Newsletter LogoFriday 7th February 2020            No. 01

Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa

Welcome to a new year of learning.

I had the privilege of  being able to welcome new students and their whānau as well as new staff members into our school as part of our powhiri on Monday.

We look forward to having them as part of our Totara Grove whānau. 

We also welcome back our existing staff members, students and whānau. 

Our focus this term is whanaungatanga which is learning about who we are, where we come from and making connections with others.

On the staff only day we made connections with icons around Whangarei as we visited a number of local landmarks and heard the stories about these places.

Let’s make this term a term of sharing, caring and connecting with each other.

Ka kite anō

Donna Walker

Acting Principal


School Staff

Our teaching staff for this year are:

Mrs Donna Walker       Acting Principal
Ms Vanessa Peters        Acting Deputy Principal
Mrs Laura Stevens        Teacher Te Kakano New Entrant
Mrs Pam Fairley           Teacher Rm 3 Year 1 & 2
Miss Renie Guthrie      Teacher Rm 4 Year 1 & 2
Mr Douglas Kelly          Teacher Rm 5 Year 1 & 2
Mrs Rosina Leuluai      Teacher Rm 6 Year 1 & 2
Miss Jacinda Selman   Teacher Rm 7 Year 3 & 4
Mrs Mandy Tate           Teacher Rm 8 Year 3 & 4
Ms Megan Prime          Teacher Rm 9 Year 4 & 5
Mrs Sharon Fryer         Teacher Rm 10 Year 5 & 6
Miss Kay Wairau          Teacher Rm 11 Year 5 & 6
Mr Wiremu Hohaia     Teacher Rm 12 Year 5 & 6
Ms Deanne Heta           Teacher Kotahitanga Year 3 & 4
Mrs Casey Kendall       Teacher Kotahitanga Year 3 & 4
Mrs Jenny Whitham    Reading Recovery
Ms Serena Tipene         Part-time Teacher
Mrs Fiona Watts           Part-time Teacher
Mrs Melissa Pattenden Part-time Teacher
Mrs Ngaire Olley           Executive Officer
Mrs Anna Crawford     Administrator
Mrs Sheryl Toi               Teacher Student Support
Mrs Irene Martin          Teacher Student Support
Ms Ana Hickey              Teacher Student Support
Mrs Dianna Paki           Teacher Student Support
Ms Susan Gent              Teacher Student Support
Mrs Yvonne Clarke       Teacher Student Support
Mr Glen Campbell        Teacher Student Support
Mrs Bronwyn Hewson  Teacher Student Support

Mr Grant Salmon Caretaker

Our new I Have A Dream staff members are Matua Maka, who is our whanau co-ordinator working in the juniors and Whaea Marcia, who is the new Year 3 navigator.

Whaea Debbie joins our team as our learning support co-ordinator. This is a new role and will see her working with our children and helping them to get the support they need to learn to their best ability.

Dates to Remember

Friday 14th February  –  IHAD Whānau Celebration 5-8pm @ THS

Thursday 20th February  –  Whānau Fun Night 5:30-7:00pm. More details to come.

Friday 21st February –  Senior Swimming Sports

Lucky Book Club Orders

Catalogues for Issue 1 were sent home with the children on Wednesday. Last date for orders is Friday 14th February.

Please ensure that your child’s name and room number are clearly marked on the order form and that the correct payment is given. You can also order online via the Lucky Book Club app.

TGS Dates 2020

Term 1             3rd February – 9th April

Term 2             28th April – 3rd July

Term 3             20th July – 25th September

Term 4            12th October – 16th December

Skool Loop App 2020

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

We are not currently live but will inform everyone 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.

Community Notices

During the month of February, The Warehouse will be raising funds to help those in need, sustain and even grow their literacy capability. To celebrate this mission, The Warehouse Whangarei is hosting an in store reading event with Pio Terei this Saturday 8th February 2020, from 11am-1pm.

Pio will be reading some great favourites like The Dinky Donkey by Craig Smith, I’ve Broken My Bum! by Dawn McMillan, Kia Ora You Can be a Kiwi Too by June Pitman-Hayes and Two Little Bugs by Mark Sommerset. It’s going to be a great event! More details will be available on the Warehouse Facebook page in the next day or so.

Making a Scene Speech and Drama Academy is now accepting enrollments for next term. We have a variety of fun and educational classes on offer. TaDaDrama, Speech and Drama and Theatre in Action. To find out more check out our website