, and the 105th anniversary of our establishment in 1914. Our historic Prefect’s Badge has, finally, caught up with us after 60 years and it is also now complete and correct!

An example of the updated Prefect’s Badge is on display in the School Museum cabinet opposite the main office.

THE ORIGINAL SCHOOL CAP 1927 – 1972

On 27 August, 2018, two new items were added to the School Museum cabinet opposite the main office. These were an original School Cap and a photograph of its late owner.

For almost 30 years now, I had been hoping to find or to come across an original boys’ School Cap. I had only ever seen examples of these in old black and white photographs. In July, 2018, my search for one finally ended when Mrs. Kathy Rosser of Auckland got in touch to say that her late husband, Mr. Norman Rosser (1925-2010), who attended the Rotorua High School from 1936-1939, had proudly kept his old School Cap. She wanted to know if we might be interested in having it. I said YES!!!
The original School Cap was worn by boys only from 1927 until it was abolished as part of the school uniform in 1972. It was a cloth cap and it was coloured dark blue with red stripes – these being two of the School Colours of blue, red and gold. At the centre of the cap above the brim was placed the original Cap Badge. This badge was exactly the same as the Prefect’s Badge is but without the surrounding laurel leaves. If a boy was appointed a Prefect, he would replace his Cap Badge with the Prefect’s Badge on his School Cap. Both badges were, and still are, unique and distinctive designs to this school.

Mr. Rosser’s cap is in remarkable condition after 82 years. It only misses a button at the center of its top. It is also most probably the only one of it now in existence making it all the more special. Beside the cap, I have displayed a photograph of Mr. Rosser. It was taken of him during World War II while he served as a Fighter-Pilot in the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

We are very grateful to Mrs. Kathy Rosser for her wonderful donations to us.

Hon. R.A. Wright 1863 – 1947

While reading a book recently, I came across the above photograph of Robert Alexander Wright. We should, I hope, all know who he was and the role that he played in our school’s history 91 years ago.

He was, of course, the man who laid the Foundation Stone of A Block on 12 April, 1927. He returned to the School the following year to then officially open the new Rotorua High School building on 9 February, 1928.

Wright was M.P. for the Wellington South electorate from 1908-1911, when he was defeated. He was returned to Parliament as M.P. for the Wellington Suburbs and Country electorate from 1914-1919 and then the Wellington Suburbs electorate from 1919-1938. He served as Minister of Education in the Reform Government of Prime Minister J.G. Coates from 1926-1928. While he was sitting in Parliament, he also served as the Mayor of Wellington from 1921-1925. Being a Member of Parliament and also serving as the Mayor of a major city at the same time would not be possible to do now!

– Mr. K.J. Lyall
SCHOOL ARCHIVIST & HISTORIAN

 

Friday, August 12th, 2022

10OED Rainbow Mountain

10OED Rainbow Mountain
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Ty, Mh, Hny 50pax Time: 00:00

Monday, August 15th, 2022

Term 3, Week 4

Term 3, Week 4
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Time: 00:00

Tuesday, August 16th, 2022

Open Evening

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Summary: 5.30pm RBHS Time: 00:00

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Year 8 Leadership Workshop

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Wednesday, August 17th, 2022

Senior Assembly- P3

Senior Assembly- P3
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Time: 00:00

Free Haircuts - Toi ohomai Barbers

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Summary: 12:30pm - 1:30pm in the Hall See Kendyl to register Time: 00:00

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Thursday, August 18th, 2022

House Choral Practice 2/4- P3

House Choral Practice 2/4- P3
Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

2PHY Awahou Trip tbc

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Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Friday, August 19th, 2022

Academic Review Day

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Time: 00:00

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Sunday, August 21st, 2022

Big Sing Cadenza

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Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Monday, August 22nd, 2022

Term 3, Week 5

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Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Y13 English Trip Massey University

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Y12OED Climbing Trip- Wharepapa

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Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2022

House Choral Practice 3/4- P3

House Choral Practice 3/4- P3
Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Wednesday, August 24th, 2022

Free Haircuts - Toi ohomai Barbers

Free Haircuts - Toi ohomai Barbers
Summary: 12:30pm - 1:30pm in the Hall See Kendyl to register Time: 00:00

12:30pm - 1:30pm in the Hall See Kendyl to register Time: 00:00

Junior Assembly- P3

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Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

9 Sports Science- Adams Centre

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Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Thursday, August 25th, 2022

Dance NZ Made RGHS

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Time: 00:00

Friday, August 26th, 2022

House Choral Competition P2

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Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

House Choral Practice 4/4- P1

House Choral Practice 4/4- P1
Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

2PED- Tough Guy/Gal

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Time: 00:00

Sunday, August 28th, 2022

U14s Rugby Palmerston North

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Summary: Md Netina Sto Time: 00:00

Md Netina Sto Time: 00:00

Jnr A Football- Tauranga

Jnr A Football- Tauranga
Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Snr Basketball

Snr Basketball
Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Football Nationals- Auckland

Football Nationals- Auckland
Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

U15 Rugby Nationals- Chch

U15 Rugby Nationals- Chch
Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Snr Hockey Nationals

Snr Hockey Nationals
Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Monday, August 29th, 2022

