Word From the Principal

Week 8, Term 2 - 2019

Kia ora whanau, it has been a really busy couple of weeks within our school. Assessment and Reports for teachers, a new Office Administrator, a new Board of Trustees, our staffroom upgrade and on top of all this, the weather has struck a lot of staff and students down with illness.

Next Thursday 4th July we have our annual hangi to celebrate Matariki. It will be great to have as many parents come along to this event and celebrate with our tamariki. The hangi will be ready at 12:30pm. IMPORTANT: Next week we have our parent interviews on Wednesday 3rd July. If all parents can please pick their students up at 12:00pm that would be great! Please see newsletter for more information. 

Mr Regan Williams
Principal
Rotokawa School
07 3456 129

Week 6, Term 2 - 2019

Kia ora whanau, what an exciting week we had last week. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding was an excellent end to the week and is a great asset for our schools future. If you have not received your Board of Trustees voting papers, can you please contact the school and we will organise this for you. Reminder that voting closes this Friday 7th June at 12:00pm sharp. Thank you to all whanau who have been keeping in touch with us when your child is sick. There has been a lot of sickness throughout the country and it is important that we are looking after our health and well being.

Board of Trustee Voting

By now you should have received your BOT voting papers in the mail. You can now vote for the person you would like to be on the Rotokawa School Board of Trustees.

Kelly Kautai

Kimberley Charity

David Edwards

Duane Partelow

Kellyanne Fitzell

Rowena Henderson

Krystal Honour

Annett Gerbert

Chelsea Kiff

There is a locked box for your vote in the school office. Please bring them in and put them into the box, as this may be faster than the post. Voting closes next Friday 7th June.

 

Mr Regan Williams
Principal
Rotokawa School
07 3456 129

Week 5, Term 2 - 2019

Kia ora whanau, our week has been up and down with so many students away sick with the bugs that are going around. A reminder that we have our STRIKE DAY tomorrow, Wednesday 29th May. This will mean that our school will be closed for instruction. Please support our teachers through this tough time as their job can be very demanding and we are trying to get the government to understand these demands. Our after school programme Kidz World will be operating but you will need to book in as there are only a limited amount of spaces. Please contact the office for information.

SPECIAL ASSEMBLY FRIDAY 31st MAY - TE TATAU POUNAMU - MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

Next Friday 31st May at 2:15pm we will be having a special assembly at school and would like to invite all whanau to come along and celebrate this special occasion. We will be signing a document named Te Tatau Pounamu which is a Memorandum of Understanding with our local iwi Ngati Uenukukopako. This is a significant event and a huge celebration for Rotokawa School. Below is an outline of the signing:

Kaupapa Matua (Purpose):

The purpose of Te Tatau Pounamu/M.O.U. is to formalise the commitment of the parties to work in partnership to cement the relationship between Rotokawa School and Mana Whenua of the Rohe upon which the school sits.

Te Horopaki (Context):

Ngāti Uenukukopako Hapū have cultural, spiritual, historical and traditional association with the whenua upon which Rotokawa School sits and are recognised as iwi/hapū who are mana whenua and kaitiaki of the rohe which encompasses Rotokawa. The Board of Trustees of Rotokawa School recognise their legal obligations under the Deed of Settlement reached with the Crown on Historic Grievances suffered by Ngāti Uenukukopako Hapū and has further offered:

A permanent representative position to Ngāti Uenukukopako Hapū on the Rotokawa School Board of Trustees.

Full autonomy on selection of their Hapū Board representative.

Full speaking and voting rights for their Hapū representative on the Rotokawa School Board.

Te Roa: 

The Te Tatau Pounamu/M.O.U. is in effect from 20th May 2019 in perpetuity or for as long as Rotokawa School continues to operate on the current location and under the principles encompassed in this document.

Mr Regan Williams
Principal|
Rotokawa School
07 3456 129

Week 4, Term 2 - 2019

Kia ora whanau, Winter is here and we hope you are all keeping warm and well. We have had a lot of tamariki absent this term and we would like to thank whanau for informing the school of their absence . STRIKE DAY: Next Wednesday 29th May all Primary and Secondary Schools will be on strike. This will mean that our school will be closed for instruction on this day. Our after school programme Kidz World will be operating on this day for the whole day. Please contact the office further information.

