Term 3 Week 9   | 21 September 2018


Mokoia Intermediate

Matua Rawiri’s Shout Out



Tena Koutou Parents and Caregivers

This week I have been attending a 2 day retreat at the Okoroire Hotel focusing on Well-being. Dr Emma Woodward talked about well-being for our staff, our whanau and our tamariki. The case for well-being and how to take care of yourself and our people. A topic which is so important in today's world. I really enjoyed the opportunity to participate. A question asked of us was… What do I most want for our children? Happiness, Health, Confidence, Contentment, Personal fulfillment, Love, Friendships, all important to make a difference in our children's lives. I will ensure that the well-being of our Mokoia students, teachers, support staff, and my whanau are a priority. Implementing a philosophy and belief in our school for well-being now will be a step in the right direction. I look forward to this journey.

Next week is our last week of Term 3, an absolutely awesome term with so much achieved. Whaea Wendy (W1) has resigned. We wish her all the best with future endeavours. We will employ a fixed term teacher for Term 4 in W1.

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

Matua Rawiri and the Mokoia “A” Team


Celebrating Achievement

ICAS English

Year 7

Francesca Marr Credit

Kobe Smith Credit

Breana Dempsey  Participation

Jasmine Hulton  Participation

Mannat Kaur   Participation

Sara O’Driscoll   Participation

Jaime Schaa   Participation


Year 8

Miyume Ueno   High Distinction

Stella Weston   Distinction

Aston Dow   Credit

Menna Lloyd-Jones  Credit

Ewan McLeod   Credit

Keanen Dyson   Participation

Milla Phipps   Participation

Merit Awards

Sara O’Driscoll: For the effort, patience and understanding you displayed when teaching a small group new strategies in Maths. We also appreciate the wonderful job you do every day ‘vacuuming’ our classroom. Thank you Sara!

Bella Wyatt: For the hard work, determination and persistence you have shown during Maths. You are using lots of very clever strategies to solve tricky number problems. You should feel very proud of the amazing progress you have made. Way to go!

Brooke Weir: For the hard work, determination and persistence you have shown during Maths. You are using lots of very clever strategies to solve tricky number problems. You should feel very proud of the amazing progress you have made. Way to go!

Ella Thompson:  For a huge improvement in your attitude in the classroom.  You are listening well and sharing your ideas. I have watched you persevere with tricky tasks and you are showing pride in your work. You are making fantastic progress Ella. Keep up the great work. I really appreciate your nice manners and lovely smile.


Ajay Karaka - For your effort and determination to work hard during our fitness sessions. Ka mau te wehi!

Mícheál Murchie-Kearney - For grasping the strategy of place value to solve addition and subtraction problems. With encouragement, you were able to display upoko pakaru and patience to complete your work - Ka mau te wehi!

Tait Shaw - For also showing upoko pakaru to complete your math tasks.  You regulated yourself well to control your frustration in order to then articulate and show your working out.  Tino Pai!

Tahi Collier - Stepping up and planning an awesome PE session.  You have displayed Upoko Pakaru working incredibly hard in all subjects in particular mathematics.  Ka mau te wehi!

Ashton Turvey: You have a positive attitude to learning daily, I admire your approach to all tasks and activities both in the classroom and on the field.  Thank you Ashton

Grace Middleton-working really hard at developing her understanding of working using integers. She works through both the positives and the negatives.

Sofia Haidzir-Holster-you have a remarkable self-understanding and a maturity beyond your years. Keep on keeping on, Sofia.

Bronson WIlkinson - For your well structured piece of writing on your first time mountain biking. You have included relevant details, topic specific vocabulary and enabled the reader to imagine what was happening through the descriptive language used.

Caitlin Newson - For representing Mokoia intermediate as she delivered a powerful message in the Rotorua Speech Competition.

Tayla Elliott - For your report on Cystic Fibrosis. It was well structured and you scaffolded information so that the reader could develop a clear understanding of the condition, challenges and treatments. Your report included diagrams and photos to provide more information.

Cameron Smith for the leadership and positive attitude in all you do. Your work, sports and interactions with others demonstrate what an amazing young man you are.

Charlotte Wyndham for your quiet, confident organisation and your thoughtfulness when helping others to achieve success in cooking. You are a real team player. Awesome!

Lukas Atwood: For the hard work, determination and persistence you have shown during Maths. You are using lots of very clever strategies to solve tricky number problems. You should feel very proud of the amazing progress you have made. Way to go!



Well done to our teams and teachers for their work at Rotomaths tonight! Building great problem solving skills under time pressure.



News and Views

“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 24 September

8.00am Breakfast Club  

Tuesday 25 September

RBHS Dean Visit

Wednesday 26 September

8.00am Breakfast Club

Thursday 27 September

Atahi Raa Youth development and leadership programme

Accelerate Ringa Raupa Programme

Friday 28 September

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


Sports Round Up

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



AIMS Games

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


Table Tennis

Congratulations to Kobe Smith. Kobe participated in the Aims games for Table Tennis, he was the only representative from Mokoia. He competed well and gave it all he had, having some wins and a couple of narrow losses. He placed 42 out of 136 individuals.  Ka-Pai Kobe!



