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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.

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

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

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

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

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

 

RANGITIRATANGA

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

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

Fri 14

Photo Day

14 Jun 2024

Wed 19

Vision and Hearing

19 Jun 2024

Fri 21

Matua Shane/John Incredible Years

21 Jun 2024

Tue 25

BOP Cross Country

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

Sibling Photos
12 Jun 2024

Friday 14th June 2024


Remember to set your alarm for Friday morning if you're getting sibling photos. These will start from 8.00am.

If you have siblings from other schools you will need to be here ready to go.

Waiting in line can be a great time for catching up with friends or reading a book. And don't forget to wear your best smile!

 

NOHO MARAE POSTPONEMENT
10 Jun 2024

NOHO MARAE - POSTPONED

Kia ora e te whānau, 

This is a pānui to advise all whānau of Rotokawa School that due to unforeseen circumstances (TANGIHANGA), we will be postponing our 11th to 13th June Noho Marae at Ōwhata Marae. School will continue as usual. 

Once we know a revised date, which we are hoping is prior to the end of the term, we will communicate this with our community.

Thank you for understanding. 

Cross Country 12 June
9 Jun 2024

Kia Ora Whānau,  hopefully you have read the amendments made for our Noho Marae overnight stay and how this will look with Cross Country falling on Wednesday. 

Please make sure your child's Cross Country permission notice is returned to school by Monday morning so that we can organise what we need for transporting our tamariki to both venues.

If we do not receive their permission slip, they will not attend Cross Country.

For Cross Country, your child needs to wear their school uniform T-Shirt and shorts (if not school shorts, then black or dark shorts). Along with this, shoes to run in, morning tea and a water bottle. Lunch will be provided upon returning to the marae.

 

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