Extra-Curricular Activities

Amnesty International 

"My only power is my voice and my pen, with which I speak and write".  Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian Lawyer and is the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize for her human rights work.

The Rangitoto Amnesty Internal group involves being a part of a global movement and taking action to protect human dignity as well as defend human rights.  All students interested, including juniors seeking an extra-curricular activity to count towards their Junior Diploma, are more than welcome to attend our meetings on Wednesdays in E5.  With a membership of over 240 students, this group has a strong voice on campus for the recognition of human rights worldwide.  Each year Amnesty challenges all their members to focus on a specific Human Rights issue e.g. freedom of expression, the plight of prisoners of conscience, child soldiers, the use of cluster munitions, etc.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing", Edmond Burke

So learn more, take action and be part of the solution! Join the amnesty group! Contact Ann Wilson for more information.

 

Ancient Greek Club

Are you interested in learning the language of Classical Greece?  Our weekly club meetings will introduce you to the alphabet, vocabulary and sentence structures in Ancient Greece.  If this sounds like you, come along to E2 on Monday lunchtimes.  Bring your lunch and love of the language.

 

Art Community

Do you want to be part of a student run group that explores art ideas, practices techniques, helps in the Art department and runs school and community workshops? Any ages welcome - Thursday Lunchtimes in A11. Contact: Miss Poynter and Miss Tuisalega.

 

Book Club

Book Club is held regularly in the Library on a Tuesday lunchtime.  Pop along to explore your literary skills.  An awesome opportunity to select some holiday readings and provide feedback on the books you have read.  New members always welcome.  You can ask a librarian for more information.

 

Bridge Club

If you want to play or to learn to play the card game bridge come to E8 on Wednesdays. Email Kathryn Holmes or fill out this form to indicate your interest. If you already play bridge and want to be part of inter-school competitions please email and let us know.

 

Cambodia Service Project

You might not be able to change the world, but you can change the world for poor families and disadvantaged children in Cambodia.

The Cambodia Service Project began in 2007 and since then more than 275 senior students and 45 staff have been involved in this project, which has seen us raise over $270,000 for humanitarian projects in Cambodia.

The focus of the Cambodia service project is building houses and providing water wells for poor rural Cambodians. These people are the poorest of the poor in their village and they are chosen by the village council to be part of the house-building project. Our project runs in conjunction with the Tabitha Foundation in Cambodia. They help the families to set up a savings plan so that they can buy the land on which their house will be built. Despite the fact that the land might only cost US$40, saving this amount of money might take a family 3 or 4 years. Rangitoto College students spend a year raising the funds to build the houses and wells. Each year we fund 8 houses and 8 wells in a village that is part of this scheme. It costs US$12,000 (about NZ$18,000 in 2019) to pay for the houses and wells. In the September/October holidays each year, staff and students fly to Cambodia, build the houses, and then present them to each family in a ceremony at the end of the day. In 2019, we built our 100th house and provided our 40th well.

We also raise funds to help a small school provide resources for their students in Kompheim Village near Siem Reap. In Phnom Penh, we donate funds to New Future for Children and to Centre for Children’s Happiness, which help disadvantaged children gain an education, and work skills that will improve their chances of securing work that will enable them to improve their life chances and escape poverty. CCH works primarily with children who live on the city rubbish dump.

Applications for this experience open in July each year and up to 25 senior students are chosen to participate. There is an expectation that the students selected will be fully involved in the fund raising activities. This commitment culminates in going to Cambodia and building the houses and visiting NFC and CCH.

So far, we have changed the lives of 100 families by providing them with a secure home. We have helped disadvantaged children by investing in their education.

Contact Michelle Parkinson for more information.

 

Cheerleading Club

Cheerleading team training is held at All-Star Legacy, 62b Diana Drive in Wairu on Friday evenings, 5:00pm to 6:00pm.  You are welcome to drop in and have a free trail to join the team.  Remember to wear active clothing, sneakers and bring a water bottle.

 

Chess Club

Chess Club is held in M9 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes.  Social and competitive players welcome to join.  To join you must pay $5 at the Finance Office and fill in a membership form (available in M9 on club days).  From next week membership cards will be issued.

 

Chinese Night

With over one hundred student participants and six hundred members of the audience, Rangitoto College's Chinese Night is an annual student-run event that showcases and celebrates the cultural diversity of our school.

Every year, talented students prepare a variety of performances, from traditional martial arts to contemporary hip-hop, that never fails to leave the audience in awe. Rangitoto College, like a microcosm of New Zealand society, is an extremely culturally diverse community. As such, we pride ourselves in being a welcoming school and, therefore, it is important for us to make all students feel included through celebrating and recognising everyone’s ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Through providing students with an encouraging stage to perform on, it not only builds their confidence but also provides a chance for other students to be exposed to, understand, and appreciate their peers and the Chinese culture.

