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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.

At Rotokawa School, we have a warm, friendly environment that our children, staff and whanau enjoy being part of. During their six years at Rotokawa School, students are involved in and lead rich authentic learning contexts that they are able to apply to their life in our community. These learning contexts encompass our school pepeha and the local land marks and points around us here at Rotokawa School. 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.



Tuakiritanga / Identity

“Inā kei te mohio koe ko wai koe, I anga mai koe i hea, kei te mohio koe. Kei te anga atu ki hea”
If you know who you are and where you are from, then you will know where you are going

The ability to stand confidently in their unique self. 

Kei te tū kaha, tū maia i tīna ake ahurei.

  • Tū - to stand
  • Aki - to encourage
  • Kiri - skin
  • Tanga - time or circumstance 


Ahurea / Culture

“Inā kei te mōhio koe ko wai koe, I anga mai koe i hea, kei te mōhio koe. Kei te anga atu ki hea”
If you know who you are and where you are from, then you will know where you are going

The ability to support others to develop a sense of belonging at Rotokawa School.

Kei te mihi ētahi atu ki te whānau o Rotokawa.

  • Ahu - to tend, foster, nurture
  • Rea - young shoot/Growth



Whakamana / Pride


“Ko au ko koe, ko koe ko au"
I am you and you are me

The ability to empower others to take pride in who they are and themselves as learners at Rotokawa School.

Ka whakamana i ētahi atu, ki te eke angitu.

  • Wha/whā/whaka - cause something to happen, empower
  • Mana - prestige, influence, power



Manaakitanga / Kind and Caring practices


"Manaaki whenua, manaaki tangata, haere whakamua"
Care for the land, care for the people, go forward!

The ability to reflect on the situation at hand and display, offer and encourage others to also use safe, caring and kind practices.

Nā te huritao me te mahi o te ākonga, hei aki ai ētahi atu ki te tiaki i ngā tangata, i ngā mea i ngā taiao.

  • Mana - prestige, influence, power
  • Aki - to encourage
  • Tanga - time or circumstance



Rangatiratanga / Leadership

“He waka eke noa”
A canoe which we are all in with no exception

The ability to display empathy, knowledge, understanding and innovation while guiding others to achieve their full potential.

Nā te aroha, me te mōhiotanga o te ākonga hei aki aki ia i ētahi atu ki te whakatutuki i o rātau tino pukenga.

  • Ranga - weave, plait
  • Tira - company of travelers
  • Tanga - time or circumstance



Kaitiakitanga / Guardianship


“Titiro whakamuri, kokiri whakamua”
Look back and reflect so you can move forward

The ability to show oneself as a nurturing and caring learner who protects people, the environment, learning and knowledge.

He tangata akaiaki o ngā mea katoa i ngā wā, i ngā wahi.

  • Kai - input/to feed, sustain - physically, mentally, spiritually
  • Kaitiaki - guardian, Protection
  • Aki - to encourage
  • Tanga - time or circumstance 

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.

Vision and Values

What's happening at Rotokawa School?

Upcoming Events in June

Tue 25

BOP Cross Country

25 Jun 2024

Tue 25

Room 9 Matariki trip

25 Jun 2024

Thu 27

Reports sent home

27 Jun 2024

Thu 27

Matariki Celebration - In School

27 Jun 2024

Fri 28

Matariki - Public Holiday - School Closed

28 Jun 2024

Latest Notices

Chiefs region Tackle 5’s finals day
24 Jun 2024

Kia ora e te whanāu

This is a friendly reminder about the Tackle 5’s Finals Tournament taking place this Wednesday, June 26th. We are thrilled to see our Girls team competing at this exciting event!

Important Details:

    •    Departure Time: Students need to be at school by 7:30am sharp for our 7:40am departure to Blake Park, Mount Maunganui.  

•    What to Bring: Students must bring their mouth guards, drink bottle, morning tea, lunch, warm clothes, and bags.  

•    Transport: All parents providing transport to and from Blake Park should also be at school by 7:30am at the latest.

Let’s all show our support for our Tackle 5’s team. Play hard, stay focused, and give it your best!

ngā mihi

Rotokawa School




Parent Teacher Interview Bookings 2024
20 Jun 2024

 On Thursday 27th June, School Mid-Year reports will be sent home. 

On Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd of July, Room 2, 3, 5, 9, 10 and 11 will have Mid-Year Parent/Teacher Interviews from 3.15pm. Please allow for 15 minutes in the class. These interviews can be booked on the Skoolloop App - see below for more information on how to do this.
On Monday 1st July, Pae-Maia will be having a Whānau hui and kaitahi (please bring along a plate for this kaupapa). If whānau in Pae-Maia would like a 1-1 kōrero with kaiako that afternoon, please kōrero with either Matua Jamal or Whaea Oriwia to organise this. 

 All parents that attend their parent interview will go into the draw to win a meat pack. There will be 2 draws. 

As a school, we value the relationships that we have with our tamariki/children and their whanau/family, so please ensure you book your child/ren’s interview using the process below. If you do not have access to a smartphone/ device, please phone the office on 07 3456129 to book an interview.


Term 2, Week 8 2024 - Newsletter
20 Jun 2024

kia ora e te Whānau,

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