Rongotai College

2011 News and Events

Prizegiving - 8 December
Students, staff, parents, caregivers, and other guests celebrated the achievements of the students at prizegiving held at the Indian Centre in Kilbirnie. During the evening of awards Mackay House were announced as the winner of the school House competition, and Joshua Rippon as the Dux for 2011.





College Sport Wellington Awards - 6 November
A number of our students were finalists in the College Sport Wellington Sports Awards. Congratulations to all students who were finalists. At the awards dinner Jerome Raemaki (Softball) and Ardie Savea (Rugby) won the overall award for their particular sport.





Sports Assembly - 4 November
This was held to celebrate and honour those students who have contributed so well in the sporting arena over the past 12 months. Honours and merit awards were given in the various sports, and those students who gained New Zealand honours were also celebrated. Tuakana Metuarau was presented with the Findlay/Ryan Award for the Outstanding Maori Sportsman.





Performing Arts & Cultural Assembly - 28 October
This was held to celebrate and honour those students who have contributed so well over the year to the performing arts and cultural activities of the school. Our Performing Arts & Cultural Captain, Tuakana Metuarau was the MC for the day. Honours awards were given to Simon Cross (Music), Jayden Daniels (Drama), Ben Paterson (Drama), and Ardie Savea (Drama and Polynesian Club). Merit awards were also presented to worthy students. During the assembly the school were entertained by a variety of groups from within the school.

Music Evening - 4 October
Parents and friends were entertained by a group of Music students who were performing to not only show off their talents, but also to be assessed for NCEA credits. A vast array of musical instruments and voices were on display, with some students performing songs that they had written themselves.

Photographs from the event can be viewed in the Photo Gallery (click here).





Leavers' Ball - 23 September
Year 12 and 13 students attended the annual Leavers' Ball at The Pines in Houghton Bay.

A funfilled night of food and dance (and lots of photos)!





The Day the Snow Came to Rongotai - 15 August
Monday 15 August 2011 will go down in history as the day the snow came to Wellington, and even to Rongotai College. One of the snow falls was perfectly timed, coming at morning interval, which then gave the students (and staff) the opportunity to stand in it. For some it was a first-in-their-lifetime experience.



Tu Tangata Festival - 8 August
The Rongotai College boys were once again the eagerly awaited performance of the night! A very polished performance by the boys from Rongotai was eagerly awaited by the packed audience at The Opera House.



'Funrazor' - 10 June
To support one of our students currently undergoing treatment for cancer, some of his friends organised a fundraising event for the Child Cancer Foundation at the college. This involved students and some staff members, having their head shaved to show support of children undergoing treatment for cancer.

Thanks to two stylists from Darlington's Hair Salon in Kilbirnie, who donated their time to assist the Principal, Mr Carter, and Head Prefect, Ardie Savea, with the shaving process.

Photographs from the event can be viewed in the Photo Gallery (click here).

Old Boys' Assembly and Lunch - 3 June
A good number of Old Boys attended including, once again, foundation student, Mr Ernie Sellens (97 years old). Old Boys and current students enjoyed the talk by Old Boy, Professor Alex Malahoff PhD, DSc (1951-56). Since 2011 Professor Malahoff has been the Chief Executive of Geological and Nuclear Sciences in Lower Hutt.

ANZAC Assembly – 1 May
On the first day of Term 2 a special assembly was held to recognise our ANZACs and particularly the 93 Rongotai College Old Boys who lost their lives in World War II. Also remembered was Omer Roble, a Year 11 student who had passed away suddenly and unexpectedly during the holidays.

'Joseph and the Amazing Tehcnicolour Dreamcoat' - 6-9 April
Finally it was time for the cast to put all their hardwork into action and opening night of the Rongotai College Production arrived. Four evening performances and one matinee for local schools proved to be a huge success. The cast played to full houses every night and won the accolades of all who attended.

Congratulations to all those involved in such a wonderful production. A big thank you too to the girls from Queen Margaret College, St Catherine's College and Wellington East Girls' College, together with the children from Seatoun School who helped to make this production such a success.

Photographs of the production can be viewed in the Photo Gallery (click here)

Dragon Boating - 20 March
The secondary schools' Dragon Boat Festival was held at Lambton Harbour. On the water their prowess did not prevail, however the Rongotai College crew were the crowd favourites, and won the chant competition.



