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Rutherford College is closed.

Auckland is at COVID-19 Alert Level 3

For any queries please contact [email protected]

Digital Learning

We will start Digital Learning online on Monday, 1 March. The timetable and expectations for our rangatahi are available in the link below.

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 2021

Term 1 | 3 February – 16 April
Term 2 | 3 May – 9 July
Term 3 | 26 July – 1 October
Term 4 | 18 October – 10 December

Important Dates for
Term 1

New to Rutherford BBQ  | Postponed TBC
Scholars Assembly | Postponed TBC
Athletics Day | Postponed TBC
Robotics Champs | Postponed TBC
Class Photos
 | Postponed TBC
Western Zone Swimming | Postponed TBC
Cross Country | Postponed TBC

Year 9 Hearing Test | 15-19 March
Western Zone Athletics | 17 March
Parent, Student, Teacher Conference | 18-19 March
Auckland Athletic Champs | 30 March
Road Safety Expo | 30 March

Good Friday – School Closed | 2 April
Easter Monday – School Closed | 5 April
Ki O Rahi | 7 April
Rutherford 60th Reunion | 9-10 April
Studio Show | 14 April

Last day of Term | 16 April


2021 – 60TH REUNION
Tickets now on sale

Come celebrate 60 Years of Rutherford College. Reminisce about old times. Eat great food and enjoy a beverage or two whilst catching up with old friends and making new friends.

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

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Rutherford College is currently working to our distance learning timetable from Monday, 1 March. Please check your email for more information or contact if you did not receive an email on Sunday. Please let us know of any change in contact details as soon as possible.
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Thursday February 25th

Rutherford College

All our Year 9 whanau should have received an email today about providing consent for the Year 9 Hearing Tests.
If you have not, firstly check your junk mail, then please contact [email protected] so we can check your email address is up to date.
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Mufti Day on Friday, 26 February.
Please bring a gold coin to support one of our families that has lost everything in a house fire.
A good standard of dress is expected, please. Remember to dress up, not down.

Wednesday February 17th

Rutherford College

Covid Update - Move to Level 2

Kia ora te whanau o Te Kotuku

The Prime Minister has confirmed that Auckland will move down to alert level 2 from midnight tonight, meaning that all students and staff can return to school tomorrow (Thursday, 18 February).

We look forward to welcoming all our students back to school. This has been a good test run, and processes have once more been refined should we need to go up the alert levels again in the future.

What’s Important Now? (WIN)
As a reminder, the school day starts at 8.40am with students attending their timetabled period 1 class. If you are always five minutes early you will never be late.

Children or young people legally must stay home if they are unwell, have COVID-19 symptoms, are self-isolating or are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test.

In accordance with advice from the Prime Minister, if your child is unwell, please keep them home and let the school know that morning. You can do this by emailing [email protected] or filling in the absence form on our website . There is also a button for this form at the top of our website’s home page. Finally, you can phone the college on (09) 834 9790 and press 1 to report an absence. . The importance of accurate attendance data is brought into sharper focus at times like this.

Whilst there are no strict social distancing protocols, we do remind our students that good hygiene practices should be adhered to and for students to respect each other’s personal space. We also ask that any whanau visiting the school for a meeting or for any other reason to please sign in at Reception and scan the QR codes.

The tuck shop will be open and buses will be running as normal tomorrow. There is no requirement for face coverings on dedicated school bus runs. Students utilising public bus routes are required to wear face coverings.

It is not compulsory for students or staff to wear a mask at school, however, students and staff may choose to wear a mask and this will be supported. We encourage you to speak with your child about this. If it is your intent to ask your child to wear a mask to school, we will support this, but we cannot enforce that your child wears the mask all day. We encourage you to speak with your children about avoiding people’s “moist breath zone”.

We have continued our cleaning processes and with our continual vigilance around hygiene, we feel that we are in a great position to keep our students safe at school. We will have additional cleaning of surfaces (indoors and outdoors) during the day, and additional cleaning each evening.

If an educational facility is connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19, it legally must close temporarily if advised by the public health unit, to allow for contact tracing.

Our sports teams will be able to train together here at school but we will exercise caution before being involved in matches with other schools while gatherings are restricted to 100. Families involved in sport will be contacted directly.

If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to email your child’s tutor teacher.

Once again, thank you so much for your continued support during this time, we look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Nga mihi nui
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Kia ora te whanau o te kotuku
I trust you are all well and coping with this move to alert level 3. 
To prepare for going into digital learning for the foreseeable future, in case this is necessary we will take the following 3 steps;
Step 1 - (Monday) Allow for staff, students and whanau to adapt to the move to alert level 3.
Step 2 - (Tuesday) Tutor teachers to make contact with their class to provide support and gauge who has access to google classroom. Teachers will invite students with Google classroom codes if this has not already been set up. Any students who have not responded or engaged with the classroom will receive a follow-up phone call from their tutor teacher. 
Step 3 - We will start online learning on Wednesday, 17 February with the attached timetable and expectations for our rangatahi.
The following events for this week will need to be rescheduled:
New to Rutherford Barbecue - postponed from Tuesday 16 February (future date to be decided).
Athletics - postponed, proposed reschedule to Wednesday, 24 February.
Scholars Assembly - postponed until after 8 March as the hall is undergoing repairs, maintenance and modifications from 22 February - 6 March.
Striving for personal excellence is about looking after yourself and those in your bubble. If you can stay home then please do so. 
Kia kaha
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Post: PO Box 45 327, Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland 0651
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 834 9790
Physical Address: Kotuku Street, Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland 0610

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