Tēnā koutou e te whānau whānui o Rangitoto.
Term 2 has seen Rangitoto return to some sense of normality, with students thriving in the wide range of academic, cultural and co-curricular offerings available in the school. From subject scholarship workshops to tree planting, market days to kapa haka, and winter sports in the pouring rain to performing arts in a well-ventilated auditorium, the school has been a hive of activity.
A special highlight has been Cameron Senior, from Year 13 in 2021, receiving the Prime Minister’s Award at the NZQA top scholar event, with his ten scholarships placing him as the best performing student in New Zealand secondary education in 2021. This is the first time in our history that a Rangitoto student has gained this prestigious award. Our talented athletes have also been recognised with selection to New Zealand teams on the world stage, with a number of water polo players off to Serbia, swimmers to Honolulu, volleyballers to Thailand, and our sailors to the Netherlands and Portugal. Equally pleasing has been the selection of Richard Li to the World Biology Olympiad in Armenia and our dancers to the World Hip Hop Championships in Ohio.
We are delighted that international students have been given the green light to come to New Zealand. Rangitoto has just welcomed our first ever student from Peru and we appreciate the culture and diversity that our international students bring to our school and our community. I would like to say a special thank you to our homestay families for your support of our international students. We know that many of you have missed having the students being part of your family in recent months and we are excited about placing more students with you in the coming year.
Patrick Gale, Principal