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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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18 hours ago

Rotokawa School

Ngäti Whakaue whãnau who require some extra assistance throughout this time, please follow the link, contact the Hapü connector and provide all nessisary details.

A great initiative by Ngäti Whakaue!


Thank you e te iwi for heeding the call to get support to our whānau.
Awesome effort and we now have Hapū Connectors in place to help distribute our first support package by way of:
‼️Super Market Vouchers for those in need‼️

Should you and your whānau need SuperMarket vouchers please contact the Hapū Connectors below to access this support.

Mercia Winiata Fairy Springs
Ruth Goldsbury Glenholme / Victoria
Trudy Bennett Hillcrest
Mercia-Dawn Yates Kawaha Point
Shannon James Koutu
Tiffany Te Moni Koutu
Bex Mohi Maketu
Shontell Peawini Maketu
Kura Raureti (Pep) Matata / Kawerau / Te Teko / Pukehina

Lynette Walmsley Ngapuna
Rangitiaria Tibble Ngōngōtahā
Maria Ngawati Ngōngōtahā
Ramari Paul Ōhinemutu
Marie Hodge Owhata / Te Ngae
Stephen Jones Pukehangi / Fordlands
Kiri Epapara Western Heights / Pleasant Heights / Mangakakahi

Kaylor Wharerahi Western Heights / Pleasant Heights / Mangakakahi

Haana Stewart Whakarewarewa / Fenton Park
Misa Temple Whakarewarewa / Fenton Park

Click here to get in touch and to access their contact details: https://bit.ly/2X1Arnf
If your area is not listed above please contact: admin@whakaueassets.com

Our Hapū Connectors will be acting safely and simply to help roll out support to our Whakaue whānau!

We will be in touch shortly with more kaupapa āwhina from Whakaue Ora.
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6 days ago

Rotokawa School

Kia ora whanau

If you live Eastside of Rotorua and know of any whanau - needing support with Health & Social needs - Piripoho is still up and running.
Leesa & Karyn our Piripoho nurse team based at Owhata Medical, are trying to keep on top of the strep throat wave with throat swab clinics and home visits where needed (with distance precautions and safety practices in place) - the Piripoho navigator normally based at Mokoia Community Association is directing from home. Janine can help whanau connect & navigate the current social services available in Rotorua during this time - any whanau or elderly needing support with finance & kai for daily living - Please call:
For Health needs - Leesa 0273459699
For Social needs - Janine 021 2045 825

Stay safe and remember whanau first!!!
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1 week ago

Rotokawa School

Today is the official last day of Term 1 and we start the Term 1 School holidays.

Remember, if you need to talk or need help with anything, please do get in touch.

Stay safe!
Kia haumaru te noho!
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1 week ago

Rotokawa School

Kia ora whanau,

As the school holidays approach I hope everyone is keeping safe and well. It’s tough times for a lot of whanau across the country, therefore it is important that our Rotokawa and wider whanau reach out to each other when in need.

I am available throughout the holidays if you need to talk or need help with anything!!!

Please, please, please do not hesitate contact me, via FB or send me an e mail principal@rotokawa.school.nz and I will contact you as soon as possible. I have your phone numbers on our school system so will be able to ring you!!!

Keep safe and remember, WHANAU FIRST!!!

Nga mihi nui
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2 weeks ago

Rotokawa School

Kia ora whanau, here is some information regarding Essential workers and possible child care:

Where possible, essential workers need to make their own arrangements for childcare from Thursday 26 March until the end of the lockdown, due to limited capacity.

Where this is not possible alternative arrangements have been made so essential workers can continue to work.

What essential workers need to know when making their own arrangements
Essential workers will need to use their existing networks for in home care, for example a neighboor, relative, friend or current carer/nanny who can come to their house, or provide childcare in their own home. There are Public Health rules that must be observed:
The person caring for your child becomes part of your self-isolating group
This group must remain the same for the whole period
The carer must not care for children from other households (other than their own) over the same period
If a child or carer becomes unwell, they must stay at home

If essential workers do not have access to childcare through their own networks
If essential workers are unable to access childcare to perform their essential service, the government will fund other licensed childcare providers (for example through PORSE, Barnados and Edubase / Home Grown Kids) to provide in home care to the children aged 0-14 of essential workers. The carer would be subject to the same Public Health rules as set out above.

For the purposes of providing care to children of essential workers, the in home carer will be classified as an essential worker in both cases.

Initial list of contact details for providers

Barnados website - email covid19enquiries@barnardos.org.nz or call 0800 BARNARDOS (0800 227 627)

Edubase / Home Grown Kids website or call 0508 44 54 37 or email info@hgk.co.nz

PORSE website 0800 023 456

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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.