Newsletter LogoThursday 14th November 2019            No. 19

Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa

Big congratulations to our senior Kapa Haka group Ururakau Totara and the middles and boys Pacific Island groups who represented the school so well last week at the Whangaruru Cultural Festival. They were a real hit with the audience with their talent and personality. 

Our school swimming pool is now open for lunchtime sessions and keen classes. The water is still rather chilly so swimming will not be compulsory until the water warms up. 

Ka kite anō

Lana Wolfgram


Principal AwardsPrincipal-Award

Winners of books for the last two weeks were:

Room 5     Tayla

Room 10   Keyan

Caught Being Good

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

Te Kākano:  Juelz & Dallas   Rm 3: Harlem

Rm 4:  Nivaeya       Rm 5: Mason      Rm 6:  Neil

Rm 10: Kyrin

 Merit Certificates

Winners for the last two weeks were:  Merit-List

Te Kākano:  Lily & Tumanako

Rm 3:   Kora-Rae

Rm 4:   Ayva-Lee

Rm 5:    Yalaena

Rm 6:   Adison

Rm 10:   Asher

Ngā Mātāpono Awards 

Te Kākano:   Stephen & Rob Marley

Rm 3:    Preston & Shivika

Rm 4:    Tynneal & Payton

Rm 5:    Nikkii & Kylie

Rm 6:    Honey & Jordan

Rm 10:   Jasiah & Liam

Pot-luck dinner for Whaea Maureen 

Whaea Maureen will be leaving us at the end of the year. Maureen will be moving to the Waikato to be closer to her family. She has taught at Totara Grove School for the last ten years and before that at Tikipunga Primary for many years. Maureen has made a wonderful contribution to the lives of many tamariki and whanau in the Tikipunga area and she will be sadly missed.

There will be a pot-luck dinner to farewell Maureen in the school hall at 6.00pm on Friday 29th November. Friends and family are invited. Please RSVP to Ngaire Olley in the office if you are planning to attend.


End of year Assembly

On Tuesday 10th December 12.00pm there will be an end-of-year school assembly. This will be an opportunity to farewell staff who are leaving.

Whaea Erin is leaving to take up a position at Hikurangi School. Our part time teacher Whaea Tara is moving into a Learning Support Co-ordinator role. Tara will still be involved in our school, but in a different way. Congratulations to Erin and Tara for winning these jobs. Whaea Sariah is taking a year’s leave to be with her husband who is working in Australia. We wish Sariah all the best and look forward to her return in 2021. All friends and whanau are warmly invited to attend the assembly to say goodbye.

Halloween Disco – Friday 1st November

Thank you to everyone who came along and especially to whanau who helped out.

It was a very successful night of fundraising for the middles beach trip.


Whangaruru Cultural Festival

2019 Summer Reading Programme – Year 3, 4 & 5 Students

Its that time of the year again! We are offering this awesome opportunity for all of our year 3, 4 & 5 students.
Each child will receive 8 – 10 books at their reading level to read during the school holidays. 
These books are theirs to keep at no cost.
We are holding an information evening from 5:30-6:30pm in our school hall on Wednesday 20th November 2019.
Each year 3 , 4 & 5 child that attends this meeting with an adult/whanau member will be given a $10 warehouse voucher.

This programme helps keep your child’s reading progress on track over the holidays. Please feel free to contact Whaea Deanne through the office if you have any questions.

Term 4 raffle

The children will be bringing home a raffle book over the next few weeks. Please make sure that you return the book the next day with the money for any tickets sold. When the books are not returned, other children in the class are missing out on the opportunity to sell tickets.

TOTARA GROVE SCHOOL RAFFLE $1 a square Drawn Friday 29th November 2019

Please ensure you give a phone number or address.


1st Samsung Galaxy Tab A Tablet
2nd Lenovo Laptop
3rd $50 Bunnings Voucher
4th Grocery Basket
5th Kensington Pharmacy Gift Basket
6th ASB Gift Pack
7th MTA Brainteaser pack
8th Kamo Village Florist Print
9th Gift Box
10th Gift Box
11th Gift Box
12th Gift Box
13th Gift Box

Skool Loop App 2020

We are very excited to let you know that we will be using the Skool Loop App next year.

We are not currently live but will inform everyone at the start of 2020 when we are all ready to go.

We will be using the App to keep you up to date with events, cancellations and newsletters. Parent Interviews will be booked through the App and permission slips for overnight trips will be able to be completed online. You will also be able to advise us of the reason for your child’s absence directly through the App.

TGS Dates 2020

Term 1             3rd February – 9th April

Term 2             28th April – 3rd July

Term 3             20th July – 25th September

Term 4            18th October – 16th December

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.

Water Safety

Never swim alone – always have an adult with you and actively supervising.

Check the weather/environment and conditions before you swim.

Let someone know where you are going and what time you will be home.

Always wear a lifejacket – keep yourself safe…… are #1!


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.

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.

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

Sistema Whangarei End of Year Concert!

We have been working hard all year and would love you to come hear what we have been doing!

When: Thursday,14 November, 5:30-6:30pm Where:  Old Library, West Side Door  (near RSA)

Cost:   FREE!  Koha Welcome.