Teenaa koutou e te whanau o te Kura A Rohe o Whaingaroa.
At the end of Term One we said our farewells to Matua Anaru Topia who was employed for ten years at Raglan Area School, as an Attendance Officer. We wish to thank Matua Anaru sincerely for the time and effort he has given to the entire school community in this role and in other ‘areas of the school where he has supported staff and students.Three teachers have left Raglan Area School. We wish Pete Maloney all the best for his year of refreshment leave and look forward to welcoming him back in 2020. Terry Cameron (Years 4-6) relieved for Term One and we are grateful to him for filling the gap while we were involved in the recruitment process for new teachers. Oli Ryks (Years 4-6) leaves this Friday to take up a teaching position at Waitetuna Primary School which is situated very close to where she lives. She has been a well respected teacher in our kura.We extend our warmest wishes to all of these staff members in their.
At the beginning of this term we welcomed back Whaea Robyn into our Cleaning Staff Team and the following kaiawhina into classrooms; Whaea Nicola (Years 0-3), Matua Chris, Whaea Anita and Whaea Sarah (Years 4-6). They will be working alongside teachers supporting students who have additional learning needs.
We also welcome new teaching staff to our team. At the beginning of the term, Jonathan Rickard returned to Raglan Area School and is currently teaching in the Years 7 & 8 team. Liz McCauley picked up a part time teaching role and joins us in the Years 0-3 team to help with our new entrant enrolments. Three new teachers begin next Monday in our school. Ann Ruxton (Dunedin) and Jason Engledoe (South Africa) will be joining the Years 5 & 6 team while Rita Anjali (Fiji) will be teaching Maths alongside Daniel O’Neil with our Years 9-13 students.
We look forward to getting to know them better and to helping them settle in at Raglan Area School.
Student Leadership Team
Our Student Leadership Team are meeting regularly and are keen to
influence our school with their voice. During the holidays the head
students contributed to the local ANZAC service and followed this up at our school service at the beginning of the term. Last term some of these students supported in the running of the GumBoot Fundraiser for mental health. They are currently assisting in the planning and preparation of the senior school ball and working together to implement other endeavours aligned to their interests and the requests of their fellow students. They will be contributing to future newsletters using their own voices.
We always welcome adult volunteers to assist with school trips. Police vetting forms are a mandatory requirement for this. Please email Hinemoa Rossi, Executive Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information to get this task completed so that you will be ready to contribute when these trips arise.
Your questions, comments, wonderings and affirmations of what we are doing in our kura are always welcome.
Ngaa mihi nui
Principal / Tumuaki
ANZAC Day Speech by RAS Head Boy Joel Newport
Tukua te wairua kia rere ki ngā
Hai ārahi i ā tātou mahi
Me tā tātou whai i ngā tikanga a
Kia mau kia ita
Kia kore ai e ngaro
Kia tina! TINA! Hui e! TĀIKI E!
Kia Ora whanau
Ko Joel Toku ingoa
Ko Novalee McCowatt toku mama
Ko Andrew Newport toku papa
Ko Karioi te maunga
Ko Te Ati Awa te iwi
Ko Tokomaru to waka
No Whaingaroa ahau
Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.
Kia ora whanau and welcome to this day of remembrance for our fallen Anzac Soldiers. I want to thank everyone who came today to show their respect for our Anzacs. We take this time to look back on the strong, courageous people who sacrificed their lives for this beautiful nation of ours. These ordinary people like you and I were just doing what they thought was right in order for us, the future to succeed.
Because of these people, our future is bright and it’s only getting brighter.
One of the things I really like most about Raglan, is that when a problem is put in front of us, we don’t just sit back and let other people deal with it, we take charge and we persevere and push through and we get the job done, much like what the ANZACS did back in 1914
On this dreadful day, April 25th, the Anzacs launched their campaign on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Their aim was to capture a narrow strait called the Dardanelles. This would allow allied forces to control the sea route from Europe to Russia. Upon the first day, there was a combined total of 901 people that died on the first day alone.
The names you see in front of you were just ordinary people like you and I. Charles Patrick Osborne [C. Osborne], a normal hotel porter who left to fight in the war for our country, may he rest in peace. [R. Mortimer], a normal everyday labourer who sacrificed his life for our great country, may he rest in peace, Malcolm McKinnon [M. Mckinnon], a teacher who fought for their future and sacrificed their life for what he believed was right, may he rest in peace. These people were no different than you and I, were our fittest, brightest, and our bravest people and when our country called upon them, they answered.
We take this day to remember and uphold the values of those who came before us, we take this time to love and support one another, we’re all one country, one nation, one whanau. Lest we forget.