SPECIAL ASSEMBLY FRIDAY 31st MAY - 

TE TATAU POUNAMU - MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

Next Friday 31st May at 2:15pm we will be having a special assembly at school and would like to invite all whanau to come along and celebrate this special occasion. We will be signing a document named Te Tatau Pounamu which is a Memorandum of Understanding with our local iwi Ngati Uenukukopako. This is a significant event and a huge celebration for Rotokawa School. Below is an outline of the signing:

Kaupapa Matua (Purpose):

The purpose of Te Tatau Pounamu/M.O.U. is to formalise the commitment of the parties to work in partnership to cement the relationship between Rotokawa School and Mana Whenua of the Rohe upon which the school sits.

Te Horopaki (Context):

Ngāti Uenukukopako Hapū have cultural, spiritual, historical and traditional association with the whenua upon which Rotokawa School sits and are recognised as iwi/hapū who are mana whenua and kaitiaki of the rohe which encompasses Rotokawa. The Board of Trustees of Rotokawa School recognise their legal obligations under the Deed of Settlement reached with the Crown on Historic Grievances suffered by Ngāti Uenukukopako Hapū and has further offered:

A permanent representative position to Ngāti Uenukukopako Hapū on the Rotokawa School Board of Trustees.

Full autonomy on selection of their Hapū Board representative.

Full speaking and voting rights for their Hapū representative on the Rotokawa School Board.

Te Roa: 

The Te Tatau Pounamu/M.O.U. is in effect from 20th May 2019 in perpetuity or for as long as Rotokawa School continues to operate on the current location and under the principles encompassed in this document.

 

Mr Regan Williams
Principal
Rotokawa Schoo
07 3456 129

Week 3, Term 2 - 2019

Kia ora whanau, another week down with staff and whanau fully engaged in teaching and learning. If you haven't heard, there is a major strike across New Zealand for all Primary and Secondary schools on Wednesday 29th May. This will mean that our school will be closed for instruction on this day. We apologise for this inconvenience and hope that you support our staff for the betterment and future education of your tamariki. Thank you to all whanau that have there tamariki involved in sports, we have a lot of teams representing outr school for Touch, Miniball and Netball.

TEACHERS STRIKE

I have just received confirmation that the mega teacher strike is confirmed for May 29th. This means both primary and secondary teachers across the country will be on strike. I continue to be frustrated and saddened by the spin in the media - and from Chris Hipkins (Education Minister) around this issue. The minister just announced $95 million to attract new teachers. This is such a common marketing strategy. Offer a deal to get people to sign up - but don’t look after your existing customers! This $95 million to train new teachers does not stop the flood of teachers quitting. It does not solve the massive percentage of teachers who resign within the first 5 years. It does nothing to value our experienced, hard working teachers. It also does nothing to attract our top students to teaching - we want the best and brightest school leavers to be considering teaching!Some of the issues that remain for us are:

  • Primary teachers get 10 hours a term release time. Secondary teachers get 5 hours a week. This is not fair. The lack of release time impacts on the teaching in the classroom - and our students deserve better!
  • Our collective agreement expired on the 8th of June 2018. The govt is refusing to back pay us if/when an agreement is reached. 
  • The govt offered primary teachers a $500 bonus to sign the agreement. They offered secondary teachers $1000. This is not fair.
  • The government is refusing to commit to pay parity. Teachers should be paid the same for equal qualifications - regardless of the age of the students. 
  • The minister likes to talk about this being a ten thousand dollar payrise. Currently our beginning teachers spend a minimum of 3 years at university and then start on a paltry $47980. This offer gives them 3% straight away. So about $1400 before tax - or about $19 a week. This is one of the reasons we have a 40% reduction in people choosing teaching as a career. 
  • Experienced teachers stand to get about $27 a week from this offer. 
  • Our agreement expired in June last year, but the Minister is refusing to offer backpay. Therefore - even if they accepted the $27 a week today - they have already lost somewhere in the vicinity of $2000 over the last year through this negotiation - both through strike days and no back pay. So infact - if we signed today, it would take over a year for us to even make up what we’ve lost. 
  • The support for learners with special needs - both learning and behaviour - is nothing short of pathetic. Limited release for primary teachers means they have no extra time to plan for these learners - or attend meetings, or support whanau.

