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Year 13 Outdoor Education Rock Climbing

On Tuesday this week our Year 13 Outdoor Education students attended their second trip to Vertical Adventures in Glen Eden to go Rock Climbing. This is to work on an assessment called 3.9 which is all about devising strategies to improve performance. In the first trip students spent time figuring out their current ability. Over the last few weeks we have been improving our strength. This trip was designed to see if we are making improvements and what adjustments to our strategies we need to make. The students have made great progress so far and will continue to train for…

NIght classes & Weekend workshops

We’ve got some exciting new classes added to our term 2 programme that may interest you , such as Dragons Eye Jewellery, Sugar Roses – with fondant, NZ Sign Level 1C, Wood turning and Video Editing for Social Media. So when you’ve got time, take a moment out of your day to check out our range of classes and find something fun and inspiring to do Upcoming classes include everything from Yoga, Leather making, Sewing, Samoan, Guitar, Xero Accounting, Barista and much more! For a full list of all courses and more information visit us at

Year 9 Buddhist Temple Visit – 3G4G cultural sharing

On Tuesday, 3 May and Wednesday, 4 May,  the Rutherford College Year 9 students were invited by Fo Guang Shang Buddhist Temple to participate in 3G4G cultural sharing and mindfulness event: 3Gs mean “do good deeds, say good words, and think good thoughts”. 4Gs mean “give other joy, give other confidence, give other convenience, and give other hope.”  It was a trip I will never forget. On this trip, we learnt a little about Buddhism, how to apply 3G4G in our lives, Chinese calligraphy, and various etiquettes when visiting a temple. We also got to make wishes using a bell,…

Going Places

This week, Year 12 and 13 Travel classes had an industry visit from Ceri and Michelle who work for the International Travel College of NZ (ITC). Michelle has been a tour guide in Europe and NZ and a travel agent. Ceri has a background in sales and training and works with employers of ITC students and schools. We learned that now is a great time to get into the industry and thousands of workers are needed especially in travel agencies, inbound work and in aviation. If Rutherford students would like some experience a great way to start would be by…

Sea Week Art Competition

Sea Week is an annual weekly celebration of our seas hosted by the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education. Various events happened across the country to encourage education about our waters and the environmental problems they are facing today. Here in Rutherford College, the Enviro group had planned activities for students to participate in. Throughout the week we held an art contest for students to show their artistic abilities with the theme being ocean pollution, where students could promote positive messages about our seas while showing awareness about the dangers they are facing. On Thursday and Friday, we provided chalk…

Year 12 Outdoor Education Trip to Lake Pupuke

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday last week the Year 12 Outdoor Education students spent a day each demonstrating their kayaking skills at Lake Pupuke.Students have been practicing their kayaking competence, wet exits, T-Rescues and rolls in the school pool for a number of weeks and this trip was their chance to demonstrate what they had learnt in open water.The weather was great for us and the students represented the school to a high level. Congratulations to everyone involved.

NZ Secondary Schools Open Water Championships

Further to our previous reporting of Dylan Chapman, and sister Emma, competing at the Open Water Auckland Secondary School Champs back in February, Dylan has now competed at the NZ Secondary School Open Water Championships. This was held at Main Beach, Mt Maunganui on Saturday 2 April. Competing in the 1250m event, Dylan battled the cream of New Zealand’s Secondary School open water swimmers and finished a creditable 7th place in his Division. He has had a big year to date with competing at Auckland Champs, and CSA Athletics Championships, and Western Zone Swimming Championships. This Tuesday he will again…

Auckland College Rock Climbing Series

On Sunday, the Rutherford College climbing team was lucky enough to compete in the first round of the Auckland College Climbing Series hosted at Extreme Edge Panmure. It was an awesome day, with over 100 competitors from schools around Auckland under the new Covid-19 guidelines. Rutherford consisted of a team of 8 and all had an enjoyable day. There was a chilli eating competition courtesy of event sponsors Red Chilli climbing. Rutherford had an individual podium finish by team member Tyra Ibbott in 3rd place smashing out a tough finals' climb after 2 hours of qualifiers. Overall, Rutherford are sitting…

African Group performs at Assembly

Year 9 and 10 students were very lucky this week at assembly to be able to watch our talented African group and it was wonderful for the group to able to share their talent with the student cohort. After a few years of not being able to perform to an audience, the students were finally able to showcase their masterpiece which made them the Diversity Stage winners for 2022.  The African group performance was absolutely amazing and mesmerizing to watch.  A huge thank you to all parents, teachers, tutors and students for all the support.

Turangawaewae Fitness Training

Many of the Turangawaewae students did some fitness work and had a 4-aside training game of football during P2 on Tuesday. Next term they will once again compete in the West Auckland schools Special Olympics Football Competition. The team finished 1st in their group at the competition last year and they hope to repeat that performance again this year.

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