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Principal’s Panui – 28 February 2020

Principal’s Panui – 28 February 2020

Meeting Deadlines Deadlines are exactly that, the time is up! At the finish line, you cannot improve your time. If the final whistle blows or you reach the 100-metre finish, we cannot ask for an extension we just have to accept the outcome and move on. Why else are deadlines important? They teach us the reality of life, what we will face outside of school. Not getting to work on-time, handing in a paper late at university and not paying a due bill all incur penalties or additional costs. The best time to learn that fact of life is from…

Te Kotuku Flies Proudly At North West Zone Touch Tournament

Te Kotuku flies proudly at North West Zone Touch Tournament

Dowsed in wonderful sunlight on Wednesday, 26 February Moire Park was the scene of a solid and consistent performance from our Mixed Touch team. Competing against Kaipara Red, Northcote and Kaipara Blue, our team rattled off wins in a consistent fashion. There was wonderful cohesion between our boys and girls, seniors and juniors, led skillfully by Mollie Tagaloa from the Coach’s box. It truly was a full team performance as the girls played a huge role in gaining territory and shutting down the opposition out wide. While our boys probed and prodded for gaps, none more so than senior Sebastyan…



#antibullying #quadenbaylesyouareawesome #standup #speakout Te Roopu Kapa Haka o Te Kotuku has been in a campaign for Polyfest for the last 3 weeks. They will be performing on the Saturday, 21 March at the Manukau Sports bowl as they celebrate their 50th year as Rutherford College Kapa Haka Team.  In the mix of the already busy schedule we as a kapa have, we have also been in a campaign against anti-bullying by doing 20 push-ups a day as a kapa till the day we perform and posting it on facebook to promote anti-bullying.  This campaign started after a young 9-year-old…

Barista Coffee Course With NZQA Credits

Barista Coffee Course with NZQA Credits

During this course, Kevin Hudson, from the Auckland Hotel and Chefs Training School will teach you the art of making and serving excellent coffee, as well as the history and evolution of coffee, technology, and different recipes. An ideal course for the coffee enthusiast or trainee Baristas looking for employment in the Hospitality Industry. Starts Saturday 14 March for 3 weeks 9am to 1pm. Venue: Rutherford College Phone 834 4099 For more information visit

Principal’s Panui – 21 February 2020

Principal’s Panui – 21 February 2020

"Excellence is not an act but a habit" - Aristotle Some good habits create the foundation for the pursuit of personal excellence. An important one is your attendance and punctuality, these little things when added up over time make a big difference. Avoiding the fatal excuse syndrome. If you are late to school because you slept in, the reason for being late is not that you slept in. Sleeping in is the outcome. I slept in this morning because I forgot to reset my alarm at the end of the weekend, this is the reason. You learn from it and…

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Swim 2
Swim 2

Swimming Sports Day

On Wednesday, 19 February we held our Rutherford College Swimming Sports for 2020. Our Swimming day is a day to have fun, compete, laugh and get wet…and not just in the pool. It seems it was also an opportunity to experience the first rain in Auckland in over a month. A relief to those melting in the heat. Some amusement to others, and a need for quick thinking for a change in the programme to ensure things stayed on time. However it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm and efforts by both students and teachers. There were great efforts in the pool,…

Rowing – Head Of Harbour

Rowing – Head of Harbour

Congratulations to the Rutherford College Rowing Team who battled the windy conditions on Saturday, 15 February to take part in Head of the Harbour on Lake Pupuke. Our students participated in seven races, including singles, doubles and coxed quads with Isabel Riki and Dahnell Fourie placing third and medalling in the under 16 double sculls race. A fantastic effort from our students.

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Halberg Awards- Student Volunteers

On Thursday, 13 February, TJ Devery, Eden Hatalafale, Lara Craigie and myself had the incredible opportunity of attending the prestigious Halberg Awards where we were rubbing shoulders with some of NZ’s most elite athletes and coaches including Israel Adesanya who was crowned Sportsman of the Year and Rutherford's own, Yvonne Willering who took out the Lifetime Achievement in Sport Award for the dedication she has given to netball. Our first role at the awards was to usher the athletes and other attendees to their tables. We then had the challenging task of selling raffle tickets to raise money for the…

Happy Students
Happy Students
Happy Students

Over 100 Adult Education Classes at Rutherford College

Learning a new skill or craft generates a sense of achievement and can have a beneficial effect not just for the individual but for their family and community as well, and courses such as sewing, gardening, dog obedience, cooking or guitar all provide this opportunity. Our programme at Rutherford College offers both night classes and weekend workshops. If you are looking for a bit of ‘me’ time away from the responsibilities of work and family this could be the chance to express yourselves creatively or artistically, or if you need to up-skill for work or a new career there are…

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Sports Committee Leadership Day

On Friday, 31 January the 2020 Sports Committee was hosted by the Adventure Works team at Unitec who took us through a day full of excitement. We started off with a warm-up game which got us pumped up for the rest of the day. We then had a go at three of the high rope activities, all of which there were a lot of laughs and a few shaky legs. After we had finished at the high ropes we played bonding games which implemented the values of communication, trust, support, and putting 110% of our energy into the task. The…

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