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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.

 

Our Principles

 

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 

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
 
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

 

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
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

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 February

Wed 28

ROTOKAWA SWIMMING SPORTS

28 Feb 2024

Latest Notices

Week 5, week 8, week 11 lunches
25 Feb 2024

Week 5, week 8, week 11 lunches


Please see the attachment for the lunch menu for this week

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Swimming Sports 2024
Noho marae - day 4
21 Feb 2024

Tomorrow, Thursday 22nd February, is the fourth, and last, day of our Ruamata Noho marae. 

Pae-Maia, Room 11 Room 3 day students have now been picked up from Ruamata Marae. They will need to be returned to Ruamata Marae tomorrow morning (Thursday 22nd) between 8.00 and 8.30am to allow them to continue on with the noho marae experience. 

Pae-maia, Room 11, and Room 3 will finish their noho marae at approximately 9.30am and will return to school, via vans, ready for a normal school pick up at 3pm from the school. 

if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

 

We want to thank all of our whānau and community for their support during these noho! without you, they are not possible!

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