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6 Rotokawa Road, 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 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.

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 Principles

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.

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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Rotokawa School
Term 4 lunch menu.Please note if your child is going a class trip that requires lunch offsite then then it may differ from what is posted, however your teacher will be able to advise what will be served.It is currently week 1.For a full menu breakdown including ingredients and dietary alternatives please see Kim in the office. ... See MoreSee Less
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Room 6 and 7 are having a Bake Sale on Friday, at Morning Tea. If you would like your child to purchase a few goodies, please send some change along to kura. ... See MoreSee Less
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For anyone interested in summer soccer for their children. ... See MoreSee Less
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We have been busy preparing our KETE AROHA, ready for distribution to whanau, kura/schools, puna/kohanga/ECE and organisations! If you are interested in supporting this kaupapa, please PM our page for more information 😍😍😍 ... See MoreSee Less
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Applications now open!If you’re Māori, aged between 18 - 25, live in Rotorua and are actively involved in your community, check out this awesome opportunity to connect with other like-minded rangatahi from all across the motu!Tuia is a free kaupapa that will provide you with skills, knowledge and relationships you can use to increase your ability to contribute to your community. Being part of Tuia includes five wānanga throughout the year, mentoring sessions with the Mayor and completing a community project.Click on the link below to find out more about this kaupapa and to complete and application form.Applications close at 5pm on Friday 12 November.Karawhiua rangatahi mā!https://www.rotorualakescouncil.nz/our-city/community-development/rangatahidevelopmentPictured: Tuia representatives for 2021 – Kahutapeka Ututaonga and Te Maiore Rurehe with Mayor Steve Chadwick. Te Tatau o Te Arawa | Te Arawa Lakes Trust | Te Arawa Fisheries | Te Papa Takaro o Te Arawa | Rotorua Youth Centre Community Trust | Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology | Te Wānanga o Aotearoa | Fordlands Community Centre | Mokoia Community Association | Mamaku Residents Association | Tatau Pounamu | Te Waiariki Purea Trust | Kaitao Rotohokahoka - Western Heights Community HUB | Kaitao Rotohokahoka - Western Heights Community Group ... See MoreSee Less
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