Tēnā koutou e te whānau whānui o Rangitoto.
With Term 1 drawing to a close, this Vista is an opportunity to reflect on the many achievements of our students and staff. This term has brought challenges that we are becoming increasingly adept at navigating, with our largest cohort of domestic students settling into the school. I have walked into many classrooms over the term and it has been great to see the students engaged in their learning and such positive relationships forming.
While the range of school activities has been restricted by the Covid Protection Framework, students and staff have worked hard to offer engaging opportunities within and beyond the classroom. Our Student Leaders have started work in their 13 committees, with 185 students across all year groups selected to organise and run events that add to our school culture. Our final week has seen our Student Leaders organise Easter Fun Days to celebrate the end of term. In Term 2, the activities planned include Spirit Week, Cultural Week, Social Sports Week and Japan Week.
With some sporting organisations making early decisions to cancel national tournaments, our summer season has been a frustrating one for some codes. We have been pleased that our water polo teams have been able to get in the pool, with both the Premier Boys and Premier Girls winning bronze medals at the North Island Championships. They then also placed at Auckland Secondary Schools, with our Premier Girls winning silver and our Premier Boys winning gold. Rangitoto volleyballers have once again experienced success, with the Premier Girls placing first in the Auckland Premier League and winning gold in the Auckland Championships. Our Premier Boys won silver in the Auckland Championships also. Individual success has been achieved with Year 12 Ryan Jefferson travelling to Queensland and winning gold at the Australian Beach Volleyball Championships. An outstanding 11 medals were won at the Auckland Athletics across a range of track and field events. With new sports development programmes being rolled out in five sports, we hope many other students will have the chance to emulate these achievements in the future. For any parents interested in coaching or managing a team this year, please make contact via email@example.com.
You may wish to take the opportunity these holidays to visit our on-site Uniform Shop. Opening hours for the break are below and winter sports uniforms will be available to purchase during this time.
Thursday 28 April 1.00 pm – 6.00 pm
Friday 29 April 8.00 am – 1.00 pm
I wish you all the best over the Easter break.
Patrick Gale, Principal