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Young Free & Pacific 2022

On Tuesday 14th June, six senior students were selected to attend an influential leadership conference, ‘Young Free and Pacific’. The conference brought together young Pacific women across a variety of schools in Auckland. The day was filled with inspirational guest speakers and performances, various workshops, some good talanoa and food. The event offered students the opportunity outside of school to feel empowered and confident, as guest speakers shared their own life stories about their personal struggles and success. At the end of the day students were encouraged to speak up and share their own insights from the workshops given. For…

Polyfest 2022 – Niue Speech Competition

On Saturday 26th March at the Manukau Sports Bowl, Ola Grace Viviani participated in the Niue Speech Competition at Polyfest 2022, to a limited live and much larger online audience.  This year was quite different from previous years, but it didn’t take away from her heartfelt presentation. Her topic, Ko e vagahau ko e haaku a fakaveaga – My language is my strength, allowed her to share the significance of Vagahau Niue (Niue language) and the role it plays not only for Ola Grace but for many Niuean. Her energy and effort saw her placed 2nd in the Junior Girls…

Sea Week Art Competition

Sea Week is an annual weekly celebration of our seas hosted by the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education. Various events happened across the country to encourage education about our waters and the environmental problems they are facing today. Here in Rutherford College, the Enviro group had planned activities for students to participate in. Throughout the week we held an art contest for students to show their artistic abilities with the theme being ocean pollution, where students could promote positive messages about our seas while showing awareness about the dangers they are facing. On Thursday and Friday, we provided chalk…

African Group performs at Assembly

Year 9 and 10 students were very lucky this week at assembly to be able to watch our talented African group and it was wonderful for the group to able to share their talent with the student cohort. After a few years of not being able to perform to an audience, the students were finally able to showcase their masterpiece which made them the Diversity Stage winners for 2022.  The African group performance was absolutely amazing and mesmerizing to watch.  A huge thank you to all parents, teachers, tutors and students for all the support.

Polyfest – African Group

Usually Polyfest is a time where all secondary schools come together sharing the stages at the Manukau Sports Bowl, sharing food and building new friendships. Unfortunately, PolyFest 2022 looked a bit different due to Covid restrictions. Crowds and food stalls were unable to go ahead, groups were only allowed on the grounds when performing and supporters were only allowed to watch via live-stream. With only a couple months to go for the annual Polyfest our African group was formed and created. It was a very challenging time to gather together and practice with so many restrictions at school. Despite this,…

Polyfest Te Kotuku Kapa Haka 2022

“E tama e takahi ana i tō whare puapua, ka ea te mate o Poroumata.” The kaupapa of our stand this year was to honour our whānau. The waiata tira was a tribute to the people who have passed away over the years. The whakaeke pays tribute to the whakapapa to Tūwhakairiora by honouring his mother Te Ataakura and his sister Te Aomihihia. Our Mōteatea was to honour the story of Tuwhakairiora from start to finish. Our poi paid tribute to our whaea Dame June Māriu as this year marks her 90th year here on this earth. The wahine also…

Tongan Relief Fundraiser with One Tree Hill College

Tongan Relief Fund On the 15th of January 2022, the islands that make up the Kingdom of Tonga were ravaged by multi-metre high tsunami waves and covered in layers of hazardous volcanic ash in the aftermath of the Hunga-Tongan-Hunga-Ha’apai volcanic eruption. As a result of the tsunami waves that inundated the shallow shores and flat limestone landscape, villages along the western coast of Tongatapu (the main island) and on smaller islands within the geographical vicinity of the volcano were hit by strong tsunami waves caused by the underwater explosion. The devastation caused by the volcanic waves and the humanitarian impact…

Author Gareth Ward visits

During the week of 24 May, Gareth Ward, an author, magician and steampunk enthusiast, paid Rutherford a visit, and met with keen readers from Yrs. 9 and 10. He shared with us a brief description of his time in the army and talked about what gave him inspiration for his four books; The Traitor and the Thief, The Clockill and the Thief, Brasswitch and Bot and The Thaumagicians Revenge. All of which take place in a steampunk setting. Gareth Ward spoke about how he came up with his characters, and a bit more background around the setting of his books,…

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