Newsletter LogoThursday 30th May 2019            No. 09

Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa

Thank you for your understanding and support for our strike yesterday. It is the first time that primary, secondary and area school teachers and principals have all been on strike together.

The response from both the local community of Tikipunga and the wider Whangarei community was amazing. From the toots of passing cars, to the waves of support, the parents and children watching the march who were clapping and holding banners – all of the support was totally appreciated.

It is about securing the future of education for all our tamariki and mokopuna. Kua tae te wa – this is the time

Congratulations to Mrs Lewis (Rm 9) and Mr Lewis (our board chairperson). They welcomed a little baby girl into their whānau last Monday. Her name is Julia Elizabeth Lewis.

Just a reminder that there is no school on Monday as it is Queen’s birthday. Hopefully this warm weather continues as we enjoy a long weekend.

Nga manaakitanga

Donna Walker
Acting Principal


Principal AwardsPrincipal-Award

Winners of books for the last two weeks were:

Rm 6    Hero

Rm 7    Molly

Caught Being Good

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

Te Kākano: Lapa & Kora-Rae    Rm 3:   Shivika x 2

Rm 4: Ayva-Lee x 2       Rm 5:  Anahera       Rm 6:   Ocean & Ryan

Rm 7:  Paige, Jordyn & Ahvae       

Merit Certificates

Winners for the last two weeks were:  Merit-List

Te Kākano:   Kymarley & Devante

Rm 3: Harlem x 2

Rm 4: Jacob & Maika

Rm 5: Rakaea   Rm 6:  Neil & Jordan

Rm 7: Corin, Xaviar & Kowhai      

Ngā Mātāpono Awards 

Te Kākano: Devante, Kora-Rae, Kason & Dean

Rm 3:   Jacob x 2, Maddison & Izealia

Rm 4:   Shkarna, Luke, Suavae & Shaani

Rm 5:   Dynahlee & Emma

Rm 6:   Tareeq, Honey, Neil & Archer

Rm 7:   Shannon, Jodeci, Hama, Dante, Kael & Paige L

Board of Trustees Election

Voting papers for the Board of Trustee elections were posted yesterday. Please vote for up to 5 candidates and either drop the voting paper (in the supplied envelope) into the office at Totara Grove School or post the envelope before noon on the 7th June 2019.  To ensure that the voting paper gets to the school on time please post early as New Zealand Post has reduced their delivery days.

2019 Chopper Appeal Mufti Day

Tomorrow (Friday 31st) is our mufti day to raise money to donate to our local helicopter rescue service.

Please dress up in your wackiest, weirdest or most fabulous outfits and bring along a gold coin donation.

Whangarei Primary Schools Sports Day

Kia ora school whanau. Next week we have the Whangarei Primary Schools Winter Sports Tournament. This will be held at Kensington Park. It goes from 10am – 2pm on Wednesday 5 June.

We will leave school at 9:15 and leave the park in the afternoon at 2:15. Children will need lunch, a water bottle and clothes to keep them warm and dry.

Children will also need gear as listed below:

Badminton: shoes, racket and shuttle.

Hockey: mouth guard, shoes and shin pads.

Netball, basketball and table tennis: shoes

We are asking for $2 per child to cover the cost of the bus.

We need adults to manage teams. This will mean making sure children are safe and respectful, getting teams ready and on time for games and looking after gear.

There will be room on the bus for everyone but you are welcome to take your own car if you like.

Room 10

More FM Kid’s It’s a Kids World Promotion in conjunction with Regent New World.

Room 10 were lucky enough to be nominated for a visit from More FM’s Flash and John and Eric Rush from Regent New World thanks to a lovely nomination by Room 10 mum Nakita Poulson.

We were all super excited to host these fabulous guests.  They kept us all entertained with their banter and stimulated a lot of discussion with their thought provoking questions to the children.  I was very proud of them all and super impressed by their answers to some of the questions.  I was certainly left pondering the profoundness of their answers.

Leadership Through League

We have had a group of senior students who are taking part in a leadership through league programme with Corey Paul. They are learning how to be a leader and how to lead others through playing and learning the skills and attitudes of being a league player. We are very lucky to have Corey supported by students from Tikipunga High School, who mentor and model the attitudes and values to our tamariki.

IHAD Football Challenge

Maka from ‘I Have A Dream’ is holding a football interschool challenge between the IHAD schools. Teams from Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6 in each school – Tikipunga, Otangarei and Totara Grove – play each other with a final being held on Tuesday the 2nd of July at Tikipunga High School. Once again the students are learning the skills, attitudes and values of being a sportsperson.

Whanau Fun Day

Last Friday we held our Whanau Fun Day.  The children enjoyed participating in a range of activities.  Each team got points for participation, sportsmanship and showing manaakitanga.

The winning house for this term was Pohutukawa.

Thank you to Mr Campbell and his team of helpers for organising this fun day for us.

Garden To Table

We have been busy in the garden and kitchen this term. The beginning of the term saw the children cooking and eating the following dishes:

Weeks 1 & 2: Potato Salad, ANZAC biscuits, & Pasta Bake

Weeks 3 & 4: Cucumber and Radish Salad, Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins and Sweet Corn Fritters

 The gardeners have been busy weeding, watering and protecting our plants with organic pest spray (see recipe below for this), planting and general maintenance.

Molasses Bug Spray: -1 Tablespoon Molasses  -1 Litre of hot water  -1 teaspoon Liquid detergent

Mix molasses with hot water. Cool the liquid. Add the liquid detergent and put in a spray bottle. Spray leaves top and bottom about once a week.

Vinegar Bug Spray: -1 Part White Vinegar (250ml)  -3 Parts Water (750ml)  -1 teaspoon ecostore liquid detergent

Mix all ingredients into spray bottle. Spray plants top and bottom to kill off grubs and bugs. Both of these are good for caterpillars on broccoli, cabbage, kale, pak choi and greens.

If you would like to pop in and see what we do, or come and help out, we would love any support.  We run these sessions on a Thursday from 9:30am – 1:10pm

Totara Tree

We  held a farewell/blessing ceremony for the totara tree with our Tupu Tahi (environmental group) and student council, Ngā Maramara  o Tōtara . Matua Wiremu lead us with himene and karakia.

On Arbour Day (June 5th) we will plant some new Totara trees as part of sustainability of these trees in our school’s future.

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 0272 4313 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 Friday the 21st of June.

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