Raureka School Term 3 Week 3

Newsletter 10 August 2022


Kia ora koutou katoa, Talofa lava, Kia orana,

Welcome to Week 3.


Everyone is very busy at the time being preparing for our Production in week 10. The production will include all children from each class as they tell the story of "My Home". Each class will have an item and will perform on the ToiToi stage (Opera House) on Wednesday 28th September.

We will have two performances, a Matinee during the day and an evening performance. We ask whanau to help us by getting your children to the evening performance on the 28th. Whanau are welcome to attend either of these shows- tickets will go on sale soon; they will be $10 each.

Our tamariki are really looking forward to the performance.

Miss Holdaway

Miss Holdaway will be away for the next few weeks as she makes an overseas trip to catch up with family. We hope that she has a great time away.

In the meantime Vikki Tough will be working in the Office until she gets back.

Front Fence

Our front fence is just about finished and it is looking really great. Hopefully all will be finished in the next couple of days.

School Swimming Pool:

Unfortunately because of Health and Safety issues it is highly unlikely that we will be able to sell keys anymore as the pool will need to be manned and checked at least twice daily during the swimming season by a qualified person.

Over the last few years we have spent a lot of money on our pool, firstly getting an up to date filtration system for both the large pool and the small pool, adding in solar heating, getting the grandstand reroofed and re painting the pool plus other ongoing maintenance items.

After the Kaikoura earthquake and subsequent tremors we noticed that the pool would start dropping in water level every so often and we couldn't explain why. After careful examination we found that cracks had developed in the pool and they needed to be fixed.

We brought in experts to assess the damage and see what could be done to repair it. The repair cost about $56,000 and this included a complete re paint. We tried making a claim from the insurance company, they accepted the claim but we had an excess of $55000. The pool was duly repaired and paid for by the Board.

Unbeknown to us all, with the leaking over the years, the substructure has been weakened and subsequent tremors have meant that the pool still moves and we have had some more cracks appear and cause the pool to leak again. The integrity of the concrete is also a risk because of the age of the pool. The pool was built around 1933.

The pool is losing about 6l of water a minute.

We have continued to look at ways to get this fixed and have brought in pool experts who have looked closely at the pool and have come up with options to have the pool repaired.

The experts, we contacted, have been involved with repairing pools that were damaged during the Christchurch Earthquake and using systems that have been tested in other countries. They recommend a liner be inserted. The liner has the ability to move but not break and therefore keep the water in. This has been used in other countries and it is very successful.

Unfortunately the liners need to be replaced after 10 years or so, hopefully longer.

Using this technology will mean an ongoing cycle where the board will need to put aside money for liner replacements. The initial setup will mean alterations to ensure that it is easier to have the next liner inserted when it is next due.

We received quotes from two different companies- one based in America and the other in Australia. The costs range for $97000 to $180000 to have the pool repaired and ready to go.

We're assuming that the replacement liner will cost around $50,000 or so.

With the liner we will not need to paint the pool, so the regular cost of painting will be able to go towards the liner replacement.

We discussed this at the Board meeting the other night and wish to get community input into what to do.

Both the Board and Staff are supportive of the pool being repaired and having a liner inserted, knowing that there is an ongoing expectation for a replacement liner every 10 years.

We need your input.

The questions are

1: I would like the Board to get the pool repaired, and continue to get a new liner when needed. Yes/No

2: I would like the pool decommissioned. I understand that if this is done it will cost to have this done and we will not be able to swim at school.

I will send out the survey tomorrow and ask that you get your response back to us by Monday 15th August.

We say farewell to Mrs Anna Campbell:

Mrs Campbell has been taking Reading Recovery for the last few years and prior to that worked in Rooms 14/15. Anna has been with us for about 10 years. Anna will go to work at EIT and will join them later this term.

I want to thank Anna for her all of her hard work and support of our tamariki over the years. You will be missed. EIT will be very pleased to have you join them.

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.

BOT Elections:

Voting papers have been posted now, please get them sent back by 7th September. Good luck to all nominees.

Have a great rest of the week,


Hello Room 5 - what have you got to share with us this week?

Room 5 have been learning about Cubism. Here are some of our examples.

Room 5 kids giving it their all during the Staff v Year 6 netball game. Great resilience shown with no one on either side giving up.

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Values Certificate Winners

Our four values are :

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

This week we are focusing on - Respect/Whakaute - which means: believe in yourself, value the feelings and rights of others and show regard for the environment.

The expected behaviour during this week is: show respect for others.