Chinese Night is fully organised and run by students. And so, participating in Chinese Night is also a great opportunity for young adults to take on responsibilities, practise their time-management, and learn problem-solving skills. Contact Yvonne Lee for more information.
 

Creative Club

Creative Club is an inclusive environment where we explore creativity through a variety of different mediums. It is a fun place to share new ideas, learn and discover skills.  Contact Magritta Strulick for more information.

 

Creative Writing

Dumbledore once said, “In dreams we enter a world that is entirely our own”. In creative writing, we can expand that world and share it with others.

All students are welcome to come along to our regular meetings, on Tuesdays at lunchtime in E5, regardless of their writing experience. For those who wish for prompts, we provide a different task at each meeting, including visual prompts, sentence starters, and the offer of limitations to encourage creative thinking. For those with different preferences, including students who are writing their own established stories, we offer a quiet, focused environment where feedback is available.

Students who come to our meetings are not required to attend every session; we function on a casual basis so that members can get the time and support that they need. Opportunities for competitions are available throughout the year for students with more ambitious intentions. Bring along your lunch.  All welcome!

Contact Seth Davies or Paula Walters for more information.

 

Debating 

Rangitoto College has an excellent tradition in debating. The College competes in the Advanced, Senior and Junior grades of the Auckland Schools Debating competition. This means Year 9 to Year 13 students can compete against their peers from other schools. We also compete in the Premier Russell McVeagh Impromptu Competition and have won the Auckland title in recent years. Students have been awarded Auckland and National representative honours. The school continues an internal debating competition throughout the year to encourage newcomers in basic debating skills and build their confidence. Contact Andrea Meeks or Thomas Shadbolt for more information.

 

Diabolo Group

Diabolo is a traditional Chinese sport that involves an object resembling a giant yo-yo. The club is not limited to technical skills, and through working with each other, teamwork, leadership and communication skills are developed. It’s a fun and lively activity to do with your friends!

Rangitoto’s Diabolo club has a rich history with the current group meeting up three times a week to refine old tricks and learn new tricks. These tricks vary from “Cat’s Cradle” to “Vertax”. There are many opportunities in Diabolo, one of which is the Chinese night performance, a highlight of each year. Diabolo members are able to showcase their hard work and cool tricks while simultaneously learning independence and cooperation towards a unanimous goal. Anyone interested in joining the club is welcome and no previous experience is required. To join, simply visit one of our practices - after school in the Sound Garden, on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays.

 

Digital Tech Club

Want to win up to $30,000 abd solve real-world problems using technology?  Come along and joun us on Tuesday lunchtimes.  We will be teaching you all you need to kow to win digital technology competitions, such as the Young ICT Explorers and AIMES, so all skill levels are welcome. If you have any questions contact email Jasmine Jared.

 

Dungeons and Dragons (DnD)

We are welcoming any new or old adventurers to go on a journey that will shake the very ground of this earth.  We meet on Monday lunchtimes in M10.  All interested please come along.

 

Duke of Edinburgh 

The Duke of Edinburgh Programme at Rangitoto College continues to encourage good numbers of students to take part in the young New Zealander’s challenge. The challenge has three levels – bronze, silver and gold. Students complete a training course covering skills such as outdoor first aid, navigation and outdoor survival. These skills are then tested in expeditions and overnight tramps. Contact Mallory O'Brien for more information.

 

Ecorigami

If a combination of paper modelling and environmental awareness is what you're interested in, the Ecorigami Club is looking for members! Would you care to give used paper a second chance? Weekly Wednesday lunchtime meetings in C1 implores you to make the call.  All year levels are welcome. Hope to see you there! Email us with any additional queries.

 

Epro8

Students interested in taking part in Epro8 this year can join the Google Classroom with code vk2qcnr.  You don't have to have competed before as we will be doing training throughout term 1 and 2.  Any questions see Mrs. McLean in S13.

 

Esports

Esports is certainly growing in popularity, with Rangitoto College students being especially successful. We have teams participate in all of the high school competitions on offer. Playing Esports teaches all the skills gained from normal sports, including teamwork, determination, strategy etc., but without significant physical exertion. The games currently being played in high school competitions are League of Legends, Clash Royale, Rocket League, NBA 2K, and DOTA 2. There is generally no charge for entry, but there have been significant prizes on offer. Our teams have won keyboards, mice, headsets, special skins, in-game currency, and twice we’ve had a team flown free of charge to Australia. Our premier League of Legends team has been incredibly successful, winning the NZ title for three straight seasons and being the only team to win the Australasian champs - we’ve won twice in a row and the competition has only been running for 2 years. The season is starrting soon on Wednesday nights at 5pm.  Contact Stephen Gardiner for more information.

