Raureka School Term 2 Week 4

Newsletter 25 May 2022


Kia ora koutou katoa, Talofa lava, Kia orana,

Once again it has been a busy week with lots of things happening.

Our classes are preparing to paint mural's and have them go up around the school ready for our Matariki celebration on Wednesday 22 June. The children are very excited about these murals and have been coming up with great ideas for them.

More details will come out about the Matariki programme next week, hopefully we can have our usual evening celebration this year.

Yesterday we had our class photos taken by Shayne. I'm sure they will come out looking great. Thank you to everyone who ordered online and for those that couldn't do so came in and ordered at school.

I was fortunate to be able to go and be part of our Junior Assembly yesterday afternoon. I took a photo of yesterday's certificate winners, a photo of them is included in the newsletter.

Samoan Language week: Monday 30th May- Friday 3rd June

Next week we will have a few activities to celebrate the week. On Monday morning we will have some girls from Hastings Girls High School come and perform for the children in our Monday morning Assembly.

A few of our senior boys will be invited to attend an umu preparation at Hastings Boys High School.

On Tuesday the Senior Team will be able to have a taste of some traditional Samoan food at school.

On Wednesday our Pasifica group will, once again, perform and be part of the Samoan flag raising ceremony at the Hastings District Council.

On Friday afternoon our Pasifica group will share their talents with the children.

Children who wish to wear traditional Samoan clothing can do so on Friday 3rd June.

This is an exciting week.

RSS Information-

Our regular Raureka School Supporters Meeting was held on Monday night in the Staff Room. The RSS are a committee that helps us fundraise and buy things for school. Over the last few years the RSS have helped with the pool repair, shade sails, chairs for the hall, interactive whiteboards, sports gear for the classes etc. Their meetings are usually held twice a term at 5:45p.m., our next meeting is Monday 1st August.

This year the RSS are looking buying a bigger TV for the hall so that people can see things more clearly., from the back of the hall.

Our committee are looking for new people to help support us get new things for the children. if you are interested in helping out or joining us please let us know.

Unfortunately Covid has put a stop to some of the usual fundraising events we have. We are letting you know about our possible upcoming fundraising events for the rest of the year, so you have an idea about what is coming up.

Our upcoming RSS events are:

Term 2

Photos – Family Portraits12th of June

Mamas Donuts – Hopefully Friday 17th June

Disco – Friday 1st SURFS UP THEME.

Mufti day – last day of term

Term 3

Vege boxes – A new idea fresh veges for sale Week 3 for orders.

School Production – September 28th - possible firewood raffle

Mufti day – last day of term

Term 4

Mamas Donuts – Week 3 or 4

Christmas Raffle

Mufti day – towards the end of the term

Road Safety:

In recent weeks, I have been contacted over concerns with road safety, speed and parking in the area close to the Raureka shops, particularly during busy hours, but also at night.

Our local MP is keen to support finding a way forward. She is asking that you please take the

time to fill a short survey and sign the petition to raise greater community awareness about the road safety concerns as well as asking Hastings District Council to take action before there is a serious accident. This survey will be delivered to local residents, if you can please fill it out and send it back.

Thanks for doing this.

COVID is still Hanging around:

If your child is sick please keep them home so that others don't get sick, and let us know as we need to record details for the Ministry of Education. Please also see the other information about COVID below.

IMPORTANT - If your child is away from school -

Reminder that you need to let 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 either 06 8789766 or 027 557 0085 and leave a message.

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


Welcome to our new New Entrants

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$10 Portrait Fundraiser

The RSS are running the portrait fundraiser again this term. The booking sheets will be coming home today with your child. You can either send this back to the school office with your $10 or contact Nic.
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Hi Room 1 - what have you got to share with us this week?

This term, Room 1 has been enjoying time with our buddy class Room 15. We love being able to mingle with the rest of the school. We are working on building a strong Tuakana Teina relationship with our buddy class.

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 well being.

The following children received awards at our last assembly:

R1 Zylis Mahia, R2 Xavier Sehjal, R3 Marino Hiko-Hammond, R4 Tiare Whatarau-Hapuku,

R5 Ashton Scannell, R7 Spencer Kingon, R8 , R11Kason Mahia, R12 Ella Bowman,

R13 Maddox Buckingham, R14 JT Lodge, R15 Camaro Pokai, R19 Hunter MacGregor-Calder, R20 John-Joseph Underwood, R21 Maleiya Loughran.


Back Row:

Hunter MacGregor-Calder, Ashton Scannell, Tiare Whatarau-Hapuku, Kason Mahia

Middle Row:

Spencer Kingon, Maleiya Loughran, Zylis Mahia, Marino Hiko-Hammond, John-Joseph Underwood, Xavier Sehjal.

Front Row:

Maddox Buckingham, Ella Bowman, Camaro Pokai, JT Lodge.

Senior Assembly Certificates

Room 1 Jorjah Cruden

Room 2 Chloe Lean

Room 3 Koby Wire

Room 4 Manahi Kingi

Room 5 Brooklyn Harris

Room 11 Nikayla Windley

Room 19 Cadence Cullen-Williams

Caught being good:

Emma-Rose Tonge

Players of the day


Raureka White v St Joe’s won 4-3: Player of the day Spencer

Raureka Black had a bye

Raureka Blue V Mayfair won 13-0: Player of the day Whole team


Goings V St Joes Won 30-6: Player of the day Whole team

Hunters V Hastings Christian Won 40-2: Player of the Day Whole team

Room 21 Mural Shirts

One of our amazing Dads got us these painting shirts to protect our uniform while we are painting our Mural!
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Upcoming Events

  • Monday 6 June Queens Birthday no school
  • Friday 10 June: Leaders Conference HN
  • Monday 20 June School Closed Teacher Only Day- no school for students
  • Wednesday 22 June: School Matariki Celebration
  • Friday 24 June School Closed for the new Matariki holiday- no school for students
  • Friday 1 July School Disco
  • Monday 4 Three Way Conferences- from 3:10- 6:30
  • Tuesday 5 July Three Way Conferences School closes at 12:30 conferences- 1:00-5:30
  • Friday 8 July End of Term 2
  • Monday 25 July Start of Term 3
  • 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

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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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).

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