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Special Olympics Football

On Thursday 29 June, a team from the Turangawaewae Unit participated in the annual Red Ribbon West Auckland Football tournament at Trusts Stadium. It was a great day and the team returned home unbeaten with 3 wins from 3 games, scoring 29 goals in the process and winning their group. The team was presented with Red Ribbons for their 1st placing.

13 Outdoor Education: Climbing To Success

13 Outdoor Education: Climbing to success

The Year 13 Outdoor Ed classes have, over the past 6 weeks been working towards their 3.9 assessment - Devise Strategies for a Physical Activity Outcome. The assessment involves the students going to Extreme Edge Rock Climbing Centre over a course of three trips where they challenge their goals to achieve a certain outcome each time. The students learn to belay their fellow peers, learn to climb different levels of intensity and apply techniques and strategies to their climb. We created a training programme which we used during our Outdoor Ed class sessions in the gym to help become stronger…

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Squash – Team Championship

Over Tuesday, 15 and Wednesday, 16 June, our Rutherford Boys Squash team competed in the College Sport Auckland Team Championship held at the National Squash Centre at Unitec in Mt Albert. The team competed in Division 2 of the competition. The team made up of Austin Lorenzen, Arrie Putter, Zac Thomson, Sam Diack, Luke Diack and Callum Vye faced tough opposition from four different schools in the Auckland area. On Day One they commenced the competition against Mt Albert Grammar and had a convincing 4/1 win. From this match they then moved on to playing Macleans College, which as it…

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Auckland Wrestling Champs

On Sunday, 13 June four Rutherford College pupils competed at the Auckland Wrestling Champs. Shown in the photo are Hassan Hussein, Harry Smart, Daniel Lipsham, and Angeley Su'a along with ex-pupil and NZ Commonwealth Games rep Brahm Richards. All four wrestled well and came away with medals. Given that they have just picked up the sport this year they should all be proud of their results and we look forward to following their development over the years.

North Island Secondary Schools Horse Trials

North Island Secondary Schools Horse Trials

Over the weekend of 22 and 23 May, Elise Ibbott competed in the North Island Secondary Schools Horse Trials in Taupo as part of a composite team. Elise’s team achieved third place for Division B at the trials. There are always challenges in trials that can only be overcome when a rider and her horse act as a team and together gain confidence in each other as they compete – and every day can bring a new challenge. Together with the individual horse and rider challenges, competing as a team is paramount for overall success. Elise was incredibly supportive of…

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Cross Country Event 2021

An overcast day met our students on Friday, 7 May, when they took each other on over the undulating terrain of the Te Atatu Pony Club that is our venue for the Rutherford College Cross Country Day. Throughout the afternoon we had our year 9, 10 and seniors compete, or leisurely gait, around our 2.4 km course. The course was littered with multiple obstacles to jump (or swerve around) and to add to a more testing race without overly extending the distance from past years. This made for a fun, challenging race to participate in. Most of the races, bar…

All Blacks
All Blacks
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Kotuku Team
All Blacks Bledisloe Cup Kotuku Team Team


This was an awesome experience for our students. We were taken on a guided tour that showed the history of the New Zealand All Blacks. We were blessed to be accompanied by three Black Ferns; Kendra Cocksedge, Charmaine Mcmenamin, and Marcelle Parkes. They shared their experiences with us and what it meant to put on the black jersey. The girls were involved in some fun interactive games with the Ferns. The games were aimed at testing our focus, strategy, and mental skills under pressure. Our girls also took part in some fun activities that tested their kicking skills, passing and…

Auckland Secondary School Wrestling Champs

Auckland Secondary School Wrestling Champs

On Friday, 26 March Rutherford sent a team of 12 athletes to the Auckland Secondary School Wrestling Champs. With only Hassan Hussein having any wrestling background to speak of it was an eye-opener for the rest of them as they matched up against some of the best teenage wrestlers in the country. What they lacked in experience they more than made for with their enthusiasm and after the official tournament concluded they stayed on to challenge other competitors in friendly bouts. The referees and coaches spoke highly of the Rutherford team spirit and positive attitude.

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Tyra Ibbott Takes Gold

Tyra Ibbott is an athlete that has gone from strength to strength in her chosen sport of Sport Climbing (indoor rock climbing). Tyra competed at the interschool’s Climbing Tournament in which she is now competing in the senior category. In her first senior competition Tyra came first with what can only be described as a monster climb in the finals, one marked by pure determination and willpower. In fact, in the finals climb the only person who passed her was the eventual winner of the boy’s category. What makes her unique is not only is she an athlete putting in…

Girls Relay
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Special Olympics 2021

Each year Rutherford College has the privilege of hosting the Special Olympics. On Tuesday, 23 March we were blessed with a beautiful sunny day, perfect for a day of track and field events. It was amazing to see students from Arohanui Special School, Waitakere College, Kaipara, and Henderson High School participate. Our very own students from the Rutherford Turangawaewae unit enjoyed the atmosphere and were so thrilled to have come away with a placing. Second place in the 100m relays! Many thanks to the Special Olympics organisers and to Gill Bloxham, Dion Nukunuku, and the Rutherford students that helped support…

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