Raureka School Term 2 Week 5

Newsletter 1 June 2022


Kia ora koutou katoa, Talofa lava, Kia orana,

Here we are in the middle of term 2 already. I am pleased to see that the children are continuing to do their best to be the best that they can.

A reminder that there is no school on Monday because it is Queens Birthday.

A huge thanks to all of the parents who are supporting us by being managers or coaches for our teams. I really appreciate it as you are enabling our tamariki to get out and get involved in different sports. I have seen the enthusiasm of the children as they tell me about the games they have played. Keep this up.

We have Mr Murray Gadd back again this week to help support our staff with ways to improve our writing programmes. Covid has stopped him being here earlier in the year.

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

We have lots of activities to celebrate this week.

On Monday morning we had 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.

Yesterday the Senior Team tasted some traditional Samoan food at school. It was delicious and everyone throughly enjoyed it. The tamaiti were also shown some excerpts from the Pacifica performances over the last two years.

Today our Pasifica group attended the Samoan flag raising ceremony at the Hastings District Council.

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

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

Fa'afetai Mr Filipo. A huge thanks to Mr Filipo for organising this.

New Families Powhiri:

On Wednesday 22nd June, we will be welcoming new whanau and tamariki to Raureka School. This will start at 9:30 in the morning. Parents and whanau are welcome to attend. We do this once a year and welcome you to join us.


We will be having our Martariki celebration at school on Wednesday 22nd June, this year it will start at 2:00 p.m. We will start with some speeches, a junior and senior item followed by the kapa haka performing and classes showing their new murals.

We are excited about this and welcome any whanau to come along and be part of this celebration.

Mama's Donuts:

Our RSS are doing another Mamas Donuts fundraiser. This Friday, 3rd June, order forms will come home for you. If you want to order some please follow the instructions and place your orders so you don't miss out. Thank you to the RSS for this, the funds raised will be going towards buying a new larger TV for the Hall. Having a larger TV will make it easier for everyone to see.

Emergency Numbers for Sports Coaches:

Please remember to let your child's sports coach know your contact number- this is purely for any emergency contact.

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 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.


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Some of the Samoan Language week activities

$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 4 - what have you got to share with us this week?

Room 4 has been hard at mahi over the last few weeks. We have been having fun and have been building relationships with our buddy class. We have also loved having special guests in our class showing us new things, like rocket boards, art techniques and sign language.

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: cope with disappointment.

The following children received awards at our last assembly:

R1 Mykah Muir, R2 Benji Jamieson, R3 Jerry Pakai-Hall-Moa, R4 Lochlan McKenzie,

R5 Thomas Barber, R7 Spencer Kingon, R8 , R11 Jade Ngaronoa, R12 Harlow-Rose James,

R13 Skylah-Rey Platt, R14 Azalea Gamlen, R15 Ja'Lisa Smith-Berryman, R19 Nikhil Sehjal,

R20 Teina Paikea, R21 Kole Davies.


Back Row:

Lochlan McKenzie, Jade Ngaronoa, Jerry Pakai-Hall-Moa, Mykah Muir, Thomas Barber, Nikhil Sehjal.

Middle Row:

Kole Davies, Spencer Kingon, Harlow-Rose James, Skylah-Rey Platt, Teina Paikea, Benji Jamieson.

Front Row:

Azalea Gamlen, Ja'Lisa Smith-Berryman.

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 Raureka Black lost 3-7: Player of the day Beautiful-Roze

Raureka Black v Raureka White won 7-3: Player of the day Ciana

Raureka Blue v Ebbett Park lost 13-2: Player of the day Anna Belle


Goings v Peterhead Won 30-6: Player of the day Kason

Hunters v Te Mata Won Player of the Day Iesha

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: New Whanau Powhiri: 9:30 a.m. front of school
  • Wednesday 22 June: School Matariki Celebration 2:00 p.m. - performances and murals
  • 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 - Mufti Day ... gold coin donation
  • 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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