History

DID YOU KNOW THIS ABOUT RANGITOTO COLLEGE? 2018

The School 

  • The original proposed name for Rangitoto College was “Murray’s Bay High School”
  • It opened in 1956 and had 180 Year 9 and 10 pupils and 13 staff
  • Over the 62 years, we have had 6 principals – Frank Tucker, Noel Woods, Charles Loretz, Allan Peachey, David Hodge and our current Principal, Patrick Gale. We have 2 Associate Principals – Tony Giles and Don Hastie along with 5 Deputy Principals in the Senior Leadership Team.  
  • The first school magazine “Panorama” was published in 1956 and is still going today
  • The first assembly hall was built in 1962 and replaced with an auditorium in 2000 that is named the “Allan Peachey Auditorium” in honour of his contribution to the College.
  • In May, 2018 we had 3,214 students including 273 international students, 200 teachers and 80 non-teaching staff
  • There are 610 students in Year 9, 639 in Yr 10, 637 in Yr 11, 669 in Yr 12 and 659 in Yr 13
  • Students from 60+ different countries attend Rangitoto
  • There are 12 different curriculum areas in the college and about 800 lessons taught each day
  • Average class size across the school is around 26 students per class
  • Kahui Ako is a Community of Learning we are in, along with 6 local primary schools and Murray’s Bay Intermediate. It involves these schools working together to improve outcomes for students.
  • Rangitoto College has a new timetable structure for 2018. In 2017, we changed from 7x 45 minute periods to 3x one hour periods, 1x 80 minute period and 1x 40 minute period a day. The timetable will continue to rotate over 6 days. The change was made to maximise learning and teaching time and support deeper thinking and reflection time. In 2018 the 4x Options chosen at Year 9 are a half year rather than 10 weeks and language has gone from a full year to a half year course. At Year 10, students chose 3 option subjects rather than 2 that will be taught for the whole year.
  • There are 22 Year 9 Tutor Groups, 23 x Year 10, 28 x Year 11, 31 x Year 12 and 31 x Year 13.
  • Student services available are Tutor Teachers, Deans (17, including 2 International Deans), Guidance Staff (4), Careers Staff (1), Health Centre (2 nurses), Physiotherapists, Academic Tutors,  International Office, Scholarship Co-ordinator,  Sports Administrators, Music and Performing Arts Co-ordinators, Library staff (4), Gateway and Pathways to Employment programme to help students transition into employment, Maths Problem Clinic, English Problem Clinic …
  • The College gets ultra-fast broadband delivery across the fibre optic network that is used by the 500 computers.
  • Each day we download more than 1 Terabyte (1000 Gigabytes) of data from the internet and 2000 student devices use wireless daily.
  • Rangitoto College has an annual operating budget of $29 million and 4 staff are on a reduced timetable to provide professional development targeted to school goals.
  • The school uses the parent school donations to pay for a full time nurse and the school medical centre, extra guidance staff, extra computing facilities and the school magazine. This is because we are a Decile 10 school so there is a substantial deficit between Ministry of Education funding and meeting the needs of the school. An extra donation can be made and designated for any one of: Performing Arts, Sport or the School Environment.
  • Our library has over 25,000 print titles in a range of formats and languages, almost 400 DVDs, over 1200 e-books, and we subscribe to over 50 magazines.
  • Two thirds of the school visit the library each day; that is 2000 students every day.
  • More than 70 students work voluntarily in the library that opens at 8am and closes at 5pm.
  • The College site covers 31 hectares
  • Head Boys and Head Girls 2018 – Ginny Ellis-Kirifi, Tara Handa, Donovan Rea and Jamie Salemink-Waldren

Academic

  • By the end of Year 13, 99% of students have Level 1 Literacy and 99% have Numeracy
  • At all levels Rangitoto aims for double the national average for excellences
  • Rangitoto College has close to two times the national percentage for Endorsed Certificates for Excellence (candidate gains 50 or more merit or excellence credits across all subjects) in NCEA at Level 1, 2 and 3 (Year 11, 12 and 13)
  • Percentage pass rates for each level of NCEA are 92% get Level 1, 95% get Level 2 and 91% get Level 3. 78% of students get University Entrance that includes UE Literacy by the end of Year 13.
  • Rangitoto College students gained 173 subject scholarships at Level 3 (Year 13) in 2017 NCEA Exams and 2 students were top of the country in a subject.
  • We teach 5 different languages, have 2 language assistants, take trips to Japan, France and Spain
  • The International Baccalaureate (IB) assessment was introduced at Year 12 in 2016 and will continue into Year 13 in 2017 and 2018...   
  • 80+ different courses are offered at Rangitoto over the 5 year levels with 70 available at Year 12
  • Students have been awarded Rhodes, Rutherford, Girdlers, Princeton and Fulbright Scholarships
  • Rangitoto has an “Academic, Sport and Performing Arts” tutor teachers to mentor students heavily involved in co-curricular activities at very high levels that necessitate them being absent from school for periods of time
  • Students regularly gain scholarships or entry into Ivy League USA Colleges/Universities e.g. most years a number of our top scholars gain entry in to Princeton or similar.

