Newsletter LogoThursday 5th September 2019            No. 15

Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa

I hope you are all managing to stay warm and dry in this unsettled spring weather. The wet conditions make our roads more dangerous than usual. Please look out for the tamariki. The pedestrian crossing at the roundabout has been moved to a safer position. If the crossing is on the way for your children, please reinforce to them that they must use the new crossing. We have staff supervising this crossing in the mornings 8.30-8.55am, and in the afternoons 3.00-3.15pm.

Thank you for your patience if you ordered portraits. This was a new initiative that started small and quickly became very big! 

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Year 1-3 Fun Run on Wednesday. Here’s hoping for an improvement in the weather! 

Ka kite anō

Lana Wolfgram


Principal AwardsPrincipal-Award

Winners of books for the last two weeks were:

Te Kākano      Lily

Rm 3                Hookio

Rm 8                Zacchaeus

Caught Being Good

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

Te Kākano: Jaxon & Lorde      Rm 3: Dymond & River-Lee

Rm 4:  Sabian & Luke         Rm 5:   Wyatt     Rm 6:  Jordan & Neil

Rm 7: Tamyra     Rm 8:   Hine

Rm 10: Sam & Liam

 Merit Certificates

Winners for the last two weeks were:  Merit-List

Te Kākano:   Chase & Jeconiah

Rm 3:   Jayleigh & Phu’o’ng

Rm 4:  Te Ararina & Shkarna

Rm 5:  PaiOra

Rm 6:  Zhavana & Hero      

Rm 7:  Shannon & Cael

Rm 8:  Cruize

Rm 10:  Mishe & Jasiah

Ngā Mātāpono Awards 

Te Kākano:   Aurora, Lorde, Jaxon & Korbyn

Rm 3: Izealia, Te Mauri, Harlem & Devante

Rm 4: Tynneal & Payton

Rm 5:  Te Iwa & Yalaena

Rm 6:   Honey, Archer, Jordan & Levi

Rm 7:  Jordyn, Manaia & Kyani

Rm 8:   Antonio & Kauri

Rm 10: Jaxon, Sesharn, Jah-Hara, Rio & Winnie

Kia tu rangatira ai: Learning, succeeding, and thriving in education.

Our school is taking part in a University of Auckland strengths-based research project about how students learn, succeed and thrive at school. Completing the survey will help us find more about how our students develop positive attitudes, engagement and aspirations towards school and who their models for success are. We would like to survey all the children and the teachers. There will also be parent surveys which the children in the senior school will bring home in paper form. There is further information about the project attached to this newsletter.

There is a slip at the end.

Please complete the details on the slip and return  only if you do not give permission. 

Melinda Webber survey info

School Hours

The bell rings for the start of the school day at 9.00am and at 3.00pm to mark the end of classes for the day. 

Please do not enter classrooms before 3pm as this may be disruptive to our children’s learning.

Office hours are 8.00am – 3.30pm.

Breakfast Club operates in the hall every morning between 8.00am and 8.45am. There should be no children at school before 8.15am unless they are at Breakfast Club.

Junior Cross-Country/Fun Run

The 5, 6 and 7 year-olds will be participating in their races on Wednesday 11th September. Races will start at 1.40pm.

Matariki Portraits

If portraits have not been collected by a parent before Wednesday at 1pm, they will be sent home with your child that day.

If your child has had a portrait taken and you haven’t yet ordered one, we will take final paid orders until 1pm this Friday the 13th. NO ORDERS will be accepted after that time.

Kidscan Wacky Day Friday 20th September

Come along looking as wacky as you like – bring a gold coin donation for Kidscan.

Please note the change of date – this will now take place on Friday 20th September. 


There have been no cases of measles reported in our school community. However, the large outbreak in Auckland is a reminder to check the vaccination status of family members. The school public health nurse can help with vaccinations or boosters. If you would like to organise this please contact the school office.

Totara Grove Tamariki Run Like the Wind!

Cross Country Twenty-Nineteen
By Hunter

Where lining up nervous wondering and waiting till the countdown.
Where big patches of mud oozes in-between my toes.
Where trees are as big as giants standing still like statues.
Where rain falls and drips from my head to my feet.
Where people are in golf carts making sure others that are running are ok.
Where cold wind gives me chills down my spine.
Where people are screaming “Go! Go! Go!”
Where you see mud flick up from other people that are running.
Where refreshing cold water was poured on my head.
Where I am so relieved I finished the cross country race.

Kia Ora Pak n Save – Whangarei

Thank you for sponsoring our Cross Country 2019 at Denby Golf Course. We appreciate and are grateful for your contributions.

Nga Mihi Nui, Te Kura o Totara Grove


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.

Matariki Food & Entertainment Festival

Donations and Sponsorship gratefully received 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



GradeGamesBirth date
U84 v 41 Jan 2011 and 30 Dec 20121 Jan 2011 and 30 Dec 2013
U105 v 51 Jan 2009 and 30 Dec 20101 Jan 2009 and 30 Dec 2011
U125 v 51 Jan 2007 and 30 Dec 20081 Jan 2007 and 30 Dec 2009


RUNS FOR 6 WEEKS: THURS 31st Oct to 5th Dec     $60 per team



Account for payment: 12 3099 0657304 00


Come and join one of Onerahi Central Cricket Club’s Junior teams!

The cricket season is starting soon and the Onerahi Central Cricket Club would love to have new junior players join this summer. All our junior practices are held at Kensington Park and are run by experienced and qualified coaches.

Want to play cricket?

The City Cricket Club Junior Registration Day is on Saturday 14th September from 9am – 1pm at the Cobham Oval Main Pavilion, Okara Drive.

We are looking for interested boys and girls to join our club and play for the FireCo City Juniors for the coming season.

Professional coaching provided. Parent helpers welcome!

Questions and further info please contact Krystal Currin (Junior Coordinator), on 021 159 4644, or email:

Follow us on Facebook – City Cricket Club Whangarei. Website –

Turn the Loop Pink Art Competition

This year we are creating large vinyl pavement stickers that will be placed on the Hatea Loop on the day of the Pink Loop Walk to “Turn the Loop Pink”.
We would like students to submit artwork to help us create pink areas on the walk and points of interest along the way, giving them the chance to have their artwork viewed by hundreds of participants on the day.
We will be drawing 12 winning artworks.
The art will be professionally printed on to vinyl pavement stickers with the student’s name and school – and then put on the pavement participants to admire during the Pink Loop Walk in October.
Students of any age can enter the entry criteria is as follows: 1. The artwork must be mostly pink 2. No offensive pictures or profanity 3. All entries must be submitted on white paper of at least A4 size 4. All entries must be in by Friday 24 September 5. All entries must be named with the students name, contact number and school 6. Entries must be delivered to Eves Real Estate Office 11 James Street, CBD, Whangarei 7. Winners will be announced on the Breast Cancer Support Northland Trust Facebook page by Monday 30 September 8. Winners will be notified by phone.