Raureka School Term 1 Week 9

Newsletter 31 March 2021


Kia ora koutou katoa, Talofa lava, Kia orana,

What a busy week it was last week with the Zoo Trip, Tough Kids and our swimming finishing.

Swimming Pool closes until summer- Last Friday was the last day of swimming for this season. I know the children have thoroughly enjoyed having our pool back in action again after the repairs. We will start swimming again in November.

Zoo trip- Last Wednesday we travelled to the zoo and had an awesome time. Some photos are included in our newsletter

Tough Kids challenge- This was also held on Wednesday and 80 students went to represent us.

A big thanks to everyone who supported us and a huge congratulations to the tamariki who did so well. Koia kei a koe (You nailed it).

Marae Visit- Next Thursday we will be going to Te Aranga Marae. The children will be learning about our local community and also learning about tikanga Maori. Children will be travelling by bus and leaving school at 9:30 and returning back to school at 12:30.

First Aid- Today we started First Aid training for our children. All children will have a time with our First Aider to learn what they can do in an emergency situation. All classes will have some time from now until the end of term.

Hockey training starts next week- Thank you to the parents who registered children for Saturday Hockey next term. We have two teams this season.

The Raureka Tui's (Year 3/4) - will be coached by Anita Bhika-Willan and training will be on Wednesday's at Lunch time on the courts. The Tuis team is Fusi, Xavier, Melania, Ashley, Laylah, Amelia, Lacey, Keira, Nalisha, Freddie and Kayess. Please bring your hockey stick to school on Wednesday so we can be ready for the first game on Saturday 16th May

The Raureka Kowhai (Yr 5/6)- will be managed by Mr James Fergusson and training will be at school Tuesday's at lunchtimes with Mr Riceman. The team is Kooper, Tai, Xander, Riley, Charlie, Skyla, Lachlan, Olivia, David, Cody, Nair and Chazaria.

Please bring your hockey stick to school on Thursday next week then we will train on Tuesdays after that.

Children can start paying for the fees now. A reminder the fees are Tui's (Yr3/4) $35 and Kowhai's (Yr5/6) $45.

All children need to pay this before they play.

A further reminder that Easter this year is in term time and this means that school will be closed from Good Friday, 2 April and open again on Wednesday 7 April. All Schools are closed on the Tuesday.

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. When the children arrive on time they do not miss out on valuable learning time and they feel as though they haven't missed anything. Keep in mind too that when children arrive late it can be hard on their classmates as after an interruption - some children struggle to refocus on the lesson.


These nasty little creatures are around at the moment. Please check your child's hair weekly at least and treat your child if they have any lice.

We do have free treatment lotion at school if you would like some.

We have had a number of children leave the grounds before school to go to the shop and buy food, please remember that once your child is at school they need to stay in the grounds.

BOT Meesage- The Board of Trustees will be sending out an update in terms 1,2 &3 to let you know what has been happening. Our first one will come out shortly- keep an eye out for it out for it.


Duffy Books, Frist Aid and Marae visit

Presentation of Taonga (Carvings)

We have been very fortunate have Ranginui Walker, from the Ministry of Education, working with a number of our tamariki over the last few months.

Ranginui has been teaching them how to carve.

At Monday's Assembly he, along with the children, presented them to the school. They will be displayed in the hall.

The children are very proud of the carvings, as am I. Well done the lot of you.

Some Zoo Highlights

Sports Result: Players of the Day


Raureka / Twyford played Nelson Park, they won 134-42.

Players of the Day: Cooper Burns and Manjot Kaila.

This was the last week of cricket for the season, a big thank you to Chris Scannell for coaching the team, they have gone through the season unbeaten.


Raureka Black played Mahora, they won 19-10.

Player of the Day: Lachlan Clifton.

Our Values

Our four values are :

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

This week we are focusing on - Relationships/Whanaungatanga - which means, interacting in a caring, respectful way to develop positive connections.

Expected behaviour for this week: have patience and wait your turn.

Our value for Week 8 was ...


The following children received awards:

R1 Henry-John Atkenson, (not in photo) R2 Harlyn Hema, R4 Uriah Foluena-Maulolo, R5 Sulianah Crichton,

R7 Mykah Muir, R8 Koby Wire, R11 Emma-Rose Tonge, R12 John-Joseph Underwood,

R13 Hudson Khaira, R14 Setema Kitiona-Numia, R15 Vaden Worsley, R19 Lucan Blackburn,

R20 Isaac Nasir, R21 Savanna-Dolly Hammond, ESOL Dylan Cabrera.

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Value Award Recipients

Senior Award Winners

Room 1 - Rylee-Mei Barnett

Room 2 - Lucas Issac

Room 4 - Skyla Gilmore

Room 5 - Trelayusz Takiwa

Room 11 - Meretaina Cruden

Room 19 - Drake Blake (not in photo)

RSS Easter Raffle

All sheets, sold or unsold, need to be returned to school.

The raffle will be drawn in Assembly tomorrow 1st April.

This year the money raised will be going towards a new outdoor sound system.

Upcoming Events

  • Optimist Yachting Y6- Mon 29 March- Thursday 1 April
  • First Aid for Children- Wed- 31 March, Thursday 1 April, 14/15 April
  • Easter- Good Friday - Friday - April - 2 (School Closed)
  • Easter Monday - Mon. - April 5 - (School Closed)
  • Easter Tuesday - Tues. - April 6 - (School Closed)
  • School Marae Trip - Thurs. - April - 8
  • Last Day- Mufti Day- Gold Coin dontation
  • Last Day Term 1 - Fri. - April - 16 (School Closes at 2:55)
  • First Day Term 2 - Mon. - May - 3 (School Opens at 8:55)

Let's have a peek inside Room 4...

Wow what a fantastic first term we have had in Room 4!

We have spent the term getting to know each other and celebrating others successes in our room. Come in and check out our 'Author's Wall' if you get the chance.

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?

o moved house?

o phone/cellphone numbers changed?

o living arrangements changed?

o emergency contacts changed?

o medical details?

Supervision for our patrollers.

We again would be grateful for any parent who could spare ½ hr BEFORE SCHOOL ONLY, to assist our patrollers. The children are fully trained; you just need to support/supervise with them as children arrive at school.

Please contact Chris at the office if you can help. If you helped last year and would like to continue, please still contact Chris J. You will need to be Police vetted for this.

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.

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