Rongotai College

2012 News and Events

Prizegiving - 13 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 Renner House were announced as the winner of the school House competition, and Jonathan Wood as the Dux for 2012.





Rewarding Reading - November
The Rewarding Reading Programme continues to flourish at Rongotai College.  During November some of the rewards were given to boys who had read a specified number of books throughout the year.

120 boys went swimming for the afternoon at the Wellington Aquatic Centre.  These boys had read and reviewed a minimum of seven books this year.

66 boys were taken to Lyall Bay beach one afternoon for fish and chips on the beach.  There was also time for some kite flying and sand play.  These boys had read and reviewed a minimum of 10 books during the year.








Junior Futsal Champions - 21 November
Congratulations to our Junior Futsal Team who won the Wellington Secondary Schools' Junior Premier competition beating St Patrick's College (Town) in the final.






Junior Bowls Champions - 20 November
Congratulations to our Junior Bowls team who won the Wellington Secondary Schools' Junior event. 

Performing Arts & Cultural Assembly - 6 November
In the newly renovated and earthquake strengthened Renner Hall the Performing Arts & Cultural assembly 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 Arts Captain, Ben Patterson, and Cultural Captain, Tuparahuia Pita, were the MCs for the assembly. Honours awards were given to Jah-Seng Lee (Music), Linus Nelson (Music), James Boag (Drama), Luke Rippon (Drama), Tuparahuia Pita (Kapa Haka) and Tua Va'ai (Polynesian Club).  Merit awards were also presented to worthy students. Gold, silver and bronze badges were also presented to Interact Club members. Gold awards for Interact Club involvement were presented to Khalid Ahmed, Zohel Ali, David Barnett and Anish Panchal.  Silver and bronze badges were also presented to Interact Club members.

Renner Hall Back In Use - 6 November
Twelve weeks of earthquake strengthening and renovation have finally culminated in the Renner Hall being re-opened for use by the college.   Earthquake strengthening was essential and with a very tight time-frame the builders, Freear Philip, have enabled us to take possession of the Renner Hall back in time for assemblies and NCEA examinations.   However, there are some small aspects of the renovation that have not been completed, such as the polishing of the floors.   This and other minor things will be completed at the end of the school year when exams are finished and the hall available to them again.








Rugby League Win - 27 October
Congratulations to our Junior Rugby League team who won the Wellington Orcas Cup final, beating Mana College 46-18 in the final.







Tu Tangata Festival - 27 September
As the host school for 2012, the Kapa Haka boys (which includes girls from Wellington East Girls' College) opened the festival, followed by the Poly Club.  Both groups gave a very polished perfornance, which was well received by the packed audience at The Opera House.






Waka Ama World Championships - August
Congratulations to Levi Devitt and Sasha Hunia who paddled for New Zealand in the World Va’a (Outrigger) Championships in Canada. Both boys paddled in the Under 16 and Under 19 teams, winning three bronze at Under 16 level and won gold in the Under 19 500m race, thereby being named World Champions - well done, to our world champions!



Football Winners - 31 August
Congratulations to the 4th XI Football who won their final against St Bernard's College.  After a hard fought game ending in a 1-1 draw, a penalty shoot-out was required to find the winner.  Well done boys!





Music Evening - 31 July
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.



Level 3 Drama Production - 21, 22 & 23 June
A very polished performance of 'Once on Chunuk Bair' was performed by the Level 3 Drama students to an enthusisastic audience in the college's Drama Room.   






Open Evening - 19 June
A very successful Open Evening was held with many prospective parents and their sons attending. If there is anybody who missed this evening and would like to have a look at the college, please contact the Principal to arrange this.

Rongotai Experience - 15 June
Year 8 boys from contributing schools spent the morning or the afternoon at Rongotai College experiencing what it is like to be a Rongotai student.





Our 8th All Black is Named - June
We are very proud to recognise the achievement of old boy, Julian Savea, who became Rongotai College's 8th All Black on 9 June, when he took the field against Ireland.   He is All Black number 1111.





Stage Challenge - 25 May
A small but enthusiastic group of students performed in Stage Challenge this year.  The title of their act was "RC Factor" and was based on the 'X Factor' idea.   Those involved put in a lot of hard work to produce a great performance on the night.




ANZAC Day - 25 April
Jack Manners (Head Prefect) and Adam Smith (Deputy Head Prefect) laid a wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of Rongotai College.

This was followed on Friday 27 April with our own ANZAC memorial assembly, acknowledging the 96 old boys and staff who lost their lives during World War Two.




New Gymnasium - 26 March
At 7am on Monday 26 March a blessing of the ground was conducted. Construction of the new gymnasium began at 9.30am that same morning.







2011 Dux Joshua Rippon was awarded NZ Scholar status, by earning three scholarships (Chemistry, Mathematics with Calculus and Physics), while Jarrod O’Brien was also awarded NZ Scholar status, for earning scholarships in Classical Studies, Economics and Statistics and Modelling.

Jamie Andrewes (Biology), Saif Fawzi (Statistics and Modelling) and Olly Syme (Graphics) also gained scholarships.

Congratulations to these boys for making 2011 the most successful scholarship year in the school’s history.

Year 9 Parents' Evening - 14 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 - 6 March
Newtown Park was once again the venue for the four colleges (Rongotai College, Wellington College, St Pat's Town and St Pat's Silverstream) to contest the annual athletics event between the colleges. St Pat's Town were triumphant in 2012.

A small team of Rongotai College athletes participated with the most notable win being Denny To'o who broke the McEvedy Under 14 Shotput record. Nu'u Hauiea broke won the Under 14 Javelin and broke the Rongotai College record in doing so. Karl Brownlie won the Under 14 1500m.

Government House Haka - 28 February
The Rongotai College Kapa Haka Group together with some of the senior students were invited to Government House to perform a welcome haka for the Australian Governor General. The haka was very well received.




Athletics Day 2 - 16 February
A second, very successful school athletic day was held at Newtown Park. Students were encouraged to dress in their house colours and some very interesting ‘characters’ were in attendance.

Some school records were broken and some budding young athletes were identified. Congratulations in particular to TC Campbell who broke the records for the Under 14 100 metres (12.14s), the Under 14 Long Jump (5.76m) and the Under 14 Triple Jump (11.85m). Also to Denny To'o who broke the Under 14 Discus record (36.46m).

Athletics Day 1 - 7 February
The whole school turned out at Newtown Park for a fun-filled day of athletics. After a good start to the day, and a large number of students competing in the various modalities, the rain came down and the afternoon events had to be cancelled.




Prefects for 2012 Announced - 3 February
At the first assembly of the year, the Principal, Mr Carter, announced the Prefects for 2012.

Jack Manners (Head Prefect)
Adam Smith (Deputy Head Prefect)
Ben Paterson (Arts Captain)
Tuparahuia Pita (Cultural Captain)
Asim Talim (Sports Captain)

James Bibby
James Boag
Jared Bush
Peter Fulton
Andrew Hodren
Ashnit Kumar
Jackson Rapana
Luke Rippon
Mark Sacklin
Tanzeel Talim
Tua Va’ai
Ivan Wilby
Jonathan Wood

Academic Awards Assembly - 3 February
At the first assembly for 2012, 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 - Cameron Goodman-Martin, Jed Harland, Jarrod O’Brien, Joshua Rippon and Nevin Zhong
Level 2 - Andrew Hodren, Jack Manners, Luke Rippon, Ivan Wilby and Jonathan Wood
Level 1 - Oliver Fredrickson, Daniel Griffiths, Daniel Little, Roshan Patel, Andrew Peden and Jake Tennent.



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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