Term 3 Week 4     | 17 August 2018


Mokoia Intermediate


Matua Rawiri’s Shout Out

Tena Koutou Parents and Caregivers

I would like to thank all coaches, managers and parents who supported our netball teams for this year. The many facebook posts of their practises, skills programmes, games, fundraisers and tournaments were a pleasure to be informed about and to follow each teams progress. You deserve the many accolades of your teams contributions to netball this year. Our students can be proud of their netball achievements for 2018. Well done and thanks again for the huge commitment, it is really appreciated by the school, staff, parents and community.

An appreciation message to all of our teachers and support staff who teach our students each day, thank you for doing what you do, thank you for caring for our students, thank you for organising and going beyond the ‘call of duty’ to do the best for our students. You are worth your weight in GOLD!

We are a month out from the AIMS games and practises are taking place along with different tournaments beforehand. Each code will be keeping you up to date with progress and ensuring you are aware of the organisation for the week long event. Please ensure that the fees are paid to the school office as soon as possible.


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

Matua Rawiri and the Mokoia “A” Team


Celebrating Achievement

Principal Merit Awards


Tia Christie: Fantastic development of her speech, keep up the great work Tia.

Haruki : Working diligently during maths. Solving Algebra equations at year 10 level.


Sonny Levaillant - Thomas - Pūmau tonu ki te kaupapa, pūmau tonu ki te mahinga!

Tiana Hunter - Tēnā koe e te ngarara e puta mai ana i tō pokorua!

Herewini Insley - Ko koe hoki te itonga nā Tū!


Lukas  Attwood - For the determination, effort and perseverance you showed when trialling for Kapa Haka.

Congratulations on making it into the first group !  Me ko koe te aungarea, nō mātou te whiwhi.


Jazz Hulton - For the determination, effort and perseverance you showed when trialling for Kapa Haka.

Congratulations on making it into the first group !  Me ko koe te aungarea, nō mātou te whiwhi.


Te Ihooterangi Kapa - For the determination, effort and perseverance you showed when trialling for Kapa Haka.

Congratulations on making it into the first group !  Me ko koe te aungarea, nō mātou te whiwhi.




Francesca Marr - For being organised to attend council meetings and then returning to class to report back from them. Tino pai Francesca!

Keagan Baddiley - For your contributions to our reading activity to express your views on speeches.  They were well thought out and provoked discussion. Ka mau te wehi Keagan!


Jessie Henderson - For the great work you have put into writing and practising your speech. Your display of Upoko Pakaru in getting all of your work done this week has been simply outstanding.

Alice Charity - for working well and staying on task all week long. You are an absolute legend, and you exemplify what Puarenga Rua is all about.


Keita Te Moni - For being a most excellent proponent of komaitanga. You display your excellent attitude by taking on leadership during our Puarenga haka. Ka pai.

Jake Porter - for the great work which you have put into your speech. You have some great information about wolves. You have in some ways been the leader of your pack in getting your speech ready. Good work Jake.



Paris Wall  - for her concentrated effort in writing. I can see your growth and critical thinking as you work and rework your writing

Tayla Elliott - for a well crafted speech that incorporates persuasive techniques effectively to develop an idea and compel her audience to take action.

Tama Te Whau - for effective use of poetry techniques convey a persuasive message. Clear, precise and engaging.

Min Kim - for his effective application of contemporary art techniques when contrasting traditional and contemporary hei tiki art.

Mokoia Maheni - for all their hard work behind the scenes ensuring that the magazine competition was of professional standard for their peers.



Allye Paringatai for excellent efforts in Food Technology. An organised cook who enjoys making creative successful  alterations to a basic recipe. Awesome work Allye.

Rogue Kuka for your confidence when working in the kitchen. You are an organised and imaginative cook who makes successful alterations to basic recipes. Fantastic efforts Rogue.


Samara Calvert for excellent work in designing and making her carved wooden necklace. A fine effort very proud of your diligence and effort.

Zara teacher trainee a fine effort in designing and shaping your carved wooden necklace we are  muchly proud of your fantastical effort.

ICAS Science Results

Congratulations to all of our students who were presented with their ICAS certificates.



Temoanaikauia Anderson

Abbey Bateman

Cameron Cutforth

Nico Dunn

Rebecca Garmonsway

Jasmine Hulton

Jaime Schaa


Milla Phipps



Menna Lloyd-Jones

Ewan McLeod

Miyume Ueno



Lukas Joy


House Winners

Congratulations to Kavindhya, Alice, Sophie and Bella who were our house draw winners this week and won a $10 Pita Pit voucher each. The girls consistently display the school’s values.

Elsie Locke Writing Prize

Congratulations to Stella Weston who was shortlisted for her entry in the Elsie Locke Writing Competition  

for her story 'Just This Once''. Professor Don Locke gives his warmest congratulations for her story, and very best wishes from the Elsie Locke Memorial Trust.

Chinese Speech Competition

What a great morning at the 18th annual Rotorua Chinese Schools’ Speech Competition. Thanks to Wang Fangfang for her coaching and thank you for being a wonderful group of students, Ian, Te Iooterangi, Mitchell, Sara, Mya, Alannah, Jaz and Lauren. They spoke well and the standard had improved from last year. Then They decided they would close the competition with a haka. Great spirit.

We also went to perform to one of the classes of international students who had heard them practising at morning tea! Way to go Mokoia.



