Raureka School Term 3 Week 9

Newsletter 22 September 2021


Kia ora koutou katoa, Talofa lava, Kia orana,

It has been great to see the sunshine and the warmer start to the week after last week.

I am really happy to see the children who are very pleased to be able to be back and to see and talk and play with their friends.

As we are still in Alert Level 2, please only enter the grounds if you need to. If you do you must also follow the Government regulations of signing in, using the Covid19 Tracer App, wear a mask and stay 2m away from others.

Mrs Waretini has let us know that next year she will be having another baby. We are very happy for her and her husband Marcus, it is such exciting news for them all. Dayna will be taking maternity leave from the start of the 2022 school year and will rejoin us in 2023. We wish Dayna, Marcus and Hudson all the best with a new baby. We will advertise for a replacement teacher to take her class.

Room 21 said farewell to Georgia Field, who spent the last five weeks with the class. Georgia will now return to EIT to finish off her teaching degree and next year she will be a fully qualified teacher. We wish Georgia all the best.

Room 14 has welcomed Mr Duncan Riley, who will spend the next few weeks working with Mrs Corbett in the class. Duncan is a trainee teacher and this is his last teaching practicum. We wish him all the best and a great time in Room 14.

Unison Hockey awards. Congratulations to both Chazaria, from the Kowhai team and Xavier, from the Tui team both received the awards. They were going to be presented at a ceremony at the beginning of September but this was cancelled because of Lockdown. Both players have worked extremely hard throughout the season and have shown that they are great team players and they have also continued to develop new skills. They have continued to strive to be the best that they could be. I am proud of both of them for their efforts this year.

Next Tuesday 28th September, weather permitting, the Senior Rooms 1,2,4,5,11 &19 will be having their Cross Country which was postponed during lockdown. This will start at 9:30 and will be run entirely within the school grounds.

As we are still in Alert Level 2 parents will not be able to come on site and watch, although you could watch from outside the school- remembering to keep 2m social distancing. Good luck to all of the runners, I know you will do your best. I wonder which house will win? Tamariki can come dressed in house colours on Tuesday.

Next Friday, 1st October, is the last day of term and children will be able to come in mufti, a gold coin donation for this will be appreciated. School will finish at the usual time of 2:55.

We are fast coming to the end of the term and we are getting excited about next term with lots of exciting things organised, like the year 6 Camp, The Seniors EOTC week, School Athletics and Inter-school Athletics, Ki-o-rahi tournament, Swimming starting near the end of November, Kapa Haka Festival, Year 6 Social and our End of Year Assembly to name a few.

I'm also hopeful that we will be able to have our parent evening with Murray Gadd on Wednesday 17th November, as we missed out on it because of Lockdown.

We also have a Teacher Only Day on Monday 22nd November with no school.

A reminder that this Sunday is the start of Daylight Savings for this summer and the clocks move forward an hour.

Headlice/Nits: These little beasties are around at the moment. Please check your child's hair every week and treat it if you find anything.

We have free treatment at school that you are welcome to collect.

  • Please remember that classes start at 8:55 a.m. each day and all children should be at school, unless they are sick, ready to start then.
  • Children are required to wear our correct Raureka School uniform - no exceptions. Royal blue polo-shirt $30, royal blue polar-fleece $40 are both available from the office. Shorts, skorts, skirts, longs must be plain black and can be purchased in town.
  • Please remember that in case of an emergency we need to have an up to date contact number for you and for your emergency contact person, also a current address - Please let the office know of any changes.


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 persevere when you face challenges.

Expected behaviour for this week: strengths and weaknesses.

The following children received awards at last week's assembly:

R1Liam Anderson, R2 Marino Hiko-Hammond, R4 Emma Doggett, R5 Alex Horua, R7 Zylis Mahia, R8 Chace Tollett, Rll Iesah Upoko, R12 Pippa Ritchie, R13 Georgia Chevalier, R14 Leo Craven, R15 Paige Olsen, R19 Lochlan McKenzie, R20 Ella Reece, R21 Ewan Davis, ESOL Mason Olano.

Our Award Winners

Back Row:

Liam Anderson, Iesha Upoko, Emma Doggett, Alex Horua, Ewan Davis, Ella Reece.

Middle Row:

Chace Tollett, Lochlan McKenzie, Mason Olano, Zylis Mahia.

Front Row:

Leo Craven, Georgia Chevalier, Marino Hiko-Hammond, Paige Olsen, Pippa Ritchie.

Hello Room 20 - what have you got to share with us this week?

Room 20 have been busy this week. On Wednesday, Tracey from Digital Circus visited us. We had a fun time learning about coding.

Our favourite part was using the bee-bots.

Room 12/13 progress

Hockey Unison Medal Winners for 2021

Upcoming Events

  • Senior School (Rms 1,2,4,5, 11&19) Cross Country Tues 28 Sep
  • Last Day Term 3 - Fri. - October 1 Mufti Day (School Closes at 2.55)
  • First Day Term 4 - Mon. - October 18 (School Opens at 8.55)
  • Fri. 22 October- Hawkes Bay Anniversary No School
  • Mon. 25 October -Labour Day No School
  • Tues.26-29 October- Year 6 Camp at Guthrie Smith
  • Wed. 27 October- Ki-o-Rahi Tournament
  • Tues. 16 Nov Kapa Haka Festival
  • Wed./Thurs 17/18 Nov. Murray Gadd here- Parent evening Wednesday 17th
  • Mon 22 Nov Teacher Only Day- No School
  • Fri. 10 Dec Reports given out
  • Mon 13 Dec Year 6 Social
  • Tues. 14 Dec Final Assembly 1:00 p.m.
  • Last Day of 2021 - Wed. Dec. 15 (School closes at 12.30)

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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