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Pat Hanly Creativity Award Winners!

The Pat Hanly Award for creativity, presented by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, is for outstanding creativity and commitment to the Visual Arts. Secondary schools in the Auckland region only can nominate a maximum of two students. Jemima Tichborne and Tyra Ibbott were our two top students to be nominated for this award this year. Both of them are only in year twelve! Both Tyra and Jemima were successful in being selected to receive the award, with Tyra receiving a further award of ‘Highly Commended’. Only twelve students received this additional award, which speaks loudly of the concept and…

Ice Hockey World Championships

Now is a good opportunity to recognise our latest National representative, Zadia Paulse (10BU). Zadia has been selected to represent New Zealand in our National Womens U18 Ice Hockey team. She will be competing with the team at the IIHF World Championships being held in Sofia, Bulgaria early 2023. She will be travelling to Europe for the tournament that commences on 26 January and going through to the final day on 1 February 2023. Her commitment, discipline and ability to be coached has certainly helped her fulfill a dream. This is an awesome achievement to represent our country in a…

University of Auckland ‘Future Me’ Day for Year 10 Māori and Pasifika Students

Kia orana and kia ora. On Wednesday 23rd November, a group of Pasifika and Māori Year 10 students got the opportunity to take part in the ‘Future Me' programme at the University of Auckland (UofA). The ‘Future Me’ programme is an event to inspire and encourage young Pasifika and Māori students to go to university after secondary school. We had the opportunity to hear about the UofA Pasifika and Māori students' journeys at university and attended four different workshops about subjects we may want to study at university in the future. This programme consisted of a variety of workshops to…

Principal’s Panui – 2 December 2022

Kia ora te whanau o te Kotuku The Law of the Garbage Truck One day I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for the airport. We were driving along when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly. So, I asked, "Why did…

Visit to German Restaurant

In order to celebrate the end of the school year, the Senior German Class went out to the German restaurant Mittendrin last Friday night. Together with German language students from Glendowie College and Lynfield College and their teachers our students had a fun night, trying out the German cuisine and putting their German skills to the test by ordering food in German.    

Arts and Cultural Awards

Date: 27th October 2022 Venue: Rutherford School Hall Theme: The Enchanted Forest Time: 7pm- 8.30pm Doors open at 6.30pm Cost: $25 per person from https://www.trybooking.co.nz/LYX

Principal’s Panui – 30 September 2022

Kia ora te whanau o te kotuku Earth school – The school for our lifetime. Life on earth is full of opportunities to learn. Often, these opportunities don't feel pleasant. Sometimes they feel downright awful! Here are some relevant words on this topic from an Oprah Winfrey interview with author Gary Zukav. "Even if you're in an encounter that feels uncomfortable, or that brings anger or disruption, that encounter has happened in your life in order to grow you, or provide an opportunity for you to grow, to whatever is the next level of your own personal evolution." Gary Zukav…

School Cross Country 2022

After a false start and delay early in the year, our School Country event took place on Thursday 22 September. The event is normally undertaken in February, so there has been quite a wait to try to hold this event. The underfoot conditions were a little muddy and damp, but I am sure it made a more fun opportunity to enjoy the countryside of the Te Atatu Pony club that is our venue. With exams for our senior school currently being undertaken, we were limited to our junior school participating and competing around our 2.4 km course. As was the…

Click Studio X Media Design School Open Day and Information Panel

On Monday, 5th September Ben Bentley, Nathan Hilliard, Te Ariki Maoate, Kyle Martin, Dillan Pillai and myself were asked to go to Click studios alongside the Media Design School in Rosebank Road. Schools from all over Tāmaki Makaurau were invited to an inspiring talk held at the Click studios building. It was a discussion looking at a journey towards technology. The company and the school are dedicated to aspiring young Māori and Pasifika students to look at career pathways in technology. Maruhaeremuri (Maru) Nihoniho the founder and managing director of Metia Interactive and is also the designer and developer of…

Handball at Rutherford

The Goethe Institute New Zealand and the New Zealand Handball federation have kindly offered to support our school by paying for ten weekly Handball sessions here at Rutherford College. Earlier this year we participated in "Learn German by playing handball project" and the people running this project were so impressed with the language and sporting talent of our students, that they decided to provide more coaching to Rutherford students. The College was also give 20 brand new handballs. Last Wednesday was our first training session. Coach Jakob Jaeger from Germany gave the 25 students who signed up a real workout.…

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