March 2023 Edition
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Rotorua Intermediate Newsletter

10th March 2023

Reporting to Parents and Whanau 2023

The vision of the New Zealand Curriculum is for your child to be given the experiences to become a confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learner. Our purpose in reporting to you is to share information about your child’s learning, progress, and achievement during their learning journey at Rotorua Intermediate.

Term One- building a learning partnership
  • Progress discussions (a 15 minute parent/ teacher/ student interview) held across the day on Monday 20th March between 9am and 6pm. A notice will be sent home with instructions on how to book appointments with your child’s classroom teacher and with their Pathways teacher.
Mid year reporting
  • Mid year report will be sent home in Week 1 of Term 3. This report will give you information on your child’s progress and achievement in reading, writing, and maths as well as giving you an overall comment and indicating how your child displays our Rotorua Intermediate ‘Habits for Learning’.
EDUCA Portfolio of Learning: In addition to the written report, samples of your child’s learning will be shared at regular intervals each term through Educa. The benefit of this to you as parents and whanau is the opportunity to celebrate your child’s learning through real and relevant samples of learning across the curriculum.

These samples will include what your child was learning, how they know they were successful and what their next steps are. Our Pathways team will also share termly reports with you through Educa. You will have the opportunity to record your positive, supportive thoughts on Educa.

In addition to these planned events, we encourage you to make contact at any time with your child’s teacher. Building learning partnerships between parents, whānau, and teachers is vital for each child’s ongoing learning and success. We look forward to having this effective partnership with you over the year ahead.

Manaakitanga Awards Week 4, Term 1

Addison McDougal Tunohopu 1 - Hine kaha
Addison always shows an excellent positive attitude towards her learning and activities that she undertakes in and out of class. She is really branching out of her comfort zone, and it was awesome to see her present at our whole school assembly in week 3.

Abigail Caba Te Rangiiwaho 3
You are a quiet achiever. You show respect for yourself by completing your mahi to a high standard. Thankyou for bringing a positive attitude and always being willing to help others. You are a wonderful role model for our class, kia mau tonu te mahi pai.

Peyton Robinson Hurungterangi 4
In the short time you have been at our kura, Peyton, you have already shown so much respect towards others. You are taking on roles within your classroom that benefit everybody, such as helping with the lunches. You show whanau spirit and support your friends and classmates. On our swimming sports day you represented our whanau so incredibly in the competitive races. It was awesome to watch. What a terrific start to the year, Peyton. Ka mau te wehi!

Savanah Rapana Te Roro o te Rangi 4
Tenei kotiro tino koi, tino hūmarie ko koe tēra. Savanah you have started the year with such a ready to do attitude. Your manaakitanga and wairua in our whare are always so beautiful.In your E Asttle tuhituhi you used amazing kupu ahua, your ideas were fantastic and really captured the reader into your tuhinga. You should be absolutely proud of the start you have made this year. Tuwhitia te hopo!

Jamie Bennett Pathways - Pukaki 1
Jamie, you show a high amount of respect for yourself and others that you work with. You alway listen carefully to the instructions and follow them. You support other students with their learning and you take responsibility for your own learning. You are always prepared to try new things in Minecraft and you focus on the details with your builds. You are a wonderful role model for your peers. It is a privilege to have you in Minecraft.

Alice McAdam Pukaki 4
Alice, you consistently show respect for yourself and others. While quiet within the class you are always there to help others, you always deliver a high standard of work and routinely volunteer to share your own learning. Keep it up Alice, you are a great role model.

Manaakitanga Awards Week 5, Term 1

Leroy Cameron Pukaki 3
Leroy, you consistently show respect for yourself and others. You are always there to help others including your kaiako and always deliver a high standard of mahi. Keep up the amazing work, Leroy.

Chloe Dixon Tunohopu 4
You have started the year with an amazing attitude Chloe. You are a conscientious and enthusiastic student in our classroom and always put a great deal of effort and creativity into your work. You participate fully in classroom and school-wide activities and demonstrate our school's 3Rs at all times.

Te Ari Wilson Te Rangiiwaho 4
Te Ari has started the year with the most positive attitude in class. He consistently takes responsibility for his actions and works conscientiously on all tasks given to him. He shows respect to himself and others in all that he does in class. A fantastic start to the year Te Ari!

Elijah Miller-Kahu Hurungaterangi 5 - Nga Tama Toa
You showed a lot of courage when sharing your korero in front of your peers, putting yourself forward to be our house captain for 2023, Elijah. Your korero was honest, sharing goals and even insights for your peers to consider for themselves. You are respectful towards kaiako within our whanau and always sharing your whakaaro with us to make improvements with what we do, be that in class or in whanau situations. We are really excited to see where your haerenga takes you this year, Elijah.