 

Environmental Club 

Are you passionate about the environment?  Are you willing to contribute your time and energy to reduce landfill and minimise waste?  For over 5 years students have been giving up their Saturday mornings to help the rejuvenation of native bush in the college grounds. We have planted kauri, rimu, cabbage tree, puriri and hundreds of other native tree species. With climate change in the news, these students are making a difference.  Come along to our Friday lunchtime meetings in C5.  Contact Mrs. McLeay or the NCEA Office for more information.

 

Girls' Coding Club

Are you a girl and want to learn coding?  Then come along to C14 on Tuesday lunchtimes.  We will be focusing on learning Python using PyCharm.  This is primarily focused on beginners.   Students with previous knowledge are more than welcome to come along and help out.  Contact Evita Land.

 

Ignite Christian Group

Come along to M2 on Wednesdays at lunch for our meetings. Bring your friends, for fun games and to discuss Christianity. Any questions please do not hesitate to email 129659@cloud.rangitoto.school.nz

 

Journalism Club

Are you interested in media and the news? If you are please come along to Rangitoto College’s Journalism group (official name to be confirmed) on Wednesday lunchtimes in E4. Year 9 –Year 13 welcome. Or email Jess Kitt for more information.

 

Junior Librarians

If you would like to be a student librarian please collect an application form from the Library and chat with the staff their about the opportunity to gain many life skills.

 

Junior Maths Olympiad Sessions

Up for a mathematical challenge? In Years 9 to 11?  Come along to Maths 6, 4pm-6pm on Wednesdays.

 

Junior Shakespeare 

Junior Shakespeare is an opportunity for Year 9 and 10 students at Rangi to have their fifteen minutes of fame. With the help of teachers, groups of students prepare short versions of Shakespeare's plays and present them on the stage in front of their friends and family. Anybody is welcome to participate because the emphasis is on fun - no acting experience necessary! 

 

Helping Hands

Helping Hands is a service group that raises funds to donate to community groups that help the disadvantaged in our society. We work for 4 hours from 9-1pm on either a Saturday or Sunday in Silverdale and the money we earn goes to our selected groups. You need to be aged 15 and able to get yourself to and from Silverdale on the days we work. If this sounds like you, see Mrs Parkinson in the Languages workroom opposite A7.

 

Kapa Haka

Come join our Kapa Haka whānau which is open to all year levels and is held regularly in the Rangi Centre on Wednessday mornings at 8:10am.  Contact Matua Heke, Whaea Sarah or Matua Gideon for more information.

 

Kiwi English Competition

Aimed at Year 9 and Year 10 students this is an opportunity to participate in the University of Cambridge's Kiwi English Competition.  For more information contact Miss Roberst to collect a permission slip and find out more information.

 

Korean Night

Our annual Korean Night is an exciting event aimed to appreciate Korean culture and diversity in our community!  Each year, an audience of over 600 comes to enjoy one of our biggest cultural annual events. Many self-motivated students along with the help of teachers, make the night filled with beautiful traditional and modern performances: including the Doll dance, Fan dance, Taekwondo, Nanta, and Mask dance, with a mix of modern K-pop and much more. There are also opportunites to help out with backstage and decorations.

When the excitement fills the auditorium, all their hard work prior preparation comes into action. Seeing the performances come alive, we can sense the students’ hard work through their professionalism on stage. Through this, we are able to introduce the Korean culture to the wider community, as this is our main goal of the event. 

This self-run event prepares the students to work together and possess the school values such as pride, respect, courage and excellence.  Diversity is one of the key aspects and  we encourage many students from different backgrounds and ethnicities to participate in the various performances.

With the improvement of the quality of the performances throughout the years, students are dedicating more time and effort into preparing for Korean Night, and we feel proud to introduce our Korean culture within Rangitoto to everyone. Contact Hyung Lee for more information.

 

Latin Club

Latin: the dead language that is very much alive.

Whether you want to learn Latin because you’re thinking of entering the medical or legal professions, or are just curious about the language JK Rowling used to create those fantastic spells in ‘Harry Potter’: carpe diem!  Contact Keli Young for more information.

 

Liberty in North Korea

Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) at Rangitoto College is a student-lead club that aims to raise awareness of the ongoing human rights crisis in North Korea, whilst raising funds to help the refugees in their journey out of North Korea!

