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Sports Awards

As the students and their supporting family and friends made their way through the front doors of the School Hall, they were presented with a wonderfully transformed setting - "Oscars” like with a Golden theme and amazing life-size action posters adorning the walls. Friday 28th October was our School Sports Awards evening where almost 300 people gathered to recognize sporting achievements of 2022. Our “off-the-bench" MC, Dion, was able to successfully navigate everyone through the various categories of award winners throughout the night. Our guest speaker Casey Frank – Former Tall Blacks and current Sky Sport Basketball commentator, gave us…

School Cross Country 2022

After a false start and delay early in the year, our School Country event took place on Thursday 22 September. The event is normally undertaken in February, so there has been quite a wait to try to hold this event. The underfoot conditions were a little muddy and damp, but I am sure it made a more fun opportunity to enjoy the countryside of the Te Atatu Pony club that is our venue. With exams for our senior school currently being undertaken, we were limited to our junior school participating and competing around our 2.4 km course. As was the…

Get2Go Challenge

Thursday 28 July saw a couple of teams from Rutherford compete in the annual Get2Go Challenge, a competition for our junior students. The weather for the day was not as bad as expected, but the damage had already been done from the changeable weather throughout the week to make the events of the day a little more demanding and to some degree more fun. Our students headed off to compete in this multi-discipline event – Paddle boarding, Mountain biking and Orienteering. Each task is held at a different destination around Auckland, so it kept our students on their toes, whilst…

13OED Snow Camp 2022

During week 1 of Term 3, the students in 13 Outdoor Education participated in a Snow Camp. This camp saw 36 students travel down to Tongariro National Park and stay in the Forest and Bird Lodge in Whakapapa Village. The purpose of this camp was to analyse safety management issues. Students had completed risk analysis and management strategies forms prior to attending. On return from the trip, students critically evaluated the safety issues and devised strategies to improve. Unfortunately, the weather did not play ball and the mountain was closed throughout. This meant we were not able to go skiing…

West Auckland Secondary Schools Student Forum

On Wednesday 27th July myself and a few other students had the opportunity to go to the Auckland Secondary Schools Student Forum. This day was solely based on student leadership and active recreation, held by Sports Waitakere. Arriving at Motu Moana Scout Camp, we were seated and greeted with all the other schools, getting straight into the presentation. All schools had to mix and mingle, learning more about each other and initially “breaking the ice”. Each of us were given conversation topics and made to talk amongst ourselves. Throughout Burn Brights presentation they were flooding us with valuable information about…

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…

North West Zone Cross Country Championships

With our School Cross Country day postponed until next Friday 10 June, it was unfortunate that we weren't able to have more students able to participate at the North West Zone Cross-Country Championships held on Tuesday 17 May. We did have athletes participating and competing their best against the other schools from our area, and especially the army that is Westlake who had multitudes of runners on the track. Our athletes competed creditably in the various grades with Dylan Chapman performing best coming in 16th place in a field of 44 in the Junior Boys event. It was a cool…

Session with Breakers Basketball Coach

On Wednesday 11th May a handful of basketball boys were fortunate enough to participate in a training session with the Breakers development coach Rashid Al-Kareem. Coach Rashid ran us through many different drills that featured different parts of the game. We went through fast breaks, shooting, defensive scenarios and play making scenarios. These drills were effective in teaching us the game of basketball and we had fun playing basketball with the other boys. Our basketball session is starting up, so we will definitely take a lot of what Coach Rashid taught us and put it into our own game. I…

Rogaine 2022

On Tuesday 12 April the beautiful grounds and surrounding streets of Totara Park, Manurewa heard the sounds of running/walking footsteps, directions and laughter as six teams of Rutherford Rogainers searched for checkpoints around the area as part of the School Rogaine Challenge competition provided by Hillary Outdoors. The event requires teams of three or four to use map skills, fitness, and communication to find as many checkpoints as they can within a 2-hour period. Our teams ventured out in different directions, with different strategies, in aims of being successful in this cool orienteering type sport. Utilising an app that identifies…

Auckland Secondary Schools Senior Volleyball Championships

Wednesday 6th April to Friday 8 April, our Senior Boys and Girls Volleyball teams competed at this year’s Auckland Secondary School Senior Volleyball Championships held at Bruce Pulman Arena in Takanini. Our teams were both participating in Division 2 of this tournament. Navigating our way through pool play, and then playoffs, our teams had six games in total for our girls and five for our boys. All these games were an experience and close scoring affairs with our students competing to the last points in all of the matches.For our teams, the tournament started slow but finished with success. Wins…

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