Rotorua Intermediate 7 December


Focusing Forward

I was asked by a parent while watching our students playing touch that after the disruptions experienced in 2022 what was I hoping for during 2023? I replied that we were aiming for 2023 to be our year of COMPLETION and CONTINUITY.

For COMPLETION we are looking forward to seeing our canopy over the basketball courts completed, with its cover, speaker system and night lights. Along with this would be the COMPLETION of the astro-turf surface underneath, providing for both basketball and netball. Our all-weather cricket wicket would also be COMPLETED.

Also COMPLETED would be the purchasing of more sets of appropriate novels for our students, and the COMPLETION of our sets of robotics and science kits. These resources extend practical opportunities for our students to be excited about, as they have proven curiosity in these areas.

Regarding CONTINUITY, we are hoping for minimal distractions outside of our control, that end up impacting on effective teaching and learning. Distractions such as Covid lockdowns or some parents either holding the children back from school or allowing them to choose when they feel like attending school.

Our students need CONTINUITY during this critical growth time in their life. They are experiencing brain growth, physical growth and emotional growth, so the CONTINUITY of school is crucial.

To support CONTINUITY at Rotorua Intermediate we can assure you we are fully staffed and organised to do our part.


Before 2023 commences I am insisting that all staff, parents and caregivers have an awesome Xmas and New Year. I am insisting that you find some time for you. Time to recharge yourself in preparation to support 2023. The year of COMPLETION and CONTINUITY.

Garry de Thierry

On behalf of RI staff and Board.

2022 Kapahaka Regional Competition

Congratulations to our Kapa Haka roopu for the time, effort and passion they put into this years campaign. You made our kura so proud and what amazing results. A massive thank you to our Kapa Haka tutors; Whaea Merekara, Matua Rhys, Whaea Leeda and Matua Jamus.
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To all our students that received an award.

CBOP Athletics & Super 11 PB/BOP Athletics Results 2022

Amazing results from our athletes over the last two days. Thursday 1 Dec CBOP Athletics Rotorua & Friday 2 Dec Super 11 Athletics @ Tauranga

Thursday 1 Dec CBOP

Amazing results with records broken

Amber Albrecht discus 25.55m + shot put 9.74m

Tyla Albrecht high jump 1.35m

Noah Maxwell high jump 1.53m



Kingston Ryan 1st discus + 1st 400m + 1st 800m

Rihari Stone Hart 1st long jump

Noah Maxwell 2nd long jump +1st high jump

Tyla Albrecht 1st discus +1st high jump

Declan Albrecht 1st discus

Amber Albrecht 1st discus + 1st shot put


Mason-Marie Playle 1st 100m + 1st 200m

Kayden Martin 1st 100m + 1st 200m

Rylan Emery 2nd 100m + 2nd 200m

Tarriss Walters 2nd 200m

Friday 2 Dec Super 11

Intermediate schools competing at this event:: Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, Otumoetai, Te Puke, Ilminster (Gisborne) Rotorua, Whakatane, Taupo, & Gisborne

Congratulations to our team of 16 athletics who were extremely competitive and very successful at this event.

Okweryus Kani 1st shot put 8.63m, 3rd cricket ball throw 32.65m year 7

Amber Albrecht 1st discus 20.43m year 7

Kingston Ryan 2nd discus 31.35m, 2nd high jump 1.55m, 2nd 800m, 2nd 1500m, year 8

Rihari Hart-Stone 3rd high jump 1.5m, 3rd long jump 5m

Tyla Albrecht 3rd high jump 1.35m year 8

Kayden Martin 2nd shot put 13.29m

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Term 4 Attendance 100% & 95% 2022

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Kiara de Bruyn Pukaki 5

Kiara consistently shows Respect for Others by offering help when her peers or kaiako needs it. She takes Responsibility for her actions by always being prepared from her day and staying on task. Kiara always has a positive attitude to learning and school. Keep up the great work!

Shadik Tonihi Tunohopu 5

Shadik, you are a respectful tauira who uses class time productively and takes responsibility for your learning. You have a positive attitude and show resilience even if the mahi is new or challenging. We appreciate your sense of humour and it is an absolute pleasure to have you in our class!

