Newsletter LogoThursday 19th September 2019            No. 16

Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa

Term Three ends next Friday 27th September at the usual time of 3.00pm. Term Four starts on 14th October and ends on Friday 13th December.

Congratulations to Ururakau Totara, the school Kapa Haka group for their fine performance at last week’s Raurimu Cultural Festival. They represented our kura very well. The group has worked hard and give very polished performances. A big thank you to the coach Whaea Wiha Bryers and manager Whaea Ness. Thanks also to the whanau members who have helped and supported the group.

It was great to see so many parents and whanau at school last week supporting the Years One, Two and Three tamariki in their “cross-country”/ round the field run. I enjoyed seeing the sense of accomplishment on their faces when they finished. There were lots of “gritty” performances that made us all very proud.

There is a lot of work happening around the school during these next holidays – some window replacements, classroom refurbishments, start of the scooter track and the senior playground being moved. The senior playground is being moved to make way for the new driveway/ drop-off zone which will be started in the Christmas holidays. The junior playground is being replaced, but not until early next year. All this work is bound to cause some disruption around the school and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

Ka kite anō

Lana Wolfgram


Principal AwardsPrincipal-Award

Winners of books for the last two weeks were:

Room 4      Noah

Room 5      Rakaea

Room 7      Oscar

Kotahitanga   Ayden

Caught Being Good

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

Te Kākano:  Rob Marley & Dastan      Rm 3:  Jacob & Kora-Rae

Rm 4:  Tynneal & Hemi        Rm 5: Anahera & Tyla-Mei     Rm 6:  Tareeq & Sebastian

Rm 7:  Xaviar     Rm 9: Mason

Rm 10: Calaius    Kotahitanga: Dennis & Khyro

 Merit Certificates

Winners for the last two weeks were:  Merit-List

Te Kākano:   Jeconiah & Lily

Rm 3:  Te Ohonga & Norton-Reks

Rm 4:  Nivaeya & Maika

Rm 5:   Lissette & Dynahlee

Rm 6:   Ava-Leigh & Jordan

Rm 7:   Oscar, Jacob & Cornelius

Rm 9:   Tyler

Rm 10: Sam

Kotahitanga:  Rainy & Isabella

Ngā Mātāpono Awards 

Te Kākano:    Eru, Spencer, Kayne & Alison

Rm 3:  Kason, Phoenix, Jacob & Preston

Rm 4:  Te Ararina, Shaani, Shkarna & Melaia

Rm 5:   Beau, Kaya-Cruz, Mason & Kaden

Rm 6:   Beau & Lennix

Rm 7:   Te Koha & Jordyn

Rm 9:   Anthony & Axel

Rm 10:  Asher & Malachi

Kotahitanga:  Sophea & Ashlyn

Wacky Day for Kidscan – Friday 20th September

Wear something wacky and bring a gold coin – fundraising for Kidscan who support our school in many useful ways. There will be a lucky prize draw for kids who take part.

Recycle & Win

Our school is competing in the COLGATE COMMUNITY GARDEN CHALLENGE!!

The schools that collect the most oral care waste and online votes can win a recycled community garden set.

Please send us all your dental waste: toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, toothpaste caps, floss containers and their outer packaging materials.

Vote for us online and track our school’s ranking at:

Celebrating 2019 Netball

There was a  great turn-out of whanau at the end of season netball prizegiving last Friday afternoon. It was a great celebration of the successful season enjoyed by all six teams. We are very fortunate to have positive, capable parents willing to act as coaches and managers, and hard-working teaching staff working away in the background on organisation. Our teams are a credit to our school every time they take to the court. The sideline is always full of positive parent supporters who cheer on every child in the team. Thank you to everyone involved.

Congratulations to our Year Six Team Kakapo who won second place overall in the top primary team grade. 

Kia Ora Netball whanau –


Thank you for all players, whanau and coaches for a successful season.



TEAM KAKAPO are invited to attend WNC Prize Giving, please collect a school shirt to represent TGS with pride.

Wednesday 25 September 2019 ASB Lounge, Kensington Stadium

5:30pm Welcome, Introductions & Acknowledgements, Junior Trophies, Intermediate Preliminary & Championship Trophies,

Year 7/8 Development Acknowledgements, Umpire Acknowledgements, Special Trophies


Whaea Delwynne & Matua Wiremu



There will be a whakatau at school on 14th October at 10.00am to welcome new students and their whanau. All welcome.

Open Enrolment Day – Thursday 10th October 10am to 1pm

The school office will be open on the second Thursday of the school holidays for ‘walk in’ enrolments.

Please bring along your child’s birth certificate/passport, their immunisation certificate and proof of your address.

Our Enviroschool journey so far: 

Enviroschools is an environmental action based programme where young people are empowered to design and lead sustainability projects in their schools, neighbourhoods and country.

Did you know that as a school we achieved our Bronze Enviroschool award in 2016? Since then we have had many opportunities for our Tupu Tahi team and our wider school community to be involved in student-led inquiry. These have been based on environmental issues for our local environment as well as global factors; Throughout our kura we are exploring options and finding more ways to take action for a sustainable future. Kia kaha Totara Grove School – this year we can continue our mahi and work towards achieving our Silver Enviroschool award!

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 to find more about how our students develop positive attitudes, engagement and aspirations towards school and who their models for success are. The children and the teachers will complete their surveys at school this week. There will also be parent surveys which the children in the senior school will bring home in paper form.

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.

Enrolments for Year 7

A reminder to parents of Year 6 students to make sure they are enrolled in a school for next year.  

Matariki Raffle Winners

1st      Wheelbarrow of Groceries          Yvonne Woods

2nd    Dive Tutukaka! Family trip to Poor Knights         Jodeci Rm 7

3rd     Auckland Zoo Pass        Karen @ Westpac

4th     Coffee Table        Maika Rm 4

5th     Sport Northland Fun Run Pack        Nevaeh Rm 9

6th     Gift Box        Tayden Kotahitanga

7th     Gift Box        Hine Rm 8

8th     Gift Box        Jadyn Rm 4

9th     Gift Box        Liam Rm 10

10th   Gift Box        Hoki Rm 6

Grocery donation draw for Family Pass to the Aquatic Centre        Maddison Rm 3

Congratulations to all our winners! And a huge thank you to our sponsors and everyone who purchased tickets.

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.