Kawerongo Newsletter 7 2022

Te Rōhutu Whio 11th May 2022

Kia ora e te whānau

We’ve loved welcoming so many of our whānau into our kāinga ako learning village this wāhanga term now that we’re in orange light. Our tamariki have come back settled and excited to learn.

Another exciting aspect of being in orange light is being able to have manuhiri visitors. I tērā wiki last week, we enjoyed the energy and fun of NZ Army Band and this wiki week our ākonga learners have been lucky enough to have Bob Bickerton perform. Bob explores taonga puoro traditional Māori instruments while explaining pūrākau the old stories of where they originated. We are also delighted to have the tautoko support of Rolleston college students with our basketball zones team and are looking forward to an ongoing relationship with them.

I tēnei wiki this week, the kaiako teachers have been learning how to make whetū harakeke woven stars with Whaea Christine in readiness for celebrating Matariki this wāhanga term. We’re looking forward to sharing with you our plans for this celebration in wiki 8 - watch this space! During Kaimahi Only Day, we deeply explored the seven principles of learning alongside Ka Hikitia, Ka Hāpaitia.

There are a few other exciting events coming up like Pink Clothing Day and kauhoe swimming. Please enjoy reading more about these in the rest of the kawerongo newsletter.

Next week I am away at the Te Akatea Māori Principals Education Hui in Tauranga. This hui is around building strong foundations of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in schools.

Kia pai te mutunga wiki. Enjoy your day.

Kate Morgan

Kaihautū Principal

Pink Clothing Day

On Paraire Friday 20th May we are celebrating Pink Clothing Day in association with the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

Join us on Friday 20 May, 2022 as we Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying!

Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying, after a peer was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. In Aotearoa, Pink Shirt Day works to create schools, workplaces, communities and whānau where everyone feels safe, valued and respected.

As well as our Pink Clothing day we will be teaching about kindness and manaakitanga as well as how to ask for help when you need it. It is so important to us at Te Rōhutu Whio that all of our tamariki are celebrated as themselves and feel safe and valued. We appreciate working together with whānau for the good of our tamariki.

We look forward to seeing everyone in pink next Paraire Friday!

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Active Autumn

Active Autumn is here! This is an exciting opportunity to win some great prizes. The purpose of this campaign is to create healthy active learners as well as reduce vehicle use for school drop off and pick ups. The goal is to walk, run, bike, or scooter to school each day. Tamariki will receive a card that they can get stamped each day by their kaiako teacher. We will have a prize draw at the end of Active Autumn to find the prize winners.
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Kiwi Competitions

Kiwi Competitions: KIWI English, Mathematics and Science competitions. These competitions take place annually online and are designed by New Zealand kaiako for year 5 and above New Zealand tamariki based on the New Zealand Curriculum. $9.50 per test. Please complete the following form and pay at Te Rōreka by 20th May 2022, as this is the closing date.


International online assessments for year 3 and above, designed to recognise and reward academic excellence in the following subjects; Digital Technologies, Writing, English, Science, Spelling and Mathematics. The cost is $20.70 per paper, with the exception of Writing costing $27.03. The exams will take place in between 8th August and 2nd September 2022.

Please register your interest to katherinew@terohutuwhio.school.nz by 31st May 2022, if you would like more information regarding ICAS.

Kauhoe Swimming update - form for whānau

All tamariki will be kauhoe swimming in wiki weeks 5 and 6 in Term 2.

Please fill in this form asap to let the swimming pool know about your child's swimming ability. https://forms.gle/gCazFqWFSdaGmBU66

Please check that your child has togs and goggles suitable for wearing in the pool.

The kauhoe swimming donation is $51.50 per child which can now be paid through the Kindo app. This covers the buses and the cost for the swimming instructors.

Ngā mihi

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Year 8 students - College open evening

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If you, or anyone you know, have a child who will be starting at Te Rōhutu Whio either this year or next year, can you please fill in the enrolment form on our website. This helps us with planning for our future growth.


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Lost Property

We are finding some lost property without names in it, that we are unable to return to its owner. Please check that all of your child’s items are named clearly.
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New books

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Clothing Donations Please

Play time outside can be great fun, but can lead to students getting wet or dirty over during the outside activities. At the moment we do not have any spare clothes to offer the children to change into so we are asking if you have clean and tidy clothing items that your tamariki no longer have a use for, we would really appreciate them especially shorts, trousers and polo tops. Please ask your tamariki to bring them into the office - Ngā mihi

Lunch Orders at Te Rōhutu Whio

Lunch orders are available for ākonga learners at Te Rōhutu Whio on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Subway - order by 9:00am Tuesday

Sushi Factory- order by 9:00am Wednesday

Pita Pita - order by 9:00am Friday

Visit www.ezlunch.co.nz to order or sign up as a new account

Wātaka Calendar

  • Kanohi ki te kanohi personalised learning meetings - 2nd May 2022
  • Normal classes resume - 3rd May 2022
  • Mihi Whakatau - 5th May 2022
  • Kaimahi Staff Only Day - 12th May 2022
  • Kauhoe Swimming - 30th May - 10th June 2022
  • Kahui Ako Matariki Event - Wednesday 22nd June 2022 - 4pm
  • Matariki - Friday 24th June - school closed
  • Kanohi ki te kanohi personalised learning meetings - 8th July 2022
  • Term 2 Ends - 8th July 2022

Community Notices

Singing Stars Selwyn

Singing and piano lessons are available at Te Rōhutu Whio

Group singing - $11.50 for a 30 minute session

Individual singing - $19.50 per 30 minute private tuition

Piano lessons - $18.50 per 20 minute private tuition

For further information or registration, please contact Jacqui Soper, Singing Stars Selwyn