Kia tau ki a tātou katoa
Te atawhai o tō tātou Ariki, a Ihu Karaiti
Me te aroha o te Atua
Me te whiwhingatahitanga
Ki te wairua tapu
Ake, ake, ake
ANZAC Day Speech by RAS Head Girl Grace Mindoro
Kia orana tatou katoatoa i te Aroa maata o te Atua
Tena Koutou Ka toa
Ko Hautere te Maunga
Ko Oraka te Awa
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Ngati Raukawa toku iwi
Ko Ahuru toku hapu
Ko Whakaaratamaiti toku marae
No Tokoroa ahau
Kei Whaingaroa ahau e nohoana
Ko Grace toku ingoa
April 25th a date New Zealanders and Australians will never forget.
A day of reflection
A day of remembrance
A day of education of our history.
Anzac day is much more than just the history that was made between the years of 1914-1918.
Personally, I believe that April 25th is a day in which we can reflect on our history that was made many moons ago. Therefore I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on our very own history that has been forgotten, Aotearoa wars. Many of our elder generation and Tangata whenua would have a lot of knowledge about the New Zealand Wars but not so much my generation.
The first post-Treaty challenge to the Crown came in 1845. When Hone Heke cut down the British flag more than once in Kororareka this is what sparked the Northern War. Heke believed that Maori had lost their status and their country to the British despite the assurances embodied in the Treaty of Waitangi. The Northern War marked the beginning of the wider North Island conflicts which are collectively known as the New Zealand Wars.
Around 3000 people were killed during these wars – the majority of the Māori. While many died defending their land, others allied themselves with the colonists, often to achieve tribal goals at the expense of other iwi.
A few weeks ago whilst writing this speech i had asked a senior class from my school if they knew Hone Heke and only 1 out of 25 students in that class knew who he was but didn’t know the exact reason as to why his name is so well known within Aotearoa, how sad is it when asked who is Wiremu Neera Te Awaitaia only 1 out of 25 students know who he is. Our very own tupuna isn’t well known amongst the youth of my generation. However when asked who is Captain Cook or Sir Raglan more than half of the percentage of that class knew who they are. My question, why is it that our students, your children, your grandchildren, your mokopuna our tamariki of the future know who the European settlers are but not so much our very own Maori chiefs and Maori warriors? Why is it that our tamariki don’t know our history that took place within our very own backyard but yet has a lot of knowledge about history that’s been made within different countries of the world?
Lest we forget. Yet we forgot about our tupuna that carved the path for us. We forgot about the Musket Wars that took place during the years of 1810 -the 1830s, we’ve forgotten about the Tribe Wars, Te Kingitanga (The Maori King Movement), The war in the Waikato that took place in July 1863 over the period of seven months and the list can go on and on about the history that we have forgotten. Yes, these events occurred before World War 1 when our troops put their differences aside to fight for our country. But I believe that It’s important to reflect on Aotearoa history that brought us together and why we’re here reflecting both our European and Maori warriors.
In 1916 whilst New Zealand focused on a great war 12 thousand miles away another war ended in the heart of the North Island. When going overseas to fight for our country. Uniting as one was a challenge for Maori and Pakeha. Leaving the past in the past was a great accomplishment for our troops. Although the war took 100,000 New Zealanders. All these wars that have taken place within our history is what has shaped society today.
Writing this speech and learning much more about New Zealand history has only taught me that an eye for an eye will only make the world go blind. It was not until after these wars our people of Maori and Pakeha came together as one. Living in a country like New Zealand where we have learnt to rise above hatred is something we can not only teach our society but also the world itself. These tragedies that have occurred on our whenua did not divide us overtime it united us.
A more recent example that I can use is the Christchurch Tragedy. Our nation came together and rose above hatred, we came together as one because in unity there is strength. God works in mysterious ways and uniting our nation after all these tragedies is something we can give thanks and praise to our lord for.
So I challenge you Whaingaroa, to learn about our tupuna Wiremu Neera Te Awaitaia. To learn about our history that’s taken place on our very own backyard. I challenge the youth to sit down and have a korero with our older generation to get first-hand information about our history and what it was like in their childhood. It most certainly shouldn’t be a challenge to be kind to one another however to my community stay kind to one another tautoko each other and remember an eye for an eye will only make the world go blind.
He aha te me nui o te ao?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
Tena koutou, tena koutou,tena koutou katoa.
SeaDogs has been going off this year, with bumper numbers of students shredding the waves every Wednesday. We were lucky enough to have a session of coaching from the Surf Academy students during term 1. Surf Academy student Caleb Cutmore was so impressed with the attitude of the young SeaDogs he donated 2 boards to be awarded to an outstanding SeaDog. For term 1 Eli Grant-Swallow was awarded a board for his excellent attitude and commitment to SeaDogs!
