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Welcome to Rakaia School the gateway to Mid Canterbury. Rakaia School is set back from State Highway 1 on Dunford Street with beautiful grounds and playing area for the students. 
The school now has 180 students and 9 classrooms with a dedicated teaching staff and support staff. We have just opened our new Modern Learning Environment for Years 5-8. Please come in and see the wonderful learning opportunities for our students. 

Our Vision

Inspiring Minds, Celebrating Success

We believe we achieve this through the values of Partnership, Quality and Respect. Our staff strive hard to encouragechildren to develop these values through the work they complete and the way we interact with our students.

The students at Rakaia have many opportunities to develop their talents. We take part in inter-school events and competein many different events for the children to grow.

Our Values

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The Inspirational Choice

“Inspiring Minds, Celebrating Success”.

We believe we achieve this through the values of Whanaungatanga (Partnership), Tino Pai Rawa (Quality) and Manaakitanga (Respect). Our staff strive hard to encourage children to develop these values through the work they complete and the way we interact with our students.The other development for all students is the challenge to “Be Better” Kia Kaha Ano!

In students speak we say to the children

Partnership – We work together!

Quality – We do our best!

Respect – We use our manners!

The students at Rakaia have many opportunities to develop their talents. We take part in inter-school events and compete in many different events for the children to grow.

We welcome any enquiries.

Please contact our Principal, Mark Ellis.


Click here for information and to fill out an expression of interest

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Cross Country Information and Directions

Thu May 13 06:13pm

Important reminders for tomorrow’s cross country:

Food Please ensure children have plenty of food, water, and money if they wish to buy a sausage, drink or ice block. Even if they are buying lunch, they will still need a packed lunch for fruit break and morning tea. 
Warm clothing is essential! There is minimal shelter from the weather at the site so children need to have plenty of layers. We suggest wearing a jersey and jacket over their sports top, and track pants over their shorts or tights. Pack a winter hat (and gloves and a scarf if you wish) and some spare dry socks as well. It is much easier to take layers off than to warm up in the cold wind. 
Directions: Follow Acton Road from Rakaia. Turn at Harrisons Road. The paddock is on the right and about halfway between Acton Road and Dorie School Road. There should be some signs out near the paddock, and look out for the buses and the people getting set up.
– If you wish to take your child with you after their race, you MUST sign them out and let a staff member know before leaving!
Look forward to seeing the community out there tomorrow…. don’t forget to wrap up! 

School Support Group fund raiser – Working bee

Thu May 13 10:54am

SSG are excited to announce a great opportunity from one of our families for the community to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in to raise some funds for Rakaia Kura. 


When: Sunday 19th May 

Time: 10am -12pm

Where: Florence’s Farm- off Sommerton Rd

Type of work: Vegetation clearance (Picking up sticks)


Please contact the office or SSG if you would like to help out:


So grab the rake, grab the glooves, grab the kids and come get stuck in 

Parent Help needed – Marshals for Cross Country tomorrow

Thu May 13 10:22am

Kia ora hapori! 

We are needing a few parent volunteers to help out with marsheling for the cross country tomorrow….. so get ready to throw those thermals on and wrap up! 


If you are available and are keen to help out please get in contact with the office or email Miss Anderson 


Nga mihi nui! 

Newsletter May 3

Mon May 03 11:08am



Hi parents, Term 2 and 3 are our hot food terms…….

Sun May 02 05:20pm

…..Each team/syndicate can bring food to be heated in the ‘hot food warmer’ on the following days:

– Ako: Monday

– Whanau:  Tuesday

– Mahitahi:  Thursday

Please ensure food is in the right wrapping – no plastics e.g. containers etc that will melt.  Food must be clearly named with the child’s room as well.  Hot food is given out at second lunch (1.30 pm).


From the Mahitahi Hot Food Monitors

We are Looking for a Teacher aide for term 2. Working with one child, supervising and supporting. Confidentiality is a must!

Tue Apr 27 10:31am

Can you work Monday 9-2pm and Tuesday -Friday 9-12. A total of 17 hours. If you are interested then please email with your CV and cover letter detailing why we should consider you for the position.

Hello everyone. Yes any children who can match in uniform tomorrow for Anzac Day please assemble at 9.45am at the Rakaia hall. Thank you .

Sat Apr 24 11:25am

Whole School Assembly – Parents Welcomed

Fri Apr 16 10:30am

Ata marie community, 


It’s the end of Term 1 and we would love to invite you to come and celebrate our learning with us.  


Whole School Assembly

Mahi Tahi



Ka pai! 


Football (Soccer)

Wed Apr 14 07:39pm

Evening Parents

Children who are interested in playing football (soccer) this winter need to organise their own registrations. Due to numbers there will not be a school team entered. Players can register via Mid Canterbury United Football Club ( Registrations close tomorrow, 16 April.

