Newsletter LogoThursday 28th November 2019            No. 20

Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa

I hope you all survived the power cut yesterday without too much inconvenience. School carried on as normal – or as normal as it can be without internet access. Our water supply is not dependent on electricity, so we are able to stay open in the event of a power cut. The main issue for us is that the phone system needs power. A reminder to everyone that we do have a school mobile phone in the office. In the event of an emergency you can reach us on 021 027 24313.

The swimming pool is the most popular place in the school with the warm weather- thank goodness the repairs and painting were finished in good time. The last piece of the scooter track was completed yesterday so now the whole track is available. The tamariki have been enjoying the track, even unfinished. The senior playground relocation is almost complete. The shade sail is due to be installed next week and then that will be ready for use. The new junior playground is due to be built during the long holiday break.

Teachers have been very busy writing end-of-year reports. These will be sent home on Wednesday 11th December. Next year we plan to modernise and streamline reporting procedures, using an on-line programme. Three-way conferences will continue to take place twice a year.

It was good to see many parents and whanau at last week’s summer reading meeting. We are very fortunate to be so well supported by the MSA Charitable Trust. This means that all our students in Years three, four and five receive numerous books to read at home over the long holiday break. Continuing with some reading and writing during the holidays means that the tamariki are likely to maintain or improve on their current level when the new year starts, rather than dropping back.

I will be on leave next year as I have been seconded to work as a Leadership Advisor providing support and guidance to principals throughout Northland. Donna Walker will be the acting principal for the year and Whaea Ness will be the acting deputy principal. Donna and the team did a great job of running the school during my sabbatical leave in Term two. I have every confidence that next year will be the same.

The 2019 school year ends in two weeks time on Friday 13th December. School will close at 12 noon on that day.

Ka kite anō

Lana Wolfgram


Principal AwardsPrincipal-Award

Winners of books for the last two weeks were:

Te Kākano       Dastan

Room 3            River-Lee

Room 8           Zacchaeus

Caught Being Good

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

Te Kākano: Jaxon, TJ, Connor & Cael

Rm 3: Hookio & Simeon  Rm 4: Nivaeya & Te Ararina

Rm 5:  James & Kaden  Rm 6:  Ryan & Jakobi

Rm 8: Liam & Enzo   Rm 9:  Jennings

Rm 10: Sesharn & Jaxon

Kotahitanga:  Ashlyn, Louscion, Dennis & Brooklyn

 Merit Certificates

Winners for the last two weeks were:  Merit-List

Te Kākano:  Tumanako, Olando, Dastan & Lily

Rm 3:  Preston & Jayleigh

Rm 4:  Payton & Addison

Rm 5:   Jah’ziah & Lissette

Rm 6:   Jakobi & Lennix

Rm 8:   Angel & Zacchaeus

Rm 9:   Tyrhys

Rm 10:  Rio, Mishe & Tevita

Kotahitanga:   Keylow, Aana, Manaia & Dante

Ngā Mātāpono Awards 

Te Kākano:   Alison, Lorde, Jaxon & Phoebe

Rm 3:    Simeon & Jacob

Rm 4:    Luke, Tynneal, Noah & Ayva-Lee

Rm 5:    Anahera, Lucious, River-Leigh & Te Iwa

Rm 6:    Hoki, Taniora, Archer & Ocean

Rm 8:    D-Kotah x 2, Mahoe & Ihaka

Rm 9:    Reikura & Mana

Rm 10:   Sam, Keyan, Mia, Benet & Kyrin

Kotahitanga:   Sativah-Rose, Kaean, Jatin & Te Moana

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 tomorrow, 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.

2019 Prizegiving

We look forward to seeing you all at our end of year prizegiving. On Thursday 12th December, the whole school will be travelling by bus to and from Tikipunga High school’s auditorium. The prizegiving will run from 10:30am – 1pm.



This term our Year 4 I Have a Dream After School Programme has been busy creating christmas decorations to sell, for a gold coin donation.

The money raised will support the S.P.C.A. to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome abandoned and mistreated animals in Whangarei.

Some of our learning has been:

  • what the SPCA do and why
  • being aware of charitable trusts in our community.
  • ways we can be generous and possibilities when we work together
  • business fun (making money)
  • being productive



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

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.

Enrolments for Year 7

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

 Community Notices