Thursday 1st November 2018 No. 18
Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa
Term Four is now well underway. Teachers have started writing end-of-year reports. These will be sent home in the last week of term. Remember to keep an eye on the Dates to Remember – there are always lots of events in Term Four.
NZEI, the primary teacher union and the government have failed to come to an agreement about improving teacher salaries and working conditions. During November there will be a week of rolling strikes, with teachers in different areas striking on different days. Northland teachers will strike for one day – Tuesday 13th November. On that day our school will not be open for instruction. There will be no supervision of children or After School Care. We acknowledge the disruption this causes and we are grateful for the support from parents. On the day there is likely to be a march through town or similar event. Anyone who supports the teachers’ claims for better pay and working conditions will be welcome to join in. We will share further information as it comes to hand.
As the streets around our school are becoming busier we want to provide adult supervision at our crossings before school as well as after school. Teaching staff are very busy with children in the mornings before school, so it is not practical to have them doing these duties. If there are any parents out there who could spare half an hour in the mornings to supervise a crossing between 8.20 and 8:50am, please let us know at the office. It could be for one or two days a week or it could be every day. We would be grateful for the assistance. Please phone the school office on 435 0019.
Ka kite anō
TUPU TAHI – GROWING TOGETHER. STANDING STRONG. REACHING HIGH.
Winners of books for the last two weeks were:
Room 3 Phu’o’ng
Room 4 Kaya-Cruz
Caught Being Good
Winners of books for the last two weeks were:
Team Kākano: Taniora, Tareeq and Hemi Rm 3: Tynan
Rm 4: Sophia & August Rm 5: Bella-Marie Rm 6: Reikura & Hero
Rm 7: —– Rm 8: Taine
Team Kotahitanga: —–
Rm 9: —– Rm 10: Brooke Rm 11: —– Rm 12: —–
Winners for the last two weeks were:
Team Kākano: Machado, Anahera x 2 & Beau
Rm 3: Nevaeh & Khale
Rm 4: Carter & Jadyn
Rm 5: Te Iwa & Kaean Rm 6: Lincoln & Levi
Rm 7: Raiden Rm 8: Hunter
Team Kotahitanga: —–
Rm 9: —– Rm 10: Sophie Rm 11: —–
Rm 12: —–
Ngā Mātāpona Awards
Team Kākano: Tizaeya & Jacob
Room 3: Connor & Shivika
Room 4: Jimmy & Melaia
Room 5: Dynalee, Tayla, Izzayah & Mason
Room 6: Tani x 2, Heeniriria & Zuriel
Room 7: Tamyra & Kaya
Room 8: —–
Room 9: —–
Room 10: Corey & Juarn
Room 11: —–
Room 12: —–
Team Kotahitanga: —–
Teacher Strike – 13th November
Our school will not be open on Tuesday 13th November. There will be no supervision of chldren and no after school care.
Please ensure you have made alternative arrangements for the care of your child/ren.
The librarians have been working hard this year to keep our library neat and tidy and running smoothly. They all have a lunchtime duty and are committed to working with all our students, playing and/or teaching games and reading stories.
They have been working hard towards achieving awards and in earning theseawards they have to go the extra mile to learn specific librarian duties.
Congratulations to all our librarians who have contributed and given their time to make the library successful this year.
Bronze Award recipients: – Arleyah – Simone – Keyan – Te Mana – Atahua – Leander – Ciana – Jaxon – Lexus – Kaden – Brianna – Shannon – Khavell – Laura – Lexi -Shayla – Kahu – Tamyra – Jayantha – Casey – Kaya – Paige – Nevaeh – Liam
Silver Award recipients: – Jo’e – Kaden – Simone – Te Mana – Kahu – Leander – Brianna – Ciana – Jayantha – Shayla – Jaxon – Shannon – Ataahua
Gold Award recipients: These 7 librarians will be going to the Council Chambers to visit the Mayor on Wednesday 7th November. – Jo’e – Te Mana – Kaden – Simone – Brianna – Kahu – Letitia
Advanced Award recipients: – Letitia – Jo’e This award is new to us this year as these two librarians had achieved Gold earlier this year and wanted to work towards their own higher goal.
Garden to Table
Term 4 has seen a busy start for the Garden To Table team.
From the Kitchen this week we had a delicious shared kai of Citrus Muffins, Spaghetti Nests and Salad of the Imagination.
From the Garden this week the team were busy watering and weeding our crops as well as planting corn and bean seeds. The children had a discussion about the crops we have growing at present and what they will be planting in the future, as well as sampling the produce that is ready now.
If you are interested in growing your own potatoes this year Garden To Table are having a fundraiser.
