Rotorua Intermediate 8 February


From Our Principal

Kia Ora Katoa

Transitioning into a new school year

For our Teachers at Rotorua Intermediate, having an awareness of the possible emotions, thoughts and anxieties that our students might be going through, is essential, if we are to accommodate a smooth transition into their new school year. As parents you are best placed to give us a ‘heads up’ if your child is feeling uncomfortable, lonely, or worried, as they go through the transition stage of 2023. We encourage you to work in partnership with us, and share your observations or any concerns as soon as they are noticed. This will give us a greater opportunity to discuss a positive way forward and create a greater chance of a smooth transition for your child.

I have shared this poem by Lorrie Birchall, which could be a starting point for a discussion with your child, as the poem shares the questions that could be worrying them.

We are always here to help

Garry de Thierry & Staff

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2023 Kapa Haka Nationals

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2023 Prefects

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Back Row: Amber Albrecht, Caira-Jem Smalley- Huch, Zoe Marshall, Garry de Thierry (Principal), Michael de Lore, Lily Antipas, Maanvi Ram

Front Row: Rushika Madaan, Ayushman, Ayushman, Takētenganipu Mikaere, Kyan Wyllie, Emily Adams, Stevie Makiha

Welcome Speech to our New Year 7's from Prefect Stevie Makiha

Tena koutou katoa.

Ko Stevie Makiha ahau
Ko Tuturu te maunga
Ko Te Puarenga te awa
Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Te Arawa te iwi
Ko Tuhourangi - Ngati Wahiao te hapū.

Kia ora! My name is Stevie Makiha, a prefect at Rotorua Intermediate School.

First off, I would like to say congratulations to you all. You have chosen a spectacular school to spend your intermediate years in.

As a prefect, I am positive Rotorua Intermediate will provide you with countless opportunities to grow and achieve. This school encourages all students to try their hardest, to set goals, and to succeed in areas like academics, sports, culture, music and more. Rotorua Intermediate will put all its effort into making you the best you can be - if you are prepared to try.

So, how are you all feeling? A bit nervous right? Exactly a year ago I was in the same position as you were, with all the same feelings and emotions.
This might be your first time wearing a school uniform, or you may find it hard adjusting to new surroundings in a new classroom with a new teacher. Some of you would have spent all your primary school years at just one school so coming to Rotorua Intermediate can be a bit scary. Always remember the teacher, your whanau leaders and the prefects are here to help. Also remember to be kind, accept people’s differences and open your mind to making new friends.

So here’s some advice on how to switch your brain into making the most of your first year. How I did it was by setting myself goals. Setting goals is the best possible way to get used to a new school. During my first intermediate year, I set goals that would help me settle into school and to challenge myself. I focused on the things that I was passionate about and where I could make a difference. Looking around, I realised there were plenty of great opportunities for a year 7, more than I actually thought.

The first goal I set myself was to be recognised as a leader.
Each day I would work to a high standard and made sure to set a higher example for my class mates. Eventually I achieved my goal by being named a Y7 house captain. I maintained that same effort throughout the year to where I was privileged to go up on stage at the end of year prizegiving, alongside amazing students to be named a school prefect for 2023.

Another one of my goals was to be part of the school girls rugby team. Knowing the standards were very high, I decided to give it a go. As the trial day came, I gave it everything and was happy to hear my name being called out on the final team list. This shows you that being a Year 7 doesn’t stop you from representing the school. Give it a go, you might surprise yourself.

Perhaps my favourite goal set was to compete at the Zespri Aims Games, the largest intermediate school sports tournament in New Zealand. Our girls rugby team had trained all year for this event and even though no Rotorua Intermediate team had ever won the rugby 7s at AIMS, we believed we had the team to achieve the impossible.

After a full week of rugby, our team had qualified for the girls final, losing just one pool game against Tauranga Intermediate by a whopping 33 points to 5. This team we would have to play again in the final. Time for the impossible!
The rest as they say is history. We beat Tauranga Intermediate in the final 12-10 to become the Aims games 7s girls champions, making history for our school. Goal smashed!

