Term 4 Week 4  | 9 November 2018


Mokoia Intermediate

Matua Rawiri’s Shout Out


Tena Koutou Parents and Caregivers

Congratulations to everyone who was involved in such a positive event, our school Food & Fun Fair. It was an absolute success and enjoyed by many. Thank you to the Home and School Committee, your commitment to doing this for our tamariki is appreciated and well worth it. There are many people to thank for many reasons so thank you.


This week I visited 4 schools in Christchurch with the Waikato, Bay of Plenty & Poverty Bay Principals Association. It was a real eye opener and I was impressed with the ‘Cultural Responsiveness’ of these schools although their Maori rolls were below 20%. They have an understanding of the importance this plays in their schools for everyone. It sets a good tone and environment within the school. It is also awesome to hear that parents and the community support this wholeheartedly. We will be looking to engage with our staff, parents, caregivers, community and iwi to plan, implement and further strengthen our school. Our iwi supports Mokoia Intermediate implementing strategies to improve our ‘Cultural Responsiveness.


I am looking forward to seeing our kapa haka roopu perform in Taupo next Saturday for the Te Arawa Primary Schools Regional Kapa Haka competition. We are looking at making the top 5 which would give us an opportunity to participate at the National Kapa Haka competition in 2019. There are 13 schools participating next weekend. Well done to the tutors and kaiako of our Mokoia roopu.


A reminder that school will be closed next Tuesday 13th November 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

Congratulations to everyone for another successful celebration assembly. Great guitar playing, singing, happy vibes and whanaungatanga. Congratulations to all award recipients and winners of the House Card draw.


School Food and Fun Fair

Our Gala last on Thursday night was fantastic. We couldn’t have done it without the support of all the whanau who donated baking, food for the food stalls and hangi, students who held amazing activities, sponsors from within our community and volunteers who served at the stands and hangi. Thanks to the Home and School committee for organising and Staff who put many hours into the preparation.

We would like to thank the following businesses from our wider community who donated products or vouchers for Prizes and towards our food stands. Please support these organisation if you are able as they support our children.


The Warehouse

Pig & Whistle



The Mad Butcher

Sheryl Rowell – Bayleys Real Estate

4 Square Te Ngae

Stranz Hairdressers

A Touch of Elegance

Mawhero Souvenirs Ltd – Del and Sharon Porter

Rawiri Koia – Artist


Kilwell Sports

Polynesian Spa

Rotovegas Boxing Gym

Hayley Puddle Photographer

Hunting with Tui

Bunnings Warehouse

Kylie’s Beauty Clinic

Lakeland Queen

Hume Pine

Rotorua Trails Trust

Gregg Brown – Giant Mountain Bike

Rotorua Aquatic Centre

Rotorua Treewalk

Paul Hickey from NZME

Mokoia Community Assn for the BBQ

Lynmore Primary School

Mei Health Magnesium Oil

Murray Martin for lending us his Hangi Steamer

Lake Okeraka Voluteer Fire Brigade



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 Tuesday 13th November as part of a rolling strike across New Zealand.

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

Digital Technology Fees

Digital technology fees for term 4 are now due. Please pay promptly to ensure your child has individual access to a personal technology device.


RLHS Charter Bus

Friday November 23rd it will be leaving at 12.45pm due to a PPTA paid union meeting.

Their last school day is 7th December and it will be leaving at 12.45pm.

The start date for 2019 is Wednesday 30th January the bus will be running as usual.


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 12 November

8.00am Breakfast Club

Tuesday  13 November

NZEI Strike Day

Wednesday 14 November

8.00am Breakfast Club

RGHS Orientation Day

RBHS Orientation Day

Thursday  15 November

Atahi Raa Youth development and leadership programme

Accelerate Ringa Raupa Programme

Friday 16 November

8.00am Breakfast Club

Uniform is available from the school office.





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

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

Athletics Day

Congratulations to all students who participated in Athletics day and to those who qualified for BOP Athletics.


Another exciting night at the pool. We played Kaharoa and came away with a well deserved 12-0 win!

Our shooters were on form, defenders and goalie were solid and we worked well as a team.

Fantastic parent support. Thanks to everyone.



Chilly morning for cricket in Mount Maunganui. Mokoia batting first with an innings total of 159/10 then restricting Mount Maunganui for 73/10. Captain today was Wyatt - great captaincy. Player of the day Issac with 42 runs unbeaten. Great win Mokoia.


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



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