Lake Rotoma School is a small rural school located on Manawahe Road on the Western side of Lake Rotoma, approximately 40 kilometres from Rotorua city. It caters for students from Years 1 to 8,
The Rotoma settlement grew from the opportunity to provide services for road builders and subsequent travelers on the road between Rotorua and Whakatane in the 1900s. The first school was opened on 2 February 1928 in an old tearooms building with a Mr. Sutherland the teacher for 8 students.
In May 1936 a new school was built on Soda Springs Road (now Manawahe Road) and opened with 29 students drawn from families who came to work at the sawmills in the area.
By 1973 the same building was serving 55 students and there were appalling working conditions for the children and the staff. A protest from the community led to a new school being built in 1974.
The roll has fluctuated constantly since the closure of the mills.
We view education of children as a holistic process that is much more then mastery of the academic skills of literacy and numeracy.
Unless the health of children and staff is supported and developed as part of learning, there is a risk that the children will not develop into self-sufficient and contributing adults. The school therefore follows the principles of Professor Mason Durie’s health philosophy Te Whare Tapa Whare to enrich the learning and wellbeing of all students.
Strengthened by local culture, customs and relationships
The significant proportion of students at Lake Rotoma School are Māori. Therefore all students are provided with experience in and understanding of cultural traditions, language, local and national history.
The Board of Trustees ensures that all reasonable steps are taken to provide instruction in Tikanga Māori and Te Reo Māori at each level throughout the school.
Lake Rotoma School is located in an area with valuable taonga that originates and celebrates the kaitiaki and tangata whenua of the district. This is strengthened in the shared whakapapa with other schools in the immediate vicinity.
The Lake Rotoma School curriculum includes components of Tikanga Māori as appropriate to the topic and class level including the history and culture of the people and places in the local area.
Ko Māhūhū ki te Rangi tōku waka tapu
Ko Tuperiri tōku tūpuna
Ko Tauwhare tōku maunga
Ko Te Onepu o Rangatira, ko Kaipara, ko Waitematā ōku moana tuauriuri
Ko Waipatukahu me Te Awaroa ngā wai kaukau o ōku tūpuna
Ko Whiti te rā o Reweti tōku marae
Ko Ngāti Whātua me Te Tao U ōku iwi
Ko Te Aroha Wihapi ahau e mihi kau ana
Tēnā koutou katoa.
Kia ora, my name is Te Aroha. I was appointed as Principal of Lake Rotoma School in April 2022.
Following 30 years of teaching and leadership roles in schools, kura and the Ministry of Education, I am humbled that the Board offered an opportunity to lead the school this year, Tēnā koutou e te poari.
My husband Rawiri is of Te Arawa/Tūhourangi and Ngāti Maniapoto descent and is Principal of Mokoia Intermediate School in Rotorua. We have two children and three mokopuna.
Collectively my whānau have whakapapa to Ngāti Whātua, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Wai, Ngati Kuri, Tainui and Te Arawa and I look forward to creating many more connections with the tamariki of Lake Rotoma School, their whānau, and the local community.
Please pop into the school for a chat and kōrero about what Lake Rotoma School can offer your child, how your child is progressing in their learning and how we can work together to support your child.
Nā tō rourou
Nā taku rourou
Ka ora ai tātou.
I have been a resident of the Bay of Plenty for most of my life and I don’t see that changing. Lake Rotoma provides me with great water sports especially kayaking and stand up paddle boarding.
My involvement with Lake Rotoma Schools Board is a privilege and while I do not have a teaching background or children at the school, the localised curriculum there reflects many of my interests and therefore values e.g. environment, the great outdoors and local history. I hope to meet you soon to discuss how we might nurture your child in the education context.
My name is Frances White , appointed in 2021 to join the BOT. I am married with 4 children, all have attended Lake Rotoma School.
2022 brings change as we have a new Acting Principal. I am excited to work alongside Te Aroha and help support our children’s learning once again.
We would love to hear from parents and the wider community so please come in and meet Te Aroha and our staff.
Ko Hikurangi te maunga,
Ko Waiapu te awa,
Ko Ngati Porou te iwi
My name is Mikaere Manuel and I am the staff rep on the Board. I have worked in education since 1992 and moved to Rotoma in 2018 where I worked as the Principal release teacher at Lake Rotoma Primary.
Laurie was co-opted on to the board of trustees in 2020. She brings with her years of experience in the administration sector.
She previously worked in law firms for 10 years where she gained significant knowledge around processes within the administration sector.
She is currently employed by Rotomā No. 1 Incorporation as the office manager, where she plays a vital role in supporting CEO (Chief Executive Officer) and the CoM (Committee of Management).
Laurie, her partner Jason and their son, Malachi currently reside in Kawerau.