Rongotai College

2017 News and Events

Head Prefect for 2018 Announcement - 7 December
At Prizegiving it was announced that ADAM RYBINSKI would be the Head Prefect for 2018. He was presented with his Head Prefect's badge by 2017 Head Prefect, Mitchell Gough.








Prizegiving - 7 December
Congratulations to all the award and prize winners, with special congratulations to the following students:
Rian Lee (Dux)
Tom Hughes (Proxime Accessit)
Sathvik Panda (Ballinger Scholarship to study Sciences at Victoria University and Graeme Jarratt Cup for All-round excellence in Year 13)
Angad Chauhan (Anna Renner Scholarship - Excellence in Year 12)








Sports Assembly - 3 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
Finn McClure -  Basketball
Jaylin To’o - Basketball
Ezrah Vaigafa -  Basketball
Sean Lane-Turnbull - Football
Jared Solomon - Football
Shannon Lucas -  Futsal
Hieran Govind - Hockey
Tim McKibbin - Hockey
Oli McLaren - Hockey
Sajan Patel - Hockey
Matiu Samuel - Rugby
DJ Taoipu - Rugby
Jason Tuitama - Rugby
Dylan Jackson - Softball
Josiah Samani - Volleyball
Steven Va’a - Volleyball

Taha Corkran was named the Maori Sportsperson of the Year.

Performing Arts & Cultural Assembly - 27 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, DJ Taoipu and Levi Siaosi were the MCs for the day. Honours awards were given to Layke Marsters, Diarn Maurirere, Tuaru Nathan, and Lazarus Smith for Kapa Haka; Ethan Makisi and Thomas J Moore for Music; Lufi Lene-Isara, Luke Purves, Hyrum Siau Letoa, DJ Taoipu, Christianlee Tutaki and Stephen Uelese for Polynesian Club; Charles Lave, Ethan Makisi and Adam Rybinski for Production.


"Oliver!" - 30 August to 2 September
Weeks of hard work and long hours of rehearsals saw the spectacular performances of 'Oliver!' at Rongotai College. Four evening performances proved to be a huge success. The cast played to good 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 Samuel Marsden Collegiate, Wellington East Girls' College and Wellington High School who helped to make this production such a success.

Photographs of the production can be viewed in the Photo Gallery




Tu Tangata Festival - 25 July
Another rousing performance by the Rongotai Poly Club at the 2017 festival held at the Michael Fowler Centre. An extremely polished performance from the boys - well done!








Summer Tournament Winners - 31 March
Congratulations to our softball team who won the Division 2 National Competition, beating St Pat's Town 9-2 in the final at Lower Hut, and to our Volleyball team who won Division 5 at the national tournament in Palmerston North, beating St Pat's Stream in the final 201.








Relay for Life - 18-19 March
A group of 195 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 453 laps, the fourth highest number of laps run on the night. Well done boys!








McEvedy Memorial Shield - 7 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 again triumphant in 2017.  It was unfortunate that the rain arrived later in the day and made some events a little more difficult.

Rongotai College athletes participated well.



Athletics Participation Day - 9 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.




Academic Awards Assembly - 3 February
At the first Friday assembly for 2017, Academic Awards were presented to those students who gained NCEA Excellence endorsements. Excellence endorsement students were presented with an a Merit endorsement students were presented with a certificate.

Those students who received Excellence endorsements were:
Level 3 - Sam Dellabarca, Kian Foulkes, Luke Honiss, Louis Joblin, Tariq Saiyad, Connor Smith, William Underhill, Karl van Dijk and Irving Young.
Level 2 – Daniel Gibbs, Milo Guthrie, Reuben Hill-Smith, Thomas Hughes, Rian Lee and Ryan Yee.
Level 1 - Jake Brownlie, Angad Chauhan, Kevin Cho, Ollie Galvin, Henry Hollis, Max Holmes, Eric London, Alex Lowcay, Ethan Mills, Sampson Mollan, Taine Murphy, Sajan Patel, Oliver Newman, Luke Purves, Jude Rogers-Rowe, Adam Rybinski and  Tom van Lierop.

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

Prefects for 2017 Announced - 2 February
At a special assembly, the Principal, Mr Carter, announced the Prefects for 2017.

Mitchell Gough (Head Prefect)
Conrad Taafuli(Deputy Head Prefect)
Levi Siaosi (Arts Captain)
DJ Taoipu (Cultural Captain)
Sen Chut (Sports Captain)

Milo Guthrie
Arlo Herriot
Reuben Hill-Smith
Tom Hughes
Rian Lee
Sathvik Panda
Jared Solomon
Thomas Wong
Ryan Yee

Powhiri - 30 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
• 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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