Year 9 Activities - 18 & 19 March
As part of the Year 9 induction programme, students undertook two days of activities in the local area, including a tramp from school to the Ataturk Memorial, beach activities at Lyall Bay and team building activities on the fields. 

Athletic Regionals - 17 March
Rongotai College were well represented at Athletic Regionals at Newtown Park. Some tremendous results were achieved by our students:
Ardie Savea – 1st in Senior Long Jump and 1st in Senior Triple Jump
TC Campbell – 1st in Junior Long Jump (new Rongotai record – 5.76m) and 1st in Junior Triple Jump
Tuga Mativa – 2nd in Senior 100m
Kone Aperila – 2nd in Intermediate Javelin
Denny To’o – 2nd in Junior Discus (new Rongotai record – 36.46m)
Harlem Kappely - 2nd in Junior Javelin
Hassan Roble – 3rd in Senior 3000m
David Rybinski – 4th in Senior 400m

Year 9 Parents' Evening - 9 March
Parents and caregivers of Year 9 students attended the Year 9 parents’ evening. Mr Carter spoke, outlining college structures and systems, to enable them to assist their son in his learning. Other staff members plus the Head and Deputy Prefects also addressed the parents and cargivers. On-going contact between the college and parents was encouraged.

McEvedy Shield - 1 March
Newtown Park was once again the venue for the four colleges (Rongotai, Wellington College, St Pat's Town and St Pat's Silverstream) to come together to participate in the annual athletics event between the colleges. Wellington College were triumphant in 2011.



NCEA Week - 21-25 February
In order to ensure that all students entering for NCEA are fully organised and prepared for the assessment programme required, an assessment statement for all subjects and options was posted home to to students in Years 11, 12 and 13. Students were also given a calendar to enter their assessments on.

An NCEA Information Evening was held on 22 February for parents to enable them to understand the NCEA system and the organisation required by each candidate.

Athletics Sports - 8 February
An exciting day of athletic sports was held at Newtown Park for the whole school. Some school records were broken and some very good times and distances were posted during a day of fun, excitement and achievement.





Prefects for 2011 Announced - 4 February
At the first assembly of the year, the Principal, Mr Carter, announced the Prefects for 2011.

Ardie Savea (Head Prefect)
Joshua Rippon (Deputy Head Prefect)
Tuakana Metuarau (Arts Captain)
Tyrone Whaanga (Deputy Arts Captain)
Jed Harland (Sports Captain)
Paresh Dayal (Deputy Sports Captain)

Fionn Cahill-Fleury
Simon Cross
Matt Emery
Josh Gifford
Cameron Goodman-Martin
David Rybinski
Edward Seiuli 

Academic Awards Assembly - 4 February
At the first assembly for 2011, Academic Awards were presented to those students who gained NCEA Excellence and Merit endorsements. Excellence endorsement students were presented with an academic honours badge and certificate, while Merit endorsement students were presented with a certificate.

Those students who received Excellence endorsements were:
Level 3 - Tom Baddeley, Fengqiu Dong and Mark Walbran
Level 2 - Jake Buck, Paresh Dayal, Saif Fawzi, Cameron Godman-Martin, Jed Harland, Jarrod O'Brien, Joshua Rippon and Nevin Zhong
Level 1 - Perry Botes, Peter Fulton, Andrew Hodren, Jack Manners, Nimish Patel, Luke Rippon, Ivan Wilby and Michael Young.   


Powhiri - 1 February
New students and staff members, along with some parents of the new students, were welcomed with a powhiri on the first morning of school.

The Principal, Mr Kevin Carter addressed the school, warmly welcoming them to Rongotai College and wishing them well for their time here. He also pointed out that to get the best out of their time at Rongotai College, our boys
• should all aim to be the best they can be at all times;
• should fully embrace and involve themselves in all that the school has to offer;
• should show pride in themselves and the school at all times
• should take advantage of the fresh start that moving to a new school can bring and that they should look to become “the man they would like to be”; and
• should aim to have left their mark on the school, and for it to be a better place when they leave.


Friday 1 June - Reports posted home

Monday 4 June - Queen's Birthday public holiday

Friday 8 June - Rongotai Experience for Y8 students - no formal classes for Rongotai students


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