Newsletter LogoThursday 16th May 2019            No. 08

Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa

Thank you for your understanding and support for our union meeting last Friday. We appreciate the support as we continue to try and reach a settlement to improve teachers’ pay and working conditions.

As you may have heard in the media, the primary teachers’ union (NZEI Te Riu Roa) and the secondary teachers union ( NZPPTA) are taking combined strike action on Wednesday the 29th of May.

We will send home a reminder closer to the time and post a message on our Facebook page.

Next Friday the 24th of May between 12 pm -1 pm we are holding a Whanau Fun Day. The children will be taking part in range of fun activities such as egg and spoon races, water sponge races and eggs in a basket. The children participate in mixed age teams . Feel free to pop in to see what is happening in our kura.

Nga manaakitanga

Donna Walker
Acting Principal


Principal AwardsPrincipal-Award

Winners of books for the last two weeks were:

Rm 3      Phu’o’ng

Rm 7      Shannon

Caught Being Good

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

Te Kākano: Dean     Rm 3:   Jacob

Rm 4:   Tizaeya      Rm 5: Tayla       Rm 6:  Honey

Rm 7:   Manaia      Rm 10:  Arleyah

Merit Certificates

Winners for the last two weeks were:  Merit-List

Te Kākano:  Kason

Rm 3:  Izealia

Rm 4:  Tynneal

Rm 5:  Beau  Rm 6:  Ryan

Rm 7: Xaviar     Rm 10: Liam

Ngā Mātāpono Awards 

Te Kākano:  Ava & Nikau

Rm 3:  Shivika & Norton-Reks

Rm 4:  Melaia & Hemi

Rm 5:  Emma & Anahera

Rm 6:  Beau & Adison

Rm 7:  Akaysha & Hunter

Rm 10:  Sybil & Jaxon

  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 have been posted and they will close on Friday 24th of May at 12pm.

Tupu Tahi Fundraiser 

Our Tupu Tahi group will be selling Juicies on Friday 24th of May to raise funds for projects they are working on around our school.

They are developing 2 gardens so would like to purchase plants and pebbles to put in them.

Order forms will come home with the children next Thursday.

Totara Tree

We have a Totara tree within our school grounds that, for health and safety reasons, needs to be removed. We will hold a farewell/blessing ceremony for this tree with our Tupu Tahi (environmental group) and student council before it is removed. We have also asked that branches from this tree be saved for each class and made into rakau for stick games and tokotoko for speakers as they stand on the taumata. On Arbor Day (June 5th), we will plant some new totara trees as we consider the sustainability of these trees as a valuable part of our school’s future.

Student Council

We have renamed the student council ‘Ngā Maramara o Tōtara’ (meaning chips off the old block – Totara tree) to reflect our school heritage.

School Communication

Just a reminder that the school newsletter comes out every second Thursday so please be watching for it. It is available for viewing on the school website and Facebook page. If you would like it emailed directly to you, please advise the office of your email adress.

Also please remember to check  bookbags for notices – we don’t want people missing out on upcoming events and activities.

Reporting student absences

We are now sending daily texts or emails to parents of students who have not advised us why their child/ren are absent that day.

Please advise us of any absences before 9.30am each day by calling the office on 4350019, texting 021 02724313 or using the ‘report an absence’ option on our website

Students and Cellphones

Cell phones should be kept at home, however if they do come to school they must be handed in to the office or to the class teacher for safe keeping.

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.

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