Kawerongo Newsletter 2 2022
Te Rōhutu Whio February 2022
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.
Tūterakiwhānoa and the Rakaia
Loose Parts Play
Kaimahi Staff Only Day - Friday 11th March
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
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
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
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