Newsletter LogoThursday 28th February 2019            No. 03

Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa

Lana Wolfgram (2)

We have been back at school now for nearly a month with teaching and learning programmes well underway. There are a number of exciting outdoor education activities planned over the next few weeks. Please keep an eye out for separate notices giving more information about these. Please also consider coming along and joining in as a helper – we can only offer this wide range of activities if we have plenty of support with extra adult supervisors.

Most of these activities are heavily subsidised by charities, the school and Oxford Community Trust grants, but we do understand that asking for more money at this time of year puts pressure on family finances. Please talk to Ngaire Olley in the school office if you would like to set up time payments.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the senior school swimming sports on Friday 1st March – consider bringing your swimsuit and towel as the  programme ends with a Children vs Parents relay.

Ka kite anō
Lana Wolfgram


Principal AwardsPrincipal-Award

Winners of books for the last few weeks were:

Te Kākano     Ava

Room 4          Jadyn P

Te Kākano     Kora-Rae

Room 5          Krenshaw

Room 10        Sesharn

Room 7          Tamyra

Caught Being Good

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

Team Kākano:  Nikau & Kora-Rae   Rm 3: Khale & Connor

Rm 4: Payton & Kaya-Cruz      Rm 5:  Logan & River-Leigh    Rm 6: Hoki &Ocean

Rm 7: —–    Rm 8:  —–

Team Kotahitanga:  

Rm 9:      Rm 10:  Corey, Kyra x 2 & Kyrin     Rm 11: —–    Rm 12:  —–

Merit Certificates

Winners  for the last few weeks were:  Merit-List

Team Kākano:   Nikau, Zeke, Ava & Kason

Rm 3:   Shivika, Te Mauri, Jayleigh & Preston

Rm 4:   Charlie, Johnny-Crete, Tynneal & Jahlee

Rm 5:   James, Tayla, Kaden & Emma    Rm 6:   Levi, Beau, Hoki & Hero

Rm 7:   Kowhai, Dante, Shannon, Manaia & Corin   Rm 8:   

Team Kotahitanga: 

Rm 9:     Rm 10: Rio, Keyan, Tyler x 2 & Jaxon      Rm 11:

Rm 12: 

Ngā Mātāpona Awards 

Team Kākano:   

Room 3:   

Room 4:

Room 5:   

Room 6:

Room 7: Ahvae, Molly, Kael, Paige L, Codie, , Jordyn, Cael & Te Koha

Room 8: 

Room 9:  

Room 10: Tevita, Mia, Brooke, Malachi, Sam, Sybil, Harena & Asher

Room 11: Ariana & Ataahua

Room 12: 

Team Kotahitanga:

Parent Help Urgently 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.

If we do not have any parent volunteers to help with school lunches, WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CONTINUE with this service.

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

Notice of Road Closure

From next Monday (4th March), 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.

Three-Way Conferences and Reporting to parents

Three-way conferences will be held during Week Nine for parents, caregivers and students from Years 1-6 (not including New Entrants).  Children will finish school at 1.00pm on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th March and conferences will be held during the afternoon and early evening. The purpose of the three-way conference is to provide an opportunity for student, parents and the teacher to sit together and talk about the student’s learning. This approach aligns with our school-wide emphasis on encouraging children to take more ownership of their learning. The focus of these conferences will be learning progress to date and setting goals for the rest of the year.

Dental Caravan

The dental caravan will be on our school site starting from Monday 11th March. They will be here until they have completed  examinations and any follow-up work with children enrolled at this school.

The school shares the names, ages and parent contact information with the dental service. Children will automatically be called up for examinations unless records show that parents have chosen to make private arrangements for dental care.

Please call 0800 MY TEETH (69 83384) if you have any concerns.


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 also encourage children to bring a water bottle to school which they can refill during the day.

Teacher Union Meetings

The teacher’s union NZEI are still negotiating with the government to improve teachers’ pay and working conditions. The next round of action will be half-day meetings to be held on 22nd March. This is likely to mean that school will end at 12.00 noon on that day. You will be informed by way of a separate notice and a message on our Facebook page once arrangements are confirmed.

Written school reports will be sent home near the end of Terms Two and Four.

There will be another round of three-way conferences in the second week of Term Three to discuss the written report and to follow up on the goals.

A notice will be sent home closer to the time outlining the process for booking conference appointment times.

2019 Stationery

Poster_Tile (002)All stationery should now have been purchased. If you have yet purcahsed your child’s stationery, please contact Officemax in -store at 21 Okara Drive or online.

Here is the link for online purchases:

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.


swimTo 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.

Guitar Lessons

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 successdownload 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             

I look forward to hearing from you


It’s that time of the year again – WEETBIX TRY-ATHLON.  Below is some info regarding the TRY we encourage you to enter online and join the Totara Grove School team –  Link to enter:

Discount code:TD19BI Entries are currently costing $40 so with this code it will take an individual entry down to $20 (it’s a code for $20 off)

DATE Morning of Sunday, 7 April 2019

LOCATION Waitangi Grounds, Tau Henare Dr, Waitangi

ENTRY AGE Entry is open to all 7 to 15 year olds. (Based on age on event day)



7 Years: Swim 50m; Cycle 4km; Run 1.5km
8-10 Years: Swim 100m; Cycle 4km; Run 1.5km


Junior Teams of Two (7 Years): Swim 50m; Cycle 4km; Run 1.5km
Junior Teams of Two (8-10 Years): Swim 100m; Cycle 4km; Run 1.5km

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.

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 included in our mailing list, please let office staff know your email address. If you do not have internet access, please let us know and we will provide a paper copy for you.

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

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.

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”

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