Kawerongo Newsletter 2 2022

Te Rōhutu Whio February 2022

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Kia ora e te whānau!

We are four weeks into the term and I know that you will be blown away that our ātaahua beautiful children, including the five year olds, are able to walk into our learning village by themselves. It is unbelievable how independent they have become. Tamariki are now well into routines and kaiako teachers are ensuring that in these tricky times hauora wellbeing is a priority.

Our lovely rōhutu tree was planted last Paraire Friday and can be seen from the front gate. The rōhutu tree has heart shaped leaves and represents our whakatauki: aroha ki te tangata, aroha ki te reo, aroha ki te whenua, love to the people, love to the language, love to the land. The rōhutu tree is an awesome tree for us to be named after as Māori used to make spinning tops out of it. The word ‘whio’ in our name Te Rōhutu Whio means whistling, the sound that the traditional spinning tops made.

It is fabulous to see our three provisions working seamlessly together, with our Reorua Bilingual, Auraki English and Hangarau Technology well into their programmes. Te reo Māori is spoken around 50% of the time in our reorua hub and we're aiming to get to 15% of the time in our auraki English hub. Neuroscience shows that ākonga learners have huge benefits in the way they think by being bilingual or multilingual. Learning more than one language has a big effect on children succeeding academically. We are so lucky to have at least 20 nationalities at Te Rōhutu Whio and encourage you to speak your native language at home with your tamariki. If your child brings home a reading book in English, it is fabulous if you can tell the story in your language too!

We are always thankful to you that in these tricky times of COVID restrictions, you continue to send your tamariki to school with an attitude of positivity and kindness.

E mihi ana ki a koutou thanks to you all

Kia pai te rā. Enjoy your day.

Kate Morgan

Kaihautū Principal

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Tūterakiwhānoa and the Rakaia

We have been learning the cultural narrative of our rua kirikiri sandpit. It has been designed around the pūrākau of Tūterakiwhānoa and the Rakaia. Our tamariki can now retell the pūrākau and point out the significant features in our rua kirikiri representing the geological features of our whenua land we stand on. Knowing this pūrākau has made our sandpit an even more interesting destination in our playground! We're also watching excitedly as the rest of the playgrounds are being built and we'll then learn the pūrākau of those.

Loose Parts Play

Our tamariki have really enjoyed the loose parts play during wā manaaki break times. They have been building whanaungatanga with each other, learning to share, compromise, communicate positively, take risks and be creative. It's wonderful to see their imaginations at play!

Kaimahi Staff Only Day - Friday 11th March

All of our kaimahi staff will be having a day of professional development on Friday 11th March. This means that staff will be learning together around our strategic goals.

Busy Bumbles

We are pleased to let you know that Busy Bumbles will be open onsite at Te Rōhutu Whio on Friday 11th March for a School Hours Holiday Programme day. This is to cater for parents who require childcare, as the school is closed for a Kaimahi Staff Only Day.

The session will run from 8.30am-3pm and the most exciting thing for you is that Busy Bumbles is offering this service completely free to our special Te Rōhutu Whio families. Upon making your booking, just enter the promo code FREE to remove the charges. If you have any friends who have not yet joined the Busy Bumbles whānau, this would be a great opportunity for them to join us and see what we’re all about!

Please use the following link to book:


Tamzin and Sheila, our wonderful supervisors, have planned a fantastic day, which will be filled with super-fun outdoor challenges along with a yummy food activity, as well as cool crafts, games and sports.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Kind regards - Carly Napier -Assistant Manager

www.busybumbles.co.nz/enrolling. - Ph 03 347 3031. - manager@busybumbles.co.nz

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Lunch Orders at Te Rōhutu Whio

Lunch orders are available for students 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

  • Kaimahi Staff Only Day - 11th March 2022
  • Kanohi ki te kanohi personalised learning meetings - 14th April 2022
  • Term 1 Ends - 14th April 2022
  • Term 2 Begins - 2nd May 2022
  • Kanohi ki te kanohi personalised learning meetings - 2nd May 2022

Community Notices

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Rolleston College

Rolleston College will be holding a Year 8 Welcome Morning for their 2023 cohort of Year 9 learners on Tuesday 13th December.

Year 8 learners who are enrolled to attend Rolleston College in 2023 are invited to join them in an orientation morning from 8:50am until 12noon on the day.

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