Inspiring Minds, Celebrating Success

Welcome to

RAKAIA SCHOOL

Principal’s Welcome

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

Our Values

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. principal@rakaia.school.nz

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Whats happening at Rakaia School?

Latest Notifications

Power

Tue Aug 02 10:44am

Power off again. Grrrrrrr. EA networks cannot give us a time so we are back to old school teaching at the moment. We are doing our best and assessing a dynamic situation but will aim to continue through the day. I am trying to talk with the MOE about their advice. Please be patient and thank you for your support.
Mark

No power

Tue Aug 02 09:24am

No power! If you can delay at home then please do so. We will look after those who come to school but we have no heating and will stay in touch about any closure that may need to happen. Sorry team, out of our control.

SECOND HAND UNIFORM SALE

Mon Aug 01 04:28pm

 


 


FIRST SALE FOR THE TERM….


This Friday the 5th of August we will be holding a second hand uniform sale, in front of the sports shed from 2.45 until 3.15pm.


Cash and eftpos available and good swaps are welcomed too.


Donations are always welcome and can be left at the school office if you are unable to come to the sale.


Thank you


Clare Stewart (0274190020) and Nicola Vercoe

Term 3 week 1 Newsletter

Mon Jul 25 01:28pm

 



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A message from RS School Support Group

Mon Jul 25 10:29am

Welcome to term 3, this term on Friday’s we will be having American Hot Dogs which are $3 each, so you can either fill in the form that will come home, or just get your money to the school office preferably by THURSDAY so we know how many to prepare.
 
WE NEED YOU – helpers for Friday lunchtimes to cook and distribute the hot dogs so if you can help please put a message on the ssg face book page or let Lara in the office know that you can help and what dates suit, it would be for about 1.5 hrs.
 
We do have a few people who have forgotten to put the money through to the SSG account for last terms sausages, if you think this is you can you please check and put you payment through 🙂
 
Kia ora for your support
Rakaia School Support



 

Message from SSG – Sausage Sizzle this Thursday only

Tue Jul 05 12:08pm

Kia ora e te whanau, 


 


SSG want to let you know that Sausage Sizzle will be this Thursday – so don’t miss out. 

Week 9 Update

Tue Jun 28 11:04am

Good morning everyone.



Week nine is upon us and a reminder we finish school next Thursday July 7th. Friday July 8th is a Teacher Only Day for Curriculum Development.



The term has been challenging with illness and right now we still have lingering COVID cases, chickenpox, flu and vomiting. We had 53 children away yesterday and appreciate the challenge that adds to you with managing work commitments and care.



We will have another Coffee catchup Tuesday July 5th at 9am for those who wish to have a catch up and chat about anything at all. Last time we had 2 parents join us and we shared some of the Emotional regulation work with them. This will be in the staff room and we encourage you to join us for a relaxed chat and dialogue. This is about offering a space to talk about whatever you feel we need to discuss.



This week we have senior children taking part in EPro8 challenges in the library. This is a Technology challenge that involves thinking and creating solutions. Thank you to Mrs Jenkins for looking after this.



Well done to Alice Roberts who ran in the ChCh Cross Country and also to our Basketball team in Year 7-8 for another win last night. Our Year 5-6 Rippa team qualified and played in Oamaru last week and represented the school well with 2 wins and 2 losses. Thank you Mr D for your support and planning. Our Year 7-8 class have a visit to Kirwee Bees this Friday and we also have an AKO assembly at 2.15pm on Friday July 1st.



July 7th will also be a full school assembly day at 2.15pm and we will hold our “Soup and Kahoot” night that evening July 7th. That will start at 6pm and we would appreciate any support with soup if you can help with a pot . We will have bread rolls and polystyrene cups available.



Mid Term comments will be out on HERO by the end of the term and that will be the fourth comment this year as well as the interviews that have just finished. Please contact the teachers if you have any questions about your child’s progress and achievement.



Thank you all for being a critical part of our school culture. We value your input.



regards Mark

SECOND HAND UNIFORM SALE LAST SALE FOR THE TERM….

Mon Jun 27 09:00am

SECOND HAND UNIFORM SALE


 


LAST SALE FOR THE TERM….


This Friday the 1st of July we will be holding a second hand uniform sale, in front of the sports shed from 2.45 until 3.15pm.


We have a small amount of new second hand uniform (smaller sizes) available at a slightly increased price to the other uniform but still cheaper than new.


Cash and eftpos available and good swaps are welcomed too.


Donations are always welcome and can be left at the school office if you are unable to come to the sale.


Thank you


Clare Stewart (0274190020) and Nicola Vercoe

Coffee Catch up Tuesday 21st June

Thu Jun 16 10:47am

Hello to all.



Tuesday June 21st is chance for a coffee catch up from 9am in the library or staff room. Pre schoolers welcome. No real agenda other than some updates on Emotional regulation and what we are doing. I just hope this grows into a safe place and time for chats about school, life in general and how we can all help our children grow.



