Newsletter Week 5 Term 1

Rotherham School 1 March 2023


Kia ora koutou,

It was great to have such fantastic support at our recent parents information afternoon where we shared how our school and classrooms are organised and remember if you have any questions please visit our website or ask a staff member. For those who could not make it I have emailed all parents the 3 slideshows that we presented so you know what was covered.

Thank you to all those who came along to watch our swimming sports yesterday afternoon in the lovely sunshine! What a fantastic turn out of parents and supporters and thank you to all those parents who swam in the fun parents and students relays, that race is always a lot of fun! It was great that we had lane ropes and flags this year so thank you Gemma Chick for organising these. Also a big thank you to our 3 judges Tracey Topp, Meg Macfarlane and Ginny Macfarlane who gave up their time to judge our Popplewell Cup competitors. It is always a hard job and it was very close this year. We would also like to acknowledge Libby Ryan and all the volunteers who are part of the Rotherham Community Pool Committee and do an excellent job at keeping the pool looking crystal clear and warm for us everyday. We are grateful to be able to use this fantastic pool.

Congratulations to the 9 swimmers who I will be taking to Hurunui Swimming Sports on Monday in Hanmer. Well done to Emma Hayward, Leo Chick, Brody Clark, Lotte Thomas, Macey Jopp, Gussie Dampier-Crossley, Emily Colombus, Paige Jopp and Akeila McIntyre. Good luck to all those competing.

The corn fundraiser will be underway this week at the Amuri Show and thank you to all those who are helping out picking and packing corn and working on the stall at the show. Just remember all of our students benefit from this fundraiser with the amazing trips and camps we go on, swimming lessons, access to Chromebooks and iPads, Health learning resources and so much more. We do appreciate all of your support and help but we do require ALL parents to contribute in some way to this fundraiser.

Ngā mihi nui

Cheryl Barbara

Principal - Tumuaki

School Swimming Sports Results

Congratulations to all the students for your great display of swimming at our annual swimming sports. It was great to see our school value of perseverance on display as well as the great swimming skills. I also enjoyed seeing all the senior room students supporting and encouraging the juniors in the relays and showing tuakana-teina.

Special congratulations to: Ollie Chick, Junior Swimming Trophy, Mason Clark, Cup for Courage and Strength in Swimming, Emily Colombus, Girls Popplewell Cup, Leo Chick, Boys Popplewell Cup, Winning House 'Wilkin"

Life Education Visit

On Monday we were lucky enough to have the Life Education caravan and Harold visit our school. The Junior Room focused on Friendship and Food and Nutrition. The Senior Room were learning about developing resilience and teamwork.


We have started our clubs every Friday for the rest of this term and Mrs M is doing origami and Mrs Howser is doing sports and outdoor games (or indoor games if it is raining!).

Pre School Mornings - Every Friday

Rachel will be starting pre school mornings again every Friday starting this week. These will run from 9.00-10.15am every Friday except when we have a Teacher Only Day on Friday 10 March. If you know of any pre school children please let their parents know this is starting again.

Teacher Only Day School Closed - Friday 10 March

Just a reminder that we have a Teacher only day on Friday 10 March as part of our Kahui Ako and all staff will be travelling to Akaroa to visit the Onuku Marae. School will be closed on this day to students.

Home and School News

Hi everyone,

A busy few weeks ahead for all of us.

The corn is ready and selling very well. Please remember this is a team effort, we ALL need to be a part of this awesome fundraiser.

YOUR help is needed with picking, packing and sales. Please do not just leave this up to a small few.

To everyone who has helped to get this weeks sales started a huge thank you.

Keep promoting our corn and please remember to support us at the Amuri Show on Saturday 4th March.



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Amuri A&P Show

Come along and support your local Amuri A&P Show on Saturday 4th

March at the Rotherham Showgrounds.

There are lots of fun entries that we encourage you to enter. There are lots of great prizes!

