Rongotai College

2015 News & Events

Prizegiving - 10 December
Congratulations to all the award and prize winners, with special congratulations to the following students:
Sam Blackmore (Dux)
Kiran Richards (Proxime Accessit)
Kalid Bibby (Ballinger Scholarship to study Sciences at Victoria University)
Nathan Smith (Graeme Jarratt Cup for All-round excellence in Year 13)
Tariq Saiyad (Anna Renner Scholarship - Excellence in Year 12)






Volleyball Juniors - 7 November
Our Junior Volleyball team were crowned Regional Champions, defeating Naenae College 2-1 in the final of the Division 1 Tournament at the ASB Centre. Sam Haulagi, Lufi Lene, Ezrah Vaigafa and Steven Va’a were all selected in the Tournament Team, while Steven was selected as the Tournament Most Valuable Player. Congratulations!





All Black Victory & Parade - 6 November 
Rongotai College was proud to have two All Blacks in the victorious World Cup winning team – Ma’a Nonu and Julian Savea. Congratulations!


We were also honoured to be asked to perform the official haka at the conclusion of the victory parade in Civic Square, Wellington. Students also performed a haka as the All Blacks arrived at Civic Square, as well as entertaining the crowd with their singing.

The boys did us proud on the day, and we have received a lot of very positive feedback about their behaviour and high standard of dress. Images and news stories related to Rongotai’s participation can be viewed on the school’s Facebook page.








Sports Assembly - 30 October
We recently celebrated the success of students in a range of activities at our annual Sports Assembly.

The following students were awarded Honours awards at the assembly:
Denny To’o (Athletics), Ravneet Dutt (Basketball), Storm Marsters (Basketball), George Jackson (Cycling), Anton Jenkins (Diving), Fraser Norrington (Football), Esikeli Komaisavai (Flag Football), Tyrrell Samia (Flag Football), Caleb Toleafoa (Flag Football), Elias Toleafoa (Flag Football), Tom Kibblewhite (Floorball), Bradley Sommerville (Floorball), Jared Solomon (Floorball), Fraser Norrington (Futsal), Malachai Unasa-Knox (Rugby), Ezra Seiuli (Rugby), Obeda Elia (Rugby League), Braydon Stone (Waka Ama), Oakley Marsh (Yachting).

Welcome at Government House - 28 October
Over 100 Rongotai College students welcomed the President of Singapore to New Zealand with a stirring haka. These state occasions, with their pomp and ceremony, are a great learning experience and excellent to be part of.







Performing Arts & Cultural Assembly - 23 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, Kiran Richards and Dilesh Prakash were the MCs for the day. Honours awards were given to Storm Marsters (Kapa Haka), Nacey Haimona (Music), Luke Honiss (Music), Kiran Richards (Music), Elijah Nafatali (Polynesian Club), Ezra Seiuli, (Polynesian Club), Jaziah Sila (Polynesian Club), Tauina Tautiaga (Polynesian Club), Caleb Toleafoa (Polynesian Club), Raj Patel (Production), Tyrrell Samia (Production) and Ezra Seiuli (Production). Samuel Blackmore, Ninh Do, Raj Patel, Kiran Richards and Thomas Robinson were presented with their gold Interact badge. Merit awards were also presented to worthy students. During the assembly the school were entertained by one of the school bands known as W1.

Tu Tangata Festival - 7 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. 

Rongotai College were awarded the inaugural Asotasi Va’a Makisi Cup, presented for ‘spirit of working together, kindness, teacher / student relationship, parents / family / community support, komiti support, performances of depth and support’. This award was decided by the Tu Tangata Komiti. It is truly an honour for our boys to have received this award.


Junior A Basketball - August / September
The Junior A Basketball team had a huge week.  On Tuesday 25 August they won the College Sport Wellington Junior Premier Basketbal competition (beating Tawa College 63-51 in the final), then went to Palmerston North to compete in the Lower North Island (Zone 3) Junior A Basketball tournament, winning that tournament (beating Palmerston North Boys' High School in the final).   A huge week for the boys, but one they can all be hugely proud of, because we are very proud of them.  Congratulations to all concerned with that team.

U55kg Rugby Team - 22 August
Congratulations to the U55kg rugby team who won the final of the Division 2 College Sport Wellington competition, beating Onslow College 39-27.  Well done boys!63-51





Music Evening - 28 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.

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








'Grease' - 22-25 April
Weeks of hard work and long hours of rehearsals saw the spectacular performances of 'Grease' at Rongotai College. Four evening performances 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 St Catherine's Collegea and Wellington East Girls' College who helped to make this production such a success.

Photographs of the production can be viewed in the Photo Gallery



ANZAC Day - 25 April


Sam Blackmore (Deputy Head Prefect) and Qais Fawzi (Head Prefect) lay a wreath on behalf of Rongotai College at the cenotaph ceremony on ANZAC Day







Field of Remembrance - ANZAC Day
The Field of Remembrance at Rongotai College - commemorating 100 years of the Gallipoli landings.

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."





Relay for Life - 27-28 March
A group of 142 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.







