Newsletter LogoThursday 6th September 2018            No. 15

Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa

Lana Wolfgram (2)

Wasn’t it great to see lovely photos in the newspaper of our tamariki competing in the Cross Country championship? I am pleased to share that we have received many compliments about the great skills and attitudes of our tamariki and the design of our lovely new sports T-shirts. They certainly stand out!

The Board of Trustees is still in the process of negotiating with the Ministry of Education about upgrading the school carpark and drop-off zone.There are a few different options on the table at the moment. Board members are keen to ensure that the new design will be part of an overall beautification plan for our school grounds, including upgrading the Junior Adventure Playground. A meeting will be held in the school hall on Tuesday 18th September at 6.30pm to discuss initial plans and give everyone an opportunity to contribute ideas towards the development of a concept plan for the school grounds. Please come along and have your say.

Ka kite anō
Lana Wolfgram


Principal AwardsPrincipal-Award

Winners of books for the last two weeks were:

Te Kākano    Tayla

Room 3         Naomi

Room 12       Emme

Room 7         Jo’e

Caught Being Good

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

Team Kākano:  Sinaraa & Maddison       Rm 3:  Tynan & Drake

Rm 4: —–    Rm 5: Te Mauri         Rm 6:  Jahlee

Rm 7: Codie   Rm 8: —–

Team Kotahitanga: —–

Rm 9: —–     Rm 10: —–    Rm 11:  —–   Rm 12:  Jayantha

Merit Certificates

Winners  for the last two weeks were:   Merit-List

Team Kākano: Connor, Machado, Melaia & James

Rm 3:  Phu’o’ng, Tukaha & Malachi 

Rm 4:  Kaya Cruz, Waimarie & Margaret

Rm 5: Izzayah & Jayden      Rm 6:  Zuriel & Heeniriria

Rm 7:  Kiani & Kairo   Rm 8: Sovereign & Harena

Team Kotahitanga: Marnu & Aliyah

Rm 9:  —–         Rm 10:  Sophie        Rm 11: —–

Rm 12: Se’Lah & Corrine

Ngā Mātāpona Awards 

Team Kākano:  Shkarna, Te Iwa, Tareeq & Dani

Room 3: Aaliyah, Jayleigh x 2 & Furryo

Room 4:  Sophia, Jedidiah, Jayde & Jadyn

Room 5:  Brooke, Phoenix, Tyla Mei & Alice

Room 6: Levi, Hero, Escarter & Taiatea

Room 7:  Jo’e, Jacob, Moana & Ciana

Room 8: Sovereign, Dawn, Storm & Kowhai

Room 9: —–

Room 10: Chantelle & Brianna

Room 11: Paytum & Levi   

Room 12: Lexi, Leander, Harlem & Tyler

Team Kotahitanga: Lyric & Jai

Board of Trustees’ Election – Declaration of Staff Election Results

At the close of nominations, as there was only one valid nomination received I hereby declare the following duly elected:

Erin Steel

Ngaire Olley     Returning Officer

Disco – Tomorrow night


Senior School Fundraiser Disco for Marae Noho
Reminder to senior school whanau: we would like to have helpers on the night, to ensure a successful and enjoyable experience for all. Please make contact with your child’s teacher.
Nga Mihi Senior School Whanau


It has been a very successful netball season but unfortunately it has come to an end. We had a great turn out for the netball prize giving acknowledging everyone’s achievements.

Congratulations to every single netballer who has participated and given their best for their team as well as themselves. This is a huge accomplishment in itself and they should all be very proud of themselves. Thanks again to the very supportive netball whanau, coaches and managers who gave their time and encouragement to their teams. All this combined has made the 2018 season both memorable for everyone.

A special mention has to be given to Team Kakapo as they were the overall winners for their section making them the top team for their grade. Congratulations to these girls!!

