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6 Rotokawa Road, Rotorua

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Students engage in learning knowing that at Rotokawa School they will progressively develop agency in their learning and leadership, with high achievement expectations, doing the best they can do.

Regan Williams (Principal)Rotorua

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3 months ago

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We are aware that there have been calls about a very disturbing self-harm/suicide clip which has gone viral on Tik Tok. Students have been watching it and have had very upsetting reactions. The school and Ministry’s National Office have contacted Netsafe who are working on removing the clip from sites where possible. Netsafe have been supporting schools that get in touch with them so just a reminder that the Ministry funds Netsafe to support schools with online safety and security. We also provide the online digital technology guide which provides guidance to schools in online incident management and where to get help.

Netsafe have advised the following:

For now, we recommend that students are being made aware not to share or view the footage as it can be highly distressing content. Our webpage has information about helping tamariki exposed to upsetting content that you may find useful. We have also provided some support lines for students and staff if they need to reach out for support below.
· Need to talk -. Free call or text on 1737 and there is support available 24 hours a day

· 0800 What's Up - Available Mon-Fri 12pm-11pm Sat/Sun 3pm-11pm on 0800 942 8787

· Lifeline - call on (0800 543 354) or text HELP (4357) for confidential support.

This content can have an impact beyond those immediately engage with it. It is likely to have had a range of impacts on each person – some may be severely affected and others may not be affected at all. It is important to be aware of the need to talk with young people who have heard about it and to encourage them to express their feelings in response to the video. We recommend that having regular, open conversations at home around online safety is important to help young people navigate the myriad of digital challenges they will experience.

Please talk to your child/ren about the affects that social media can have.

Nga mihi
Regan Williams
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3 months ago

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Term 3, week 8

Kōrero from the community
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3 months ago

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Let's continue reading whänau!🍕🍕 Great news! Hell Pizza has advised us that even though we're not back to level 1, completed pizza wheels can again be redeemed.

Just remember, you can only redeem one pizza per child per visit. Also, the wheels are valid until 31 January, 2021 so there's definitely no need to rush into your local store today!
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3 months ago

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Today is Teacher Only Day

School is closed today.
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3 months ago

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Yummy apple stickers

Throughout the year, we have been collecting Yummy Apple Stickers. We can redeem these stickers for SPORTS EQUIPMENT FOR OUR KURA.

If you have any stickers at home, please send them in to school. We will be sending them off in the next few weeks.
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Our School

Rotokawa School is a contributing primary school with nine classes. Our students come from both rural and urban settings.

We are a friendly whanau focused school, all parents and caregivers are welcome within the school and are encouraged to share in their child’s education. We belief that each child’s education will be most effective when home and school work together.

We have a happy, focused and caring environment. All our students are supported to achieve personal success, and to develop the skills to be contributing members of our school and active participants in their own learning and future successes.

Our children experience regular excursions out into our community to support their learning. We are lucky with our parent and whanau support which makes our adventures together possible.

Vision and Values

The following vision statement and values were created with consultation of students, staff and the community.

Our Vision

Whakaarohia etahi atu; he pai ki te kura, he pai ki te ako, ki te whakapai ake i to wawata.
Consider others; enjoy school, enjoy learning, to improve your future.

Our Values

Have fun – Include others – Be respectful – Be safe and responsible – Be truthful

These values guide our curriculum and learning across the school year.

Our Mission

Creating exciting learning through stimulating, challenging, supportive, inclusive and relevant experiences.

School Crest And Motto

The crest shows the warrior chief on the prow of a canoe. It represents an old motto “Kia Hiwa Ra” which means “Look Ahead” – the current school motto “Whakaaro Nui Ki Etahi” means “Great Thoughts for Others” or “Consider others”.

Teachers use these terms with the children in class to support their learning along with our school vision and values.

Our Principals

High Expectations

Students engage in learning knowing that at Rotokawa School they will progressively develop agency in their learning and leadership, with high achievement expectations, doing the best they can do .

Learning to Learn

Students engage in learning to learn; and reflecting on learning; through the development of thinking skills: creative thinking, critical thinking and caring thinking.

Treaty of Waitangi

Students engage in learning Te Reo Maori me ona tikanga Maori based on the bicultural partnership of the Treaty of Waitangi informed by our local whanau, hapu, and iwi connections.

Cultural Diversity

Students engage in learning that reflects our local cultural diversity of our local community, and from this strong sense of self-identity, broaden their knowledge of how other communities may be different.


Students engage in learning with deep understanding of others and their well-being, using our school values to underpin how we think,feel and interact successfully with others.


Students engage in learning and identifying personal strengths, then understand how the school values link across the curriculum areas.

Future focused

Students engage in learning to consider how their citizenship and creativity may impact on a sustainable future for the world..

Community Engagement

Students engage in learning with foundations based on our school values and turangawaewae of Rotokawa School, locally, nationally and globally.