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Monday May 18 - as John Sebastian once sang, “Welcome Back”. Rongotai College opened for all staff and students today; it was great to have everyone back on the Coutts St campus #reconnect
May 15 Assembly - apologies to those students who were unable to enter the assembly. Today's message was that we are looking forward to students and staff returning to school on May 18. Mr Carter outlined some of the Health and Safety processes we will adopt, and answered questions. He also mentioned students should bring their devices to school next week (including those with loan machines), and you should not rely on using a school machine.
On Monday 11 May, the Prime Minister announced that schools will be able to open for ALL students from Monday 18 May. We are therefore looking forward to welcoming Rongotai College students back onto our campus next Monday. We are asking all students to be at school by 8.50am on Monday and to report directly to their Form Rooms, where we will have a live-streamed school assembly. We would ask them not to congregate in reception or the corridors.
At Alert Level 2, the Ministry of Health has outlined that schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff. We will be implementing processes which will enable us to ensure that we know who is at school and who our staff and students have been in close contact with. We will also be taking enhanced hygiene and cleaning measures to keep everyone safe.
Our Health and Safety Plan outlines a range of processes that we operate during Alert Level 2. These include:
• Following appropriate hygiene processes
• Use of hand sanitizer
• Contact tracing through attendance checking and requiring students to stay on site during the school day
• Encouraging students to bring devices to school.
Details of these will be available in the Covid-19 Update on our school website (www.rongotai.school.nz)
rongotai.school.nz Lumen Accipe Et Imperti
Friday 8 May - This week's Virtual Assembly Message. Mr Carter highlights that even though we are all waiting for a potential move to Alert Level 2, our [email protected] programme continues, and involvement is NOT voluntary. Take the time to consolidate your learning.
We hope to have a live assembly through zoom next week.
Friday 1 May - In this weeks virtual assembly, Mr Carter has a message for students, including those entering for NCEA qualifications.
A few words from our Prefects to our student body. Keep on top of things and keep up the good work guys!
Our Head Prefect’s Anzac Day Message
An Anzac Day message from 2020 Head Prefect, Jamal Fiso:
Each year, on this most solemn of days, we as a school and as a nation pause to commemorate Anzac Day. Although this year we are unable to gather in person due to challenges presented by COVID-19, we are not hindered from joining together in the Anzac spirit to remember the service of the New Zealanders and Australians who came before us.
While Anzac Day stems from the fateful battle of Gallipoli, it has evolved over many decades to encompass the commemoration of all New Zealanders who died serving Aotearoa during war, while also honouring the sacrifices of returned and current servicemen and women, from every generation, and every conflict. April 25t h provides us the opportunity to reflect on the values we hold dear as a nation; such as unity, commonality, and peace. These are not too dissimilar from the B.E.S.T. values that we seek to instill in the “True Rongotai Man”. Anzac Day reminds us as a school to think about the type of young men we produce into the wider world, and whether they can extend the brotherhood they learn at Coutts Street, towards others to bring a more unified, peaceful world.
2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. This holds special significance to Rongotai College as our Roll of Honour is “IN PROUD MEMORY OF OUR OLD BOYS WHO SERVED IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1933-1945”. It stands a humbling tribute to all their deeds and sacrifices and stands proudly in the Renner Hall as a reminder of such an influential period for our school and the country. 91 names sit etched on the wooden board that watches over us during Assemblies. Those names include amongst them, a Master, a Head Prefect, many other Prefects, a Dux, sportsmen, academics, musicians, and all-rounded men. But today they are a gallant company numbered amongst other New Zealand servicepeople, and in the words of Foundation Headmaster, Fredrick Martyn Renner, “...they are all one, none is greatest, none is least, by virtue of the one supreme sacrifice that each has made.”
The importance of Anzac Day at Rongotai is not only impressed by the Roll of Honour, but by our actions around this date. 30 boys from the school’s Interact Club were scheduled to collect for the Returned and Services Association before they had to postpone their appeal. Under normal circumstances we would also hold an Anzac Assembly where we would reflect on the experiences of Old Boy Veterans. I would like to continue this custom and provide an extract of a letter from Mr Allan Frain, dated 1st November, 1989, concerning his brother, the late P. J. R. Frain (1930-1935).
