Newsletter Week 7 Term 1
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Kia ora koutou,
I would just like to acknowledge all of the time and effort that has been going into our corn fundraiser over the past few weeks. It has been very successful due to everyone helping out. Thank you to everyone who has been picking, packing, topping up the stall, selling it in the weekends and transporting it all around the place.

We had an inspiring Teacher only day at Onuku Marae on Friday. The focus of the day was Cultural Identity and we spent time learning about significant historical events of the local Akaroa area.

You will be aware of our strike day today. Tamariki across New Zealand need a quality education and we want to give them that. Unfortunately the funding for our schools is never enough for us to give us the time we would like to support all of our kids to thrive. This is why we need to do so much fundraising and it is this fundraising that enables us to employ extra staff for the Junior Room. Principals and teachers have considered at length offers from the government to settle our agreements. The offers did not meet our expectations, nor make sufficient steps towards the changes we need for our children to succeed.

We are looking forward to going to Hanmer tomorrow to spend the day at the Hanmer Thermal Pools. Thanks to all those taking transport and to Rachel for organising this fun day out.

Next week we have the Scholastic Book Fair and Book Week and we are looking forward to you being part of this.

Ngā mihi nui
Cheryl Barbara
Principal - Tumuaki

Hurunui Swimming Sports

A huge congratulations to all the students who went to the recent Hurunui Swimming Sports at Hanmer Thermal Pools. Rotherham School did extremely well as you will see from the results below and a special congratulations to Emily Colombus who has qualified for Canterbury Swimming Championships in breaststroke. Well done Emily!

Emily Colombus - 1st 50m breaststroke, 2nd 50m freestyle, 3rd 50m backstroke, 1st 25m butterfly
Emma Hayward - 3rd 25m backstroke, 4th 25m freestyle
Leo Chick - 2nd 25m backstroke, 3rd 25m breaststroke, 4th 25m freestyle
Brody Clark - 2nd 25m breaststroke, 3rd 25m freestyle
Lotte Thomas - 1st 25m freestyle & backstroke
Macey Jopp - 2nd 25m freestyle & backstroke
Gussie Dampier-Crossley - 1st 25m breaststroke
Akeila McIntyre - 1st 25m backstroke & breaststroke, 2nd 25m freestyle
Paige Jopp - 1st 25m freestyle, 2nd 25m backstroke & breaststroke

We also got 2nd in both the Year 5 and Year 6 relays!

Scholastic Book Fair and Book Week - Monday 20 March - Friday 24 March

The Scholastic Book Fair will be at our school the whole of next week and we will be having a book week as well. There will be heaps of amazing books for you to come and look at and if you make a purchase the school gets a percentage of that to get our own books for the library. Great time to stock up on books for presents etc! Parents and community members are most welcome to come and be part of any of the activities during the week and we are having a shared morning tea on Friday. Parents can come dressed up as a book character on Friday as well.

Book Week Timetable
Monday - 1.30pm Fairy Tale Book Quiz in house groups
Tuesday - 1.30pm Peter Adolph Author Visit
Wednesday - 1.30pm Going into community members houses to read
Thursday - 1.30pm Jenny Cooper Visit (Jenny Cooper is an award-winning and prolific illustrator of more than 70 children’s books)
Friday - 9.00am Book Dress up day - Assembly
Community members reading to groups of children
10.30am (Approx) Shared morning tea

Home & School News

We have our AGM on Wednesday 29th March at 6.30pm. We are very lucky to have Adie Bonisch talking to parents about literacy, this will be followed by drinks and nibbles then the AGM. Everybody is welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.

Upcoming Events

  • Scholastic Book Fair and Book Week - Monday 20 March - Friday 24 March
  • Hurunui Duathlon Hanmer Springs Year 4-6 - Tuesday 21 March
  • Assembly & Book Character Dress Up Day - Friday 24 March
  • Home & School AGM & Literacy Evening 6.30pm - Wednesday 29 March
  • Teeball Tournament Year 3-4 Scargill - Monday 3 April (pp Wednesday 5 April)
  • Softball Tournament Year 5-6 Amuri - Monday 3 April (pp Wednesday 5 April)
  • End of Term One - Thursday 6 April