Newsletter LogoThursday 11th April 2019            No. 06

Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa

Lana Wolfgram (2)

This is the last newsletter for Term One. School ends tomorrow at the usual time of 3.00pm. The school holidays last for two weeks and Term Two starts on Monday 29th April. All the public holidays for Easter and Anzac Day occur during the holidays this year.

Thank you very much to all the parents and grandparents who supported the Middle School Team Camp last week. Everyone had a wonderful time; enjoying learning and building relationships in the outdoors. The setting of the camp at Taurikura is truly a piece of paradise. Thank you also to the staff who are so willing to give up their own time to provide these extra learning opportunities.

As mentioned in the last newsletter, I will be away on sabbatical study leave next term. School business will continue as usual with Donna Walker as the Acting Principal. She is well supported by the rest of the Leadership Team and staff.

Best wishes to  Mrs Angela Lewis and Mrs Sharon Whyte who are both taking a break from teaching for the rest of the year to concentrate on the arrival of their babies, both due in mid-May. All the best to the Lewis and Whyte families for the exciting times ahead.

Wishing everyone a very Happy Easter and warm wishes for the holidays. I look forward to catching up with you all again at the start of Term Three.

Ka kite anō
Lana Wolfgram


Principal AwardsPrincipal-Award

Winners of books for the last two weeks were:

Room 10         Asher

Room 6           Levi

Caught Being Good

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

Team Kākano: Ava   Rm 3:  Jacob

Rm 4:  Te Ararina     Rm 5: Anahera      Rm 6:   Brooklyn

Rm 8: Tyler & Anthony     

Rm 10:   Harena

Merit Certificates

Winners  for the last two weeks were:  Merit-List

Team Kākano:   Kason

Rm 3: River-Lee

Rm 4: Melaia

Rm 5: Bella-Marie         Rm 6:   Adison

Rm 8: Breeze      Rm 9:  Mana

Rm 10:   Kyrin, Sam & Brooke

Ngā Mātāpono Awards 

Rm 8:   Cruize & Anahera

Rm 9:    Meao & Sharvea

Rm 10:   Benét, Jasiah, Jaxon & Arleyah

Term 2 Whakatau

There will be a whakatau to welcome new staff, students and whanau on the first day of Term Two – 29th April 10am.

Introducing our new staff members

Next term there will be a new teacher in Room Nine – Whaea Megan Prime. Megan taught at our school several years ago and we are happy to welcome her back to the Totara Grove Whanau. Megan has been in Room Nine this week, getting to know the class and helping to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Whaea Casey will be continuing her work for two days a week as an Across-schools teacher in the Kahui Ako. We are pleased that Whaea Norma Valido has agreed to continue as the Room Eight teacher for two days, providing continuity for the tamariki.

We will also have an addition to the part-time teaching staff – Whaea Fiona Watts will be covering leadership and classroom release – welcome Fiona!

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.

Gumboot Day

A great fundraising effort of $171.80. Thank you for your support of a very deserving cause.


Room 4

Last week Room 4 were busy reading The Giant’s Ice Cream and during writing time, we found some fun photos of gigantic ice creams as inspirations to create our plans, discussed wow words and got our stories started.

Afterwards, Miss King and Whaea Girlie made us all  Cookies and Cream ice cream cones!

What a fun Friday we had!


Reusable Produce Bags

These reusable produce bags  weigh approximately  10gms per bag so you’re not paying an arm and a leg to help save the environment.

They are 25cm wide 32cm long and can fit about 2.5 kg of apples.

They have a ribbon  drawstring so your produce doesn’t fall out. French sewn seams so they will last. Fold up small so you can keep them in your hand bag.

You can order these through the school office – 3 bags for $10.

New Enrolments 

The school office will be open in the holidays on Wednesday 24th April from 10am – 1pm for new enrolments.

Please bring the following documents with you:

  • child’s birth certificate/passport
  • immunisation certificate
  • pre-printed proof of address (ie. a bank statement/bill)

School Carpark

Thank you for the extra care being taken in the school driveway. Having only one carpark and driveway is placing considerable pressure on school access. This situation will continue until the road is opened in the subdivision next door – probably early next year. Please remember that there are staff supervising the road crossings on Wairau Drive and Corks Road roundabout and the top crossing between 8.30 am and 8.55am and again from 3.00pm to 3.10pm.

Once the subdivision roads are completed, a new drop-off zone will be built coming in from Okaihau Drive near the Kotahitanga classroom. The senior adventure playground will be re-located.

