Kawerongo Newsletter 14 2022

Te Rōhutu Whio 7th September 2022

Kia ora e te whānau!

What a fun day in the snow! Our tamariki had a great time and some of them also made ice cream.

The manaakitanga (caring for ourselves and others) rotations are well under way and your tamariki have chosen their passions. So far there has been dissections, fermentation, study of habitats and live animals!

The kaimahi staff had a great time playing basketball against the tamariki children on Monday. The tamariki won 17/12 so the kaimahi will keep practising hard.

We are thrilled to have the orchard planted and can’t wait for our produce to grow. The tamariki love Whaea Vanessa’s green fingers. The strawberry plant is already growing.

Ngā mihi thank you to everyone who has voted in the Board Elections. Voting closes today (Wednesday) at 4pm. We are so appreciative to have such a great group of parents willing to stand for these governance roles for Te Rōhutu Whio. This will be a busy three years as they will see us through the next phase of our build - a two storey building .

It is amazing to think that we only have three weeks of the term left and it’s great to have Spring here! It is very topical in the media about the poor attendance in many schools. Fortunately, we continue to have great attendance and engagement. We still have a few tamariki who find it tricky to get here on time so we’d love you to encourage them out of bed so that they can start their learning at 8.30. It makes it easier for them to connect with others and begin their learning positively when they arrive on time.

It is so lovely seeing you at the gate in this lovely sunshine! Let's hope that the weather lasts. Please remember that we will have personalised learning conferences on the last day of this term and the first day of next term so remember to book into Busy Bumbles if you need to!

Kia pai te rā. Enjoy your day.

Kate Morgan

Kaihautū Principal

Ākonga v Kaiako Students vs Teachers - Basketball

It was a close game, the students won but the teachers tried their hardest. The score was 12 to 17. The teachers also played like netball - it was kinda funny! Saedyn had an awesome game scoring heaps of points. Ngā mihi nui ki a Hākui Sammy for being our manager and to our refs Karanveer and Elijah. Teachers will need to try harder next time!

Hākui Katherine - Interviewed by Sophia and Aria

WHANAUNGATANGA: each newsletter we will interview a kaimahi staff member so that you can get to know them!

Ko wai tō ingoa? What is your name?

  • Hākui Katherine. Katherine Wilson

What is your favourite thing about being at Te Rōhutu Whio?

  • Seeing our beautiful tamariki (children) shine through their own individuality! I love seeing passions grow creatively and each ākonga (learner) thriving because their wellbeing is cared for.

What do you enjoy doing on the weekend?

  • Walking my cheeky dog Arlo, cuddling my rescue cats Akira and Touka, and spending time with my wonderful whānau and friends!

What is your favourite food?

  • Hot chippies - yum!

What do you think tamariki love most about being at Te Rōhutu Whio?

  • I think our tamariki love how connected we are as one whānau (family) at Te Rōhutu Whio and the different opportunities they are involved with. Also our Te Rōhutu Whio pets - this is always a common whakawhetai (gratitude) for the animals in the Te Kiri learning space.

What is your taonga?

  • My taonga is my whānau and the special memories that we share together.

Whaea Katie - Interviewed by Aria and Sophia

WHANAUNGATANGA: each newsletter we will interview a kaimahi staff member so that you can get to know them!

Ko wai tō ingoa? What is your name?

  • Katie Talbot

What is your favourite thing about being at Te Rōhutu Whio?

  • All the fun and engaging learning about the real world! How we believe in big ideas and do our best to bring these to life!

What do you enjoy doing on the weekend?

  • Going to pottery class, exercising at spin class, learning the guitar, eating lots of cheese and learning to make pastries.

What is your favourite food?

  • CHEESE, all of the different kinds but not blue.

What do you think tamariki love most about being at Te Rōhutu Whio?

  • Our focus on hauora health and wellbeing, and how we celebrate everyone as the special person they are!

