Newsletter LogoThursday 5th March 2020            No. 03

Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa

Can you believe that we are halfway through the first term already!

It was great to see so many of you at our Whanau Have a Go Evening. It certainly was a lot of fun watching the events and the level of competition that came out in some activities!

Congratulations to those whanau who won the Countdown vouchers. 

We have 3 staff members graduating with their teaching degree this week. Three years of study has been completed and now they are teaching in our kura. Congratulations to Whaea Renie, Whaea Jacinda and Whaea Kay. Enjoy your graduation ceremony – we are glad you are part of our teaching whanau.

Whaea Deanne, Mrs Fryer and myself will have a graduation ceremony to attend in Auckland next week as we recieve our Post Graduate Certificates in Digital and Collaborative Learning from The Mind Lab.

The vision of the New Zealand Cuirriculum is to grow students who will be confident, connected, actively involved, and lifelong learners. 

It is encouraging to see staff members modeling this for our students with their ongoing learning.

Ka kite anō

Donna Walker

Acting Principal


Caught Being Good

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

Te Kākano:   Peter       Rm 3:   Murphy

Rm 4:   Eru                     Rm 5:   Norton-Reks & Adelaide

Rm 6:   Wyatt                 Rm 7:   River-Lee & Carter

Rm 9:   Tumoana & Manu   Rm 10:    Sam & Tayden

Rm 11:  Kahurangi                 Rm 12:    Tyler

Kotahitanga:   Te Mauri, Maddison, Ella & Sabian

Ngā Mātāpono Awards 

Te Kākano:  Rileigh & Johannus

Rm 3:   Tayla, Dallas, Kingston & Kason

Rm 4:   Aurora, Shaani, Maika & Tizaeya

Rm 5:   Connor, Preston, Simeon & Korbyn

Rm 6:   Zhavana & Ocean

Rm 7:   Melaia, Atāhua, Ryan & Honey

Rm 8:   Emma, Manaia-Rose, Dynahlee & Kaden

Rm 9:   Tyrhys, Moroni, Alana & Aliyah

Rm 10: Harena, Tayden, Cael, James & Macey

Rm 11:  Jan & Te Moana

Rm 12:  Leah, Benet, Ella & Bree-Yana

Kotahitanga:  Kylie, Antonio, Keylow, D-Kotah, Zacchaeus, Brooklyn, Drake & Shivika

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 now live and encourage you to download and install the Skool Loop App now!

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

The use of the app is a learning process for us, so please bear with us while we build up the information and uses for the App.


Junior Playground Opening

Today we held the blessing of our new junior playground. A huge thank you to the Potter Trust for funding this for us. Thank you also to Matua Wiremu and Whaea Ness for organising and conducted this ceremony with the junior team and Ruma 12.

The tamariki will be excited to be able to use this new piece of equipment.

Variety – Dancing With the Stars Bikes for Kids

Bella-Marie, Dynahlee and Te Mauri were the lucky recipients of a brand new bike, helmet and t-shirt each courtesy of Variety the Children’s Charity.

Middles Swimming Sports

Thank you to all the whanau that came and supported our Middle Syndicate swimming sports. It was fantastic to see so many children with their togs. The children had a great time in the pool earning house points for participating.

Swimming sports: Last Thursday, in the middle block the Middle Syndicate held their swimming sports. We first got into our house groups and watched the year 3 boys and girls do the running race. Soon after, the year 4 girls did the running race. Then it was our turn next. The other races were: dolphin dive, flutterboard, sculling, freestyle and backstroke. The races were done by: year 3 girls and boys and year 4 girls and boys all separated. They were so fun! Pohutukawa 1st, Titoki 2nd, Kowhai 3rd and Rimu 4th. I am in Titoki. – By Jimmy  (Kotahitanga)

2020 Totara Grove Senior Swimming World Championship. 20-2-20

Another busy term at the school pool so far. We have had Erin from WaterSafe Northland teaching all of our tamariki how to stay safe in the water. As always the teachers have been working hard to provide fun swimming programmes for the kids. There have also been teachers volunteering to supervise swimming at breaks. This has been invaluable on those very hot days.

The Senior Swimming Sports was lots of fun this year with music and singing. Rimu were the winning house again this year. 157 points. Congratulations!

The elite swimmers representing the senior school provided some challenge for the adult relay team. The kids were up against athletes like Whaea Kay, Whaea Laura and Mr Kelly (AKA the dolphin). We had super star whanau swimmers added to the team; Rochelle, Conrad, Emms and Alana.

Thanks to Whaea Ness, Mrs Fryer, Mrs Irene, Whaea Kay, Matua Wiremu and Mr Wolfgram for their efforts in making this a smooth event.

Thanks to all the whanau and friends of the school for their support which is very important to the kids.

Glen Campbell.

Breakfast Club

The school runs a breakfast club from the hall each morning. Children are welcome from 7:45am and it finishes at 8:30am.


Handwashing to prevent spread

 All schools and early learning services are still in the Keep it Out phase of a pandemic plan. The preventative measures Ministry of Health is encouraging schools and early learning services to practice are those of good hygiene, which include:

  • Washing hands with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with clean tissues or with an elbow
  • Putting used tissues in the bin

You will be aware that advice from Ministry of Health asks everyone to wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, making sure you dry them thoroughly. Singing Happy Birthday twice slowly should take about 20 seconds.

2020 Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon 

Bay of Islands Waitangi – Adjacent to the Treaty Grounds
Sunday, 29 March 2020

registration website:

SCHOOL GROUP Name – Totara Grove School
SCHOOL GROUP Contact – Glen Campbell
SCHOOL GROUP Join Type – Public

Official website:

Community Notices

 Hora Hora JMC Hockey is looking for players for the winter season. Rally Day is Sunday 22nd March 4-5pm on Real Deal Turf at Hockey Northland.

All players school yr 2-8 welcome. Any enquiries to Shirley-anne McBeth – 021 292 4366