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Tohea – to strive for personal excellence

Welcome to Rutherford College.

Rutherford College is a community where striving for personal excellence is the focus. Student needs are put at the centre of a personalised learning system in which learning is made meaningful for them. A high expectations culture exists and high standards of  academic, sporting, cultural and social achievement are attained.


Term Dates for 2020

Term 1 | 3 February – 9 April
Term 2 | 28 April – 3 July
Term 3 | 20 July – 25 September
Term 4 | 12 October – TBC

Start dates for 2020

Thursday, 23 January | School office opens
Tuesday, 28 January | Nathan Wallis – Teen Brain 7:30pm to 9pm

Wednesday, 29 January | Teacher only day
Thursday, 30 January | Course Confirmation 9:30am to 12:30pm (students required to attend will be notified)
Friday, 31 January | Teacher only day

Monday, 3 February | Year 9 and new to Rutherford Powhiri
Tuesday, 4 February | All students 8:40 start | ID photos, assemblies and classes
Thursday, 6 February | Waitangi Day
Friday, 7 February | School closed

Monday, 10 February | Full timetable commences


2021 – 60TH REUNION

Save the date – 9-11 April 2021 Rutherford will be celebrating 60 years of world class education. We would like to hear more from our past students and staff about what they’d like to see happen at the Reunion. Register your ideas and interest in the event here.

Tell us your story

We know there are some amazing ex-Rutherford students doing fabulous things out there and we’d like you to share your story with us. Drop us a line to tell us your story and don’t forget to include some great photos of you and what you are doing, wherever you are in the world. CLICK HERE


Teen Brain

Tues 28 Jan 2020 : 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Rutherford College, Te Atatu – Auckland

Rutherford College is proud to announce that host of the documentary “All in the Mind”, and co-host of the TV Series “The Secret life of Girls”, Nathan Wallis, Aotearoa’s renowned neuroscience educator, is coming to our community with his talk – Teen Brain.

There are 6000-year-old hieroglyphics carved into the pyramids depicting the teenagers of the time as being self-obsessed, defiant and unmotivated – that’s sounding pretty familiar don’t you think?

During adolescence part of your teenage brain “shuts for renovations”. This is the part of the brain responsible for controlling your teenager1s moods, for understanding consequences and for thinking about the well-being of others. So, whilst you can’t expect lots of those behaviours during adolescence, there are ways that you can enhance and maximise the times when they can. Understanding the changes that are taking place for your teen will help you to navigate successfully these important and formative years.

Join Nathan for an in-depth look into the teen brain and get a summary of the latest research and everything a parent, grandparent or whanau needs to know.

Tickets are available at
Get in quick as tickets will sell out.





Post: PO Box 45 327, Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland 0651
Phone: 834 9790
Physical Address: Kotuku Street, Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland 0610

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