Newsletter LogoThursday 29th November 2018            No. 20

Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa

Lana Wolfgram (2)

I hope you managed to catch one of the recent performances of the school Kapa Haka Group Ururakau Totara. They’ve had a busy programme representing the school very well at the Whangaruru Cultural Festival, wowing the oldies at a show for superannuitants at the Kamo Club and impressing everyone with their skills at the Raurimu Cultural Day. There is plenty of individual talent within the group and it is wonderful to see a real sense of unity developing. Thank you and congratulations to the tutors Whaea Casey and Whaea Ness.

I look forward to seeing everyone at our end of year prizegiving ceremony at the Tikipunga High School Auditorium on Wednesday 12th December at 10.00am. On Thursday 13th December at 2.00pm, we will have a school assembly to acknowledge some special achievements and farewell our staff who are leaving. Friends and whanau are welcome to join us.

Ka kite anō
Lana Wolfgram


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Winners of books for the last two weeks were:

Te Kakano       Zhavana

Room 3           Maddison

Room 10         Letitia

Kotahitanga   Charlotte & Aporina

Caught Being Good

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

Team Kākano:  Archer & Anahera    Rm 3:  Maddison

Rm 4: Melaia     Rm 5:  Jayden   Rm 6:  Honey

Rm 7:  Raiden   Rm 8: Storm

Team Kotahitanga: Sesharn, Aana, Tayden & Kawiti

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

Merit Certificates

Winners  for the last two weeks were:  Merit-List

Team Kākano:  Wyatt, PaiOra, Tizaeya & Norton-Reks

Rm 3:  Phu’o’ng & Kingston

Rm 4:  Carter & Romeo

Rm 5:  Mason & Moroni    Rm 6:  Adison & Escarter

Rm 7: Chance & Kiani    Rm 8:  Sovereign

Team Kotahitanga: Anahera, Chasalee, Louscion & LJ

Rm 9:  —–   Rm 10: Keyan      Rm 11: —–

Rm 12:  Leander

Ngā Mātāpona Awards 

Team Kākano:   Te Kaha, Hemi, Simeon & PaiOra

Room 3:  Zacchaeus & Naomi

Room 4:  Jahlee, Jayde, Hookio & Carter

Room 5:  Mahoe, Te Iwa, Sheldon & Paris

Room 6:  Jakobi, Honey, Rawhiti & Christian

Room 7:   Simone, Molly & Shannon

Room 8:  Harena & Jordyn  

Room 9:  —–

Room 10:  Kyrin & Arleyah

Room 11:  —–

Room 12:  Kahu & Shakaia

Team Kotahitanga: Maraea, Jordana, Kainga & Cael

Farewell Whaea Luella

Recently we received news that our long-serving Deputy Principal Luella Donaldson will be leaving us. Luella has made a great contribution to our school community and she will be missed greatly. We hope to make her last days at Totara Grove School very special.

All parents, whanau, past pupils and friends are warmly invited to join us in saying a special goodbye to Whaea Luella at an informal pot luck dinner in the Hall at 6.00pm on Monday 10th December.

End Of Year Reports

Written Progress and Achievement Reports will be sent home with the children on Thursday 13th December. Remember to ask the children to give them to you – hopefully they are all proud of their results for the year. If you have any queries about the report, please contact your child’s teacher.

Crossing the Road Before School

roadxKia ora school whanau. To keep our tamariki safe we have had staff posted at the three road crossings close to the school. We have become aware of the traffic hazards in these areas during the morning.

Each of the three staff will be at their crossing at 8:30am. We are asking for the children to arrive at these crossings after 8:30 so the adults can help them cross safely. For some this may mean leaving home a little later in the mornings. Thanks for your help.

2019 Stationery

Poster_Tile (002)Following on from the letter we sent out on Tuesday we would like to let you know that we are now partnering with Officemax to do our stationery for 2019.

