Newsletter LogoThursday 4th February 2021            No. 1

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa,

Welcome to a new year of learning!
Today we welcomed a number of new students and their whanau into our school as part of our powhiri. We know that they will be well looked after as they get to know us. We also welcomed some new teachers into our kura.
Our new teaching staff for this year are:
Whaea Aimee Marinkovick – Room 13 (Yr 3 / 4)
Matua Anaru Emery – Room 7 (Yr 3 / 4)
Whaea Jeanne Hill – Room 9 (Yr 5 / 6)
We look forward to having them as part of our Totara Grove whanau.
We also welcome back our existing staff members, students and whanau.

Whaea Debbie who was one of our learning support coordinators will be working in Kamo High School this year. We wish her well in this role. Whaea Tara continues to work in our kura by working with children and helping them to get the support they need to learn to their best ability.

We have had a number of building projects that have been undertaken over the holiday break. The office has been one of these projects and is looking great.
The office is now to be accessed by entering through the drop off zone side of the school (Off Wairau Rd).
If you wish to come into school during the morning to visit the office or your child/children’s class teacher you may park in the drop off zone parking spaces and enter the school grounds that way.
(However in the afternoon it remains a no parking zone.)
As part of the renovations we have had trouble with our phone systems. We hope to have these fixed soon and we apologise for any inconvenience it may have caused.

Our focus this term is whanaungatanga which is learning about who we are, where we come from and making connections with others.
Let’s make this term a term of sharing, caring and connecting with each other.

He aha te mea nui o te ao?
Ko te tamaiti, tona whanau, tona ao
What is the most important thing in this world?
The child, their family, their world

Nga manaakitanga

Donna Walker
Acting Principal


Free school lunch programme 

Just a reminder that our school is part of the free healthy, daily school lunch programme. Lunches will be available for all our students. However, lunches are not compulsory, and you can continue to provide  your child’s own lunch if you wish. Your child will need to bring snacks for morning tea until fruit starts in week 3.

Here are the menus for the next two weeks:


Free t-shirts

We have a large number of old school t-shirts. If you would like to select a few for your child/children please pop into the school office to collect them. They are really only small sizes and so are more suitable for junior children.

Upcoming Events

*Waitangi Day:  Public holiday: School will be closed on Monday, 8th February.

*IHAD Whanau Celebration:  Friday 12th February, 5-8pm. Tikipunga High School. Free Entry.

*Whanau at the falls: Tikipunga Community Trust’s annual community day ‘Whanau at the Falls’ is being held at Otuihau/Whangarei Falls, Saturday 27 March, 12.00-4.00pm.


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


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