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Rutherford College is a community where striving for excellence is the focus.  

Student needs are put at the centre of a personalised learning system in which learning is made meaningful for them.  A high expectations culture exists and high standards of academic, sporting, cultural and social achievement are attained.

The Kotuku Badge scheme is designed to encourage the pursuit of excellence and encourage participation across the college. The badges are attainable for all students in four areas. Students are encouraged to build their ‘ladder’ and in doing so, build pride, foster goal setting, reward competition and encourage participation.

There are four categories: academic, sport, culture and citizenship.  Students can build on their achievements and strive for two levels – with the colours being based on the school colours of blue (top level) and silver (initial level).

To apply for a Kotuku badge, students can collect a nomination form from the Office and get the appropriate teacher to sign off their achievements.  They can then be returned to the Office for approval by the Principal.

The Principal awards Kotuku badges at the appropriate assemblies.​

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Silver Badges​

Academic Badge Requirements

  • ​Distinction in a National Competition
  • 2 Credits / Merits in a National Subject Competition/NCEA with Merit

Sports Badge Requirements

  • Active member of 3 sports teams in one year, that are involved in regular competition
  • Provincial Representative

Cultural Badge Requirements

  • Active member of 3 music or cultural groups in one year
  • Active involvement in a cultural activity in a leadership capacity

Citizenship Badge Requirements

  • ​Display of regular leading in 3 areas (e.g. Peer Support Leader, Toe by Toe Tutor, PSSP, Tuakana – Teina, Student Council, BOT Student Representative)
  • Active participant across a range of criteria.

Blue Badges

Academic Badge Requirements

  • ​High Distinction in a Subject Competition
  • NCEA with Excellence
  • Individual Subject Scholarship
  • Outstanding Special Award at the discretion of the Principal

Sports Badge Requirements

  • Athletic and Swimming Champion (dependent on entry numbers)
  • National representative in a recognised Secondary School Sport
  • Provincial representative in more than one recognised Secondary School Sport @ Under 17 level or higher
  • National Champion or top three placing in a recognised Secondary School Sport
  • Outstanding Special Award at the discretion of the Principal

Cultural Badge Requirements

  • ​Outstanding involvement in a cultural activity in a leadership capacityOutstanding Special Award at the discretion of the Principal

Citizenship Badge Requirements

  • ​​Outstanding Special Award at the discretion of the Principal
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