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Please, Thank You, Excuse Me And Sorry

Please, Thank you, Excuse me and Sorry

At Rutherford we say please, thank you, excuse me and sorry. These phrases are closely related to our values of respect, responsibility, integrity and excellence. In this article I would like to focus mostly on thank you and sorry. But, before I do, a smaller comment on please and excuse me. The word please displays respect for the person you are requesting something from. It shouldn’t automatically result in you expecting to get that something just because you have said please. Any request should be accompanied by a please. Excuse me is if you have got in someone’s way or…

Writers’ Festival Experiences

Writers’ Festival Experiences

It was a crisp Thursday morning, and excitement was in the air. The reason? That day marked the 2018 Writers’ Festival! We all arrived in the school hall at 8:20AM, and anticipation was mixed with the curiosity of what this incredible day would have to offer. Around 9 o’clock we all made our way to the two buses that would take us to Aotea Center in Auckland City. We all split into two groups, with Mrs Ball and Mr Web on one, and Ms Westaway and Mrs Fraser on the other. After a noisy ride (Hey, what can I say?…

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REVERE

Some of our Music classes were fortunate to have REVERE come in to speak about their musical journey and promote their album release. REVERE is made up of family members Tatupu Fata, Seidah Tuaoi and Petaia Fata who are all ex Rutherford students! They released their self-titled album 'Revere' last week on Friday, 18 May. They also had their launch party at Zeal in Henderson. The album also features another one of Rutherford's ex students Gino October. They spoke to our students about their upbringing and how much music was a big part of growing up in their family, their…

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Leather Making Workshop

Join John Lawry at Rutherford College for this two-day workshop on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June and create your own bespoke items from leather. The course includes pattern-drafting to completed projects, how to emboss and tool designs and even how to make your own tools to do this. Typical projects include, bags and accessories, belts, cell phone covers, sandals etc. The introduction evening is on Wednesday, 6 June from 6pm -9pm. For more information http://www.rutherfordcomed.co.nz/courses/588-leather-workshop Or phone 834 4099

2018 MUNA

2018 MUNA

On Friday 18 and Saturday 19 May, over 40 schools arrived at the foyer of Auckland Girls Grammar to take part in the Model United Nations Assembly 2018. Seven students: Anna Choi, Savanna Stone Michaels, Sienna McKeever, Tayla-lee Bainbridge, Reuben He, Pablo Villasenor, Daniel Quach were privileged to take part in this exciting event. The Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) is an annual event that aims to simulate the working of the United Nations Assembly by having school teams of senior students, represent a particular UN country in debates on matters of world politics and social concern; in the hope…

Inter-school Cross Country 2018

Inter-school Cross Country 2018

On Tuesday, 15 May, the Auckland zone inter-school cross country was held at Moire Park in Massey. We had a cast of 12 students represent the mighty Kotuku on a bright and sunny autumn day. The junior girls' category was the first to start their race and we had four girls racing in a field of about sixty. As it turned out, our highest placing for the day also came from this category with Emily Muspratt coming 20th. She was followed by Emily Wickens who finished 24th. Although the conditions were pristine, the competition was fierce. It was obvious that…

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Principal’s Panui

Teaching requires a learner but learning does not require a teacher. If learners only learn to rely on teachers, learning will be stunted.  For example, when Pokemon Go was released, online communities sprang up quickly to exchange and share information about the most sought after creatures. No one waited for a course or workshop. A similar scenario describes kids who learn Minecraft primarily through YouTube videos and gaming communities. It’s the same with the recent fad of Fortnight. No documentation or manual was released; players learn literally everything about the game on their own or from other players. It is…

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Little Rock’s Central High School come to Rutherford College

Firstly we heard from Professor Clarence Lusane, who managed to tie in history, media, pop culture, as well as the current international social and political climate into a talk which was  equally fascinating and important. As a student of media, as well as history, it was an extraordinary opportunity to hear about representation and reflections of history and philosophies in a real life context from those directly impacted. After this we had the complete honour of hearing Minnijean share with us her experiences of being part of the Little Rock 9. It was so surreal to hear her talk in…

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Year 13 History Trip

At the beginning of term 2, Year 13 History was lucky enough to go on a day field-trip to learn about various battles of the Waikato War. First we visited Pukekohe East Church and had a tour and briefing from Tom, a member of the church preservation society, whose ancestor fought in a battle between Maori and European settlers on the church grounds in 1863. We then drove to Alexander redoubt to look over the remains of the British fort and took in the stunning views if the Mighty Waikato river. Continuing to Meremere we scaled the Maori Pa and…

Year 10 Music Composition

Year 10 Music Composition

My name is Noah Millar (Stage/DJ name being Mizter Keringe) and I have always had a close connection with writing songs, and composing my own music referring to what I feel at the time. I mostly create music for a certain type of environment/habitat - i.e beaches, forests, and water. For me, I think music is something that all humans should have in their life because it gives people the chance to think about something other than life problems/hardships. We are currently composing our own original pieces of music in class. We are using a range of programs - Chrome…

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