Welcome Back

Kia Orana whanau, My name is Raumae'ae'a Ngatuakana and I am the teacher of Aroha 6 for 2018. I have been teaching at Rowandale School for 3 years. I am Rarotongan Niuean,  I'm originally from Hamilton where I went to the University of Waikato to get a Bachelors Degree in Teaching. 

I come from a very big family of 4 brothers and 4 sisters which is continuing to grow every year. I go to The Church of Jesus christ of Latter-Day Saints and I really enjoy the time I get each Sunday to attend church with my family. 

I love singing, dancing, spending time with family and friends and finding beautiful places to relax. 

First day back at school we had our first school assembly where we were greeted with Whaea Lois and her "Mickey Mouse" hands. Mr Vasau talked to us about the PRDIE values and the way we need to behave in and around the school. 

At Rowandale School this year we have 3 new teams, Aroha (Year's 1-2), Tumanako (Year's 3-4)Whakapono (Year's 5-6). 

We were also very luck to get our own Rowandale School bucket hat on our first day. We need to wear it every morning tea and lunch time to keep sun smart. Thank you Mr Vasau and the Board of Trustees for our flash hats!!!

 Aroha 6 took a walk down the side of the hall to remind ourselves of what the PRIDE values look like in our class and around the school. 

In our toilet blocks we have new toilet paper dispensers so we all took a walk to have a look and learnt how to look after our toilets and wash our hands. 

Later on in the afternoon we drank some delicious cold milk and watched some phonics on our brand new Activ Tablet which is now portable and is touch screen! We love using this device especially for our handwriting and listening to books being read. 

We took a wander to the back of the school to see where the paper from the paper bin goes as well as the cardboard boxes from the milk. It was impressive to see that over these last few weeks the rubbish has been sorted out perfectly!

On Friday we met up with our Buddy class Whakapono 21 for the first time and it was a success! We met in the morning where we did some buddy reading and also coloured in puzzle pieces that showed things that we liked and also got us to think about what we wanted to achieve this year. We working very well with our buddy class and will enjoy meeting with them every Friday. 

To end our day we became word builders where we would make the words on our cards using the magnetic letters. At first it was a bit challenging but with alot of determination and the help of our friends we soon go the hang of it. 

A reminder whanau today your children went home with a notice about swimming. It is compulsory for all children to swim unless they have a note. We will be swimming Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please check your notice to note down the days your child will need their swimming togs :) Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday   


  1. What a busy week! It is lovely to see you sharing your reading with your buddies.

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  3. Amazing learning and getting to know your buddies... 1st week back jitters are gone!!

    1. Thank you Mrs Sagote! definitely gone and gone lol

  4. You sure have been busy Aroha 6! I look forward to reading more about your learning on your class blog.


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