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The School Day

Each School Day has five-hour long teaching periods.

The School Week

Rutherford College runs a 5-day schedule with assemblies on Mondays for Years 12 and 13, Thursday for Year 11, and Tuesdays for Years 9 and 10.

Term Dates 2023

Term 1 Wednesday, 01 February Thursday, 06 April
Term  2 Monday, 24 April Friday, 30 June
Term 3 Monday, 17 July Friday, 22 September
Term 4 Monday, 09 October Friday, 08 December

Students should be on the school grounds by 8:30 a.m. each school day and ready in their classroom when the bell goes for Period 1 at 8:40am.

Students who arrive late or enter their Period 1 class after 8:40 a.m. must obtain a Late Pass from the Attendance Officer. Persistent lateness will be notified as a concern to parents/caregivers.

Students are not allowed to leave the school grounds during the school day without the proper permission.

​ID Cards

ID Cards are issued by the school at the beginning of the year and are essential for each student.

They are used for borrowing library books, photocopying and can be presented for public transport concessions and other student discounts.

The cost is $7.50 and we ask that this is paid early in term 1. You encourage you to make all payments via the Parent Portal.


Rutherford College has 200 lockers available.

We charge $40 for the use of a locker for the year.

Head to Reception to find out more.

Getting to School

Rutherford College has two entrances.  The main entrance is 18-20 Kotuku Street.  The rear entrance (pedestrian only for parents and students) is 33 Toru St – near the end of the cul de sac.​

Catching the Bus

School Buses

The College operates a Ritchies school bus that follow this route.  This costs $28.00 for a 10 ride concession card or $3.00 for single bus rides, this can be paid in cash to the driver.

Departing from Westgate at 7:05am: Hobsonville Rd, Wisely Rd, Marina View Rd, Luckens Rd, Widmore Rd, Royal Rd, Spargo Rd, Colwill Rd, Royal Rd, Don Buck Rd, Waimumu Rd, Triangle Rd, NW Motorway, Te Atatu Rd, Kotuku St.

For more information please contact Ritchies Buses on (09) 833 6053

Auckland Transport – Public Buses

Two main bus routes from Glendene (013) and Henderson (131) drop off at Rutherford College. For additional information please go to

Walking to School

Traffic is difficult around the motor way on ramps during the peak hour traffic in the morning. We recommend that where possible, students walk to school.

Some examples:

  • Walking from the Edmonton Roundabout to the back entrance of Rutherford College on Toru St is approximately 2km and should take less than half an hour (often quicker than the traffic). Anywhere north of the roundabout is the same distance, or even closer.
  • Walking from the main roundabout on Te Atatu Peninsula (where Te Atatu Rd crosses Taikata Rd & Harbour View Rd) is approximately 1.5km and should take less than 20 minutes.

Drop Offs and Pick Ups

Please avoid dropping off or picking up your student within or near the school entrance. Please be mindful of our neighbours and of the road markings. Rutherford Primary School is next door and there are many children of all ages in the area at these times.

The car park at the top of the driveway is allocated to specific staff members and formal visitors only. Please keep this area free.

Bringing Your Own Car

Students who must drive themselves to school must obtain a permit from Mr Wills, Deputy Principal. Any passengers must also have parent / caregivers written permission to ride in a student’s vehicle.

There is no student parking on school grounds.

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