Newsletter LogoThursday 04th June 2020            No. 06

Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa

During the rahui we took the time as a kura to develop our localised curriculum. This means looking at what is important to us and to reflect on where we were heading as a school. As part of this journey we stumbled upon many pieces of our school history which we want to breathe life into again as it is a huge part of who we are and shaping our future.

For the past week or two teachers have been sharing our school story with their classes.

I have included it in the newsletter for you to also read it.

Please ask your child to share what they have been doing in class around our school story – you may also have your own story to share with them. We would love to hear some of your memories about OUR school.

Kia kaha tatou
Donna Walker
Acting Principal


Caught Being Good

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

Rm 5: Connor, Jacob, Korbyn & Preston

Rm 6: Spencer, Adele, Ava-Leigh & Wyatt

Rm 10: Kauri, Maka, Kyra, Kaea & Valintina

Ngā Mātāpono Awards 

Rm 5: Char’Lee, Adelaide, Devante & Chase

Rm 6: Parris & Neil

Rm 10: Enzo, Akaysha, Marnu & Tayden


This year we have changed how our reports look.
We have attached an example of what a report will look like so you are familiar with the layout before they come home on Wednesday 1 July.

The Nga Matapono goals for Ako and Tu Rangitira will be set with whanau at the 3 way conferences in term 3

Reports will be issued on Wednesday 1st July.


To date we have 80% of students back at kura with us. The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health and the Government have said it is safe to attend school in level 2. We have protocols and procedures in place to ensure the health and safety of our students is paramount.
Ministry guidelines state that where a child/ren have not yet returned to school, we will be required to actively follow up with those families as we would love to see everyone back at school.

Totara Grove School Learner Profile & Three Way Conferences

We would like to share with you our learner profile. It is what the children use to set a goal for themselves to work on for the term. We will use these with whanau at the 3 way conferences which will take place in the third week of Term 3 being Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th of August.


Handwashing to prevent spread

All schools and early learning services are in Level 2 in the 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.

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.


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.

Community Notices


The football season is due to kick off in the next few weeks. At this stage we will only be starting the 9-16th grades.
The season has been extended and will run into September so there will still be plenty of time for a decent season.
Please note – there will be reduced fees due to the shorter season ( to be advised )
Please contact Jo-Ann 021 157 4677 OR email