All stationery is to be purchased from Officemax for the 2019 year.  If you take advantage of their special December “Say when you Pay’ offer – ideal for getting organised before Christmas – you will receive a free gift.

Here is the link for this offer –


2018-19 Summer Reading Programme Year 3, 4 & 5 Students

IMG-2134 IMG-2136An awesome turn out from our whanau. We are all ready for a summer filled with reading and fun.



Road Patrollers Fun Day

Our Year 6 road patrol students have been working hard this year ensuring that our tamariki crossing the road after school are safe. It is a big responsibility but these amazing students have dedicated their time to helping others.

swimOn the 14th of November the New Zealand Police in Whangarei put on a thank you day at the Whangarei Aquatic Pools and provided a BBQ for our road patrol students. They had so much fun swimming, playing games, soaking in the spa, bombing, sliding and meeting new people from other schools. Thank you to the Whangarei Police – we appreciate you all.

Maths Day in Ruma Waru

Ruma waru had lots of fun during our world maths day last week. From learning how to play chess, to creating our own shopping lists and making toasties with a maths twist. A great way for our r8maths r8math r8mathsstamariki to have fun with maths and see the different ways maths can be done.

Here are some student voices:

Jordyn- learning new things and having challenges was fun.

Kowhai- I liked doing chess and working with my friends.

Paiti- I liked making the toasties and trying to get the points.

Tyler- I liked cooking and dominos when me and Kymani had to count them all to see how far we could build it.

Room Ten is Spreading Some Christmas Cheer … Can you help us to help others?

r101 r10The children in Room 10 have been learning what it is to be a Rangatira.  A Rangatira is someone who is a good leader and a role model at home, in school & out in the community.

We have decided to pick an organisation to help this Christmas season by donating some food and simple homemade kids games.  We have chosen Soul Food.

We have chosen Soul Food because they are always helping kids and families in need. From Te Mana, Johniedon & Corey.

If you would like to make a donation of packaged food items to Soul Food you can send them along to Room Ten and we will happily pass them on.

A message from Matihetihe School to our Senior Syndicate Camp


Potato Fundraiser

If you are interested in growing your own potatoes this year Garden To Table are having a fundraiser.potato

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

DHB notice RE Meningococcal W Vaccination Programme – Northland

Please click on the link below to read an important communication from the Northland District Health Board.


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. Please contact Tikipunga High School and Kamo Intermediate School to organise an enrolment session.

Term Dates 2019

Term 1: 30th January – 12th April  Term 4_18_ProtienKai2

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.

Dental Recycling


Parent Support Group

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

·      Pizza

·      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.

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Community Notices


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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:       Come and join in our gymnastics based programme.

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Kidzones Holiday Programmes Opening hours for Summer.
Kamo Kidzones Only will be opening pre Christmas from the 17th to 21st December.
Kamo, Tikipunga,  & Whau Valley Kidzones will be opening 7th to 25th January.
Tikipunga Kidzones Only will be opening an extra week 24th January to 1st February.
These hours will be posted on our website. Visit our facebook page to see what awesome activities we get up 🙂
Check out our fun filled itinerary on and enrol online for an easy process.
Contact Sandra on 021 249 3308 or


The Sistema Whangarei music programme is taking new children in January 2019. The date for the new intake is 21 January.  This is the first day of our January Holiday Programme.  Because it is a progressive programme, new children need to attend this holiday programme to be able to continue with the programme.  If your child cannot make it this time, we will have another intake on July 15th of the July Holiday Programme.  If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Sam Winterton on 0274 343 967

If you have not heard of the Sistema Whangarei music programme please check our website: or our Facebook page:  SistemaWhangarei.   Or feel free to contact us.  Michelle 028 258 20770  Sam  0274 343 967    Have a great summer!

 Kohatu Childcare: Holiday programme running from 17/12/18 to 1/2/19

To register go to fun, whanau, games, water activities and more!!!