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Rutherford College Languages Week 2018

The annual Rutherford College Languages Week was held from 25 June through to 29 June this year. On Monday, our Kapa Haka group “Te Kotuku” kicked off the week with an amazing performance during senior assembly followed by the taste bud tingling Matariki burgers which were sold at lunchtime.

On Tuesday, we were lucky enough to have a performance group from the Japanese drum group called “Haere Mai Taiko” during the junior assembly on Japan Day. The Year 10 Japanese class was especially lucky as they had the opportunity to take part in a Japanese drum workshop with the group. Then a great end to the day with Japanese food sold at lunchtime, this included miso soup, okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) and curry on rice, which I had the pleasure of trying for myself and it was delicious.

Wednesday was German day, at interval there was a German-theme baking competition held in the staffroom judged by the staff and a ginger bread making class for our Turangawaewae unit. At lunchtime the cakes and the ginger bread were sold along with German bretzels, ending the day with lunchtime Karaoke which was a blast.

Thursday was Chinese Day, I had the pleasure of organising some of the events that happened throughout the day. At interval, there was a chopstick challenge and the shuttlecock kicking workshop. While this was happening we also had a Chinese ink art workshop lead by Ms Hsiao, our Chinese teacher. At lunchtime there was a chance for students to get a taste of Chinese cuisine and try our fried rice, fried noodles and spring rolls. It was so good the line was as long as the Great Wall.

Friday was Pasifika Day and also the last day of Languages Week so the Year 13 were allowed to dress in their cultural attire. During the assembly, we invited a dance group “the Samoan Sisters” who gave us a fantastic performance. Then came lunchtime, time for chop suey, Middle Eastern sweets, the food fear factor challenge. 10 students participated in the food fear factor challenge but one contestant out braved them out, Brianna Watson from 11BK. The week ended with an amazing dance performance from the prefect team which was very entertaining.

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