Principal’s Message

Tena koutou katoa,
As we land the Rise UP Academy waka for 2021 and prepare for a well deserved holiday …we raise a Hallelujah!
Thank you for your commitment, engagement and prayer support. Despite all the turbulence during the lockdowns and pivoting in all directions our students and staff have completed another year of Touchdown moments and a few Minties moments. Another year of firsts saw our first Hockey and Netball interschool tournaments, our first Project Y whanau event and a 1st Equal place in the front foot app competition.

Click on this link for the Front Foot winners announcement:–O4JRhL7kw

Congratulations to all our students and particularly the recipients of the Special Awards:

This year we have prioritised the well-being of students and staff in all our decision making through the Lockdowns. We now see a new phenomenon called the ‘Covid Dip’, much like the ‘Summer Dip’ when junior students reading can fall back a bit if we don’t encourage our children to keep reading. So, lets beat the ‘Covid Dip’ and challenge ourselves to clock up some READING MILEAGE with our children over the Summer break. There are library programmes running still so post your pictures of your whanau reading on our Te RUA fb page to encourage and inspire others to beat the Covid Dip!
Next year our 2022 Theme is called CREATIVE NATIVES!

On a JOYFUL note, may this Christmas be extra precious as we take time to rest, pray and give thanks to the Lord for our Rise UP Community. Isaiah 9:6-7
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace

Meri Kirihimete
Sita Selupe MNZM

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Room 5

Room 5 had great fun preparing and practicing their speeches. We gained lots of new recycling and composting knowledge with Inquiry learning. A huge thank you to all our parents for all the hard work with home learning. You are all superstars and you rock!! Have a blessed holiday break, rest well and stay safe.
Blessings, Mrs Muller

Room 4

2021 has been a year of adaptability and Faith. After the extended lockdown; it was a momentous time to have our students return back under Level 3.2! The resilience and engagement was great to see and most importantly the joyful faces to reunite again with their peers, teachers and school. They calm ambience and transition was seamless.

Thank you to our learners who consistently zoomed in from home and even visited school. Once again thank you to the strong dual partnership between whanau and school. This would not of been possible without your commitment. Mrs Govender and I would like to extend a very Merry Christmas and a jovial holiday to you all.

We will continue to pray Psalms 91 over all our families. Blessings Mrs Faga & Mrs Govender

Room 3

It is the last week of School, and we are wrapping up with Christmas activities. We are excited about the school holidays. Some of us are getting away from Auckland to visit family, and some of us have family coming to visit us. I am very proud of everything Room 3 has achieved this year.
I would like to take this space to thank our Rise Up families for your support and love, it has been an honor teaching your children and watching them grow. I will miss everything about Rise Up. Vinaka vaka levu! Loloma yani vuvale. Rachel Viliamu

Room 2

Since being back onsite it has been full steam ahead in Room 2! They have all been working so diligently on their persuasive writing and I couldn’t be more proud of the way they settled into their learning in class as well as online. On behalf of Mrs Godinet and myself we’d like to wish all the Room 2 students and their whanau a Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year! God’s richest blessing, Ms S.

Room 1

Wow, we’ve finally come to the end of the year. I am grateful to you all for your persistence to support your children during this difficult time with Covid lingering around. Some highlights and acknowledgements I would like to announce for their hard work and dedication during the lockdown is firstly Zephiniah Toleafoa for his 100% attendance and being the first one to Zoom in daily. Secondly Neil Yeng Tung for his perseverance with his daily tasks to manage himself to complete his school work, Zoom in and help mum look after his siblings. Fakaaue lahi! Finally CONGRATULATIONS to all of our award winners for Room 1. You’ve put in the extra hard work to achieve what was very deserving. I wish you all a safe Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Many blessings to you all, signing off Ms Sifaheone.


It’s a bitter sweet time of year where we also farewell some of our fantastic teachers who are moving on or have decided to put away their whiteboard markers such as Whaea Nerina Howe who has been teaching Te Reo since 2014 and has been our Property Project Manager from 2018-2020. We also farewell Rachel Viliamu, Corey Rasmussen aka Mr C, Whaea Nyna Cecil and our Boomerang teacher Elena aka Ms S. We celebrate you all as you move into another season of your lives and we thank you all for your service to Rise UP Academy and just like we say to our Whanau ” We enrol your child, we enrol your whanau” – the same goes to all our staff. You will forever be engrained in the RUA Whanau.

Whanau Notices


Tuesdays- Culture and Heritage
Wednesday’s- SUPA
Please lock into your calendars the new changes. Our programme will commence on Tuesday 8th February. Have a great holiday 🥰


Congratulations to all our award winners. It has been a short year for us but always grateful for the opportunity given for our children.

Hearts & Minds

Hearts & Minds 2022 – Starts Wednesday 9th February for 8 weeks.If you have friends or families who would like to enrol their children in 2022 then please let them know they will need to complete the Hearts & Minds programme before their child is enrolled at Rise UP Academy.

2022 Enrolments

We have spaces available for next year’s enrolment, so please let your whanau know. You can pick up an enrolment form from the office when the office re-opens Tuesday 25th January.

Whanau Reports

Thank you to all our whanau for the continued parent partnership for the year 2021. Thank you for all the hard work and commitment in supporting your children’s learning for this year. We wish you all a very merry christmas and a prosperous new year. Monuina e kilimasi moe tau foou.


Whanau devotions:

Devotion topic: Faith-Believing in God
Scripture for the term:
Mark 11:22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.
Romans 10: 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Scripture for the week: The birth of Christ
Luke 2: 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
We are learning to give thanks to God for His Son Jesus Christ
Success Criteria
1. Pray and thank God this christmas for His Son Jesus Christ
2. Learn the memory verse.
3 Read Luke 2 – the story of the birth of christ.

Prayer requests:
– Thanks & praise to God for the year 2021
– Protection over the school holidays for all staff, whanau and board members
– 2022 Enrolments – To reach our target numbers for 2022.
– Curriculum planning for 2022

Praise be to God for answered prayer

We wish all our Rise UP Whanau a wonderful Christmas full of love, good food, plenty of laughter and most of all a time to remember the reason for the season the birth of Christ, our Lord Jesus Christ. Our prayer is that 2022 will bring you all good health, prosperity, peace and may you see God’s favour in your lives – Amen.