Team KeaTeam TuiTeam KiwiTeam Kakapo
Player of the YearTe Moana Poutai-WattsJaxon Dalton SteelAtaahua Poutai-WattsKiatoa Simon
Sportsmanship of the YearCharlotte LewisTamyra MahangaShya Heta-GibbonsHauai King
Most Improved of the YearKauri TaneLexi GentKowhai KirkOcean Edwards-Tamati
Personality of the YearArleyah Radovanovich

InterSchool Cross Country

Term 3 Label Reading (7)

We were lucky with the weather at Barge Park. The sun was out all morning. There had been lots of rain the night before so the course was very wet and slippery. It was wonderful to see whanau at the park supporting the children. Well done.

Listed below are the children who have qualified to compete at the Northland Primary Schools Cross Country Championships 19th September at Barge Park.

Whangarei Primary Schools Cross Country 2018 Results:

9 Year Girls10 Year Boys10 Year Girls
1. Mia R1112. Tamatoa R1113. Paytum R11
2. Kiatoa R11

Congratulations Totara Grove athletes!

I Have A Dream Inter School Sports- 5th September

Totara Grove were hosted by Otangarei Kura for a nine aside game of football yesterday.

The students had a great time. Thanks to the IHAD staff  who collected our team from school and took them down to Otangarei School.

Each half was twenty minutes. We had a great result: 7 – 3.

Our hosts put on a sausage sizzle for all the players. We look forward to continuing sports with other IHAD schools.

Thank you to Mr and Mrs Wolfgram for their support and the IHAD staff especially Matua Piripi.

Dental Recycling


KidsCan Fundraising Day – #CrazyForKidsCan

Thank you to everyone who donated. We raised $140 for Kids Can.

Wig Wednesday

Thank you to everyone who donated. We raised $66.50 for the Child Cancer Foundation.

Garden To Table

IMG_6731A mighty Big Thank You to Iain and the team at Warehouse Whangarei for their kind sponsorship of plants and gardening materials.  With this help we will now have enough crops to plant which will be ready for our kitchen sessions in term 4. We are all very excited about getting stuck in and planting the seedlings and will enjoy turning this food into delicious, nutritious kai next term.

2019 Year 7 enrolments for Kamo High School & Tikipunga High School

The Year Six students have visited both Kamo Intermediate School and Tikipunga High School as part of the transition process from primary school to the next step in their education journey. Now it is time for families to decide on a school for next year. Enrolment forms for these two schools have been sent home with the tamariki. They can be returned to our school office and we will pass them on. Please try to have this process completed before the start of Term Four so we can work with the other schools on positive transitioning.

I Have A Dream Newsletter

Here is the link to the latest newsletter from IHAD:

IHAD Newsletter August 2018

Parent Support Group



·       Mince Pie

·       Mince & Cheese Pie

·       Potato Topped Pie

·      Pizza






Available every dayFlavoured Milk$2.00
We are no longer able to offer sushi as a lunch option.
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


Football at Toll Stadium 

Three teams from Tikipunga are playing in finals football. Two men’s teams on Saturday and then the Premier women on Sunday. Whaea Erin is playing.


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

CITYLINK/SNAPPER SMARTCARDS – Make sure you use any credit before the end of term!

Changes to the CityLink bus ticket system mean existing Snapper cards – and all credit on them – must be used by the end of Term 3( Friday 28 September).

Snapper cards will no longer work from Monday 01 October and unused credit can’t be refunded.

From October, CityLink fares will be cheaper (and cash only) until a new smartcard system is introduced early next year.

Interim fares will be $2 adult and $1 child/high school student in uniform or with secondary school ID. (Please note, no uniform or ID,  no $1 fare)

More information – including updated timetables, new and improved routes and other changes  – will be available shortly on buses and the CityLink website


From Monday 1st OCT – Friday 5th OCT  Monday 8th OCT – Friday 12th OCT

Full day 8.30-4.30 $40.00 Half day $25.00   Come and join in the gymnastics based Fun.   Ph 4376667 or email

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