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Mana Connection for (MC4) Pasifika Youth Leadership

MC4 is a leadership programme aimed towards Pacifica Youth, led by Jeremiah Tauti, and on Wednesday the 22nd of March, a group of Pacifica students spent the day at the Te Pai centre with many others from various West Auckland schools and together we kicked off the first session of MC4 for the year. When we arrived we played a song related ice breaker which pushed a lot of us to talk with the other students and step out of our comfort zone. Afterwards we all gathered together to have a talanoa with Jeremiah about the 17-week long programme and…

Polyfest 2023

The African Fusion Group and Indian Dance Group - Polyfest 2023. Polyfest made a comeback back after last year's Covid19 restrictions that had occurred where no food stalls were operating and no audience to cheer on the performances, creating new bonds and most importantly memories to treasure. This year Rutherford’s African and Indian group had a chance to enjoy themselves. Not only did they watch all of the other performances from different schools, but students had the opportunity to look around and indulge in different cultures' food. Although Polyfest for 2023 didn't have the same Covid-19 restrictions as last year,…

Athletics Day 2023

After inclement weather cancelled the afternoon events of Athletics Day on February 24th, it was great to get out in the sunshine on the afternoon of Wednesday, 15th March to wrap up the remaining age-group field events and track finals, as well as ignite some healthy spirit and light-hearted competition among the school houses. The afternoon started with a hotly contested 800m track event, followed by the age-group 100m finals which saw some very close races and finishes, and provided great entertainment for those students watching and supporting from the side lines. Next up was the house relay that got…

Auckland Secondary School Volleyball Championships

The Auckland Secondary Schools Volleyball championships took place at Bruce Pulman Arena this year, which meant a long drive for each of the three days of competition. The teams used this time to mentally prepare for the games ahead, by listening to the various artists that kids these days are in to. Both teams got to play two games each day and were normally close to each other, so we were able to watch each other play and support the Kotuku as best as we know how. From what we saw of the girls games, they were very competitive in…

Lennart Wimmer- World Champion

Lennart Wimmer was a member of the New Zealand U18 Mens Ice Hockey team that competed at the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division 3 in South Africa in March. The young Ice blacks haven’t played in an international tournament since 2019. The team went on to secure gold with a 7-12 victory over the host nation in their last game of competition. The gold medal was New Zealand’s first at any level of IIHF play since 2018. Winning a gold medal at a world championship is the ultimate goal for any athlete. It is a moment of glory…

Auckland Secondary School Novice Wrestling Competition

Auckland Secondary School Novice wrestling Competition A large group of Rutherford students took the daunting step of entering a wrestling competition for the first time. The Auckland Secondary School Novice Wrestling tournament was again held at Rutherford College and after their nerves settled, our group of first-timers did themselves proud. Impressive debutants included Bono Kacurov, Jurian Salt, Emily Naumotu and Jack Horne. This is the first real step towards defending our title of top NZ Wrestling School we won at the National Champs last year. Friday 24th the team competes against some tougher competition at the Auckland Championships which will…

Two Great Athletes in One Family

Competitiveness will always be a part of the Chapman family and when it comes to surf lifesaving, some people just want to keep it in the family. Winning runs in their blood and this incredibly talented duo, Emma and Dylan Chapman are a great example of what can be achieved with hard work and dedication. Surf lifesaving is a valuable activity and an important part of the beach culture, but it also doubles as an exciting and thrilling competitive sport. Competitions test the athletes’ physical strength, endurance, and skills while emphasizing the importance of teamwork and coordination. On 10th, 11th…

Junior Water Polo Tournament

Water polo is an exciting game that combines physical strength and agility with tactics, strategy, and team co-ordination. For new players, this fast-paced game can seem intimidating at first. However, at the recent one day tournament, our Junior team worked together as a cohesive unit to display strength and skill whilst competing against high level teams. Our team sustained a level of excellence throughout the tournament, ending in a strong finish with 4 wins against the following schools: 8-4 against Epsom girls 13-3 against Kristen 10-0 against King’s College 11-0 against St Cuths A great coach is an essential part…

Junior Water Polo Tournament

On Saturday the 18th of March the Rutherford Junior water polo team participated in a tournament at Sacred Heart College. The tournament went from 10 am to 5pm and consisted of four games. Game one was against Epsom Girls Grammar, our second was against Kristen College, our third game was against Kings College and our last game was against St Cuthbert's. Our pre-game warmup during the first game was four laps of freestyle, passing across the pool, and then a couple of shots on goal. We started the game with me as the swimmer for the swim-off and scored within…

Central Western Zone Swimming Championship 2023

The Central Western Zones Champs was held at West Wave Aquatic Centre on Tuesday 7th March, with a cohort of 17 Rutherford Students qualifying to attend and represent our school against nine other schools. The day was incredibly fast paced, with heats moved through quickly and efficiently, giving our swimmers very little downtime to recoup their energy before being called up to race again. Racing was intense, and our students certainly held their own against some fierce competition. The 100 metre freestyle relays were a real spectacle to watch, with just 2.3 seconds deciding the Girl’s relay, in which our…

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