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6 Rotokawa Road, Rotorua

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Students engage in learning knowing that at Rotokawa School they will progressively develop agency in their learning and leadership, with high achievement expectations, doing the best they can do.

Regan Williams (Principal)Rotorua

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Rotokawa School
What a great week!Check out some of the photos from the first week back in Term 3!Room 1 visiting and enjoying the library. In a few weeks we have the annual book fair and book character dress up day! Room 10 planning and implementing their very own class olympics.Students working alongside Toni from Digital Circus on a digital technology film fest. Teachers were released to observe throughout the day. ... See MoreSee Less
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Term 3, Week 1 assemblyAssembly leaders: Lydia, Riana, Kai, CharleeTidy kiwi: Attendance: Room 1Golden gumboot: KaiPrincipal Awards:Room 1 - AiyahRoom 2 - KenzieRoom 6 - DiyannaRoom 7 - EliRoom 9 - TaileeciaRoom 10 - MayaKei runga noa Atu koutou ... See MoreSee Less
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Rotokawa kei roto i te whare!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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TRANSITION TO SCHOOLBefore School visits support children to develop relationships, become familiar with their new setting and get a feel of what school life is going to be like here at Rotokawa School. All learners transitioning to school are welcome to come in and see what our school and New Entrant class is about with our 'Transition to School Programme'.Here at Rotokawa School, we a range of different options to support tamariki as they engage with and transition to school.WEEKLY TRANSITIONS in ROOM 5 - Poster 1Every Friday morning, we have a transition to school visit. We encourage whaanau to bring their tamaiti along from 8.30am to engage in the before school connections and processes, stay for our first learning block, and have morning tea and morning tea play here at school (finishing at 11). This will enable whaanau and students to get a sense of what a school day may be like.ON-GOING ECE VISITS - Poster 2Another option is for centres to bring along groups of students to Rotokawa School outside of transition times. If you as a centre, or you as a whaanau are interested in this, please feel free to contact us.COMMUNITY WIDE EVENTS - Poster 3Rotokawa school aims to host a community event every term. This term is our Rotokawa School Gala! Watch this space for more information. ... See MoreSee Less
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Anei ētahi whakahua whakatōHere are some more planting pics ... See MoreSee Less
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Our School

Rotokawa School is a contributing primary school with nine classes. Our students come from both rural and urban settings.

We are a friendly whanau focused school, all parents and caregivers are welcome within the school and are encouraged to share in their child’s education. We believe that each child’s education will be most effective when home and school work together.

We have a happy, focused and caring environment. All our students are supported to achieve personal success, and to develop the skills to be contributing members of our school and active participants in their own learning and future successes.

Our children experience regular excursions out into our community to support their learning. We are lucky with our parent and whanau support which makes our adventures together possible.

Vision and Values

The following vision statement and values were created with consultation of students, staff and the community.

Our Vision

Whakaarohia etahi atu; he pai ki te kura, he pai ki te ako, ki te whakapai ake i to wawata.
Consider others; enjoy school, enjoy learning, to improve your future.

Our Values

Have fun – Include others – Be respectful – Be safe and responsible – Be truthful

These values guide our curriculum and learning across the school year.

Our Mission

Creating exciting learning through stimulating, challenging, supportive, inclusive and relevant experiences.

School Crest And Motto

The crest shows the warrior chief on the prow of a canoe. It represents an old motto “Kia Hiwa Ra” which means “Look Ahead” – the current school motto “Whakaaro Nui Ki Etahi” means “Great Thoughts for Others” or “Consider others”.

Teachers use these terms with the children in class to support their learning along with our school vision and values.

Our Principles

High Expectations

Students engage in learning knowing that at Rotokawa School they will progressively develop agency in their learning and leadership, with high achievement expectations, doing the best they can do .

Learning to Learn

Students engage in learning to learn; and reflecting on learning; through the development of thinking skills: creative thinking, critical thinking and caring thinking.

Treaty of Waitangi

Students engage in learning Te Reo Maori me ona tikanga Maori based on the bicultural partnership of the Treaty of Waitangi informed by our local whanau, hapu, and iwi connections.

Cultural Diversity

Students engage in learning that reflects our local cultural diversity of our local community, and from this strong sense of self-identity, broaden their knowledge of how other communities may be different.


Students engage in learning with deep understanding of others and their well-being, using our school values to underpin how we think,feel and interact successfully with others.


Students engage in learning and identifying personal strengths, then understand how the school values link across the curriculum areas.

Future focused

Students engage in learning to consider how their citizenship and creativity may impact on a sustainable future for the world..

Community Engagement

Students engage in learning with foundations based on our school values and turangawaewae of Rotokawa School, locally, nationally and globally.