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Rider Seth Stylianou captures a first in Auckland Schools Under 17 Downhill Mountain Bike Championship

Congratulations to Seth "Stylie" Stylianou for winning the Under 17s Auckland Schools Downhill Championship over the weekend. The event was held at Seth's home track up at Dome Valley just north of Warkworth. With 19 riders from all over Auckland signed up for the Under 17's category, it was going to be a day of calm nerves. Seth's first run was fast but he made some mistakes and felt that he probably had not done enough if he wanted to secure the win by the end of the day. Seth's second race run was unbelievably faster by over 2 1/2…

Polyfest – African Group

Usually Polyfest is a time where all secondary schools come together sharing the stages at the Manukau Sports Bowl, sharing food and building new friendships. Unfortunately, PolyFest 2022 looked a bit different due to Covid restrictions. Crowds and food stalls were unable to go ahead, groups were only allowed on the grounds when performing and supporters were only allowed to watch via live-stream. With only a couple months to go for the annual Polyfest our African group was formed and created. It was a very challenging time to gather together and practice with so many restrictions at school. Despite this,…

Polyfest Te Kotuku Kapa Haka 2022

“E tama e takahi ana i tō whare puapua, ka ea te mate o Poroumata.” The kaupapa of our stand this year was to honour our whānau. The waiata tira was a tribute to the people who have passed away over the years. The whakaeke pays tribute to the whakapapa to Tūwhakairiora by honouring his mother Te Ataakura and his sister Te Aomihihia. Our Mōteatea was to honour the story of Tuwhakairiora from start to finish. Our poi paid tribute to our whaea Dame June Māriu as this year marks her 90th year here on this earth. The wahine also…

13 Outdoor Education SUP Assessment Trip

On Thursday and Friday last week the 13OED students had the opportunity to show their skills in Stand Up Paddle Boarding. The students have been practicing in the school pool this term and were completing the actual assessment which must be shown in open water. We headed out to Fergs Kayaks located in Okahu Bay. Here they had set up a 200m sprint and 1km loop which the students must complete with correct techniques and within time limits in order to achieve their credits. We were incredibly proud of the students who pushed through some tough winds and demonstrated their…

Swimming Sports 2022

It was a fantastic day on Tuesday, 22 February for our annual swimming sports. There was a change in format this year due to the constraints of covid, which gave our competitive swimmers the opportunity to showcase their talents. The racing was intense with a smaller number of students involved though most were in multiple events throughout the afternoon. They were effectively jumping in, out, and back into the pool, but each race was as competitive as the next. All were happy with the efforts of the swimmers and their high involvement certainly tested their endurance and recoverability. To the…

Adult Night classes & Weekend workshops

Our doors are open and our courses will be operating during the red light zone, for what we hope to be a fun, creative, skillful, and restorative year for all! Of course, there will be a few restrictions and Covid guidelines and all students and tutors will be required to upload a valid Covid passport prior to attending the first class. So invest in your creativity and treat yourself or someone special to a new experience, hobby, or skill that you can learn and explore in the relaxed sociable atmosphere of Adult Community Education. For a full list of courses…

Year 9 Fun Activities Afternoon

On Wednesday, 2 February our Year 9's were given their first opportunity to have a bit of fun at their new home for the next five years. The afternoon sun's warmth provided a great backdrop to the tutor classes experiencing fun and games organised and led by our 2022 Sports Captains Paris and Luke, and their Sports Committee. From Tug-o-war to Stepping Stones to a bit of Chain Tag, I am sure our junior students were able to enjoy themselves before getting fully started in the life of a secondary school student. The Sports Committee would like to thank the…

Sports Committee Leadership Day

On Monday, 24 January our Sports Committee team went to Adventure Works high Ropes for our team leadership day and bonding. We did several different activities that enabled us to get to know each other while having fun. Everyone stepped out of their comfort zones to participate in each activity. One of the activities was climbing up a pole several meters high and jumping off trying to reach the trapeze, everyone had a go as the rest of our team belayed while encouraging each other while they were climbing up. This activity really pushed everyone out of their comfort zone…

Junior Prizes 2021

It was a genuine pleasure to be able to gather our Year 9 and 10 students together outdoors at two separate times to acknowledge those who would have received awards at our annual Sports Dinner and Cultural Awards Evening. We also gave out Kotuku Badges for students who would normally have received these during Rutherford Week. In total there were 125 prizes to give out, some of which were for multiple award winners. The top award winners for the junior school in 2022 are as follows. Cultural Junior Male Performer                    Landon…

Impressive Academic Results from High Achievers of 2021

Impressive Academic Results from High Achievers of 2021 Despite a difficult year, some of Rutherford’s high achievers have taken on big academic challenges and managed to secure impressive results in a range of opportunities.These include: University Papers studied and passed across the universities of Auckland, Waikato and Canterbury thanks to STAR funding, including Accelerated Maths - congratulations to Sean Park with A+ from University of Canterbury (actually top in the year with 99%) and also from Waikato, and to Oliver Gracewood and Tony Schaufelberger both with A+ from University of Auckland. Amanda Lowe also did well in the Auckland course…

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