Rangitoto College gained stellar 2020 results in the visual arts, both at Level 3 and in Scholarship exams. A total of 14 students gained Scholarship in the visual arts – seven in photography, four in design and three in painting. Amidst the challenges of multiple lockdowns, students across all three media worked hard to submit exceptional folios and accompanying Scholarship submissions.
Scholarship submissions are competitive levels of study and students are required to demonstrate an advanced depth of thinking for Scholarship in the visual arts. This involves students submitting eight A3 pages of research and reflection along with their three-board folio.
Rangitoto College congratulates all visual arts Scholarship recipients.
Rangitoto College’s students shine at athletics and road race championships
Excellent results were achieved by Rangitoto College at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics and Road Race Championships, held in Tauranga in December last year. Fifteen students attended, with the school experiencing one of its most successful athletics Nationals in recent years.
Conditions during the competition were excellent, and many staff and whānau travelled down from Auckland to support. Rangitoto College made the most of the fine weather and minimal wind, coming away with a total of 10 national medals (eight gold and two bronze).
Thank you to the Teacher in Charge of Athletics, Jenny McLean, and all those involved in the event.
Gold - Junior Para Boys 100 m
Gold - Junior Para Boys 800 m
Gold - Junior Para Boys 1500 m
Bronze - Junior Para Boys 400 m
Gold - Junior Girls Shot Put
Gold - Junior Girls Hammer
Gold - Senior Girls Hammer
Gold - Senior Girls 2 km Race Walk
Gold - Year 9 Girls Road Race
Bronze - Junior Boys 200 m
Notable Mentions - Cleo Loader 4th Junior Girls 80 m Hurdles, Michael Padrutt Qualifying for the Senior Boys 1500 m Final
Leadership camp sets up Rangitoto College Student Leaders for 2021
Annually, a number of Year 13 students are voted by their peers to be Student Leaders for their final year at secondary school – in the position of Head Student, Deputy Head, and/or Committee Leader. For 2021, there is a group of 21 students who are working together to contribute to many aspects of the school through service, projects, and lots of exciting events.
Rangitoto College takes great pride in its student leadership team and begins the year with a leadership camp. Below, Sophia Hepper reflects on her experience at Peter Snell Youth Village in Army Bay:
"To kick off the year, we were lucky enough to attend a weekend away on camp. Along with Mrs McKnight and our three Year 13 Deans, we spent the weekend getting to know each other, having fun, and engaging in important conversations around leadership and responsibility. With visits from Mr Morton, Mr Gale, Mr Wilson, and Ms Meiklejohn, we students were given the opportunity to gain some wisdom to take with us in the year ahead and also on our future leadership journeys. One of the key things we worked on was thinking about who is on our "bus", or sitting at our table – the people such as friends, family, and role models, whom we want on our team for the year. As well as this, we discussed different types of leadership, and how as a group we can all contribute something so different yet so valuable in order to build a really well functioning team.
"The weekend was also a great way for us to bond and create strong connections and new friendships. From singing karaoke at the top of our lungs every day to participating in the confidence course, 60m waterslide, and swimming at the gorgeous Coal Mine Bay beach, we had such a fun weekend working with like-minded people with whom we could share not only our ideas and knowledge but also many many laughs and amazing memories.
All the student leaders would like to extend a huge thanks to Mrs McKnight, Mrs Gale, Mr Gabion-Sheehan, Mrs Robinson, and the staff at Peter Snell Youth Village for making the weekend away such a good one."