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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.


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Latest Notifications

Lake Hood Half Marathon Fundraiser Information for Marshalls…

Wed Jul 28 09:56pm

Lake Hood Half Marathon – this Sunday! The roster and times etc for marshaling have been posted on HERO and also you should have received a hard copy of the information – check your child’s school bag. If you volunteered and haven’t heard anything please email and I will get in touch with you. If you can no longer help we need to know asap. Thanks to everyone for volunteering. Mrs J

Newsletter Term 3 week 1

Tue Jul 27 09:23am




Tue Jul 20 06:10pm

Year 1 and 2 Future Ferns Netball:
Year 1-2 Netball will run on Thursday afternoons during Term Three from 3:45pm-4.45pm at the EA Networks Centre, beginning Thursday July 29th 2021 for 10 weeks. 

Future Ferns will be assigned to a trained Star Helper who will coach them to learn and develop their netball skills. Each week will consist of a 20 minute skill session followed by a 16 minute game of 4 a side. (2x 8min halves.)

There is a $40 registration fee – please pay directly to MC Netball prior to the first day. – ANZ 06 0837 0044187 00 Please use your child’s name as a reference.

Please follow the link to register your child: nz/viewform/165848


Mon Jul 19 02:42pm


Rakaia Junior Squash starts up again on Monday 26th July @ 5pm, Rakaia Domain Courts.

Primary (yr5 up) / Intermediate / Secondary

First Monday of Term 3 is a FREE & FUN “Have A Go Day” intro to squash!  Come with a smile on your face and clean non marking shoes on your feet (or bare feet), racquets are provided.  Parents/Caregivers to please stay.

Annual Junior Sub: $50. Adult Social and Family Memberships also available.

If you’re interested in junior squash but are unable to attend on Monday 26th July please contact Rachel Hart 0275 303 503 (Rakaia Junior Squash Co-ordinator) or email

Whole School Assembly with a Twist – Tomorrow 12pm

Thu Jul 08 04:57pm

Tomorrow we are having our T2 final whole school assembly with a special twist 😉  We would like to invite you to come along, connect and celebrate a fantastic Term 2 with us. 


Whole School Assembly

Friday 9th July

Start 12:00pm 

Mahi Tahi 

Well being Hui for all community to attend. Please mark this in your diary.

Thu Jul 08 10:41am



Agricultural fair – Today 4:30pm -5:30pm

Thu Jul 08 08:49am

Don’t forget to catch this… 


Kia ora whanau! This Thursday you are all invited to our schoolwide Agriculture Fair. Come in between 4.30pm – 5.30pm to see what we have been learning about this term – walk through all the classrooms where you will see the children’s whenua and farming learning including art, models, writing etc. All welcome! We look forward to seeing you on Today.

Wellbeing Whanau & Community Hui

Wed Jul 07 01:40pm

We have a very exciting opportunity on offer! 


Wednesday 11th August – we have the Dorie, Churtsey and Rakaia communities coming together to connect and focus on wellbeing. This is lead by the fabulous team from Wellbeing Opuke with special host Lexi and Angela who we highly recommend from CORE education. 


This is a chance for you to speak up, share your ideas and thoughts to help path the way for our tamariki, for our community, for our Kura. 


Wellbeing Whanau & Community Hui

Wedensday 11th August

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Hosted at Churtsey School  


Whole School Assembly – Friday 9th 12pm

Tue Jul 06 12:53pm

Morena Rakaia Community, 


This Friday we are having our final whole school assembly with a special twist 😉  We would like to invite you to come along and celebrate and fantastic Term 2 with us. 


Whole School Assembly

Friday 9th July

Start 12:00pm 

Mahi Tahi 

Agriculture Fair at school….

Mon Jul 05 10:09am

Kia ora whanau! This Thursday you are all invited to our schoolwide Agriculture Fair. Come in between 4.30pm – 5.30pm to see what we have been learning about this term – walk through all the classrooms where you will see the children’s whenua and farming learning including art, models, writing etc. All welcome! We look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

Colour run info

Thu Jul 01 02:40pm

Hello everyone. Colour run at school tomorrow. Please get your permission slips into the office, bring some white clothes and a towel.

It is a normal day and so school uniform is worn until the run.

