Raureka School Term 1 Week 11

Newsletter 14 April 2021


Kia ora koutou katoa, Talofa lava, Kia orana,

Here we are at the end of Term 1, and what a busy term it has been.

We have been very busy and the children have done extremely well.

We have had Covid rear its head again and make us postpone Carnival and our swimming sports. Our Optimist yachting had to be changed as well and yet we managed it all.

Our tamariki have worked hard and we have tried new things. Our meet the teacher was done differently and we had lots of our community attend that evening, enjoying the sausages and an opportunity to talk and chat with each other and the teachers.

Carnival was fantastic when we got underway and it was the best one yet and raising a lot of money for the Year 6 Camp at the end of year.

Our staff have continued to up-skill themselves by learning new strategies for literacy and new ways to use their ICT skills.

Thirty Year 4-6 children were fortunate enough to be able to go and spend the night at the Wellington Zoo and visit Te Papa while a further 80 other seniors took part in the Mitre 10 Tough kids competition.

All tamariki have also been fortunate enough to have learned some First Aid skills and they now know what to do in an emergency.

Everyone also took part in our very successful Marae visit last week.

We have had children do well at our swimming sports and then represent us at the Inter school swimming. We entered into T-Ball and Cricket competitions with all of our teams doing extremely well.

We have a number of juniors have also entered into the Netball events at the sports Park.

Today our girls are entered into a Football competition at Park Island, I wish them all the best. I was fortunate enough them start the tournament and they were doing exceptionally well.

I would like to thank everyone for the support they have shown this term as we strive to do the best we can for the children.

A big thanks to all of our staff for the excellent work they do to provide a fun yet challenging programme for the chidren.

Farewell: We say goodbye to Mrs Hayley Henderson who leaves us to work in CHB as a Resource Teacher of Literacy as from the start of Term 2. Hayley has been a fantastic member of our Staff and we will miss her. The children will also miss Hayley as well. While we are sad to be losing her we know that she is going to do extremely well.

Mrs Jane McKinnon will be relieving in Room 1 for next term until a new teacher starts in Term 3.

We also say farewell to Mrs Sarah Lee. Sarah has been working with around 30 children providing extra support with Literacy and helping to boost confidence and enhance learning. I would like to thank Sarah for the effort she has put in to helping everyone do so well. Sarah will be joining the staff at Tamatea Primary.

Next term:

We have Room 12 and 13 working in different places as their rooms are renovated and upgraded. Room 12 will be in the Library and Room 13 will be in Room 3. I'm hoping that the Rooms will be ready to move into near the end of Term 3.

We have our Winter Sports programmes getting underway with Rugby, Netball and Hockey teams entering into different competitions.

We have all of our children either taking part in bike riding or scootering instruction being held each Tuesday.

Constable Che will be working with our tamariki on the Keeping Ourselves Safe programme as well.

The children will also get to see the Duffy Theatre later in the term and ;

Toitoi Hawke’s Bay Arts and Events Centre, Kahurangi Maori Dance Company and Mary Kippenberger have collaborated to create a unique performance called Te Whawhewhawhe and Te Marama. This piece explores anxiety in our young people through the character of Te Marama as she journeys through our beautiful New Zealand Native Bush.

This performance is a gift (Taonga) to our community as we are all increasingly aware of the challenges and struggles our tamariki face on a daily basis. The piece blends both Te Reo and English through stereotypical characters based on different aspects of our personalities. For example, Te Whawhewhawhe (the gossip), Te Maminga (the trickster) and Haupukeri (the egocentric).

Te Marama journeys through the forest meeting these personalities and with Te Whawhewhawhe, acting as her overbearing protector, finds how challenging the world can be. After working themselves into a frazzled state of mind Raupukeri (the peaceful one) encourages Te Marama to work back through her struggles and teaches her ways to deal with her anxieties.

We will also have a Teacher Only Day on Monday 21 June (no school) so the staff can work on finalising achievement data ready for the Three Way conferences in Week 10.

Hockey Fees reminder:

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.

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.

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. We need help on the following days - Front Gate: Wednesday, Friday, Back Gate: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday.

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.

Mufti Day Friday: As it is last day of term next week we will have a Mufti Day on Friday 16th. Money will go towards the new outdoor speaker system.


Some of our Term 1 events

Our Values

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 feeling s and rights of others and show regard for the environment.

Expected behaviour for this week: speaking respectfully.

Our value for Week 10 was ...


The following children received awards:

R1 Melania Tonga-Malie, R2 Keana King, R4 Hunter Battle, R5 Lakai Ngaronoa and Alex Horua, R7 Emanuelle Ngahuka-Dunn, R8 Steve Kevika, R11 Eden Figgess-Jury, R12 Sarsha Edmonds, R13 Camaro Pokai, R14 Betty Day, R15 Cahlani Sula-Sinclair, R19 Mayson Slade, R20 Mykah Muir, R21 Bella Kerr, ESOL Nalisha Bhikha-Willan.

Our Award Winners

Back Row:

Mayson Slade, Alex Horua, Lakai Ngaronoa.

Middle Row:

Emanuelle Ngahuka-Dunn, Melania Tonga-Malie, Hunter Battle, Steve Kevika, Eden Figgess-Jury, Nalisha Bhirkha-Willan.

Front Row:

Mykah Muir, Betty Day, Sarsha Edmonds, Cahlani Sula-Sinclair, Bella Kerr, Keana King.

Senior Award Winners

R1 Puke Pakai-McCormack

R2 Nalisha Bhirkha-Willan

R4 Lincoln Wright

R5 Lakai Ngaronoa

R11 Iesha Upoko

R19 Manaia Vella

Caught being good: Hunter Battle

Upcoming Events

  • 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)

Our Visit to Te Aranga Marae

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?

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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