Newsletter LogoThursday 25th July 2019            No. 12

Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa

It is so nice to be back at school after my sabbatical leave last term. A big thank you to Donna Walker for her great work as acting principal while I was away and also to all the staff who worked as a team to keep our great little school humming along. Knowing the school was in such capable hands meant I could focus on my research and enjoy some rest and recreation. I feel very refreshed and energised!

 My research was to learn more about building resilience to help learning. It was great having time to read and reflect at a leisurely pace and at a deeper level. There are four components of resilience  – belonging, growth mindset, self-efficacy and “grit”.

 My findings confirmed that the work we have started with Ngā Mātāpono and Zones of Regulation is a step in the right direction. To help our students build resilience, we need to go on keeping the values of whanaungatanga, manaakitanga, ako and tū rangatira at the forefront of everything we do. The report is being finalised at the moment and will be published on the school website soon.

I am looking forward to our school Matariki Festival coming up on 16th August. Thank you very much to the parents who have offered their assistance. This will be lots of fun and it provides opportunities for celebrating learning and fundraising as well.

The money raised will go towards playground improvements. We are very fortunate to have received some funding from the Potter Trust to build a scooter track and replace the Junior adventure playground. The fundraising will go towards landscaping the grounds around these and to re-develop the sandpit area.

Ka kite anō
Lana Wolfgram


Principal AwardsPrincipal-Award

Winners of books for the last two weeks were:

Rm 8      Iona

Caught Being Good

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

Rm 7: Kowhai   Rm 8: Zacchaeus

Rm 10: Keyan

Merit Certificates

Winners for the last two weeks were:  Merit-List

Rm 7:  Codie     Rm 8: Macey

Rm 10:  Paura

Ngā Mātāpono Awards

Rm 8: Jillian & Hine

Three Way Conferences

 Teacher-student-parent conferences will be held in Week 3 on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th August. Children will go home at 1.00pm on both days and conference times will be between 1.30pm and 6.00pm. Children who attend Kidzone After-School Care will be supervised by support staff between 1.00pm and 3.00pm.

A separate notice for booking conference times is being sent home today (25th July). Please send these back promptly or phone the school office to make an appointment.


Congratulations to our football team who came second in the recent IHAD football tournament and to the ripper rugby team who have made it through to the finals of the Northland Championships.

Tikipunga High School Visit

Next Wednesday 31st July all Year 6 students will be going to an Open Day at Tikipunga High School. They will be travelling by bus, leaving TGS at 9:15am and returning at 11am.

Matariki Food and Entertainment Festival

A request for parent help was sent home yesterday. Thank you to those who have already put their hands up. We are very short of volunteers at the moment so please let us know if you can help in any way.

The children have started taking home the raffle books for the fundraising raffles. Prizes include a wheelbarrow full of groceries, a family trip to the Poor Knights with Dive Tutukaka, an Auckland Zoo family pass, a coffee table from Mike’s Woodshop, a Sport Northland Fun Run pack and 5 gift boxes filled with donations from generous local businesses.

Please look through the list and show your appreciation of their support by using them for any purchases you may be making.

We are still needing grocery donations for the wheelbarrow. All families who donate goods will be put in the draw for a Family Pass to the Aquatic Centre.

Donations and Sponsorship received from:-

Dive Tutukaka!               Ritchies Buses        Pak n Save

Mitre 10        Mike’s Woodshop        Northcloud

Sport Northland        Orrs Pharmacy        Griffiths & Associates

Alsco        Auckland Zoo        Bunnings        New World Regent

Event Cinemas        Industrial First Aid Supplies

Kamo Village Florist        McDonalds Kamo        Countdown Okara

Mini Glowlf        Whangarei Aquatic Centre        The Butcher Shoppe

Reduced To Clear        Repco        Smiths Sports Shoes

Storytime        Wheelers Books        Totara Cafe

Kamo Pharmacy        Arthurs Emporium        Airmaster

Public Health Nurses visit Junior Syndicate in Term 2

Yesterday we had a visit from the Health Nurses.  I saw a big ear and a big nose.   By Beau.

Yesterday we had a visit from the Health Nurses.  We saw a big nose and a big ear.  We saw them sneezing.     By Tayla.

Yesterday we had a visit from the Health Nurses.  We saw them blowing their noses.      By Emma.

Road Safety

Pedestrian crossing – Just a reminder that if your children walk to school, staff are supervising  the crossings in the mornings from 8:30-8:55am. Please make sure if they are walking that they come to school within these times to be kept safe crossing the busy roads.

School Car park – As we are experiencing wetter weather please be mindful of how you use the car park. Please be considerate of others and don’t park in places that cause a gridlock. There is parking up on the grass behind the swimming pool where you can wait for your children.Thank you for your co-operation.

Measles Outbreak – Important DHB Notice

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.

Community Notices