Joining LiNK is a great way of actively giving a hand to the North Korean people in their journey to freedom, whilst having fun while you do it. We hold a variety of events in order to fundraise for North Korean refugees which anyone can take part in! This year, we held a Market Day at Browns Bay Market and a Movie Screening at Berkeley Cinemas. It was great to see all our amazing humanitarian members enjoying themselves at these events and we can’t wait to see you in future events! All profit we made from these events went straight to the LiNK headquarters to help with refugee rescues. We also host various educational workshops and documentary screenings to raise awareness of the North Korean people.

We have so much more planned for next year so we can’t wait to see you in LiNK soon! Contact Yvonne Lee for more information.

 

Maths Competition Club

The Rangitoto Maths Competition Club is a club that aims to train Years 9, 10, and 11 for math competitions such as Otago Maths Competition, Australian Maths Competition, ICAS Maths, and Auckland Mathex. If you are interested please come during lunchtimes on a Tuesday in M6.   For Years 11 and 12 students who are interested in becoming one of the leaders in the maths competition club, please let us know.

 

Novel Writing Club

Are you interested in challenging yourself to write more than you have before?  Do you have exciting ideas that you think would make the next great New Zealand novel?  Come along to E13 on Wednesday lunchtimes.  Contact Miss Roberts.

 

Pasifika Club

Tuesday lunchtimes in A15.  Come along, get to know each other and our Pasifika Leaders, and enjoy the relaxed, friendly atmosphere.  Snacks provided, including cake, and you can bring your lunch. Tālofa, Kia orana, Mālō e lelei, Mālō nī, Talofa lava, Noa'ia, Mauri, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu!

 

Photography Club

Interested in photography? Keen to learn how to photograph creatively in a friendly, low-pressure environment? Join us for the Rangi Photography Club! Meeting monthly after school on a Tuesday between 3:30pm-5pm in A13. To express your interest or for more info contact Mr Paul Stevens

 

Printmaking Club

Keen to practice the art of Printmaking?  Held after school on most Tuesdays from 3:30pm to 5pm.  Especially awesome for art students from Years 9 to 13 who are relatively confident with drawing.

 

Programming Club

Our programming club is student led and runs at lunchtime. It caters for beginners and experienced programmers alike, but starts with the basics each year. Content varies depending on student interest, but in 2019 students worked together to develop ‘AI’ programs which battle one another on the big screen and then learnt how to make 2D games entirely with code. Contact Stephen Gardiner for more information.

 

Rainbow Rangitoto

A positive environment of support and kindness for all LGBTQI+ and allies.  All welcome to join us on Friday lunchtimes in the Library reading room.

 

Random Acts of Kindness Group 

The Random Acts of Kindness Group has a vision to see students taking part in serving their local community through acts of kindness. Students are asked to undertake personal 'acts of kindness' as well as group challenges.

This year in Term One students put lollies under a random selection of chairs in every classroom. In Term Two the group made muffins and morning tea to surprise teachers and support staff. A challenge was also put to the whole school to do three acts of kindness and thus pay it forward. In Term Three the group will work in collaboration with the Soft Technology department to help raise money for cancer research through a fund raising fashion show

The group is looking forward to working on more projects next year. Membership of the group exceeds 200 students but new members are always welcome!

It has been an exciting journey to see what potential the group would have when working together.  They have shown that random acts of kindness can make a difference. 

 

Rangi Case Consulting Club

Are you interested in the economy or business world?  Do you want to learn practical skills around presenting, analysing and problem solving?  There are competitions and prizes throughout the year that we enter teams into.  Any student interested are welcome to come along to our meetings in C15 on Monday lunchtime.  Please look out for our regular updates and competition information. See Ms. Pigou if you have any questions.

 

RangiSPCA

Do you love animals and have a heart to make a change for the homeless animals?  Come along to our regular meetings on Tuesday lunchtimes in A13 to sign-up!  All year levels are welcome.

 

Red Cross Group

The Rangitoto Red Cross group helps support and raise funds for the Red Cross so they can continue their work supporting refugees, providing meals on wheels and responding to disasters.  We have many exciting volunteering and leadership opportunities on offer.  Join our regular meetings on Monday lunchtimes in B1.

 

SADD 

Students against driving drunk is an organisation set up to promote the responsible use of alcohol but more importantly to encourage College students to never drive when drunk or to get into a car with a drunk driver. Responsible and committed senior students are nominated to run this student based activity. SADD is one of the biggest cultural groups and this is very encouraging as a responsible attitude to alcohol in our North Shore society is essential to the safety and well being of our citizens both at school and in the wider community. 

