Raureka School Term 4 Week 9

Newsletter 14 December 2022


Kia ora koutou katoa, Talofa lava, Kia orana,

Here we are with the last newsletter of the year. It doesn't really seem that long ago when everyone fronted up for day 1.

Thank you all very much for your support throughout the year. What a great year we have had with lot's of exciting events and challenges for our tamariki. We started the year in "bubbles" and none of our bubbles got a chance to interact with any other bubble- this was very strange. After we changed Covid levels the bubbles were lifted and everyone got a chance to be with each other again. This effectively meant that there was a new start to the year.

Classes then worked on our murals and these were presented to everyone around Matariki time, this was a huge success and the murals are superb.

After a years delay, because of Covid, we were then able to present our Production- and what a superb effort that was- a huge thanks to Rose, staff, helpers and tamariki for doing so well. This was once again a huge highlight for us.

Our children continued to take part in lots of sporting activities with us having over 15 teams participating in the Term 4 events alone. Thanks to everyone who supported us with this. The children benefited and have done so well.

We also had ERO visiting us over the last two years to carry out their new review process. We have done really well and ERO were very pleased with our processes and actions we take to support our tamariki they said;

The school can draw from the following strengths to support its goal to enhance writing outcomes for all learners, particularly Māori and Pacific:

• a well-established needs analysis process that monitors learners progress and achievement outcomes

• use of achievement information to inform professional learning and development decisions

• a collaborative learning culture that supports teachers to monitor shifts in practice as a result of new learning

• Māori and Pacific learners’ perception of themselves as learners is being enhanced through increased access and engagement in culturally responsive programmes.

The Year 6 camp went ahead as usual and the children had a fantastic time, thanks to everyone who supported us with this.

Academically our children have succeeded well; 73% of our tamariki have achieved at or above your expected curriculum level in writing, with 69% (87% of Year 6’s) at or above expectation in reading, and 75% 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.

We say farewell to all of our Year 6's and wish them all the best for next year at Intermediate. We say farewell to Mrs V, Mrs Phillips, Mrs Mackenzie and Whaea Whitney we wish you all the best and hope that you have fond memories of your time at Raureka.

Remember to keep tomorrow, Thursday 15th December, free as we are having our end of year assembly at 1:00 p.m. Parents are invited to be part of it so please come along and share in our farewell to our Year 6's and celebrate our achievements this year.

School will close on Friday, last day, at 12:30 and all children will go home then. There is no lunch provided on this day.

Remember the Change to the Start of year day to 3rd February:

In order to ensure that we are open for the correct number of days next year, school will open on Friday 3rd February 2023, this will be the first day for the children and the school year will finish on Wednesday 20th December.

Stationery will be available to buy from school on 31st January and 1st February, we will send the stationery costs out with the reports on Friday 9 December.

New enrolments and uniform purchases can also be done on 31st January and 1st February next year.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a fantastic Holiday season and remember to stay safe. Hopefully we'll see most of you in the new year.

IMPORTANT - If your child is away from school -

Reminder that you need to PHONE OR TEXT 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.

Have a great holiday


Values Certificate Winners

Our four values are :

Respect/Whakaute, Responsibility/Haepapa, Resilience/Pakari, Relationships/Whanaungatanga.

This week we are focusing on - Responsibility/Haepapa, - which means: look after yourself and those around you by being a committed, contributing member of society.

The expected behaviour during this week is: make good choices.

The following children received awards at our last assembly:

R1 Bowan Jamieson, R2 Keira Brightwell, R3 Dante Pakai-McCormack, R4 Chazaria Ferrall-Heather, R5 Lachlan Gray, R7 Paige Olsen, R8 Harsh Badhan, R11 Jade Ngaronoa,

R12 Victor Kumar, R13 Marcus Bryan, R14 Lincoln Feck, R15 Adrianna Brightwell,

R19 Hunter MacGregor-Calder, R20 Max Rumble, R21 Ella Kane.

Patrollers at Splash Planet - a thank you for their hard work throughout the year!

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This weeks events

Sport Results

Cricket -

Raureka/Twyford Stags v Frimley, Score: 152-76, POD: Harriet & George from Twyford

Raureka Halbert's v, HNP Strikers - defaulted

Raureka Davy's v HNP Legends, Score: lost POD: Ruby


Tui v Sherenden, Score: 2-1, POD: Teina

Kowhai v Tkkm, Score: 13-1, POD: whole team

Kereru v Taikura, Score: 2-4, POD: Chazaria


Raureka Mavericks v Reignier, Score: 7-6, Rohan and Spencer

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday 15 December- Final Assembly - starts 1.00pm
  • Friday 16 December Last Day of Year - 12.30 school finishes for the year
  • Tuesday 31 January & Wednesday 1 February - Office open for uniform & stationery sales
  • Friday 3 February - beginning of Term 1 2023

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 (e.g. inhalers). 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.

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