Rakaia Rugby Players

Tue Apr 13 03:05pm

Wednesday 14th April – Rakaia Rugby Club JAB training starts 4.30pm start at Rakaia domain. Unregistered and registered players all to attend please. We will see you all there. Go Rakaia!

Year 7/8 shared lunch tomorrow (Tues). Each student to bring a plate of food, please. All family welcome to pop in 12-1 pm to join us.

Mon Apr 12 08:11pm

Parent invitation to join us at Hakatere Marae

Mon Apr 12 03:09pm

Kia ora e te hapori o Rakaia

We would like to invite all our Whanau and Ako parents to join us on Wednesday 14th April to celebrate and show gratitude to our tangata whenua as we visit Hakatere Marae. 

We are lucky enough to be able to experience a full traditional Powhiri which will be followed with a full day of traditional Maori learning activities. 

So if you are available, we strongly encourage you to come along and join us in this cultral experience of Ko wai au. Come for part of the day or all stay the whole day and join in with our tamariki.


RSVP – Please fill in here

Hakatere Marae

Date: Wednesday 14th April 

Time: Be there before 10am  

Transport: Please make your own way there 

Other info:  Bring some kai (food) for lunch if you plan to stay for the day


Want to find out more about Powhiri? – Click here

If you have any old magazines/newspapers can you please send them along to school tomorrow (Thursday) for the year 7/8 students (MTJ), Thx.

Wed Apr 07 09:29pm

Sorry. A very late message due to a busy day and just attending to emails now.

Wed Apr 07 06:11pm

Reminder for Rakaia Hockey registration day – today at 4pm at the Domain.

Second Hand Uniform Sale

Wed Apr 07 06:08pm

Last second hand uniform sale for this term will be this Friday the 9th of April from 2.45pm until 3.15pm outside the shed at school. Come and see what we can help you with for your winter uniform requirements we have plenty of polar fleeces and sweatshirts.  Eftpos will be available, we still do cash and good quality swaps. No I.O.U’s thanks.


Any donations of uniform are always welcome; we are particularly short on polo’s if you have any spare. 


Thank you Clare Stewart                         

0274 190020

Field to be drilled tomorrow Tuesday March 30

Mon Mar 29 02:37pm

Hi team, I am sorry for any disruption. The field is being drilled for new seed tomorrow around 10am. The children will need to focus on the area outsiude the pegs that Dave will put in the ground. Please ask the children to use the turf or bike track and huts but to stay off the newly drilled grass. We want this looking its best for next years Jubillee so we are starting now. Thank you for your co-operation. We also appreciate the time and resources donated by the community for this to be achieved. 

March 26th Newsletter

Fri Mar 26 02:30pm



RAKAIA NETBALL CLUB 2021 NETBALL: JUNIOR Musters: Yr3-8 this Wednesday 24th March and next Monday 29th March @ 4.30pm…

Mon Mar 22 06:18pm


….. @ Rakaia Domain Courts.

Rakaia Netball Club is a small but successful club and welcomes players at all levels.  We are a friendly, social club with a supportive and hardworking committee.  We have excellent court facilities located at the Rakaia Domain, where we train.  Games played indoors at Ashburton’s EA Networks Centre.

Juniors FutureFERNS:  Yr 3-4 Term 2 Fridays.  Yr 5-6 Term 2 Saturdays
Intermediate FutureFERNS:  Yr 7-8 Term 2/3 Saturdays
Yr1-2 FutureFERNS is run by Mid Canterbury Netball at the EA Centre Ashburton in Term 3.

Boys can play Netball.  Boys must be under 14 years of age as of 1st January to play this season.

Register to play for Rakaia in 2021: viewform/114433

Lara Reihana, Junior Co-ordinator (027 226 6134)
Fb: @RakaiaNetballClub

Rakaia Hockey – Can you help this season?

Thu Mar 11 11:58am



Week 6 update

Tue Mar 09 10:09am



Reminder- school closes at 1pm today for professional development . Thank you

Tue Mar 09 09:56am

Hold up on the Rakaia Bridge

Mon Mar 08 08:07am

It seems that there are roadworks on the Rakaia Bridge and the school bus may be late due to the hold up. We apologise and don’t believe we have been contacted by the council or LTA about any issues on the bridge. Please be patient. Thank you

So sorry we have the town bus and Hatfield bus ten-15 minutes late after repairs in Ashburton.

Tue Mar 02 03:11pm

Rippa Rugby is cancelled this week due to Covid. Thank you for your understanding.