Please come along and bring a friend. Maybe an hour or so. No pressure but just time to have some dialogue. All welcome. You may even meet someone new.

Reminder – we close at 1pm Tuesday 14th. This is for interviews. Thank you for your understanding 

Mon Jun 13 10:54am

Reminder – we close at 1pm Tuesday 14th. This is for interviews. Thank you for your understanding 

School Support Thank you

Mon Jun 13 10:51am

School Support Group Thank You


A huge Thank you to those people who helped at the 3 recent catering events that school support were involved in, and also to those of you who provided food or money to help with costs.


Last week saw those of you who supported the meat fundraiser receive your meat so we hope that you enjoy that and thank you.


If you have some spare time on a Friday at lunch time we are needing people to cook and hand out the sausages, it would be about 1 ½ hours.  Please contact Natasha Baxter if you can help out on 0274550807.  If we don’t get enough help then we may have to rethink whether we have it next term. 


The next school support meeting is to be held on Monday the 20th of June, 7.30pm at the Railway Tavern, anyone is most welcome.


Thank you Clare Stewart


SSG President

Come get your MEAT 🍖

Fri Jun 10 02:06pm

Kia ora hapori! 


 


Meat orders are ready to be picked up from 2:45 today! 


 


What a great way to start the weekend!

Thank you so much to those who attended the school meeting last night.

Fri Jun 10 01:21pm

Thank you so much to those who attended the school meeting last night about communication and curriculum. One quick change is that you should see events now on HERO and that links to website events so you have a calendar in front of you. This is also on the app and means you have the calendar on you at anytime.

June 7 newsletter

Tue Jun 07 01:13pm

 



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Mid Year Interviews

Mon Jun 06 11:16am

Mid Year Interviews are June 14 and 15th. We will close school at 1pm on Tuesday 14th for a 2pm start. Wednesday 15th is a normal school day.



Tuesday 14th Interview 2pm-5pm and 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Wednesday 15th 3.30pm – 5.30pm



Please follow the link below or call the office for an appointment.



http://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/code/zynud

Second Hand Uniform sale

Mon May 30 09:38am

SECOND HAND UNIFORM SALE


 


ITS GETTING COLDER, DO YOUR KIDS NEED A POLARFLEECE?


This Friday the 3rd of June we will be holding a second hand uniform sale, in front of the sports shed from 2.45 until 3.15pm.


Cash and eftpos available and good swaps are welcomed too.


Donations are always welcome and can be left at the school office if you are unable to come to the sale.


Thank you


Clare Stewart (0274190020) and Nicola Vercoe

Hello whanau. A Reminder that school closes at 1pm on Tuesday 31st May for the Kahui Ako Professional Development afternoon at Methven .

Sun May 29 05:13pm

Rakaia School Support Group Need YOUR help!

Fri May 27 08:50am

Kia ora e te whanau, 


 


The Rakaia School Support Group do an AMAZING job to raise funds for our kura and your tamraiki which is often behind the scenes and un-noticed . 


 


They are needing some volunteers for a catering job this Saturday 28th May 


Time slots: 9am-11am & 11:30am -12:30am   


 


If you can lend a hand please contact ASAP to Natasha B 027 4550 807 


 


May 24th Update

Tue May 24 03:12pm

Good luck at Cross Country from Mr Ellis.
Reminders that next Tuesday May 31st we shut school at 1pm due to Kahui professional development in Methven. Buses will run at 1pm.
Thursday June 9th is a parent evening at 7pm to discuss Rakaia Curriculum Development and Communication in the school. Please mark it on your diary and come for a chat and share your ideas.
June 14 and 15 are interview days. There have been multiple reminders to book online. Contact the office if you need help. These interviews are back at your request so please fill the slots.
Thursday July 7th will be a Soup and kahoot night at school for all families. We are looking forward to having a fun evening just like we did before COVID.It will start at 6pm and be finished by 8pm. Grab a team and come along.
Friday July 8th will be a Teacher only Day for Rakaia Curriculum Development. The term will finish Thursday and Term 3 will begin July 25th.
Very soon we will be trialling a Pilot programme at school with Mrs Tracey Atkinson that involves some Equine Education. She has a pony named Frisby who has been a cart pony and we will be looking to have him at school with Mrs Atkinson to introduce some children to him and to feed him, brush him and care for him at school. This will support their emotional regulation and we are excited to look outside the traditional box to provide for our students. He will not be ridden or left alone in his yard when it is built. If you interested in helping then please let school know.
Thank you

A message from Rakaia School Support Group

Mon May 23 02:45pm

Kia ora e te whanau, 


A message from our lovely School Support Group.


Meat order forms due by the end of this week 
Catering help required for this Saturday – please let us know if you’re available to support. 

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