Swim Rotorua enjoyed success at the popular Bay of Plenty Short Course Championships. The event attracted more that 400 swimmers from all over the North Island. Congratulations to Paddy Baylis who won two bronze medals. They came in the 800m freestyle with the best time of 8m 17.83s, and in the 50m backstroke, where his 28.12s was a new BOP record.




News and Views

Food Technology - Eggcellent Eggs!

In recent Food Technology sessions our focus has been the Egg. We have looked at the makeup and benefits of this versatile food as well as turning them into delicious dishes.

For this focus the Sandle family of Otaika Valley Eggs, have been extremely generous and kindly offered to supply the cooking room with free range eggs for the duration of our focus.

During this week our tamariki have enjoyed using these eggs to create dishes as well as investigating the differences between Free Range and caged eggs.

A huge thank you to the Sandle family and Otiaka Valley Eggs for your support and generosity.



Learning About Japan

We have enjoyed learning about Japan this week. Our Japanese intern teacher Mai Izawa from Nakagawanishi Junior High School in Yokohama has been teaching us calligraphy.


Cans for Good 2018

Collect. Create. Educate. Donate

Wattie’s Cans for Good is back again for another year of exciting national can ‘collection, creation, education and donation’ campaign run by The Salvation Army in partnership with Wattie’s for New Zealand schools. Please bring your can to school and we can get started. There are lots of prizes to be won.

Watties Cans for Good



Parenting with Pio

An Invitation to our Community:



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  


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

Home and School  are holding a Gala in November. We need as many parent helpers as possible. Our first planning meeting for the Gala is Thursday 30th August, 5.30pm in the staff room. Please join us.

We are also looking for sponsorship. Are you able to help?

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 20 August

8.00am Breakfast Club  

Kia Kaha

RLHS Testing

RGHS Leadership Day

Tuesday 21 August

Kia Kaha

NIPS Ski Championships

RBHS Production-Footloose

Wednesday 22 August

8.00am Breakfast Club

Kia Kaha

NIPS Ski Championships

Rotokawa BOT Consultation Meeting- 5pm in the Mokoia School Hall

Thursday 23 August

Kia Kaha

Acceler8 - Ringa Raupa Programme 11.00am-2.00pm

NIPS Ski Championships

The Parenting Place-An evening with Pio Terei 6-8pm

Friday 24 August

8.00am Breakfast Club


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.)





Three Mokoia students competed as part of the Swim Rotorua Team at the Taranaki Regional Swimming Championships from 20-22 July.

In the 11-12 yr age group - Lizzie Avis (11yrs) won her first regional medal, a BRONZE in 50m breaststroke, and was a finalist in 2 other races.  Samuel Trass (12 yrs) was a finalist in seven events and won four medals: GOLD in 100 butterfly, SILVER in 100 Backstroke and BRONZE in 50 fly and 200 Backstroke.

Stella Weston (13yrs) in the 13-14 year age group was a finalist in 200 Breaststroke placing 7th.

Well done to all three.

Swim Rotorua enjoyed success at the popular Bay of Plenty Short Course Championships. The event attracted more that 400 swimmers from all over the North Island. Congratulations to Samuel Trass and Stella Weston.  Sam stormed home in the gruelling 200m butterfly to win the silver medal in 2m 47.92s.


Congratulations to the following players who have been selected to represent the Bay of Plenty Rugby League, under 13s Team at the NZMRL Teina Tournament 29/30 September 2018:
Stasia Pitman
Aaliyah Brown
Phoenix Mahaki
Thank you to:
Head Coach: Meretaka Paora Brown-Houghton
Manager: Choppy Whakatau
Trainer: Maylene Meroiti



Netball Rotorua

RESULTS FOR 11th August 2018

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

Section 1

M AS Karangaranga 29 v Kaitao McKay 15

Reporoa Int Y 7 & 8 A 27 v Rot Int Mana 25

Section 2

Mokoia Mana 28 v JPC Int Red 25

Whakarewarewa Y 7 23 v Ngongotaha Flyers 15

Section 3

Rot Int Pounamu 22 v Mokoia Magic 18

Rotorua Prim Gold 25 v Kahukura Int Red 8

Section 4

Tuhoe 24 v JPC Int Silver 18

Whangamarino Ferns 19 v Kaitao Andrew 13

Section 5

Rot Int Kaha 12 v Mokoia Limitless 10

Rot Int Maia 15 v Tawhiuau Koparepare 9

Section 6

Rot Int Ihi 18 v Rot Int Kahurangi 8

Lake Rere Hot Shots 12 v Kaitao James 10

Section 7

JPC Int Purple 25 v Mokoia Passionate 13

Rot Int Manaaki 17 v Reporoa Int Y7 & 8 Green 7

Kahukura Int Red *BYE*

Section 8

Kaharoa Kokako's 22 v JPC Int Pink 6

Galatea Country Kids 2 14 v JPC Int Gold 11


Congratulations Limitless!  

Mokoia Limitless gained second place in the championship. Well done girls and many thanks to Meraania Insley for coaching this season and Kimiora Insley for umpiring.


Congratulations to the Mokoia Passionate team. Thanks to the coaches for their support and the team for playing their hearts out and working so hard.

Thank you Ele and Morgan for your dedication to the team.


Do you want to advertise in our newsletter?

Now that we aren’t issuing a folded paper newsletter, we welcome those of you with businesses to advertise on our new look newsletter.  We charge $10 per week.

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