Term Dates 2021:

Term 1: Tuesday 2 February - Friday 16 April

Term 2: Monday 3 May- Friday 9 July

Term 3: Monday 26 July - Friday 1 October

Term 4: Monday 18 October - Wednesday 15 December @ 12:00pm

Contact Details:

Rotorua Specialist School
36 Kea Street
Selwyn Heights
Phone: (07) 3476717
Fax no: (07) 3476714
Email: office@rss.ac.nz

News from Owhata

Kia ora koutou, 

Owhata Primary Satellite Class - Room 15 

Ko Tina Rewi-McRoy toku ingoa.  I am the Kaiako at Owhata Satellite class based at Owhata Primary School.

There are three amazing Kaiawhina - Dhayna Walden, Karen McIntosh and Linda Birch. 

We have 8 boys aging from 5-15 years of age.  Students: Ben Kingi, Cylis Clarke,  Mikaia Ashby, Pedro Kingi, Piripi Manuel, Rex-Takiri Moke-Evetts, Te Wiroa Ormsby and Wiremu Devon.

All students have Individual Educational Plans that cater to their individual needs.  The Individual Educational Plans have input from Parents/Caregivers/Whanau, Specialists and the Class Teacher.

Our specialists include two Speech and Language Therapist – Kelsey Randrup and Mandana Rastgoo.  One Occupational Therapist Cian and Physiotherapist Susie Nyika.  Michelle Bunce is the Vision and Mobility Therapist.  Aiden Taipeti, Kapa Haka and Te Reo Maori Tutor.  Matua Phil Oxenham is our very talented Music Teacher.

We also integrate with mainstream by attending School Assemblies, shows and sports day wherever possible.  Students also participate in riding for the Disabled (RDA) at least two terms a year.  There is   Sports Day every term as well as an Annual Cross-country.

Community facilities are utilised such as the Aquatic Centres, Redwoods, Public Library and various shopping centres.

Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei

Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain.


Kia Ora Pedro welcome to Room 15! Lovely to have you in our class.  Kia Kaha Pedro.

Our birthday boy Te Wiroa. All smiles before blowing his candles.  Ka rawe Te Wiroa


Wiremu and Cylis during their one on one session. The boys get into their tasks before they can get their Ipad. Ka pai korua.


All eyes on the Smarboard for Tom’s toilet. Tom’s video has been a part of our morning program to promote understanding and independence for toilet training. Tino pai tamariki ma.

Ben is patiently ‘posting’ the picture in the box. Tino pai Ben,

Our first swimming activity at the Aquatic pools. Te Wiroa, Cylis and Ben are obviously enjoying the water. Tino ataahua koutou.