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Principal’s Panui 14 April 2022

Kia ora Te Whanau o Te Kotuku

I would like to acknowledge the support of our wider school community throughout the first term, it is greatly appreciated. Thank you to all staff for the way they have adapted again to the challenges that have presented themselves. Finally, well done to our students for the attitude displayed and understanding that they can only start from where their feet are now. Things will happen both good, bad and somewhere in the middle and I am seeing an increasing realisation that they get to choose their reaction to the situation and the circumstance. There is no better learning than to begin to understand that this mindset will serve you well.

Building Projects Update
The plans have moved forward for the building of a Student Services or Wellbeing Centre using part of the existing Guidance and Resources area to bring together the Deans, Attendance, Guidance, Health Centre and the physio under one united roof. This project had stalled due to Covid-19 delays but we remain fully committed to progressing this building. During term one, developed designs have been completed by our architects and all quantity surveying costing have been completed. The various consultants, including fire and electrical and geotechnical, are being deployed.

D Block Upgrade
The goal to upgrade as much as D Block as the MOE property funding allows is in the phase of drawings being completed by the architects . The objective is to finish the construction of the Wellbeing Centre and move to the modernisation of D Block as soon as possible.

COVID Update
With respect to the government announcement yesterday regarding masks being voluntary in schools, we will follow that practice. Students now have the choice to wear or not wear masks. At Rutherford, we will respect an individual’s choice now that it is no longer mandated. It is student and whanau choice.

We will still have masks and sanitiser available in all classes and staff need to ensure that windows remain open.

Term 2 Expectations – Uniform regulations
This term we have expected students to wear the correct uniform but have chosen to be a bit more lenient due to the transfer to a new Uniform supplier and some supply issues that this transfer and COVID created. From the start of term 2, we expect all students to wear our Rutherford School Uniform in a manner that enhances the mana of the Kotuku that is worn on their chest. As the weather gets cooler the wearing of sweatshirts, Rutherford branded or otherwise, is not daily school uniform. These apparel items are for co-curricular involvement. The one exception we allow to regulation uniform is that on wet days students can wear a non-regulation raincoat to and from school. A puffer jacket is not a raincoat.

For the start of term 2 if warmer clothing is going to be required please visit the School Shoppe located at 521 Rosebank Road in Avondale (022 393 1775). Second hand uniform is available from Deans, and if needed funding can be provided for those who may need some financial support. Please contact your year level dean.

Expectation for being on site;
Students are not to leave the school grounds at lunchtime or at any other time during  the day other than those who have gained permission. We need to know who is on site at all times for health and safety reasons.

Westgate Bus Run
Due to low student numbers and increased costs, Ritchies is currently running a 20-seater bus for the Westgate run to and from Rutherford. On a typical day this bus should be large enough to accommodate the students. Unfortunately, there may be some days when the bus is full and your son or daughter will need to find an alternative way home. If student demand for this service increases to 40+, Ritchies will look at providing a larger bus. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Bell Times For Term 2
From week 1 term 2 we will resume the bell times as follows;
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, Period 1 start time is 8:40 and expectation is to be on the school grounds five minutes early at 8:35 End of school day 3:10.
Wednesday Bell Times are different to include our Kotuku ka Tohea, Tutor Group programme.
Period 1               8:55-9:45
Period 2               9:45-10:35
Tutor time           10:35-11:15
Interval-               11:15-11:40
Period 3               11:40- 12:30
Period 4               12:30- 1:20
Lunchtime           1:20- 2:05
Period 5               2:05-2:55

PSST Conferences – 10 May
On Monday 2 May at 9am, bookings will open for our PSST conferences scheduled to run on Tuesday 10 May from 2pm – 8pm. A link will be on the school website with instructions for “how to book’ by Friday 29 April. This is an opportunity for you to meet with the subject teachers of your son or daughter to hear how they are tracking academically in 2022. Conferences this year will be in-person only and we encourage you all to make an appointment once bookings open. This is also a reminder that we close early on 10 May to allow conferences to start at 2.00pm.

Rainbow Young People – The Joyful Movement Kaupapa
Sport Waitakere are running a project at the moment that is looking to create systemic change in the fitness and physical health space for takatāpui young people and gender diverse whānau  (West Auckland based). The Rangatahi are working to create a series of workshops and we would LOVE for you to attend!  If you are interested in contributing to this kaupapa please click on the links below. Here is a link to the survey/sign up form for the workshop:

Finally, have a restful and enjoyable Easter. I have reminded our tamariki to help around the home without needing to be asked. The attitude should be that I should do my 50%, and contribute to the household. The best way to display gratitude is mow the lawns, wash the car, do the dishes, hang out or bring in the laundry, or make the cup of tea. No expectation of reward attached to this act. This is part of our philosophy at Rutherford that we say, please, thank you excuse me, and sorry.


During the Second World War, Group Captain Giles Gantry took part in more than fifty missions over enemy territory in his Lancaster Bomber.  One night in 1944, when the German guns critically damaged his plane, he and his navigator were forced to bail out.  Gantry parachuted straight into enemy hands, and spent a year in a prisoner of war camp, before escaping and returning to Britain.
Twenty years later, back in civilian life, Gantry and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, when a man approached their table.
“Excuse me for interrupting you.  Are you by any chance Group Captain Gantry of Bomber Command?”
“I am indeed,” responded the pilot.  “Have we met?”
“We have but you probably don’t remember me.  I was Airman Arthur Chambers.  I packed your parachute the night you got shot down – I assume it worked, Sir”
Gantry shook Chambers warmly by the hand.  “It did indeed; otherwise I wouldn’t be here now!”
Gantry was bothered all night, thinking about that man he had met that day.  Wondering just how many times he might have seen him and not even said, “Hello, how are you today?” because he was a pilot and Chambers was just an ordinary airman.
Gantry thought of the many hours this airman had spent at a table carefully folding the silk of each parachute, holding in his hands each time the life of someone he didn’t even know.

Who is packing your parachute?
Each of us has someone who provides what we need to make it through the day.  In the rush of each day we can easily miss what is really important.  We may fail to say hello, congratulate someone on something nice for no reason.  Say thank you to your parents and family, teachers and support staff, bus drivers and shop assistants.  As you go through this week, this month, this year, make an effort to recognise all the people who pack your parachute.  We are all dependent on others in many different ways.

Acknowledgement:  Who’s packing your parachute? by Stuart Kerner, Readings for Assembly, UK

Dependent people need others to get what they want.

Independent people can get what they want through their own effort.

Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success.

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R Covey

Kia Kaha
Gary Moore



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