About Lakes

Principal’s Welcome

Kia ora Koutou

Rotorua Lakes High School is a co-educational, state secondary school, which was founded in October 1971. It is situated in the eastern suburban part of Rotorua City. Its tributary area consists of the eastern slice of the urban area plus a large tract of the rural hinterland from Lake Tarawera to Lake Rotomā, hence “Rotorua Lakes”.

The area is rich in Māori history and legend abounds. Many maraes are found especially around the shores of Lakes Rotorua and Rotoiti. The school is on an attractive undulating site of some 5 hectares which has spectacular sweeping view sover Lake Rotorua.

The grounds have been landscaped and planted with many indigenous shrubs. The school motto is “Mauria Te Pono” (Keep Steadfastly to the Truth) and the emblem – the outline shape of a stylized Māori Wahaika with the inside designed to picture the shapes of the Rotorua lakes is based on the form and history of the area.

At Lakes, we pride ourselves on forming positive and encouraging relationships with our students and will work closely with you and members of the wider community to ensure they work hard and gain an excellent education.

Here’s what I expect our young people to do while at our school: Firstly, they are here to learn, to develop the ability to think, process, research, evaluate information and solve problems in various situations. Secondly, we expect our students to participate.

Many of us have fond memories of our school days -especially the extra-curricular activities such as sports, shows, and camps.

Young people who get involved with a range of activities are more likely to develop healthy habits, good friends, and special memories.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we are here to develop respect – respect for others, respect for ourselves, and respect for property and the environment. Respect is a core value of the school and in practice might look like being on time and getting on with our work, taking time to help others, saying “thank you”; and leaving any area happier and tidier than when we arrived. Respect is not difficult but it is essential.

Welcome and let’s enjoy the journey together!

Ngā mihi

Jon Ward

Principal / Tumuaki


Mission Statement

“Rotorua Lakes High School will provide excellent education to every student”

“Ka whakarato te Kura nei ki ngā tauira katoa, he mātauranga kairangi”