Newsletter Week 4 Term 4

Rotherham School 9th November 2022


Kia ora koutou,

Wow what an awesome time we had at our Senior Room Camp at Kaikoura in Week 2. We got to do so many fun activities like exploring the Kaikoura Museum and rocky shore, kayaking with Dusky Dolphins, visiting Takahanga Marae and going on the Dolphin Encounter boat to see more Dusky Dolphins and we even got to see some Albatross and Hectors Dolphins. Apart from the sea sickness we really did enjoy all these amazing experiences. The Kaikoura Top 10 was a fantastic place to stay with the heated pool, nice cabins and great conference room and we had some delicious food provided by our 4 wonderful parent helpers Renee Dampier-Crossley, Tash Thomas, Si Clark and Stephen Chick. A highlight for me was seeing how resilient the Year 4 students were as this was their first camp. The camp concert is always very entertaining. It is always a pleasure to take the Senior Room on camp and throughout they showed respect, resilience and perseverance and a 'can-do' attitude. A massive thank you must go to the Home & School who fundraise and help pay for a large proportion of our camp and enable all the children to experience the wonders of outdoor education.

It has been fantastic to see all the community involvement we have had at school lately. The Home & School ran a very successful fundraiser selling packed lunches, slices and hot drinks at the annual Hurunui Garden Festival. Thank you to all those who provided food, prepared and organised food and ran the stall. It was an awesome effort and very successful.

Our annual athletics was held in very windy conditions on Thursday but this did not deter our tamariki who displayed great sportsmanship and determination even when the high jump bar was flying off from the wind!

Once again it was great to see so many parents and whanau attend and support the students. Congratulations to all the students and to the certificate winners who are mentioned later in this newsletter.

Well done to the 12 students who represented us at Hurunui Athletics on Monday at Amuri Area School: Paul, Ollie T, Kaleo, Emily, Paige B, Santos, Gussie, Lotte, Macey, Leo, Brody and Lucas. It is aways a great experience to compete at the next level against other students from different schools and you should all be proud of your efforts. (Results are listed below).

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Ngā mihi nui

Cheryl Barbara

Principal - Tumuaki

Thank You 4 Square Culverden!

We are extremely grateful for the support of the Culverden 4 Square who kindly donated all of the fruit, vegetables, bread and milk that we had on our recent camp to Kaikoura. This is a very generous donation and we are very lucky to have them contribute to our camp food.

Athletics Day Results

Congratulations to all the Winners:

Year 1 Boys: Louie Lambeth

Year 1 Girls: Hazel Thomas

Year 2 Boys: Mason Clark

Year 2 Girls: Blaise Stephens

Year 3 Boys: Oliver Kinley

Year 3 Girls: Emma Hayward

Senior Boys: Leo Chick

Senior Girls: Gussie Dampier-Crossley

Senior Championship Boys: Paul Chick

Senior Championship Girls: Emily Colombus

Sportmanship Award: Lotte Thomas

Hurunui Athletics Results

Congratulations to the following students who achieved excellent results:

Year 4

Lotte Thomas - 2nd Long Distance

Year 5

Paige Bailey - 3rd Discus, 3rd 80m Sprints

Emily Colombus - 1st Long Jump, 2nd 80m Sprints, 3rd High Jump, 60m Sprints & Long Distance

Year 6

Paul Chick - 2nd Shot Put, 3rd High Jump

Well done to Emily Colombus who has qualified for the Canterbury Primary School Athletics for Long Jump.

Congratulations: Assembly Awards Friday 4th November

Junior Room

Henrietta Roe: For her enthusiasm in all areas of learning. Always doing her best.

Key Competency

Hayzel-Grace Kinley: For participating in all activities at athletics day.

Senior Room

Kaleo Matete: For an awesome start back in the Senior Room and for always being friendly, kind and polite.

Key Competency

Leo Chick: You have demonstrated the "Little Ripper" values, particularly on camp and Athletics Day. You enthusiastically participate and show tremendous effort in all you do!

Bus Certificate

Max King: For always wearing your bus vest and sitting quietly.

Principal's Award

Mason Clark: For his positive attitude in all areas of learning, especially reading.

Upcoming Events

  • Sir Edmund Hillary's Antarctic Hut Virtual Reality Experience - Thursday 10 November
  • Canterbury Anniversary Day (SCHOOL CLOSED) - Friday 11 November
  • Assembly - Senior Room - Friday 18 November
  • NZEI Paid Union Meeting - Wednesday 23 November - School finishing at 12.30pm
  • Junior Room Trip to Hanmer - Thursday 1 December
  • Assembly - Junior Room - Friday 2 December
  • Year 6 Transition to Amuri - Monday 5 December 11.00am
  • Community Day to celebrate 'Our Place, Our People' Inquiry - Wednesday 7 December
  • Year 6 Leavers Dinner - Wednesday 7 December
  • Stig Wemyss Child Narrator at Amuri - Friday 9 December 1.30pm
  • Fonterra Visit - Monday 12 December 10.45am
  • Top Team at Waiau School - Wednesday 14 December
  • Prizegiving and end of Term 4 - Thursday 15 December

Home and School News

The next Home and School meeting will be Monday 21st November, after school. This is the last meeting for the year.

Everyone welcome


Tash Thomas

NZEI Paid Union Meeting - School Finishing Early

Wednesday 23 November - 12.30pm

Teachers in our school will be attending paid union meetings on Wednesday 23 November 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 both teachers will be attending, school will be finishing at lunch time on this day. If you cannot collect your child at lunch time please let the school know so we can make arrangements.

Changes to the School Donations Scheme

The BOT have decided to opt into the School Donations Scheme from the beginning of 2023. They believe it will be more financially beneficial to students and in the past we have not been able to opt into this scheme. Please note that there are exceptions for camps and overnight trips. More information on this scheme can be found on the ministry website:

Parents can send any feedback to Cheryl via email

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