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Tremendous results for the Rathkeale 1st XI Hockey Team.

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After losing to Westlake Boys High in their first pool match on Monday, the Rathkeale College, XI Hockey team dug deep in their second game to come from behind and eventually beat Hastings’ Boys High 3-2 in their second pool match on Tuesday.

Playing his 100th game for the College, a swiftly taken penalty corner direct shot from Sam Kyle secured the lead and after a further six minutes of even contest, the win was secured.

Gaining a top two pool placing was going to need another win. Playing Sacred Heart College (Auckland) saw the team 2-0 up early in the second half. However, Sacred Heart came back to draw the game and the game was in the balance. Four minutes from the end of play Henry Phelps slotted home the winner both securing the win and second position in the pool.

The other pool match result emerged as expected and confirmed Rathkeale’s elevation to the top tier tournament in the country.

This is the best standing a Rathkeale team has ever had in its history and the onus is now on the boys to justify their placing. Today, they play one of the tournament favourites, Palmerston North Boys High School for a position in the quarter finals of this prestigious secondary schools’ tournament.

Subject Information Evening – for 2016, on August 21

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Venue: Rathkeale College Auditorium

Date and time: 21st August 2015, 4.00pm to 6.00pm

All year 10, 11 and 12 students and their parents are invited to attend the above event on Friday 21st August at Rathkeale College.

The aim of the evening is to provide information about the subjects that will be offered at Rathkeale College/Senior College in 2016. Subject displays will be set up, and Heads of Departments will be present to answer questions. There will be careers information on display, and personnel from some tertiary institutions will also be present.

Members of senior management and the careers advisor will also be available to answer questions.

Marketing and Communications Survey 2015

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Rathkeale is currently seeking feedback from parents about our marketing and communications activities. We’d really appreciate it if you could take the time to complete this survey as it will help us to improve our communication with parents, students and the school community, as well as deliver well targeted marketing campaigns to attract prospective students.

Click the link below to complete the survey – it should take between 5-15 minutes depending on how detailed your responses are.  The survey will be open until the end of the school holiday period (Sunday 19 July).

Marketing and Communications Survey 2015

If you have any questions or feedback, please email our marketing and communications manager We’re also seeking participants to be involved in focus groups and interviews on the same subject, so if you’d like to take part please contact Natalie.


Wanganui Collegiate School Sports Fixture – 16 June 2015

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By Steve Coleman

On Tuesday 16 June, Rathkeale and St Matthew’s hosted Wanganui Collegiate School for their annual sports fixture. There were seven matches between the Rathkeale and Collegiate Boys across football, rugby and hockey.

The 1st XI hockey team notched up a solid win from a tidy performance winning 5-2 in the only hockey fixture of the day at Clareville.

The three rugby matches were closely fought battles throughout the day. The Colts XV led the way with a deserved 15-12 win over their rivals. The 2nd XV lost their match 20-3 against an organised and well prepared Collegiate side.

The 1st XV had a rollercoaster of a game. Up 14-0 midway through the second half after strong performances from John McKeefry and Tom Renton, the boys found themselves 21-14 down inside the last 10 minutes. Sustained pressure and a clever Oscar Lau-Young pass sent McKeefry under the posts again and earned the boys a well deserved 21-21 draw.

The three football sides all came away with pleasing wins. The Junior XI ran out 6-2 winners with Matthew Heard, Jacob Dickens and Quinn Childs playing well. A Ken Sprowson inspired 2nd XI recorded a 3-0 victory over their counterparts and the 1st XI won 3-1 with Stephen Sprowson, Ant Havard and Liam Heard having good games.

Our next fixture sees the boys travel to Lindisfarne in Term Three.

2015 Confirmed ERO Report

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Education Review Office reviews are undertaken on average every three years. The review evaluates the performance of a school in promoting students’ progress and achievement according to the National Administration Guidelines (NAGs) school boards are expected to comply with. The associated report describes how effectively a school promotes student learning and development. It is a public document that is able to be obtained by any interested person or party.

Rathkeale College was reviewed in March 2015.   Follow this link to view the  2015 Rathkeale College confirmed report.

Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Competition success

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The Senior College Shakespeare cast  had a successful night at the annual University of Otago regional Sheilah Winn Shakespeare competition. As well as winning the 15 minute scene performance for their extract from As You Like It, there were individual awards to Eden Wallace for best delivery of the text, and Sam Fleming and John Weidling for the best fight performance. The cast will go on to compete at Queen’s Birthday weekend in Wellington against the winning schools from all the regional competitions.

Record Breaking Sprinter – Jonty Morison

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Year 13 student, Jonty Morison, is having a very successful athletics season so far in 2015. In the Rathkeale athletic sports, Jonty blitzed the field, breaking long-standing records in the 100m, 200m and 400m races. He also received the Senior Sprint Cup which had previously been held by his father in 1973! Jonty has also had much success at events outside school including winning the Open Men’s 200m title at the Wellington Champs earlier this year. His focus now moves to the NZ Nationals before Jonty heads over the Tasman to compete in the U20 Australian champs. Rathkeale wishes him well.