McEvedy Memorial Shield - 3 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. Wellington College were triumphant in 2015.

Rongotai College athletes participated well with some PBs recorded. The most notable performances were from Lucas Bertos winner of the U14 400m, Nehe Papuni winner of the U14 Shot Put, Denny To’o winner of the O16 Shot Put and Malachai Unasa Knox who won the O16 Long Jump.

Also of note was the two Rongotai College records that were broken at the event. Siatua Anesi set a new U15 200m record (one that has stood since 1983) of 23.83 seconds. The previous record was helf by Robert McNeill at 24.1 seconds.



Denny To’o broke the Rongotai Over 16 Shot Put (5kg) record beating that of Fale Seve (our current throwing coach), which was set in 1996. The record was 15.53 metres and is now set at 15.97 metres. Denny now holds the Rongotai College Shot Put record at all levels (U14, U15, U16 and O16).



Athletics Finals Day - 19 February
Athletics finals day saw our athletes compete at Newtown Park. A special thank you to the students from Porirua College, who competed against our athletes in some modalities.

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




Athletics Participation Day - 10 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. Participation rates were high which is extremely pleasing.  Students competed in the various modalities and a lot of fun was had.

Heron was crowned as the overall house champions for the day, with Lock in second place, Renner in third and Mackay in fourth.

Individual House champions for Athletics Participation Day were:

Heron U14 – Reuben Marsh
U15 – Luke Haslam
U16 – Matiu Samuels
O16 – Darsey Hogan

Lock U14 – Mac Johnson
U15 – Fagalele Pua
U16 – Cameron Durkin
O16 – Kidia Mekonet

MacKay U14 – Charlie Symon
U15 – Siatua Anesi & Oliver Newman
U16 – Elias Zandi
O16 – Aizac MacKenzie & Thomas Newman

Renner U14- Lucas Bertos
U15 –Liam Cooper
U16 – Conrad Taafuli
O16 – Malte Peick

Heron U14 – Reuben Marsh & Jason Fa'amausili
U15 – Steven Va'a
U16 – Harlem Siloata
O16 – Nacey Haimona

Lock U14 – Dylan Jackson
U15 – Mitchell Gough
U16 – Sen Chut
O16 – Semi Mapuileolo

MacKay U14 – Charles Lave
U15 – Taniela Pahulu
U16 – Keila Vailea
O16 – Samasoni Manatua & Aizac MacKenzie

Renner U14- Ethan Makisi & Jaylin To'o
U15 –Hyrum Siau Letoa
U16 – Scott Rae
O16 – Denny To'o

Prefects for 2015 Announced - 5 February
At the first assembly of the year, the Principal, Mr Carter, announced the Prefects for 2015.

Qais Fawzi (Head Prefect)
Samuel Blackmore (Deputy Head Prefect)
Kiran Richards (Arts Captain)
Tyrrell Samia (Deputy Arts Captain)
Dilesh Prakash (Cultural Captain)
Tohe Wanoa (Deputy Cultural Captain
Denny To'o (Sports Captain)
Nathan Smith (Deputy Sports Captain

Nacey Haimona
Duncan McCulloch
Tom Oolders
Reilly Parker
Thomas Robinson
Tauina Tautiaga
Malachai Unasa-Knox
Scott Wesney
Jesse Wood

Academic Awards Assembly - 5 February
At the first assembly for 2015, Academic Awards were presented to those students who gained NCEA Excellence endorsements. Excellence endorsement students were presented with an academic honours badge and certificate .

Those students who received Excellence endorsements were:
Level 3 - Cain Anderson, Matthew Brett, Micah Hill-Smith, Samuel Hudson, Reuben Lauridsen, Amosa Lene and Max Syme
Level 2 – Ryan Aranyi, Bryn Bennett, Kalid Bibby, Samuel Blackmore, LeRoy Boyle, Qais Fawzi, Bradley Griffiths, Tom Oolders, Ankesh Patel, Priyesh Ramesh, Kiran Richards, Adam Toh and Jesse Wood
Level 1 - Karl Brownlie, Sam Dellabarca, Kian Foulkes, Luke Furness, Luke Honiss, Liam Hutching, Tom Kibblewhite, Ben Manners, Nicholas Masters, Alexander McCulloch, Thomas Newman, George Ninness, Theo Purves, Shivam Ramji, Tariq Saiyad, Liam Sercombe, Connor Smith, Daniel Tan, William Underhill and Karl van Dyk

Congratulations was also extended to the large group of boys who gained Merit endorsements – over 43% of all students who gained Level 1 gained an endorsed certificate. Well done, boys!

A Merit Awards Assembly will be held next week to acknowledge those students who gained NCEA with a Merit endorsement.

Powhiri - 2 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
• • 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;
• fully embrace and involve themselves in all that the school has to offer;
• treat each other with respect at all times;
• show pride in themselves and the school at all times, in particular in how they wear their uniform;
• 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”.


Friday 22 June - Winter Food Fair from 5.30pm in the Renner Hall

Thursday 28 June - Poly Club Variety Concert

Friday 6 July - Last day Term 2


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