Te Kura o Tihiōtonga

Otonga Primary School

FOUR WINDS NEWS - 7th February 2024


Kia ora Koutou - Dear Parents

Learning at Otonga School Te Kura o Tihiōtonga

As a parent of an Otonga School student, you will want to know what your child is learning so you can support him or her at home. You and your child’s teachers will be the most important influences on their education.

We call it our local curriculum. Our local curriculum is the way that we bring The New Zealand Curriculum to life at our school.

It shows:
  • what it is that we want our students to learn and how our curriculum is designed to achieve this.
  • that learning is personalised and inclusive to take into account the students' aspirations, interests, identity, language, and culture.
  • the long view is taken: each student’s ultimate learning success is more important than the covering of particular achievement objectives.
  • that it is manageable and realistic.
Our local curriculum is used to foster our Graduate Student Profile. Graduate profiles are one way that a school can communicate a shared understanding of what a future-oriented learner looks like. Graduate profiles describe values, dispositions, knowledge, and attitudes that students will need to develop and build as they embark on their learning journey through Otonga School Te Kura o Tihiōtonga in order to participate in a range of life contexts beyond school. At Otonga School we teach people and not subjects. We educate the whole child.

It is the point of difference that our Year 6 students will have when leaving us. It is a taonga or treasured kete of skills gifted to the next school. We are very proud of this ‘gift’!

TheOur Learning page of our website will help you understand what learning is at Otonga School Te Kura o Tihiōtonga.
Link to website here: Learning at Otonga School - Otonga Road Primary School
Kind regards
Gareth Cunliffe

Year 1 End of the day Pick Up for Year 1 Students

All Year 1 students are brought up to the wall at 2:45pm daily to be picked up by parents. School finishes at 3pm for all other year levels.


Term 1, Week 2 - Ako Korimako Year 6

Tēnā tātou e te whānau
What a start to the year, our tamariki are happily settling in and are keen to learn. This week, we gathered together as a team to enjoy healthy active learning where the tamariki were invited to use resources to foster their curiosity, to be moving and actively thinking to collaborate with peers to create a game, play an existing game with other people, creating a piece of equipment that would house them, and/or use the surrounding environment to build upon. The most beneficial part were the conversations, the social interactions and ideas of the equipment/resources they required to extend their learning. This is just a starting point, knowing what our tamariki are interested in and where we as their teachers are able to support them in their discovery of using tactile materials to enhance their skills in all learning areas.
The students of Room 20 have been extremely fortunate to have 3 sewing machines donated by generous members of the Rotorua community. The machines are ready and waiting to be used for the creation of garments, useful objects, decor for our room, mending of clothing… the possibilities are endless. What a wonderful skill to learn, and another way to express our creativity and use our problem solving skills.

Some students have already had a go at depressing the foot pedal to observe how quickly the needle moves up and down. Next we will learn the names of the parts of the machine, some safety tips, and then we will begin practising sewing along lines on a paper to get the feel of sewing. We cannot wait to start sewing with fabric! If there are any experts in our Otonga community who have the time and the inclination to share sewing tips with us, or donate fabric etc. please reach out to Whaea Jann on jkieck@otonga.school.nz.

Library & Information Technology Centre News

Annual Stocktake and Return of Library Books

An amnesty is in place so please return any school Library or Readers you have found at home during the summer break.

Summer Reading Challenge

I hope you all enjoyed the reading challenge. Children you have until Tuesday 13th February to return your completed 'Summer Reading Log' and 'Favourite Book Review' page to the Library. All 'Summer Reading Logs' and reviews will be displayed in the Library so make sure you check out the display wall later this month.

Scholastic Book Club

Items purchased through Scholastic Book Club earn the school reward points that are used to purchase further resources for our school.

Offer 1 brochures will be circulated to classrooms this week and orders close on Friday 16th February.
Ordering Online: is available and all information for Parents/Caregivers is on the Scholastic website www.scholastic.co.nz
(the order will be delivered to school with the classroom order). You can also choose to order a gift (please mark this clearly on the order form) and if ordering on-line this Link- loop-gifting-parent.jpg explains the process. Parents will be contacted when the gift arrives at school. All Classrooms are registered for Loop on-line ordering and if you have any problems with the web page please phone Scholastic for assistance.
Payment: Parents can also order and pay at school (cash and EFTPOS accepted).

