Newsletter LogoWednesday 24th November 2021            No. 17


Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa 


The warm weather is upon us and the tamariki are enjoying the use of the pool to cool off.

Please make sure they bring their togs and towel every day to make the most of the weather.

Also please remember to send your child to school with a bucket hat to protect them from the sun.

There are bottles of sunscreen available for use in each classroom for the children to put on at each break time if they wish.


A number of people have asked about prizegiving this year.

Planning and preparations are underway for this but until we get more guidance from the Government about the traffic light system and what this means for schools we cannot share any details with you yet.

We will continue to follow the guidelines from the Ministry of Education which is supported by the Ministry of Health around gatherings and numbers.


Last day of term 4 –  just a reminder that school will close at 12pm on Tuesday 14th December.

(There will be no lunches delivered this day due to our closing time)


Nga manaakitanga

Donna Walker

Acting Principal



Last day of the term/year

School finishes at 12pm on Tuesday the 14th December

TGS Dates 2022 

TOD Tuesday 1st February

         Wednesday 2nd February


3rd February – 14th April

Term 2   

2nd May – 8th July

TOD Friday 3rd June

Term 3 

25th July – 30th September

Term 4   

17th October – 13th December




Breakfast Club 

Just a reminder that Breakfast Club starts at 7:45 am each morning. There is no adult supervision at school before that time.



If your child brings a phone to school they must be handed into the office at the start of the day and then collected at the end of the day for safe keeping.



Caught Being Good

Winners of books for the previous two weeks were:

Rm 5 : Rewi, Millie

Rm 6 : Ava, Cain C,

Rm 7 : Luke, Grace

Rm 8 : Davante

Rm 10 : Lincoln W,

Rm 13 : River Lee P x2

Rm 14 : Hoki

Ngā Mātāpono Awards

Rm 5 : Boaz, Syhlas, Talanoa, Chase

Rm 6 : Royston, Te Rina, Nevaeh W, Soulja T,

Rm 7 : Tayla S, Ataahua, Jaxon, Te Ohonga

Rm 8 : Nikki, Suavae, Zhavana

Rm 10 : James G, Macey

Rm 13 : Ryan G, Brooke H, Ngawiki N-T

Rm 14 : Hookio, Kora-Rae, Dylan M, Maika



We have been having a large number of toys brought to school including Pokemon cards. 

Unfortunately we have to ask that they not be brought to school as children are swapping and trading them. This is causing a lot of disruption to learning times as teachers try to sort out the problems which develop.


Free school lunch programme

This Fortnights lunch menu:


Duffy summer reading  $5 parent offer 

These brochures were sent home yesterday.  This is a great way to get books at a very reasonable price.

Please note the deadline for all orders and money to be back at Totara Grove School is Thursday 2nd December


School Term Dates for 2021

Term 1          3rd February – 16th April

Term 2         3rd May – 9th July

Term 3          26th July – 1st October

Term 4          18th October – 14th December


Community Notices


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