Rotorua Intermediate 31 March 2021

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What an effort last week! All up, we had 92 teams made up of 570 students running for 7 hours around a 400m course on what proved to be a very warm day for late March. Our students and staff really gave it their all and clocked up the laps. Altogether, as a school, we ran a combined total of 9,494 laps or 3,797km - that is the same as travelling the length of New Zealand (from Cape Reinga to the Bluff) 2.37 times!


While every team did an amazing job, there could only be one top team. It was a tightly run race with 3 teams vying for the top spot - In the end, the Primeson Ninesome, Team 17 edged in first with a combined lap count of 246 laps. They are set to enjoy their well-earned fish and chip shout next week.


Other prizes awarded yesterday included bags of lollies for the best Gazebos - unfortunately, our judges couldn’t choose just one so a bunch of people were awarded a bunch of sugar to keep them going on the day. The best-dressed team went to the eco team but I have to give an honourable mention to the McDonald’s employees and the Bad Guys for their supreme effort in their costumes. Teachers were also out and about yesterday awarding movie tickets to students who impressed them with their attitudes and engagement.


Our big prizes are going out this Thursday at assembly - that’s for the class and individual who raises the most money for shade-sails at our school. Please remember that we will be counting sponsorship up until tomorrow (Thursday). Also, for every $100 a student raises, they will get an entry into a draw to win one of two portable basketball hoops worth approximately $600 each - so get those sponsorship forms in. So far, students have raised $9481.00!

We would like to thank the Friends of The School (FOTS) for providing our prize pool this year. We really couldn’t do it without you team. A big thank you to every student who got out there and made the whole thing such a positive experience. You’re all awesome.
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Recently we held our Festival on the Field which is our annual term 1 'meet your teacher' event. All of our teachers were available to catch up with parents about how their child has settled into class and for parents to feedback on how they were enjoying school.


There were lots of fun activities to engage in and prizes to be won. The entertainment was supreme, thanks to our wonderful RI performers.

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  • Thursday 1 April---------- FOTS Mufti Day - Gold Coin
  • Friday 2 April-------------- Good Friday - School Closed
  • Monday 5 April------------ Easter Monday - School Closed
  • Tuesday 6 April----------- Easter Tuesday - School Closed
  • Thursday 8 April---------- FOTS Disco 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Thursday 8 April---------- Manaakitanga Assembly
  • Friday 9 April-------------- Whanau Board Competition
  • Wednesday 14 April------ CBOP Swimming - Rotorua Aquatic Centre
  • Thursday 15 April---------Haka / Waiata Competition
  • Friday 16 April------------ Term 1 Finishes



  • Monday 3 May------------ Term 2 Starts
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Design Engineering is a ‘hands on subject’ based in the Hard Materials and Electronics rooms. Students are initially shown how to use the available tools and equipment correctly and safely. Equipment available includes scroll saws, drills, soldering irons and hand tools. They are then given a number of challenges and problems one of which they decide to create a solution to. Students are required to research their problem, looking at what solutions already exist, and produce drawings. There is a variety of materials and resources they can use, such as wood, plastics, metals, electronic components and fabrics. Self Management, Thinking Skills, Creativity and Teamwork are essential skills in this subject.

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The Culinary Arts is a creative field, where great ingenuity is rewarded; where problem solving in a fast-paced environment is critical should any student wish to go into the hospitality profession. The cornerstone of culinary education is replication. It is an important skill and is undoubtedly a foundation of our culinary education. It forces students to cook creatively by improvising and building their culinary skills including problem solving, palate development teamwork and communication. Following a recipe is an important skill for a cook however; the idea of cooking without a recipe shows mastery of skills and techniques. R.I.S. students will experience over their culinary journey basic healthy economical cooking, building skills and techniques that will expand their spirit into a new vision of looking at food as an art form. Lastly, as students consider the five senses of sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing, students will explore the culinary possibilities and look for new ideas. Let us see what we can discover when we ask ourselves: “What if we...”or “How we might…” or “How can we…” or “What would happen if we…” When it comes to cooking, it is a skill you learn and develop. I am sure we will all enjoy our journey together.

This term for pathways, I have been in culinary arts, it was challenging, but a fun experience. Being in Culinary arts has helped me improve my cleaning, and listening skills, but most of all my cooking skills after all that is what this class was about. Aunty Buffy has been a great help to my class peers, and me and has supported us all the way through this term, Aunty buffy is a kind, helpful and wonderful teacher at Rotorua Intermediate. During my time in culinary arts, I have learned that teamwork is the key to success and a great meal. Culinary arts this term has been a chance for me to increase my knowledge of cooking and many other great skills to help me in the future. Photos below of the meals and bakes I have made. Lily Wiremu-Tunohopu 3

Over the term in culinary arts, I have learned many things in the short span of time that I have spent in the culinary arts room. I have learned how to cook using the right equipment and right temperatures, how to stir more effectively and safely and much more. Aunty Buffy has taught everyone in our room how to cook.. Baking cookies, making boysenberry swirl crepes and how to make those nice, without overloading in a certain ingredient. We have also cooked curried sausages and rice, pizza and soon to be nacho bolognese. Our last lesson we will be planning our own meal, which I think, will be fun. Within the culinary arts room I was able to learn how to cook economical meals using food that would be in the family pantry, fridge and freezer. This has been a crazy trip and I have learned so much that I never knew before. Now I can cook some meals for my family every now and then. I will hopefully learn more about cooking in the near future. I certainly have had a fun term in culinary arts. Samuel Monk-TeRangiiwaho 5

WINNERS: RIS Y7/8 GIRLS TOUCH TEAM Congratulations to our Y7/8 touch team winning their division in the Rotorua Touch competition today.

Congratulations to Summer, Mayson, Puti, Chantel, Tahlia, Zana, Holly, Keita, Corbin and Maddy.

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WINNERS: RIS TAP Well done to these young touch players who won the Yr 8 mix S2 touch for 2021.

Team: Ollie, Nico, Shane, Rashae, Kianah, Te Whetu, Mason (captain) and Awatere (coach)


Thank you to Huiarau who travelled all the way from Ruatahuna to play an amazing finals.

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RIS Y8 CHIEFS TOUCH TEAM 🥇 🏆 🥇

FRIDAY: Winners of the 2021 BOP / Poverty Bay Touch tournament - beating Gisborne in the final.


SATURDAY: Winners of the Y8 Rotorua Touch comp - beating an awesome NGO Chiefs in the final.


Congrats to Milan, Rhody, Tawhiri, Jordy, Silas, Tama, Bayden, Izzy, Tai, Iona, Rylan, Awatere, Coach Bomm, Coach Shane & Matua Pou

RIS Y7 WARRIORS TOUCH TEAM 🥇 🏆 🥇

Winners of the Y7 Rotorua Touch comp - beating BC Chapman in the final 4-0.


Congratulations to Jayden, Cruze, Noah, Atutahi, Deon, Taylor, Wynston, Rydah, Kingston, Fletcher and Hendrix

WINNERS: RIS CRICKET TEAM 🏆 🏅

RIS drew their first game against JPC which was a semi final between the top two teams in each pool, so they had to have a super over each. Then beat Tokoroa in the final.


We had a lot of feedback around all of our RIS students and how nice they are to play. Super positive and encouraging towards the other teams, while always having lots of fun.

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Educa

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