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West Auckland Secondary Schools Student Forum

On Wednesday 27th July myself and a few other students had the opportunity to go to the Auckland Secondary Schools Student Forum. This day was solely based on student leadership and active recreation, held by Sports Waitakere. Arriving at Motu Moana Scout Camp, we were seated and greeted with all the other schools, getting straight into the presentation. All schools had to mix and mingle, learning more about each other and initially “breaking the ice”. Each of us were given conversation topics and made to talk amongst ourselves. Throughout Burn Brights presentation they were flooding us with valuable information about…

WORLD SCHOLARS’ CUP

World Scholars’ Cup (WSC) is an international academic program with more than 15,000 students participating from over 65 countries every year. Twenty two Rutherford College students from Year 9 - 13 took part in this exciting competition hosted by Kelston Boys’ High School on 4th and 5th July. Despite the intensity of the tasks and very long days of gruelling competitions, all students achieved amazing results and each one of them took several medals home. The Scholars’ Cup was composed of 6 events: Collaborative Writing, Debating, the Scholars’ Bowl, the Scholars’ Challenge, the Debate Showcase and the Talent Show. This…

South Auckland Mathematics Challenge

The annual South Auckland Maths Challenge (SAMC) for Pasifika students welcomed Rutherford students to participate in a showdown competition between local schools around South Auckland. This was the third competition in the SAMC and was held at De La Salle College in Māngere. The Year 9 competition was first. We started with 20 minutes on the clock and there were fourteen other teams competing. We were off to a good start with having taken second place early. There were 20 questions and only three of us. The further we got into the questions, the more intense and difficult it got.…

Young Free & Pacific 2022

On Wednesday 16th June, four Pasifika boys had the opportunity of going to Young, Free & Pacific 2022. Hosted at the Mangere Arts Centre, it was an event jam-packed with good food, vibes and the best type of people to inspire young pacific men. There were guest speakers who in their segments stuck to one overarching theme that ought to resonate with us - to be bold, brave and believe. Halfway through the day, the four of us split off into the workshops we selected to take part in, and we had the opportunity to pick the brains of the…

Year 12 Science Field Trip

On June 3rd, the Year 12 Science class headed off on a day trip to Rangitoto Island. Mr Thomas and Mr Cartwright drove us into town in the big blue Kotuku vans to catch the ferry over to the island. Grey clouds and showers were predicted to hit us while travelling to the peak, although they happened to be very short spurts of rain. As we made our way up to the peak, we made stops where Mr Cartwright and Mr Thomas shared their knowledge. Some key information they taught us includes, the types of rocks that were formed from…

Year 13 Science Geology trip

On Friday June 10th, the Year 13 Science class took a trip to Piha and Maukatia Bay (beside Muriwai). Despite the forecast, the weather was good and the students really enjoyed exploring all of the rocks and geological features at the beaches. I think the waves were a highlight, with the rough weather they put on a showcase for us crashing on all the rock forms. The students are looking at these locations in order to identify geological features that give us evidence of the formation of the Waitakere Ranges, dated back to some 22 million years ago. They are…

Te Reo Māori Taranaki Trip 2022

On Wednesday the 18th of May, students from Year 11, 12, and 13 Te Reo Māori classes set off for Taranaki. The purpose of the five-day trip was for students to experience te reo Māori (the Māori language) and te ao Māori (the Māori world) in an iwi-based context, and to learn more about the bicultural history of Aoteroa, specifically what happened in the Taranaki area. A breakdown on the way out of Auckland slowed us down a little, but did not stop us arriving in Ngāmotu (New Plymouth) in time to shop for our kai at Pak n Save,…

The Āpōpō programme

Mental health is an important piece of the holistic vision we have for our staff and students at Rutherford College. New Zealand mental health statistics show that there is much work that can be done in this space. As a school, we are continually working towards supporting our students in this area, particularly in developing their skills to support not only themselves, but others around them too. At Rutherford, we are about to embark on a programme called Āpōpō - The Next Day. The programme equips our students with some basic and effective tools, so that they can feel confident…

Session with Breakers Basketball Coach

On Wednesday 11th May a handful of basketball boys were fortunate enough to participate in a training session with the Breakers development coach Rashid Al-Kareem. Coach Rashid ran us through many different drills that featured different parts of the game. We went through fast breaks, shooting, defensive scenarios and play making scenarios. These drills were effective in teaching us the game of basketball and we had fun playing basketball with the other boys. Our basketball session is starting up, so we will definitely take a lot of what Coach Rashid taught us and put it into our own game. I…

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,…

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