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NetSafe Online Safety Talk – A Free Event Monday, 28 June

NetSafe Online Safety Talk – a free event Monday, 28 June

A free event for parents and whānau about keeping young people safe online. Please register here if you are attending Netsafe's Education Advisor Shelley Hirst will be talking about the risks, challenges, and opportunities of digital technology, and the practical ways we can all help young people stay safe online. The session topics will include an approach to understanding the digital landscape as a parent or caregiver; raising the awareness of specific popular apps and their impact; privacy considerations; how to deal with unwanted contact and online bullying. We will also examine the Harmful Digital Communications Act (HDCA) and how…

Laulotaha Mentoring Programme

Rutherford College is proudly hosting the Laulōtaha Mentoring Programme: Laulõtaha is Tongan for Excellence. The suffix ‘taha’ means number one. Laulõtaha mentoring is an innovative education project for Pasifika students. It is a unique and innovative one-to-one mentoring programme delivered by volunteers within a family, cultural and church context. The programme was founded and established by Valeti Finau MNZM, a Pasifika Education Specialist, in Wellington in 2007. She is now Team Leader of Laulotaha and Siaola (Vahefonua Tonga of the Methodist Church of NZ Mission Charitable Trust) Famili Ako Lelei. It’s a blessing for Laulotaha Mentoring Programme to have the…


Polynesian Panther Party 50th Anniversary

Malo e lelei, Kia Orana, Ni sa Bula, Talofa Lava, Fakalofa Lahi Atu, Kia Ora, Warm Pasifika greetings. On Friday, 18b June 2021, Timothy Mafi (10CH) and I had the honour of attending day 2 of the Polynesian Panther Party (PPP) 50th Anniversary held at the University of Auckland, Fale Pasifika building. For the day, we listened to Lupematasila Dr. Melani Anae, Pastor Alec Toleafoa, Tigilau Ness, Tu’ulenana (Joe) Iuli, just to name a few members from the original PPP from 1971, speak in immersive panels about the trials and tribulations they went through as Maori and Pasifika Youth. The…

WSC Team 2021
WSC Team 2021
The Top Junior Division Team
WSC Team 2021 The Top Junior Division Team

World Scholars’ Cup 2021

World Scholars’ Cup (WSC) is an international academic program with more than 15,000 students participating from over 65 countries every year. Twelve Rutherford College students from Year 9, 10 and 11 took part in this exciting competition hosted by Kelston Boys’ High School on 22 and 23 June: Natalia Noone-Jones, Kaia Evans, Jacquelyn Dennis, Theo Meek, Kisharn Haupapa Dunn, Luca Armitage, Lorenzo Pearce, Luca Boyack, Maia Parker, Ella Nguyen, Tinirau Hohepa and Theo RobbMarkham. Despite the intensity of the tasks and very long days of grueling competitions, all students achieved amazing results and each one of them took several medals…

PILOT – Pacific Island Leaders Of Tomorrow

PILOT – Pacific Island Leaders Of Tomorrow

Malo e lelei, Kia Orana, Ni sa Bula, Talofa Lava, Fakalofa Lahi Atu, Kia Ora, Warm Pasifika greetings. What does the word PILOT mean to you? To fly a plane at great heights above the clouds and over the seas? To me and nine other pacific island students, the word PILOT means so much more. It stands for Pacific Island Leaders Of Tomorrow. Ten Pasifika students attended the PILOT day which enabled us to reach great heights within our identity and recognise the importance of cultural representation. We met with other Pacific Island students from all over Auckland at Massey…

Principal’s Panui 25 June 2021

Principal’s Panui 25 June 2021

Kia ora te whanau o te kotuku Resilience and staying for the long game. Something to think about as the academic year and year in general starts to get a bit tougher is developing resilience and a can-do attitude. Star baseball players only hit the ball about three out of every ten times. How do they live with such a high failure rate? By focusing on the law of averages. They know that if they just keep swinging the bat, they'll get on base. In 1952, Roger Bannister ran in the Olympics and finished in fourth place, failing to win…

13 Outdoor Education: Climbing To Success

13 Outdoor Education: Climbing to success

The Year 13 Outdoor Ed classes have, over the past 6 weeks been working towards their 3.9 assessment - Devise Strategies for a Physical Activity Outcome. The assessment involves the students going to Extreme Edge Rock Climbing Centre over a course of three trips where they challenge their goals to achieve a certain outcome each time. The students learn to belay their fellow peers, learn to climb different levels of intensity and apply techniques and strategies to their climb. We created a training programme which we used during our Outdoor Ed class sessions in the gym to help become stronger…

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Squash – Team Championship

Over Tuesday, 15 and Wednesday, 16 June, our Rutherford Boys Squash team competed in the College Sport Auckland Team Championship held at the National Squash Centre at Unitec in Mt Albert. The team competed in Division 2 of the competition. The team made up of Austin Lorenzen, Arrie Putter, Zac Thomson, Sam Diack, Luke Diack and Callum Vye faced tough opposition from four different schools in the Auckland area. On Day One they commenced the competition against Mt Albert Grammar and had a convincing 4/1 win. From this match they then moved on to playing Macleans College, which as it…

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Auckland Wrestling Champs

On Sunday, 13 June four Rutherford College pupils competed at the Auckland Wrestling Champs. Shown in the photo are Hassan Hussein, Harry Smart, Daniel Lipsham, and Angeley Su'a along with ex-pupil and NZ Commonwealth Games rep Brahm Richards. All four wrestled well and came away with medals. Given that they have just picked up the sport this year they should all be proud of their results and we look forward to following their development over the years.

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