Newsletter LogoThursday 2nd July 2020            No. 08

Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa

Another busy term of learning comes to a close. This one was a little unusual as we moved from learning at home back into learning at school.
We have worked as a team and I believe community and school links have developed stronger connections as we have navigated our way through the rahui and back into face to face learning. The children have been amazingly resilient. They quickly got used to the new health and safety requirements and got straight back into learning. We are proud of how they were so adaptable.

Our focus for learning next term will be AKO. We look forward to being able to share our learning around this with you next rem.

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday break together.

Kia kaha tatou
Donna Walker
Acting Principal


Caught Being Good

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

Rm 6: Tumanako

Rm 8: Mason & Henare

Rm 10: Kyani, Jennings & Akaysha

Ngā Mātāpono Awards 

Rm 6: Soulja & Caleb

Rm 8: Shekairis & Mila

Rm 10: Charlotte, Mila, Daddy-Boy, Martin & Dezya

  Totara Grove School Three Way Conferences

3 way conferences will take place in the third week of Term 3 being Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th of August.  

Bookings can be made on the Skool Loop App. Select INTERVIEWS and then choose the teacher/s you would like to book a time with. Conferences are 15 minutes long. We suggest that you do not make back-to-back bookings as this will not allow you time to move between classes. Only remaining available time slots will show, so if you need a specific time please make sure you install the app and book as soon as possible.

Conference bookings are available live on the app now.

Please call the office on 4350019 to make a booking if you are unable to access the internet.

Skool Loop App

The winners of the Skool Loop sign up competition are:

Jayleigh Winwood

Archer and Ayden Reuben

Lorde and Lyric Slade
Congratulations on winning the Countdown vouchers.

Please keep signing up to the Skool Loop app as we will have another grocery voucher draw next term for those who book Three Way Conferences through the App.

Make sure you get yourself into the draw for this.

We currently have 110 users signed up to the App.

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.

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

For more information please go to

Matariki Celebrations

It was great to see so many whanau coming into school today to share with us in our Matariki celebrations. The children were proud to be able to share their learning with you.

Please scroll to the bottom of this newsletter for photos from today’s activities.

Staff Versus Students League Challenge

Lunchtime on Monday saw the staff and children taking part in a league game. It was a pretty even match and lots of fun. Thank you Mr Campbell for orgainising the game and for being the referee.

Enrolment Day

The school office will be open for new enrolments on Thursday 16th July from 10am – 1pm.

Please note that we are only able to accept in zone enrolments at this time. You can check to see if you live within our home zone here:

You will need to bring the following documents for each child you wish to enrol:

  • Birth certificate/passport
  • Preprinted proof of address
  • Immunisation certificate

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 tomorrow.

I Have A Dream

Here is the link to IHAD’s latest newsletter:

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

DDF Dance Studio
10 Week Workshop + Dance Concert Mon 20th July
Free week of dance 13th-16th July
Open Day All Welcome Sat 18th July All Ages Male and female
31 Vine St Whangarei
Contact Alannah Curtis
027 222 5574

Tennis Northland July 2020 Holiday Program
Where: Thomas Neale Tennis Centre, Winger Crescent, Kamo, Whangarei
When: Wednesday 8 and 15 July and Thursday 9 and 16 July 2020 Times: 9am -2pm
Age group catered for: Any school age
$20 per child per day ( Tennis Northland Bank details ASB 12 3099 0410707 00 )
Bring your own lunch, snacks and drink bottle
Contact details: Raewyn Heywood, 0274386197

Tutukaka Surf is running a fun filled ‘Learn To Surf’ winter holiday program for all school age kids
Mon – Fri both weeks of the holidays
$35 per day or $150 for the full week
Board and wetsuit included
Enquiries: 4344135 or 0212270072

Matariki Celebration Photos