Newsletter LogoThursday 2nd May 2019            No. 07

Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa

Welcome to term 2 and especially to the new families that have joined our kura.

As you know Mrs Wolfgram is on sabbatical this term. We wish her well as she undertakes study around Resilience. She will be writing a paper about our school’s journey with Nga Matapono and the Zones of Regulation which we look forward to reading when she returns.

At our whakatau on Monday we welcomed Whaea Megan Prime, who is teaching in Room Nine while Mrs Lewis is on maternity leave for the remainder of this year.

We also welcomed Whaea Fiona Watts who will be covering leadership and classroom release.

We are looking forward to having them as part of the teaching team and the contributions they will make to our school.

Our learning focus this term is manaakitanga so the tamariki will be taking part in activities which develop this concept of  kindness, generosity and support.

We look forward to a fantastic term of learning, sharing, caring and supporting  one another.

 “He waka eke noa”  – we are all in this together.

Ka kite anō
Donna Walker
Acting Principal


Principal AwardsPrincipal-Award

Winners of books for the last two weeks were:

Te Kākano      Devante

Caught Being Good

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

Te Kākano: Devante    Rm 3:  Hookio

Rm 4: Johnny-Crete       Rm 5: Tyla-Mei       Rm 6: Machado

Rm 10:   Paura

Merit Certificates

Winners  for the last two weeks were:  Merit-List

Te Kākano: Dean

Rm 3: Preston

Rm 4: Jacob

Rm 5: Logan         Rm 6:   Hoki

Rm 10:   Korrie

Librarian Certificates

Our librarians receive weekly awards for their hard work. For Term One, certificates were awarded to:
– Oscar, Ahvae, Leander, Ella, Paige, Khloe and Rio

Congratulations and thank you for your hard work!

 Board of Trustees Election

Soon 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 Ngaire Olley (Returning Officer), any of the Board through the office, or Donna Walker with any questions.

Please consider whether this is something that you may wish to contribute to.

Nomination forms will be posted next week so please ensure that the office has your correct address.

Nominations open on Friday the 10th of May and close on Friday 24th of May.

Lucky Book Club

Lucky Book Club orders close Wednesday 8th May.

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.

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.

Measles Outbreak

Here is a link to information about measles:

190430 – Northland Principals – MMR Fact Sheet

Community Notices

 Huanui College Garage Sale

Saturday 11 May

7 am start

Raffles, baking, sausage sizzle, clothes, toys, furniture, + much more!

Stonewood Homes King of the Hill 6 km Fun Run/Walk

Sunday 19 May

10 am start @ Huanui College