Te Kura o Tihiōtonga

Otonga Primary School

FOUR WINDS NEWS - 13th December 2023


Kia ora Koutou - Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Our last Four Winds News for 2023 is one to say thank you. Thank you to our teachers and support staff for everything you have done to develop our tamariki in all areas. We have had a great deal of fun this year, fantastic learning experiences, academic progress and achievement.

We are lucky to have such amazing support from our community and we are very proud of our students. Thank you to the BOT and PTA for their continued support.

I trust that you will enjoy the festive season with your children and return safely on Tuesday 30th January 2024 after a well-deserved break.

There will be an opportunity to meet with the teachers on the 30th of January 2024 at Otonga Progress Plans (OPPs) ‘Know me before you teach me’ Meetings. Please book a time. Students only come to school at the time of the appointment on that day.

On 31st January 2024, all students to be back. Looking forward to seeing you all then.

Mr Cunliffe's Holiday Challenge

Staff for 2024

Otonga School Te Kura o Tihiōtonga is once again really fortunate to have a team of fantastic staff for 2024. We look forward to working together with each other and for our tamariki.


Whaea Aroha

Kia ora, my name is Whaea Aroha and I am so excited to be joining the Otonga School whānau next year. I am married to Josh Porteous and have two beautiful girls named Alina and Kiara. We love family walks, time at the beach and a good cafe! I look forward to meeting everyone soon.

Miss Lewthwaite

Kia ora, my name is Mairead and I am looking forward to rejoining the Otonga School whānau in the new year! I have recently moved home to Rotorua after studying in Auckland for the past three years. I spend most of my free time outside with my partner Bronson and our dogs, and we love camping, exploring and fishing. I am looking forward to meeting all your tamariki and supporting them on their learning journey!

Whaea Sarah

My name is Whaea Sarah. I grew up locally, trained at the Dunedin College of Education and have done most of my teaching in and around Rotorua. I am married to Allan and have two children, Caleb and Renee. When I am not busy following their sport and adventures, I love to run the trails in the redwoods, visit extended family or head to the beach. I'm looking forward to joining the Otonga School team.

Whaea April

Kia ora and Annyeong-haseyo! My name is Whaea April, and I'm thrilled to join the Otonga School whānau next year. Born in South Korea, I spent a decade in Singapore, immersing myself in the diverse cultures of Southeast Asia. With Rotorua being my home for the past six years I’ve embraced the unique culture and beauty of Aotearoa New Zealand. I’m looking forward to bringing my experience into the classroom and creating an engaging and inclusive space for our tamariki to thrive in.

Whaea Tracy

Kia ora, my name is Whaea Tracy, and I'm excited to become a part of the Otonga School community. My husband Craig, and I relocated to New Zealand from South Africa nearly six years ago with our two boys, Benjamin and Mathew. Our family has a deep love for the outdoors and enjoy exploring the natural beauty of New Zealand.
I look forward to sharing this learning journey with our tamariki in 2024.

Good Bye

Mrs Lynne Armstrong will be retiring after many years in education. We thank her for her dedication to the teaching profession and to Otonga School from 2006.

Mrs Sarah Barnett will be going on parental leave to have her baby. We wish her all of the best. She has done a fantastic job leading Ako Kiwi this year.

Whaea Lorraine Horder will be leaving us as a full-time teacher but coming back next year to help with teacher release. Your fantastic work this year is much appreciated.

Whaea Shannen Fisher and her partner will be leaving Rotorua for Mackay. She has done a splendid job in Room 4 with our new entrant tamariki and we hope that she comes back to us after she returns to NZ.
Kind regards
Gareth Cunliffe

Ako Kārearea End of Year Trip to the CT Club

Thank you to all the parent helpers who joined us last Thursday on our trip. You all helped to make it a memorable day, a fitting closure for the year for all our Year 5 students.

Best wishes for the New Year and summer break.

