Term Dates 2023:

Term 1: Wednesday 2 February - Friday Thursday 6 April

Term 2: Monday 24 April - Friday 30 June

Term 3: Monday 17 July - Friday 22 September

Term 4: Monday 9 October - Friday 15 December (half day)

2023 Public Holidays (during Term time):
Term 1:
Waitangi Day - 6 February
Good Friday - 7 April
Term 2:
Anzac Day - 25 April 
King's Birthday - 6 June
Matariki - 24 June
Term 3: Nil
Term 4: Labour Day - 24 October

Contact Details:

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

Lego 4 Learning

Lego 4 Learning

Our Lego programme at Rotorua Specialist School has gone from strength to strength. We started with just a few little Lego kits and through the generosity of the Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust, we have built up a library of Lego kits that students are able to use.

Lego provides a way for students to develop their communication, personal and social skills while also improving hand-eye coordination and self-monitoring skills.  

The Lego 4 Learning programme encompasses Lego Therapy, Brick Club and the SixBricks programme.  

For the past two years, the students involved in our Lego 4 Learning programme have built many kits for inclusion in our annual Art Expo.  There was also a class trip to Auckland in 2021 to visit an international Lego Exhibit.  

We have been developing Hauora (wellbeing) as part of Lego 4 Learning. Students have shown more determination to complete tasks such as building together, sharing resources and developing their cooperative skills.  As a result, they have developed more pride in their work.  

All the students involved in Lego 4 Learning are able to work at their own ability level.  Lego allows students to interact with each other through collaborative play… this is especially important for students with autism.  

Mandana also incorporates the use of Lego and Duplo into her Speech Language Therapy Programme.  This assists building vocabulary knowledge, following instructions, sequencing and planning, positional language, spatial awareness, functional language, memory and requesting.  

Shelley Honig
Assistant Principal & Lego Lead Teacher