We know tradition is important; to know where you come from shapes where you will go and so the children were involved in the Armistice Day commemorations on Sunday Nov 12th. Thanks to Abbie and Max for representing the school at the wreath laying ceremony. You both did us proud with your empathy, respect and attitude towards this event and what it represents.
On Friday 27th October the entire school visited the local community marae, Nga Hau e Wha. For the first time, we were invited on to the marae, and so the children and many adults, experienced the role as Manuhiri. Piripi and Vinnie were very supportive of our school and everyone there were involved in performing the hongi too. Afterwards the Seniors were given a quick history lesson about the region and the importance of the Maungatautari area before heading off to local points of importance - Lake Te Ko Utu and the monument marking a cemetary in St Kilda beside the new highway. Meanwhile the Juniors stayed at the marae to experience activities in the life of Maaori many years ago: ti rakau, poi, harakeke, waiata, string games, legends.
It was an awesome day.
Finally the weather dried up and we were able to hold the Roto-o-Rangi Cross Country. The Wallis Farm was once again the venue for this very challenging course. The children gave their best and despite injury, tiredness and steep hill climbs they all ran very well. Below are numerous snaps of the day. We look forward to the Rural Schools' challenge next week.
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The BOT and staff
On Friday Roto-o-Rangi School enjoyed some American flavour. Travelling from Vermont, three primary school teachers visited the school as part of their Master degree. They wanted to see how the school integrated IT into the reading programme. The children were ever so pleased to show their skills to visitors from so far away.
The visiting teachers were impressed at how well the children knew exactly what they were learning, how it was helping. Besides the traditional method of using books with the teacher, the children also use digital resources to target specific learning. The school uses a variety of digital resources within their literacy programmes.
Relatives of a family attending Roto-o-Rangi went to our school for a few days whilst visiting from the US and obviously had talked a lot about what they did when they went back home. So when the teachers were coming over this way they too decided to visit us.
It is always satisfying to share good teaching practice, no matter where in the world you are from.
Part of the St Peter's School orchestra came to perform at school on Tuesday 13th June. For nearly an hour the entire school were mesmerised by them. They heard Tchaikovsky, German opera, Troll's theme song, a compilation of James Bond themes and a bucket drumming display. Included were numerous lessons about the various instruments. The children interacted beautifully with the conductor and came away very excited about what can be done if they keep practicing.
Mrs furze made a great call today. The swimming sports were held in perfect weather. The children performed their very best. It ran like clock work. There were many awesome swims and many children achieved some personal challenges. Congrats to all the children. For the first time in many years the children won the Adults v children's race! Amazing fun.
Welcome back to another brilliant year at Roto-o-Rangi School, and Nau mai, haere mai to new families. We hope everyone had a relaxing, exciting, fun time whilst enjoying some maximum family time over the Christmas break.
Students start on Wednesday Feb 1st @ 9am. Staff will be in school on Tuesday 31 Jan should you need to contact the office.
Stationery Lists - this will be handed out on the first day back. As we have all the stationery at school: just cross out what you don't need to purchase, send back the form and the children will be given their stationery. Costs will be added to the school account.
Reminders - children are required to wear their school hat in term 1.
Swimming lessons will begin again right from Day 1 so pack the togs and towels.
During the last week of the school year we have a couple of events especially for the Year 6 students.
This year we had a ride out to the Avantidrome and then a lesson and ride in the Avantidrome before the long ride home again.
The Leavers' Dinner is always a hit. The night before school finishes we have a dinner in the Hall. Everyone dresses up in semi-formal gear and enjoy a night of fun and food. The night concludes with a reminiscent time of their years at Roto-o-Rangi School.
Today, Nov 22, the whole school was treated to a Road Safety message by "The Puppet Man". With an astounding array of puppets, he gave a vital road safety message, don't run across the road! A few years ago we had a tragedy just up the road from exactly that. So it was good to see the message again, delivered in a fun way.
The seniors even held and used the puppets at the end of the show. Just see how much fun that was.
The Roto Athletics Day on Nov 18th was another successful and enjoyable day. The whole school participated in 5 Field events; discuss, shot putt, vortex throw (replaces javelin) long jump and high jump. After 5 weeks of practicing the techniques, the children were able to put their work to the test.
Following a quick lunch break we had our running races. Every age group had 2 track events and then there were the Cup Races - our glamour events. Any child over the age of 8 can compete in a Cup race (100m and 200m for the girls and 100m and 400m for the boys). The winners of each race win the historic Roto-o-Rangi Athletic Cups.
