Raureka School Term 3 Week 4

Newsletter 17 August 2022


Kia ora koutou katoa, Talofa lava, Kia orana,

Here we are in Week 4 and our classes are getting into the production preparations. I am excited to see the children preparing their items. A huge thanks to the staff for doing this.

Remember tickets will go on sale in a few weeks time for the matinee and evening performances on Wednesday 28th September at Toi Toi.

Tickets cost $10.00 each. The $10 covers the cost of hiring Toi Toi, bus transport for getting all of the children to the venue for practices, music copyright fees and other costs associated with running a show.

A reminder that parents will need to get the children to the evening performance.

Maths Week:

Last week was NZ Maths week and our classes had some exciting activities to do. They were involved in maths challenges and had a class competition to see how well they could do the activities. The classes entered in the draw and prizes were awarded to the classes. You can see a photo of the prizes that were awarded to the class and the children who were selected to get them on behalf of the class

Disney Character Dress Up this Friday:

This Friday we have a Disney Character Dress Up Day. This is a fundraising event for our Year 6 Camp. Children can come dressed up as their favourite character. A gold coin donation would be appreciated as this will go towards paying for their camp next term.

Tohea Trophy:

Next Wednesday we will be hosting children from Mayfair, Ebbett Park and Irongate School's.

They are coming to compete for the Tohea Trophy, we weren't able to host it last year because of Covid. I'm excited for our Year 6's to have this event again.

I wish you all the best for the tournament.

Pool Survey:

A huge thank you to parents who have sent back their Pool Survey notice. So far we have had a huge response with almost unanimous support for having the pool repaired, of the 80 returns so far 78 want the pool repaired.

We will need to get the approval of the Ministry of Education to go ahead with the project.

We hope to have the pool repaired as soon as the Ministry give us the go ahead.

Our new fence is finished except for the gate which is being re coated. We needed to replace the fence as it was a Health and safety risk and it could have fallen over at any stage.

Year 6 Visit to Hastings Intermediate:

Our year 6 children were going to visit Hastings Intermediate on Monday unfortunately we have just had notification that this has had to be changed to Friday 2nd September, the children will leave school close to 9:00.

They will spend the day at the Intermediate and find out about their school programme.

Remember they are now going on Friday 2nd September

BOT Elections:

Kia ora whanau!

We are right in the middle of our election process with 4 fantastic candidates!

The voting papers are out and you should have received yours in the post!

Your vote makes a genuine difference to our tamariki and our kura!

Votes need to back to the school office by Wednesday 7 th September at 4pm please…

Make sure your vote counts!

IMPORTANT - If your child is away from school -

Reminder that you need to PHONE OR TEXT the school know if your child is going to be away. Because of the current covid situation, it is essential that you let us know the reason they are away - eg coughing, headache, tummy bug etc.

You can phone 06 8789766 or text 027 557 0085 and leave a message.

Thank you for this, it is so helpful and we want to ensure your child is okay.


Hello Room 15 - what have you got to share with us this week?

Room 15 have been working hard learning all our letter sounds. We have been using our letter sound knowledge to then write words. We listen to each sound in the word and then record what we can hear. We love doing our literacy mahi in Room 15.

Values Certificate Winners

Our four values are :

Respect/Whakaute, Responsibility/Haepapa, Resilience/Pakari, Relationships/Whanaungatanga.

This week we are focusing on - Resilience/Pakari - which means: having the strength, courage and resourcefulness to persevere when you face challenges.

The expected behaviour during this week is: growing self confidence.

The following children received awards at our last assembly:

R1 Flynn, R2 Khaleesi, R3 Annabelle, R4 Skylah, R5 Sophia, R7 Kaylee, R11 Puke, R12 Vivaan, R13 Marcus, R14 Baylee, R15 Manaia, R19 Riley, R20 Lisbeth, R21 J'Von.