When Hipkins was in opposition - he talked about how low teacher salaries are, and the need for drastic action in education. Now he is in power - he is facing the largest strike action in memory. National’s Nikki Kay is talking about how bad the situation is, and how teachers deserve a pay jolt - but it seems easy to say things in opposition. A decade ago we used to get a 100 applicants for a teaching job. Principals could choose the best candidates to meet the needs of their school. Now - we see vacancies having no applicants at all. We have classes being split because we can’t find a reliever. We see jobs being readvertised over and over again. We have already battled this for a year. It has cost teachers thousands - and we seem to have made little headway. We know it’s frustrating for parents - and we hear the messages from the Minister that try to turn the public against us. 

Please believe me that we are fighting for the education for your children. We have come too far to give up now. I am forever hopeful that the government will finally be courageous enough to invest properly in education. Step outside the standard and really rattle the cage! Fund us so that we can be world class. Fund us so every student can get the best education possible. So I understand that May 29th will be inconvenient. I expect it won’t be the last.

Please support us by going online and messaging anyone you can think of - Hipkins, Ardern - the Labour govt Facebook page - local MPs - anyone and everyone. Together let us be heard.

BOARD OF TRUSTEE NOMINATIONS

BOT Election time is here. Hopefully you have received information in the mail regarding the nominations. Nomination forms have been sent out to all eligible voters. These forms can be dropped off to the school office. If you have not received your nominations, we have some in the school office if you need.

Nominations close noon  24th May.

If there are more than 5 nominations there will be a vote.

Voting Papers sent by May 29th May

Voting closes noon 7th June

Votes counted 13th June

Week 2, Term 2 - 2019

Kia ora whanau, after a tough week last week we are all on top of things and looking forward to a positive term ahead. Well done to all those students who have enrolled in the winter sports that we have offered. If you have not signed up to a sport but would like to please contact the school. REMINDER: Tomorrow Wednesday 8th May all teachers have their Paid Union Meetings at 1:30pm at Lynmore School. It is much appreciated if you can pick up your tamariki at 12:30pm. If you have any questions regarding this meeting, please contact me. We appreciate your support throughout this campaign and are very sorry for the inconvenience this may cause you.

Primary Teacher’s PUM (Paid Union Meeting)

As you all know there have been negotiations with the government around a number of concerns in regards to the recruitment and retention of teachers. Because of the shortage, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find teachers for vacant positions. There has been a lot on the news regards the difficulties in Auckland but there are a number of other areas experiencing difficulty too. It is also difficult attracting teachers to become principals. They see the role as too demanding and too much pressure. Education is rapidly reaching a crisis point, of which the government was aware of before the election. The increased number of behaviour issues, children with additional needs and the lack of adequate resourcing to assist in these areas has put increasing demands on teachers and schools. The lack of adequate funding for schools over the past 9 years has impacted on their ability to provide the quality of education they want to for their tamariki. The upcoming PUMS are an important step in saying enough is enough. It is time the Government valued education and valued educators. Teachers need to have enough time to teach and principals enough time to lead.

On the afternoon of Wednesday 8th May, the teachers from this school will be attending a NZEI Te Riu Roa paid union meeting regarding the Kua Tae Te Wā - It’s Time campaign. The campaign aims to free teachers to teach and principals to lead, by getting the additional support and staff that schools need. The meetings will allow our teachers to discuss how the Ministry of Education has responded to changes that the union is seeking.

Our teaching staff are members of NZEI and legally entitled to attend this meeting. The teachers will be leaving school on Wednesday 8th May at 12.45pm, to attend their paid union meeting which starts 1.30pm.

It will be a big help if parents make arrangements to pick their child(ren) up from school at 12.30pm on Wednesday 8th May. 

I appreciate that this creates some inconvenience for families. However, I encourage you to support your teachers as they strive to achieve the changes which will safeguard quality education for all children and ensure we make teaching an attractive profession for graduates.

Anyone who may need help with arrangements should contact the office or the principal.

Thank-you for your support.

BOARD OF TRUSTEE NOMINATIONS

BOT Election time is here. Hopefully you have received information in the mail regarding the nominations. Nomination forms have been sent out to all eligible voters. These forms can be dropped off to the school office. 

Nominations close noon  24th May.

If there are more than 5 nominations there will be a vote.