What is your taonga?

  • He taonga ōku hoa - my treasure is my friends!
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Ngā Mihi Nui Mitre 10 Mega Hornby!

We are so grateful for the support of our locals. Recently Mitre 10 Hornby donated garden tools for our students to be able to start developing our school gardens. This week Te Rōhutu Whio now has its very own orchard. We look forward to watching our labour grow into a fruitful future.

Red Zone Cats

Kia ora e te whānau,

On the afternoon of Friday 9th September, Jane Newman, the charity founder for Red Zone Cats will be coming in to speak to interested tamariki as part of our living world theme for this term. Jane Newman rescued Hākui Katherine's cats from the damaged Christchurch Cathedral 4 years ago and helped to rehabilitate them. Jane will be bringing in humane traps for us to look at and be talking to us about how she shows manaakitanga to cats by taking care of them.

For more information, check out the website: redzonecats

It is optional for your child to attend Jane Newman’s visit but if your child is interested in this opportunity, then there is an optional gold coin donation to give back to this amazing cause! Please send your gold coin to Hākui Katherine in Te Kiri at any time during the week and this will be gifted directly to Red Zone Cats on Friday.

Te Kiri Year 1-3 tamariki will be having fun at Koftball during this time!

Please feel free to email if you have any questions.


Katherine Wilson

Friends of Te Rōhutu Whio

The Friends of Te Rōhutu Whio group have set up a whānau page on Facebook for sharing information, selling second-hand uniform, managing lost property etc.. If you'd like to be part of this, please follow this link to join.

School Donations

At Te Rōhutu Whio, we operate a cash free system. All school payments and donations can be made online through myKindo. This is also available as an app on all Apple or Android devices. If you would like assistance setting this up or making payment, please see below or visit Becks in the Tari Office.


We are excited to let you know that our Kindo School shop is now open.

All your school payments can be made in one place….with your myKindo account.

This includes ezlunch, as well as personalised accounts for school donations and activity fees.

New users

New users can set up a myKindo account easily!

Click here to register & create an account. All you need is the email address the school has on file for you.

Existing users

Already have an ezlunch or myKindo account?

If you have an account, you can log in here, and use the my details page to update your details.


There are a number of ways you can choose to top-up your account, and this can be done at the checkout, or by selecting the ‘top up account’ option at any time.

POLi No fees. Instant transfer. **RECOMMENDED**

Credit/Debit Card 50 cent charge + 2.5% fee. Instant transfer.

Visa / MasterCard / American Express and China UnionPay available.

Bank Transfer No fees. Allow 2 days for processing.


There are TWO types of transactions you will be able to make using myKindo: paying personalised payment requests for your students and purchasing optional items.

Personalised payment requests will appear at the top of your screen under your student’s name. (Coming soon).

Pay the full amount by clicking ‘+’ next to the item or make a part payment, by changing the amount before clicking the ‘+’ (if available).

There are also the Kindo shop/optional items.

Click on your child’s initial next to an optional item to add to your cart.

Once you have made all your purchases click on the Checkout option to complete your transaction.

If you have sufficient funds, then simply click Place Order at the checkout and you’re done!

If you have insufficient funds, you will be able to top-up before completing your purchase.

Your order will automatically go through to the school, or lunch supplier, and you will receive an email receipt confirming your top-up and/or purchase!

mykindo App

mykindo app is also available to download for both android and iPhone.

Need assistance? Our Kindo helpdesk is open 8am to 4pm weekdays.

Freephone: 0508 4 KINDO (0508 454 636) Email: hello@mykindo.co.nz

Online support: support.mykindo.co.nz


We have had an increase in the number of missing uniform items and those found without a name. Please ensure you are naming all uniform items, so we can return these to the right owner. We also encourage you to check the items you have at home and kindly ask you to return any that may have been taken home in error.


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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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 - 30th September 2022
  • Term 3 Ends - Friday 30th September 2022

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