All children can take part but you will need the white clothes and towel. The children who got sponsorship will be in for the prizes but everyone can participate and enjoy the afternoon.

Thank you

Farm Visit this morning

Mon Jun 28 08:59am

Please remember to dress up warm for the Farm Visit this morning. Jackets and warm hats, gumboots or older footwear that may get muddy. We want to take advantage of the gap in the weather before the forecast rain hits. Thank you to all supporting this small adventure.

Dairy Farm Visit Tomorrow….

Sun Jun 27 06:44pm

Just a reminder the whole school is heading to the Baxter Dairy Farm tomorrow! The weather is looking okay for tomorrow (cold and some brief showers at 7 am), so keep your fingers crossed for us! It will be cold and muddy! Please make sure your child is in uniform with warm layers of clothing (including a warm, waterproof jacket; beanie; gloves, etc) and suitable footwear that is fine to get muddy (gumboots/old shoes). If the trip is canceled we will advise as early as possible in the morning and it will be a normal school day. A huge thank you to the Baxter family for hosting us!

Winter Tournament Helpers Needed!….

Thu Jun 24 06:16pm

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Rakaia School Community,

We are looking for superstar helpers for our senior Winter Tournament in Week 1 next term (Thursday 29 July). Each team needs at least 1 coach/manager and 1 referee.

We need coaches and referees for the following teams in order for our students to compete:
Netball (2x Y5/6 teams, 1xY7/8 team)
Rugby (1x Y5/6 team, 1x Y7/8 team – both 10 a side)
Hockey (1x Y5/6 team, 1x Y7/8 team – both 6 a side)

Please let us know if you (or a relative, friend, older sibling etc) are able to help out – if we do not have the helpers, we cannot enter our teams. Contact Miss Anderson at or let the school office know.

Kia ora everyone, our orchard visit will now be next Fri, 25th June. Thanks, Copland’s for offering us another date.

Fri Jun 18 01:13pm

Orchard Visit postponed

Thu Jun 17 04:50pm

Our Orchard Visit tomorrow for the school is postponed due to weather. School is on as normal. Thank you and we will give you a new date as soon as we have one.

Weather warning

Thu Jun 17 04:20pm

Kia ora, from the Ministry of Education

Looking like another significant weather event coming. Latest data suggests parts of Canterbury may receive over 250mm, with significant snow about the higher hills and ranges.

The current ‘feed zone’ covers most of Canterbury, with a strong possibility of high intensity rainfall setting in over the weekend.

Current modelling is that Sunday rainfall rates may exceed 15mm/hr about the foothills, however, for many areas, heavy rain looks set to linger through a large portion of Monday.

This system has tropical origins, enhancing rainfall intensity, with cold south-easterly winds. The perfect ‘recipe’ for more significant rain and snow events here in Canterbury.

Snow levels will be significantly lower than the major rain event in late May, possibly having an influence on the water catchment area and associated river flow levels.


Tue Jun 15 09:46pm

Good luck to our Choir performing tomorrow night at the Music Festival. You are a group of brave and dedicated singers. Thank you to Mrs Gosling for your support.
We will be having the main hedge on Cridland street trimmed and topped on Monday so all children will be well away from the courts on that day. It has not been done for 20 years and is in desperate need of some work. Please remind the children that they will be off the courts and huts for one day. Thank you.

Farm Visits and parent help…..

Tue Jun 15 11:26am

Thank you to all the parents who have offered to help on our farm visits – we had an amazing response.  It was wonderful to receive all your offers of help.  I (Mrs. Jenkins) have been in touch with parents and confirmed who is needed for parent help.  With only 6-8 parents needed across the whole school, we couldn’t take up all your offers of help.  This means if you have not heard from me, unfortunately, we do not need you this time around.  Again thanks for all the wonderful offers of help – we are lucky to have such wonderful parents supporting the kids and school.

School closes Tuesday June 15th at 1pm

Mon Jun 14 09:42pm

We have our termly Professional development work in Methven on Tuesday and so school will shut at 1pm. Buses will run at 1pm as well. Thank you for your understanding. 

June 8th Newsletter

Tue Jun 08 01:19pm



Jubilee registrations are open.

