Rongotai College

2014 News and Events

Prizegiving - 11 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 for the second year in a row, and Micah Hill-Smith as the Dux for 2014.






Year 10 Camp - 3,4,5 December
Year 10 students spent three days at camp in the Akatarawa's learning lots of exciting new things and participating in team building exercises.







Welcome to Chinese President - 20 November
Rongotai College, once again, had the honour of performing a welcome for a dignatory at Government House in Wellington.  This time it was the President of China, Mr Xi Jinping. They performed the school haka at the official Government House welcome.

Once again a fantastic effort by the boys - we are all proud of you!



Futsal - 19 November
Congratulations to the Senior Futsal team who won the final of the College Sport Wellington Premier competition.







Sports Assembly - 31 October
This was held to celebrate and honour those students who have contributed so well in the sporting arena over the past 12 months.  Old boy, Ofisa Tonu'u spoke to the assembly about his time at the college and how sport is important but must not take precedence over academic studies.   Honours and merit awards were given in the various sports, with 16 Honours awards and 34 Merit awards presented over a range of 19 sports.  Tohe Wanoa was presented with the Findlay/Ryan Award for the Outstanding Maori Sportsman.



Performing Arts & Cultural Assembly - 24 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, Amosa Lene and Edwin Salanoa were the MCs for the day. Honours awards were given to Thomas Read (Dance), Amosa Lene (Music), Kiran Richards (Music), Tungia Aukuso-Reihana (Polynesian Club), Amosa Lene (Polynesian Club), Konrad Makisi (Polynesian Club), Edwin Salanoa (Polynesian Club), Wesley Sialava'a (Polynesian Club) and Andy Tugaga (Polynesian Club). Jacob Gibbs was presented with his gold Interact badge. Merit awards were also presented to worthy students. During the assembly the school were entertained by one of the school bands and Kiran Richards.

Tu Tangata Festival - 23 September
The Rongotai Poly Club performed at the Tu Tangata Festival at The Opera House to a sell-out crowd.  Once again the boys were the last act of the evening and were extremely well received.  They performed to an exceedingly high standard, to rapturous applause from the audience.







Floorball and Handball - 21 & 22 September
Congratulations to our Floorball team who became New Zealand Secondary School champions.  A great weekend of games and a great win.

Congratulations also to our Handball team who came third in the New Zealand Secondary School tournament.    A great weekend for RC sport!

Year 12 Drama - The Outsiders - 11 September
The Year 12 Drama class performed 'The Outsiders' in the Drama Room to friends and family for their drama production for the year.  The play was performed well with lots of light moments in it. 







WW100 Commemoration - 4 August
Rongotai College was invited to be part of the commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Declaration of World War One at Parliament this morning. Our boys began the ceremony and also contributed an awesome haka.  At the end of the commemoration ceremony, the boys had a chance to meet the Prime Minister, John Key.






Year 13 Drama - Romeo & Juliet - 25 & 26 June
The Year 13 Drama class chose William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet for their drama production.  This was performed to family and friends, with a matinee also staged for some of the Year 11 students.  Although a shortened version of the play was performed, the storyline was very well portrayed.





Music Evening - 17 June
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. 

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







Stage Challenge - 27 May

Over 50 students (including backstage helpers) practised over many hours to formulate, choreograph and perfect their Stage Challenge entry for 2014.   On the night, a very polished performance was given by the Rongotai boys of their three dances and finale around the theme “What Makes a Man”. This was a student-driven activity and all those involved must be congratulated for their initiative and representing Rongotai College so well.



Rugby Old Boys Visit - 15 May
Three Rongotai College Old Boys who play for the Hurricanes – Ardie Savea (Head Prefect 2011), Motu Matu’u and Mark Reddish - visited the College this morning and spoke with the current crop of 1st XV players.

They described what it was like to be a professional player, outlining the Hurricanes weekly routines and how they prepared for matches both leading up to games and on game day. They mentioned the need for good nutrition, fluid intake and not only being ready to play on a Saturday but also being prepared properly to train. All three emphasised the need to look beyond their playing days, and what they were doing to prepare themselves for their future after rugby. It was great to see you at your old school guys - best wishes for the rest of the season!

Royals Welcome - 7 April
Rongotai College had the honour of welcoming Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to New Zealand, by performing the school haka at the official Government House welcome.

Fantastic effort boys - we are all proud of you!



Physics Competition - 15 and 29 March
Congratulations to Micah Hill-Smith, Sam Hudson and Amosa Lene (Year 13 students) who on Saturday 29 March competed in the National Young Physicist Competition in Christchurch, finishing in fourth place. The boys had previously qualified at the Regional competition held on 15 March in Wellington, by finishing in second place.

Their physics teacher, Ms Anne Brailsford, supported the boys at both events.

They presented their investigations into a variety of physics problems and then defended them in a physics battle. It was the first time Rongotai has taken part in this competition at a regional level, so it was a very big thrill to qualify for the national competition and to then finish in fourth place in New Zealand.