Class 511 - The Wearable Arts “War-huh- what is it good for – just say that again”. Use your imagination and be creative to design a garment. Fantastic prizes for all!

Or maybe try …

Class 504 – Decorative Sand saucer

Class 505 – Animal made of Vegetables

Class 506 – A posy (for your teacher)

Or try …

Junior Cooking or Junior Jam and preserves.


Class 327 – Scavenger Hunt Creation

Class 326 – Handmade Christmas Decoration

Class 325 – Examples of Origami

Have you grown – a pumpkin for the Heaviest Pumpkin.

Did you want to try…

Junior Art - clay, pencil drawing, paint or pastel or any other art work.

Class 380 – Lego or other constructions.

There are lots of different classes so try something and look in the schedule for more information.
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Scholastic Book Fair and Book Week - Monday 20 March - Friday 24 March

The Scholastic Book Fair will be at our school the whole week of the 20th March and we will be having a book week as well. There will be heaps of amazing books for you to come and look at and if you make a purchase the school gets a percentage of that to get our own books for the library. Great time to stock up on books for presents etc! As part of book week we will be having visiting authors, going to community members to read to them and staff members will be reading their favourite book to the students every day. At our assembly that week on 24th March the students will be able to come to school that day dressed up as their favourite book character and will present who they are dressed up as and why that is their favourite book. There are plenty of ideas online if you need any inspiration. 📖📚

Congratulations: Assembly Awards Friday 10 February

Junior Room

Keegan Jopp: For being helpful and responsible and tidying up in the classroom.

Key Competency

William Colombus: For practising and producing amazing cow art.

Senior Room

Lilly Kinley: For consistently demonstrating our school values; always so respectful in our classroom, trying so hard and persevering in writing and showing integrity following instructions and getting along with your peers.

Key Competency

Leo Chick: For publishing a creative poem using Pic Collage and demonstrating great digital technology skills.

Bus Certificate

Lotte Thomas: For always wearing her bus vest and sitting quietly on the bus.

Principal's Award

Elha Del Mundo: For always trying her best and having a positive attitude to learning.

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Upcoming Events

  • Amuri Show - Saturday 4 March
  • Hurunui Swimming Sports (Hanmer) - Monday 6 March (pp Tuesday 7 March)
  • TEACHER ONLY DAY Tipu Maia Hui - Friday 10 March
  • Whole School Trip to Hanmer Hot Pools - Friday 17 March
  • Scholastic Book Fair and Book Week - Monday 20 March - Friday 24 March
  • Hurunui Duathlon Hanmer Springs Year 4-6 - Tuesday 21 March
  • Assembly & Book Character Dress Up Day - Friday 24 March
  • Home & School AGM & Literacy Evening 6.30pm - Wednesday 29 March
  • Teeball Tournament Year 3-4 Scargill - Monday 3 April (pp Wednesday 5 April)
  • Softball Tournament Year 5-6 Amuri - Monday 3 April (pp Wednesday 5 April)
  • End of Term One - Thursday 6 April
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Matt Chisholm's Time Out Tour

Matt Chisholm’s Time Out Tour continues across the country for 2023, and we are excited to have him come to the Omihi Community Hall on Wednesday, 8 March at 6.30 pm with the North Canterbury Rural Support Trust.

The tour is continuing to give rural people a chance to catch up with one another and hear about Matt’s journey through some tough times.

Make sure you register today!

Single tickets $15 or Double tickets are $20

Click the link below to book your seat

BYO drinks, and supper are provided and complimentary bus service is available upon ticket purchase. This will be from Kaikoura to Omihi. North Canterbury Rural Support Trust raffle tickets will be available to purchase with some amazing prizes!

A big thank you to our partners BDO New Zealand Bayleys Real Estate Datamars Livestock NZ Fonterra Ministry for Primary Industries and ANZ New Zealand for supporting the Rural Support Trust to bring the Time Out Tour to regional New Zealand again in 2023.

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