Rongotai College

2013 News and Events

Prizegiving - 12 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 Lock House were announced as the winner of the school House competition, and Roshan Patel as the Dux for 2013.





Sports Assembly - 1 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. Tohe Wanoa was presented with the Findlay/Ryan Award for the Outstanding Maori Sportsman.




Performing Arts & Cultural Assembly - 25 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 Captains, Liam Doyle and Daniel Gagau were the MCs for the day. Honours awards were given to Daniel Gagau (Dance), Maxi Heather (Drama), Konrad Makisi (Drama), Paula Makisi (Drama), Levi Devitt (Kapa Haka), Te Ru Huriwai (Hapa Haka), Amosa Lene (Music, Tana Filo (Polynesian Club) and Halaholo Mataele (Polynesian Club).  Kiran Richards was presented with his gold Interact badge.  Merit awards were also presented to worthy students. During the assembly the school were entertained by the Year 11 Band.

Tu Tangata Festival - 23 September
The Rongotai College boys again performed superbly at the Tu Tangata Festival along with the seven other schools involved.  A packed audience at The Opera House cheered and jeered their way through the performance! 








Leavers' Ball - 20 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)!









'Jesus Christ Superstar' - 8, 9, 10 August
Weeks of hard work and long hours of rehearsals saw the spectacular performances of 'Jesus Christ Superstar' at Rongotai College.  Three evening performances and two matinees 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, Wellington East Girls' College, Wellington High School and Wellington College, together with the children from Evans Bay Intermediate, Seatoun and South Wellington Intermediate Schools who helped to make this production such a success.

Photographs of the production can be viewed in the Photo Gallery








Music Evening - 9 July
Parents and friends were entertained by a group of Music students who were performing 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.  Three of the leads from the college's production of 'Jesus Christ Superstar' performed, backed by the orchestra for the show.

Photographs from the event can be viewed in the Photo Gallery.








New Gymnasium Opened - 18 June
The new Rongotai College gymnasium was officially opened by His Excellence Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand.

The Governor-General was welcomed by the combined Rongotai College /Wellington East Girls’ College kapa haka group. His Excellency then addressed this special school assembly, declaring the gymnasium open. After the official ceremony His Excellency spoke informally to the boys about his life experiences and some of the lessons he had learned on his journey, all of which was very well received by the boys.



Prefects Added - April
At an assembly prior to the end of Term 1, Mr Carter announced the addition of four prefects.  The boys named were Gudora Ahmed, Sepu Ryder, Callum Smith and Jake Tennent.  Congratulations to these boys.

Rewarding Reading - 28 March
The Rewarding Reading Programme is continuing in 2013.  The first of the rewards were given on the day before the Easter break, when 132 students were taken to Lyall Bay beach for fish and chips.  They also had time for some fun and games on the beach.   These boys had all read and reviewed a minimum of five books so far this year. 




Relay for Life - 23/24 March
Congratulations to those boys who did their bit for the 'Relay for Life' at Frank Kitts Park on the weekend, running for 18 hours straight. A special congratulations to two of our students for their fantastic effort: Matthew Brett ran 50 laps (about 29kms) and Barnaby Roache ran 35 laps (about 21 kms).

Big thanks to Mr O'Halloran, and to those other staff who turned up at all hours to support the boys. Go RC!






Dragon Boating - 17 March
The secondary schools' Dragon Boat Festival was held at Lambton Harbour. Rongotai College finished second in the Petite Final, however they were the crowd favourites, winning the chant competition.





Year 9 Parents' Evening - 13 March
Parents and caregivers of Year 9 students attended the Year 9 parents’ information evening. Mr Carter spoke, outlining college structures and systems, to enable them to assist their son in his learning. The Year 9 Dean, Board of Trustees Deputy Chairperson, the Head Prefect, together with other staff members also addressed the parents and caregivers.  Parents were then able to meet with their son's teachers.   On-going contact between the college and parents was encouraged.

College Sport Wellington Triathlon - 12 March
Congratulations to the eight students who competed in the College Sport Wellington triathlon held at Scorching Bay.  The Junior team won their competition and the senior team came second in theirs.   Thomas Newman and Matthew Brett were placed 5th and 8th respectively in the U16 individual division.  Congratulations to all involved.



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 again triumphant in 2013.

A team of well-trained Rongotai College athletes participated with the most notable win being Denny To'o who wom the Under 15 Shotput (beating the second placegetter by 3.2m) and the Under 15 Discus.  Jake Tennent finished second in the Open 1500m, while Arlo Herriot was second in the Under 14 3000m and Jackson Hamilton second in the Under 15 800m. Logan Afoa performed well in the Open Triple Jump finishing in second place also.

Government House Haka - 25 February
The Rongotai College Kapa Haka Group together with other students were invited to Government House to perform a welcome haka for the King of Tonga. The haka was very well received. 







Athletics Day 2 - 21 February
Athletics finals day on Thursday 21 February, saw our athletes compete at Newtown Park. With many of the athletics involved in trainings since October last year it was evident there was a high quality of competition across all events.

While there were no records set, there were many highlights with some very determined athletes hitting personal best results. The following acknowledges the overall champions within their age groups.

Under 14 – Ray Pouvalu (1st), Visnu Khun (2nd), Siatua Anesi and Arlo Herriot (3rd =).
Under 15 – Malachai Unasa (1st), Braydon Herewini (2nd), Karl Brownlie (3rd) and Denny To’o (4th).
Under 16 – Harlem Kappely (1st6), Hinckley Siaosi (2nd), Siona Gray (3rd) and Matthew Brett (4th).
Over 16 – Logan Afoa and Jake Tennent (1st =), Liam Doyle and Ciaran Ryan (3rd =).

Congratulations to all competitors and a special thank-you to the staff, prefects and parents who helped make this an enjoyable day.

Athletics Day 1 - 12 February
The day started with a light drizzle but that did not deter the athletes of Rongotai College as the whole school turned out at Newtown Park for a fun-filled day of athletics.  Luckily the drizzle abated and the sun came out.  A large number of students competed in the various modalities and a lot of fun was had.




Prefects for 2013 Announced - 1 February
At the first assembly of the year, the Principal, Mr Carter, announced the Prefects for 2013.

Oliver Fredrickson (Head Prefect)
Samuel Peters (Deputy Head Prefect)
Liam Doyle (Arts Captain)
Daniel Gagau (Cultural Captain)
Ciaran Ryan (Sports Captain)

David Barnett
Levi Devitt
Pagna Ear
Danel Griffiths
Kadin Hapuku
Nephi Harrison
Ronan Kelly
Henry Lee
David Lewis
Sahil Parshottam
Andrew Peden
Liam Tume
Salasio Tupufia
Josh Williams

Academic Awards Assembly - 1 February
At the first assembly for 2013, 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 - Perry Botes, Linus Nelson and Jonathan Wood
Level 2 - David Barnett, Oliver Fredrickson, Daniel Griffiths, Ronan Kelly, Roshan Patel, Andrew Peden and Jake Tennent
Level 1 - Cain Anderson, Matthew Brett, Edward Eiloart, Conor Flynn, Micah Hill-Smth Sam Hudson, Reuben Lauridsen, Amosa Lene and Thomas Read

Powhiri - 31 January
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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