Rongotai College

2016 News and Events

Head Prefect for 2017 Announcement - 8 December
At Prizegiving it was announced that Mitchell Gough would be the Head Prefect for 2017.  He was presented with his Head Prefect's badge by 2016 Head Prefect, Karl Brownlie.





Prizegiving - 8 December
Congratulations to all the award and prize winners, with special congratulations to the following students:
Kian Foulkes (Dux and Ballinger Scholarship to study Sciences at Victoria University)
Tariq Saiyad (Proxime Accessit)
Karl Brownlie (Graeme Jarratt Cup for All-round excellence in Year 13)
Tom Hughes (Anna Renner Scholarship - Excellence in Year 12)




Sports Assembly - 4 November
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:
Sen Chut - Athletics
Ravneet Dutt - Basketball
George Jackson - Cycling
Fraser Norrington - Football
Esikeli Komaisavai - Flag Football
Tom Kibblewhite - Floorball
Ben McKibbin - Floorball
Tim McKibbin - Floorball
Oli McLaren - Floorball
Bradley Sommerville -  Floorball
Jared Solomon - Floorball
Fraser Norrington - Futsal
Tom Kibblewhite - Hockey
Tim McKibbin - Hockey
Oli McLaren - Hockey
Sajan Patel - Hockey
Karl Brownlie - Rugby
Esikeli Komaisavai - Rugby
Reuben Va’a - Rugby
Tobias Makisi - Softball
Pahemotu Vilipaama - Waka Ama 

Performing Arts & Cultural Assembly - 21 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, Lewis Ariu-Woolley and Va'a Taoipu were the MCs for the day. Honours awards were given to Pahemotu Vilipaama (Kapa Haka), Luke Honiss (Music), Lewis Ariu-Woolley (Polynesian Club), Mounga Aukafolau (Polynesian Club), Karl Brownlie (Polynesian Club), Matthew Gagau (Polynesian Club), Esikeli Komaisavai (Polynesian Club), Tobias Makisi (Polynesian Club), Va'a Taoipu (Polynesian Club), Reuben Va'a (Polynesian Club and Pahemotu Vilipaama (Polynesian Club). Moses Caramto, Luke Honiss and Himayu Vinod were presented with their gold Interact badge. Merit awards were also presented to worthy students. During the assembly the school were entertained by Louis Martin (Y12) on the piano and the Jazz Band.

Hurricanes Visit - 29 July
Rongotai College Old Boys Julian and Ardie Savea (along with Nehe Milner-Skudder) visited and met with the 1st XV team members. It was great to be able to present caps to our former stars.

This visit was on the even of the Hurricanes playing a Super Rugby semifinal against the Chiefs, while our RC 1st XV took on St Patrick's Silverstream in the quarterfinals - both teams coming out with the win!!

Tu Tangata Festival - 27 July

Another rousing performance by the Rongotai Poly Club at the 2016 festival held at the Michael Fowler Centre. An extremely polished performance from the boys - well done!









Basketball 3x3 Junior Team - NATIONAL CHAMPIONS - 7-9 April
Congratulations to our Junior 3x3 basketball team who won the NZ Secondary Schools' title in Auckland.  








Relay for Life - 9-10 April
A group of 168 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.  The Rongotai College boys ran 491 laps and came in second place behind HIBS.   Well done boys!   The Rongotai boys were once again honoured with performing the haka at the closing ceremony.








McEvedy Memorial Shield - 1 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 2016.

Rongotai College athletes participated well with some PBs recorded.






Athletics Finals Day - 12 February
Athletics finals day saw selected athletes compete at Newtown Park. A special thank you to the students from Naenaen College, Porirua College and Wellington High School, who competed against our athletes in some events.

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

Congratulations to the following students who are the overall champions within their age groups.

Under 14 – Fergus Jobson and Ben Perenise
Under 15 – Lucas Bertos and Jaylin To’o
Under 16 – Andrew Eng
Over 16 – Sen Chut.

Prefects for 2016 Announced - 9 February
At a special assembly, the Principal, Mr Carter, announced the Prefects for 2016.

Karl Brownlie (Head Prefect)
Sohadi Yes (Deputy Head Prefect)
Va'a Taoipu (Arts Captain)
Lewis Ariu-Woolley (Cultural Captain)
Tom Kibblewhite (Sports Captain)

Sam Dellabarca
Kian Foulkes
Matthew Gagau
Luke Honiss
Ben Manners
Nicholas Masters
Alexander Pride
Barnaby Roche
Tariq Saiyad
Ethan Seddon-Cope
Reuben Va'a
Pahemotu Vilipaama

Academic Awards Assembly - 5 February
At the first assembly for 2016, Academic Awards were presented to those students who gained NCEA Excellence or Merit endorsements. Excellence endorsement students were presented with an academic honours badge and certificate.  Merit endorsement students were presented with a certificate.

Those students who received Excellence endorsements were:
Level 3 - Bryn Bennett, Kalid Bibby, Samuel Blackmore, Cicero Caramto, Ankesh Patel, Priyesh Ramesh, Kiran Richards, Tauina Tautiaga and Jesse Wood.
Level 2 – Karl Brownlie, Sam Dellabarca, Kian Foulkes, Luke Furness, Luke Honiss, Louis Joblin, Nicholas Masters, Alexander McCulloch, George Ninness, Barnaby Roche, Tariq Saiyad, Connor Smith, Daniel Tan, Karl van Dyk and Irving Young.
Level 1 - Theo Gerritsen, Daniel Gibbs, Taine Hemphill, Reuben Hill-Smith, Thomas Hughes, Anton Jenkins, Oliver McLaren, Sathvik Panda, Jacob Russell, Saxon Smith, and Ryan Yee.

Congratulations was also extended to the large group of boys who gained endorsements. Well done, boys!

Athletics Participation Day - 4 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.







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
•  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 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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