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Sekulovi are grateful to Rutherford Collage for all the help to settle into the New Zealand lifestyle and very thankful to all the teachers, coaches and mentors from Rutherford who spent countless hours to build their strong core values in life.

They joined Rutherford in 2007, after moving to New Zealand from Europe.

After quickly embracing the English language, they expanded their wings throughout the school by participating in many extracurricular activities.

Simon was part of the 1st Xl football team for over three years and was also in the sports committee. Simona was a head prefect, sports captain, the leader in the school volleyball team and also won the DUX Ludorum in her final year at Rutherford.

After graduation in 2009, while representing the New Zealand national team in volleyball, Simona was scouted and had many amazing offers to go and study in the USA on a full scholarship.

Hence, she went off to study accounting in one of the top business schools in the USA while playing NCAA Division 1 volleyball, enjoying the great games, the very high pressure and the fully fan packed halls.

Upon post-graduation from Seton Hall University, Simona took a job as an auditor at Ernst&Young (EY) in Times Square, New York City.

During that time, Simon graduated from Rutherford Collage in 2011 and he completed a Bachelor of Business and Information Management degree at the University of Auckland.

He did have a short spell of playing semi-professional football in Europe, but decided to return back to New Zealand and kick off his account management career.

Crossmark in Takapuna offered Simon the desired role, not just due to his degree but also due to his experience gained at Countdown Te Atatu.

While both Simon and Simona were enjoying their professional roles and their lifestyles in Auckland and New York, they both decided to move to Sydney in their corresponding roles with their respective companies, Crossmark and EY.

Fast forwarding past the last 3 years in Australia, Simona has become an Assistant Manager in the audit team and keeps climbing up the ladder at EY, while Simon has moved to a global pharmaceutical company, Aspen, and had been promoted to a National Account Manager.

Simona had 5 amazing years of living the American dream and is very grateful for the opportunities she has received in both America and Australia.

Simon on the other side, moved to Sydney to excel his career. He had some giant career goals, nevertheless he achieved those faster than expected, so recently he visited Rutherford Collage and reflected back on one of his favourite quotes, “The rung of a ladder was never meant to be rested on, but only to hold a person’s foot long enough to climb even higher..”.

Simona is still playing volleyball at the highest level and is the captain of the Sydney Amazons volleyball team while working full time and Simon could not be kept away from competing in football, so he is currently participating in few futsal competitions.

They claim that sport has taught them so much and many of the skills they have learned through sport, have easily been transferable to their everyday work life.

Along the way, Simon and Simona both had to make many risky decisions, however, that has opened a lot of great opportunities and they wouldn’t trade their individual decisions and experiences for anything

Principal’s Panui – 13 May 2022

Kia ora te whanau o te Kotuku Throughout the journey, from a fledging kotuku through to being a year 13 the objective is to have learned to work hard and along the way, smarter. Learn also that happiness and success is based on a work ethic. Great Rutherford People (GRP) will be kind and will surround themselves with other positive likeminded people who understand that not everything will be easy but they will be there for you, in the good times and the bad and understand that every day we can only start from where our feet are now. GRP’s…

Ministry of Education – Ikura Initiative

Kia ora tātou, We are delighted to share that Rutherford College are participating in the Ikura | Manaakitia te whare tangata, the period products in schools’ initiative. Research shows that 77 per cent of students would rather fail a subject than have their peers know they have their period and approximately one in 12 reported having missed school due to lack of access to period products. This highlights the stigma surrounding periods which we hope to change. Through the initiative we will also help to: Reduce barriers to access education Reduce financial strain on families to provide products Improve attendance…

NIght classes & Weekend workshops

We’ve got some exciting new classes added to our term 2 programme that may interest you , such as Dragons Eye Jewellery, Sugar Roses – with fondant, NZ Sign Level 1C, Wood turning and Video Editing for Social Media. So when you’ve got time, take a moment out of your day to check out our range of classes and find something fun and inspiring to do Upcoming classes include everything from Yoga, Leather making, Sewing, Samoan, Guitar, Xero Accounting, Barista and much more! For a full list of all courses and more information visit us at

Year 9 Buddhist Temple Visit – 3G4G cultural sharing

On Tuesday, 3 May and Wednesday, 4 May,  the Rutherford College Year 9 students were invited by Fo Guang Shang Buddhist Temple to participate in 3G4G cultural sharing and mindfulness event: 3Gs mean “do good deeds, say good words, and think good thoughts”. 4Gs mean “give other joy, give other confidence, give other convenience, and give other hope.”  It was a trip I will never forget. On this trip, we learnt a little about Buddhism, how to apply 3G4G in our lives, Chinese calligraphy, and various etiquettes when visiting a temple. We also got to make wishes using a bell,…

Going Places

This week, Year 12 and 13 Travel classes had an industry visit from Ceri and Michelle who work for the International Travel College of NZ (ITC). Michelle has been a tour guide in Europe and NZ and a travel agent. Ceri has a background in sales and training and works with employers of ITC students and schools. We learned that now is a great time to get into the industry and thousands of workers are needed especially in travel agencies, inbound work and in aviation. If Rutherford students would like some experience a great way to start would be by…

Principal’s Panui – 06 May 2022

Kia ora te whanau o te Kotuku Winter Sport Expectations. The winter sport season will be getting underway for some of our top teams this week and weekend and for most others in week 2. I would like to remind you all of the values that are important to us at Rutherford. Every student, coach, manager, and supporter has a responsibility to uphold the spirit of fair play while playing to win. So as a student, I will: - Enjoy playing sport, have fun and partake in healthy competition - Turn up on time, which means always being 5 minutes…

Rogaine 2022

On Tuesday 12 April the beautiful grounds and surrounding streets of Totara Park, Manurewa heard the sounds of running/walking footsteps, directions and laughter as six teams of Rutherford Rogainers searched for checkpoints around the area as part of the School Rogaine Challenge competition provided by Hillary Outdoors. The event requires teams of three or four to use map skills, fitness, and communication to find as many checkpoints as they can within a 2-hour period. Our teams ventured out in different directions, with different strategies, in aims of being successful in this cool orienteering type sport. Utilising an app that identifies…

Auckland Secondary Schools Senior Volleyball Championships

Wednesday 6th April to Friday 8 April, our Senior Boys and Girls Volleyball teams competed at this year’s Auckland Secondary School Senior Volleyball Championships held at Bruce Pulman Arena in Takanini. Our teams were both participating in Division 2 of this tournament. Navigating our way through pool play, and then playoffs, our teams had six games in total for our girls and five for our boys. All these games were an experience and close scoring affairs with our students competing to the last points in all of the matches.For our teams, the tournament started slow but finished with success. Wins…

Principal’s Panui 14 April 2022

Kia ora Te Whanau o Te Kotuku I would like to acknowledge the support of our wider school community throughout the first term, it is greatly appreciated. Thank you to all staff for the way they have adapted again to the challenges that have presented themselves. Finally, well done to our students for the attitude displayed and understanding that they can only start from where their feet are now. Things will happen both good, bad and somewhere in the middle and I am seeing an increasing realisation that they get to choose their reaction to the situation and the circumstance.…

Champion of Champion Swimming Sports

On Wednesday 13 April we had three Rutherford students who qualified for the Auckland Champion of Champion Swimming sports. All 3 students gave it their absolute all against very tough competition, many who are national champions. Amy Thomson and Dylan Chapman narrowly missed out on a place in their races.We are very proud of these students and their efforts and look forward to watching them in future years.

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