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Yesterday the Prime Minister announced that New Zealand can now move into Level 2 which means we can return to school next Monday 18th May. This is very exciting news for all our staff and tamariki who will be able to return to school, see their friends and try to begin to get back to the normality of school life.

At Level 2 there will be some changes which we will be outlining during the week ensuring that we are following the guidelines by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health. As we get updates, we will be informing whanau ASAP of what these are. Our school will be operating a little different than the usual and this will be explained during the week.

Yes, Level 2 begins on Thursday 14th May and many of you will be returning to work, however, school will NOT be open for students until Monday 18th May except for the essential students who have been at school during Level 3. Thursday 14th May and Friday 15th May will be preparation time for all staff. Teachers will be working together during these 2 days to ensure that we are consistent across the school in terms of looking after the health and safety for our whanau and tamariki under Level 2 protocols.

Any educational facilities connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 must close on an individual or group basis for 72 hours to allow contact tracing and cleaning, and then potentially for a further 14 days.

In schools, physical distancing means children, young people and staff maintaining enough distance so that they are not breathing on or touching each other and maintaining good hygiene practices, and regular cleaning. As is regular cleaning of equipment.

We can ensure you that we will take all safety precautions to make sure your child/ren are safe on their return and while at school.

I will be sending out more information today for whanau once our staff have had a meeting and we have discussed some of the changes that will be in place for Level 2. Online learning will still be taking place this week and will be available during Level 2 for those tamariki who are transitioning back to school.

If you have any questions please email me at principal@rotokawa.school.nz and remember to STAY SAFE and WHANAU FIRST!!!

Regan Williams (Principal)Rotorua

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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 belief 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 Principals

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.