Student Leadership

Meet our Student Leaders for 2018

Ko Ngongotaha te maunga

Ko Utuhina te awa

Ko Te Arawa te waka

Ko Te Arawa te iwi

Ko Ngati Whakaue te hapu

Ko Tumahaurangi te marae

Ko Hope toku mama

Ko Brian toku papa

                                                             Ko Te Kanohi ahau

                                                            Tihei mauri ora!!

What inspires you?

My role  within the school as a a prefect

What are you interested in becoming when you are older?

I want to be a builder. After I have learned how to build things I would be able to fix anything so if something breaks at our house.

What opportunities have you had while at Rotorua Primary School?

I have had many opportunities at RPS (Rotorua Primary School) like

Kapa Haka, Basketball, Touch and Rugby.

What does it mean to you to be a School Leader?

I have waited a long time to have this opportunity to be a school leader and I have reached a perfect place. It is very wonderful to be a prefect I love this spot. I love it when little kids look up to me and thinking "Wow, he’s a prefect!" it’s just wonderful.


Ko Moerangi te maunga

Ko Puarenga toku awa

Ko Te Arawa te waka

Ko Te Arawa te iwi

Ko Ngati Tumatawera toku hapu

Ko Hurungaterangi toku marae

Ko Kaihau Pou poasa toku ingoa

What I want to become when I'm older?

I would like to represent New Zealand in Basketball.

What opportunities have I had at Rotorua Primary?

I became Head Girl for 2018. This is a big thing for me becoming a school leader for Pukeroa Oruawhata. I would like to encourage the other leaders of our kura to not be scared. Keep your head up and go through life positively. Even when life is hard still carry on through things.

What does it feel like to be a school leader?

It feels strange because everyone looks up to me as a leader. I feel like it's our job to show our school's students how to be respectful. we can lead through example.


Hello there!

My name is William Sok. I am one of our school’s prefects. I am an asian boy born in New Zealand, specifically Wellington.

Growing up I had an interest in locomotives, and I excelled in my academic pursuits. I was also a bit of a social person, however at times I could also be shy.

At the moment, my current interests are: Locomotives, Tanks, History, School, Gaming, as well as a variety of other things.

I use to live in Turangi and went to a school called Kuratau. I came to live here with my family in Rotorua around December 2016, and so far, I’m enjoying my stay. Most of my family is of Cambodian origin (Cambodia is a small country in South-East Asia, and some neighbouring countries include: Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos).

What inspires me is my motivation to help my family, and by going to school and getting educated, I can help my parents with English and other things.

What will I become in the future? This is currently unknown to me, but I am interested in becoming a computer technician, part-time baker, possibly a scientist, and a gamer (These interests could change as time progresses).

During my time at Rotorua Primary, I’ve had a few opportunities. Some of them were: Being able to attend the Chinese Speech competition, and Being able to write a Curriculum Vitae for this position.

To me, being a school leader means a lot. I get to help the head teachers, and other school staff, I can help lead assembly, and  I can set a good example to other children.



Ko Taupiri te maunga

Ko Waikato te awa
Ko Mataatua te waka

Ko Rakaunui te marae

Ko Ngati Tamainui te hapu

Ko Waikato te iwi

Ko Foua toku ingoa

Ko Tuielu toku whanau ingoa

                                                           Tihei mauri ora

What inspires you?

My dad's commitment to bodybuilding and my mother who looks after my lovely baby sister. Also, I am inspired by my sister Manaia and how she fights her illness.

What I want to become when I'm older?

To be a very good artist and probably an architect.

What opportunities have you had while at Rotorua Primary School?

I’ve had many opportunities which include kapa haka ,chess and many other sports.

What does it feel like to be a school leader?

To me it means to take the front and to lead by example and to look out for everyone not just some, everyone.


Ko Hikarangi toku Maunga

Ko Rangitaiki toku Awa

Ko Tuhoe toku Iwi.

Ko Tyra Te Kaawa toku Ingoa.

Kia ora, my name is Tyra.

When I was asked who inspired me, I couldn’t really think of anyone. I do however, believe in having a positive mindset and loving who you are. I love being me.

The things I am interested in becoming as I get older is becoming a Netball star or a veterinarian. I would love to become a netball star because then I can play my favourite sport. The reason I want to become a veterinarian is because I see a lot of animals in need of love. There are so many opportunities that I have had since being here and some of them are having the opportunity to become a leader.


Hi my name is Daniel Westman. 

I feel inspired when I work alongside my family and friends here at Rotorua Primary School. I really wanted to become a prefect. I enjoy the responsibility and supporting the younger children at our school.

A want to be involved with gaming in the future. I think all guys my age do. I love gaming and there is a lot involved in it. 

I have had a lot of opportunities here. I have been a road patroller, organised the fruit and milk in our school, First Aid worker, Student sports-coordinator. I've pretty much been involved everywhere. 

I'm really focussedon my academics this year.


Kia ora,

Ko Kalaie Phillips-Tamai toku ingoa.

I have always been inspired by my family to be a part of many sports, during my time here at school. I love being around my friends and helping other students out.

My hobbies are gardening, reading, sports and baking/cooking and art.

What I love about this school is how easy it is to make friends and how I am encouraged and supported to receive a great education.


Ko Taiarahia te maunga

Ko Ohinemataroa te awa

Ko Mataatua te waka

Ko Tuhoe te Iwi

Ko Ngati Rongo te hapu

Ko Tauarau te marae

 Kia ora Pukeroa Oruawhata, ko Renata taku ingoa, 

What Inspires You?

The thing that inspired me to strive for Head Boy of Pukeroa Oruawhata began when I was only young, I saw the older more responsible tauira and I thought to myself I would like to be like them, so that was my goal before I left school.

What are you interested in becoming when you are older?

For a long time I have always liked rugby because that is what I have been playing most of my life but I also want to be an opera singer. My mother wants me to be one as well and it may lead me to have a rich and happy life.

What Opportunities Have You Had While At Rotorua Primary School?

I have had quite a lot of opportunities at this lovely school for the past 8 years, I published a song with a few other students,there has beem multiple times where I have played rugby for this school, I have been the kapa haka nationals leader which was a huge pleasure and represented the kura at two chinese speech competitions.

What does it to mean to you to be school leader?

To be a school leader is a massive privilege but it will not be easy. I have to be a positive role model, korero maori i nga wa katoa, but I am happy being head boy because it was my dream from when I was 5 years old and if you follow your dreams and goals anything is possible. 

Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou, Tena Tatou Katoa.


Kia ora. My name is Jarome Kautai,

I feel inspired when I am able to work as part of a team. I am interested in becoming a lawyer when I am older. It looks like hard work and I'm up for the challenge.

I have been involved in the collation of our whanau points system schoolwide, First Aid and sports co-ordination. 

This year I am really focussed on achieving some of my academic goals before heading to High School in 2019.


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