Newsletter LogoThursday 12th December 2019            No. 21

Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa

It is hard to believe that 2019 is almost at an end, This has been another successful year at Totara Grove School. We are all sad to be saying goodbye to our sixty-five Year Six students who are moving on to new schools. We are proud of the fine young people they have become and we look forward to hearing about their future adventures and successes.

There have been many highlights for the year, including some fabulous trips and the Matariki festival. A big thank you to our dedicated staff who work so hard for the benefit of the tamariki. There are some staff leaving us – Whaea Maureen, Miss King, Whaea Delwynne, Whaea Tara and Whaea Erin. They have all given great service and made excellent contributions to our school. We wish them all the very best for their future endeavours. Whaea Sariah is taking a year’s leave to join her husband in Western Australia. I will be on leave, working with principals throughout Northland as a Leadership Adviser. This will be an exciting time which will provide opportunities for learning that can be brought back to our school in the future.

A reminder that school finishes tomorrow,  Friday at 12 noon. 

The first day in 2020 is Monday 3rd February.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and safe, happy holidays.

Ka kite anō

Lana Wolfgram


School Magazine

This year’s school magazine will be given out on Thursday to Year Six students. For everyone else, these will be available to purchase for $2.00 each on a pre-order basis. They are a great memento of the school year. There is a page for every class. Place your order at the office.

2020 Class Placements

On Friday at 10:15 the children will get to know their teacher and classmates for 2020.

The structure of the teams for next year are:

Juniors – Te Kakano (new entrant) collaborative space, Rooms 3, 4, 5 and  6 – Years 1 and 2

Middles – Kotahitanga & Rooms 7 and 8 – Years 3 and 4

Seniors – Room 9 – Years 4 and 5 & Rooms 10, 11, 12 – Years 5 and 6

The benefits of children being part of a collaborative classroom are:

  • It allows students to connect with two or more adults every day
  • It allows more opportunities for group and one-to-one learning and modelling during lessons
  • It models working together, behaviour and positive peer to peer interactions for the students
  • Our students see teachers working together, helping them to understand the power of respect
  • It builds self esteem
  • It promotes a positive attitude so students are more likely to experience success
  • It celebrates diversity: students learn to work with different people

Year 6 Dine & Dance

A night to shine, share & Dance the night away…

Date: Thursday 12th December
Venue: School hall
Dress: Formal / Tidy
Time: 6-9pm
( A light supper will be provided)
NO COST! – Just be there, You don’t want to miss it!

This is a time for our Y6 students to come together as the tuakana, rangatira of our school and to celebrate their final year at Te Kura o Totara Grove.
It’s a big milestone and transition for all. This change is massive as they head off to intermediate school next year.
Any queries, please contact your child’s teacher.

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

2020 Enrolments

The school office will be open 10am – 1pm on Wednesday 29th January for new enrolments.

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

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.

Raffle Results

1st    Samsung Tablet    –     J Millar c/- TK

2nd  Lenovo Laptop     –      Lukas R6

3rd   Bunnings voucher     –     Akaysha R7

4th   Grocery Basket     –      Hine R8

5th   Kensington Pharmacy Gift Basket     –     J MacKenzie c/-KT

6th   ASB Gift Basket     –      F Paul c/- R12

7th   MTA Brainteaser Pack       –     Daniel c/- TK

8th   Kamo Florist Print     –     Keyan R10

9th   Gift Box     –     Kereana c/- R8

10th Gift Box     –     Patrick c/- R6

11th Gift Box     –     Joseph c/- R5

12th Gift Box     –     Chance R12

13th Gift Box     –     Te Moana c/- R11

Community Notices

Tikipunga High School Pool open to the community from Wednesday 18 December

We are expecting to open the pool to the community on Wednesday 18 December from 12.00-6.00pm

The Pool is currently closed for a filter upgrade and will be out of action for a week. We expect this work to be complete by Wednesday 18 December. Then it will be open to the community every day until the end of January, except for 3 days over Christmas (24,25 & 26 December) & 3 days over New Year (31 December, 1  & 2 January).

We need volunteers for 2 hours a day to assist the life guards with supervision, collection of entry money and putting arm bands on swimmers. Please contact us on Facebook, by email or phone Fiona on 02108520271.

Without community support for this, we will not be able to continue to provide this service.

Nga mihi

Kathryn McKenzie

Mob: 027 276 6957

Email:  C/- 35 Otuhiwai Crescent, Tikipunga, Whangarei 0112

STREP A can lead to Rheumatic Fever Heart Disease if left untreated.  A throat swab is very important to identify Strep A.

 Should your child have a sore throat please take your child to see your family doctor, or to White Cross, or to the three Pharmacies listed below.  These services are all FREE (for all Northland children under 13 years of age.)

A throat swab is the only way to identify “Strep A bacteria”.  Treating “Strep A” immediately, once it has been identified, to prevent further risk of Rheumatic fever heart disease.

Kensington Pharmacy09 437 37224 Kensington Road,      KensingtonMonday – Saturday

Sunday & Public Holidays

8.30am – 6pm

10.00am – 9pm


Otaika Pharmacy09 438 7835101 Otaika Road,          OtaikaMonday – Friday


8.30am – 5.30pm

9.00am – 12.30pm

Unichem Whangarei                            (White Cross)09 222 707032 Reyburn Street,        WhangareiMonday – Sunday & Public Holidays

Xmas Day

8.00am – 8.00pm

9.00am – 5.00pm

The Sistema Whangarei music programme is taking new children in January 2020.  If your child is 6 years old or older, they are welcome to enrol.  There is an enrolment form online on our website at the address below.  We can also email you a form at your request.  The dates for the new intake and January Holiday Programme are Monday, 20 Jan through Thursday, 23 January.  SIstema Whangarei is a progressive programme and it is strongly advised that new children attend this holiday programme to be able to get a good strong start.  We will have another intake in July during the second week of the July Holidays if that works better for your family.

Sistema Whangarei is a completely free programme to remove barriers to participation for those children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in the programme.   If you have not heard of the Sistema Whangarei music programme please check our website: or our Facebook page:  SistemaWhangarei.

Feel free to contact us for more information.   Sam  0274 343 967 or Michelle 028 258 20770.

Have a great summer!