“Jim was a terrific chap. He sailed with the 1st Echelon on 6th January, 1940 for the Middle East. He saw action with the first New Zealand troops against German Forces, at a place on the then Yugo-Slav-Greek Border known as Portos Pass. Although the action was successful, General Freyberg immediately ordered a retreat and evacuation of Greece. My brother [P. J. R. Frain] was taken to Crete and was part of the 19th Battalion defence of the village of Galatos. There is no known grave. He may lie near ‘Cemetery Hill’ or in the ‘Prison Valley’ area. He loved Rongotai College. I am enclosing his Rugby First Fifteen cap, his Prefect’s Badge, and the Cross of Honour presented with the late King George VI’s approval, to my parents. In returning this Cross to his college, I know he will finally rest where he would wish to be.” These memorabilia are all on display at school in the cabinets near the Library.
Traditionally, it falls upon the Head Prefect and Deputy-Head Prefect to lay a wreath on behalf of Rongotai College at the Wellington Cenotaph. However, as we are stuck in our own bubbles, we can only offer this small tribute and reflection. On this Anzac Day, wherever you are, let us commemorate the contribution made by each and every New Zealand serviceperson. Let us remember the lessons learnt during times of conflict so that we may build a more prosperous future of shared humanity and unity. Lumen Accipe Et Imperti!
Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou - Lest we forget.
Friday 24 April. At this week's Virtual Assembly, Mr Hall talks about 'Managing Self'; if there ever was a time when we need to manage ourselves, it is now!
A message to Parents regarding the start of Term 2 on Wednesday 15 April.
Friday 27 March - End-of-term Virtual Assembly message from the Principal.
School holidays start at 3.30 today, with the term resuming on Wednesday 15 April. Have a good break boys and be kind to your parents!
Wednesday 25 March - the impact of COVID-19 is becoming way too real.
Tuesday 24 March - Rongotai College is now physically closed to students, although a skeleton staff will be present to supervise sons of those people who work in essential services on Wednesday 25 March, if they choose to send them to school.
Last night, the Ministry of Education ordered that school holidays will be brought forward, and will now begin from Monday 30 March to Tuesday 14 April inclusive. While we foresaw school closure, this decision to start the holidays earlier than anticipated has caught us by surprise; we were intending to operate our [email protected] on-line programme until the scheduled end of term.
For the remainder of this week, your son will be able to access our [email protected] on-line programme (I have re-attached the information that I sent out yesterday regarding this). After 14 April, Rongotai College will resume [email protected] but will not physically be open until further notice.
To support your son’s learning, you can access his timetable on the parent portal (https://portal.rongotai.school.nz/ . If you do not have a login or have forgotten your login, please email [email protected] by 1.30pm Wednesday 25 March.
Work for students with appropriate resources and links will be posted on-line or sent via email by each of your son’s teachers. The most common platforms will be either Google Drive or GOOGLE Classroom, while some teachers will also organise ZOOM meetings. Some background information on GOOGLE Classroom can be found at https://classroom.google.com/.
Whilst we are unsure at this stage how long this situation will continue, our teachers are committed to providing learning opportunities for your son until things are resolved.
All updates will be posted on the Rongotai website and here on our page, and communicated directly to caregivers and students via email
Monday 23 March - The Prime Minister has just announced that schools across New Zealand will close from tomorrow for everyone except for the children of essential staff such as doctors. A solution will be worked out for them and then schools will be closed entirely from Wednesday. We will continue our [email protected] trial tomorrow, but it is no longer a trial, but a reality. We will be in contact via email with more information as it comes to hand over the next days.
Tuesday 24 March - [email protected] trial
We have looked at how we can keep the school operating as much as usual in these challenging circumstances, while at the same time preparing for what might lay ahead of us.
With pending disruption to schools, it is highly likely that we will be forced into some form of distance learning in the future. Our Leadership team met over the weekend and in consultation with staff, we have decided to hold a [email protected] trial on Tuesday 24 March.
This means students will not attend school, but will have work available for them on-line for their normal classes on Tuesday morning. We had intended to do this later in the week, but due to the rapidly changing circumstances, we have moved the day forward. This will give us the opportunity to trial digital learning from remote locations with the students and allow us to troubleshoot any issues that arise before schools are forced to close. Students who do not have internet access will have work provided for them by their teachers.
While this is at short notice, I am sure you will agree with me that this trial is absolutely necessary.
Further details for parents showing how you can support your son with [email protected] will be sent to parents.
The COVID-19 Alert level is at Level 2, meaning Rongotai College is open on Monday.
Students who are ill with cold or flu-like symptoms should remain at home, and we are encouraging young people who fit into the high risk category to also stay at home.
Parents of students not attending should email [email protected]. explaining the reason and stating when he is likely to return.