So to finish and before you head off to your new classroom, let me leave you with this final quote:

If you are NOT willing to learn, no one can help you.
If you are DETERMINED to learn, no one can stop you.

So the challenge to you this year is to be unstoppable.

Thank you all for listening and I look forward to seeing you achieve your goals here at Rotorua Intermediate.

Waimarie pai - good luck. Nga mihi.

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Important Notice

Kia ora koutou e te whānau

Last year we noticed a trend of students arriving at school late and being picked up early on a regular basis. This is concerning as the mornings and afternoons are often when important notices are given out. A student who arrives just 10 minutes late and is picked up 10 minutes early will miss almost 17 hours of school a term, 67 hours per year. This equates to 11 school days.

We ask that families support their children's learning by having strong morning routines and only picking students up early if there is an important reason. If you are having difficulties getting your child to school please contact the classroom teacher.

Ngā mihi,

Dean Henderson

Learning Support Coordinator


Daniel Going Te Rangiiwaho 5

Daniel, you have had a positive start to 2023. You are a great role model by being in the right place at the right time and helping others. Ka mau te wehi!

Te Uamairangi Webster-Tarei Te Roro o te Rangi 1

Ko te pae tawhiti whāia kia tata, ko te pae tata whakamaua kia tina! From the very first day you have shown what an amazing leader you are. Leading our haka pohiri, making sure tau whitu feel safe and comfortable in their new learning environment. We are very lucky to have such a knowledgeable young man in our whanau this year and all your kaiako can't wait to see how you blossom this year. Karawhiua e tama, you definitely make your whanau so proud.

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Free bus fares for school students

Free fares return in 2023

Travel to school and after school to visit friends and whanau or get to your sports and other activities for free on Bayhopper and Cityride buses.

Free travel applies on weekdays during the school term for school students aged 5-18 years.

Get your Bee Card ready with a Child concession and you are good to go!

Check the services available in your area:

Rotorua on Cityride buses
Before 9.00am and 2.30pm to 6.00pm

Tauranga on Bayhopper buses
7.00am-9.00am, after school to 5.00pm
Please note, route 80 (Katikati Express) and 81 (Omokoroa) are not included in this promotion

Whakatane on the Bayhopper bus
Before 9.00am and 2.30pm to 6.00pm on route 122

Catching the bus is easy!

Check your local bus number and route using the journey planner or Transit app.

Take a practise run to school.

  • Arrive at your stop in plenty of time
  • When your bus is approaching, signal the driver with a raised arm or a wave
  • Have your Bee Card ready and tag on when you get on the bus
  • Relax, enjoy the ride
  • Press the stop button once to alert the driver before your bus stop
  • Tag off when leaving the bus and say thanks to the driver!

Remember to tag on and off the bus with your Bee Card so you don't get charged!

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WaiBOP Football

Kia Ora Koutou,

Together with NZ Football, WaiBOP is running a Junior Level 3 (JL3) Coaching Course on Friday February 10th – Sunday February 12th in Cambridge.

Course Overview

This course is aimed at coaches looking to provide a comprehensive programme for Junior Footballers (grassroots / talented players aged 9-12 years), allowing them to flourish both as young players and as young people. Focusing on skill acquisition, it will provide coaches with the knowledge, tools and ability to create a development programme that ensures that all players are involved in appropriate activities and the appropriate times.

From a club perspective, having NZF Junior Level 3 qualified coaches will allow you to better support the development of junior players within your community and also position your club to be able to participate and benefit from being involved in future WaiBOP and NZF junior player development programmes (such as NZF Accredited Skill Centres).

If any of you or your coaches are keen to attend, please register below.

· Venue: John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge.

· Dates: Friday February 10 to Sunday February 12, 2023.

· Price: $575 + GST.

· Register: HERE.

If you have any queries, please contact me.

Ngā mihi | Kind Regards,

Nat Broadhead

Federation Development Officer
Sport BOP CoachForce
Rotorua, Central & Eastern BOP

M: +64 22 065 9116

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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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