Te Kura o Tihiōtonga

Otonga Primary School

FOUR WINDS NEWS - 3rd July 2024


Kia Ora Koutou - Dear Parents and Caregivers

I would like to thank you all for the positive support we have had this term in order to help our children learn, stay healthy, be active and have fun. It is much appreciated.

I would also like to thank our fantastic staff for their awesomeness this term. A big one but an amazing one!

I hope that you spend some quality time with your family over the holidays, and we look forward to seeing you all at the start of Term Three on Monday 22nd July.
Ngā mihi nui
Mr Gareth Cunliffe

The Rainbow Fish Musical

Thank you to all the many students who put themselves forward for auditions this week. You were great!
The main cast for all of the speaking roles will be announced on Friday.

Mid Year PaCT Data for 2024

We are happy to present you our Mid Year PaCT data for 2024. We use this data to plan for learning. Target students/groups are monitored as per our Implementation Plan and Statement of Variance.

The Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT) is designed to support teachers to make dependable judgments about their students' progress and achievement in relation to the NZ curriculum in Reading, Writing and Maths. This, along with other forms of ongoing, formative and summative assessments/data enables us to show the learning of the whole student.

NZ Curriculum (NZC) levels and expectations by the end of the year:
Mid Year 2024 (Expected and Exceeded NZ Curriculum Level)

Summary of Whole School PaCT Data Over Time
2024 Targets:

We are taking over!

Congratulations to Olivia and Bella who raised $500 each as part of Jumping June and have won the opportunity to be principals for the day. This Friday will see them take up their role. They both said that they were really excited and were going to drink Milo and have a crazy day. They will give out the certificates in Hui a Kura and check in on everyone through the day. They will also talk at our Ready Set Go session and also said all staff can have a pay rise! Their class Rm 16 also raised the most money and will share a pizza lunch on Friday.

KOS - Keeping Ourselves Safe

In term 3 we will be completing the Keeping Ourselves Safe unit at school for the first three weeks of the term.

What will children and young people learn?

They will learn:
  • to work out when their safety is at risk
  • how to keep safe when they meet and mix with other people
  • who and how to ask for help if they, or someone they know, is being abused
  • to go on asking for help until someone does something to stop the abuse
  • that it is important to make and follow personal, family and school safety rules.
They will know:
  • that abuse is never okay
  • that abuse is never their fault.
For more information please have a look at the website:

Constable Viv will be in to run to two whānau hui to explain more about what is included and answer any question you might have.
Dates of hui: Tuesday 23rd July at 2pm or Tuesday 23rd July at 5:30pm

Native Birds

In Rm 18 we have been learning about native birds. We learned that New Zealand used to be a land of birds before humans arrived. When humans arrived they brought invasive pests like rats, mice and stoats that ate the native birds. We realise how special our native birds are and that we need to do more to protect them. We decided to make trapping tunnels to catch the rats so that the birds would have less predators. In groups we worked together to build the traps. We followed the instructions, hammered in the nails, and cut the mesh. When we were finished building them we painted them. Then we thought about where the best place would be to set them. We decided to set them up by the stream. We will check on them regularly. If you see these traps, please do not touch them. If we all do something, then we can help our native birds.

Poi Supplier Needed

Kia ora e te whānau
Do you know anyone who can supply the kapa haka with a set of poi like these except they need to have dark blue tassels?We do have school poi but not as soft as these and these are preferred for performing. If you can help, we would commission the supplier for up to 40 sets. Ngā mihi
Contact Whaea Arihi on Seesaw or email aharvey@otonga.school.nz



Term 2, Week 10 - Ako Tui (Year 1)

End of term 2 with Ako Tui!

Ako Tui has had a term filled with fabulous learning experiences.

