Newsletter LogoWednesday 23rd February 2022          No. 2

Kia Ora e te whānau

He mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa,
Ko te tumanako, kia haumaru te noho ki roto i ngā kainga puta noa i te hapori nei.

Greetings to you all, I hope this newsletter finds you and your whānau safe and well in your homes and in our community.

Welcome to week 4, already a month back at school, how fast time is flying by, we must be having fun !

Considering the unsettling times we are in, we have noticed how settled the tamariki have been at kura and the positive vibe of engaged learning in all the classrooms. I would like to thank all our kaiako and kaiawhina for creating a great start for our tamariki. He Kura, He Tōtara!

A couple of weeks ago we hosted our first ‘Whānau Fun Day’. Classes came out in their whānau groups and participated in some fun challenging games led by a group of senior students.
It was a great success and everyone enjoyed the activities.
Thank you Mr Campbell and the senior students for organising this event for our tamariki.

The Covid wave is coming and we are starting to hear and feel the momentum in our hapori (community) and rohe (local area).
I want to assure you that we are following all protocols to keep everyone safe in our kura.
All we ask is that we need to work together during this time and if in doubt please don’t hesitate to call the school office on Ph 4350019. (More details follow in this newsletter)

Kia pai ou koutou wiki – Have a great week everyone.

Mauri Ora, stay well.

Whaea Vanessa (Vanessa Peters)
Acting Principal

Te Kura ō Tōtara Grove
He Kura, He Tōtara


Caught Being Good

Winners of books for the previous two weeks were:

Rm 3 :  Harper

Rm 6 :  Osiris, Princess

Rm 7 : Jayde, Colin

Rm 8 : Amber

Rm 9: Carter

Rm 10: Ayden, Anthony

Rm 11: Meao

Rm 12: Te Ararina, Kaden, Atāhua

Rm 13 : Dallas

Rm 14 :  Sinara, Sam


Ngā Mātāpono Awards

Rm 3 : Hemi, Rawiri

Rm 6 : Bailey, Mauri, Reign, Sheila-Rose

Rm 7 : Iroam, Grace, Devante, Kason

Rm 8 : Zariyah, Maddison, Johannus, Precious

Rm 9: Khale, Ryan, Mahoe, Livera

Rm 10 : Kutana, Delivyryance, Dylan

Rm 12: Andrew

Rm 13 : Noah, Simeon, Wyatt, Braxton, Oliver, Hemi, Larelle

Rm 14 : Connor, Jacob, Olando, Adele


Librarian awards

Our librarians worked really hard last year especially with the ups and downs of lockdowns. A big thank you to them all. Two librarians worked especially hard and managed to complete their bronze, silver and gold awards. Congratulations to Alexis and Dezya on earning your Golden Librarian Awards . Well done girls.

Nga Mihi, Mrs Irene and Mrs Fryer.



From here on in, the only students to be using the staff driveway in the morning are the students who WALK to school from neighbouring streets off Corks Rd and Kamo Rd.
If you are dropping your child off, we want to encourage you to use the DROP OFF & PICK UP ZONE at the BACK of the school. The purpose of the drop off zone was to alleviate the traffic out of the staff car park, for the safety of everyone and the busy Corks Rd at the top of the driveway. It is 100% safer and we ask that you adhere to this request please.
IF you need to walk your child into class, see a teacher or the office, that is fine. However, every adult needs to wear a mask and either scan in at the gate or sign in on the register on the table. – nga mihi.


Tōtara Grove School Covid 19 Plan

What do I need to do if…?

I hope this flowchart helps you with any questions you may have at this time in regards to Covid 19, when children neeed to stay at home and expectations for notifying the school.



Digital (Hybrid) Learning – is LIVE NOW!

If your child is absent from school due to illness or having to isolate at home, our digital learning platform is now up and going.
To access this you can do so through our school WEBSITE or click on the link provided.
Then choose the year group your child is in.

The Ministry of Education has set up this online resource, however, we have added and kept our kura flavour and how we do things, like starting with himene and karakia everyday, to continue with some normality if working from home and still feeling connected to the kura whānau at Tōtara Grove.