In the meantime, we ask for everyone to continue to be extra safety-conscious when dropping off and picking up your children.

 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.

Northland DHB Message

Message from the Northland DHB Public Health Unit.

With 28 cases of measles in Canterbury, and two new cases in Auckland, now is the perfect time to make sure your child is up to date with their immunisations against measles.

Two doses of the MMR vaccine are needed for maximum protection. If you are not sure if your child is fully immunised, check in your Well Child book, or talk to the Practice Nurse at your usual General Practice.

If your child is unimmunised, or has received only one dose of MMR, they are at higher risk of contracting measles.

Unimmunised children who are even only exposed to measles could face up to two weeks off school while they wait to see if measles develops, causing enormous disruption in families.

Those who actually contract measles fare worse, as measles is a very unpleasant illness. Make sure your child has had two MMRs. We suspect cases in Northland soon, so please don’t delay.

You can find more information on our website –

Dr. Simon Baker

BM, DipPaeds, DipObs, Dip Family Planning, MRCGP, MPH, FNZCPHM Locum Medical Officer of Health

190315 – FAQ Schools

Strep Throat Swabs

STREP A can lead to Rheumatic Fever Heart Disease if left untreated.  A throat swab is very important to identify Strep A. 

Should your child have a sore throat please take your child to see your family doctor, or to White Cross, or to the three Pharmacies listed below.  These services are all FREE (for all Northland children under 13 years of age.)A throat swab is the only way to identify “Strep A bacteria”.  Treating “Strep A” immediately, once it has been identified, to prevent further risk of Rheumatic fever heart disease.

Kensington Pharmacy09 437 37224 Kensington Road,      KensingtonMonday – Saturday

Sunday & Public Holidays

8.30am – 6pm

10.00am – 9pm


Otaika Pharmacy09 438 7835101 Otaika Road,          OtaikaMonday – Friday


8.30am – 5.30pm

9.00am – 12.30pm

Unichem Whangarei                            (White Cross)09 222 707032 Reyburn Street,        WhangareiMonday – Sunday & Public Holidays

Xmas Day

8.00am – 8.00pm

9.00am – 5.00pm

A FREE course of antibiotic treatment, must be taken every day for the full 10 days to prevent further risk of the bug developing into Rheumatic Fever.

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.

Community Notices

Tahi Estate at Pataua North will be open for self-guided walks on Easter Sunday (last one until summer). Come and explore over 800 acres of restored and rejuvenated land.
Tahi Cafe will also be open 8:30- 4:00 on Sat 20th and Sun 21st with homemade food, ice cream and coffee.
join us on facebook @tahinz @tahicafe
Pataua North Rd #1774 (cafe) and #1824 (farm) parking available at both -1.8km from the Pataua footbridge

WAGS – Whangarei Academy of Gymnastics

FULL DAY $40 8.30 AM – 4.30 PM
HALF DAY $25 8.30 AM – 12.30 PM or  12.30 – 4.30 PM

Tutukaka Surf will be running programs both weeks of the school holidays.

Learner boards and wetsuits are included each day.
Cost: $35 per day
Each day that you attend is an entry to WIN a 7’0 Platino soft board. Even more reason to go surfing with Tutukaka Surf!!!
To book now contact Tutukaka Surf at or call us on (09) 434 4135


An evening of fun with Skatescool.
Skates of all kinds and sizes to choose from, which means you will have fun whatever your age and level of skating.
Skatescool offers 25min optional training before turning off the lights.

Saturday 13th April 6pm @ Parua Bay  – join us on facebook

Friday 19th April 7pm @ Snells Beach – join us facebook
Saturday 20th April 6pm @ Ngunguru – join us facebook

Huanui College April 2019 School Holiday Programme – 1 WEEK ONLY!

Science, Agriculture, HC Masterchef, and Arts and Crafts Years 5 – 7 (approx. age 9 – 12)

9am – 3pm cost is $40 per child per day (refer to our website See our website for full programme details and booking form       328 Ngunguru Road, Glenbervie – Phone: 09-459-1930

Action Zone 

Camp is only a week away and the team are excited to be bringing you another great camp.

However, we are low on numbers for GIRLS . We would love to have a full camp so if you know your daughter, grandaughter, neice or neighbour would love to go then please register TODAY.


Sunday 14th April 12 – 5 pm at Totara Parklands Park, Wairau Drive.

In Sacred Seed, you will encounter:

  • Art made from fabric hanging in the trees, quiet spaces for contemplation and reflection, spaces for group work and healing sessions and celebration of the art of our grandmothers.