skip to Main Content

School Closure Update – 01 February 2023

Dear Parents and Caregivers I hope you and your family have remained safe and dry during the atrocious weather. The Secretary for Education has advised Auckland schools they are now free to open providing they have a safe learning environment for staff and students. Thank you for your patience and support during a very unsettling period. Rutherford College will remain closed until February 7th as per the initial directive from Civil Defence and Ministry of Education. We have put in a significant amount of time rearranging the start up programme for every year level and have outlined everything you need…

School Closed until 7 February

Kia ora Parents and Caregivers We hope you and your family are keeping safe in the heavy weather. Although the school is ready to open for instruction tomorrow, we will follow the directive just received from the Secretary of Education to close the school until 7 February. The Secretary of Education was asked to take this action to minimise traffic on Auckland roads over the next week. This will allow for assessment and remedial work to be started on areas that have encountered slips or flooding. Further bad weather is also expected which will exacerbate an already dire situation. We…

Principal’s Panui – 27 January 2023

Kia ora te whanau o te kotuku Welcome back to another school year. I trust you all had a lovely break over the holidays and enjoyed some quality family time. Start up Times for Students Tuesday 31 January 9am - 3pm  - Year 9 students and new to Rutherford students powhiri - School batters (field) 9am - 3pm Peer Support students 10am  - Course confirmations and option changes - Information Commons / Reading Room Wednesday 1 February 9am - Year 9 students to tutor rooms, Y10 students to Sports Hall, Year 11 students report to tutor rooms 10am - Year 12…

Principal’s Panui- 18 November 2022

Kia ora te whanau o te kotuku Mistakes are inevitable but we should never let them define us. We grow and learn from these moments and learn what is important to us and what we will be kaitiaki or guardians of. What we aim for is to grow young people who know their responsibilities and are active in pursuing what is right, what is fair and what enhances the community that we are part of. Everybody will be at different points on that journey, but we can all learn to be brave and own, accept and take responsibility for where…

Principal’s Panui – 11 November 2022

Kia ora te whanau o te Kotuku Grasp the Nettle The berries were ripe and juicy and the children couldn’t resist picking them. But they did not see the nettles among the berry bushes and soon one of them was stung and a painful red rash appeared. The children ran home to their mother who dried their tears and soothed the rash. The children cried, “We hardly touched the nettle but it stung us." Their mother replied, "The nettle stung you because you touched it so lightly. If you had held it firmly, it wouldn’t have hurt you. You can't…

Principal’s Panui – 04 November 2022

Kia ora te whanau o te Kotuku We farewelled our senior students today ahead of NCEA exams starting Monday. For our Year 13 students it has been five years like no other for them. Their first year of NCEA was COVID disrupted as was year 12 and now they are sitting external exams for the first time. No doubt this is daunting, but I encourage them to focus on the process and not stress about the result. Its one exam at a time. It's not easy taking my problems one at a time when they refuse to get in line…

Principal’s Panui – 28 October 2022

Kia ora te whanau o te kotuku It has been an absolute pleasure to be able host in person our awards ceremony evenings throughout this week. The chance to celebrate as a community is something that has been missing throughout the last couple of years. I have thoroughly enjoyed being at the Pasifika Awards, Cultural Awards and again this evening at our Sports Dinner and having students being recognized for their accomplishments. I would like to make special mention of any of our senior students who in 2022 graced the stage, field, court, or arena at Rutherford as students for the…

Principal’s Panui – 21 October 2022

Kia ora te whanau o te kotuku Welcome back to school for the last term of the year. 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…

Principal’s Panui – 23 September 2022

Kia ora te whanau o te kotuku I share this particular story because sometimes we are surrounded by fog (tiredness) and can be blindly holding fast to a destination or way of doing things when there might be a better alternative. Facing up to the truth Sometimes the truth is staring us in the face but we cannot see it.  When our assumptions are challenged, we need to face reality and, if necessary, adapt to the way things really are instead of trying to hide from the truth.  We have to change when change is inevitable. There is a story…

Principal’s Panui – 16 September 2022

Kia ora te whanau o te kotuku 1. GIVE UP 2. GIVE IN 3. GIVE IT ALL YOU'VE GOT Ever since I was a teenager I have loved and lived by inspirational quotes and motivational messages like the one above. I've come to realise recently that there's more than one way of looking at these messages. I realised that the message that one person perceives from a quote, may be completely different to the message someone else receives. The message -  You've got 3 choices in life: GIVE UP, GIVE IN, OR GIVE IT ALL YOU'VE GOT has been a…

Back To Top
Search