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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                         

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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!

Level 2 February 15-17th

Sun Feb 14 09:05pm

Hello team. Who would have thought? What does it mean for us?

Swimming Carnival Year 3-8 will be Thursday February 18th

Meet Eat and Greet will now be Tuesday 23rd

Drop off and pick up at the gate please.

Manual training Year 7-8 TBC

School continues as normal. Sick children and staff must stay at home. 


Thank you


Thanks for the Rippa Rugby response. We have enough players for a year 3/4 and year 5/6 team. We still need a referee for BOTH teams, and

Fri Feb 12 08:29am

a manager for the Year 5/6 team.  Please let Miss Anderson or the school office know if you can help by 4 pm today as entries are due at five.  If we don’t have anyone we won’t be able to enter teams, unfortunately.

RAKAIA JUNIOR SQUASH 2021 “Have A Go Days” and Registrations Mondays 8th and 15th February @ 4.30pm-5.30pm

Tue Feb 09 11:02am


“Have A Go Days” and Registrations
Mondays 8th and 15th February @ 4.30pm-5.30pm

Rakaia Squash Club, Rakaia Domain


Primary / Intermediate / Secondary


Rakaia Junior Squash “Have A Go Days” are a

FUN and FREE 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 stay.


Rakaia’s 2021 junior squash programme will run in Terms 1 and 3

on Mondays, 1 hr groups split between 4.30pm-6.30pm. 

Annual junior sub $50, family memberships available.


If you or any friends are interested in junior squash but are

unable to attend the Have A Go Days please contact:


Rachel Hart 0275 303 503

(Rakaia Junior Squash Co-ordinator)

fb:  Rakaia Squash Club

Year 7/8 students, please return your technology centre permission slips by tomorrow, please. Thanks, Mrs J.

Thu Feb 04 08:48pm

Assembly and Hats

Tue Feb 02 12:35pm

Hello everyone,

Full School Assembly this Friday February 5th at 2.15pm. We would love to see you at our first assembly to welcome new students and staff.

Also a reminder for hats. No hat, no play! This is the standard statement as we shoo children under the shade cloth or into the trees.

Thank you
Mark Ellis

Newsletter February 1st 2021

Mon Feb 01 11:42am



2nd Hand Uniform Sale

Mon Feb 01 10:39am



Welcome to the New Year, we will be having another second hand uniform sale this Friday the 5th of February from 2.45pm until 3.15pm outside the shed at school.  Eftpos will be available this year but 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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Hello and welcome . Copy of a notice for the Rakaia news.

Fri Jan 29 11:21am

Welcome back to the 2021 year at Rakaia School. We are very excited about the year ahead as we begin to plan for the 2022 Jubilee celebrating 150 years. To cement a great understanding of our school the children will be spending the 2021 year exploring the Rakaia area and its stories. This will start with a focus on “Ko wai au?” which translates to “Who am I?” This focus helps the children explore their own heritage and stories as well as our community stories and growth. You will see the children in the community looking at features and monuments and hopefully talking with family members about our history as a village. 
We welcome Mrs Linda Gosling to Rakaia School. Linda will be teaching Year 3and 4 students in place of Mrs Fekitoa who is on maternity leave until the end of term 3. Our new Deputy principal, Mr Morgan Platt has settled very well into the community and he and his wife welcomed their second child , Cohen in early January. A beautiful baby brother for Noa.
The staff have just finished a two day retreat to prepare for the year ahead. Our focus areas are Structured Literacy and the Science of Reading, Maths development and also Behaviour. It is a clear message to all communities that a child’s behaviour is a communication and it is often our job to help them figure out why they feel this way and what we can do about it.  If their behaviour is affecting/limiting their learning or the learning of others then you can expect a call from the school to support positive change and encourage the appropriate responses to situations. 
As part of the Literacy and Maths development we will be rewriting our learning goals for these areas and subsequently we have withdrawn the dials from our reporting software. Parents will still receive 8 comments a year about your child’s progress and achievement. The expected levels will be shared and you are always welcome to make appointments to see the staff throughout the year. We hope to have the new goals written by mid year. 
On Tuesday February 16th we will have an evening BBQ at school and this will also be the “meet the teacher” evening. Arrive from 5.30pm and then class meetings will start at 6pm, 6.30pm and 7pm. Sausages and bread will be available and you are welcome to use the pool with your own supervision, use the playground and enjoy a picnic atmosphere while we introduce you to your staff and classrooms. 
We wish to express our sincere thank you to the Rakaia community members who have made contact expressing an interest in supporting families with stationery costs and uniform costs. Any donations go into the Principal’s discretionary account where I can support camps, food, stationery and other costs for families in need. Please contact the office and talk with Mandy and she can give you the account number and receipt if you wish, to cover your donations. 
We look forward to an amazing year.

Mark Ellis


Welcome back to 2021

Mon Jan 25 09:41am

Hello everyone. So nice to be ready for a new year. 

The office is open Monday and Tuesday and Friday this week for stationery and information. We would love to see you as we get ready for an amazing year. 


Mark Ellis Principal



Welcome to the New Year, we will be having our first second hand uniform sale on Friday the 29th of January from 11.30am until 1.30pm outside the shed at school.  Eftpos will be available this year but we still do cash and good quality swaps.

 Any donations of uniform are always welcome; we are particularly short on polo’s if you have any spare.  Another sale is planned for Friday the 5th of February at the normal time of 2.45pm until 3.15pm.

Thank you Clare Stewart                         

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Term Dates 2021

Term 1

Feb 1 – Apr 16
Mar 9 Early Closure 1pm
Kahui PD Apr 2 – Apr 6 Easter

Term 2

May 3 – Jul 9
Jun 7 Queens Birthday
Jun 15 Early Closure 1pm Kahui PD


Jul26 – Oct 1
Sept 7 Early Closure 1pm Kahui PD

Term 4

Oct 18 – Dec 15
Oct 25 Labour day
Nov 11 Teacher Only Day
Nov 12 Canterbury Show Day


Our school selected HERO as our New Zealand Ministry of Education approved student management and reporting system. HERO shares our school’s vision to put student learning at the centre of all that we do.

Parents and caregivers can log in to their Hero account (even if they have students at multiple schools) and see all their learning stories; assessments; progress data; pay their school account online etc

You can continue to log in to LINC-ED in the same way as before, your email address and password have not changed. If you would like to download the Hero App for Android or IOS you can do so from your chosen App Store, again your username and password remain the same.

Download the School App

Our School App is what we use for general School Wide communication. You can download the School App to receive Alert Notifications, read the latest newsletter, view upcoming events, submit and absence and more.

To download the School App, search SchoolAppsNZ in the App Store or Google Play Store, and then search Rakaia School in the search bar in the app.

If you are on a mobile you can click this link to download the App.