Nadine McLaughlin, Charity Bollard and Whaea Jann

2024 Pōhiri Invitation

Nau mai, haere mai e ngā whānau hou o Te Kura o Tihiōtonga i tātou pōhiri a tērā tau, 2024, a te Wenerei 31 o Hanuere, a te hauwha i te iwa karaka kei runga i te kura hōro. Our new families are welcome to attend a pōwhiri at school next year on Wednesday 31 January 2024 at 9:15am in the school hall. All are welcome!

'Know me before you teach me'

Otonga Progress Plan (OPP) Meetings

School starts back in 2024 on Tuesday 30th January. This day is our 'Know me before you teach me' Otonga Progress Plan (OPP) meetings.

Students only attend school during this fifteen minute meeting time.

Please log onto www.schoolinterviews.co.nz to make a booking to meet your child's teacher.
The event code is dp7yr

Interschool Athletics Results

Well done to the students that represented Otonga at the CBOP Interschool Athletics Competition last week. The results are as follows:
11 Year old Boys - 100m School Result
1st Samuel Chong Otonga 14.50
2nd Eason Liao Otonga 14.66

11 Year old Boys - Long Jump School Result
1st Eason Liao Otonga 3.84

11 Year old Girls - Long Jump School
1st Riley Vedder Otonga 3.94
11 Year old Boys - 400m School Result
New Record Holder 2023
1st Marcus Ryan Otonga 1.06.38

11 Year old Boys – 200m School Result
1st Marcus Ryan Otonga 29.03

11 Year old Boys - Discus School Result
New Record Holder 2023
1st Marcus Ryan Otonga 31.43
11 Year old Girls - Shot Put School Result
3rd Bailee Tauiliili Pelesasa Otonga 7.21

11 Year old Girls - Discus School Result
3rd Bailee Tauiliili Pelesasa Otonga 15.48

Junior Girls – 800m School Result
3rd Carissa Billing Otonga 3.09.37

10 Year old Boys - Long Jump School Result
New Record Holder 2023
1st Dylan Naude Otonga 4.43
10 Year old Boys - 100m School Result
1st Dylan Naude Otonga 14.30

10 Year old Boys – 200m School Result
2nd Dylan Naude Otonga 31.36
3rd Carter Smith Otonga 32.09

11 Year old Girls - 400m School Result
2nd Ava Fiske Otonga 1.13.01

11 Year old Girls - High Jump School Result
2nd Riley Vedder Otonga 1.23
10 Year old Boys - High Jump School Result
New Record Holder 2023
1st Carter Smith Otonga 1.32

10 Year old Boys - 400m School Result
2nd Carter Smith Otonga 1.17.78

10 Year old Girls - High Jump School Result
2nd Yasmin Henderson Otonga 1.23

10 Year old Boys - Discus School Result
1st Kyser-James Kiore Turner Otonga 18.12
10 Year old Boys - Shot Put School Result
3rd Kyser-James Kiore-Turner Otonga 7.86

10 Year old Girls - Shot Put School Result
1st Kiriana Le Compte-Hepburn Otonga 7.33

10 Year old Girls - Discus School Result
2nd Kiriana le Compte-Hepburn Otonga 15.97

9 Year old Boys - Discus School Result
New Record Holder 2023
1st Alexander Hazeldine Otonga 24.86
9 Year old Boys – Shot Put School Result
3rd Alexander Hazeldine Otonga 7.89

9 Year old Boys – 200m School Result
1st Robert McMurdo Otonga 33.09

9 Year old Girls - High Jump School Result
2nd Olivia Newald Otonga 1.13


Annual Stocktake and Return of Library Books

Thank you everyone for the great response to return Library books, the outstanding books have now reduced to 32! There is an amnesty in place so during the summer holiday please check at home for any School Library books or Readers that may be lying around (they will have an 'Otonga School' stamp inside) and the library books will have a barcode on the back cover. We would love to see them back at school at the beginning of Term 1, 2024!

Summer Reading Challenge Information Pack

This was circulated to classrooms last week so please ask your child for their Summer Reading Pack and encourage lots of reading during the holidays.

The Rotorua Public Library has a great Summer Reading Programme for children. Details are on the Parent/Caregiver hand-out sheet that is included in the pack. Click on the link: Children - Rotorua Library, Te Aka Mauri
Thank you all again for your support during the year and best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season.

