Newsletter LogoWednesday 4th May 2022          No. 6

Term 2 : WHANAUNGATANGA’ – ‘Culture & Identity’

‘We are proud of who we are’

Te Kura o Tōtara Grove

Tōtara Grove School

Rāapa 6 ō Haratua, 2022

Kia Ora e te Whānau,

Kamusta, Bula Vinaka, Suostei, Goeie dag, Hallo, Kia orana, Fakalofa lahi atu, Sawubona, Talofa lava, Namaste, Xin chāo, G’day & hello.

Welcome back to term 2 and fingers crossed it is going to be a much more settled term for us all, compared to term 1.

A special welcome to our new ākonga, new students and their whānau who have joined our whānau at Te kura o Tōtara Grove. We welcome you with open arms, nau mai, haere mai.

I hope you got to enjoy the school holidays, along with some quality time together with your tamariki.

On Monday, It was beautiful to start the term together with our kura whakatau to welcome everyone back to term 2 and our new ākonga. It has been a long time where we can be together, especially indoors and be as a whole school whānau. We look forward to coming together more often and sharing all the great learning experiences as a whole school.

Term 2 kaupapa/ focus : ‘WHANAUNGATANGA’ – ‘Culture & Identity’ -‘We are proud of who we are’. This is our whole school kaupapa and the focus for this term. All learning is planned and aligned with Whanaungatanga, one of our school Ngā Mātāpono, our school values.

MATARIKI ki runga! Celebrating MatarikiThis term we also celebrate the special time of Matariki and also a historic moment where Matariki is celebrated and recognised as a public holiday in Aotearoa, Friday 24th June.

Watch this space. We have an event planned for this week and more information will be coming out shortly.

Moving into the winter months, means the winter sports all start happening which is great to see. We have school netball teams starting next week. Thank you to the whānau who have put their hands up to coach or manage a team. Your support and time is greatly appreciated, he mihi nui ki a koutou katoa! I also want to mihi to Matua Wiremu and Whaea Aimee for leading and organising our school netball teams. He mihi nui ki a kōrua!
Good luck to all netball teams.

Please remember to keep in touch with us if your child is away or absent due to covid. Your communication and cooperation we value. If your child is well, send them to school as we have many exciting and engaging activities and programmes waiting for them to be part of, your child’s attendance and learning is very important to us.

Lastly, welcome back to term 2, it is going to be a busy and exciting term of learning and activities.

Matariki hunga,
Matariki ahunga nui.
Matariki has many admirers,
Matariki brings us together.

Tihei, Mauri Ora!
Whaea Vanessa

P.S – I caught this stunning rainbow this week, it stretched right across our kura. It made me think about all the beautiful things we do and have happening in our kura and such a  sight to see to start  term 2, a new term, with new learning and new beginnings. 

He aniwaniwa ātaahua. – Mauri Ora, Whaea Vanessa


Caught Being Good

Winners of books for the previous two weeks were:

Rm 3: Rawiri

Rm 7: Connor, Jayde

Rm 8:  Hattie

Rm 10: Monique

Rm 11: Rawhiti, Olivea

Rm 13: Janie-Marie

Rm 14: Preston, Connor


Ngā Mātāpono Awards

Rm 3: Amaia-Lee, Hemi

Rm 7: Tayla, Dastan, Madison

Rm 8: Colin

Rm 10: Nishta, Anthony

Rm 11: Kaysha, Jordin, Treazlyn

Rm 13: Bosba, Noah, Braxton

Rm 14: Eru, Liam


Staff Pepeha

Ko wai mātou ? Who are we as a staff at Tōtara Grove School.

Introducing four more staff members this week and their pepeha.



Breakfast club

Reminder that every morning we host the breakfast club which is run by staff under the big sun shade by the office and staffroom. This operates between the hours of  7:45am – 8:15am. 

It’s been nice  to see our tamariki enjoy breakfast, whilst sitting with their mates, staff and for many, meeting some new friends. It’s quite a vibrant and busy part of the school in the morning and a great way to start the day. Please encourage your child to attend if need be, especially if you’re running late and breakfast is needed, nau mai, haere mai. 7:45-8:15am, nau mai, haere mai.


Free school lunch programme

Please see attached the menu for weeks One (Kauri 02/05 – 06/05) and Two (Nikau 09/05 – 13/05). A detailed ingredients list is published on the lunch by libelle website: (click here).

This Fortnights lunch menu:



Kia ora whānau, we are looking for more junior (years 0-2) netball players. We have a great coach for this team but sadly we do not have enough players. It would be a shame to have to pull out of the competition. Games for this year level are played on a Monday evening at Kensington stadium and begin Monday 9th May. Please contact me ASAP, before the end of the week if you would like your child to part of this team. I look forward to hearing from some of you soon.
Ngā mihi,
Whaea Aimee


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. Queens Birthday, 6th June. TOD, Tues 7th June.  Matariki holiday, 24th June

Term 3          25th July – 30th September

Term 4          17th October – 13th December

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