Monday 16 March - Level 2 Geography students are currently on a field trip to the Tongariro Volcanic Environment. Today, they had a great day, completing the Tongariro Crossing. Tomorrow, they start 2 days of field work, looking at the range of processes that have formed the environment.
[03/15/20] Monday 16 March - A Facebook post stating that Rongotai College is closed due to COVID-19 arriving in Wellington is a HOAX, and is totally UNTRUE. There are NO cases or suspected cases of COVID-19 at Rongotai College and the school is operating as normal.
Tuesday 3 March was the annual McEvedy Shield here in Wellington.
There were some notable performances from the Rongotai team. Our 63 points, represents a 66% increase from last year where we achieved 38 points. This was our highest points total since 2015. We closed the gap between 4th and 3rd to under 30 points for the first time since 2007.
Overall, our boys had 28 top 4 placings. We also had a number of outstanding individual performances, and we would like to highlight 4 boys in particular:
• Mikey Tutaki, who was 1st in u15 Shot Put
• Braydon Hawkins-Martin who was 1st in u15 High Jump
• Tane Robinson who was 1st in u14 Javelin
• Zayd Adam who placed in all 5 events he competed in, gaining 12 points
Well done to the McEvedy team, their captain Georgio Toulis, and a special thanks to Mr Carey for his leadership of the McEvedy group and to his team of coaches for their great work.
Friday 14 February - A really disappointing thing happened at school yesterday. Two men drove into the school gounds in a white people-mover; one jumped out and used bolt cutters to cut the lock off Manawa's bike and then stole it.
One of Manawa's friends has set up a Give a Little page to raise money for a replacement, since the insurance excess is too great for the family to make a claim. What an excellent example of the school value of Encouraging Brotherhood!
You can help Manawa here:
givealittle.co.nz My good friend manawa's bike got stolen. He bikes most days and is really upset now he doesn't have his bike - Givealittle is the place to donate and fundraise for causes and charities online.
Our first major sports event of the year was Athletics finals day, held on Wednesday 12 February. It was a hugely successful day, held in conjunction with Wellington College - hopefully, this event becomes a tradition.
Well done to the competitors, and a big thanks to Mr Tinkle (WC) and Mr Carey (RC) for organising this event.
Tuesday 4 February was Athletics Participation Day. Students competed for their house and also to earn selection for Finals Day, when they will be running side-by-side with athletes from Wellington College.
Well done to Renner House, who won the event by 0.02 points per student over Heron House!
Thursday 30 January - The 2020 Prefects were announced in assembly. A group of Year 13 students with a range of talents in academic, cultural, performing arts and sporting fields will help lead the student body this year. Head Prefect Jamal Fiso gave a motivational first address to the School as part of the Assembly.
Monday 27 January - We welcomed over 160 Year 9 students, over 20 students in other year levels and 6 new staff into the Rongotai community. It was a great occasion as our new students start their journey here at Rongotai College!
The 2020 school year is almost upon us!
The college shop is open, NCEA results are in (and well done to all those boys who gained their qualifications), course confirmation days have been had, and teachers are back at school attending their Teacher-only days, all ahead of school starting on Monday 27th January. See you all then!
Friday 6th December - The final event of our academic year was our 92nd Annual Prizegiving Assembly. Last night, 200 students crossed the stage to receive awards, prizes, scholarships and certificates.
The highlight of the night was the announcement of the 2019 Dux, Dean Banks. Dean is an outstanding all-round academic, who was first in Classical Studies, Chemistry and Physics, and first equal in Calculus. Congratulations to Dean and all students who gained received at the ceremony.
Well done to the more than 130 year nine students who participated in this year’s Social Action Day. We have received many positive messages from the organisations we worked alongside, praising the way students conducted themselves during the day and how hard they worked.
NCEA exams are now half way through for the year. This morning we had Level 2 Maths and Scholarship Classical Studies. Old Boys might recognise the exam supervisors!
A big thank you to everyone who has donated gifts for disadvantaged teenage boys and their families at Christmas as part of our Sharing is Caring appeal. As the photo shows, the response has been amazing!
There is still time to donate items. Gifts for teenage boys include grooming products (hair product, deodorant etc) sports goods, games, and Christmas treat food. These can be dropped off at the school office.
All the items will be sorted out by students on Social Action Day (29 November) and passed on to the Salvation Army for distribution
Thursday 14 November - congratulations to the students and staff of Tamatoa for putting on the 2019 Christmas Concert. It was a fabulous event with many highlights that left a smile on the faces of all that were lucky enough to be there! Thanks also to our local Member of Parliament, Paul Eagle, for his attendance.
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