Newsletter LogoThursday 26th July 2018            No. 12

Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa

Lana Wolfgram (2)

Welcome back to a fresh new school term. Special greetings to our new students and their families – we are delighted to welcome you into our school whanau.

Recently we received news that our long-serving Assistant Principal and SENCO Jody Barrell will be leaving us. We are very sad to be losing Jody with her many varied talents and love for the children. She has made a huge contribution to our school community and she will be missed greatly. We hope to make her last days at Totara Grove School very special. See below for information about farewell events.

There is a NZ wide teacher strike planned for 15th August. We will let you know as soon as this has been confirmed. School will be closed for the duration of the strike.There will be no supervision of children or After School Care on that day.

Three-way Conferences will be taking place next week. Hopefully you have made appointments to meet with your children and their teachers next Wednesday or Thursday 1-2 August to discuss their learning. There are still spaces available – please contact the school office to set up a time.

School will end at 1.00pm on those two days to allow time for interviews with all students. There will be After School Care from 1.00pm on those two days for those children who already attend.

Ka kite anō
Lana Wolfgram


Principal AwardsPrincipal-Award

Winners of books for the last two weeks were:

Room 6          Shekairis

Te Kakano     Naomi

Room 9          Paige

Kotahitanga  Dennis

Caught Being Good

Winners of books for the last two weeks were:   caught being good

Team Kākano:   Shivika & Hero    Rm 3:  Laycee

Rm 4:  Rainy    Rm 5:  Sheldon        Rm 6:  Ezekiel

Rm 7: —–     Rm 8:  —–

Team Kotahitanga:  Tayden

Rm 9: —–     Rm 10: Brianna  Rm 11:      Rm 12: Kaden

Merit Certificates

Winners  for the last two weeks were:   Merit-List

Team Kākano:  Mason, Niveaya, Maddison & Maika

Rm 3: Te Mauri & Aaliyah       Rm 4:  Kaya-Cruz

Rm 5: Dynahlee & Drake      Rm 6: Heeniriria

Rm 7:  Jacob    Rm 8: —–

Team Kotahitanga:  Alexis and James

Rm 9:  Kolya        Rm 10:   Jah-Hara       Rm 11: —–

Rm 12:  Orion

Ngā Mātāpona Awards 

Team Kākano: Tynneal, Nasiah-Jay, Mason & Te Ararina

Room 3:   Malachi & Te Mauri    

Room 4:    Kaya-Cruz, Jahlee, Hookio & Manu

Room 5:    Brooklyn, Hine, Keylow & Moroni

Room 6:    Natalya & Lincoln        

Room 7:    Temiha & Khavell

Room 8:   Jordyn & Acacia

Room 9:    Ella  

Room 10:  Liam

Room 11:   —–

Room 12:   Marley & Diesel   

Team Kotahitanga:  Asher & Alizae

Netball: Players of the DaySport Nutrition Week (7)

30th June    Kereru: Rainy      Kea: Ella    Kiwi: Shya       Tui: Jayantha    Kakapo: Hauai


Three Way Conferencing

Notices will be sent home on Monday confirming appointment times for Three-Way Conferencing.

These will be taking place on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd August (and Tuesday 31st July for Kotahitanga only).

School will be closing at 1pm on the Wednesday & Thursday. There will be no school lunches available on these days. After school care will start at 1pm for those children who usually attend.

Teacher Strike 15th August

At this stage it is not confirmed if it will be for a half day or a full day. We will let you know as soon as this has been confirmed. School will be closed for the duration of the strike.There will be no supervision of children or After School Care on that day.

Farewells for Whaea Jody 16th August:

All parents, whanau, past pupils and friends are warmly invited to join us in saying a special goodbye to Whaea Jody at one or both of our planned events.

Thursday 16th August will be Jody’s last day and her farewells will be held on that day.

  • A  farewell Assembly for all the children to say goodbye to Jody at 11.50am.
  • An informal pot luck dinner in the Hall 5.30-7.30pm

IHAD Making the Dream Possible

A reminder about the community evening with a presentation by Eric Rush – Thursday 26 July 6-8.30pm Tikipunga High School Auditorium. Free Entry

Tahi Kaitiaki Planting Day 2018 Sand dune planting project

Totara Grove School were invited by “Tahi” to participate in their sand dune planting project.  They have offered 100 meters of their beautiful sand dune to be restored and planted with existing species pertaining to their sand dune health. Tamariki from our Senior School Whanau were chosen to participate in a kaitiaki planting project at Pataua North.  Through classroom inquiry based on Manaakitanga and the tikanga behind being a Kaitiaki, This project allowed the opportunity for our school to participate in one full days planting with a follow up planting day each year.  This gives our tamariki the responsibility of caring for their area and the opportunity to see the growth of their work while learning about our coastal ecosystem.  It was a very productive day of planting. Our tupu tahi and team work were definitely out to play for an enjoyable day for all.

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Family Fundraiser Portraits

On Saturday 18th August we will be holding a family portrait session. The cost of these is $20 and for this you receive a free gift of an 8” x 10” professional quality print.

As a bonus, if you place on order for more photos you will receive another 8” x 10” free. Each sitting takes around 30 minutes and they typically shoot 4 – 6 different groupings and/or poses.

If you are interested in one of these portraits or know of anyone who may like to make a booking, please contact Ngaire at school 09 4350019 or email

If we fill up Saturday we will be able to book out Sunday 19th August as well.

Parent Support Group


Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and every second Friday



·       Mince Pie

·       Mince & Cheese Pie

·       Potato Topped Pie

·      Pizza






Available every dayFlavoured Milk$2.00
Available Tuesday onlySushi (4 pieces)$4.80
Please put your Child/ren’s Name, Room Number, their order and the amount of the order in an envelope and place it in the slot at the school office

Bringing valuables to school

Children are not allowed to bring toys or valuable items to school and if they do, they do so at their own risk. If for any reason a child needs to bring something special, they can hand it into the office in the morning and collect it at the end of the day.

Protein Bars for sale

Please click on the link for information on flavours and pricing.

Orders and payment can be made at the school office.

protein bars

Community Notices

TIKIPUNGA HIGH SCHOOL OPEN DAY (For prospective and existing students and their whanau)

Wednesday 22nd August 2018 9.30am – 11.00am Auditorium

Enrolling Now – Years 7-13: Auto Engineering Academy  Maori Performing Arts Academy  Digital Classes

For further details or any enquiries please phone our School Office:  (09) 437 3299  (0800) 437329

2018 Character Hunt at the Whangarei Central Library on Sunday 12 August. Come and hunt for characters old and new in the library. Be there by 1015. Children dressed up will be in to win fabulous spot prizes. Fun for the whole family.

Fun Run Flyer