Term 3 Week 3|10 August 2018


Mokoia Intermediate


Matua Rawiri’s Shout Out

Tena Koutou Parents and Caregivers

Thanks to everyone involved in the ‘Open Days’ promotion for our school this week. I am absolutely proud of our students and staff with their presentations, classroom environments and confidence. The band and kapa haka group were fantastic. The activities set up for our visitors to participate in were a real treat. We have many new students enrolled to start in 2019, which is an awesome effort to make our school stand out.


The School Council and members of the Home and School committee met on Thursday morning to discuss matters regarding our new school van and hockey goal. A decision was made to use funding available to help purchase a new school van and hockey goals will be ordered as soon as possible. Both these purchases will help our students and school to improve further possibilities of trips and sports.


I encourage parents and caregivers to inform your child's teacher, team leaders, deputy principal or principal if you have a concern for your child or children while at Mokoia. We are here to help with matters as such before, at and after school, while coming and returning. It is important for your child or children to inform us of any situations as well, if they feel unsafe. ‘Te Tihi o Mana’ are our school based values, we all have to model these values everyday in every situation.

A reminder that school will be closed next Wednesday 15th August as the teachers are on strike.


We are Limitless! We are Passionate! We are Mokoia No.1!

Matua Rawiri and the Mokoia “A” Team


Celebrating Achievement

Principal Merit Awards


Bella Wyatt - For the kindness you showed by surprising the whole class with a thoughtful gift each made by you. What a lovely way to start the term. Thank you Bella!

Brooke Weir - For the kindness you showed by surprising the whole class with a thoughtful gift each. What a way to start the term. Thank you Brooke!

Porscha Mattheson-Taitapanui:  For the way you have settled beautifully in K4, made friends and getting to know the way we do things at Mokoia Intermediate School. Tauke!

Brodie Taipeti:For the way you have settled beautifully in K4, made friends and getting to know the way we do things at Mokoia Intermediate School. Tauke!

Hori Ballantyne:  For the way you have settled beautifully in K4 and working well with a buddy.

Ka mau te wehi!

Ava Akuhata - for taking the initiative of planning and organising lessons for Netball skills for the class ready to teach them later in the term.

Sienna Buckton - for taking the initiative of planning and organising lessons for Netball skills for W1 ready to teach them later in the term.

Ian Crimp - for exhibiting the Mokoia School value of Whakaiti (humility). Ian has several leadership roles in the school, and understands that a true leader supports and cares for the people. Ian has also developed his Upoko pakaru (resilience) and shows this by being more proactive and less reactive. Tena koe e Ian. Ko koe, ko rangatira nui!

Joshua Watt-your enthusiasm for working on Algebra is a pleasure to see. It is certainly helping your understanding.

Maddison Guptill-being a reliable and on-to-it student, and a wonderful conscience for Mr Law.

Phoenix Andrews - Nāhau ko te kei o tō waka i ū ki te pae o angitū

Grace McQuoid - For your lovely manner and the way you work diligently in all areas of school life.

Kaia Raethel - Anō nei te ua tātā e patapata ana

Cypress Brell - For the effort and perseverance you showed during Maths. You listened, kept trying until you understood a new concept and then helped a buddy. Tumeke Cypress!


Congratulations to Lewis and Ruby Ryan who are past pupils of Mokoia Intermediate. Best wishes to them both for the Winter MTB Series.



News and Views

Message from our Board

Dear Whanau


We have been informed by NZEI the National Union of Primary School Teachers that they will be taking industrial action in the form of a strike on Wednesday 15 August.

The Board of Trustees have investigated our options and have decided to close the School on this day as we will not have enough staff available to care for our students.  We understand that this may be inconvenient for some of our community but the health and safety of our children is of our utmost concern.

If the Government and NZEI make an agreement before this date the strike may not go ahead and we will notify everyone of any change.

Kind regards

Mokoia Intermediate Board of Trustees

Car Boot Sale Fundraiser

Lauren Thompson has been selected to attend the Girl Guide Sydney Jamboree next school holidays, the only Guide from our region.



