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Principal’s Panui – 27 May 2022

Kia ora te whanau o te Kotuku

This week’s theme for assemblies and tutor time is how to invest in your Human Capital.  I have been reminding everyone how important it is to do the little things well and that can be as easy as being on time and staying focused on what is happening right now in class or wherever you may need to direct your attention. I invite you to take a look at the PowerPoint Presentation shared with everyone which clearly outlines how making each moment count, especially when it comes to being at school every day, all day.

How to invest in your Human Capital

BYOD (Bring your own devices)

I would like to remind everyone how important it is that students bring their own devices to school everyday. As we move toward a paperless environment, the emphasis on using devices for recording notes and sourcing information is never more important. If notes are stored online, or in Google Classrooms they can’t be lost and it can cut down on the amount of stationery students need and ultimately less paper being wasted. It is better for the environment and those bags won’t be as heavy if we make use of digital platforms available to us.  Please encourage your son or daughter to bring their devices every day. There may be days or lessons where they are not utilised but having them available should be standard practice. Rutherford does maintain a supply of devices for any student who genuinely does not own one.

Āpōpō Programme

Mental health is an important piece of the holistic vision we have for our staff and students at Rutherford College. New Zealand mental health statistics show that there is much work that can be done in this space. As a school, we are continually working towards supporting our students in this area, particularly in developing their skills to support not only themselves, but others around them too.

A reminder to parents and caregivers of students in Year 10 –  Rutherford is about to embark on a programme called Āpōpō – The Next Day. The programme equips our students with some basic and effective tools, so that they can feel confident in their role of supporting those around them. We want to give our students the skills to become an even better family member or friend.

We will deliver the programme to our Year 10 students periods 1 and 2 on Wednesday, 1 June. Parents and caregivers are invited to attend a condensed outline of the programme on Monday, 30 May at 6:00pm in the school hall. Caregivers of students from all year levels are welcome. There is no requirement for parents to RSVP.

The Āpōpō programme delivers helpful information, tips and tools presented by trained facilitators. It is interactive, involving games, activities and opportunities for participants to practice what they’ve learned through the use of role playing in a safe environment. If you would like more information, please contact Adam Simpson on [email protected].

Today is Gumboot Friday at Rutherford.

Gumboot Day was put in place by the Key to Life Charitable Trust to raise awareness and funds to support mental health in teenagers. Mike King is a passionate advocate for empowering people to do more in this space.  A Parent’s Guide to Teen Depression is worth a read. It has valuable information to help parents identify depression in teens as well as helpful tips to guide you through.

School Nurse

Our current Nurse is moving on to work for the WDHB and we now have a position available here to fill. If you are looking for a change of pace and location get in touch with us to find out more. This is a part time position with school holidays off.
To find out more, head over to our Vacancies page. We’d love to hear from you.

Upcoming Assessments

30 May – 11PAL, 12PED, 12PHY, 13PED, 12CHE, 13CHE
31 May – 11PAL, 12PED, 12PHY, 13PED, 13TFD
01 Jun – 11PAL, 12PED, 12PHY, 13PED
02 Jun – 11PAL, 12PED, 12PHY, 13PED, 11CPT, 12CPT
03 Jun – 11PAL, 12PED, 12PHY, 13PED, 11CHI, 11GEO, 11HIS, 11MAC, 11SCA, 12HIS, 12MAC, 13GEO, 13HIS, 13MDS, 13USP

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Kia Kaha

Gary Moore

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