Newsletter LogoWednesday 9th December 2020            No. 18

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa,

Another year of learning comes to an end. It is awesome to be able to celebrate the year that has been and the progress of the tamariki.
Our school prize giving takes place next Monday the 14th of December at 10am at Tikipunga High School. We hope you can come along and join in with us as we bring our year to a close.

Staffing Update
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Whaea Jacinda for her work in the Middles team this year. She is leaving us to take up a position at Kaikohe East School next year. We wish her well in her new kura.
Whaea Melissa has also worked in the Middle team this year. She has been covering Whaea Casey as she has been an Across School Leader in our Kahui Ako. We also thank her for her contribution to the team.
Whaea Casey and Whaea Charlotte leave us to go on maternity leave. We cannot wait to meet their new babies in the future. Best wishes for this new chapter for you both.
Matua Jon the IHAD Navigator for Year 6 leaves our kura to follow our Year 6 students on to Tikipunga High school.
Thank you Whaea Girlie who has been covering for Whaea Rosina while she also is on maternity leave. We have not had news of a baby yet but it can’t be too far away.
Congratulations to Matua Wiremu who has completed his 2 years of beginning teacher training. We acknowledge his hard work and dedication on his educational journey.

Just a reminder that next year we have joined the free healthy, daily school lunch programme. The lunches will be available for all our students in 2021. However, lunches are not compulsory, and you can continue to provide your child’s own lunch if you wish.

Unfortunately Fonterra Milk in Schools programme comes to end at the end of 2020 and will no longer be available for our students.

We were lucky enough to be the recipients of funding from Ray White “We Can Help With That”, to be able to purchase 10 scooters and helmets and 6 skateboards and helmets to be used at break times next year. Here is Tyler with our new purchases. Thank you Ray White!!

Thank you to each and everyone of you for your contributions to our kura. E waka eke noa – we are all in this together.
Have a safe and enjoyable Christmas break – we look forward to seeing you all again in the new year.

Meri Kirihimete me te Tau Hou

Donna Walker
Acting Principal



Caught Being Good

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

Rm 4: Braxton, Marlia, TJ, Amber

Rm 5: Kordel, Korbyn, Cameron, Alyssa

Rm 6: Soulja, Ocean, AJ, Rob Marley

Rm 7: Te Ohonga, Jayleigh, Jayden, Honey, Kutana, Heeniriria

Rm 8: Shekairis, Kaean, Jordan

Rm 10: Miller, James, Akaysha, Martin

Rm 11: Ayva’rlee

Kotahitanga: Jordan, Kylie, Adelyn, Cherish, Hoki, Tyla-Mei, Manawairua, James

Ngā Mātāpono Awards 

Rm 4: Shardi, Lapa, Maika, Shaani

Rm 5: Sinaraa, Lawrence, Connor, Kora-Rae

Rm 6: Nike, Riley, Parris, Neil

Rm 7: Ataahua, Anthony

Rm 8: Bella Marie, Kaden, Phu’o’ng, Mila

Rm 10: Nathan, Dante, Kauri, Marnu

Rm 11: Manaia, Ariana

Kotahitanga: Rayden, Rainy, Delivyryance, Drake


Tuia Mātauranga Roadshow visit at Kiwi North with our school council leaders ‘Ngā Maramara ō Tōtara’ 

We visited the Tuia Matauranga truck at Kiwi North with our school council leaders ‘ Ngā Maramara ō Tōtara’. We had an awesome visit learning all about the history of Aotearoa,  the narratives, navigation, waka exploration, maramataka, place names, Te Tiriti ō Waitangi, native plants, birds and distinctive rangatira (leaders) of the past. The tamariki enjoyed their visit, along with the new learning experiences and opportunities they were participating in on the day.


No lunch orders – last week of school

There will be no hot lunch orders on Monday the 14th (Prizegiving day). Please arrange for your child to bring a lunch to school on that day. Also as school closes at 12pm on Tuesday 15th there won’t be lunch orders on Tuesday either.


Upcoming Events

*Prizegiving: 14th December, 10am at Tikipunga High School

*Last day of term 4: School finishes at 12pm on Tuesday the 15th of December

*2021 Enrolment day: Thursday, 28th January – The school office will be open for enrolment applications for any new students looking to enrol in term 1.  We will be open between 10am – 1pm. Please bring your child’s birth certificate, immunisation record and your proof of address.

*First day of school term 1, 2021: Thursday, 4th February


Dates for 2021

Term 1          4th February – 16th April (Easter break: Friday, 2nd April – Tuesday, 6th April. Staff Only Day: 7th April)

Term 2         3rd May – 9th July ( Staff Only Day: 8th June)

Term 3          26th July – 1st October

Term 4          18th October – 14th December


Community Notices

Sistema Whangārei – Toi Akorangi Orchestra Programme

The Sistema Whangarei – Toi Akorangi music programme is accepting new enrolments in January 2021. If your child is 6 years old or older, they are welcome to enrol. There is an enrolment form online on our website You can email us at
The dates for the new intake and January Holiday Programme are Monday, 25 Jan through Thursday, 28 January. We will have another intake in July during
the second week of the July Holidays if that works better for your whanau.

Sistema Whangarei is a completely free, radically inclusive programme that removes barriers to participation for all children. Please contact us for more information or if you have any questions.
Sam Winterton 0274 343 967 or Michelle Jones 028 258 20770