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South Auckland Mathematics Challenge

The annual South Auckland Maths Challenge (SAMC) for Pasifika students welcomed Rutherford students to participate in a showdown competition between local schools around South Auckland. This was the third competition in the SAMC and was held at De La Salle College in Māngere. The Year 9 competition was first. We started with 20 minutes on the clock and there were fourteen other teams competing. We were off to a good start with having taken second place early. There were 20 questions and only three of us. The further we got into the questions, the more intense and difficult it got.…

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Travel Students Sky High

Rutherford Travel students were invited for a free tour of the new Weta Workshop and All Blacks Experience which was kindly taken up on 14 June. With the exception of one, none of us had been to either of these new city attractions before. Students loved learning about the special effects and models used at Weta as well as the History of the All Blacks and competing against each other is a variety of tests and games. We also took the opportunity to head up the SkyTower and were rewarded with a beautiful day. Students made the most of the…

Online German Quiz Night

The Auckland Goethe Society hosted their annual German Quiz Night a few weeks ago—for the first time ever on Zoom! The night was a fun test of German trivia knowledge and teamwork. There was an excellent turnout with 55 attendees and 14 teams. Tinirau Hohepa, Maia Parker and Luca Boyack came 4th with their team and will recieve a bag a goodies from the Goethe Institut. Gut gemacht!

Learning German by playing Handball

German Language classes and a Year 12 PE class were given the opportunity to participate in the “Kiwi Handball project” offered by the National German Language advisor Alexandra Toenings and handball coach Frank Stoltenberg on Monday. Students got a good taste of Handball, a game which is hugely popular in Germany and other countries, while being immersed in the target language German. This way of teaching is referred to as Content and language integrated learning (CLIL) and is an approach for learning content through an additional language (foreign or second), thus teaching both the subject and the language. Coach Frank…

Reader’s Cup 2022

After a lot of interest was shown this year, we ended up with a team of 5 very enthusiastic and dedicated readers. Over the term they each read the 6 selected books, while meeting twice a week to test their recall knowledge of each book. On Wednesday night the 22nd of June our team, which consisted of Max RobbMarkham, Sophie Yorke, Harrison Robb, Matthew Wilson and Aiden Maslen arrived at Rangitoto College ready to take on 9 other schools in the North West Reader’s Cup challenge. The questions were rather more difficult this year than previous years, but our team…

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…

Rutherford College Blood Drive

Rutherford students aged over 16 were offered the chance to donate blood. It was an opportunity to escape a few classes, eat free food and most importantly save lives. 85 students and teachers came through the door on Friday and with 57 eligible donors, 171 lives were saved. The New Zealand Blood Service is immensely grateful for the donations and eagerness of students and their willingness to donate. Donating blood is something that a lot of people are afraid of and they applaud the handful of students who are first time donors. One year 13 student said, “donating blood made…

German Teaching at Rutherford Primary School

German teaching is back on. Every Wednesday after school a few students from a variety of year levels go over to Rutherford Primary and teach a group of students German using the vocabulary they have learnt in class. This is a really fun opportunity for the college students to do something a little different and can lead to them being interested in early childhood development education. It can also spark an interest in the primary school students and encourage them to take German as an option if they come to Rutherford College or wherever they go in the future.

Young Free & Pacific 2022

On Wednesday 16th June, four Pasifika boys had the opportunity of going to Young, Free & Pacific 2022. Hosted at the Mangere Arts Centre, it was an event jam-packed with good food, vibes and the best type of people to inspire young pacific men. There were guest speakers who in their segments stuck to one overarching theme that ought to resonate with us - to be bold, brave and believe. Halfway through the day, the four of us split off into the workshops we selected to take part in, and we had the opportunity to pick the brains of the…

Year 12 Science Field Trip

On June 3rd, the Year 12 Science class headed off on a day trip to Rangitoto Island. Mr Thomas and Mr Cartwright drove us into town in the big blue Kotuku vans to catch the ferry over to the island. Grey clouds and showers were predicted to hit us while travelling to the peak, although they happened to be very short spurts of rain. As we made our way up to the peak, we made stops where Mr Cartwright and Mr Thomas shared their knowledge. Some key information they taught us includes, the types of rocks that were formed from…

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