Voting Papers sent by May 29th May

Voting closes noon 7th June

Votes counted 13th June

Week 1, Term 2 - 2019

Kia ora whanau and welcome to term 2. We hope you all had a great holiday with your whanau and tamariki. Term 2 will be very busy with a lot of things happening including winter sports, netball, mini ball and hockey. We also have class trips and visits organised for later in the term which is exciting! Due to the Paid Union Meetings (PUMs) being postponed last term because of the Christchurch tragedy, all schools across the country will be having these PUMs held throughout the week next week. We have scheduled ours for next Wednesday and there is more information regarding this in our newsletter below.

Primary Teacher’s PUM (Paid Union Meeting)

As you all know there have been negotiations with the government around a number of concerns in regards to the recruitment and retention of teachers. Because of the shortage, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find teachers for vacant positions. There has been a lot on the news regards the difficulties in Auckland but there are a number of other areas experiencing difficulty too. It is also difficult attracting teachers to become principals. They see the role as too demanding and too much pressure. Education is rapidly reaching a crisis point, of which the government was aware of before the election. The increased number of behaviour issues, children with additional needs and the lack of adequate resourcing to assist in these areas has put increasing demands on teachers and schools. The lack of adequate funding for schools over the past 9 years has impacted on their ability to provide the quality of education they want to for their tamariki. The upcoming PUMS are an important step in saying enough is enough. It is time the Government valued education and valued educators. Teachers need to have enough time to teach and principals enough time to lead.

On the afternoon of Wednesday 8th May, the teachers from this school will be attending a NZEI Te Riu Roa paid union meeting regarding the Kua Tae Te Wā - It’s Time campaign. The campaign aims to free teachers to teach and principals to lead, by getting the additional support and staff that schools need. The meetings will allow our teachers to discuss how the Ministry of Education has responded to changes that the union is seeking.

Our teaching staff are members of NZEI and legally entitled to attend this meeting. The teachers will be leaving school on Wednesday 8th May at 12.45pm, to attend their paid union meeting which starts 1.30pm.

It will be a big help if parents make arrangements to pick their child(ren) up from school at 12.30pm on Wednesday 8th May. 

I appreciate that this creates some inconvenience for families. However, I encourage you to support your teachers as they strive to achieve the changes which will safeguard quality education for all children and ensure we make teaching an attractive profession for graduates.

Anyone who may need help with arrangements should contact the office or the principal.

Thank-you for your support.

THEFT OF OUR SHADE SAIL

Over the weekend someone has stolen our shade sail that covered our sand pit. This is very disappointing as the kids really enjoy playing in the sand pit every day. The culprits went out of their way to take this shade sail as it is not an easy job to remove this item. If you have any information regarding this theft can you please contact Matua Regan at school so we can do more investigation. This has also been reported to the police. 

PASSING OF SHAUN DOUGLAS (Deputy Principal of Owhata School)

It is with deep sadness that I inform you that Shaun Douglas who is a teacher/Deputy Principal at Owhata Primary School passed away yesterday morning. He will be a huge loss to our Kahui Ako and the local community. On behalf of Rotokawa school and whanau we would like to wish the whanau our deepest sympathy and condolences. Moe mai ra Shaun!

FRIENDS OF THE SCHOOL

As you are all aware we are always on the hunt for whanau to join the Friends of the School. We have a lot of exciting things planned for the future and would like to get some names and numbers of whanau that would like to join this group. If you are interested in being a part of the Friends of the School can you please e mail me on principal@rotokawa.school.nz with your details and I will be in touch within the next 2 weeks. Many hands make light work whanau!!!

Week 11, Term 1 - 2019

Kia ora whanau, last week of school and I am wondering where the term went. It has been a fantastic start to 2019 with a lot of things going on within our school and the community. Our learning journey for our tamariki has included a lot of local stories and class visits to some of our very own prestigious landmarks of Rotorua. Our Kahui Ako is going strong and all the schools within in our cluster Lynmore Primary, Owhata Primary, Mokoia Intermediate and Rotorua Lakes High School are beginning to establish a great learning pathway for the tamariki of the Rotorua East region. We have had some excellent results in the sporting arena across the school and our school events have been well attended by our whanau and the local community. We want to continue this journey throughout the year and the whanau support that we have had this term. Have a great holiday with your tamariki and we look forward to seeing you all in term 2!!!

ROAD PATROL

IMPORTANT NOTICE!!! We have had some concerns from whanau about students out on the road before and after school. It is important that we are being safe and responsible out on the road. Can whanau please come in and collect your children as we are having many students running across the road in front of the cars. As a staff we will be doing a rotation system and each teacher will be on road patrol on a daily basis to help with this situation. Thank you for your consideration.

