Newsletter LogoWednesday 2nd September 2020            No. 12

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa,

It has been lovely to see the sunshine this week and for the children to be able to be out and about.

The seniors had a fantastic day on Tuesday exploring the local waterways adjacent to our kura in Totara Parklands. Our kura has an important role in being kaitiaki of these awa and we are investigating ways in which we can ensure that they stay clean and safe for future generations.
Part of our educational journey this year has been looking at local resources and connecting with them in meaningful ways. This will continue to be a focus for us as we develop our localised curriculum.

This Friday we will be holding our Fun Run for 2020. It will be in the form of an obstacle challenge.
Whanau are invited to watch this event but we ask that you follow the guidelines of alert level 2 by signing in at the school office and take a seat on the turf so we can maintain social distancing requirements. We ask that you remain seated in the assigned area to watch your child please.
The children will be running in syndicate times slots beginning with the middle team. They will run at 9:20 am approximately. The seniors will then follow at approximately 10:20am. The juniors will be running at 11:45am.
Children will need to bring a change of clothes and a towel as one obstacle involves water! They can also come dressed in their whanau house colours – please ask their teacher if you are not sure what house they are in.
Please come and watch your child but also assist us by following the guidelines.

Donna Walker
Acting Principal


Caught Being Good

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

Rm 5: Chase, Maddison, Lawrence, Alyssa

Rm 6: Nike, Rob Marley, Ocean, Sebastian

Rm 7: Ryan, Taiatea, Tynneal, Carter

Rm 8: Bella-Marie, Dynahlee

Rm 10: Charlotte, Marnu, Daddy-Boy, Akaysha, Martin

Kotahitanga:  Nivaeya, Elvis, Ariska, Hine, Jakobi, Te Mauri, Rayden, Cherish

Ngā Mātāpono Awards 

Rm 5: Sinaraa, Korbyn, Cameron, Boaz

Rm 6: Kianna, Soulja, Lorde

Rm 7:  Jadyn, Melaia,Nikita

Rm 8: Manaia-Rose, Olivea

Rm 10:  Tyler, Valintina, Dante P, Miller

Rm 11:  Paige, Koro, Kohuroa, Jahlym

Rm 12:  Khyro, Whitiao, Acacia, Wayne

Kotahitanga: Lincoln, Rayden, Drake

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.

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 8:45 am until 3:30pm

Please make sure your child/children know where to meet you.

Mau Rakau

Matua Len is coming into school to take 2 groups of students in Mau Rakau. Mau Rākau is “The language, rituals, customs, and history of Te Ao Māori [the Māori World view] are all encapsulated when we train taiaha, “Taiaha uses leg movements, weaponry movements, strikes, blocks and sparring, you learn to defend yourself, and it is mostly delivered in te reo.” The children are really enjoying this opportunity and we say a big thank you to Matua for sharing his time and expertise with our tamariki.





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:

Senior Stream Visit


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 Friday, 4th of September.
Middles starting approx 9:20 am
Seniors starting approx 10:20 am
Juniors starting approx 11:45am

There will be a water obstacle so please ensure your child has a change of clothes and towel.

* Wig Wednesday

Next Wednesday, 9th of September we will be holding Wig Wednesday. Tamariki can wear a wig or decorate their hair for the day. 

This is our opportunity to bring a gold coin donation and support child cancer.

*School Photos

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

*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 child/children on Thursday, 24th of September.

Community Notices