Term 3, Week 6

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Time: 00:00

Wednesday, August 31st, 2022

Free Haircuts - Toi ohomai Barbers

Free Haircuts - Toi ohomai Barbers
Summary: 12:30pm - 1:30pm in the Hall See Kendyl to register Time: 00:00

12:30pm - 1:30pm in the Hall See Kendyl to register Time: 00:00

Sunday, September 4th, 2022

Y13 Oed Climbing Camp

Y13 Oed Climbing Camp
Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Monday, September 5th, 2022

Term 3, Week 7

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Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Rongohia te Hau

Rongohia te Hau
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Wednesday, September 7th, 2022

Free Haircuts - Toi ohomai Barbers

Free Haircuts - Toi ohomai Barbers
Summary: 12:30pm - 1:30pm in the Hall See Kendyl to register Time: 00:00

12:30pm - 1:30pm in the Hall See Kendyl to register Time: 00:00

Thursday, September 8th, 2022

Te Ao Haka CAA- L2

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Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Monday, September 12th, 2022

National Kapa Haka Competition

National Kapa Haka Competition
Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Term 3, Week 8

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Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Wednesday, September 14th, 2022

Free Haircuts - Toi ohomai Barbers

Free Haircuts - Toi ohomai Barbers
Summary: 12:30pm - 1:30pm in the Hall See Kendyl to register Time: 00:00

12:30pm - 1:30pm in the Hall See Kendyl to register Time: 00:00

Thursday, September 15th, 2022

MCAT L1

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Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

RBHS Open Day RIS Y8

RBHS Open Day RIS Y8
Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Friday, September 16th, 2022

RBHS Open Day Y8- Contributing Schools

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Time: 00:00

Sunday, September 18th, 2022

Y12 Oed Climbing Camp- Wharepapa

Y12 Oed Climbing Camp- Wharepapa
Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Monday, September 19th, 2022

Term 3, Week 9

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Time: 00:00

Tuesday, September 20th, 2022

Junior Assembly- P2

Junior Assembly- P2
Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Senior Assembly- P4

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Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Writing CAA P1&2

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Time: 00:00

Wednesday, September 21st, 2022

Free Haircuts - Toi ohomai Barbers

Free Haircuts - Toi ohomai Barbers
Summary: 12:30pm - 1:30pm in the Hall See Kendyl to register Time: 00:00

12:30pm - 1:30pm in the Hall See Kendyl to register Time: 00:00

Numeracy CAA P1&2

Numeracy CAA P1&2
Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Sports Photos

Sports Photos
Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

Reading CAA P1&2

Reading CAA P1&2
Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Friday, September 23rd, 2022

DCAT Level 1- P1-3

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Summary: GS classes need to be moved and relief needed. Time: 00:00

GS classes need to be moved and relief needed. Time: 00:00

Sunday, September 25th, 2022

3OED Haerenga- Ihenga

3OED Haerenga- Ihenga
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Time: 00:00 Duration: 23 hours

Monday, September 26th, 2022

Term 3, Week 10

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Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Tuesday, September 27th, 2022

DCAT Level 2- P1-3

DCAT Level 2- P1-3
Summary: GS classes need to be moved and relief needed. Time: 00:00

GS classes need to be moved and relief needed. Time: 00:00

Wednesday, September 28th, 2022

Te Ao Haka CAA- L2

Te Ao Haka CAA- L2
Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

National Manu Kōrero Competition

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Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Friday, September 30th, 2022

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Time: 00:00

Monday, October 17th, 2022

Term 4, Week 1

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Time: 00:00

Tuesday, October 18th, 2022

Senior Prelims

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Time: 00:00

Tuesday, October 25th, 2022

Term 4, Week 2

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Time: 00:00

Wednesday, October 26th, 2022

DCAT Level 3- P1-3

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Summary: GS classes need to be moved and relief needed. Time: 00:00

GS classes need to be moved and relief needed. Time: 00:00

Friday, October 28th, 2022

Junior Volleyball National Qualifier TGA

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Time: 00:00

Monday, October 31st, 2022

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Time: 00:00

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022

Hostel Prizegiving

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Time: 00:00

Thursday, November 3rd, 2022

Senior Prizegiving

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Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Friday, November 4th, 2022

Junior Volleyball National Qualifier TGA

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Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Monday, November 7th, 2022

Term 4, Week 4

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Time: 00:00

Junior Science Coding Week

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Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Friday, November 11th, 2022

Junior Volleyball National Qualifier TGA

Junior Volleyball National Qualifier TGA
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Time: 00:00

Monday, November 14th, 2022

Term 4, Week 5

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Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Monday, November 21st, 2022

Term 4, Week 6

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Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Y10 Whirinaki Camp

Y10 Whirinaki Camp
Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022

Orientation Day

Orientation Day
Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Monday, November 28th, 2022

Term 4, Week 7

Term 4, Week 7
Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Y10 Whirinaki Camp

Y10 Whirinaki Camp
Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Monday, December 5th, 2022

Term 4, Week 8

Term 4, Week 8
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Monday, March 13th, 2023

Y9 Okataina Camp TBC

Y9 Okataina Camp TBC
Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Monday, March 20th, 2023

Y9 Okataina Camp TBC

Y9 Okataina Camp TBC
Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Monday, March 11th, 2024

Y9 Okataina Camp TBC

Y9 Okataina Camp TBC
Time: 00:00

Time: 00:00

Monday, March 18th, 2024

Y9 Okataina Camp TBC

Y9 Okataina Camp TBC
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