Newsletter Week 3 Term 1

Rotherham School 15 February 2023


Kia ora koutou,

We have had a busy start to this term with Wai Swim lessons, Mainpower sports coaching of small ball skills and doing 'All About Me' activities. Ginny has enjoyed getting to know the children in the Junior Room and will start taking small groups in the library every morning Monday - Thursday. We are very lucky to have 2 Junior Room classes operating which will enable all of the children to have their needs met and enable the 5 year olds to have the best possible start to school with low numbers for Reading, Writing and Maths.

It was great to have such fantastic support at our Home and School Meeting last week to discuss our upcoming corn fundraiser. Remember to answer the poll to indicate what you are able to do as every parent will need to help out in some way for this to be a successful fundraiser.

We are looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow to go over important information about the organisation and routines of the school and each class.

Ngā mihi nui

Cheryl Barbara

Principal - Tumuaki

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Year 6 Leaders

We are very fortunate to have 5 wonderful Year 6 leaders this year who will be stepping up into the leadership role at school. They are Emily Colombus, Paige Jopp, Akeila McIntyre and Yohan Del Mundo and Paige Bailey. We know they will be reliable and responsible leaders and will show our school values of Respect, Integrity and Perseverance.

Welcome to Rotherham School

A warm welcome to Odin O'Donnell who has started Rotherham School. We hope you enjoy your start to school in the Junior Room Odin.

Wai Swim Lessons

The children have been very lucky to have 2 Wai Swim instructors come from Rangiora to teach them how to swim properly and water safety skills. This is a very important part of our Physical Education curriculum and it is vital that the children know what to do if they ever fall into water. This programme is only for a very short time of the term so we do encourage all parents to book swimming lessons or get a pool key so your child can gain the confidence needed to swim.

Parents Information Afternoon - Thursday 16th February 3.20pm

On Thursday 16 February (tomorrow) we are inviting all parents in to explain some relevant information about the school. After this Rachel and Ginny will be explaining the routines and organisation of the Junior Room followed by an explanation of the Senior Room routines. As there are parents in both classes the Senior Room presentation will be after the Junior Room Presentation so parents can attend both.

Swimming Sports - Wednesday 22 February 1.00pm

Next Wednesday we are having our annual swimming sports and we invite all parents and members of the community to come along so the children can show you the progress they have made with their swimming skills.

Parents please don't forget to bring your togs and towels for the much anticipated parents and children relay at the end!

Pre School Mornings - Every Friday

Rachel will be starting pre school mornings again every Friday starting this week. These will run from 9.00-10.15am every Friday except when we have a Teacher Only Day on Friday 10 March. If you know of any pre school children please let their parents know this is starting again.

Paid Union Meeting - Wednesday 1 March

Teachers in our school will be attending a paid union meeting on Wednesday 1 March to discuss the progress of negotiations for their collective employment agreements, the proposed unified public service pay offer and their Wāwāhi Tahā | Time 4 Tamariki campaign.

This campaign aims to win smaller class sizes, more support for high needs students, better recognition of cultural skills, greater job security for our essential relievers and to fairly value and recognise the work of teachers.

As I am part of the Principals Collective Agreement I will take the whole school so we will not have to send the children home at lunch this time.

Teacher Only Days

There are a lot of changes happening in education at them moment with the Curriculum Refresh. To support these changes the Ministry have given us 2 teacher only days in 2023 and 2 in 2024. Our first teacher only day is on Friday 10 March and this is part of our Kahui Ako and all staff will be travelling to Akaroa to visit the Onuku Marae. Our second teacher only day is Monday 24 April after the school holidays as Tuesday 25 April is Anzac Day so this will give you longer holidays.

Home and School News

Hi everyone,

Welcome back to term 1! A busy few weeks ahead for us all.

Thank you to everyone that could make it to the corn meeting last week and help make some decisions about the upcoming fundraiser.