Order form if ordering at School: Please complete the paper order form inside the back page - remember to write in your Child's Name, Room Number and the Item No.
Thank you for your participation and support.
Mrs Pauline Atkinson, Library Manager

Lost Property

Please ensure your child's clothing, sunhat, book bag, drink bottle and lunch box are named so that if they are left behind at school they can be returned to your child. Any unnamed items will be placed in the Lost Property shed beside the hall. This will be open daily. On Thursdays (weather permitting) all items from the shed will be on display on the wall at the rear of the hall for students and parents to check.

Otonga Sporting Success

Dylan Naudé competed at the North Island Colgate games in January and walked away with a silver medal in the 100m. This means he is the second fastest 10 year old boy in the North Island! Congratulations Dylan, you should be very proud of yourself!

Otonga Sports - Registrations NOW Open

Otonga School Gala - Friday 15th March

Term 1 Diary

(Please note: dates/events may be added or changed without prior notice)
9 Feb Whole School Waiata
14 Feb Y5 Ako Kārearea - Beach Safety
16 Feb Hui-a-Kura - Hosted by Rm 21
22 Feb Road Patrol Training Day
23 Feb Whole School Waiata
27 Feb BOT Meeting
29 Feb Rugby League 9's
1 Mar Hui-a-Kura - Host TBC
5 Mar Schoolwide Celebrations - Sea week
6 Mar Top School
8 Mar Whole School Waiata
17 Mar Schoolwide Celebrations - St Patrick's Day
15 Mar Hui-a-Kura - Host TBC
School Gala
18-20 Mar Y6 Ako Korimako - School Camp at MiCamp Taupo
19 Mar RATS Duathlon
22 Mar Whole School Waiata
25 Mar Schoolwide Celebrations - Holi Festival
29 Mar EASTER - Good Friday - Public Holiday (School Closed)
1 Apr EASTER Monday - Public Holiday (School Closed)
1 Apr EASTER Tuesday (School Closed)
3 Apr CBOP Swimming
5 Apr Whole School Waiata
12 Apr Hui-a-Kura - Host TBC
Last Day of Term 1 – School closes at 3pm

Term Dates 2024

TERM 1: Tue 30th January - Fri 12th April
Tues 30th January - OPP ‘Know me before you Teach me’ Meetings Day
Wed 31st January - All students back
(Waitangi Day - Tues 6th February)
(Good Friday – Fri 29th March)
(Easter - Monday 1st April)
(Easter - Tuesday 2nd April)

TERM 2: Mon 29th April – Fri 5th July
(Teacher Only Day - TOD – Mon 27th May)
(King’s Birthday - Mon 3rd June)
(Matariki - Fri 28th June)

TERM 3: Mon 22nd July – Fri 27th September

TERM 4: Mon 14th October – Fri 13th December (TBC)
(Labour Day – Mon 28th October)



Students may only come to school at 8:15am please as any time before that creates a health and safety issue as there are no teachers available before this time unless in exceptional circumstances. Children will not be allowed into the classrooms until after 8:15am. Students arriving early need to be enrolled in before school care. If you need care before school or after school, this service is provided in the hall. To enrol your child or for more information please contact Leandri on 027 348 7707 or email info.otonga@osprograms.co.nz


If you would like to view our BOT Minutes, please contact Antonia Magness our BOT Secretary via amagness@otonga.school.nz.

BYMC (Bring Your Managed Chromebook)

A reminder for 2024 that chromebooks are encouraged
to be brought to school for years 4-6.


Head lice and nits are a common problem among school-aged children and can affect the whole school community. Lice and nits can easily spread from one person to another through close head-to-head contact or sharing personal items. The Ministry of Health recommends that students with live lice should stay away from school until treatment has started.
Parents/Caregivers are primarily responsible for identifying, treating, and preventing head lice by:
  • checking their child's hair regularly for signs of head lice or nits
  • treating the head lice or nits (e.g. combing and using a head lice shampoo/lotion)
  • informing the school if their child has head lice so that notification and treatment information can be shared as appropriate.

