Principal’s Message

Talofa lava
I hope this newsletter finds everyone well, warm and ready for Gagana Samoa next week. Next week is a big week for us having our AGM and celebrating the highest ethnic population in our school. The theme for Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa – Samoa Language Week 2023 is ‘Mitamita i lau gagana, maua’a lou fa’asinomaga’ which means ‘Be proud of your language and grounded in your identity’.
Our staff and students and staff have been learning lots about Faith in Action as we explore Hebrews 11 this term. Thank you for continuing to share about this at home as we deep dive into Pasefika navigation , I’m sure the children appreciate hearing their ancestors migration stories. So much Faith in Action as they continue to stand on the shoulders of their forefathers.
We will say say ‘see you later’ to Ms Sifaheone as she takes leave until next year-we wish her well and pray she will enjoy the break from full-time teaching with her family and community goals. Ms Heidi Weightman will join us from the 6th June to teach in room 2.
Congratulations to Mrs Sisi Key who will take on the position of Acting Principal at Sir Douglas Bader Intermediate in a few weeks. We praise the Lord for all the wonderful work she has blessed our school with over the last five years. Please join us for a farewell assembly on Friday 9th June.
There is always lots of food left from the school lunches so feel free to take these at the end of each day.
I look forward to seeing you all at the AGM to discuss some big changes to our school plans. Please take some time to read the appendices on the application for Alternative Constitution and Decapitation of our year 7-8 levels. We will have the opportunity to share further during the AGM.

Alternative Constitution Application Handout

God’s richest blessings,
Sita Selupe MNZM

The Calendar

Recent Events


Rooms 1,2,3 and 4 were very fortunate to attend sessions at Te Tuhi Art Gallery in Pakuranga learning about ‘The Early Arrivals’ to Aotearoa. Our students were so on to it when asked questions about the Maori, the Dutch & the English navigators and explorers! Our Education specialist from Te Tuhi, Breana was so impressed with their answers! Well done Rise UP you all made us proud and we know all our parent helpers were also impressed. The children also created some fantastic art pieces about Maori patterns, native birds & trees using dye and black ink using bamboo sticks to experience how illustrators on the ships drew what they saw as they explored Aotearoa. What a memorable day for all and I am sure that it was not only the children that added knowledge to their kete but the adults as well. Thank you Ms Ah Lam for organising our trip to Te Tuhi and thank you very much to all our parent helpers!


Our students and staff looked Fabulous in their PINK attire last Friday! A huge fa’afetai lava to Student Counsellors  Isabelle Macgregor and Nissi Letiu for front footing this event and their passion for ZERO tolerance at Rise UP Academy for bullying. Together we raised $206.90 which will be donated to NZ Mental Health. We had prizes for the Best Dressed; Best dressed Junior girl & boy were; Aria Birch and Tau-Timothy Farani. The Best Dressed Senior girl and boy were; Fisi-Anne Sifaheone and Sam Togiatama and the Best Dressed Staff went to Whaea Emi. Thank you Ms Sifaheone for being our judge!

PROJECT WY -Rotorua 10km Marathon

Congratulations to our families who have completed the 10km Marathon at Rotorua. It was a cold start to the morning with light showers that turned into heavy rains at times. The children and parents did amazing work and finished under the 2 hour mark. Thank you to all our supporters who were able to make it out in the rain. Special thanks to our parents, grandparents & uncles who are the real champions for enduring 6 weeks of early morning trainings and building those special memories with their children.

Whanau Notices

RISE UP TRUST AGM – this Thursday 1st June, 6.30pm

TEACHERS ONLY DAY – Friday 2nd June

Please organise suitable supervision for your children and have a lovely long weekend.


Last night we had our 1st Hearts and Minds session for Term 2, on 21st Century Learning. One of our parents shared “to help with underachieving stats in our community is to have more programmes like H&Ms to equip our parents”, as we learnt 50% of the child’s success in learning is factored by the child themselves”.

Thank you whanau for your commitment to the Hearts & Minds. Together we set up our children for success in learning and in life.

SYNERGY – I Know Who I am

We have our Synergy programme in Term 3, we will get in contact with our whanau who have yet to participate in this programme.


Thank you to our whanau who have booked in with Path sessions. Keep up the great work whanau!


We have our Samoan Language Week this week and the theme is “Mitamita i lau gagana, maua’a lou faasinomaga” which means ‘Be proud of your language and grounded in your identity’. We are proud to have our SAMOAN GROUP (who have been part of our Culture & Heritage classes) hosting our Assembly on Wednesday 31st May starting at 2pm. They also have a couple of items to share with you all.
Tuesday’s Culture & Heritage programme will also be led by our Samoan Group. We have Zumba & Lape on the courts followed by kokolaisa and panikeke.
Please advise Ms Grace if your child cannot eat kokolaisa or panikeke or have allergies.


We need parent helpers for Tuesday after school programme next week please. You will be serving koko laisa to our children at 4.15pm please.


For our whanau who have children turning five next year please complete an enrolment form. 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 or head to our website and enrol online.


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At Rise UP we consider your child’s safety our first priority therefore we ask that you adhere to the rules we alongside Sir Douglas Bader Intermediate have put in place. We have had a few close calls which is too many for our liking. We would like to ask that if you see any of our Rise UP parents/ caregivers parking where they shouldn’t be please kindly ask them to move along. We thank you for your cooperation.


It is important that our students take pride in their appearance. Please ensure your child wears the correct school uniform each day to school.

As you can probably feel the mornings are much cooler and more crisp so we encourage you if your child doesn’t already have one please purchase them a school jersey. Size 6-16 $48.00 for Adult S-XL is $52.00 (no hoodies or printed jerseys to be worn at school) Your child can wear the summer uniform: polo and black shorts or they have the option to wear plain black pants. If you wish to make an order please pay into the school account and email us proof of payment.

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Please support us by encouraging your child to wear the correct school uniform.


Your child must bring a labelled water bottle to school. We have taps available to REFILL bottles but not to drink from to avoid any spread of COVID. We thank you for your support in helping to prevent the spread of COVID in our school community. Should your child forget to bring a bottle the classroom teacher will be making contact with you.


Whanau devotions:

Devotion topic: FAITH IN ACTION
Scripture for the term:
Mark 11:22 Have faith in God
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him, must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
James 2: 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

Scripture for the week: Heroes of Faith – Noah
Hebrews 11: 7
By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

Learning Intention: We are learning to action our FAITH by:
Success criteria:
– First time obedience
– Believe in the unseen.
– Listen carefully.
– Proverbs: 16:9

Prayer requests:
– Change management
– RUPT funding
– Staff
– Whanau well-being

Praise be to God for answered prayer