Term 3 Week 7 | 07 September 2018


Mokoia Intermediate

Matua Rawiri’s Shout Out

Tena Koutou Parents and Caregivers

Review of Education System - The government have recently begun a review of most areas in our education system. The real major reform was ‘Tomorrow’s Schools’ back in 1989. It was met with much fanfare at the time and signaled the introduction of Boards’ of Trustees and more localised school operation. The terms of reference for the review are stated below. The primary purpose of the review of Tomorrow's Schools will be to consider if the governance, management and administration of the schooling system is fit for purpose to ensure that every learner achieves educational success. This review will assist the current government to achieve its five main objectives in education. Meeting these will help realise the vision they have for education in New Zealand. The five areas are: Learners At The Centre, Barrier Free Access, Quality Teaching, Quality Public Education and 21st Century Learning. There has been a taskforce set up to research this further. The taskforce will report back to the Minister in November of this year and the work will determine direction beginning as early as 2019. I will continue to give you feedback on this as it comes to hand.

Please note: Parents are most welcome to visit and talk with your child/rens’ teacher at an appropriate time, please ring and talk with the teacher to make a time.          


Rule: Lollies and chewing gum are not to be bought to school.


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

Matua Rawiri and the Mokoia “A” Team


Celebrating Achievement

Speech Competition

Congratulations to our Speech Competition winners. It was a very tough contest and everyone has been outstanding. Thank you to our judges: Annie Scott, Helen Atkinson, Amy Garrood, Gail Forge, Annemarie Hyde and Callie Raureti.

Year 7

1st Place Abbey Bateman

2nd Place Sofia Holster-Haidzir

3rd Place Eden Lynd

Year 8

1st Place Tiana Hunter

2nd Place Caitlin Newson

3rd Place Keita Te Moni


House Winners

Congratulations to Steven, Tai, Luke and Callum who were our house draw winners this week and won a $10 Pita Pit voucher each. These students consistently display the school’s values.


News and Views

Daffodil Day

A big thank you to everyone who supported daffodil day this year and our School Counsellors for their organisation. We raised $264.00.

School Gala

Our school gala is coming up next term on Thursday 8 November 2018. How can you help?

“Mauria te pono – Keep steadfastly to the truth”


Enrolments are now being accepted for the 2019 academic year.

Ideally, we would like to receive all enrolments by the end of Term Three, 28 September as this will allow us time to meet with your student and their current teachers as well as discuss any relevant learning needs. Of course, enrolments will be accepted after this date as well.

Enrolment forms are available on our website. Go to ABOUT and then click on Enrolment. Forms can also be found in the school’s Prospectus which all students received when they visited our school. Prospectus’ are also available from the Mokoia School Office.

Any questions or queries please phone the Rotorua Lakes High School Office on 3456-124 and leave a message or alternatively phone Helen Atkinson Year 9 Dean on 3456-124 EXT: 234.

PLEASE NOTE: We will only offer places in our streamed classes to students who have enrolled and who sat the Streamed Class Entrance test.

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.



The week ahead

Monday 10 September

8.00am Breakfast Club  

Maori Language Week


Tuesday 11 September

Maori Language Week


Wednesday 12 September

8.00am Breakfast Club

Maori Language Week


Thursday 13 September

Maori Language Week


Atahi Raa Youth development and leadership programme

Accelerate Ringa Raupa Programme

Friday 14 September

8.00am Breakfast Club

Maori Language Week



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.

Large sizes

XL, 2XL, 3XL



Navy shorts - boys and girls

Size 8 and 10 and Large 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


Sports Round Up

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




Congratulations to the Rotorua U14 Waterpolo teams for an awesome 3 days of Waterpolo. The girls Gold team played in a nail biting final against the Sea Wolves,  Madyson was amazing in goal, Kaia and Charlotte played well. It was a very close game and Gold team got runners up. In the boys team Oscar made some brilliant saves as goalie and Matthew played well. Phoenix and Aslin were awesome in the Maroon team. There were teams from Auckland, Waikato, Tauranga, Hutt.

All players gained great experience leading up to the Nationals, which will be held in December. Mokoia will be recruiting Waterpolo players soon to play in term 4.

Congratulations to all our Waterpolo players, and Rotorua Waterpolo for a great tournament!



AIMS Games

Best wishes to all of our Students who are competing in the AIMS games next week.

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



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