Fri Jun 04 01:19pm



Rakaia School is back to normal tomorrow Thursday May 3rd. All children are expected at school. No buses are running. Drink bottles please.

Wed Jun 02 03:55pm

Second Hand Uniform Sale.

Wed Jun 02 11:08am

The next second hand uniform sale will be this Friday the 4th of June 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                         

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Mt Hutt College open day postponed

Tue Jun 01 05:04pm

We wish to inform that the Mount Hutt College Open Day scheduled for Thursday 3 June has been POSTPONED till Thursday 17 June 2021. If you could please pass this message on to your school community, it would be greatly appreciated.


Tue Jun 01 05:00pm

Clarification :

School is open tomorrow Wednesday June 2.

If you can manage at home with your children then that is first preference to ease the load as staffing and roading and weather is dynamic.

We are open if that does not work for you however you will be transporting them to and from school due to no buses running.

Hope thats clearer for you.

Thank you for sharing feedback.

School open tomorrow for those needing the children in care for your work responsibilities.

Tue Jun 01 04:54pm

Hello everyone

I hope you are all well. It has been a dynamic few days with weather and roads. We have appreciated your understanding.

I have spoken with our BOT Chair and we have agreed :

School will reopen tomorrow Wednesday June 2. There will be no Manual Training for Year 7-8 so they just come to school as normal.

Whanau swimming has been cancelled for the week and we hope they can reschedule soon.

No buses will be running tomorrow and maybe like that for the rest of the week.

Roads are open in most places but travel is restricted to necessary travel only.

We should have most staff on deck as long as things don’t change again so expect an adjusted programme at school.

The message is we are open if you need you children at school so you can work.

Thank you
Mark Ellis Principal

School closed Tuesday

Mon May 31 04:24pm

Hello again Whanau and friends,

Rakaia School will be closed Tuesday June 1st due to the weather event. We have staff isolated and buses are not running so please stay safe at home.

We apologise for any inconvenience.


School closed Monday May 31st

Sun May 30 03:51pm

Rakaia School is closed Monday May 31st due to the weather event. We have had the recommendation from Civil Defence.

Thank you for understanding and stay safe!

Mark Ellis

School buses will not run tomorrow Monday May 31st. At this point in time school is still open. Please stay tuned for further updates.

Sun May 30 02:18pm

School Updates – Weather event!

Sun May 30 01:29pm

Hello whanau and friends
We are in contact with the Ministry Of Education and Civil Defence about the situation we have in Mid Canterbury.
We will update you when we know answers to buses and schools ASAP.
Difficulties we envisage are getting children and staff to and from school and so I will liaise with the BOT chair about any decisions regarding the school remaining open or closed for Monday.
Please keep an eye on things and use the sharing page if you ant to put updates.
Thank you Mark

May 25th 2021 newsletter

Wed May 26 11:03am



Book week parade and display starting at 10.15am tomorrow. All welcome to watch. Space themes.

Thu May 20 09:57pm

Hello everyone. SSG meeting at 7.30pm at the Railway Tavern tonight. All welcome to attend.

Tue May 18 04:11pm

Farewell Mrs McNeur and welcome back Mrs Doody.

Sun May 16 09:06pm


Dear Whanau
Mrs McNeur has tended her resignation for the end of term 2. Jenna has supported O Tu Roto and Team Ako as a team teacher with Mrs Hall. Jenna is moving to Bankside with family to extend their development in the Dairy industry and will be supporting her husband and family on the farm. We will miss her IT support, fun and efficient teaching. We extend best wishes to her and family.
Mrs Pauline Doody will join team Ako for every Thursday and Friday in term 3 and 4. Welcome back Mrs Doody.Mark Ellis


Staffing Update – Mrs Jenkins away.

Sun May 16 08:58pm

Hello Rakaia Whanau

An update to inform you Mrs Jenkins has had a knee injury and is off work until at least May 25th. Mr Platt and Mr Ellis will cover her with the support of Mrs Currie who joined Mahtahi this term. Mrs Stapleton will work full time in Whakamatau (Room 8). We wish her a speedy recovery and can guarantee a smooth time ahead with no disruption to learning.

Mrs Jenkins will still join meeting virtually and will be available for any organised parent meetings online. 

Thank you

Mark Ellis


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


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