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9MAO Haerenga Ki Unitec

9MAO Haerenga Ki Unitec

My day started off with bottled up excitement, before even arriving at our destination I was pumped to explore something new and get the opportunity to experience something that most people don’t get to. I knew that I was doing a karanga for our opening Powhiri procedure. I was a bit nervous because I was doing it in front of a lot of people - including people from MAGS and the Unitech staff. I was representing Te kotuku and my vocals are a bit rusty, but I kept telling myself to be confident and think positively! After the whole Powhiri…

Attending A Fun Japanese Event.

Attending A Fun Japanese Event.

On Saturday, 23 November, a group of year 9 and 10 Rutherford Students from the Japanese classes attended a language day at Auckland University, run by the North Asia CAPE secondary schools conference. They got to taste Japanese tea and Matcha chocolate, learn how to write calligraphy, watch a Taiko drumming performance and listen to the history of kanji in Japan, as well as learn about manga. The day was educational, but mostly it was a lot of fun.

PLA Conference 2019
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Inaugural Pasifika Law Conference 2019 (AUT – South Campus)

Talofa Lava, Malo e lelei, Bula Vinaka, Fa’akalofa lahi atu, Kia Orana, Kia Ora and  warm Pasifika Greetings, On Thursday, 21 November 2019, we were fortunate enough to attend the first-ever “Its Island Time” Pasifika Inaugural Law Conference hosted at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) South Campus in collaboration with the Pacific Lawyers Association (PLA). The conference brings together Pacific Law colleagues, aspiring students and those in working in legal advisory roles to connect, learn, and hopefully be inspired by experienced practitioners, many of whom are Pacific and well respected in their profession and to help us students make…

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Cultural Dinner

On Tuesday, 22 October, we held our annual Cultural Awards that took place in our school hall, with this years theme being ‘Winter Wonderland’. Each year we celebrate the achievements of the diverse cultural groups we have within the school, recognising what great accomplishments the students have received throughout the year. The night started with a beautiful performance from our own Te Kotuku Kapa Haka followed by the presentation of the ‘Highly Commended ‘ awards followed by a magnificent dance performance by senior students. The night included an amazing large buffet (thanks to Deejays for catering for us). Many awards…

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2019 Pasifika Prizegiving

Talofa Lava, on the evening of Tuesday, 16 October Rutherford College held our 3rd Annual Pasifika Awards and every year has seen this gain momentum. An evening of celebration towards the efforts of our Pasifika students having made a consistent effort throughout the year. Teachers were asked to nominate students for their efforts, and if a student is nominated by three or more teachers, that student was presented with a trophy representing a lamp filled with Knowledge, with their names engraved for them to keep. Thank you to our guest speaker, Alistar Kata, a strong, confident Pasifika (Cook Island/Maori) woman…

Year 11 Māori Leadership Day At AUT

Year 11 Māori Leadership Day at AUT

The Year 11 Māori students attended a Māori Leadership Day at AUT with other secondary school students in Auckland. It was an opportunity for our students to meet current AUT Māori students, look at what available study opportunities there and to discuss and workshop issues concerning rangatahi Māori. Students were inspired by a current AUT student who spoke about studying abroad in America and how identity is important to him as Māori. Students were also involved in leadership workshops and were amazed by the facilities of the university. It was opportunity to also prepare for NCEA exams coming up. Kia…

Maori Language Week

Maori Language Week

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Kia Kaha te reo Māori is the theme for this year’s Māori Language Week. ‘Kia Kaha’ is a well known phrase in New Zealand, meaning ‘be strong’. We often talk about language health, strength, and revitalisation. So when we say ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ we are saying  - ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong'. Come to the Library and see how much food you can put in the bag?

Year 12 Chinese Class Trip

Year 12 Chinese Class Trip

On Thursday, 6 September the Year 12 Chinese class went to Yum Cha to experience the Chinese food culture as part of their learning topic of food. Yum Cha is a local South China cuisine where people go to have authentic Chinese food, drink tea and socialise. Many of the students have never been to Yum Cha, so they were eager and excited to try this unique experience. The students had sampled foods such as chicken feet, turnip cake and fried taro dumplings, alongside the standard prawn dumplings, pork buns and fried squid. All of the students thoroughly enjoyed this…

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KBB Music Festival 2019

On Wednesday, 14 August, the Rutherford College Concert Band competed in the annual KBB Music Festival held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. This festival is the largest regional youth music event in New Zealand involving over 4,000 young musicians from over 50 Auckland secondary schools. The concert band presented a wonderful program consisting of 5 pieces that engaged the audience. They came home with a bronze award for the second year. A huge thanks to our conductor Pearl Huang for all the hard work that she has put into the band this year, thanks to Mrs Taula for her support…

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Year 11 Drama got to work with Sam Scott, Artistic director of Massive Company who took them through a physical workshop of devising. Massive Company is known in the theatre world for creating Performances based around the art of devising and working from the real. Students explored how to work physically and stylizing movement to make interesting and creative performances. An engaging and fun filled day, the students are bursting with new knowledge and processes for their up and coming assessment. It was a privilege to be working with a Professional in the Theatre community.

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