Savannah Thompson Te Roro o te Rangi 1 - Rumaki
Savannah Thompson Me whakanuia kia tika ki a koe Savannah, mo ōu mahi whakahirahira ki te akomanga Rumaki. Ahakoa kei te ako tonu koe i Reo Māori, ko te mea nui, ka ngana e koe te tutuki i ōu mahi ia te , ia te . He tauira hūmārie, ā, he tauira puku mahi hoki. Koia kei a koe e hine!

Tiana Chrisohoou Tunohopu 2
Tiana is a respectful and reliable student. She is always keen to participate in the lessons and strives hard to work independently and be fully in charge of her learning. She is always positive and never hesitates to help out when needed. Apart from the above she has also shown creativity and an eye for design in this subject. It is a pleasure having her in my class this term.

NRL Sydney Rooster Trials

The following students were selected to trial in Auckland for the NRL Sydney Roosters.
Only 7 were chosen to trial: Manukura - Te Ara Poutama Connor - Te Ara Poutama Cory - Te Ara Poutama Haka - RumakiRaniera - Nga Tama Toa
The other two boys attend RBHS.
The boys represented our Kura very well today at the Ellerslie Eagles Club in Auckland. Picking up new skills (catch pass, tackle technique, speed and agility) and finishing off with a trial game.
They will now be closely monitored throughout the year.
Ka rawe tama mā, i whakapau kaha koutou katoa i te rangi nei. Kei runga noa atu koutou!!
An awesome opportunity for our tauira
WaiBOP Schools Futsal Tournament 2023

On Friday the 3rd of march 2023, Mr Parry took a RIS futsal team to the WaiBOP schools futsal tournament.
Game 1: RIS 1-1 Papamoa college
During game 1, we didn’t perform as well as we could have. Papamoa scored a goal at the end of the first half, but Hunter scored a cracker of a goal and equalized for a draw.

Game 2: RIS 4-0 Taumata school
We came back from game 1 and easily beat Taumata school. We played a lot better in the second game compared with how we played in the first game.

Game 3: RIS 6-0 Otakiri school
We came into the third game with a must-win attitude. Hunter had left by now but we still played exceptionally well and brought it home.

Final: RIS 1-2 Mokoia
The final was a real nail-biter. RIS scored early, and we kept our lead for the entire first half. Immediately after the second half began, Mokoia equalized. We doggedly defended for the rest of the game, but within the last 30 seconds, Mokoia put one in the back of the net. We were gutted but happy to get second place.
Ryan and Jamie
The team: Hunter Te Kowhai, Max London, Cohen Bradbury, Jamie Bennett, Ryan Lei, Jimmy McFarlane, Josh Dudson and Caeleb Cianci

Newsletter proudly sponsored by

  • Friday 10 March-------------------------BOP Golf
  • Friday 10 March-------------------------Super 11 Open Water Swim
  • Friday 10 March-------------------------Super 11 Tennis
  • Tuesday 14 March-----------------------RATS Duathlon
  • Thursday 16 March----------------------RATS Duathlon Postponement Date
  • Thursday 16 March----------------------STRIKE ACTION - SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Friday 17 March-------------------------Super 11 Swimming Comp
  • Tuesday 21 March-----------------------Photolife Photos
  • Wednesday 22 March--------------------Vision Testing
  • Friday 24 March------------------------Super 11 Touch
  • Thursday 30 March ---------------------7 Hour Relay

Free bus fares for school students

Free fares return in 2023
Travel to school and after school to visit friends and whanau or get to your sports and other activities for free on Bayhopper and Cityride buses.
Free travel applies on weekdays during the school term for school students aged 5-18 years.
Get your Bee Card ready with a Child concession and you are good to go!
Check the services available in your area:
Rotorua on Cityride buses
Before 9.00am and 2.30pm to 6.00pm
Tauranga on Bayhopper buses
7.00am-9.00am, after school to 5.00pm
Please note, route 80 (Katikati Express) and 81 (Omokoroa) are not included in this promotion
Whakatane on the Bayhopper bus
Before 9.00am and 2.30pm to 6.00pm on route 122
Catching the bus is easy!
Check your local bus number and route using the journey planner or Transit app.
Take a practise run to school.
  • Arrive at your stop in plenty of time
  • When your bus is approaching, signal the driver with a raised arm or a wave
  • Have your Bee Card ready and tag on when you get on the bus
  • Relax, enjoy the ride
  • Press the stop button once to alert the driver before your bus stop
  • Tag off when leaving the bus and say thanks to the driver!
Remember to tag on and off the bus with your Bee Card so you don't get charged!
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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.