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Principal’s Panui 23 July 2021

Principal’s Panui 23 July 2021

Kia ora te whanau o te kotuku, It is a pleasure to welcome staff and students back for what is always a very busy Term 3 and hope that everyone has had a relaxing break. It is important that students settle into school routines as quickly as possible and that we all work together to maintain Rutherford College’s values and the expectations around those values. A reminder of some of our important expectations: Absences: Should a student be absent from school, we require an explanation within three days of the original absence. Prolonged medical absences of over three days may…

Principal’s Panui 9 July 2021

Principal’s Panui 9 July 2021

Kia ora te whanau o te kotuku He aha te mea nui? He aha te mea nui o te ao? Maku e ki atu He Tangata, He Tangata, He Tangata. What is the most important thing? What is the most important thing in the world? I will say to you. It is people, it is people, it is people Our languages, our culture, our beliefs may be different but across language barriers, cultural differences, and many beliefs the thing that remains the most important is the people, He Tangata, the people with who we build relationships with who we can…

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Principal’s Panui 2 July 2021

Kia ora te whanau o te kotuku As we move into the last week of term, I would like everybody to reflect and recognise that this is the longest stretch that we have had at school for 18 months without a break. On the back of COVID, what we all need to do is take a breath and look to be kind and considerate wherever possible. There is still work and learning to be done but I urge that everybody looks within and gets a sense of how they are feeling so that they can enjoy the last week of…

Principal’s Panui 25 June 2021

Principal’s Panui 25 June 2021

Kia ora te whanau o te kotuku Resilience and staying for the long game. Something to think about as the academic year and year in general starts to get a bit tougher is developing resilience and a can-do attitude. Star baseball players only hit the ball about three out of every ten times. How do they live with such a high failure rate? By focusing on the law of averages. They know that if they just keep swinging the bat, they'll get on base. In 1952, Roger Bannister ran in the Olympics and finished in fourth place, failing to win…

Principal’s Panui 18 June 2021

Principal’s Panui 18 June 2021

Kia ora te whanau o te kotuku Part of Rutherford Tikanga is International Languages week and I hope that all of our students have enjoyed all or some of what has been happening this week. A number of international languages e.g. French, German, Spanish, Italian and English all evolved from Latin. Most school mottos are in Latin. Tohea is in Te Reo Maori and displays from our school’s earliest origins our commitment to our responsibilities under Te Tiriti. Tohea meaning to strive for personal excellence has a similar meaning to the Olympic motto, “Citius, Altius, Fortius”. Firstly, in Te Reo…

Principal’s Panui 11 June 2021

Principal’s Panui 11 June 2021

Kia ora te whanau o te kotuku, The essence of strong foundations is relationships with people. As a school and community, these relationships are our core strength.  Rutherford’s vibrant personality is created by every person and group within our school, and it is the people that create the pulse that makes our place special. In a community in excess of 1400 people, it is important to have shared rules and expectations around the must-do expectations. When we operate like this, we have increased energy and brainpower for those things that need our effort and concentration. It is not possible for…

Principal’s Panui 4 June 2021

Principal’s Panui 4 June 2021

Kia ora te whanau o te kotuku, Samoan Language Week celebrates the identity, language, and culture of students from Samoa and students whose families are from Samoa; supporting this group of learners to engage and achieve success. This special week helps all New Zealanders journey towards shared cultural understandings. Samoan is the third most spoken language in Aotearoa New Zealand and the second most widely spoken in Tamaki Makarau. This year’s theme for Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa - Samoa Language Week 2021 is Poupou  le  lotoifale Ola manuia le anofale which means strengthen the posts of your house, for all to thrive. When you are building…

Principal’s Panui 28 May 2021

Principal’s Panui 28 May 2021

Congratulations to Dame Cindy Kiro on her announcement as the 22nd Governor-General of New Zealand. Cindy was educated at Rutherford College. She has been a wonderful advocate to improve life outcomes for children and young people. One of her former roles was as New Zealand’s child commissioner. She returned to her alma mater in 2004 to speak at the 42nd Annual Rutherford Day. We wish her every success in her role as Governor-General and look forward to inviting her back to Rutherford in the not too distant future and honouring her achievement. As I reflected on how this great New…

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Principal’s Panui 21 May 2021

At Rutherford, we value little acts of human kindness. This week has been bullying-free week across the country. The theme is; He kotuinga mahi iti, He hua pai-a-rau. Small ripples create big waves. For me, the first small ripple is to choose our attitude each and every day. This can start with recognising the importance of positive self-talk. Our thought patterns create the attitude. Our attitude creates the person. Na te whakaaro Ka ora te tangata As we think so shall we become. We can choose to be kind as a default attitude or mindset, and we can learn to…

Principal’s Panui 14 May 2021

Principal’s Panui 14 May 2021

Kia ora te whanau o te kotuku, For all of our sports teams or groups who will wear the Kotuku on their chest, there is a responsibility to respect your teammates, the opposition, the referee, and the spectators. You may not always get the same in return but at Rutherford, we don’t compare ourselves to the best that others can be only the best that we can be. So what’s expected? Your must-do responsibilities are to be on time all the time, which means being five minutes early. Have the right gear; pack your kit the day before with everything…

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