Cultural

  • We have 50+ different music, dance and drama co-curricular groups involving about 1000 students in total
  • This includes a School Musical Production most years as well as Orchestras, Chamber Groups, Concert Bands, Rock Bands, Jazz Bands and Combos, Choirs, Dance Troupes, Drama Club, Theatresports, Stage Lighting and Sound, Shakespeare (Senior and Junior) and overseas tours.
  • 420 students are enrolled in our Music Tuition Programme, taking instrumental, vocal and music technology tuition during school hours from our team of 22 itinerant music tutors
  • We are working on reinstituting a  Kapa Haka group who are regularly involved in many school activities
  • Various groups from other cultures perform at different times of the year e.g. Lion Dance, Korean Fan Dance, Chinese Traditional Dance …
  • RFM radio – the school radio run by students
  • Debating – many teams involved in a range of competitions
  • Our co-curricular groups are highly successful competing in regional and national competitions, often with 2 choirs in the Big Sing National Finale, and a Chamber Group in the top 8 of the country, not to mention outstanding success at Smokefree Rockquest, Wellington Jazz Festival, Auckland Jazz Competition, KBB Band and Orchestra Festival and multiple nominations at the annual Showdown awards
  • Student Leaders and other senior students organise concerts e.g. BIG Lunch Out and BIG Lunch In, Rangi’s Got Talent …

Sport

  • Over 40 different sports are played at the college 
  • We offer the Sports Performance Academy  for Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Volleyball, Water Polo and Weightlifting
  • 5 people are employed in the Sports Department to facilitate sport at the college
  • Our Director of Sport is Kai’a Lene.
  • The largest sport is basketball with 35 teams and over 300 players
  • During the winter in 5 of the key sports there are 88 teams involving over 1000 students competing weekly
  • Students have access to fulltime physiotherapists onsite at the college
  • Our students have won the National Beach Volleyball Championship in 2018 and our team are National Champions in the HSL/eSport Competition (High School League gaming)
  • In 2017 the Senior Basketball Boys won the National 3x3 Basketball Tournament and our weightlifting team won the National secondary school championships 
  • The Fitness Centre is fully equipped with cardio equipment and weights, and is available for students and teams to use all year round at lunchtimes and before and after school
  • We have a state of the art  International Hockey Turf and both indoor and outdoor cricket net facilities with a bowling machine
  • We own the land that the AUT Millennium Track and Pools are on giving our students access to an international athletics track and pools for water polo.
  • During the year of 2017, there were 24 Rangitoto College students named in various New Zealand Representative teams, across a range of sports such as Athletics, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, BMX, Fencing, Football, Gymnastics, Softball, Sports Stacking, Touch Rugby, Volleyball, Water Polo and Yachting.
  • Numerous Rangitoto College students achieve USA University Sport Scholarships each year, the most recent being Junior Tall Black Dan Fotu at St Mary’s College in California.  

Service

  • There are many leadership opportunities for students e.g. student leader, various committees like the Multicultural Committee, Chinese and Korean Evenings, service and environmental clubs, coaching and mentoring younger students in classes and both cultural and sporting activities …
  • We have a range of Clubs in the college (35 in total) and a number consider national and global issues - Amnesty International, Planet People, World Vision/40 Hour Famine, Environmental Club (named as a Fair Trade School), Random Acts of Kindness Group …
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • The school’s Blood Days each year collect about 200 units of blood
  • School-wide Mufti Days are held each term for various charities chosen by the Student Leaders
  • Service Trips to Cambodia to help build houses and Thailand to teach English.
  • Cultural Exchange Trips to USA, Mexico, Spain, Turkey and China
  • Multicultural Committee
  • Many students volunteer to be collectors for charity