Prefects Added - March
Mr Carter announced the addition of Luke Hamilton and Matthew Simpson as prefects for 2014.  Congratulations to Luke and Matt.




Relay for Life - 22-23 March
A group of 120 odd boys supported by staff and parents, participated in the Cancer Society - Relay for Life at Frank Kitts Park, Wellington.   While raising a substantial amount of money for the Cancer Society the boys had a great night, running lap after lap for a very worthy cause.  A lot of fun was had at the event as the boys supported one another.


Cricket Funding - 14 March
We have been very fortunate in securing funding from a number of sources to enable the refurbishment of our cricket practice nets, which began this week.

One source of funding has come from a grant from the ANZ Bank Cricket Grant Scheme and the manager of the local branch (Ms Casey Hunt) presented a cheque for $3,500 to the college at assembly.

Other funding has come from grants from Infinity Foundation, the NZ Cricket Foundation, and fundraising activities by the cricket committee.


Regional Athletics - 13 March
30 Rongotai College boys competed at the Regional Athletics competition and performed well.   

Congratulations to Siatua Anesi who finished second in the U14 100m, setting a new Rongotai College record of 11.9 seconds.

Other boys to perform well were

Siatua Anesi - 2nd U14 300m and 4th U14 200m
KJ Dayal - 2nd AWD 200m and 2nd AWD Shot Put
Joseph Mei - 3rd AWD 400m
Samasoni Manatua - 3rd O16 Discus
Sam Mycock - 2nd U14 Javelin

McEvedy Memorial Shield - 4 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 2014.

Rongotai College athletes participated well with some PBs recorded.   The most notable result was Denny To'o winning the U16 Shotput. 







Athletics Day 2 v HIBS - 20 February
Selected athletes competed against HIBS which resulted in a good win by Rongotai against worthy competition. We thank HIBS for the way they competed and hope to build on this rivalry and cement this competition in the calendar each year. Final score Rongotal College 250.5 HIBS 240.5.

Some excellent results and personal bests were set on the day by our competitors.

The stand out results were:
Denny To’o who broke the U16 shot put record 15.67m. (record was held by Colin Creed - 15.19m and has stood since 1980).

Siatua Anesi dominated the U14 sprints and unofficially broke the 100m record.  However, this needed to be electronically timed to stand.



Athletics Day 1 - 12 February
The whole school turned out at Newtown Park for a fun-filled day of athletics. House points were given for participation, while a number of athletics took the opportunity to show their skills.  A large number of students competed in the various modalities and a lot of fun was had. 

Lock was crowned as the overall house champions.

Individual House champions for Athletics Participation Day were:

Heron U14 – Steven Va’a
U15 – Sohadi Yes
U16 – Jonah Tumanuvao
O16 – Jesse Va’a

Lock U14 – Layke Marsters
U15 – Sen Chut
U16 – Brayden Herewini
O16 – Lauina Faatau

MacKay U14 – Oliver Newman
U15 – Aatif Osman Alnou
U16 – Thomas Newman
O16 – Aizac MacKenzie

Renner U14- Nehe Papuni
U15 –Ray Pouvalu
U16 – Karl Brownlie
O16 – Lathim Greig

Prefects for 2014 Announced - 7 February
At the first assembly of the year, the Principal, Mr Carter, announced the Prefects for 2014.

Conor Flynn (Head Prefect)
Luka Hogervorst (Deputy Head Prefect)
Amosa Lene (Arts Captain)
Edwin Salanoa (Cultural Captain)
Matthew Brett (Sports Captain)

Cain Anderson
Reuben Brady
Hohepa Haenga-Sutton
Maxi Heather
Micah Hill-Smith
Sam Hudson
Reuben Lauridsen
Tanara Metuarau
Mussa Muketar
Niven Patel
Thomas Read
Anaru Tapsell

Academic Awards Assembly - 7 February
At the first assembly for 2014, 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 - David Barnett, Daniel Little and Roshan Patel
Level 2 – Cain Anderson, Samuel Beeston, Matthew Brett, Micah Hill-Smith, Samuel Hudson, Reuben Lauridsen, Amosa Lene and Max Syme.
Level 1 - Ryan Aranyi, Bryn Bennett, Kalid Bibby, Samuel Blackmore, LeRoy Boyle, Taira Dyall-Waretini, Qais Fawzi, Bradley Griffiths, Duncan McCulloch, Oscar McLaren, Tom Oolders, Ankesh Patel, Priyesh Ramesh, Kiran Richards, Finn Schon, Nathan Smith, Adam Toh and Jesse Wood.

Congratulations was also extended to the large group of boys who gained Merit endorsements – over 47% of all students who gained Level 1 gained an endorsed certificate, while over 33% of Level 3 certificates were endorsed. Well done, boys!

Powhiri - 3 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 give their best effort and aim to be the best they can be at all times, whether in the classroom, on the sports field or in performance areas;
• 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, in particular in how they wear their uniform;
• should take advantage of the fresh start that moving to a new school can bring and 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 than it is today.


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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