KINDO - Helpdesk Ph 0508 454 636

Kindo recommend that if you are having a problem using KINDO either on your computer or on the mobile phone app, that you contact the Kindo Helpdesk straight away. This way you can explain the exact problem you are having and KINDO can troubleshoot the issue while you are on the phone. Issues can arise for various reasons, usually they have to do with the web browser
(Firefox/Safari/Google Chrome etc) or the app platform (such as Apple iPhone/Android Google Play) being used. Because of this the issues can be quite different and not the same for everyone.
Please Note: St Andrew’s Bakery is no longer able to provide school lunches on Monday's for the indefinite future.


Absentee Email Function

A number of parents have contacted us to advise that they are having issues with our SchoolApp Absentee function, not being able to scroll down further on the screen to be able to type in a reason for the absentee. It seems this problem occurs if you are using an out-of-date version of our SchoolApp or if you are using an iPhone. Please make sure you are using the most current version of the SchoolApp, you may need to go to the Apple App Store or Google Play to download this. If you have an iPhone, when entering an absentee email, you need to select an 'Absent From' Date and click DONE before it will allow you to scroll further down. The 'Absent From' date automatically appears in the box, however you still need to click on this box, select a date and then click 'DONE'. If you have any further problems, please let us know.


What is a Strategic Plan?
A planning document by the BOT until 2025 that communicates strategic goals and priorities and describes plans to achieve these.

Please have a look at our draft plan here:
Otonga School Strategic Plan

The 2024 annual plan to support implementing our goals is an ongoing document.

SCHOOLDOCS - School Policies

We invite you to view/review our school policies at https://otonga.schooldocs.co.nz (Note that there is no "www.")

Our username is: otonga and password is: fourwinds


Drop Off / Pick Up Zone

This area in front of the school (adjoining the school crossing, inside the blue bollards) is a 5-minute loading zone only. Cars are not to be left unattended or parked for longer than 5 minutes. As this area is a drop off / pick up zone only - your child must be able to get in and out of the car by themselves.

Admin/Office & Staff Car Parks

These are Staff ONLY areas – Strictly No Entry for Parents/Pupils. Please DO NOT use these areas as a drop off or pick up zone. Our staff car park cannot fully cater for all the staff cars. For safety reasons, parents and visitors are asked to park on the road paying careful attention not to park on the yellow lines or across our neighbour's driveways.

Car Parking and Pupil Safety

In the interests of child safety, we ask that parents take particular care when driving or parking near the school.

A reminder for everyone!

No U-turns along Otonga Road outside School.
There is an official traffic no U -Turn signposted.
• No parking in the bus bay.
• No parking or blocking driveways.
• No double parking.
• No parking on the grass verge.
• No parking on traffic islands or yellow lines.
• No blocking or stopping on pedestrian crossing
• Only cross Otonga Road at the crossing with your children.

The main issue concerning the roads and traffic flow is CONSIDERATION of others. Please: CONSIDER Children’s safety, on foot and on bikes. CONSIDER local residents’ access. CONSIDER other drivers.

Suggestions for making traffic flow easier:

• Arrive a little later to pick up children (by 3:10pm, Otonga Road is half empty)
• Find pick-up/drop off points a little distance away from the school.
(eg above Kiwi St going up Otonga Rd)
• Use the McDowell Street circuit to put you on the school side of the road.

VisTab Sign-in Sponsor Needed

We are in search of a business to sponsor our VisTab - People Management System. All visitors sign in and out using VisTab on arrival/departure at reception in the school office. We will add your company logo at the bottom of the default screen. It is seen by many, even through the window when the school office is closed. The cost is $63.25 per month. Please contact the school office if you would like the opportunity. First in first served.


After School ART Lessons

With Janet Keen - enrolling NOW. Drawing, painting, mosaics,
over 30 lessons to choose from.

Wednesdays and Thursdays
3:30pm to 4:30pm & 4:35pm to 5:35pm.

Enrolling for term 1 , 2, 3 and 4.
Small classes, friendly, safe,
organic environment.

Enquiries welcome:
Phone 027 351 3887 or email janet@jkeen.net
374 Clayton Road, Rotorua
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