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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…

Champion of Champion Swimming Sports

On Wednesday 13 April we had three Rutherford students who qualified for the Auckland Champion of Champion Swimming sports. All 3 students gave it their absolute all against very tough competition, many who are national champions. Amy Thomson and Dylan Chapman narrowly missed out on a place in their races.We are very proud of these students and their efforts and look forward to watching them in future years.

NZ Secondary Schools Open Water Championships

Further to our previous reporting of Dylan Chapman, and sister Emma, competing at the Open Water Auckland Secondary School Champs back in February, Dylan has now competed at the NZ Secondary School Open Water Championships. This was held at Main Beach, Mt Maunganui on Saturday 2 April. Competing in the 1250m event, Dylan battled the cream of New Zealand’s Secondary School open water swimmers and finished a creditable 7th place in his Division. He has had a big year to date with competing at Auckland Champs, and CSA Athletics Championships, and Western Zone Swimming Championships. This Tuesday he will again…

Auckland College Rock Climbing Series

On Sunday, the Rutherford College climbing team was lucky enough to compete in the first round of the Auckland College Climbing Series hosted at Extreme Edge Panmure. It was an awesome day, with over 100 competitors from schools around Auckland under the new Covid-19 guidelines. Rutherford consisted of a team of 8 and all had an enjoyable day. There was a chilli eating competition courtesy of event sponsors Red Chilli climbing. Rutherford had an individual podium finish by team member Tyra Ibbott in 3rd place smashing out a tough finals' climb after 2 hours of qualifiers. Overall, Rutherford are sitting…

Rider Seth Stylianou captures a first in Auckland Schools Under 17 Downhill Mountain Bike Championship

Congratulations to Seth "Stylie" Stylianou for winning the Under 17s Auckland Schools Downhill Championship over the weekend. The event was held at Seth's home track up at Dome Valley just north of Warkworth. With 19 riders from all over Auckland signed up for the Under 17's category, it was going to be a day of calm nerves. Seth's first run was fast but he made some mistakes and felt that he probably had not done enough if he wanted to secure the win by the end of the day. Seth's second race run was unbelievably faster by over 2 1/2…

College Sport Auckland – Senior Softball Auckland Championship

Rutherford qualified for NZ Secondary School Championships! It is a while between drinks for this statement to be fulfilled. On Friday 11 March at Rosedale Park, our Senior Boys Softball team did exactly that. It was unfortunate that the seasonal competition was ravaged by the isolation's, etc. but we were able to put together a One-day tournament team that consisted of softball, baseball and a female softball player. It helps that our lone girl, Hayley Abbott, is a NZ age grade rep because with her, Hunter Brown-Albert and Austin Lorenzen on the pitching mound they were able to steady the…

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