Raureka School Term 4 Week 9

Newsletter 15 December 2021


Kia ora koutou katoa, Talofa lava, Kia orana,

This is the last day of the 2021 school year, and I want to thank you all for the support for us this year. We would not have done as well without it.

I would like to thank Whaea Whitney, Matua Matiu, Mr Filipo and Caroline for their guidance and support of our tamariki with our kapa haka rōpū and the Pasifica group this year - they have done a brilliant job of helping our children be fully involved in these cultural groups and in believing in themselves.

Today is one of excitement because it is the end of the year and Christmas is coming.

It is also one of sadness for our Year 6's who say goodbye to the school that many of you have been at for 6 years.

Maybe there’s the relief of “it finally being over”, then there is the excitement of the future.

This year 72% of our tamariki have achieved at or above your expected curriculum level in writing, with 68% (83% of Year 6’s) at or above expectation in reading, and 78% at or above your expected curriculum level in numeracy. These results are slightly higher than previous years even with the effect of a disrupted year with Covid, they are higher than the last recorded NZ means for achievement across the country for schools similar to us.

Well done Year 6s, you have made it through a difficult year and have excelled. We will miss you next year but know that you will do well if you give yourself the opportunity to do well.

We farewell Mrs Pope who leaves us today after 37 years service to our children and the community- we wish her all the best for a very happy retirement. I want to thank her for supporting our children over the years. We also wish Miss Caney all the best as she leaves us to join Taradale Primary.

2021 has been the most challenging year for all of us, even more so than last year. However, in these unprecedented times we came together as a community to support each other and our tamariki.

I want to thank the staff – thank you for all your time and dedication. You are so professional and committed to our learning community. We achieve great things as a team and you and your support is vital.

Thank you to our community for helping us improve and thank you for telling us when we get it right! You are great role models for your children.

My hope for our Year 6 students is that each and every one of you leave us and remember to be the best that you can be.

We say goodbye to our Year 6s, our other tamariki who are leaving and our staff who are moving on. Keep your sense of awe and wonder at the new, work through the hard stuff with people you trust and enjoy the journey ahead of you.

I used this whakatauki yesterday :

Ko te pae tawhiti whāia kia tata, Ko te pae tata whakamaua kia tīna.

Seek out distant horizons, and cherish those that you attain

Have a very Merry Christmas, a great holiday and a very happy and safe New Year.

Cricket Players of the Day: Raureka/Twyford Stags - Year 6 players (Cooper, Manjot, Lucas, Sam and Joey), Raureka Davy’s - Bryden, Raureka Corbett’s - whole team for a hard fought win against Twyford.

Stationery for 2022: Next year we will be selling stationery from outside the school office.

We have got the best prices available and they will match the back to school prices sold by other retailers.

The books we sell will be the ones that teachers have requested to meet the needs of their learning programmes. The books etc will come in a pack.

The office will be open for sales on Monday 31st January and Tuesday 1st February so you can come and buy them.

New enrolments and uniform purchases will also be taken on those days.

Children start school on Wednesday 2nd February 2022.

Remember that school will finish for the year today,Wednesday 15 at 12.30pm.

Children need to go home at this time so there will be NO lunch provided on that day.


Farewell to Mrs Pope

Our Values

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 preserve when you face challenges.

Expected behaviour for this week: strengths and weaknesses

The following children received awards at our last assembly:

R1 Adelyn Gardner, R2 Hannah Bayley, R4 Coco Timms-Rapaea, R5 Aaliyah Waiwiri,

R7 Kisona Tonga-Malie, R8 Yahya Gul, R11 Jaeda-Lee Reiri, R12 Declan Newton-Slade,

R13 Liam Davis, R14 Lisbeth Davy, R15 , R19 Ngawai-Jade King, R20 Declan Whanau,

R21 Keira Brightwell, ESOL Mason Olano.

Our Award Winners

Back Row:

Ngawai King, Hannah Bayley, Kisona Tonga-Malie, Adelyn Gardner, Declan Whanau.

Middle Row:

Liam Davis, Mason Olano, Keir Brightwell, Declan Newton-Slade, Yahya Gul.

Front Row:

Lisbeth Davy.

The latest with our building upgrade

The mural has started and should be finished by the end of the term

Upcoming Events

  • Last Day of 2021 - Wed. Dec. 15 (School closes at 12.30)
  • Monday 31 January and Tuesday 1 February - Mornings only, office area open for stationery sales, uniform sales, new enrolments
  • Wednesday 2 February - first day of Term 1, 2022

Holiday Programme

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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

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. We need help on the following days - Front Gate: Wednesday, Friday, Back Gate: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday.

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