Congratulations to this year's winners:
100m Girls Champion - Maya Early
200m Girls Champion - Maya Early
100m Boys Champion - Shaun Baker
400m Boys Champion - Shaun Baker
Everyone supported each other throughout the day and showed great sportsmanship, even though they were still trying to win. It is awesome to see those school values coming out when we are in a competitive environment.
Thanks to all the parents who came down to support their children, and for helping run some of the events.
The Country Fair was brilliant. An excellent crowd came from out of town and from around the district to participate in the first Country Fair for many a year. Despite the fleeting showers a good crowd enjoyed the live music, the carnival games, petting zoo, spit roast pork and lamb; and live auctions. The very successful event raised over six thousand dollars for resources but importantly exposed the school to a much wider group of people.
It was great to hear people saying: "what a lovely school", "what a fabulous location", "I never knew this school was here-what lucky children get to come here every day?"
Thank you to all the families who dedicated hours of work to making the Country Fair such a success.
Today, all the children were treated to a visit from Nikita Howarth - paralympic Gold and Bronze Medalist, World champion and World Record holder. Nikita spoke brilliantly, giving us an insight into the dedication and hard work required to be the best in the world. There was great excitement when the children got to hold/wear a paralympic gold and bronze medal from the Rio Paralympics. She regaled everyone with stories from her paralympic and World Champ triumphs and near misses. True to form, some of our children bravely asked questions around the challenges Nikita faces by having no hands. And true to form Nikita responded matter of factly and honestly. The children were in awe that Nikita saw no disability, just a challenge and that she wouldn't let anything stop her from being the best in the world. She is an inspiration to us all, and she comes from just down the road. We are proud to have an association with Nikita and her family.
The Roto-o-Rangi School Country Fair is something that you don't want to miss and it is almost here.
Vintage tractor rides
A real live Mechanical Bull
Live Country Music
Stalls for the children
Small Game Hunt weigh in
Trash and treasure
Food - traditional fayre - spit roasts, candy floss, burgers ...
Came along, kick back and relax for the afternoon.
More details on the PTA Events page in the About Our School tab.
Thank you to the many parents who attended the art auction on Thursday 8th Sept. The children were over the moon when other people were bidding for their pieces of art, but were much relieved when mum and dad won the day.
THe artists' pieces were sold after the children's, which caused a few bidding wars between "friends". The wine and cheese added to the sophistication of the night. All in all a fantastic evening and a fun, educational and social fundraiser. Here are some pre-auction photos. Auction night photos to come.
Art week has been a great success. Each class has completed a piece of art based on an artist, style or theme. Room 1 produced some magnificent Pohutukawa flowers, Room 3 drew inspiration from Eric Carle's Mr Seahorse, Room 4 created nightscapes and Room 5 used inspirational verse illustrated through personal life experiences. The most common medium used by the students was acrylic paint on canvas.
It was a wonderful learning experience that also produced some magnificent pieces of art. Congratulations to the teachers (including our resident artist and parent, Franzelle) and children.
The two biggest events in Term 3 are the Cross Countries - The Roto-o-Rangi School Cross Country held on the gruelling Wallis Farm track. Then the Rural Schools' Cross Country. Both were once again scenes of inspiration, as children ran their very best whether coming first, last or in between. Check out the photo gallery for some wonderful shots of the event.
The evening starts at 6:30pm in the Hall. A $20 entry fee gets you $1000 of betting money (Roto-o-Rangi dollars) and to participate in auctions during the night. Your choice of Black Jack, Roulette or Crown & Anchor dice games.
There are real money auctions and raffles throughout the night too.
Cash bar available, with savouries and nibbles provided.
Limited tickets available from the school office, or at Colletts Panel and Paint in Leamington. Otherwise take your chance and pay at the door on the night.
Proceeds towards IT equipment and a Community Noticeboard.
A day to acknowldge the wonderful work done by all of our support staff.
Our school community would like to acknowledge the exceptional work done by the dedicated support staff at our school. The unwilting positive energy provided by Lorraine, Pip, Steph, Jackie and Rod is greatly appreciated, and is one of the many reasons that Roto-o-Rangi School is such a great place.
THANKS!! to all of you for your efforts.
The senior children completed a Leadership Day run by Sport Waikato. A mixture of physical and mental activities challenged the children to work as a Team, Lead from the front when needed and to be a group member. The day challenged many, especially when you were competing against another school but Team Work and Resilience won out in the end.
Discover real value with the new Entertainment Book. If you like to save money when you dine out or enjoy taking the kids to the movies, rugby, hot pools and many more exciting places then this is the book for your family. You can purchase the books online by going to www.entbook.co.nz/1541q71 or come into the school office between 8.30am-3pm. Books cost $60 and $12 of that is profit for our school to put towards awesome resources for our children.
