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Young Free & Pacific 2022

On Tuesday 14th June, six senior students were selected to attend an influential leadership conference, ‘Young Free and Pacific’. The conference brought together young Pacific women across a variety of schools in Auckland. The day was filled with inspirational guest speakers and performances, various workshops, some good talanoa and food. The event offered students the opportunity outside of school to feel empowered and confident, as guest speakers shared their own life stories about their personal struggles and success. At the end of the day students were encouraged to speak up and share their own insights from the workshops given. For…

German Teaching at Rutherford Primary School

German teaching is back on. Every Wednesday after school a few students from a variety of year levels go over to Rutherford Primary and teach a group of students German using the vocabulary they have learnt in class. This is a really fun opportunity for the college students to do something a little different and can lead to them being interested in early childhood development education. It can also spark an interest in the primary school students and encourage them to take German as an option if they come to Rutherford College or wherever they go in the future.

Young Free & Pacific 2022

On Wednesday 16th June, four Pasifika boys had the opportunity of going to Young, Free & Pacific 2022. Hosted at the Mangere Arts Centre, it was an event jam-packed with good food, vibes and the best type of people to inspire young pacific men. There were guest speakers who in their segments stuck to one overarching theme that ought to resonate with us - to be bold, brave and believe. Halfway through the day, the four of us split off into the workshops we selected to take part in, and we had the opportunity to pick the brains of the…

First 10 Years Brunch

On Wednesday the 1st June we held the First 10 Years Brunch in the Information Commons reading room. Pupils and staff who attended the Rutherford College, known as Rutherford High then, from 1961 - 1971 were invited to come and catch up with friends, have brunch together followed by a tour of the school. They self titled themselves - "the oldies brunch". They had a great catch up with one another. "A real trip down memory lane". Ms Farrar also stole the show with her tales from the past. She has done a full circle, beginning her teacher training here…

Natalia Noone-Jones competes at the Roller Skating Northern Area championships

The Roller Skating Northern Area championships is a competition held on the 28th and 29th of May in Tauranga. It is a competition for artistic roller skaters from the North of the country including Rotorua, Tauranga, Auckland and Hamilton including my precision group from Auckland Waitakere. Our routine was choreographed by our coach and performed like a synchronized dance to a song we had chosen. Artistic roller skating is all about skill, gracefulness, timing to music and whatever tricks you can pull off, whether it be turns, spins, acrobatics or 720 degree jumps. My team, the Sapphires, consisting of Minka…

North West Zone Cross Country Championships

With our School Cross Country day postponed until next Friday 10 June, it was unfortunate that we weren't able to have more students able to participate at the North West Zone Cross-Country Championships held on Tuesday 17 May. We did have athletes participating and competing their best against the other schools from our area, and especially the army that is Westlake who had multitudes of runners on the track. Our athletes competed creditably in the various grades with Dylan Chapman performing best coming in 16th place in a field of 44 in the Junior Boys event. It was a cool…

Rock Climbing – Extreme Edge

Throughout Term 1, and now Term 2, we have had students involved in Rock climbing each week at Vertical Adventures. This has led to a few of those students competing at a couple of Rock Climbing tournaments. On Sunday 22nd May the Northern Rocks - Boulder tournament was held at Northern Rocks as part of the Auckland Secondary School Climbing Series. We had students competing, and we are pleased to advise that Tyra Ibbott 12PL won the Senior Girls section of the event. As a consequence she also currently leads the Auckland Climbing Series with two tournaments to go. The…

Its getting “Hot” in the Kitchen!

Don’t let cooking become a chore, make it an event the whole household can enjoy. With a few hours at your disposal you can join a Community Education course at Rutherford College and gain confidence, learn new skills, discover tasty recipes, explore ethnic cuisines and make new friends. Courses are family friendly, so kids 13yrs + can attend with a parent or Guardian. We offer everything from Cooking with confidence, Mexican, Pasta Making, Cake Decorating, Barista, Thai and much more. Take a quick look at our wonderful students making Sugar Roses - with Fondant. To register or find out more…

Te Reo Māori Taranaki Trip 2022

On Wednesday the 18th of May, students from Year 11, 12, and 13 Te Reo Māori classes set off for Taranaki. The purpose of the five-day trip was for students to experience te reo Māori (the Māori language) and te ao Māori (the Māori world) in an iwi-based context, and to learn more about the bicultural history of Aoteroa, specifically what happened in the Taranaki area. A breakdown on the way out of Auckland slowed us down a little, but did not stop us arriving in Ngāmotu (New Plymouth) in time to shop for our kai at Pak n Save,…

Year 12 Outdoor Education Tramp

Last week the 12OED students participated in the first of their three day tramps. This tramp started at the Arataki Visitor Centre on Scenic Drive. We completed the loop track which comprised of 3 individual tracks. They were the Beveridge Track, Pipeline Track and Slip Track. Our students handled the walk well, especially with the steep climb on the slip track. Together with a group of 61 students, it took us just over 2 hours to complete the walk. This was a great training walk for our students as our next walk is the much steeper and longer Karamatura Track…

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