Newsletter LogoThursday 17th October 2019            No. 17

Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa

Welcome back to the final term of 2019. There are only nine weeks in the term and the last day of school is Friday 13th December. School will close at 12.00 noon on that day.

There has been a great deal of work happening around the school during the holidays. Rooms 8 and 9 have new carpet and paintwork. Rooms 10, 11 and 12 have new carpets, walls, paintwork and some windows. The Room 9 toilet block has been freshened up and new windows have been installed behind the junior block. A  good start has been made on the scooter track and the inside of the swimming pool has been re-surfaced and painted so it is ready for summer swimming once the weather warms up.  

There is more work coming up. Early next year, a new driveway and drop-off zone is being built next to Kotahitanga. To make room for this, the senior playground is being moved. The removal work will start in a couple of weeks. Unfortunately all this work creates disruption, but it will be worthwhile in the end.

A warm welcome to the new families who have joined our school recently. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Ka kite anō

Lana Wolfgram


Principal AwardsPrincipal-Award

Winners of books for the last two weeks were:

Room 6    Lennix

Caught Being Good

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

Te Kākano:  Stephen      Rm 3:   Khale

Rm 4:  Te Ararina       Rm 5:  Tayla    Rm 6:   Ocean

Rm 7: Oscar      Rm 10: Calaius

 Merit Certificates

Winners for the last two weeks of term were:  Merit-List

Te Kākano: Eruera & Korbyn

Rm 3: Connor

Rm 4: Melaia

Rm 5: Emma

Rm 6: Jordan

Rm 7: Jordyn

Rm 10: Keyan

Ngā Mātāpono Awards 

Te Kākano: Kymani & Ke’Aulani

Rm 3: Dymond & Jacob

Rm 4: Noah & Jacob

Rm 5: Bella-Marie & Nikkii

Rm 6: Ryan & Neil

Rm 7: Te Koha & Kael

Rm 10: Kyra & Sam

Whanau Hui Thursday 24th October

Next week on Thursday there will be a meeting for parents to come along and meet our Board of Trustees members and share ideas for future directions for the school. The meeting will be held in the school library 5-6pm.

School Donations 2020

Our school has chosen to be part of the government donations scheme for 2020, where the school receives extra money for each student in return for not asking parents for school donations or payment for extra activities. At Totara Grove School, we have always kept extra costs as low as possible by applying for funding from charity groups and subsidising activities to keep costs down and include everyone. Being part of this scheme means we will be able to provide stationery at the start of the year for no cost to families and school trips will be free. We may however, need to ask for contributions towards camps.

Wacky Day for Kidscan  

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Wacky Day Kidscan fundraiser. There were some very creative dress-up ideas. We were happy to be able to send off a donation to Kidscan of $140.00. Kidscan support the tamariki in our school in so many different ways, it is great to be giving back.

Halloween Disco – Friday 1st November

Sun Hats

As we are a Sunsmart school, children are expected to wear brimmed hats when outside in the sun during summer. Each class has a set of hats which are allocated to individuals. Children are allowed to wear their own hat as long as it has a brim all the way around. Baseball-type caps are not allowed. After Labour Weekend children not wearing hats outside will be expected to remain in covered areas around the buildings.

Correction through Connection

As part of our professional reading about supporting children and teenagers through challenging times, our staff were impressed by an article by Karen Young. The article reinforces what we have been learning about neuro-science and the effects of trauma on the brain. It is an easy read and written with parents in mind. Here is a link to the article if you are interested-

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:

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.  

 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


Semenoff Stadium Okara Park Whangarei  ( if wet the reserve day is Sunday 3 November ) Gates open 6pm Cost $25 / Family (2 adults 2 children) $10 single, $5 school children

Glenbervie School Forest Fun Run and Walk

3rd of November 2019

A fun morning out for the whole family. 2km, 5km or 10km track to walk or run.

Register at:

Speech & Drama Academy 

Our doors are now open. We’re taking enrollments for term four and 2020 classes. Come find your people and performance prowess! Public Speaking, poetry, pantomime & applause! Visit here for class info