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Second hand clothing sale and SSG meeting.

Mon Sep 20 09:04am


In this unusual world we are going to have a second hand uniform sale, this Friday the 24th of September at school by the sports shed, from 2.45 until 3.15pm.

We will require you to wear masks, write your name on the paper provided, hand sanitize and maintain social distancing as per the rules, but also we cannot go past the yellow line in the school grounds.

Sorry we are unable to take cash so eftpos or internet banking only please, we can still do good clean swaps.

If you have any uniform to donate this is also very welcome, you can bring it along to the sale or leave it in the school office.  The second hand uniform sale is run by the school support so all the proceeds from this sale go back into the school via the school support group’s donations.

Thank you for your support

Clare Stewart (0274190020) and Nicola Vercoe


School Support Group Meeting

This Tuesday 21st of September we will be holding a meeting at my house 521 Mainwarings Road starting at 7.30pm, if anyone is interested in coming to discuss future fundraising and donations to the school then you are most welcome.

Clare Stewart

SSG President



Sausage Sizzle

Thu Sep 16 04:06pm

All pre orders from lockdown will be carried over for the next three Fridays. New orders should come to the office as normal. Thank you 

Sorry team , late notice, but no sausage sizzle today.

Fri Sep 10 08:46am

All children back to school Thursday September 9th

Tue Sep 07 03:51pm

Hello everyone.

We are all back at school on Thursday September 9th. Those children who have been with us for level 3 will be able to attend Wednesday September 8th , as they have been, however no new children can be with us on Wednesday.

Online learning will occur Wednesday but no afternoon sessions will be on offer tomorrow as staff prepare for Thursday at school.

We are excited to see the children .

Level 2:

Masks are recommended for 12 yrs up but not compulsory.
Parents will be at the gates.
Staff on gate/bus duty will need masks.
You will need to sign in with your scanners
Assemblies will be internal and can be live online if you wish.
Parents of New entrants can come onsite but will need masks and to sign in.
RTLB and special needs staff can come in.
No off site events at this point in time.
All children to return to school
Those who do not will have a small amount of work placed online but teachers will concentrate on their face to face delivery methods.

Bubbles have disappeared in school and so children and staff can move around as normal in the school grounds.

Basic hygiene principles are to be followed and encouraged actively.

Sanitizers and wipes available in class

Masks and gloves are available but not required

We encourage children to bring their own drink bottles

Parents encouraged to drop children at the gate

Contact tracing document in the office for any visitors

RTLB and visiting teachers/specialists will work/meet in the office.

Rakaia School Term 3 concert postponed un til November

Thu Sep 02 10:04am

Dear Community,

The end of term 3 concert for Rakaia Primary School will be postponed until mid term 4 due to COVID. When the children return our focus shifts to athletics preparation. We will confirm dates for you as soon as we can but it will be mid November.

Thank you for your understanding. We want this to go well and need the time to get prepared.

regards Staff.

Level 3 reminder to let me know if children are returning.

Sun Aug 29 12:37pm

Happy Sunday to you all. Just a small reminder about numbers for children returning to school under level 3.

Level 3 from Wednesday September 1st – please note children are to be educated at home unless parents are :

“Required to work and no other options for care available . “

Please do not be offended if we ask about what care arrangements you have explored or ask for an email from your employer. This is our effort to ensure staff, students and everyone is kept safe .
Email by Sunday 4pm so we can plan for on-site classes .

Keep an eye on communications . Thank you

If we go to level three I need to know who is coming to school.

Fri Aug 27 12:26pm

Good morning family and whanau.

We have uncertain times and may know more today after the PM’s announcement. If we go into level 3 the school needs to know what children will be attending because parents and caregivers have to work .I have to organise staffing and supervision and so I would like an indication if we move to level three who will be attending school.

Please email me directly to confirm if you will be sending your children to school because you have to return to work and have no other child care options.

School lessons will continue online.

Please send an email by Sunday 4pm please.

regards Mark

Team Ako Online Sessions

Mon Aug 23 05:08pm

Hi there Team Ako Parents and Caregivers

It was absolutely wonderful seeing all the children today!! We have taken today’s session as a trial session where we can iron out any issues we have online and after today we have decided to all run individual zooms for our classes like we did last year. These will run at the same time of 9am – 9:30am. You should have received an email from your classroom teacher by now with a new zoom code. If you have not, please check your junk email and then get in touch via email or leave us a message here and we will get in touch.
We are looking forward to our sessions tomorrow where we will be able to connect with the children better in our classes.

See you then
Ako Teachers

Update – ready for online learning

Sun Aug 22 06:51pm

Hello to all. We are ready for online learning to begin tomorrow morning.

Team Ako 9am
Team Whanau 9.30am
Mahitahi Yr 5-6 10am and
Mahitahi Yr7-8 10.30am

The Year 3-8 children will be signing in with their google passwords and you can contact staff if you are unsure.

Team Ako learners should have had emails from their teachers or Miss Grant to get you set up for tomorrow.

Please keep in contact if there are any difficulties.

We can do this!

Device pick up closes at 12.15 today. 44 chrome books have been given out. Thank you for following instructions at school.

Sun Aug 22 12:48pm

Friday Update

Fri Aug 20 05:57pm

Hello team.

Online learning will start Monday and devices will be prepared for year 3-8. More details will follow on how and when and where you can collect these.

We encourage the children to sign in for their google classrooms and 22 have already done this.

Team Ako will start lessons at 9am, Whanau at 9.30am, Year 5-6 at 10am and Year 7-8 at 10.30am.

We hope you are all well and we appreciate the emails. Teaching staff emails are

Please keep in contact if you have any worries, concerns, feedback or support. We are all in this together and doing our very best.

Thank you
Mark, BOT and the staff

Winter sport tournament

Fri Aug 20 02:11pm

Just letting you know that Primary Sports Canterbury have postponed or cancelled all events that were scheduled for the coming week. This means that Winter Tournament has been postponed, possibly cancelled, for our Y7/8 rugby team. They will make a decision about whether it will continue at a later date when they have more information.

Hello team – new update on facebook or you can see it through the school webpage. Thank you.

Thu Aug 19 07:56pm

Latest post is on school website or facebook if you use that platform

Tue Aug 17 09:33pm




Level 4

Tue Aug 17 07:50pm

Level 4 – Rakaia School is closed for 3 days. Senior staff are meeting online soon and information will be posted on facebook and the app.

Email is the great option for staff and we will advise the plans for any devices if we can get them to you.

Please keep an eye on the information streams and keep safe.

More to follow soon.

regards Mark

Reporting to Parents – Feedback please

Mon Aug 09 09:58am

Hello again. I am interested in community feedback regarding our Reporting to Parents.

In recent times we have moved to HERO and asked you to contact us when you want to see the teacher and for staff to do the same. We felt this gave you the chance to see staff “just in time” rather than having to wait.

2 Comments are posted every term meaning you get 8 a year and you can ring or email for appointments as per an open door approach.

Is it working?
Do you want to go back to interviews, face to face twice a year? This could be Term 1 and 3, or Term 2 and 4.

We still have families we do not hear from and some are difficult to contact due to work times or just family business.

We are aiming to be as responsive and informative as we can so you know exactly how your children are doing. This is why we have termly “exit points” where you can visit and see the children’s work.

Looking forward to your feedback.

Thank you

Well Being Hui this Wednesday Night at Chertsey School

Mon Aug 09 09:15am



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!


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 absences 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.