Kawerongo Newsletter 11 2022

Te Rōhutu Whio 11th July 2022

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Kia ora e te whānau!

We are super excited to be able to welcome you to our official opening of Te Rōhutu Whio which will include our Mihi Whakatau for new whānau and anyone who has not been welcomed on. This will be a very special occasion and our tamariki will be busy planning for it during the first two weeks of the term. The event will be held on Friday 5th August at 10am and due to a limit on numbers you will need to RSVP by 15th July. Every whānau at Te Rōhutu Whio is welcome to bring two members of their family. If you have been welcomed at our first Mihi Whakatau, you will sit with our tamariki who have been welcomed and if not, you will have a special place on our visitors' side and will come on with our very special guests.

We loved having so many of you at our cultural dance performance. We are so lucky at Te Rōhutu Whio to have so many countries and cultures represented and best of all, shared so that we can all enjoy celebrating together.

We are very grateful that we have been able to remain open during Covid when many schools have had to be shut. We thank you for your continued support and understanding!

Kia pai te hararei. Have a great holiday with your tamariki and we will see you on Tuesday 26th of July

Kia pai te rā. Enjoy your day.

Kate Morgan

Kaihautū Principal

Introducing our new kaiako - Olivia O'Brien

Ko Olivia O’Brien taku ingoa

No Tauwharekākaho au

He kaiako au ki Te Rōhutu Whio

Kia ora koutou!

I am Olivia O’Brien and I am very excited to be a part of the team at Te Rōhutu Whio. I have lived in Tauwharekākaho for most of my life and am looking forward to working alongside the tamariki and other kaiako at this kura.

My background is in performing arts being a dancer and choreographer and I am super excited to be able bring my love and passion for the arts to Te Rōhutu Whio. I love all things creative and look forward to moving, grooving and getting down to business!

I love spending time with my friends and whānau whether its watching sport, eating good kai or watching a good movie. I love to have a laugh and enjoy the company of the people I love.

I am really looking forward to getting to know more about our kura, our people and our community and can’t wait to get into the akomanga!

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Cultural Day

Yesterday, we celebrated the individual cultures that make up our wonderful kāinga ako learning villlage. All tamariki learnt a different cultural dance which they then performed for whānau and friends. Tamariki were also invited to share something from their own cultures. We had dances, waiata, and games to celebrate. We loved seeing the colourful cultural dress, and the wonderful diversity that makes up our school!

Ngā mihi nui to our fabulous MC, Swastik for planning the day and ensuring it ran smoothly. We are so proud of him!

Winter Sports - Years 5-8

In weeks 1-4 of term 3, our year 5-8 ākonga will be attending winter sports at Selwyn Sports Centre. We will be walking to and from the sports centre every Thursday to enjoy a variety of sports. Everyone will need to have appropriate footwear for walking, and for the sports that they have chosen. They will also need a drink bottle with water to stay hydrated, and a warm jacket in case of cold or rain.

SchooI Board Parent Election 2022

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Hangarau Technology at Te Rōhutu Whio

We're very lucky at Te Rōhutu Whio to have our Hangarau Technology hub onsite. As well as providing cool opportunities for our learners, we love hosting year 7 and 8 ākonga learners from other local kura schools.

This week sees the conclusion of our learning with the ākonga from Rolleston Primary School and West Melton. Over the term, the tamariki have been learning collaboratively in groups on personalised projects. Rolleston School ākonga worked on community-focused projects as a way of giving back to our local heroes, and the ākonga from West Melton followed a passion-based interest for their projects.

We have been super impressed with the creativity, problem-solving, and engagement of all of the tamariki and many of the final outcomes have blown us away.

Check out some of the photos below to see some of the amazing things created!

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.
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Stay well this winter!

It’s already proving to be a tough winter for our communities - as we opened the door to international travel, all those winter bugs seem to have slipped through at the same time.

Here are some top tips for staying well this winter:

Avoid getting sick:

▪ Eat well, stay active, mask-up! Keep up those healthy habits and make sure you have the best protection possible by getting vaccinated against COVID-19, measles and the flu.

▪ Washing your hands well and often, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser is one of the most effective ways to stop flu-like illnesses and tummy bugs from spreading.

If you do get unwell:

▪ Stay away from work or school.

▪ Test for COVID-19 with a RAT. Follow COVID-19 isolation guidance if you or your whānau test positive.

▪ Seek help early by phoning Healthline on 0800 611 116, 24/7.

▪ In most cases flu or a tummy bug can be safely managed at home. Call ahead before visiting your health provider, rather than visiting in person, and stay away from hospital unless it’s an emergency.

Click these links for more information on coping with flu and staying well this winter.


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 - 8th July 2022
  • Term 2 Ends - Friday 8th July 2022
  • Term 3 Begins - Monday 25th July 2022
  • Kanohi ki te kanohi personalised learning meetings - Monday 25th July 2022
  • Official Opening - Friday 5th August 2022
  • Kanohi ki te kanohi personalised learning meetings - 30th September 2022
  • Term 3 Ends - Friday 30th September 2022

Community Notices

Rolleston College Enrolments

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Pre-loved Market

From Bellies, Babies to Tweens market is for families to buy and sell pre-loved maternity, baby, kids & tweens (up to 13yrs) items all in one place. Families coming to buy can score huge savings on items needed for growing babies and kids, while families selling can earn a bit of extra cash. Families buying or selling are also doing their bit for the environment by recycling these items rather than letting them go to landfill.

Market Day: Sunday 24th July, 9am-12noon at Pioneer Stadium.

Follow us on Facebook & Instagram or email fbbtmarket@gmail.com
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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