Newsletter LogoWednesday 30th June 2021            No. 11

Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa

A reminder that our Whanau Korero (student led conferences) are TODAY Wednesday 30th June (1:30 pm – 6pm) and Thursday 1 July (3:30 – 6pm)
School finishes at 1pm on Wednesday but lunch will still be provided.

If we have an email address for you, on Wednesday you will receive an email inviting you to join our @school community which will allow you to access your child/rens learning in ‘real time.’

If you wish to know more about this pop into the library on Wednesday and Thursday during the Whanau Korero appointments and Whaea Ness and/or myself will lead you through it.

When you attend these conferences your child’s report will be shared with you and teachers will also share our new ‘real time’ reporting system with you.
The new online system is called Spotlight – teachers will show you how it works and how you can access your child’s learning as it is updated by the teacher.

Bookings for the 15 minute appointments can still be made via the Skool Loop app.

If you are booking with multiple teachers please ensure you have enough time in between to walk to the classroom.

We value your input into your child’s learning and look forward to seeing you at the whanau korero.

Nga manaakitanga

Donna Walker
Acting Principal


Caught Being Good

Winners of books for the previous two weeks were:

Rm 4: Peter

Rm 6: Ava

Rm 7: Elisabeth

Rm 9: Drake, Hepeta, Connor, Nathan, Daemon

Rm 10: Moroni, Lincoln

Rm 11: Kahurangi, Olivea, D’Kotah, Enzo

Rm 13: Skyla, Izealia

Rm 14:Ajay, Ashton


Ngā Mātāpono Awards

Rm 4: Taylor, Cael

Rm 6:Tumanako, Cain

Rm 7: Emma, TeOhonga

Rm 9: Brooke, Darvi, Rainy, Amani

Rm 10: Mason, Nikora

Rm 11:Kymani, Sam, Reikura, James

Rm 13: Phu’o’ng, Norton-Reks, Monique, Jordan

Rm 14: Neil, Nike, Stephen, Kylie


Free school lunch programme

This fortnight’s lunch menu:


Our school story

During the Whanau Korero we will have a display of our school story in the library for you to view with your whanau.
There are books written by teachers about their trips to places in and around Whangarei. There are also lots of photos etc for you to look at.
You may even have a story about our school that you wish to share if you went here yourself.
Please pop in – we would love to see and hear from you 🙂
Whaea Ness and Whaea Donna

I have a dream

During the Whanau Korero I Have a Dream will also be in the library if you wish to know more about this programme or sign your child/ren up.

School Football Team

Kia ora school whanau,

We are excited to see our school football team out on the pitch enjoying themselves each Saturday. We are very proud of our tamariki. These photos were from the Tikipunga AFC facebook page.

Thanks to Tikipunga AFC for inviting Totara Grove to enter a team into the local competition. We appreciate your continued support.

Thanks also to the team whanau supporting the kids. It can’t happen without you.

Special thanks to Jaemi and Michael who are managing and coaching the team. Well done.


New Kidscan Jackets

Here is a photo of Te Kakano, our new entrants class, in their new Kidscan jackets.


Don’t they look fabulous!?


Enrolment Day

The school office will be open for new enrolments during the school holidays on Thursday 22nd July from 10am – 1pm.

Please note that we are only able to accept in zone enrolments at this time. You can check to see if you live within our home zone here:

You will need to bring the following documents for each child you wish to enrol:

*Birth certificate/passport
*Proof of address
*Immunisation certificate/records


Yummy Sticker Promotion

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. This promotion runs during terms 2 & 3.

For more info see the website:


Whanau Korero (student led conferences)

These will be held TODAY, Wednesday 30th June (1:30 pm – 6pm) and tomorrow, Thursday 1 July (3:30 – 6pm).
School will finish at 1pm TODAY but lunch will still be provided.

There are still some places available, please book your 15 minute appointment via the skool loop app.


Matariki Festival

We have set the date for our Matariki Festival – please mark it on your calendars!

Thursday the 5th August 2:30 – 5:30pm

The funds raised from the festival will go towards beautifying our school environment. If you know of any businesses who would like to like to donate any goods, services or pledges towards the event, please contact the school.

School Term Dates for 2021

Term 1          4th February – 16th April

Term 2         3rd May – 9th July

Term 3          26th July – 1st October

Term 4          18th October – 14th December


Community Notices

Celebrate Matariki with a whānau friendly movie screening of Moana (PG) starting at 4.30pm followed by a spectacular fireworks show at 6.45pm at Semenoff Stadium, Okara Drive. Gates open at 4pm. Event finishes at 7pm. A poster is attached if you’d like to put one up.

Hot kiwi kai and drinks will be available for sale. Bring a blanket and get comfortable on the field or sit in the Grandstand facing the stadium’s new big screen.

Tickets: Adults $10, Children free (14 years and under). Children must be accompanied by an adult and have a free ticket. Tickets are available from Eventfinda:

Rain date: Sunday 4 July 2021.

Accessibility information: Designated viewing area, mobility parking, wheelchair access, accessible toilets. For more accessibility info please contact the venue: 09 430 4833 or

You can bring: low camping chairs, bean bags, blankets, prams/ strollers, home prepared food and an empty bottle to fill up with water inside the venue.
Please do not bring: This is an Alcohol free event. Please do not bring alcohol or any beverages or any glass into the venue.
Please do not bring commercially prepared food (ie KFC, Domino’s Pizza).
This is a Smoke-free and Vape-free event, no smoking is allowed inside the venue.

For more information:
Ph: 09 430 4833
Facebook Event: (2) Matariki Pahū Ahi – Fireworks Display & Movie Night | Facebook

Northern Lights Tutukaka Coast
1st – 11th July

Northern Lights is a community run festival of lights held on the Tutukaka Coast.

During the festival many light art displays will be installed around the coast with contributions from local artists & creatives; Shane Hansen, Paul Harris, Mark Wallis, Sam Newsome, Arjan Verweij, Katherine Marks, Amie Connor, Sophie Roselt, Scott Gundesen & Jo Roberts (to name a few) and support form Whangarei District Council, Tutukaka Coast Promotions, Northland Inc, Creative Northland, Blah Blah Marketing, Ngunguru School, many local sponsors and the community of the Tutukaka Coast. Over the festival there will also be a series of events, many free to attend, featuring our local talent & performers.

This festival has created hype and buzz this winter, with a good reason for visitors to travel to the amazing Whangarei District. We welcome you to join us for one or more of our events during the Northern Lights Festival.

Check out our Festival Events:

This is a not-for-profit, community run event. Many of our events are free, however, we do encourage you to click through and get a free ticket so that we can report on the events success to our funders at WDC. Our Tickets have a tier system. Grab a free/koha ticket for you and your whanau, or choose to give a little extra if you can! There will be an option for you to give koha at the events too.