Newsletter LogoWednesday 3rd March 2021            No. 3

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa,

The school year is now well under way.
Our children are settled into learning routines and are taking part in a range of different activities. We have had a local author visit our school and donate a book for each child in the school, Matua Wyllie comes in to teach sports skills and swimming sports have begun.
Exposing the children to all these various activities helps the children to develop and shape themselves in a number of ways. They have experiences they may never get again, see job possibilities for the future and help to see the world in different ways.
The vision of the New Zealand Curriculum wants “young people who will be confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.”
It is great to have these opportunities and to be able to provide them for our children.
We also value whanau input – it is great to be able to have the opportunity over the next two days for you to share with us your aspirations for your whanau and how we can support that.

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


Caught Being Good

Winners of books for the previous two weeks were:

Rm 4: Amber, Ke’Aulani

Rm 5: Te Amaroa, Kianna, Syhlas, Korbyn, Te Kaweora

Rm 6: Tumanako, Roman, O’Shea, Deena

Rm 8: Addison

Rm 9: Alexis, Cruize, Logan

Rm 10:  Zane, Mason, Kutana, Maka, Jimmy

Rm 13: Hemi, Te Ararina, Phu’o’ng, Hero


Ngā Mātāpono Awards

Rm 4: Axl, Arion

Rm 5: Alyssa, Olando, Cameron, Chase

Rm 6:  Kahvaya, Caleb, Rob Marley, Osiris

Rm 8: Precious, Suavae, Lawrence, Dynahlee, Zhavanna

Rm 9: James, Cherish, Connor, Rainy

Rm 10: Ayden, Dezya, Axel, Lincoln

Rm 13: Ngawiki, Tizaeya, River-Lee, Ryan


Free school lunch programme 

This fortnight’s lunch menu:

Whanau Have a go night

We had a fantastic turn out at our recent ‘Whānau Have a Go Night’. Thank you for taking the time to come and meet the staff and participate in fun games.

The winners of the Countdown vouchers were:
Jorja Campbell
Zane and Dylan Moselen
Paatikeri Te Waake

Congratulations to you all!

Scholastic Book Club

Any orders for the current scholastic book club brochure (issue #1, 2021) need to be back in to school by Friday, 5th March. Please return the order form with the child’s name, room number, selected books and the correct money owing. Orders past this date can be made directly online, however they won’t be delivered through the school and postage costs will be added to your order.

2021 Totara Grove Senior Swimming World Championship


Another swimming term is underway. As always the teachers have been working hard to provide fun swimming programmes for the kids. The tamariki have also been able to swim during break times when teachers volunteer to supervise. This has been valuable on those very hot days.
The Senior Swimming Sports was lots of fun this year with music and cheering. Pohutukawa were the winning house this year. 145 points. Congratulations!
Rimu won the house relay which was very close and exciting.
The selected school team representing the senior school provided some challenge for the adult relay team. The kids were up against athletes like Whaea Yvonne, Whaea Kay, Whaea Jeanne, Mr Kelly (AKA the dolphin) and Matua Anaru. We had super star whanau swimmers added to the team; Terry Lee and Whaea Kura. Well done! And thank you.
Thanks to Whaea Ness, Whaea Donna, Mrs Fryer, Whaea Yvanne, Whaea Kay, Whaea Racheal, Matua Wiremu and Mr Wolfgram for their efforts, making this a smooth event.

Thanks to all the whanau and friends of the school for their support which is very important to the tamariki.
Glen Campbell

Whanau Aspiration Korero 

Just a reminder about our Whanau Aspiration Korero which are taking place Wednesday 3rd March 1:30 – 6pm (today)  and Thursday 4th March 3:30 – 6pm (tomorrow). 

There are still some times available, simply book your 15minute appointment via the school loop app. If you are booking times with multiple teachers please ensure you leave enough time in between to walk to the next classroom. We value your input into your child/children’s learning.  School will be closing at 1pm, 3rd March (today).

Appointment times are between: Wednesday 3rd March, 1.30-6pm & Thursday 4th March, 3.30-6pm.

KidsCan sunhats 

A huge thank you to Dalece Steed for nominating our school in a recent social promotion. We are the recipients of 240 sun hats for our children to be sun smart.

Lost Property

Already this term we have a huge amount of unclaimed clothing. To try to reduce the pile the lost property will be on display on the grass outside the office every Friday. Please come in and have a look.

Upcoming Events

*Whanau Aspiration Korero:  Wednesday 3rd March, 1.30-6pm. Thursday 4th March, 3.30-6pm


School Term Dates for 2021

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


(See school office for Free Bus Timetable on Sunday 7th March)