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Careers Expo at Rutherford College

In addition to the PSST conferences, we are holding our own careers expo for students and parents to come and meet with a wide range of tertiary and training providers. An excellent opportunity to explore pathways and options beyond school. Thursday 18th August - 2 to 8pm - Rutherford School Hall - ALL WELCOME

Tech22 Tour

On Wednesday 29th June, sixteen eager students from year 11-13 together with Mrs Reid and Mrs McGough experienced Tech22 Tour based at the Wynyard innovation neighbourhood in the city. The aim of the morning was to spark inspiration and showcase tech innovation and creativity, providing an opportunity for school leavers to join one of the fastest growing and highest paid sectors. Our first stop was to the Microsoft building where we listened to stories from current employees (one of whom was Abby Chen, a past student) about their pathways into their current roles at Microsoft. It was interesting to see…

Model United Nations Assembly 2022

The Model United Nations Assembly of 2022 with over forty eight schools representing over 92 countries was an experience of a lifetime for students Kryzantha Castillon, Tamira Fazel and Saleha Khurram. The Model United Nations Assembly or MUNA, is an annual event that takes place at Auckland Girls grammar, where senior students from schools across the North Island represent a certain UN country to debate on topics that are a matter of political, social, environmental and economic concern. Each country was to choose two out of five topics to debate on. Our school represented Finland and Western Europe at this…

The Journey

Just before the end of term two a small group of year 10 students took on the challenge to complete a ten day Journey. For ten days the group had to battle the elements, walk, bike and hike their way from Waiomu Valley in the Coromandel to Te Aroha Summit in the Kaimai-Mamaku Forest. The boys had to do everything for themselves and this involved cooking their meals on gas cookers and setting up camp and tents to sleep in during some cold wet nights. The purpose of the Journey was to use outdoor adventures, challenges, teamwork, themes, facilitated discussion…

Art Show – a Great Success!

Rutherford College hosted its first Art Show since 2012 on 1st July this year. It was a huge success. There was a fantastic turn-out and a great atmosphere with, at one point, approximately 300 people at the exhibition. The standard of work was high as we have some very talented students. The Art Show was a fantastic opportunity for the students – starting their artistic careers by participating in an art show and selling their first works. This is something that can be put on a CV for applying for tertiary schools and jobs. Students also had the opportunity to…

Get2Go Challenge

Thursday 28 July saw a couple of teams from Rutherford compete in the annual Get2Go Challenge, a competition for our junior students. The weather for the day was not as bad as expected, but the damage had already been done from the changeable weather throughout the week to make the events of the day a little more demanding and to some degree more fun. Our students headed off to compete in this multi-discipline event – Paddle boarding, Mountain biking and Orienteering. Each task is held at a different destination around Auckland, so it kept our students on their toes, whilst…

13OED Snow Camp 2022

During week 1 of Term 3, the students in 13 Outdoor Education participated in a Snow Camp. This camp saw 36 students travel down to Tongariro National Park and stay in the Forest and Bird Lodge in Whakapapa Village. The purpose of this camp was to analyse safety management issues. Students had completed risk analysis and management strategies forms prior to attending. On return from the trip, students critically evaluated the safety issues and devised strategies to improve. Unfortunately, the weather did not play ball and the mountain was closed throughout. This meant we were not able to go skiing…

Student Representative on the School Board

Nominations open 15 August for the position of Student Representative on the School Board. Any student can nominate themselves to be the Student Representative as long as they are enrolled here. It is a great opportunity to learn something new, build on your leadership skills and add value to your CV. The Board meet once a month (5.30pm to 7.30pm) to discuss governance issues – think big picture items like school budget, property projects and policy review. It is not about operational issues like the state of the toilets for example – this is delegated to the operational team at…

Year 13 Pacific Island Leaders Of Tomorrow (PILOT)

Year 13 Pacific Island Leaders Of Tomorrow (PILOT) On Wednesday 6th July, 3 Pasifika Year 13 students Joshua Siaki, Krishna Tolova’a and myself Teuila Leota along with Mr Fa’avesi Talamaivao travelled out to the Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT - South Campus) for the annual Pacific Island Leaders of Tomorrow (PILOT) event. The day started off with formal greetings and an inspirational speech from the first ever pasifika Auckland mayoral candidate, Fa’anana Efeso Collins. Efeso spoke about the importance of being proud of our ancestry and navigating the world as a Pasifika person. After Efeso’s incredibly inspirational speech, students were…

Inaugural Saili Malo Pacific Leaders Summit

Inaugural Saili Malo Pacific Leaders Summit. On Monday 25th of July, Camryn and I had the opportunity to attend the inaugural Saili Malo Pacific Leaders Summit at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) South Campus in Manukau. The Summit proved an opportunity for Pacific school head leaders to network with other Pacific head students from schools around Auckland. We were gifted with inspiring words from community mentors and renowned leaders. Former professional heavyweight and Boxing Hall of Fame, Faumuina Toialetai Mafaufau David Tua ONZM, alongside his wife, Helen Tua, shared their experiences through adversity, leadership in practice and examples of when…

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