Hybrid learning is a term used to encompass all the ways our tamariki could be learning while we navigate through covid. Some days your child may be at school working in books and face to face with their kaiako, next day could take a turn and are having to isolate at home and this is when this online learning happens.

If you have no wifi or a device, you will receive a hardpack of work for your child. If and when this happens, we will organise a pick up or a drop off with you.


Free school lunch programme

A message from Libelle, our school lunch provider: We are continuing to experience high occurrences of disruption throughout our food supply chain (due to a certain pandemic).

Please be assured that our teams are working hard to pivot at the drop of a hat, and we will ensure that your lunchboxes remain full and nutritionally balanced despite supply disruptions.

While we aim to keep the integrity of our advertised menu as much as possible, we do apologise if not all meals are exactly as advertised on the published menu. Our teams will try to keep you in the loop as much as possible, please rest assured that we are doing our best.

This Fortnights lunch menu:

Whānau Kōrero: Goal Setting Interviews next week: Face to Face, Zoom or phone call

Wiki #5  Wednesday 2 March  & Thursday 3 March

A korero with your child’s teacher to talk and plan your goals, dreams and aspirations for your child this year, 2022. School will finish at 1pm on Wednesday 2 March, lunch will still be provided.

Bookings go live at 2.30pm today on the SKOOL LOOP App – 15 min time slots
Wednesday 2 March 1:30pm – 6pm (Early finish at 1pm )
Thursday 3 March, 3:30pm – 6pm. (Finish at normal time 3pm)

With Covid presenting itself in our community, we have provided you with three options to connect with your child’s teacher. You can either book;
(1) Face to face kōrero with the class teacher, in the classroom on our school grounds.
(2) Zoom / Google Meet    (3) Phone Interview

Face to face interviews are to be limited to 1 whānau member per child and mask use is essential. We look forward to this korero to share all the great things about your child. Nau mai, haere mai e te whānau.


Scholastic Book Club

Any orders for the current scholastic book club brochure (issue #1, 2022) need to be back in to school by Monday, 28th February. 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.


Kapa Haka – Whaea Yvonne Maunsell – Starts tomorrow

Waiata and kapa haka starts for everyone tomorrow, Thursday 25th February. We have a new tutor joining us this year, Whaea Yvonne. She is excited and ready to pull the haka boogie out of our tamariki. 🙂
Each whānau group will work in groups with Whaea Yvonne, which keeps everyone safe in numbers. The juniors start the day, the middles next and then the senior students.
There will also be a part of the morning when Whaea Yvonne will work with a group of students who have indicated they would like to be part of the performing roopu. Watch this space whānau – Whakamīharo ana! Superb!


Tōtara Grove School – Miniball – Starts tonight

Miniball starts tonight at the McKay Stadium, Kensington.
At this stage we have one team entered in the competition.
Thank you to Whaea Kay for organising this kaupapa and providing another opportunity for our tamariki.
Harae mai te wero! Kei tawhiti koutou! – Bring on the challenge! Shoot them hoops tamariki ma!


Te Manawa Tahi Timetable

If you have a concern about your child’s language development, learning progress, social and emotional wellbeing, or behaviour, TeManawa Tahi have specialists available so you can discuss your concerns directly with them.
This is a free service and each site will be identified by a Te Manawa Tahi flag. Drop into a hub or make an appointment by phoning 0800 5248 4256 or emailing


School Term Dates for 2022

Term 1          3rd February – 14th April

Term 2         2nd May – 8th July, TOD Fri 3rd June

Term 3          25th July – 30th September

Term 4          17th October – 13th December



Community Notices

Tangihua Lions Lodge family and open day

On Saturday 26 Feb we are having an open day at the Tangihua lions lodge for families, and everyone else who is interested in the lodge or surrounding area. This is a great opportunity for teachers or anyone considering a wedding, family gatherings or just to stay, to have a look around and chat to us.

 – For more information  or Gerald Mannion 0272299444