Thursday 31st January 2019 No. 01
Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa
Happy New Year and welcome to Totara Grove School 2019. I hope everyone enjoyed the glorious weather over the holiday period. Welcome to our new students and their families. Thank you for choosing our school; we are looking forward to getting to know you better. It was great to meet some of you at the powhiri.
There are three new teachers on the staff this year. Wiremu Hohaia is teaching a Year Five/Six class in Room Twelve, Rosina Leuluai is in Room Six with a Year One/Two class and Sandi King is in Room Four, also with a Year One/Two class. We are very pleased to welcome them to our teaching team.
Our teachers have lots of exciting learning experiences planned. Keep an eye out for class or team newsletters during the next few weeks.
Please remember we have an open door policy. Teachers are always happy to see parents before and after school. If you have any questions or concerns please make an appointment via the office to talk to your child’s teacher, the principal or a member of the Leadership Team.
We are looking forward to seeing you all at the ‘Meet-the Teacher’ Have a Go Evening on Tuesday 12th February.
Ka kite anō
TUPU TAHI – GROWING TOGETHER. STANDING STRONG. REACHING HIGH.
As we are a Sunsmart school, children are expected to wear brimmed hats when outside in the sun during summer. Each class has a set of hats which are allocated to individuals. Children are allowed to wear their own hat as long as it has a brim all the way around. Baseball-type caps are not allowed.
WE WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCING THE ‘NO HAT, NO OUTSIDE PLAY’ RULE THIS TERM.
We also encourage children to bring a water bottle to school which they can refill during the day.
We are now partnering with Officemax to do our stationery for 2019.
All stationery is to be purchased from Officemax for the 2019 year. This can be done in -store at 21 Okara Drive or online.
Here is the link for online purchases: https://www.myschool.co.nz/totaragrove
Please pay your school donations of $25 per child or $40 per family and the $10 paper levy per child directly to the school office. We also have bathing caps for $3.50 each.
Dates to Know
Monday 4th February – Breakfast Club starts: Monday-Friday 8.00-8.40am in the Hall.
Monday 11th February – Deliveries for Fruit in Schools starts. Children will need to bring their own fruit for snacks during the first two weeks.
Monday 11th February – I Have A Dream after school programmes start.
Tuesday 12th February – Meet the Teacher/Have a Go Evening 5:30pm. Details to come later.
To supplement the amazing swim programme teachers run with their classes, we will have Geoff from the WaterSafe team coming into our school. Geoff will be in on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from February 12 to March 6. We are inviting you to come along and see what is being taught. This is a great opportunity for everyone to learn how to stay safe in the water over summer.
Hello, my name is David Meredith. I have been teaching the guitar in several schools in the Whangarei area since 2006. In this time, I have helped many of my students to achieve great success locally and nationally. Learning the guitar has been proven to be beneficial for children for many different reasons. During 2019, I am offering my guitar teaching skills at Totara Grove school.
If you are interested in enrolling your child to have lessons with me, or want to find out more details, please contact me on 027 3832633, 09 4343459 or contact me at email@example.com
I look forward to hearing from you
After School Care
After School Care is no longer organised by the school, but it will still be held daily in the school hall. Sandra North from Kidzone has taken over the operation. For further information talk to the After School Care staff.
TGS Staff List
Mrs Lana Wolfgram Principal
Mrs Donna Walker Leadership Team
Mrs Maureen Toki Leadership Team Te Kakano New Entrant
Ms Vanessa Peters Leadership Team Rm 11 Year 5 & 6
Mrs Delwynne Simon Teacher Rm3 Year 1 & 2
Miss Sandi King Teacher Rm 4 Year 1 & 2
Mr Douglas Kelly Teacher Rm 5 Year 1 & 2
Miss Rosina Cowan Teacher Rm 6 Year 1 & 2
Mrs Erin Steel Teacher Rm 7 Year 5 & 6
Mrs Casey Kendall Teacher Rm 8 Year 3 & 4
Mrs Angela Lewis Teacher Rm 9 Year 3 & 4
Mrs Sharon Fryer Teacher Rm 10 Year 5 & 6
Mr Wiremu Hohaia Teacher Rm 11 Year 5 & 6
Ms Deanne Heta Teacher Kotahitanga Year 3 & 4
Mrs Sariah Tamihana Teacher Kotahitanga Year 3 & 4
Mrs Jenny Whitham Reading Recovery
Mrs Tara Hilton-Jones Part-time Teacher
Ms Serena Tipene Part-time Teacher
Mrs Ngaire Olley Executive Officer
Mrs Anna Crawford Administrator
Mr Glen Campbell Teacher Student Support
Mrs Sheryl Toi Teacher Student Support
Mrs Irene Martin Teacher Student Support
Ms Ana Hickey Teacher Student Support
Mrs Dianna Paki Teacher Student Support
Ms Susan Gent Teacher Student Support
Mrs Girlie Archer Teacher Student Support
Mrs Yvonne Clarke Teacher Student Support
Mr Grant Salmon Caretaker
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