Newsletter LogoThursday 18th June 2020            No. 07

Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa

Communication between home and kura is a high priority for us. During the rahui the relationship between home and school was strengthened through regular contact between teacher and whanau.

We really want to keep strengthening this relationship and keeping strong communication links with you.

We have decided that using the Skool Loop app will be the best application for us to use to keep you informed of what is going on at school.

The school loop app has features such as a linking to the school calendar, notices and messages can be sent directly to you, you can report absences, submit school trip permission slips, get the school newsletter and book for parent interviews just to name a few.

As an incentive to get you to sign up with the Skool Loop app we will be putting all whanau who register into the draw to win 1 of 3 grocery vouchers. This will be drawn at the end of the term 🙂

For more information please go to

We hope you will take the opportunity to get the app on your phone (it works on both android and iphone)

Kia kaha tatou
Donna Walker
Acting Principal


Caught Being Good

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

Rm 6:  Caleb

Rm 10:  James, Tyler & Phillip

Ngā Mātāpono Awards 

Rm 6:  Wyatt, Soulja, Jayde & Rob Marley

Rm 10:  Jennings & Sam


Reports will be issued on Wednesday 1st July.

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

  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.


Te Kura o Totara Grove

“He wa ki te whakanuia a Matariki me Puanga” A time to come together and celebrate Matariki and Puanga.

Matariki is a time for growth and change. 

Puanga is another name/ star that we call and acknowledge here in the North. This is a time of celebration of people, culture, language, spirituality and history and most importantly a time to share kai

 ‘Whole School Matariki- Puanga’ 

Sharing Morning. Wiki#12 Thursday 2nd July.( The last week of this term) 

A time to share. A time for our students to share their learning. A time for sharing learning with whanau. We look forward to seeing you and sharing our learning with you.


A letter will be sent out soon to players who signed up last week. If there are new players interested they will need to come and see Whaea Rosina or Matua Wiremu.
Year 1 & 2 will be starting from Thursday 23 July and ending no later than Thursday 3rd September, max 7 weeks.
Year 3 – 6 will be starting from Saturday 25 July and ending no later than Saturday 5 September, max 7 weeks.

Library Books

There are a large number of books currently outstanding from the school library. Please check whether your child has any at home and return them to the school library as soon as possible.

Ruma 10

After the Covid-19 Lockdown Room 10 decided they wanted to write to our local essential workers to thank them for all they did during this time.

Some wrote to parents who worked through, others wrote to the staff at Countdown, Pak n Save, Doctors, NZ Police and NZ Couriers.

Today we had a visit from Constable Ian and Detective Marion to thank Marnu, Maka, Logan and Jennings for the awesome letters they had written to them. They said the letters were read by many police personnel and had put a huge smile on all of their faces. They were very appreciative of their kind gesture and talked to the children about their jobs during this time.

Nathan and Cael have also received lovely letters from the team at Pak N Save.

Room 10 were very grateful to those people in the community who were working through to keep us provided with all we needed. Ka Pai Room Ten your kind words were appreciated by many.

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

Incredible Years Parenting Programme

This programme is aimed to help parents by:

Having a better relationship with their children
Stimulating their child’s development
Gain skills to feel confident about parent
Having positive and nurturing relationships

(Brochures are available from the school office)

Call Dianna Paki on 0211833107


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