For $20 plus postage and packaging you get:
Your Great Potato Bag Kit contains:
- One brightly-coloured potato planter bag (30l)
- 5kg pack of seed potatoes, kindly donated by Tui Garden Products
- A ‘how to’ guide to growing your potatoes
- A potato recipe designed especially for Garden to Table by our Ambassador, chef and restauranteur Al Brown
A big shout out to our wonderful kitchen and garden specialists and also our fabulous volunteers we couldn’t run this awesome program without you. If you or anyone you know would like to help we would welcome you with open arms.
Tuakana Marae Noho ki Matihetihe, Hokianga Gratitude – Ruma 7
I am grateful for the time the parents took to make our camp happen and for the support we had for our camp. – Temiha
When reflecting on our haerenga, I am grateful to the marae and exploring Mitimiti. – Khavell
I was grateful for Whaea Casey suggesting us to go to Mitimiti and sharing her special place. – Jo’e
I am grateful for going to Mitimiti and seeing people from Mitimiti like Charlie Dunn and meeting people from Matihetihe School. – Kairo
There was a lot for us to be grateful. I am grateful that they invited us to their marae and and to their kura. I am also grateful for the delicious kai I had – especially the dessert. I am grateful for the cool down and swim. – Moana
Looking back at our time we visited Mitimiti – I am grateful for the big feast we had at each meal time and for the time we spent enjoying Mitimiti. – Laura
After our haerenga to Matihetihe, I am grateful for being there and being able to visit their school. – Simone
There were a few things I was grateful for during our noho. I was grateful for the food they gave us. I was grateful for their kura showing us manaakitanga. Te Aroha, Laura and Simone shared their tent with me and for that I am grateful. I am grateful for Simone looking out for me when I was sad and had a sore eye. – Nevaeh
I am grateful for learning about the people of Mitimiti, having supportive team members and I was grateful for the kai and how they made it everynight. – Tamyra
I am very grateful for going to Mitimiti, where my dad’s whanau come from. I am grateful for the kai, especially the pudding! My favourite was the fluffy cream on top of the chocolate pudding. – Kiani
After our haerenga to Matihetihe I am grateful for the helpers that came with us. We couldn’t have gone without them. I am also grateful for the kai that was provided because it was scrumptious. – Raiden
I am grateful for Jacob’s dad inviting me to sleep in their tent. I am grateful that dad paid for me to go on camp. I am grateful we had massive sand dunes to play on and have fun. – Chance
There were heaps of things I was grateful for on our noho: going to Mitimiti, going to Matihetihe kura, the really great magic show on the last night – it was funny and everyone laughed, going to Tane Mahuta, going to have sausages and chips for lunch in Dargaville and coming home again. – Jacob
I am grateful that our school is amazing to go on an experience like this! Matihetihe School are amazing too. They have nice students and teachers. My favourite part was the beach because the waves crashing is a relaxing sound with the best view ever! – Shannon
After our haerenga to Matihetihe my gratefulness is to my mum and step dad paying for me to go on camp. I am grateful for the delicious kai we filled our tummies with. I am grateful for Laura being my friend and looking after me when I was sad. – Molly
I am thankful for the responsibility to prepare the food for the school, our helpers, the marae and myself – the food was mouth droolingly delicious! – Kotahi
Year Seven Enrolments for 2019
There are still a number of Year Six children who are not yet enrolled in a school for next year. It is very important to get on to this as soon as possible. Staff from Tikipunga High School and Kamo Intermediate School are organising enrolment sessions at our school. Phone the office for more information.
Term Dates 2019
Term 1: 30th January – 12th April
Term 2: 29th April – 5th July
Term 3: 22nd July – 27th September
Term 4: 14th October – 13th December
Water mains replacement – Corks Road
Over the next few weeks Whangarei District Council are installing a new water main on the school side of Corks Road. This work will impact parking, drop-off space and pedestrian access. Please take extra care in this area and in the interests of safety, consider dropping children off by the Wairau Drive entrance.
Parent Support Group
|TOTARA GROVE SCHOOL LUNCHES 2018|
|Available every day|
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
|· Mince Pie|
· Mince & Cheese Pie
· Potato Topped Pie
· Flavoured Milk
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.
Whangarei Academy of Gymnastics – WAGS Holiday Programmes DEC/JAN
December Monday 17th Dec – Friday 21st Dec January Monday 14th Jan – Friday 25th Jan
Booking essential. Full day 8.30-4.30 $40 per day Half day 8.30-12.30/12.30-4.30 $25.00
Phone: 4376667Email: email@example.com Come and join in our gymnastics based programme.