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Principal’s Panui 13 August 2021

Kia ora te whanau o te kotuku, Integrity and being sincere. At Rutherford, pono or integrity is the value that underpins everything else that we aspire to. Without pono you will never be able to fully respect the image you see in the mirror, be able to take responsibility for your actions, or truly strive for personal excellence. I often find the origin of words fascinating. We see so many clear links back to Latin or sayings in Latin that became words that are commonplace in today's vocabulary. The story goes that, in the ancient Roman Empire, one-way people displayed…

Principal’s Panui 6 August 2021

Kia ora te whanau o te kotuku, The following story is by Robert Fulghum, It Was on Fire When I Laid Down on It, 1989, 69-73. In most American High Schools there is someone who teaches driver training. The driver trainer is something of a non-person. The parents of students never meet the DT; the faculty do not include him in their inner circle, and the students see the DT as a necessary evil. One more adult in their lives. Nevertheless, I would like to teach driver training for a while. It would be an honor, now that I see it…

Special Olympics Football

On Thursday 29 June, a team from the Turangawaewae Unit participated in the annual Red Ribbon West Auckland Football tournament at Trusts Stadium. It was a great day and the team returned home unbeaten with 3 wins from 3 games, scoring 29 goals in the process and winning their group. The team was presented with Red Ribbons for their 1st placing.

Father & Daughter Breakfast

Rutherford College is pleased to announce our first Father & Daughter breakfast. The breakfast is open to Year 9 to 13 students. The event is an opportunity for our female students to have breakfast with a significant male in their life. The event also coincides with Father Day. We are pleased to have April Ieremia, as our guest speaker. April was a Silver Fern from 1988 - 1992. After retiring from international netball, April became a popular TV personality. We plan to have a Mother & Son breakfast in early 2022. Father & Daughter Breakfast Thursday 2 September 7.15am -…

Year 13 OED Trip to Whakapapa

On Tuesday 27 July, 36 Year 13 students and four staff members set out for Whakapapa village for the Year 13 Snow Camp. After six hours of driving the group arrived in a very cold Whakapapa village. The aim of the trip was 'risk management' and developing resilience. The group planned and completed a 20km tramp from the village to Tama Lakes (1310m above sea level) and back. On Thursday the group either skied or snowboarded for the whole day. On the two activity days, the group was treated to outstanding weather. A massive thanks to Mr Rossin, Mr Doak,…

Weekend Workshops at Community Education

Look at some of the masterpieces our lovely students have created from the weekend courses last term. Check out a full range of weekend workshops offered at Rutherford College from 11 – 26 September. There is everything from Language workshops to Arts and Crafts, DIY, Business, and Computing. For a full list of all courses, visit or call 09 834 4099

Haere Tahi Whanau Launch Event

On Monday, 2 August we saw the inaugural Haere Tahi whānau evening at Rutherford College. Haere Tahi is an exciting initiative, involving the Community of Learning team, supporting and championing young students. The night was a good opportunity to welcome whānau onto the school marae and connect with mentors. As part of the night’s importance, the students themselves were in charge, making key decisions on food choices and music played. (within reason of course!) The students showed impressive skills, cooking up a storm at the BBQs and cutting up healthy additions in the kitchen. Once ready, the students served up…

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