On Saturday and Sunday 9-10th April 16 students were very lucky to participate in an OMG Tech day at the Waikato Show. The children were ale to try their hand at 3D design, robotics, deconstruction (destroying CD Rom/DVD drives to see what is inside them, science (chemical reactions and forces) and coding (the start of designing our own computer games). All of the children were focussed (entranced is probably more accurate) and had an amazing day (5 solid hours of technology learning).
Thanks to all the parents who supported the children on the day they went.
Have a try of 3D design through https://www.tinkercad.com/ You can register to make your own account and begin your own designing.
The 2 senior classes have returned from a very successful camp at Waihi Beach last week. The students and parents enjoyed the week immensely despite the constant threat of rain trying to ruin the activities. Rough seas ended our rock pools activity and persistent rain halted a trip to the hot pools and made packing up camp a challenge, however the rest of the week went superbly well.
The Waihi Beach Surf Life Saving crew were fantastic. The children learnt about safe swimming at the beach, what to do if they ever got caught in a rip and CPR. Then they had some fun at the beach balancing on bogey boards in the surf, beach races and tug of wars. Then on day 2 it was Gold discovery as we visited Martha mine, the Education centre and then onto the Gold discovery centre. We were all amazed how much rock has to be dug up for the amount of gold and silver recovered – no wonder gold is so expensive. We finished the day with a swim down at the Bowen Town beach. No waves, but loads of nipping crabs. Day 3 was a walk through Karangahake gorge to look at the original gold era and the ruins of the past. Walking through the 1km long train tunnel was an exciting experience too. We were able to dodge the showers and remain dry throughout the 6km walk. We even got to see a seal on a rock in the middle of the river in the middle of the gorge. Back at camp we all had a well earnt rest, and that was when we were supposed to visit the rock pools, but the waves would have washed us all out to sea. Day 4 had howling winds all night long and persistent rain so the Hot Pools were cancelled and we packed our gear ready to return to school and a decent rest for some very tired children. Phew!
THANK YOU to all the parents who contributed to making the camp so successful. Their proactive support with all jobs and duties was much appreciated and the teachers could just focus on the children.
Thanks to all the children who put their best foot forward, showed all the school values – especially resilience, and managed a week away from home. No mean feat for some of our youngest children.
Meet the Teacher Evening, Thursday March 3rd. Now that Mr Edwards has settled in a bit we will be holding our annual Meet the Teacher evening. The night begins at 6:00pm with a swim in the pool and free sausage sizzle. Then at 7:00pm we move into classrooms to hear the way teachers operate in their classroom, what they are teaching and how they teach plus plans for the term. Don't miss out on this chance to speak with your child's teacher.
ROTO-O-RANGI SCHOOL SWIMMING SPORTS are happening on THURSDAY 25th FEB. Yes that is this Thursday, just 3 days away now. The day will start at 10am with a look at the Juniors – 5 and 6 yr olds, and non-confident 7 year olds in the shallower indoor pool. We will then head out to the much deeper outdoor pool for all the confident 7 year old swimmers and the 8-10 year olds.
The children can compete in either their Age group, or if they are in Yr 4 upwards can try to compete against the best swimmers in the Cup races. The teachers are sorting out who will be in Age races or Cup races at school. After lunch tends to be the relay races followed by the fun races – novelty races, choose your stroke race, parents v staff v children race. (Look out this year, as Mr Edwards is known as “the man from Atlantis” in the Te A pools).
The PSG have also kindly decided this year that at the swimming sports they will provide: a sausage and a Juicie for free for every child. Children will need more than a sausage and a Juicie so please make sure they have plenty of other things to supplement this free lunch.
The Senior School Camp (Rooms 4/5) will be held at Waihi Beach from March 21-24th. So get those holidays booked in, we are off.
The staff would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
To those travelling, be safe and enjoy the holidays where ever you go.
We look forward to seeing everyone again on Wed 3rd Feb. 2016 for another fantastic year.
PS. We are off to Waihi Beach for camp the week before Easter, so get those holidays booked in.
Once again Roto-o-Rangi School have come up with a novel float to enter in the Cambridge Christmas Parade; an All Blacks float.
Earlier in the year the Anchor ad prior to the Rugby World Cup was filmed at school, and as we are a rugby mad place it was the perfect fit. Christmas is about celebrating the good times, and the World Cup 2015 was certainly one of those.
Tonight the 26th November is the open evening at Cambridge Middle School. The evening starts at 7 pm where families will go to their class for next year to meet their new teacher. At 7.30 pm families will make their way to the hall to hear from the Management Team. The evening should finish around 7.45 pm.