Mrs Pauline Atkinson, Library Manager

Otonga Librarian's for 2023

Otonga School Traffic Safety Team 2023


We are very happy to offer our parents the option to buy school stationery for 2024 from Office Max as well as Office Products Depot. You can order your child's 'Back to School' stationery online via OfficeMax and Office Products Depot, or if you would prefer you can shop in-store at Office Products Depot which is located at 8 Old Taupo Road. For more details on how to order please refer to the below flyers from both suppliers. We encourage you to order early to ensure your child has all their stationery requirements ready to go in plenty of time for the start of Term 1 next year.
Please find our stationery info on our school website:
Stationery - Otonga Road Primary School


A casual vacancy has occurred on the school board for an elected parent representative.

The board has decided to fill the vacancy by selection.

If 10% or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held.

Request for a by-election should be sent to: Werner Naude
Presiding Member (Chair)
Otonga Road School Board of Trustees
105 Otonga Road
Rotorua 3015

by: 9th January 2024

Important Message from KINDO

Is your student leaving or changing school?
A few important steps if your student is leaving or changing schools next year:
Find out if your new school is using Kindo: Ask the school directly or go to “My Details” in myKindo and click on the list of schools to see if your new school is listed.
If your new school IS using Kindo: Simply click on the new school from the list in “My Details” of your Kindo account and you’ll be attached to the new school’s menu. Any balance on your Kindo account will remain available to spend with the new school. If you have personalised accounts on your myKindo portal, there may be a slight delay as the schools switch records over.
If your new school is NOT using Kindo, or your student is leaving school: You may need to close your account. If you have another student starting within the next 14 months you may keep it open. To close your account, follow these steps:
  1. Please stop any regular automatic payments now.
  2. Use the “Close Account” button within the “My Details” page on myKindo. You can either withdraw your account balance or choose to donate your balance to the school. Please note that all withdrawals will be made via electronic payment to your New Zealand bank account. Kindo is unable to process cash withdrawals.
If you want to withdraw your Kindo account balance, or make a donation that exceeds Kindo’s threshold of $10,000 total per year, Kindo will need to undertake some identity checks on you to comply with its obligations under the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Countering Financing of Terrorism (CFT) Act 2009.

Please action the withdrawal or donation in your Kindo account as outlined above and if these AML checks are necessary Kindo will advise of the next steps required in this regard. Kindo has endeavoured to make this process as pain-free as possible and appreciates your patience. More information is available here.

Term 4 Diary

(Please note: dates/events may be added or changed without prior notice)
13 Dec Last Day of Term 4 – School closes at 3pm

New Entrant – Cohort Start Dates 2023

TERM 4 Cohort 8: Term 1, 2024

Term Dates 2024

TERM 1: Tue 30th January - Fri 12th April
Tues 30th January - OPP ‘Know me before you Teach me’ Meetings Day
Wed 31st January - All students back
(Waitangi Day - Tues 6th February)
(Good Friday – Fri 29th March)
(Easter - Monday 1st April)
(Easter - Tuesday 2nd April)

TERM 2: Mon 29th April – Fri 5th July
(Teacher Only Day - TOD) – Mon 27th May)
(King’s Birthday - Mon 3rd June)
(Matariki - Fri 28th June)

TERM 3: Mon 22nd July – Fri 27th September

TERM 4: Mon 14th October – Fri 13th December (TBC)
(Labour Day – Mon 28th October)


Do the kids fancy themselves as the next Tom Abercrombie? Take them along to a BNZ Breakers game and show them the best of New Zealand basketball.
There are 8 home games remaining in Auckland this season and every game will have epic basketball and entertainment for the whole family. Mark your calendar and get behind the BNZ Breakers. Tickets on sale now at www.ticketmaster.co.nz
2024 Holiday Mathematics Program - One to one
Session One: January 8th – 11th
Session Two: January 15th – 18th
Introduce the refreshed NZ Mathematics curriculum for junior students and enhance student’s confidence in Mathematics for the upcoming school year.
For further details, contact Ann via email at bwan2088@gmail.com.
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