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Principal’s Panui- 30 November 2018

Principal’s Panui- 30 November 2018

Mary Holm is a common sense writer on the topic of financial literacy and recently wrote an article that was published in The Herald last Saturday entitled 'Money Can’t Buy Happiness'. Most people would agree with this statement but maybe when pushed, see that the world and in particular the social media world, makes wealth and lots of it a desirable commodity. These constant images create conflict with what is real and what perceived happiness may look like. This messaging is not helpful. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I agree with most of what she had to say.…

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Girls AFL

On Wednesday, 14 November Year 9 and 10 girls competed in the Junior Girls AFL Cup at QBE Stadium in Albany. It was a cloudy day, but that didn’t stop the team winning three out of four games, and losing one game by a close 1 point. The first game was vs Mahurangi. Rutherford came out with a 75-0 win starting the day off well. Rutherford also won their second game vs Auckland Girls Grammar School by 21 points The third game Rutherford played was much more of a struggle. Albany managed to come out with a win, and defeat Rutherford by…

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Auckland Secondary Schools Touch Junior Championships

On Tuesday, 27 November our Junior Touch teams headed off to Bruce Pulman Park to compete at the Auckland Secondary Schools Touch Junior Championships. They qualified as a result of finishing in the top 2 of the Western Zone Competition.  We had a cast of 24 students represent the mighty Kotuku on a cloudy, warm summer’s day. We arrived early and made quick use of the empty pitches to warm up and perfect our last minute tactics. During the course of the day, the teams had developed their skills and techniques to come through with some pleasing results. It was…

Shrek The Musical A Great Hit With Turangawaewae

Shrek the Musical a Great Hit with Turangawaewae

Shrek the Musical came to town on Thursday and Turangawaewae went to check it out. What we got was an amazing performance by around 300 students - many very young; all incredibly talented.  Outstanding music, singing, costumes and staging made this a truly memorable experience. It was funny - just ask Chatalia and Jasmine who laughed so loud when Shrek farted in the first scene. Yes that really happened! Lyriq and Mrs Mailley loved the wise-cracking Donkey and Marco thought the flaming dragon eyes were great.  Joshua watched and listened closely, finally giving the thumbs-up to Shrek when he did…

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End of Year Holiday Programme

Each year senior International students not taking part in NCEA Exams are given the opportunity to enjoy an end of year holiday programme. This year students explored different activities available here in Auckland as well as a day trip to the beautiful Coromandel. Highlights were; a picnic in Cornwall Park, a day at Bethells Lake, exploring North Head and Devonport, indoor trampolining , visiting wild Piha and of course visiting Hot Water Beach.

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Sport Waitakere Excellence Awards

The Waitakere Excellence Awards 2018 took place on Friday, 16 November at the Trusts Arena. The evening presents an opportunity to acknowledge and recognise the wonderful sporting achievements of individuals, teams, and schools in West Auckland. The calibre of athletes, coaches and administrators in the room was extraordinary. Mr Moore, Gill Bloxham and Jill Edgar were alongside the finalists Ryan Verney, Mollie Tagaloa, Abby Ferrall, Laura Robertson and Matt Darrah. It was an incredible evening celebrating not only the success of our Rutherford College students but the achievements within the West Auckland community. Congratulations to Laura Robertson who was awarded…

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German Fairy Tale Evening

A congratulations to all involved in the German Fairy Tale Evening on Friday, 9 November hosted by our German Teaching Group and the students from Rutherford Primary School. The night performance was a wonderful collaborative effort and showcased our combined achievements with the German language in songs, short films and plays by students from both schools. We also were able to welcome several inspiring guest speakers who spoke about their experiences with learning German or travelling to Germany. Kerry Clegg informed about her trip to Germany earlier in the year and former Rutherford College student Melanie White spoke about her…

Sports Academies 2019

Sports Academies 2019

Rutherford College has established Sports Academies offering specific Sport Development programs in Football and Netball. Students are provided with opportunities to establish a strong foundation in developing fundamental and core skills with highly qualified coaches. On Wednesday, 21 November, we held our first muster with our new students that will be attending Rutherford College in 2019. On the opening afternoon we discussed with the parents and players what the ethos of the academy was, highlighting the importance of commitment and school values. We are excited about the prospect of working closely with these talented group of students.

Principal’s Panui – 16 November 2018

Principal’s Panui – 16 November 2018

Social Media a Positive Force - It Can Be In a study of US 13-17 year-olds’ relationship with social media, very intense sharing was found: ranting, gossiping, flirting, planning, and following the news on Snapchat, Instagram, and several other apps that aggressively compete for teens’ attention. The teens said they are well aware of the potential for distraction and manipulation, but most said that social media make them feel less lonely, less depressed and more confident. This study brings much-needed nuance to our understanding of how social media impacts our most vulnerable children. Overall, social media remains a positive force…

A Year Of Library Displays

A Year of Library Displays

We have had amazing displays in the library this year, thanks to our very creative and talented Senior Library Assistant Ms. Wilson. She has created displays that are not only beautiful and relevant, but also are thought provoking and have made our students to talk and debate about different issues. A big thank you to all the students and staff that approached us and given us ideas and suggestions about what they wanted to see on the Library displays. Please click on this link to have a look at all our 2018 displays https://prezi.com/view/7ZwfNMXWVmx8Doeqmkcu/

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