Please, if you haven't already done so, indicate on our poll if you are able to help at the show or markets. It's very easy and you will be working alongside some other awesome parents. We hope that if we get a couple more helpers for the Amuri Show we can cut the time down to just 1 hour slots so please reconsider if you can help.

This is one of our big fundraisers for the year that helps with funding our 3rd teacher which all the kids get the benefit of, especially the big junior class this year.

We are watching the corn closely and it's looking like the end of the month that we'll be starting, so you can look forward to hearing from me a lot more about coming to join our wonderful helpers.



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Amuri A&P Show

Come along and support your local Amuri A&P Show on Saturday 4th

March at the Rotherham Showgrounds.

There are lots of fun entries that we encourage you to enter. There are lots of great prizes!

Class 511 - The Wearable Arts “War-huh- what is it good for – just say that again”. Use your imagination and be creative to design a garment. Fantastic prizes for all!

Or maybe try …

Class 504 – Decorative Sand saucer

Class 505 – Animal made of Vegetables

Class 506 – A posy (for your teacher)

Or try …

Junior Cooking or Junior Jam and preserves.


Class 327 – Scavenger Hunt Creation

Class 326 – Handmade Christmas Decoration

Class 325 – Examples of Origami

Have you grown – a pumpkin for the Heaviest Pumpkin.

Did you want to try…

Junior Art - clay, pencil drawing, paint or pastel or any other art work.

Class 380 – Lego or other constructions.

There are lots of different classes so try something and look in the schedule for more information.

Scholastic Book Orders

The first Scholastic Catalogue for 2023 is out and it's packed with some exciting offers. This was sent out during the first week. We have plenty of spare copies if you need one please let us know.

Orders close Monday 20th February

Congratulations: Assembly Awards Friday 10 February

Junior Room

Waldo Stephens: For being an outstanding student in the Junior Room.

Key Competency

Blaise Stephens: For awesome listening and sharing her wonderful ideas.

Senior Room

Paige Bailey: For always having a positive and bubbly attitude.

Key Competency

Paige Jopp: In your who am I/Ko wai au poster, you have shown us who you are using detailed symbolism, words, phrases and colour. Anyone will get a sense of who you are and what is important to you.

Bus Certificate

Louie Lambeth: For sitting down on the bus and wearing his bus vest.

Principal's Award

Ollie Kinley: For showing perseverance with his commitment to learning in the Senior Room. Ka pai!

Upcoming Events

  • Wai Swim Lessons - 7-17 February
  • Parents Information Afternoon - Thursday 16 February
  • Rotherham School Swimming Sports - Wednesday 22 February (pp Thursday 23 February)
  • Assembly (Junior Room) - Friday 24 February
  • Life Education Visit - Monday 27 February
  • Paid Union Meeting - Wednesday 1 March
  • Hurunui Swimming Sports (Hanmer) - Monday 6 March (pp Tuesday 7 March)
  • TEACHER ONLY DAY Tipu Maia Hui - Friday 10 March
  • Whole School Trip to Hanmer Hot Pools - Friday 17 March
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Matt Chisholm's Time Out Tour

Matt Chisholm’s Time Out Tour continues across the country for 2023, and we are excited to have him come to the Omihi Community Hall on Wednesday, 8 March at 6.30 pm with the North Canterbury Rural Support Trust.

The tour is continuing to give rural people a chance to catch up with one another and hear about Matt’s journey through some tough times.

Make sure you register today!

Single tickets $15 or Double tickets are $20

Click the link below to book your seat

BYO drinks, and supper are provided and complimentary bus service is available upon ticket purchase. This will be from Kaikoura to Omihi. North Canterbury Rural Support Trust raffle tickets will be available to purchase with some amazing prizes!

A big thank you to our partners BDO New Zealand Bayleys Real Estate Datamars Livestock NZ Fonterra Ministry for Primary Industries and ANZ New Zealand for supporting the Rural Support Trust to bring the Time Out Tour to regional New Zealand again in 2023.

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