Room 16
Future artists can be found in Rm 16. Mrs Cunliffe set her class with a challenge: Can you paint a picture for Mrs Reid’s baby room? Challenge accepted by the tamariki who enjoyed using an easel to paint on. It’s simple, easy, and almost completely independent. Easels are a staple in Room 16 who use them daily to express themselves. Mrs Reid is going to be impressed with all the amazing creations.
Room 5 has had a great term building and affirming relationships with old and new friends. We have been making connections with our kura and the environment and community around us with forest play, growing seedlings for our community garden and visiting our marae. There has been lots of learning and growth with our skills and knowledge, and we have had so much fun being creative and imaginative in our play!
This term in Room 6, we've focused on collaboration and problem-solving through engaging activities. Inspired by "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," the children were challenged to build a chair for Goldilocks using six bricks each. They quickly learned that by joining their bricks and working together, they could create larger, sturdier chairs. This project allowed them to practise communication, listening, and iterative testing while fostering teamwork and creativity. We're proud of their enthusiasm and the impressive chairs they built!
Room 7 akonga are so proud of themselves as they are now using their letter-sound knowledge to read and write! They feel accomplished as they become more independent in these skills and also have a great eagerness to keep trying new or hard things so their brains keep growing! Mrs Smith is proud of their growth mindsets.
In Room 8, we are in full Matariki celebration mode. We have been listening to books about the Matariki sisters and learning about star clusters. We thought it would be a lovely activity to weave a Matariki star, while listening to different legends about the Matariki sisters. Each student was given a circle numbered from 1-8, they then had to follow a pattern going around the numbers to make their star. While doing this, the students are using math, geometry and pattern skills to create their stars. We also started counting in Te Reo Maori to help us remember our number pattern.


Overdue Library Books:

A BIG 'Thank you' to pupils who have returned overdue books.
We have some lovely new books in our Library so bring back overdue books, browse through the shelves and borrow a good read (or 2) for the school holidays. We are open during lunch break from 12.30pm to 1pm.
'Overdue Borrower' reminder lists will be sent to classrooms this week. If children have not finished reading a book they can simply bring the book to the Issue desk and it can be renewed. If children do have an overdue book they will not be allowed to borrow a book this week for reading during the school holidays. Thank you.

Rotorua Public Library School Holiday Programme:

Please click on the link below to see the great range of activities available during the school holidays. There are lots of creative craft workshops suitable for inside play, fun activities and reading challenges. Be in early and check out the website.
July 2024 School Holidays - Rotorua Library, Te Aka Mauri
Happy Holidays everyone!
Mrs Atkinson, Library Manager

OTONGA SPORTS - Registrations Now Open

Matariki Celebrations

First Credit Union - KIDS FIRST Newsletter

The KidsFirst newsletter is back! and it is packed with tips/information to help whanau achieve their financial goals and this term there is a Matariki themed colouring competition where the kids can WIN one of 5 x $20 Warehouse Gift Cards.

Colouring competition closes at 4:30pm on Friday 5 July!
Bring your completed entry to the office or email them to marketing@firstcu.co.nz.

Please click on the
link to view a pdf of this newsletter.

Term 2 Diary

(Please note: dates/events may be added or changed without prior notice)

4 Jul Room 18 - Science/Art Fair Trip (12-3pm)
5 Jul Hui-a-Kura - Hosted by Rm 19
5 Jul Last Day of Term 2 – School closes at 3pm

Term Dates 2024

TERM 2: Mon 29th April – Fri 5th July
(Rotorua Central Kahui Ako Teacher Only Day – Mon 27th May - School Closed)
(King’s Birthday Holiday - Mon 3rd June)
(Matariki Holiday - 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)

Term 3 Diary

(Please note: dates/events may be added or changed without prior notice)

22 Jul Whole School Pōhiri (9:15 - 9:45am)
23 Jul Whanau Hui - Keeping Ourselves Safe (KOS) 2:15pm
23 Jul Whanau Hui - Keeping Ourselves Safe (KOS) 5:30pm
24 Jul Science Roadshow - Y4 at Mokoia (10:40 - 11:50am)
29 Jul - 16 Aug KOS - Keeping Ourselves Safe
1 Aug CBOP Interschool Amazing Race
2 Aug Hui-a-Kura - Hosted by Rm 1
5-9 Aug Cook Island Week
8 Aug Tree Planting Day with Whaea Amy
12 Aug School Photos - Year 6
13 Aug School Photos - Year 5
14 Aug School Photos - Year 4
16 Aug Hui-a-Kura - Hosted by Rm 20
19-23 Aug Book Week
19 Aug School Photos - Year 3
20 Aug Book Swap Day
20 Aug School Photos - Year 2
21 Aug Rotorua Intermediate School - Orientation Y6
21 Aug School Photos - Year 1
22 Aug School Photos - Sibling Photos
29 Aug Rotorua Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge
30 Aug Daffodil Day
30 Aug MIGS Gymnastics Competition
11 Sep Wig Wednesday
13 Sep Hui-a-Kura - Hosted by Rm 12
16-20 Sep Māori Language Week / Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
17 Sep Rip, Grip and Whip Competition
23-27 Sep The Rainbow Fish Show Week
27 Sep OPP's Updated and Shared on Seesaw
27 Sep Last Day of Term 3 – School closes at 3pm


Otonga Sports Uniforms

Just a reminder that our sports uniforms are available to order at https://uniformhub.co.nz/collections/otonga-school.
We also now have a school hoodie available to compliment our sports uniform or to wear as everyday clothing. Check it out on the website!


