Newsletter LogoWednesday 23rd March 2022          No. 4


Kia Ora e te Whānau,

He mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa i te kaupeka o Ngahuru.
He mihi nui ki ngā whānau o tēnei kura, tihei mauri ora !

I send you warm greetings at this time and hope this panui finds you and your whānau safe and well. We now move into the season of Ngahuru (Autumn), a time when our days start to get shorter and the temperature begins to cool down. This is a good time to start to prepare for the winter months ahead as we continue to ride this turbulent covid wave together.

I would like to thank you for your cooperation at this challenging time. Please continue to keep in touch with your child’s teacher or call the school office to answer any questions, we are here to help. Nau mai, haere mai, kōrero mai. Please inform us of absences due to isolation and a reminder we have our hybrid online learning on the school website or hard packs of learning if need be.

At Tōtara Grove School, we continue to be open for learning and I am buzzing with the positive vibe around the place. I commend our ākonga for their resilience at this difficult time, where they may have a relief teacher for a day or two and have friends away from kura also due to isolation. I am proud of how they have engaged with their learning and display true examples of our school values, ‘Ngā Mātāpono’ – Whānaungatanga, Manaakitanga, Ako me Tū Rangatira. On that note, I would like to thank our staff for their unrelenting support and leading the way as a kura also.

A BIG thank you to our parents who are using the drop off and pick up zone in the mornings and afternoon. The drop off/pick up zone was purposefully built at the back of our school for the safety of everyone and especially for our tamariki, your children. Thank you for adhering to this plea, it is much appreciated.
Thank you to Whaea Pam who has been directing parents from the top gate to the ‘drop off, pick up zone’. I am sure many of you have seen her in her high vizzy vest and gumboots directing traffic? Thank you for your mahi Whaea Pam!

Starting this week, we have a segment in our newsletter where we will have a few staff each week introduce themselves to you with their pepeha and other interesting facts about themselves. This is our way of reaching out and connecting with you all, he wā whakawhanaunatanga.

Keep safe whānau and stay well

Mauri ora,
Whaea Vanessa


Caught Being Good

Winners of books for the previous two weeks were:

Rm 3: Naima, Chelsea

Rm 7: Vinny-Lee

Rm 8: Tyrion, Didi

Rm 10: Rush, Shekairis, Ariska

Rm 13: Zhanica, Skyla, Archer

Rm 14: Lissette


Ngā Mātāpono Awards

Rm 3: Ryleigh, Ita’lee, Rylee, Brandon

Rm 7: TJ, Kiana, Murphy, Tyler

Rm 8: Vanity, Tumanako, Kason

Rm 9: Hine, Hunter

Rm 10: Lincoln, Jimmy, Ashlyn, Nivaeya, Kingston-Haze

Rm 12: Andrew, Evander

Rm 13: Janie-Marie, Hemi, Izealia

Rm 14: Maika, Adele, Te Tihi, Kora-Rae, Cameron


Ko Te Roopu Tāniko with Whaea Tania Davis

This week we had a group of students participate in their first workshop with Whaea Tania while learning the art of tāniko, weaving of kakahu.
Whaea Tania has a mokpuna at our kura and we feel so privileged to have her share her pūkenga me matauranga ( skills and knowledge) of this taonga. He piki mihi ki a koe Whaea Tania. Watch this space whānau, I will keep you updated as we go.


Staff Pepeha

Each newsletter we will introduce our awesome staff at Tōtara Grove School.

This week we introduce our leadership team.

Whaea Vanessa – Acting Principal, Whaea Pam – Acting Deputy Principal and Junior school team leader,  Matua Wiremu –  R12 , Senior school team leader and  Whaea Deanne – R14, Middle school team leader.

He Kura, He Tōtara!


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:


Scholastic Book Club

Any orders for the current scholastic book club brochure (issue #2, 2022) need to be back in to school by Friday, 8th April. 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.


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


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