Mon Mar 01 02:05pm

Level 2 Info

Mon Mar 01 07:49am

Welcome again to Level 2

Things you need to know about Alert Level 2
1. Schools are open to everyone, and all children must attend.
At Alert Level 2 the disease is contained but there is still risk of community transmission. It is safe for children and staff to attend school and for school hostels to be operating as there will be appropriate measures in place, including for children and staff vulnerable to severe illness.

2. Learning will be onsite with distance learning offered in some circumstances.
3. Schools are not classified as gatherings and a range of events and activities can go ahead.
For most day to day activities at schools, the rules for gatherings do not apply. Under the COVID-19 Public Health Response Order, schools are exempted from physical distancing requirements when people are there to receive, provide, or support education services.

However as soon as your event or activity brings people onsite who are not there for education purposes, including students, parents and caregivers, then the rules for gatherings do apply. This would include performances such as school plays, cultural events and sporting activities.

4. Schools will close for cleaning and contact tracing if there is a confirmed case who was infectious when at school.
5. Face coverings are not required at school or on any school transport.
6. Sick people must stay at home.
They should seek medical advice if they have COVID-like symptoms and get tested if advised to do so. If that person displays relevant symptoms of COVID-19, tests positive for COVID-19, or has been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, they must self-isolate.

7. Fundamental public health measures continue to apply at every alert level:
Physical distancing (not touching and not breathing on each other at Alert Level 2)
Hand hygiene
Cough and sneeze etiquette
Regularly cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces.

Covid Level 2

Sun Feb 28 12:28pm

Happy Sunday everyone. Level 2 is upon us again and that means we meet and greet at the gate please. We will release junior children (Ako 1,2 and 3) at the Eastern gate unless they are bus pupils.

The Full school assembly will go ahead as normal however we will unable to have parents on site due to the fact it puts us over 100 immediately.

In the school gates the 100 rule does not apply but as soon as we add parents the rules apply.

We will advise you if you children are getting awards and we will get photos for you.

Thank you for your understanding. You are permitted to come in , if necessary but you must go through the office and sign in please.

Sick children and staff will be advised to stay at home. The 2 metre rule applies outside the gate.

Thanks again for your understanding.

Good morning everyone, just a few notes to share.

Fri Feb 26 12:44pm

Good morning everyone, just a few notes to share.

Is there anyone interested in the community in being a school bus driver? Pearsons Coach lines is looking and would support your transition with the licences. Leave your name with the office.

Ako assembly today at 2.30pm

Parents and students can give pink slips to teachers and support staff just as we give tokens to children. the Pink slips are in the office and act as a thank you for their hard work.

Easter this year includes Good Friday and Easter Monday and Tuesday away from school. Please ensure you have cover for the Tuesday.

Tuesday March 9 is early closure for Kahui Ako. We close at 1pm.

Years 5-8 are swimming tomorrow (Friday) so please bring your togs. Thanks.

Thu Feb 25 06:00pm

Yr 3/4 Rakaia Rippers vs Longbeach Legends at 5pm on field 7. Yr 5/6 Rakaia Flames vs Allenton Champions at 5.45pm on field 9…..

Tue Feb 23 03:10pm

These are the confirmed times.  The time written on the year 5/6 hands is incorrect – please ignore the hands, sorry.  Have a great first game.

The Rippa Rugby draw is now live on the Mid Canterbury Game Day App. Please note that some teams are playing two games to cancel out…..

Sun Feb 21 06:06pm

….a bye, so remember to check for this. MCRU have advised us that the app is the best source for all info and updates regarding Rippa. You can download the app at the following links:

App Store: nz/app/mid-canterbury-rugby/ id1544679245#?platform=iphone

Google Play: store/apps/details? sporty.midcanterburyrugby&hl= en&gl=US

 Our Year 3/4 team (Rakaia Rippers) will be managed by Hannah Stratford, and refereed by Tayla and/or Greg Davidson. Our Year 5/6 team (Rakaia Flames) will be managed by Rebecca Burrowes. A huge thank you to these parents and helpers for volunteering your time! Students are to wear their school top or school sports top, with blue or black shorts. Bare feet or sneakers only, no boots.

Parents also need to register their children. Registration needs to be completed before playing, and can be done by following this link, which will register the player to Rakaia School – viewform/139708

Don’t forget each player gets a free sausage sizzle after their game, thanks to New World Ashburton. 

Have a great first game on Tuesday!!

Tball – this weekend no games for Under 7 and Under 9. Draw change was done and we have the weekend off.

Thu Feb 18 10:28am

Rippa Rugby UPDATE

Wed Feb 17 07:54am

Thanks for all the offers of help for Rippa Rugby. We have entered a Year 3/4 team and a Year 5/6 team. Details about game times etc will be sent home once confirmed. 

We still do not have a referee for our Year 5/6 team – we have until our first game to find someone. Please be in touch with Miss Anderson or the school office if you or someone you know is able to help out!


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