Newsletter LogoThursday 28th March 2019            No. 05

Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa

Lana Wolfgram (2)

Like everyone else in New Zealand, we have been deeply saddened by the Christchurch terror attack. It has been wonderful to see the outpouring of aroha for the victims and their families. We showed our support with a “Colour your Day” last  Friday, with everyone wearing bright colours and observing a minute’s silence together. The tamariki were very respectful and the silence was very moving. Thank you to everyone who contributed time and money for our fundraising sausage sizzle. We raised a total of $461.00 for the Christchurch Foundation.

The event provided a relevant, authentic context for practising our lockdown procedures. We emphasised the fact that it was a practice so as not to frighten anyone. The tamariki were very co-operative in their response to the instructions.

I have been awarded sabbatical study leave for Term Two. My study topic is Resilience. The main task will be writing a paper about our school’s journey with Nga Matapono and the Zones of Regulation and also researching similar projects in other schools. After more than thirty years of teaching, I am looking forward to some time away from school bells and meetings.  Donna Walker will be the Acting Principal in my absence. Donna is a capable, experienced leader and she will be well supported by the rest of the leadership team and the staff. As always, if you have any questions or concerns please come in and see us or give us a ring.

Ka kite anō
Lana Wolfgram


Principal AwardsPrincipal-Award

Winners of books for the last two weeks were:

Room 3           Norton-Reks

Room 4           Melaia

Room 9           Sam

Caught Being Good

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

Team Kākano:  Hernandez & Lapa   Rm 3:  Delivyryance & Te Ohonga

Rm 4: Tynneal & Maika     Rm 5:  Mason & Kaden      Rm 6:   Beau & Tareeq

Rm 7:  Hama   Rm 8:  Tyler   Rm 9:   Anthony & Waimarie

Rm 10:  Arleyah

Merit Certificates

Winners  for the last two weeks were:  Merit-List

Team Kākano:   Stephen & Devante

Rm 3:  Preston & Simeon

Rm 4:   Te Ararina x 2

Rm 5:  Te Iwa & PaiOra       Rm 6:  Rawhiti & Zhavana

Rm 7:  Cornelius & Manaia   Rm 8:  Macey     Rm 9: Tyler & Manu

Rm 10:  Paura, Calaius & Kyrin

Ngā Mātāpono Awards 

Rm 7:   Paige B, Dante, Te Koha & Molly

Rm 8:   Isaac & Mahoe

Rm 9:   Christina, Oceana, Manaia-Rose & Tayo

Rm 10:  Winnie, Tyler, Brooke, Liam, Benet & Jasiah

Board of Trustees News

Kia ora whanau

In a couple of months we will be holding our three-yearly elections for the Board of Trustees. We are keen to get nominations for passionate people to help in the governance of Totara Grove School. If you or someone you know can put aside a few hours a month, please encourage them to put in a nomination.

All that you need is a passion for education, good judgement, a desire to learn, discretion and the ability to put all of our tamariki first. In return you will have a great learning opportunity and the chance to develop your governance skills and the reward of making a difference.
Please don’t hesitate to contact myself, any of the Board through the office, or Mrs Wolfgram with any questions. We will be formally calling for nominations in early May.

Ngā mihi

Bevan Lewis on behalf, Totara Grove School Board of Trustees


Lockdown Procedures

The key things for the children to know are-

-Stay calm and quiet

-Teachers will lock the doors and close blinds if possible

-Move away from windows and doors

-Listen to and follow instructions – this will depend on the situation

-Wait for the all-clear from the office

No-one is to enter or leave school until the lockdown is officially lifted. Parents will be kept informed via the school website, facebook page, emails and texts.

Duffy Role Model Assembly

The children enjoyed meeting Hayden Weal, a writer, director and actor who also works on lots of TV and film projects. Hayden was the body double and stand in for Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s hobbit trilogy, as well as starring in TV2’s Girl vs Boy.


Te Kuia Moko Exhibition

On Monday 25th March, a group of senior students went to visit the ‘Te Kuia Moko ‘ Exhibition by Artist, Harry Sangl (  Women with Moko – Moko Kauae) at the Depot Art Space Gallery,  Devonport, Auckland .

Both Whaea Vanessa and Matua Wiremu had Whaea Tupuna, Kuia  (Grandmothers) in this portrait exhibition by Harry Sangl.

The Artist, Harry Sangl, is now 97 years old and his dream was to bring the portraits of the 34 Kuia together again. He has fufilled this dream.

Harry painted the Kuia back in the 1970’s and many who he had painted were Centenarian’s and mostly from Tuhoe.

In our classes we’ve been learning about Moko Kauae (maori women with tattoo on their chin), Mataora (Maori men and full facial moko) and tamoko, the history of moko from the traditional methods through to the present and moko designs.

We’ve learnt the significance of moko kauae and mataora, the stories behind why people  choose to wear this beautiful ink on their skin.

We would like to thank Whaea Marcia from IHAD for her tautoko with this trip and putting together and capturing a beautiful video about our visit to the exhibition.

We would like to to also thank Whaea Kylie, Whaea Kay, Whaea Kayla and Nana Manu  for their whanau support on this trip. Without your support, a trip like this would not have been possible. No reira, nga mihi ki a koutou.

Our next steps and voices from the students are to continue researching about moko kauae, learn some photography skills, deisign our own moko kauae, mataora and have our own photo shoot, resembling their tupuna (ancestors) back in the day.  WATCH THIS SPACE!

He taonga tuku iho – A treasure passed down from our tupuna.

Mauri ora, Whaea Vanessa and Matua Wiremu.

Middle Team Camp

Everyone is looking forward to next week’s camp at Taurikura. Please make sure that all permission slips and money are returned as soon as possible.

Three Way Conferences 

Thank you to parents and whanau who have attended Three Way Conferences. Talking about their learning and setting goals is a very important element of successful achievement – academically and socially.

Parking Issues Reminder

We have a number of parents that are parking in the bottom car park before and after school. This is a staff car park and due to the limited parking spaces, parents are requested not to park in this area.

We also ask that you park ONLY in marked parking spaces and do not block/slow the flow of traffic, even if you are only planning to be away from your vehicle for a short time.

 Bringing Valuables To School

Children are not allowed to bring toys or valuable items to school and if they do, they do so at their own risk. If for any reason a child needs to bring something special, they can hand it into the office in the morning and collect it at the end of the day.

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.

 Dental Caravan

The dental caravan is now onsite in the school carpark. 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.

Kidzone After School Care

A reminder that After School Care is no longer run by the school. If you need to contact the After School Care staff on-site between 3.00pm and 5,30 pm the phone number is 027 260 5151.

To organise registering for Kidzone or any questions contact Sandra North on 435 3342 or 021 249 3308.

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