Newsletter LogoThursday 14th February 2019            No. 02

Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa

Lana Wolfgram (2)

Thank you to everyone who attended Tuesday’s Meet the Teacher/Have a Go evening. There was a great turn-out of parents and whanau. The purpose of the event was to provide opportunities for relationship building. It was also an opportunity to introduce our fabulous teaching staff. There is strong evidence that good relationships between teachers and whanau have a positive impact on childrens’ engagement at school and academic achievement. Looking around at all the happy faces on Tuesday evening showed that people were enjoying the informal opportunity to meet teachers, I Have a Dream navigators and other parents. Opportunities for meeting in slightly more formal situations will come later. On 27th & 28th March there will be three-way conferences. These are fifteen- minute meetings involving parents, the student and the teacher discussing learning goals. Between now and then, we’d love to see you at school. The teachers are happy for whanau to visit the class with the tamariki before or after school.  If you have any questions or concerns, please make an appointment to meet with the teacher or a school leader.

I hope you are all enjoying the glorious warm weather. This is the first full school week of the year – there will be some tired children (and teachers) leaving school on Friday afternoon.

Ka kite anō
Lana Wolfgram



Notice of Road Closure

In the next few weeks Okaihau Place will be closed off with a locked gate as work begins on developing that part of the subdivision. That means there will be no parking area on that side of the school. Children will need to enter school at the Corks Road or Wairau Drive gates. Please take extra care with parking – vehicles parked on yellow lines are a real danger as they block the view for pedestrians. We have staff on duty supervising children crossing on Corks Road, Wairau Drive and the roundabout from 8.30 – 8.55am and 3.00 – 3.15 pm.

Parent Help Needed

If you have 15-20 minutes free to help us prepare the school lunch orders at 9am on one or more weekdays, the office staff would love to hear from you.

We are also looking for volunteers to work with the students in our Garden to Table programme on Thursdays from 9am to 1pm.

School Newsletters Online

Last year TGS made the change to an online newsletter which is published every 2nd Thursday during term. The newsletter can be found on our website A link is also posted on our Facebook page. If you would like the newsletter to be emailed directly to you and are not already in our mailing list, please let office staff know your email address.


Staff and students took part in a Ki-o-rahi workshop after school last week. 

The goal was to learn the rules and skills of the game to play in school and take part in Ki-o-rahi tournaments in our rohe.

Karawhiua mai! Bring it on!


Kanohi ki te kanohi ( face to face)

We are getting to know our class mates through playing and talking to one another.

This was our first Buddy reading with Room 10. We’re enjoying the good weather and getting to know our buddies.

Middle Team Swim Display

The middle team are holding their swimming display on Friday the 22nd of February from 11.15am until 1.00pm.

The children will show you their skills in the following activities:

  • Running
  • Dolphin dive
  • Flutter board
  • Kicking
  • Freestyle

These will be done in lengths and children are able to join in the activities they are confident to take part in.

Photos from our ‘Have A Go’ Evening

I Have A Dream

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 12                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 Carole Broughton             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

Miss Tania Carppe                  Gardener

Mrs Monique Taugasolo       Garden to Table Kitchen Specialist

Ms Teina Kake                         SWIS – social worker

Ms Tina Cooper                       RTLB – resource teacher of learning & behaviour

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

Community Notices


 To and from THE PULSE, Raumanga Valley Road Sunday 3 March 2019


Route: from The Pulse, Raumanga Valley Rd, Otaika Rd, Maunu Rd, Bank St, Kamo Rd, Station Rd, Corks Rd,

Paramount Pde, Manapouri St, Corks Rd, Kiripaka Rd, Waiatawa Rd, Mill Rd, Bank St, Tarewa Rd, Otaika Rd,

to The Pulse, Raumanga Valley Rd


The PulseKamo

Outside Four Square


Shops by roundabout

The Pulse
  9-15 am  9-25 am  9-35 am  9-55 am
10-15 am10-30 am10-40 am11-00 am
  1-15 pmReturning to above destinations


Route: from The Pulse, Raumanga Valley Rd, Otaika Rd, Maunu Rd, Bank St, Kamo Rd, Keyte St, Holmes Ave,

Otangarei Shops, William Jones Dr (anti-clockwise direction), Miro St, Jack St, Cairnfield Rd, Mains Ave, Kamo Rd,

Bank St, Tarewa Rd, Otaika Rd, Murdoch Cresc, Whaka St, to The Pulse, Raumanga Valley Rd


The PulseKeyte StreetOtangarei ShopsThe Pulse
       –  9-30 am  9-40 am  9-55 am
10-20 am10-30 am10-40 am11-00 am
  1-15 pmReturning to above destinations


 Want to help make Tikipunga an even better place to live, work and play in?

Come along to a free sausage sizzle to learn more about Whangarei District Council’s Community Led Projects programme.

Saturday 16th February  5-6.30 pm

Tikipunga Assoc. Football Club 

Any queries please contact Claire Wilson on 430 4200

Tikipunga Football Season 2019

Registrations for Midget teams (ages 4 – 8) and Junior teams (ages 9 upwards) are February 21st @ 5pm or February 28th @ 5pm.  ALL WELCOME.

Located at the Tikipunga Clubrooms at the Sports park off Reed Street.

Any queries please contact Jan Garton on 021 029 57051


Drama classes for primary and intermediate students will start on Tuesday 19 February at the Kamo War Memorial Hall, Boswell St, Kamo.  Classes run from 3.30 to 4.30, with an emphasis on clear communication, creativity, acting skills and working together.  Students will be able to take part  in the local Performing Arts competitions in August, as well as NZ Speech Board exams.  Please contact Jessie Bell for more information – or 021459048.

Here at Active Attitude (9 Commerce St) it is all about having fun while participating in physical activity! We have classes for gymnastics, tumble, trampoline, fitness, and aerobic gymnastics. We offer both recreational and competitive classes. Contact us on (09) 945 4876, or

Northland Kenpo Karate Self Defence School

Classes for 2019 begin at Maunu Primary School Hall on Tuesday 5 February 2019 at 6pm (juniors)

(and thereafter each Tuesday – excluding school holidays)

Separate classes available for primary, secondary and adult students.

Please phone 09 439 5011 or 021 567 607”