Girl Guide Sydney Jamboree Car Boot Sale Fundraiser

Saturday 25th August 8-11am

Lynmore Scout Hall Car Park, Lewis Rd.


To book a $10 car-boot spot ring or text Heather on 027 2432742


Important Message from Our Community Nurse

There has been 2 recent cases of confirmed Rheumatic Fever within the last week at Lakes DHB. One adult and 1 child – who will now require long term prophylactic regular monthly bicillin injections.  

Rheumatic fever can be a debilitating disease, BUT it can be prevented. It is caused by streptococcus or strep bacteria in the throat. A simple throat swab can diagnose a person with strep, once diagnosed, a 10 day course of antibiotics can kill the bacteria. Left untreated however, the bacteria can spread into the heart muscle causing damage or Rheumatic Fever.

It is very important that people are getting EVERY sore throat checked! Not being financially able to afford the cost of a throat swab can NOT be the reason someone will end up with rheumatic fever… because it is preventable.

Therefore, throat swabs are now FREE for EVERYONE regardless of age at Owhata Medical Centre. You do not need to be registered with the medical centre and you do not need to register. Just come in with your name and DOB and we can get it checked.

Remember “If in doubt, get it checked out”

Strep throat is HIGHLY contagious. It is spread through close contact with an infected person, often by inhaling airborne droplets from an infected person’s cough and sneezes. It can also be spread through shared drinks and food.

As children in school classrooms, kohunga and day care centres tend to share their bugs around, if you have any concerns, or have noticed several people with a positive strep result, let me know. I am happy to do screening throat swabs of classrooms or centres as required.

I have attached a info sheet about sore throats and a flyer advertising FREE throat swabs.


Nga mihi nui,

Leesa King

Piripoho Nurse / Registered Nurse

Owhata Medical Centre


Open Week

Thank you to our community and local primary schools for visiting this week and enjoying ‘a day in the life of a Mokoia student’.

Well done to our students and staff who made our visitors welcome. The Year 6 students participated in the many activities, tiki tour, dancing, band and kapa haka performances. They also took home their cooking, art and hard material activities completed during the day.

We look forward to receiving your enrollment for 2019. Please return as soon as possible to ensure the best possible class placement for your child.


Parenting with Pio

An Invitation to our Community:


Have your say Hannahs Bay


Rotorua Lakes High is a co-educational school with a school size of between 650-700 students. Our school is located on the Eastside of the city and overlooks Lake Rotorua. Our small size means students are known to staff personally and can build meaningful relationships with teachers. We offer a wide range of subjects, sports and extra-curricular activities. Please find below important dates for 2018.



Any students wishing to be considered for a place in our streamed academic classes for 2019 will sit the University of Canterbury Reasoning Test at Rotorua Lakes High School on:

Monday 20 August from 9:30am-10:15am.


PLEASE NOTE: Students MUST complete a registration form prior to sitting the test, this form is available from the Rotorua Lakes High School Office, the Mokoia Intermediate School office or online from the RLHS website: Go to ABOUT and then click on Enrolment.


Download testing form here


ONLY those students who complete and return the registration form will be eligible to sit the test.



An alternative date for streamed class testing is being offered to those students who cannot attend on Monday 20 August and this will be:

Tuesday 28 August from 3:30pm-4:15pm at Rotorua Lakes High School  


RLHS Orientation Day 2018

Thank you to RLHS for a wonderful day of information and learning activities. Our year 8 students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to enrolling for 2019.


Download enrolment forms here


If you have any queries or questions please contact Rotorua Lakes High School on 3456124 EXT: 234 and ask for Helen Atkinson Year 9 Dean or alternatively send an email to atkinsonh@rotorualakes.school.nz
All enquiries welcome.


Term Dates for 2018

Term 1                 30 Jan 18 – 13 April 18                  (100 half days)

Term 2                 30 April 18 – 06 July 18                 (96 half days)

Term 3                 23 July 18 – 28 Sept 18                 (100 half days)

Term 4                 15 Oct 18 – 14 Dec 18                 (88 half days)

Total: 384 half days

Our official last day for 2018 is Friday 14th December.


