Newsletter LogoWednesday 19th August 2020            No. 11

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa,

Can you believe that we are week 5 already – halfway through the term!

We welcome Mrs Megan Davidson into the Totara Grove team. Whaea Megan will be working in the office 2 days a week on Thursday and Friday.

The staff have been busy implementing new phonics strategies into their classroom programmes.

The junior team is using the Yolanda Sorryl programme. Check out her website if you want to know more

The senior and middle teams – Te Herenga, are using 2 programmes called Switch and The Code –
Phonics is a method for teaching the reading and writing of an alphabetic language (such as English). It is done by demonstrating the relationship between the sounds (phonemes) of the spoken language, and the letters (graphemes), groups of letters, or syllables of the written language.
This helps the children with their spelling skills which in turn helps with both reading and writing.

Poipoia te kakano
Kia puawai
Nurture the seed and it will blossom

Donna Walker
Acting Principal


Caught Being Good

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

Te Kakano:  Ishitha, Talanoa

Rm 3:  Lily, Anahera, Paiora

Rm 4: Phoebe, Lapa, Ashton, Eruera

Rm 5: Devante, Jacob

Rm 6: Te Tihi, Storm, Riley, Caleb

Rm 7:  Rawhiti, Te Ohonga, Ashlyn, Nikita

Rm 8: Diamond, Phuong, Jayden

Rm 9: Lyric

Rm 10:  Tevita, Cael, Sam, Jennings

Rm 11:  Te Moana, Amo

Kotahitanga:  Hero, Adison, Adelyn, Zacchaeus, Khale, Kylie, Rayden, Zhavana, Drake

Ngā Mātāpono Awards 

Rm 5: Kora-Rae, Stephen

Rm 6:  Beau, Spencer

Rm 7:  Jayleigh, Honey

Rm 8: Jordan, Bella Marie, Olivia, Kaean

Rm 9: Axel, Dennis, Neveah, Reikura

Rm 10:  Dante P, Nathan, Kaea

Rm 11:  Cruz B, Chloe, Ariana, Cody

Kotahitanga: Tynan, Jimmy, Manawairua, Cherish

COVID19 Alert Level 2 information

Who can go to school:

All children can attend school at this level. 

Who should not go to school:

If people are sick, they should stay home (phone Healthline or their GP and get tested if a doctor or health professional recommends to do so).

Anyone who is self isolating or who has been advised by health authorities to remain at home while they wait for their COVID-19 test results must stay at home.

Please remember we have health and safety measures in place at kura to keep everyone safe.

Skool Loop App

The Skool Loop app is the best application to be kept informed of what is going on at school.

The school Facebook page has now been deleted so please ensure that you have downloaded and installed the App.

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

School Photos

School photos will be taken on 10th September. Photo order forms were sent home with the children last week. Orders need to be completed and paid for by 8th September, please return the form and money to the office.

Drop Off Zone

Our drop off zone is nearing completion so we thought we would share how the drop off zone is to be used.

A bell will go at 2:55pm for children to assemble at the collection points below. Please ensure that your tamariki knows which point to meet at so they can be walked out to meet you.

Collection Points:
ASC – hall
Bottom crossing – Wairau Rd crossing/Corks Rd crossing – Te Kakano deck (Junior teachers to supervise)
Drop off zone pick up – Kotahitanga deck (Middle teachers to supervise + Whaea Ness and Whaea Donna)
Top crossing – Corks Rd – Stage (Senior teachers to supervise)

Teachers will remain with the children until the bell goes at 3pm then there will be a walking bus to the appropriate crossing.

Drop off zone rules:
The Angled spaces – These are NOT a parking space – Drivers MUST remain in their cars at all times and wait for their children to come to them
Children must wait on the deck with their siblings until they see their car and the teachers let them go.

The Corks Rd Carpark is for staff only and will be chained at 9:30 am until 3:30pm

Road Crossing Safety

To keep our tamariki safe we have staff posted at the three road crossings close to the school. There are traffic hazards in these areas during the morning when children are arriving.

Each of the three staff will be at their crossing at 8:30am. We are asking for the children to arrive at these crossings after 8:30 so the adults can help them cross safely. For some this may mean leaving home a little later in the mornings.

Thanks for your help.

School Cross Country

Kia ora school whanau.

This year the Denby golf course was not available for cross country. However, Shane Watts from Tikipunga High School who organises the cross country invited us to take some children to their school to run a course.  We asked for kids who were enthusiastic to run around our field last week so we could identify those who could run the necessary distance.

We took fifteen children to Tikipunga High School on Monday and from there we identified nine kids who are ready to race at the Whangarei Primary School Champs at Barge Park.

They are:

Iona, Room 8

Lyric, Room 9

Cael and Maka, Room 10

Koro, Angel and Te Moana, Room 11

Kymani and Wayne, Room 12

Totara Grove is proud of all the children who ran at Tikipunga High School. Well done.

Monday’s run was a perfect practice for the Whangarei Cross Country.

Yummy Fruit Stickers

This term our school is collecting yummy fruit stickers to qualify for free sports gear. Please send your yummy stickers and cut out labels in to the office. One cut out label is worth 10 apple stickers.

For more info see the website:

Upcoming Events

Whole school obstacle challenge – this year we thought we would try something new. Instead of a traditional fun run, we are having an obstacle challenge for the children to take part in. This will take place on the afternoon of Friday the 4th of September.

Celebration of learning – we would like to invite you to share in your child’s learning again this term. We will be holding an open morning for you to come in and take part in activities with your chuild/children on Thursday 24th of September.

Community Notices

Whangarei Netball Centre

Unfortunately WNC has made the decision to postpone all Junior games (Year 1 – 6) for this weekend Thursday 20 & Saturday 22 August.  It saddens WNC to do this however the number of teams to play, the guidelines we would need to have in place for these teams as well as our responsibility under the Junior Netball Policy, are too great.  WNC will reassess the situation again Monday 24 August and the possibility of extending the season out till the 24/26 September (this being the last week of Term 3)