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.

20 NZQA Scholarships achieved by Senior College

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NZQA Scholarship recipients 2014 2Sixteen Senior College students have attained  20 NZQA Scholarships in results published this week, another outstanding achievement for Rathkeale and St Matthew’s.  Our Dux of 2014, Eddie Barnett, gained an Outstanding Scholarship in Chemistry as well as Scholarships in English, Physics and Statistics; the Proxime Accessit 2014, Angus Gaffney gained an Outstanding Scholarship in English as well as Scholarships in Biology and Painting. We warmly congratulate all Senior College students who attained Scholarships.

Support the ANZAC poppy project

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Poppy Pattern  As part of the special ANZAC commemorations this year,  Rathkeale has a special project on the go which needs our community support.  The pulpit of St Martin’s Chapel will have a commemorative hanging adorned     with knitted poppies. We need as many poppies as possible to make this vision a reality and we welcome support from seasoned knitters to beginners! There are 3 choices available on this Poppy Pattern. Please deliver completed poppies to the school office – any queries please email Rev Ben Arcus:


Term 1 2015 Start Up

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A warm welcome to new families beginning Rathkeale in 2015 and also to our returning students and families. Term 1 begins on Sunday February 1; there are various activities for new boys and returning students so please check the Programme for Sunday 1 Feb 2015

Correct Course Confirmation Dates/Times are as follows:

Year 12: Wednesday 28 January, 9-11am (surnames A-M), 11-1pm (surnames N-Z)

Year 13: Thursday 29 January, 9-11am (surnames A-M), 11-1pm (surnames N-Z)

Distant students can confirm courses on Sunday Feb 1 from 2.30pm.

Classes begin on Monday February 2 with all students gathering on the Close at 8.20am.

Stationery information is here…

Student Leaders 2015

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The Head Boy for 2015 is Charlie Morrison, the Deputy Head Boy is Finn Yeats.

School Prefects: Sam Kyle, John McKeefry, Kenneth Sprowson, Mac Nelson, Will Tait, Ueta Tufuga Piopa, Scott Day

Boarding Prefects:

Head of Repton: Ueta Tufuga, Deputy: Finn Yeats, Prefects: Henry Wilson and Cam Speirs.

Head of Cranleigh: Charlie Morrison, Deputy: Sam Kyle, Prefects: TT Hannarong and Ant Havard.

Head of Rugby: John McKeefry, Deputy: Will Tait, Prefect: Lucas Yeung.