Maanvi Ram Te Rangiiwaho 2

Well done for showing resilience and determination at camp! You gave everything a go - even after you got stuck in the thick, gooey mud. Our parent helpers recognised your positive attitude and the way you helped out others. You definitely showed the RIS values of Manaakitanga at camp!

Josh Mecalfe Hurungaterangi 3

Joshua, you are recognised in our space by kaiako and tamariki as an awesome role model. You are always willing to support others in their learning and in out of class activities. In our class space, you always volunteer to give new opportunities a go and show courage with sharing ideas in small and large groups. Keep being your awesome self, Josh!

Heretaunga Mikaere Te Roro o te Rangi 5

Tena koe Heretaunga, your leadership and commitment towards achieving a set goal needs to be acknowledged. You have been awesome supporting the kaiako, always stepping up to help and be the Tuakana for our whanau. Koia kei a koe Tama.

Joe Tuakeu Tunohopu 2 - Graphic Design

Joe, you are the ultimate role model for our 3Rs. You show respect to everyone you meet and are consistently on task and responsible for your own learning. You are committed to do your best and take pride in all that you do in graphic design. You are always happy to support your peers and provide feedback when asked. It is a privilege having you in my class this term Joe.

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Michael Magatogia Pukaki 1

Michael, you consistently demonstrate our core school values and you’re an excellent role model. We love your bright and bubbly greetings every morning, setting the tone for a positive day. You are incredibly helpful in the classroom and this is very much appreciated.

Kyan Wylie Tunohopu 4

Kyan, you strive to do your best and always ensure you keep your classwork up to date. You are a kind, thoughtful and respectful student in Tunohopu 4. You participate enthusiastically in all class, whanau and schoolwide events and demonstrate leadership within our classroom. You show a positive attitude at all times. Great work!

Marisia Ostrowska Te Rangiiwaho 3

Congratulations Marisia on huge improvements in your learning and attitude. You are a hardworking positive person in class that can be relied on to help those in need. No matter what the subject or activity you are always ready to help. Your peers always look up to you. Great work!

Tyler Kopae Hurungaterangi 2

Tyler, your awesome attitude while at camp absolutely shone through. At each activity you supported your group and encouraged them to have a go at the different activities, especially the more challenging ones. You supported them while also making sure you were giving your absolute best to each opportunity we had there. Thank you so much for your terrific positive attitude.

Rangiatea Tito Te Roro o te Rangi 1 - Rūmaki

Ko koe tērā Rangiatea e whakatinana ana i ngā mātāpono o te kura ia rā. He rawe ōu whanonga, he ngākaunui ki te reo me ngā tikanga Māori. He kaha koe ki te tautoko i ngā ākonga o te whānau, otirā ka tautoko hoki koe i ngā kaiako. E mihi ana ki a koe Rangiatea. Tau kē āu mahi i tēnei wāhanga!

Andrei Ladra Taeotu - Pathways - Te Rangiwaho 1

Consistent effort and commitment to learning in Hauora. Andrei shares his ideas and shows consideration for others’ opinions. Regularly supports other students and demonstrates our school values. Has a really positive attitude and impact on the class. Has been a joy having you in the class.

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FOTS - Friends of the School

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Newsletter proudly sponsored by

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  • Thursday 8 December-------------------------------Year 8 Formal Dance 6.30pm-10.00pm
  • Friday 9 December-----------------------------------FOTS Mufti Day - Gold Coin
  • Tuesday 13 December-------------------------------Year 8 EOY Prize Giving 9.30am
  • Wednesday 14 December----------------------------Year 7 EOY Prize Giving 9.30am
  • Wednesday 14 December----------------------------LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - 12pm Finish
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RIS School APP

RIS School App has been updated, please use the link below to download the app again or for some it may be the first time.

Thank you

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EDUCA - Learning Platform for Sharing Work.

Educa is a learning platform that allows students to share their learning and progress with whanau as well as whanau being able to respond with comment.

Term 1 Pathway Reports will be sent via your child's Educa Profile. The Pathway team would like to celebrate with you, the learning and assessment over the previous term in their Pathway programme.

You would have previously received a few emails from Educa inviting you to activate your account. Please activate your account by clicking on the link provided.

If you have not received an email from Educa please contact the school office.

We encourage you to take this opportunity to be part of your child's day to day learning.

You can receive, learning stories, reports, updates and notices via email or download the app to your phone.

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