Back Row: Flynn, Puke, Riley, Sophia

Middle Row: Annabelle, Kaylee, Baylee, Marcus

Front Row: Lisbeth, Manaia, Vivaan, J'Von

Senior Assembly Certificates

Room 1 Steve Kevika

Room 2

Room 3 Dante Pakai-McCormack

Room 4 Kirisome Oli-Alainuuese

Room 5 Aaysia Tito

Room 11 Leighton Tapara- Halbert

Room 19 Hunter Boddy

Caught being good: Manaia Vella

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Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday 24 August - Year 6 Tohea Trophy Competition
  • Tuesday 30 August - Year 6's visit Heretaunga Int- all day
  • Thursday 1 September - Barefoot 7's Rugby
  • Friday 2 September - Year 6's visit Hastings Int- all day
  • Tuesday 6 September - Junior School Enduro Run
  • Tuesday 13 September - Senior School Cross Country
  • Wednesday 21 September - Inter school Cross Country Yr 4-6
  • Tuesday 27 September - Production- Dress Rehearsal
  • Wednesday 28 September - Production - at Toi Toi
  • Friday 30 September End of term 3
  • Monday 17 October Start of Term 4
  • Friday 21 October Hawke's Bay Anniversary Day
  • Monday 24 October Labour Day - no school for students
  • Monday 21 November Teacher Only Day - no school for students
  • Friday 16 December Last Day of Year
  • Tuesday 7 February - beginning of Term 1 2023

Other Notices

School Uniform – this is compulsory. No exceptions.

All children are required to have the school royal blue polo-shirt, royal blue hat, and on colder days the royal blue polar fleece jersey. All of these are available at the school office.

The lower half of the uniform (short, longs, skorts, skirts) must be plain black and can be purchased in town No stripes, no flowers etc, can

be purchased in town.

· Do your child’s records need updating?

  • moved house?
  • phone/cellphone numbers changed?
  • living arrangements changed?
  • emergency contacts changed?
  • medical details?

Medical Reminders

IMPORTANT: Children are NOT to carry any form of medication in their bags etc. All medication must be held in the office. Parents must complete a Medical Form to enable staff to administer medication.

We often have a few ‘bugs’ around the school.

· A common one is a nasty cough/flu type illness. Keep your children home if they have symptoms of this as it spreads easily.

· If your child has had vomiting or diarrhoea, they MUST stay home for 2 days after the last event. This illness definitely spreads quickly around the school.

· Headlice are always around so make sure that you check your child’s hair regularly (we suggest weekly) and treat the hair if necessary. We have treatments available from school for free. Just pop in and we can give you some.

· If your child is at all unwell, please keep them home so that they don’t pass bugs on to other children. Also if a child is feeling unwell they are not able to learn easily and are much better off at home snuggled up in bed.

Don’t forget to contact the school office to let us know when your child is unwell please.

Volunteers needed for supervision of our school patrollers.

The children are well trained, it is just a matter of having an adult supervise from 8.30-9.00. Please contact Chris in the school office if your are able to help (even if you have helped in the past, please confirm).

Launch Pad - every Wednesday 12.30-1.00pm

Formerly known as Religious Instruction.

This starts this Wednesday for any Y4-6 students. It will be held in the hall. All Welcome!

Covid Information


Covid19 -We are at Orange level Orange now. We are seeing that cases are declining due to high levels of vaccination and natural immunity after infection.

At Orange, face masks are no longer required at school. However public health advice is that masks continue to be strongly encouraged when indoors. Wearing a mask is a key health measure that slows the spread of COVID-19 in indoor settings. For that reason, we ask that visitors to the school, including parents and whānau, wear a mask whenever they are indoors on school grounds.

We also ask that your child (if they are Year 4+) continues to bring a mask to school every day. There may be times that we’ll ask them to wear a mask, too – for example, when we are having an assembly in the hall. If there are a high number of cases at school or in the community, we may ask that masks are worn in classrooms for a time.

We will continue to keep all the other health measures in place at school that we know slow the spread of COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate physical distancing whenever we can and, most importantly, staying home if we are sick.

Remember if your child is feeling sick please keep them home until they are well.

If your child does need to isolate either as being a household contact or for testing positive please let us know.

Symptoms of COVID-19:

  • A new or worsening cough
  • Sneezing and runny nose
  • A fever
  • Temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath

Less common symptoms include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, malaise, chest pain, abdominal pain, joint pain, or confusion/irritability.

We know how hard the impacts on COVID-19 have been for many families in New Zealand. If you know of a family in your community who is struggling, please encourage them to reach out for support for example to access food, medicine, or access financial support: Help is available – COVID-19 Health Hub.

If you have any concerns, please do get in touch. We are here to help.

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