Rotorua Intermediate 4 August 2021

Celebrating Moments of Joy

Dear stop and go man,


I don't know if you could tell you'd made my day this morning, and it wasn't even 9am. I'm doubling-down on my grateful smile with these words, because it's been a whole day and I'm still thinking about you and your attitude.


I was rushing for daycare drop-off, thinking about all the other things I had to do today. I was two coffees into the day and already craving the third, my daughter had done my head in by refusing to wear sensible winter clothing, I had an appointment mid-morning and a bunch of things to do that I just knew weren't going to get done. I was cold, the car is making yet another strange noise that I hope won't cost a fortune to fix… and then there's the bloody roadworks, between home and daycare and essentially anywhere else I need to get to.

Like the toast always falling on the buttered side, I always seem to find myself first in the queue on those roadworks. And what could be an annoyance, ended up being an encounter that brightened my day.


There you were today, holding the sign telling me to stop, and dancing away to keep me (and yourself) entertained.


There were a few metres and at least three glass surfaces between us, with my windscreen and both our sunglasses, but I hope my smile got to you the way yours got to me.


You see, the world is a dumpster fire. What's not flooding is burning and what's flooding and burning is also getting decimated by a raging pandemic. Some days, it's hard to find the good in things.


Then sometimes things remind us. Some days it's the cute way my toddler mispronounces a word (she calls "magnifying glasses" "mega finding glasses" and I dare you to not smile at that). Other days it takes an animal going viral for doing something cute (God bless internet animals). Today it was you and your boogie to a non-existing song.


Your dance today was a reminder to find joy in the small things, and to feel passionate about the most mundane, trivial of tasks.


For the rest of my day, I thought of you and the way you infused a bit of fun and happiness into an otherwise boring task. I remembered that I, too, get a choice between moving through mundane chores in a lukewarm haze or do a bit of a mental boogie to my own beat.


The world is an absolute train wreck, with millions dying and billionaires blasting themselves off to space in dick ships. I haven't hugged my family in years, because we live on opposite sides of the world and a pandemic is keeping us apart. Some days I focus on those things and it hurts like hell. But today, I didn't. Today I saw everything through the lens of someone who dances on the side of the road for absolutely no good reason - which, I'd argue, is the best reason of all. And I realised that, for as long as there are people like you, willing to make strangers smile, we will be okay.

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  • Friday 6 August ---------------PB/BOP Winter Tournament
  • Friday 6 August ---------------BOP Badminton
  • Tuesday 10 August------------RBHS Leadership Day
  • Friday 13 August--------------Whanau Day - Olympics Day
  • Wednesday 18 August--------WHHS Orientation Day
  • Thursday 19 August----------WHHS Pop in Day
  • Friday 20 August--------------PB/BOP Rugby 7's
  • Monday 23 August------------RGHS Production - Session 1
  • Wednesday 25 August--------RLHS Orientation Day
  • Wednesday 25 August--------RGHS Production - Session 2
  • Thursday 26 August----------Science Roadshow - Gym
  • Friday 27 August--------------Science Roadshow - Gym
  • Friday 27 August--------------PB/BOP Cross Country
  • Tuesday 31 August-----------Year 6 Orientation

RIS Production - Te Haerenga

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Science Road Show

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High School Orientation Information

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LUNCH BY LIBELLE - KIA ORA TE KAI & MENU FEEDBACK

  1. Lunch By Libelle – Kia ora te kai
    • An infographic PDF that shows our menu ethos, our menu development strategy and our pathway to nutrition. Please feel free to read and share, especially if you have people curious about our menu. I have also attached a version of this as 2 JPEG files.
  2. 6 Ways to Give Feedback
    • A JPEG image that can be shared online to show your student/parent/staff community the best ways to submit feedback, straight to our Menu Development team! We have also shared this on our Facebook page if you would prefer to share this post, https://www.facebook.com/lunchbylibelle.

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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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