Updated – 6.9.21
Updated 3 September 2021 Rotorua Agency Quick Guide Covid-19 Response
Updated – 31.08.21
Updated – 25.8.21
Over the last few days, staff have been touching base with families to see, first and foremost, how the health and wellbeing of whānau is and secondly, touching base around devices, connectivity and hard-learning packs.
We had well over half of our students already connecting to the Seesaw Online learning platform, with many whānau heading in to school yesterday to pick up, via a non-contact method, differentiated learning materials that got their tamaiti up and running with their learning at home.
We understand that this is a tough time for whanau across our community and country. As a school, we would like to emphasize that our staff want to ensure that every whānau in our school are taking care of their health and well-being. We definitely do not want to put anymore stress on whānau and our expectation of any school learning to be completed comes after your own whānau wellbeing. So as we always say, WHĀNAU FIRST!
As most of New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 4 until 11.59pm on Friday 27 August, we will await the update on the day and will share the next plan with our community.
PLEASE KEEP CALM, BE KIND and STAY SAFE WHANAU!!!
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4th February – 16th April
3rd May – 9th July
26th July – 1st October
18th October – 15th December – 12.30pm
After community consultation and the Board of Trustees approval, we have some exciting news; we are about to roll out our new school uniform in Term 3, 2021. This new initiative ties in with our local school curriculum based around identity and culture. By having a school uniform we are instilling a sense of belonging to our tamariki. This will give all our tamariki pride when they are wearing their uniform at school, on class trips and around the community. Below we have the costs for each item of uniform and the payment options that will be available. The school uniform items will only be able to be purchased through the school office. Please contact the office if you have any questions or would like to discuss payment plans. Payments for uniforms can be made now at the school office.
Compulsory from Term 1, 2022 for Year 0-5 students
Please note: Uniform is optional for Year 6 students only in 2021 and 2022 as we understand that they will be leaving our school the following year.
Compulsory from Term 1, 2023 for all students. Uniform will be compulsory for Year 6 students in 2023.
Other Uniform notices
A blue bucket hat will be provided to each child in the school at the start of the school year. This hat is to remain at school and will need to be worn during outside activities/interval and lunchtimes. There is no cost to the whanau for this unless their child loses their hat. A $30 replacement fee may be requested.
Necklaces, bracelets and rings are not encouraged. Injuries may result during everyday play.
Pierced ears: Studs only please, no pendant styles or hoops which could catch and tear your child’s ear lobe.
Sports Teams – Students selected for sports teams may be given a uniform to wear for the day (or the season). It is expected that these uniforms are worn with pride, treated with respect and returned freshly washed to the office.
Lost Property – It is recommended that all items of clothing and property be named. All school uniforms will be labeled with last names. Lost property can be inspected at any time. Periodically unclaimed property is donated to a clothing bank.
Below outlines a range of methods that Rotokawa School work to report to whānau/families.
Kōrero mai – Talk to me – To begin every year, Rotokawa School starts with a ‘Kōrero mai – Talk to me’ session which allows children, parents/caregivers and whānau/families the opportunity to come in and discuss their child’s likes, strengths, aspirations, family structures etc with the classroom teacher. It is a ‘get to know you’ time that allows teachers to be able to connect and therefore differentiate instruction within the classroom environment.
Formal Reporting – Twice a year (end of Term 2 and Term 4), Rotokawa School provides a written report for parents/caregivers. These reports are followed by Parent/Teacher Interviews which allow parents/caregivers to discuss the report. Booking for this is done via our SkoolLoop app.
Conversations – The staff welcomes contact with parents and caregivers. We also have an open door policy that allows parents/caregivers to come in to school from 8.00-8.30 to have a conversation with classroom teachers. Alternatively, if you require a conversation outside this time, meetings with the classroom teacher can be organised in person, via email with the classroom teacher, via Seesaw or through contacting our office administrator. We prefer you avoid 2.45 – 3pm during packing up times. It can seem chaotic and is a very busy student management time for the teachers. Please wait for your child outside the classroom.
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In 2021, Rotokawa has again opted into the government donation scheme and no longer requires whanau to purchase stationery books for their children. The school now provides these.
We do require a stationery pack (consumables) of pens, pencils etc to be purchased, and both the pack and a list of what is required is available from the School. Stationery consumables can be purchased from the school or from a location of your choice.
8.10 am – 8.45 am – Breakfast club
9.00 am – Block 1 – Learning starts
10.30 am – Morning – Kai
10.40 am – Morning – Play
11.00 am – Block 2 – Learning starts
12.30 pm – Lunch – Kai
12.45 pm – Lunch – Play
1.30 pm – Block 3 – Learning starts
3.00 pm – Home time
Rotokawa School has a range of communication methods that allow us to connect with our whānau/families and wider community.
We are receiving free healthy school lunches from The Catering Company, for all of 2021 for every child in the school. Each lunch is nutritiously balanced and visually appealing to ensure full satisfied tummies. The 2021 menu wil be available shortly.
Please remember to let the school office know if your child has any food allergies.