Home and School

We recently held a home and school committee meeting. We have made the decision to hold a food and fun fair in November. We need as many parent helpers as possible, remember this is for our children. Our next meeting is Thursday 16th of August at 5.30pm in the staff room. Our first planning meeting for the Gala is Thursday 30th August, 5.30pm in the staff room. Please join us.

Contact Tania Gillions office@mokoia.school.nz



Digital Technology Fees

Digital technology fees for term 3 are now due. Please pay promptly to ensure your child has individual access to a personal technology device.



The week ahead

Monday 13 August

8.00am Breakfast Club  

Kia Kaha

Tuesday 14 August

Kia Kaha

ICAS Maths Exam 9.15am

Wednesday 15 August

NZEI Teachers Strike-School Closed

Thursday 16 August

Kia Kaha

Acceler8 - Ringa Raupa Programme 11.00am-2.00pm

Friday 17 August

8.00am Breakfast Club

Kia Kaha


Uniform is now purchased from the school office with the exception of the Soft Shell Navy Jacket which can only be purchased at ‘The Rugby Shop’ in Maisy Place for $65.00. (We have a contract with a new supplier and retailer from the end of the year.)





Short sleeve red polo shirt with printed collar.

Long sleeve red polo shirt with printed collar.

All size

XL, 2XL, 3XL



Navy shorts - boys and girls

All sizes


Red school polar fleece

All sizes


Navy track pants (school regulation from this source, no writing, not fleece) - boys and girls

All sizes


Red P.E. shirt

All sizes


Red P.E. shorts

All sizes


Grey Beanie with logo

All sizes



The Technology Department are looking for resources that can be recycled and used in our programme. If you have any they can be delivered to reception.


We thank you in advance

The Technology Team


This advert has a lot of a-peel!

For Science next week we are needing each child to bring a couple of apples AND a couple of pears. Yes, we’re branching out!

Again, any type of apple and pear will do.

Many thanks

Glen Law

Sports Round Up

(A reminder to coaches and managers to forward their draws and results to jjones@mokoia.school.nz.)



Table Tennis

Logan, Jack and Kobe played at the Junior Table Tennis tournament recently in Tauranga.

Well done for your participation and representing our school with integrity.

Thank you to the parents for your support and getting the boys there.



The Mokoia Red hockey team had an awesome game. Very evenly matched against Kaharoa which reflected in the 1-all draw. Lots of wicked saves by our goalie, Riley, which earned him player of the game.



Football Tournament

Congratulations to all of our boys who played in the Football Tournament in Papamoa.
The boys did well considering the very wet conditions and were in good spirits throughout. Unfortunately the results did not reflect the effort or commitment and challenge that the boys put into every game. Well done to Oscar for scoring one of Mokoia's goals and well done to the goalkeeper for his commitment and resilience in very wet and muddy conditions !



Congratulations to our Netball teams for a successful week of exciting games and practice.


RESULTS FOR 4th August 2018

Intermediate 2018

Section 2

Mokoia Mana 28 v Whakarewarewa Y 7 15

JPC Int Red DWn v Ngongotaha Flyers DLs

Section 3

Mokoia Magic 22 v Huiarau Whakatipuranga 16

Rot Int Pounamu 25 v Rotorua Prim Gold 4  

Section 5

Tawhiuau Koparepare 13 v Rot Int Kaha 11

Mokoia Limitless 13 v Rot Int Maia 12

Section 7

Mokoia Passionate 13 v Reporoa Int Y7 & 8 Green 7

Kahukura Int Red 9 v JPC Int Purple 7

Rot Int Manaaki *BYE*

Section 8

Rot Int Manaaki 23 v Mokoia Passionate 8

JPC Int Purple *BYE*

Kahukura Int Red 17 v Reporoa Int Y7 & 8 Green 12



Our Girls 7's team played RIS today, it was awesome. Well done girls. The whole school were excited and supported them.


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