PRINCIPAL AWARDS and REWARDS

Each term I will be rewarding some of our students by offering them "A DAY OUT WITH THE PRINCIPAL". Yesterday we had an awesome day out fishing and the tamariki thoroughly enjoyed this day. Tomorrow, I am taking out the recipients of our weekly Principal Awards to the Diversion maze for a bit of fun, then we will be going out for lunch down at Hannahs Bay. If you do the mahi, you get the treats!!!

Week 10, Term 1 - 2019

Kia ora whanau, a huge thank you to all whanau that came along to our SPLASH OUT event. It was a huge success and we are already planning on making our annual SPLASH OUT event a big GALA for our community to enjoy next year. I would also like to thank all our sponsors who donated prizes and supported this event. GUMBOOT FRIDAY 5th April. Our school will be participating in the"GUMBOOT FRIDAY" fundraiser for kids' mental health which is a great cause for all whanau across our country. This is an important topic that we all should be well aware of. Please see details in newsletter. Good luck to our swimmers who are going to represent our school at the CBOP swimming champs next Wednesday!!!

SPONSOR SHOUT OUT FOR SPLASH OUT!

Thank you all for your support!!!

Heartland homes, Prodrive golf, Te Arawa Fisheries, Millenium Hotel, Kim Charity whanau, Capers, Redwoods treewalk, Skyline Rotorua, Polynesian spas, Rainbow fairy springs, Motion entertainment, Waikite Valley thermal pools, Sarah McAlpine art, Bloom art, Mad Butcher Te Ngae, Feea Beea, Mega Mitre 10, Velocity valley, Hells Gate, Diversion maze and also to all whanau that donated hoopla jars. 

Without your support we could not have made this event as successful as it was!!!

ROAD PATROL

We have had some concerns from whanau about students out on the road before and after school. It is important that we are being safe and responsible out on the road. Can whanau please come in and collect your children as we are having many students running across the road in front of the cars. As a staff we will be doing a rotation system and each teacher will be on road patrol on a daily basis to help with this situation. Thank you for your consideration.

 

PRINCIPAL AWARDS and REWARDS

Each term I will be rewarding some of our students by offering them "A DAY OUT WITH THE PRINCIPAL". As you all know next week is our last week of term and on Thursday 11th April  I am taking out the recipients of our weekly Principal Awards to the Diversion maze for a bit of fun, then we will be going out for lunch down at Hannahs Bay. On Monday 8th April, I am also taking a group of students out fishing along Papamoa beach using a Kontiki harvester and we will also be taking some surfcasters to "give it a go". These students have been chosen throughout the term by some of our staff members for showing our school values. 

GUMBOOT FRIDAY

This Friday 8th April our school will be participating in the FRIDAY GUMBOOT DAY. This is a fundraiser for Kids with mental health issues. There is a gold coin donation for this event and all donations will go to the I AM HOPE organisation to help kids who are suffering from depression and anxiety. All students and staff are asked to wear gumboots in support of this amazing event. I would encourage all whanau to go to this website to get more information regarding this event on https://www.iamhope.org.nz/gumbootfriday

Week 9, Term 1 - 2019

SPLASH OUT, SPLASH OUT, SPLASH OUT. This Thursday 28th March. Come one, Come all to this exciting fundraiser we are having for our school. Thank you to all the whanau that have brought in hoopla jars it has been an amazing response. There will be food stalls, activities that will involve teachers, quick fire raffles, bottle auction, pony rides and other exciting events for all our whanau. Don't forget there is a gold coin donation for each person coming through the gate and this entitles you to a free swim and free slip and slide. The term is coming to an end and there are still many other exciting events happening which include a day fishing trip with the Principal and also a day out for all students who have received a Principal award this term. These awards are given to students who are consistently showing our school values.

SPONSORS

On behalf of our school we would like to thank all of our sponsors and in particular the sponsors that have jumped on board for our SPLASH OUT EVENT. These sponsors will all be named and acknowledged in next weeks newsletter once our SPLASH OUT event is complete. 

ROAD PATROL

We have had some concerns from whanau about students out on the road before and after school. It is important that we are being safe and responsible out on the road. Can whanau please come in and collect your children as we are having many students running across the road in front of the cars. As a staff we will be doing a rotation system and each teacher will be on road patrol on a daily basis to help with this situation. Thank you for your consideration.

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