Departing by 9:00am Monday 23rd Nov will be the 2 senior classes as they head for Kotahitanga Marae on Otewa Rd in Otorohanga. All vehicles please be at school by 8:30am.
Returning approx 4pm Thursday 26th November.
It is definitely going ahead today, Fri 20th Nov. See you at Vogel St grounds around 9.30am. We will be taking the bus for those students coming to school and needing transportation.
The Superhero Disco held on Saturday night was another great success. Thanks to the PSG for organising another stunner. KaPow!
The fireworks and bonfire followed which rounded off the night beautifully. Families were able to sit back, share a picnic and enjoy the display, thanks to the Roto=o=Rangi Hall committee.
The annual Roto Ag Day continued to be a huge success. With 32 animals entered, plus 5 more from St Peter's Catholic, the event ran smoothly. It was obvious the amount of time and effort spent by the children with their animals, so congratulations to the children for doing so well. The Champions and Reserve Champions had to work very hard to come out on top. Here are the lists of successful Champions:
Champion Calf Leading: Hannah Stuart,
Reserve Champion: Levi Meerten,
Champion Calf Rearing: Charlotte Crofskey,
Reserve Champion: Jacoba Gread,
Champion Lamb Call, Follow, Run: Catriona Lamb,
Reserve Champion: Regan Trubshaw,
Champion Lamb Leading: Courtney Kennerley,
Reserve Champion: Catriona Lamb,
Champion Lamb Rearing: Deane Adlam,
Reserve Champion: Travis Adlam,
Champion Goat: Adam Pierce (SPC),
Reserve Champion: Colin Poka/Tomlinson
Thanks to the creative expertise of Nikki Fraser Campin, Mary Graham and Franzelle Pinfold Hitchcock, 4 giant murals have been created based on the designs of 4 of our students. Every child in the school has had a turn at painting the spectacular murals. They look magnificent and are something all the children can be proud of. A big thanks to Niki, Mary and Fran for the countless hours you have spent working on the murals. We can't wait to see them up on the school walls - watch this space!
A fantastic display of wearable arts with the theme of "Tread Lightly on this Earth" was showcased on Thursday. Each child designed and created their own clothing and the judging proved very difficult. The winners were:
Winner - Regan Trubshaw's "Parachuting Horse"
Runner up - Georgia Kuijpers "Colour Queen"
Winner - Maya Early's "Nuts & Bolts"
Runner up - Amber Hitchcock Moore's "Katy Perry"
Winner - Courtney Kennerly's "Fly Away"
Runner up - Toby Robinson's "Milk Man"
Congratulations to all the speech finalists who competed in the Roto-o-Rangi Speech Competition. It still amazes me how confident people of such a young age can be in front of a large audience. Thanks also to the families who came along to support the other children.
Year 1/2: 1st - Levi M, 2nd - Dylan Norvill, 3rd - Maggie Strawbridge
Year 3/4: 1st - Maya Early, 2nd - Greer Curin, 3rd - Deane
Year 5/6: 1st - Catriona Lamb, 2nd - Charlotte Crofskey, 3rd - Grace Fraser Campin
Catriona and Charlotte will now compete at the Rotary School Speech competition in November. Good luck girls.
Our thanks also to Rosemary Cook and Gillian Diprose for being our esteemed judges on the night.
What a fantastic day we had last week for Grandparents Day. It was awesome to see such a great turn out of Grandparents and the children just loved having you here reading to them and enjoying their classrooms. A big thank you to everyone who donated a book or books for our Library, we really do appreciate your donation.
This week was a very enjoyable week of learning te reo Māori and some Tikanga Māori too. Whilst we incorporate Maori culture into our everyday learning, it was nice to devote a bit more concerted time to it, and learn something different from the normal.
Thanks for all the support with the hangi. It was a late decision to go ahead with it, but the children really enjoyed it and was worth the stress of getting it done. I hope families who got to have a sample (after I slightly over catered with the potato, kumara and carrot) of the leftovers that night enjoyed it as much as we did.
This week all the children across the school were taught some basic first aid. Whilst the senior classes were shown and tried CPR and basic emergency skills for broken limbs and cuts, the juniors focused more on knowing how to call the emergency services if they need to and things they need to remember like their address. A very worthwhile session that the children thoroughly enjoyed.
Congratulations to Toby Robinson for being awarded the Sir Peter Blake Young Leaders Award for Roto-o-Rangi School in 2015. The award recognises leadership skills in young students, and this year Toby’s unassuming, quiet leadership style was chosen by the school. Similar to the way Sir Peter Blake lead many of the people in his charge, Toby does the same at Roto-o-Rangi School.
