"Hamilton's Whanau School"

Celebrating Learning with a Purpose

Rhode Street School is CLOSED until further notice due to our Covid19 Level 4 status Wednesday 24th March 2020.

Tena koutou e te whanau

Thank you for your awesome manaakitanga and mahi over the past few days in helping us prepare for a national lockdown across Aotearoa.

By now you should be getting ready to self-isolate and create your safe bubbles as a whanau to ensure we fight Covid19 and win as a country.

Your child's learning will continue at home with our support as teachers and as a school community.

Go to here: https://sites.google.com/rhodestreet.school.nz/rhodestreet/our-remote-classes to access your child's learning links after the recently moved forward term break finishes on the 13th April 2020.

There are also a huge range of educational and fun activity links at the bottom of the Remote Classes page foir all the whanau to enjoy.

Keep checking this site for further updates as they come to hand.

Mauri Ora

Shane Ngātai

Principal and proud of it

COVID 19 Update 1.55 pm Monday 23rd March 2020

Our school has been instructed by the NZ Government to close as of tomorrow Tuesday 24th March 2020.

Please take care of each other and be kind.

Go to this page to access learning at home school work for your children:

These pages will be updated daily so please keep checking back daily.

Whanau can pick up hard copies and resource packs for their children between 12 noon and 2.00 pm Tuesday 24th March from the school office. Please do not come before or after to keep everyone safe.

Please send only one whanau member.

A care package of fresh fruit and long-life milk will be available when you pick up your child's resource pack.

Thank you Whanau

Shane Ngatai


Naumai Haere Mai and a very warm WELCOME to Rhode Street School, Hamilton's Whanau School.

We are located in the south western Hamilton suburb of Dinsdale.

Our beautiful school was established in 1959 and to this day, continues to deliver effective learning and teaching programmes for Year 0 to Year 8 students.

Rhode Street School has developed as a centre of learning for our wider community, where it is widely recognised as innovative and sustainable through our local curriculum plan.

We welcome you to our school whanau and trust you will come and visit us soon to see how we "walk the talk" when it comes to learner agency, whanau engagement, and teacher efficacy.

Covid19 Updates March 2020

Covid 19 - Level 2 Announcement

21 March 2020

At 12 noon today, the Prime Minister outlined the Covid-19 Alert Levels. There are 4 different levels that can be set at either a regional or national level.

Nationally, we are at Level 2.

Level 2 means the following new restrictions have been put in place, effective immediately; a full list of restrictions can be found here

  1. Those community members over 70 and those who are immune-compromised need to immediately self-isolate. The list of people who are at risk can be located here.

This will affect staff members at our school which will impact on our daily programmes.

2. All internal travel within New Zealand has been ceased

This will affect all class trips, and technology classes to Ngaruawahia Primary.

The Ministry of Health is now recommending anyone who fits the criteria of those most at risk, are advised to stay home.

Schools will remain open but this will affect how some of our classes function.

We are currently working through what it means to be at level 2 for our school for Monday morning. If we have to move to level 3 this will be advised by the Ministry of Health and we will communicate back to you.

If you do intend to self-isolate or temporarily withdraw your child/ren from school for the foreseeable future, it is important that you advise the school through the usual absentee channels (phone/email/text) before Monday morning to help us with our planning over the next few days.

Every school will have a different way to share possible learning packs that can be used for your child(ren) at home. We will be sending learning packs home to families by separate email / hardcopy / and linked on this website.

Atawhai tetahi ki tetahi

Be kind to each other

Shane Ngatai

Principal and proud of it

20 March 2020

Kia ora e te whanau

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that the school is making several changes to how we operate in response to the Covid19 pandemic currently underway around the world.

  • All students have been instructed to wash their hands with soap for 20 seconds or more before eating and after eating at school. Hand basins, soap and paper towels or roller towels have been provided in each classroom. Hand sanitizer has also been provided for students who use shared devices to sanitize their hands before and after using a device at school.

  • All students will eat in their class from now on and be supervised by their teacher to minimise gathering at our Kai Time Cafe in a large group and to ensure they are washing their hands.

  • Morning tea will start at 10.00 am and students will be released at 10.15 to get outside and play with morning tea finishing at 10.40 am.

  • All students have been instructed how to cough or sneeze into their elbow and then wash their hands straight afterwards. Regular reminding and modelling by staff will support this behaviour to become normalised.

  • When arriving at our school office visitors will have to remain behind the taped off area to distance themselves from Aunty Winnie to reduce the risk of any cross-contamination.

  • All school assemblies have been cancelled until further notice.

  • There will be no Kai Festival this year (as already planned)

  • All whanau have been asked to provide the school with up to date contact details including addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. PLEASE return your updates asap.

  • All staff are preparing for the possible closure of the school if directed by the Ministry of Education or Health, but at the time of writing, this is not likely due to the containment of the virus to date.

    • Take home packs of learning resources are being put together by the school to support at-home learning. These will include readers and journals, worksheets, tasks, and learning challenges that are age-appropriate.
    • For whanau who have internet access at home but no suitable devices to access learning, the school will provide one Chromebook per whanau to come home if the school is instructed to close. Whanau will have to sign an agreement to return contract.
    • The school will have online portals for each class linked to our school website where whanau and students will be able to access learning resources: www.rhodestreet.school.nz (this will go live next week for testing)

With so much information and misinformation swirling around about COVID-19, I wanted to share with you what will happen if we were to have a case in our school community. We have been planning for this and are in a position to respond quickly.

  • As soon as a case is confirmed in our immediate school community (eg. a student, staff member, or member of their household), the Medical Officer of Health and Ministry of Education will inform me about this, and we will work together to get quick and clear messaging out to you

  • If there was a case confirmed of someone in our school, we will likely be asked to close temporarily by the Medical Officer of Health. This will allow time for close contacts to be traced, appropriate testing to be undertaken, and a careful clean of the school to be undertaken.

  • If our school does need to close temporarily, we have a plan in place to support student’s learning.

We know COVID-19 feels scary and of course, people are concerned about the wellbeing of our children.

Please be assured that with no case confirmed in our school, your children are safe here.

Good hygiene is a priority at our school, and we are reinforcing this regularly with all students and staff. We know that practising good hygiene is still the best thing we can all do to prevent illness.

We are getting the most up to date advice and guidance so that we can confidently make informed decisions about the safety and wellbeing of our school community.

Ngā mihi

Shane Ngatai

Principal and proud of it.

7 Rhode Street 07 847 7245

Dinsdale 021 960 562

Hamilton winnie@rhodestreet.school.nz

Whanau Survey

COVID 19 Response: Please complete this survey whanau as soon as possible to assist the school in preparing for possible homeschooling options in the advent of the school being directed to close by the Ministry of Education or Health.


Thank you

Shane Ngatai

Principal and proud of it