Mokoia AIMS Mixed 6 a side Hockey. Finished 17th out of 56 teams. 40 Goals Scored and only 7 conceded. Won 7 Games out of 8 during the week.



Well done to the Eastlake Rockets Mokoia students Miyume, Kaspa, Liam, Harrison, and Mícheál who played football all week at the AIMS Games for Mokoia and to then play another 6 games today for their club and take the Rotorua McDonalds Tournament title for the 11th/12th grade.



Touch Rugby

Congratulations to our Touch Rugby team. Well done to Kaspa who came away with player of the day.

It's always tough on the first night , one team won by default , unfortunate for them, but showing true Mokoia values they stayed to support their peers. True winners.

To the parents, thank you your support, encouragement and transport it is hugely appreciated.




Our Mokoia netball team’s week at AIMS was full-on. They played their hearts out to be placed in B grade and overall placed 56th from the 122 teams participating which was an amazing achievement.

The week would not have been possible without the mahi and koha from our Mokoia whānau.

Thank you to:

* Mokoia students and teachers for supporting our fundraisers

* Janet du Fall and Sue Rasdall for handling finances received and related admin

* Mokoia Intermediate for the meat to feed us for lunch and dinner

* Fresh Choice Rotorua for donation of $500

* Otaika Valley for your free range eggs

* The Martin whānau for the veges, fruit and seats

* The Holster-Haidzir whānau for shirts, socks and hairties

* Nerissa George for your yummy lasagne

* Moana Hunter and Nana Bubs Savage for your delicious ambrosia and delivering supplies from Rotorua to us

* Kirsty Wyndham for providing transport for our team

* Tuhourangi Marae, Te Puke and Koro Manu for allowing us to stay for the week – we were so grateful for the facility being closer to the AIMS event venue

* Morgan Mahaki for your expert braiding skills

* Melissa Pinder for your services as our umpire

* Hine Martin for supplying salt ice daily and the use of your gazebo

* Mahaki whanau for use of your gazebo

* Our overnight parents:, Ele and Morgan Mahaki, Mereana and Luke Pitman, Kirsty Wyndham, Michelle Christie, Dianna Haidzir who were always on hand to help throughout the week

* Our dedicated ringawera of overnight parents, the Martin whānau and Jack Robinson who cooked and prepared meals and lunches

* Kirsty Wyndham and Michelle Christie for helping me with the shopping

* Our netball whānau who turned up (Nana Jane, Ene Mikaere, Nana Bubs and whānau, Manaia and partner, Daryl and Kobe Christie, Mereana’s whānau, Harley and Rueben), to watch the games and support us

* Our facebook whānau and sports teams who sent messages of encouragement and support

* Our whānau for supporting their girls during this Aims campaign, getting them to practices and paying their subs

* Our coaches, Ele and Mereana for their passion, wairua and ihi to get the kaha from our girls everyday

* And finally... the team. It was a gruelling week and you had to dig deep to produce the goods. When the result wasn’t what you wanted, you dug even deeper. We couldn’t be more prouder than we are of you girls. You represented Mokoia hard and you are richer for the experience. Thank you for allowing the opportunity for us all (parents, coaches, manager, whānau,school) to assist in making the week an enriching and strengthening experience that are now lifelong skills for your future.

Whaia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuoho koe, me he maunga teitei – Keep persevering and enduring to reach your dreams. Don’t let any obstacles get in your way while trying to get there!

Whaea Arihi - manager




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Tennis Coaching for Intermediate Aged Kids

Lynmore Tennis Club season starts 1 September 2018 - 31 October 2019 and covers 2 terms of coaching plus discounts on School Holiday Programme sessions.

Junior Membership is $135. See our website for more info on fees and times. http://www.lynmoretennisclub.co.nz/ Discounts available for 2 or more siblings or family memberships

The new season starts in Term 4 with a Free Open Day on Tuesday 16th October.

Coaching times:

Skills on Tuesdays 6-30 to 7-30 Intermediate & College

Match Play Wednesdays 4-30 to 5-30 Intermediate & College

Come along with your mates and discover just how much fun Tennis can be.

Lynmore Tennis Club, cnr Selwyn and Lewis Rd, Lynmore, Rotorua.


Junior Holiday Tennis

Come along in the school holidays for fun coaching days and win some nice prizes. The cost is $20 per day for members and $30 for non members. The daily sessions are from 9 am to 12.

Wednesday 3rd Oct, Thursday 4th Oct, Friday 5th Oct 8-16 years.

Contact Guy today to book in.

Guy Beamish-TNZC Certified Competition Coach Head Coach-Lynmore Tennis Club & Topguns Tennis Academy, Rotorua. PH 07 3484693 Mob 027 6945308 E: guybeamish@gmail.com Web: www.sportsground.co.nz/topguns