The following children received awards at our last assembly:

R1 Te Mahia Hilton, R2 Raven Brunton, R3 Henry-John Atkensen, R4 Teina-Marie Brightwell, R5 Rylynn Bennet-Konia, R7 Alicia Waiwiri, R8 Isaiah Rewi Toma, R11 Tori Cahill, R12 Dominic Edmonds, R13 George Bates, R14 Azalea Gamlen, R15 Skye Hape-Osborne, R19 Zain Hassan, R20 Charli Barber, R21 Miesha-Mary Chadwick.


Back Row:

Te Mahia Hilton, Teina-Marie Brightwell, Raven Brunton, Tori Cahill, Rylynn Bennett-Konia, Zain Hassan.

Front Row:

Skye Hape-Osborne, Azalia Gamlen, Alicia Waiwir, Isaiah Rewi Toma, Charli Barber, Miesha-Mary Chadwick, Dominic Edmonds, George Bates, Henry-John Atkenson.

Senior Assembly Certificates

Room 1 Dylan Cabrera

Room 2 Yahya Gul

Room 3 Preea Tito

Room 4 Lucan Blackburn

Room 5 Hannah Devlin

Room 11 Nikayla Windley

Room 19 Olivia McConnell

Caught being good:

Rohan Polon



Raureka White played St Josephs, won 32-1; Player of the day whole team.

Raureka Black played St Josephs, won 8-5; Player of the day Tayah-Leigh.

Raureka Blue played Ebbett Park, draw 8-8; Player of the day Kaylee.


Raureka A played Kimi Ora, lost 39-55; Player of the day Jurnee.


Ronaldos played Parkvale, Draw 2-2; Player of the day Cooper C.

Rennards played Frimley, Won 7-1; Player of the day whole team

Meet the Candidates for the BOT Election

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Upcoming Events

  • Monday 22 August - Year 6's visit Hastings Int- all day
  • Wednesday 24 August - Year 6 Tohea Trophy Competition
  • Tuesday 30 August - Year 6's visit Heretaunga Int- all day
  • Thursday 1 September - Barefoot 7's Rugby
  • Tuesday 6 September - Junior School Enduro Run
  • Tuesday 13 September - Senior School Cross Country
  • Wednesday 21 September - Inter school Cross Country Yr 4-6
  • Tuesday 27 September - Production- Dress Rehearsal
  • Wednesday 28 September - Production - at Toi Toi
  • Friday 30 September End of term 3
  • Monday 17 October Start of Term 4
  • Friday 21 October Hawke's Bay Anniversary Day
  • Monday 24 October Labour Day - no school for students
  • Monday 21 November Teacher Only Day - no school for students
  • Friday 16 December Last Day of Year
  • Tuesday 7 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. 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.

Volunteers needed for supervision of our school patrollers.

The children are well trained, it is just a matter of having an adult supervise from 8.30-9.00. Please contact Chris in the school office if your are able to help (even if you have helped in the past, please confirm).

Launch Pad - every Wednesday 12.30-1.00pm

Formerly known as Religious Instruction.

This starts this Wednesday for any Y4-6 students. It will be held in the hall. All Welcome!

Covid Information


Covid19 -We are at Orange level Orange now. We are seeing that cases are declining due to high levels of vaccination and natural immunity after infection.

At Orange, face masks are no longer required at school. However public health advice is that masks continue to be strongly encouraged when indoors. Wearing a mask is a key health measure that slows the spread of COVID-19 in indoor settings. For that reason, we ask that visitors to the school, including parents and whānau, wear a mask whenever they are indoors on school grounds.

We also ask that your child (if they are Year 4+) continues to bring a mask to school every day. There may be times that we’ll ask them to wear a mask, too – for example, when we are having an assembly in the hall. If there are a high number of cases at school or in the community, we may ask that masks are worn in classrooms for a time.

We will continue to keep all the other health measures in place at school that we know slow the spread of COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate physical distancing whenever we can and, most importantly, staying home if we are sick.

Remember if your child is feeling sick please keep them home until they are well.

If your child does need to isolate either as being a household contact or for testing positive please let us know.

Symptoms of COVID-19:

  • A new or worsening cough
  • Sneezing and runny nose
  • A fever
  • Temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath

Less common symptoms include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, malaise, chest pain, abdominal pain, joint pain, or confusion/irritability.

We know how hard the impacts on COVID-19 have been for many families in New Zealand. If you know of a family in your community who is struggling, please encourage them to reach out for support for example to access food, medicine, or access financial support: Help is available – COVID-19 Health Hub.

If you have any concerns, please do get in touch. We are here to help.

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