Sponsors, Westpac, were at a special assembly organised to present the award to Toby. Paul Evans, the Cambridge Branch manager presented Toby with his medal, red socks and an assortment of gifts about Sir Peter and his life. The senior boys from Toby’s class then performed a haka to honour his achievement.
Today the whole school took part in the Jamie Oliver Food Revolution. The senior classes have been studying the healthy food options in their class programmes and today combined with the juniors to create a healthy lunch. The recipe was “Squashed Sandwiches”. They tasted much better than they sounded. Adding their own, school made hummus and tzatziki to the fresh components of a great sandwich, the children created sandwiches/rolls or wraps to eat their lunch. Even the fussy eaters had a try, and mostly enjoyed it.
World Adventurer Inspires Roto-o-Rangi Students
Anna McNuff, former Olympic rower and current endurance fanatic called in on the students at Roto-o-Rangi School on Tuesday. Whilst taking a small respite on her 2000km traverse of NZ on foot, Anna inspired the students to take on any challenge no matter how daunting.
The former Olympic rower from Britain now loves the challenge of extreme distance events. In 2013 she rode her bicycle 20,000km around the US, then in January this year began the task of running the length of NZ along the Te Araroa Track. Carrying all her own gear on the run, Anna generally sleeps in her pup tent and only has her solar powered GPS and iPhone to keep her safe.
The school is always searching for ordinary people who do extraordinary things to inspire their students to follow their school motto – Aim High. The students were mesmerised by Anna’s attitude to the physical and mental challenges she has taken on. When asked how she coped with the huge task of running from Bluff to Caper Reinga, by herself, she replied, “just one day at a time.” Achieving small goals helps you achieve the big goals.
The students researched Anna’s exploits over the last few years and asked some very thought provoking questions like; how many days have you gone without a wash? What inspires you to set such challenging tasks?”
You can follow Anna’s progress on her Live Tracker at http://annamcnuff.com The children at Roto-o-Rangi certainly will be, and will be cheering when she reaches Cape Reinga in late June.
Well done everyone invovled.
The annual Hamilton City Car Club rally was held over the weekend. The rally runs around the roads and hills of Roto-o-Rangi and Kairangi. Hence the school grounds are used for the service area of the rally cars. Cars of all makes, models and age race around the winding, narrow roads which provide an excellent challenge for the drivers.
The PSG organise some fundraising at the event through selling refreshments and running raffles. This year they raised around $1000 for the School.
Thanks to Michelle, Sacha, Jo, Katy, Ailsa, Pip (and some of their kids) who helped on the day selling food, beverages and raffle tickets. The delicious baking went down well, thanks to Mary, Natascha, Calleigh, Megan and Debbie.
Thank you to those families who sold their raffle tickets for the 10km Hot Lap around the racing route. The lucky winner was Michael Meerten, and boy was he pleased! Still hasn’t stopped grinning from the spin.
Thank you to the families and students who represented the school at the Cambridge Civic Service on ANZAC Day. You represented the school admirably. Also, prior to ANZAC Day the respectful way all students participated in the lessons learning about Gallipoli and what ANZAC Day stands for including the creating of the Field of Remembrance is a credit to the students and the families. Here are a few photos from the
On Sunday 22nd February the inaugural Town v Country cricket match was held at Roto-o-Rangi School. The parents from the school competed for the Roto-o-Rangi/Cambridge trophy in what turned out to be as one sided as the recent Blackcaps v England World Cup Match. A 160 run victory to the Country.
In a repeat of that recent international game, it was all over in the first few overs of the Country innings. Playing similar rules to indoor cricket with all players required to bowl and bat, plus runs deducted for every dismissal the Town could only accumulate 20 runs by the end of their innings. When Country began their innings the Town score was surpassed in the first 2 overs, and they went on to amass a score of 160.
Throughout the Country innings – twice as many sixes were hit as singles – a sign of their hitting power. Whilst Bruce Sherwin put his body on the line on numerous occasions in the field, he was not able to stem the flow of runs. In the end the Country stopped counting their score once they were 160 runs ahead.
Pip Early was named Player of the match, but humbly dedicated the win to the entire team. Although soundly beaten on the day, the Townies are out to seek revenge at the next competition in Term 2. Country beware!
After the game both teams reminicsed about fabulous dismissals, towering hits, superb fielding and how lucky Bruce was when fielding at mid-wicket and almost lost his head as the ball hit a divert and rose sharply. The BOT Chair was very excited by his final ball dismissal of the school principal; a particularly superb delivery that sneaked through the gap between bat and pad to knock over leg stump. All in all a magnificent day.