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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 / 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 / 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 / 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 / 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



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 / 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 July

Wed 24

Science Roadshow (Room 9, 10, 11)

24 Jul 2024

Mon 29

TFS Planting

29 Jul 2024

Wed 31

BSLA day

31 Jul 2024

Latest Notices

Koeke Club
23 Jul 2024

Koeke Club

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

This term, we are excited to announce an opportunity for our tamariki to collaborate with some Koeke (Elders) from our local community. These elders will be joining us to engage in the following activities:

Baking/cooking together
Learning and applying basic kitchen safety rules
Following recipes and instructions
Engaging in meaningful conversations with elders
Reading texts and sharing stories
This initiative not only enriches our curriculum but also fosters a sense of intergenerational connection and learning. 


Students from across the school will engage in this opportunity each Wednesday morning from 9.30-11.30 starting 24th July, 2024. This will be at Rotokawa School.

Students will be paired up in their hapū groups with 1 year 4-6 student and 1 year 1-3 student working together. 

All students require shoes. 

We look forward to the valuable experiences ahead for our children.

Ngā mihi, 

Rotokawa School


23 Jul 2024



Kia ora Whānau,


There is a huge need in our lakes to cull catfish.  Our school has the privilege of being a part of a group run by Te Arawa Lakes Trust to help trap catfish.  This will be led by Te Arawa Lakes Trust and every Monday 5-10 children will be taken to the local lakes to check and set nets.  A staff member will be leading this area in our school.  Each week we will take children from Year 4-6 to help with this programme and will rotate the groups.  

Where: Te Weta Bay,  Lake Rotoiti 

When: Monday

Time:  9.30-10.30pm

What to bring: Gumboots or closed shoes, raincoat (on wet days), sunhat.


Students who expressed interest came home with a pānui.

Room 9/10/11 Science Roadshow this Wednesday
22 Jul 2024

Kia Ora Rangiuru Hapu Whanau,

Last term a notice was sent out to advise you of our Science Roadshow coming up on Wednesday the 24th at Mokoia Intermediate. Our request was to have have enough transport to take our tamariki from school, to and from the venue. If you could please have these sent back to school tomorrow - only if you are able to help out. We will need to leave Rotokawa by 12 noon at the latest, to be there at the start of the show at 12.25pm. We will be there for a little over an hour then transport the students back to Rotokawa.

If you have a little spare time in the day we would appreciate your help. If you don't have the notice, write a note for your child's teacher or email christinem@rotokawa.school.nz tina@rotokawa.school.nz or john@rotokawa.school.nz who will be happy to hear from you.

Nga mihi

Christine Masters

Room 11 teacher/Leader teacher

Rangiuru Hapu

Rotokawa School.

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