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

Head Lice

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.
If you would like to support Te Waarakihi's journey while he fights
to get healthy again, here is a link to his give a little page if
you would prefer to donate $ or cannot donate blood.

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.

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 Tuesdays and Fridays (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.


If your child needs to be seen by the Community Oral Health dental team please call 0800 525 378.

After hours or emergency – please contact Lakes Primecare
or ED at Rotorua Hospital


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.

Pedestrian Crossings and Roundabouts

We need to remind our children that road crossing (at any point) should only be done at walking pace (ie not running or riding) this gives drivers an opportunity to see people crossing roads and react if necessary. While pedestrian crossings are the safest place to cross, they still need to be used safely.
Crossing the Road
Students should cross the road using kerb drill:
Stop one step away from the kerb, or edge of the road.
Look all ways that traffic might be approaching.
Listen for traffic.
When the road is clear, walk briskly across, looking each way for traffic.

Using the Pedestrian Crossing
Students should use the pedestrian crossing if there is one available. The law says that if you are within 20 metres of a pedestrian crossing or traffic lights, you must use them. This is very important to pedestrians who cross over Springfield Road by Jackson Park Kindergarten as some are crossing straight over the road without using the crossings.

Children sometimes believe that being on the pedestrian crossing is quite safe and that cars will automatically stop. They need to be reminded to use the kerb drill in the usual way.

More useful resources:

Protect against MEASLES

Just a reminder to be vigilant in the face of an increased risk of measles around the motu. Keep registers up to date and remember the best protection against measles is two doses of the MMR vaccine.

Check your immunisation register:
Measles information – Ministry of Education

Find out if you need a measles vaccination – Te Whatu Ora

Te Whatu Ora has more information on measles on its website:

Measles – Te Whatu Ora

Riding Safely in Otonga School


A reminder for everyone!

No U-turns and No 3-point-turns along Otonga Road outside School.

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. Please be vigilant towards pedestrians and cyclists!

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
Watch out for cyclists!
• 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.

Spare Clothes

Please ensure that all students have a set of spare clothes packed in their bags at all times. The weather can be unpredictable and accidents do happen. Slipping over in the mud & getting wet through are regular occurrences, as we encourage outdoor play in all weather. It is bound to happen at some stage, so best be prepared.

Sun Safety

Please ensure your children are coming to school with a sunhat and sunblock applied every day during Term 1 and Term 4. Even on overcast days, you can get burnt. Hats are really important. A full drink bottle for water is a must. Students without hats will need to play in the shade while outside.

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 4:35pm to 5:35pm and Thursdays 4:35pm to 5:35pm
Enrolling for remainder of term 2, and terms 3 & 4.
Small classes, friendly, safe, quiet, organic environment
All Enquiries welcome.
Text or Phone 027 351 3887 or email janet@jkeen.net. 374 Clayton Road, Rotorua
Yes, it's that time of year again! Unleash your creativity and enter our 2024 Bookmark Design Competition. We were blown away by the number of entries last year and were so impressed with the talent shown by all the finalists and winners. See all the details above. We've attached the entry form to this newsletter or you can download it from out website. Entries accepted until 31st July.
Our survey closes soon, so this is the last chance for parents to share their experiences and help inform new treatment options. The anonymous online survey takes approximately 10 minutes. Click on the link below to start the survey.

Waiariki Women's Refuge - Call for help!

WWR is needing to a big supply drive for whānau that are coming into the service. At the moment, there are 3-4 families in crisis accessing the service. (Rotorua has one of the highest incidences of Family Harm in New Zealand, so our help will be very much appreciated.)

Please drop the following off at the School Office:
Nappies (all sizes), Wipes, New underwear and socks for our mums and tamariki, Shampoos and bodywashes.
Non-perishable food items such as: Snacks and lunch items for tamariki, pasta sauces, food preparation items, tinned sauces and foods, food bases, gravies, sugars, coffees, long life milk, and other food items, breakfast cereals, ready to heat meals (like noodles, soups etc.).

Things for the deep freezer like bread, frozen veggies and frozen food.
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