Any interested Surfers in Years 7-13 please see Mr Copson, Matua Dave, Matua Te, or Matua Liam.
School Events Calendar
|Week in the Term||Date||Syndicate||Event|
|20 May||Theatre Sports|
|24 May||Western Cluster Cross Country|
|6 June||Queens Birthday|
|8/9 June||40 Hour Famine|
|10 June||Senior School||Tough Guy/Tough Gal|
|12-15 June||Field Days|
Community Maths Tutoring
Maths tutoring is being offered at the Community House, Wednesday 3pm-4pm, starting 22nd of May. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please txt Mary-Rose Speakman on 021 646670 to reserve your place.
Joining our Head Girl, Grace Mindoro, and Head Boy, Joel Newport, is a group of supporting student leaders, who will each contribute to specific responsibilities. This week, we introduce you to four of those members.
Hi everyone, my name is Lily, I’m a Year 13 here at Raglan Area School and I am the Health Representative. The mental and physical wellbeing of others is something I am very passionate about and I am super excited to work together with the rest of the leadership team to make 2019 a great year for our school.
Hi! I’m Adi-Grace and I am the Sports Captain here at Raglan Area School. I am very passionate about sports and am currently part of the Waikato u19 futsal team. I look forward to this year and the sporting opportunities I can help make happen.
Sequoia Gavin McCabe
My name is Sequoia and I am the Raglan Area School Environmental Leader for 2019. Earlier this year I was a co-organiser of the Raglan community School Strike 4 Climate and I look forward to taking this opportunity to work towards continuing to empower and inspire youth to protect our beautiful Earth. I am extremely passionate about the environment and equally passionate about learning and it is my goal to blend these two passions in a way that will better the school.
Kia ora koutou
Ko Ryan toku ingoa
Tekau ma waru o toku tou
Tena koutou, tena koutou katoa
Hello everyone, I’m Ryan Dingle, and I am the Drama representative for Raglan Area School, and I look forward to working with everyone this term.
Some D-Block students had fun creating a dance together using action words such as pop, jump, roll, over and under.
D block students have been building some amazing block creations, cooperating with their peers and sharing their ideas. Bruno, Juno and Johannes show off their creation above.
Some F-Block students had fun making ANZAC biscuits.
- Audrey Fisher, Year 2
D2 enjoyed exploring bubble making as part of our learning the letter sound ‘b’!
Lola and Mila are playing with Karlos and Cove. They are playing Mummies and Daddies with the dinosaurs. Mila was the baby dinosaur, Lola was the Mummy dinosaur.
- Lola Connor and Mila Toxward, Year 2
Students in E1 have been learning about how using nouns and verbs together can make their writing come to life. Check out their writing about a haunted house.
– Nina Campbell, Year 6
– Ava Connick, Year 6
Dear Whaea Louisa,
As you may have heard Wednesday 27th of March was school photo day for Raglan Area School. While most class’ were focusing on looking smart and dressing up, K1 strived to be different and stand out among the crowd. But K1’s magnificent moustache freedom is in your hands.
Moustaches look fabulous on the youth of today. As you can see on the photo below, many if not all of the students look beautiful with their fake facial hair. Not only did the students of K1 look good, but they felt good. Proudly, K1 strode through the corridors of Raglan area school laughing and joking about their glorious moustaches and just having a good time in general. With a school photo on the wall of this moment, the students will be able to cherish this memory forever.
Secondly, school photos are about us and how we like to remember ourselves. So most kids aren’t and then worried About being formal and stuff like that. We are the future, let us shape this world into a place we can call home and where we can be ourselves. We can accomplish this by wearing moustaches. And it’s our parents as well, they would like to experience this photo phenomenon as well. And even our grandparents love seeing us like this. Enjoying ourselves and being us. I’m not saying it’s everyone’s cup of tea, but majority rules.
And this sums up why we should get to wear moustaches on school photo day Nationwide. I thank you for your time and please consider this to be a reality in the future.
Sincerely, Eli Grant-Swallow, Year 7.
Year 7 and 8 animation students have been creating sets for their stop-motion animations.
Year 9/10 Te Reo Maaori students harvesting some pre-European varieties of Kumara from our garden. These varieties (Reka rawa and Para para para) were donated by Whaea Annie, our raranga (weaving) expert, and planted by last year’s Year 9/10 Te Reo Maaori class. Can’t wait to see what they taste like!
Year 11-13 students received a visit from the Defence Forces, who came to speak about career pathways in the Defence Force.