 

Scale Model Club

Do you enjoy making kit-set scale models? If so, please join a group of like-minded students in A23, Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5pm. Contact Carolyn Higham for more information.

 

Science Club

Are you interested in Science and want to see what competitions you will be able to participate in? Or want an opportunity to work on science projects with fellow students? Join us at the Rangitoto Science Club in S13 on Wednesday lunchtimes! For more information contact 137212@cloud.rangitoto.school.nz 

 

Showquest

The nationwide competition Showquest is a platform that allows students to showcase their performing arts skills by combining Dance, Drama, Music, Art and Technology.  With the support of staff, a student lead production team create, produce and design an original theatrical production that’s performed at a professional venue, such as Spark Arena or the Aotea Centre. This event is open to ALL students from Year 9 – 13. Please note that students need to be in a position to commit to rehearsals that take place both afterschool and during the weekend.

Showquest is a great opportunity for students to bring their creative visions to life, and to make some new friends along the way.  We’re looking for people to produce, direct, choreograph, and design. For more information about the competition go to https://www.showquest.nz/about . If you have any questions, or you are interested in being part of this year’s production team, please email Anna Taylor.  

 

Spoken Word Poetry Club

The Spoken Word Poetry Club is a space where students from all levels come together to write poetry and share their work with others.

This club is a supportive environment for students of all year levels. The club runs on Thursday lunchtimes in the classroom E11.  Everyone who is interested in writing and is keen to support others in their writing journey is welcome. If you attend, you are not expected to share your work. Please contact Cameron Lacey for more information.

 

Sustainable Coastlines Club

We are an environmental club that focuses on doing beach clean ups, tree plantings and workshops about environmental issues.  If you are passionate about protecting the environment and making a difference, then come along to our club on Thursday lunchtimes in C5.  If you have any questions or want to join please email us.  You can also see more of our activities on our Instagram account @RangiSCC. If you want to sign up to the club please fill in the Google form here.

 

Theatre Sports

is held on Tuesdays after school in PA2 and Wednesday lunch times PA5 (theatrette).

 

UNICEF

Founded in 2015, UNICEF@Rangitoto has been positively impacting the school in many ways. And since then, with the goal of protecting every child’s human rights in mind, UNICEF@Rangitoto has been organising dozens of campaigns and activities to raise not only funding but also awareness for child poverty both domestically and internationally. The group is largely run by a team of leaders who facilitate the co-ordination of the events such as fundraising movie screenings, and providing opportunities for general members to display their artistic skills through the UNICEF@Rangitoto Noticeboard. Meetings are often held weekly by the team leaders, with general member meetings being called when needed. It is a great opportunity to meet new people and get involved in social actions that positively impact other young people around Aotearoa and the globe.  

This year UNICEF at Rangitoto College are raising funds to support the "Vaccinate a child" appeal.  There are many volunteering and student opportunities available that could count towards you Junior Dipolma or university applications.  Please contact Alysha Dennison for more information. 

 

UN Youth 

Encouraging young people to help create change in their world in the spirit of the United Nations. Do you enjoy debating?  Are you interested in politics or international relations?  Are you enthusiastic about meeting new, like-minded people?

UN Youth is a student led programme that allows students to take part in a variety of activities designed to create a greater knowledge of world affairs. This is run in conjunction with the UN Youth programme that has developed a range of exciting events for New Zealand youth. More information can be found on https://unyouth.org.nz/.

One of the key events throughout the year is the RangiUN – where students spend a day debating key issues facing the world. This is a great way to learn about concerns facing society.

Please contact  Rebecca Place or Morgan Grey for more information.

 

VR Club (Virtual Reality)

The VR club is new to Rangitoto College in 2019 with the acquisition of an HTC Vive VR headset. It is largely student led and run after school. The group contains members with passions in Graphic Design, Coding, Level Design and 3D Modelling and provides a space in which their talents can be realised. Students learn to use Unity for VR development and work in a team with a shared Git repository. It provides a valuable opportunity to learn leadership and management skills in a fun and risk-free environment. It is open to all year levels, currently containing students from all year levels with varied skill levels. The group are currently working on a very innovative game where you are a hamster and have to navigate the world whilst trapped in a hamster ball. You don’t have to be a coder – game development needs all types. Contact Stephen Gardiner for more information.

 

Wire Crafts Club

Fine wire and bead jewellery and mini-sculptures are made by students in A23, Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm.

NB: Students are to keep their eye on the daily notices, in case of cancellation, especially during exam time. The Wire Crafts Club will most likely conclude at the end of this year, as the student who runs it will be finishing school. Contact Carolyn Higham for more information.