Newsletter LogoThursday 22nd August 2019            No. 14

Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa

The school office seems very quiet this week after all the hectic activity of the last few weeks leading up to Friday’s Matariki festival. What a wonderful occasion it was! Thank you very much to everyone who helped. We were very appreciative of the excellent help and support from so many parents, whanau, staff, tamariki, community members and businesses. It was a real team effort. The great news is that we raised $11,500 – what a terrific result! This will make a real difference to the playground improvements planned for later in the year. Work is due to start during the next school holidays.

The raffle will be drawn next week and the portraits that have been ordered will be available by Monday 2nd September. If you ordered a digital copy it will be emailed directly to you or, if you would like to send in a clearly named USB/memory stick with your child, we will transfer it to that for you.

Ka kite anō

Lana Wolfgram


Principal AwardsPrincipal-Award

Winners of books for the last two weeks were:

Rm 5     Beau

Caught Being Good

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

Te Kākano: Lorde      Rm 3: Devante

Rm 4: Dean          Rm 5:  Rakaea

Rm 8:  Breeze & Zacchaeus

 Merit Certificates

Winners for the last two weeks were:  Merit-List

Te Kākano: Stephen

Rm 3: Maddison

Rm 4: Monaro

Rm 5: Kaden      

Rm 8: Hine

Ngā Mātāpono Awards 

Te Kākano:  Lapa & Nikau

Rm 3:  Khale & Shivika

Rm 4:  Jadyn & Nivaeya

Rm 5:  Lucious & Nikkii  

Rm 8:  Roimata Tua, Krystle Porima, Nikki and whanau and
Lanishae Poutai (Parent helpers for Matariki Food Festival)

School Photos

Photo order forms were sent home with children on Monday. We have some spares in the office if you did not receive one.

Orders must be prepaid either at the school office with cash or online at by 4th September.

Photos will be taken on Thursday 5th September.

Cross Country

Last Thursday the inter-school cross country was held at Denby Golf Course. Once again, it was an enjoyable event organised by I Have a Dream in conjunction with the Golf Course committee. The years 4, 5 and 6 students all took part and represented our school well. Lots of our students qualified for the Whangarei championship (28th August) by placing in the top six in their age group. The years 1, 2 and 3 students will have their cross country/fun run at school on Wednesday 11th September.

Eat/Play vs Play/Eat

As a trial, starting from next week until the end of term, we plan to change the eating times at breaks. Several other schools have tried this and report that the children are more settled and more likely to eat their food. 

When the bell rings at the start of morning tea and lunch times, children will go to play for the first half hour and then have ten minutes sitting down for eating. There will also be a quick snack break for milk and fruit during the first block so it is not too long to wait for food.

If the trial proves to be successful, this will continue in Term Four.

Enrolments for Year 7

A reminder to parents of Year 6 students to make sure they are enrolled in a school for next year. The deputy principal from Kamo Intermediate will be here at school between 8.00am and 4.00pm on 5th September for enrolments.

Road Safety Education

Last week all classes had road safety lessons with Constable Steve Dawson. Children have been taught about looking out before stepping out, keeping eyes on the direction of the traffic and watching for indicator lights showing directions cars might be turning.

The Council are finally moving the pedestrian crossing away from the Paramount/Corks/Wairau Rd roundabout. Once the work is complete, we need to re-educate the children to cross at the new crossing. Please reinforce this with your children when you drop them off or pick them up. The crossing will still be supervised by an adult from 8.30-8.55am and 3.00-3.10pm.

Lucky Book Club Orders

The last day for orders for Issue 6 is Wednesday 28th August.



Donations and Sponsorship gratefullyreceived from:-

Dive Tutukaka!         Ritchies Buses        Pak n Save

Mitre 10        Mike’s Woodshop        Northcloud

Sport Northland        Orrs Pharmacy        Griffiths & Associates

Countdown Tikipunga      Fuji Xerox      Office Max

Alsco        Auckland Zoo        Bunnings        New World Regent

Event Cinemas        Industrial First Aid Supplies

Liquorland Tikipunga      Totara Parklands Development

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

10 Pin Bowling      ASB      Bin Inn Kamo      Kensington Pharmacy

Buchanan’s Pharmacy      The Cheesecake Shop      Eeny Meeny

Northland League     Scholastic Books      Taramati Chanel

Supercheap Auto      Modern Teaching Aids      Totara Cafe

Blast Distributors Ltd

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.

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.

If you are sending in an absence note with another child, please advise them to give it to the office staff.

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

Promoting Wellness in the Tikipunga Community



MONDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER 7.00PM (Helen McGregor Ph 4373656)

Whangarei Swimming Club offer Learn To Swim lessons!

For 5 years old and above on Sunday mornings, Term 4 2019. Suitable for absolute beginners through to competent swimmers. Bonus Friday nights for competition pool swimmers Term 4 2019 and Term 1 2020. Classes start Sunday October 6th. $120 per swimmer and CLM charge pool entry. If you are keen to secure a place, please call Skip on 4388222 between 5pm and 8pm any evening.