Newsletter LogoWednesday 24th August 2022          No. 13

Te Kura o Tōtara Grove

Tōtara Grove School

Kia ora koutou

This week I would like to take the opportunity to thank and farewell our outgoing Board members Karen Poutai-Struginski, Bevan Lewis, Hale Atutolu and Patrick Moon. Michael McCartain who was also on the Board will be returning for another term. There is a lot involved in governing a school including financial management, property maintenance, personnel decisions and community liaison. These Board members have contributed a massive amount to the success of Totara Grove School through their diligent governance decisions and skills. The Board would also like to thank Ngaire Olley for her dedication and contribution as Board secretary.

School Boards are an important part of a school community and Karen, as the Presiding Member, has led the team and meetings well in a very professional and inclusive manner. The Board has always had the school and students best interests at heart and it has been a pleasure to work with them this term. I would also like to welcome and acknowledge our new Board members who will be joining Michael – Tania Davis, Carmel Edmonds, Tracey Reuben, and Fiona Watts. I look forward to working together with our new Board and please remember that any of you are always most welcome to come along to any of our Board meetings.

A big thank you to everyone for supporting the school’s fundraiser. It has been wonderful to see lots of tickets being sold to raise funds for an awesome new mural to adorn the wall of Room 14 by our drop off and pick up zone. Speaking of the drop off and pick up zone, it is great to see this being used by the majority of our whānau. We do highly encourage you to use this area off Okaihau Place to pick up and to drop off your children if you are driving them as it is a much safer space away from busy Corks Road.

Have a great week everyone.
Noho ora mai,

Principal Tumuaki


Caught Being Good

Winners of books for the previous two weeks were:

Rm 3: Piper-Lee, Roman

Rm 4: Jeevika, Anaya, Phoenix

Rm 6: Princess, Roman

Rm 7: Talanoa, Sebastian

Rm 8: Alyssa, Jayde, Adele

Rm 9: Shivika, Ngawiki

Rm 13: Archer

Rm 14: Lorde


Ngā Mātāpono Awards

Rm 3: Hemi, Ita’lee, Martha, Rylee

Rm 4: Ria, Dre, Arion, Te Kaweora

Rm 6: Nevaeh, Nikau, Pertrice, Reign, Te Ruki

Rm 7: Paula, Kianna, Connor, Murphy

Rm 8: Nikau, Tama

Rm 9: Ryan, Dijonay, Jadyn, Ella, Jacob, James

Rm 13: Skyla, Shannon, Tizaeya, Tukotahi

Rm 14: Phoebe, Cael, Odessa, Preston, Eru


Yummy fruit stickers

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 by the end of term 3. One cut out label is worth 10 apple stickers.

For more info see the website:


Totara Grove School Board of Trustees Parent Election results: 


Teacher’s only day: Friday, 9th September

As mentioned in our last newsletter, we will be having a staff only day on Friday 9th September.  Staff will be doing some professional learning around the local curriculum refresh and Aotearoa histories curriculum, the school.  Staff will work together on this day to strengthen their understanding of the new curriculum format and local histories around Northland.  Please note school will be closed on this day.


Whanau hui

A korero in person with your child’s teacher to talk and plan your goals, dreams and aspirations for your child. School will finish at 1pm on Wednesday 21st September, lunch will still be provided.

Bookings go live online at 2.30pm, Wednesday next week on the SKOOL LOOP App – 15 min time slots
Wednesday 21st Sep, 1:30pm – 6pm (Early finish at 1pm )
Thursday 22nd Sep, 3:30pm – 6pm. (Finish at normal time 3pm)

We look forward to this korero to share all the great things about your child. Nau mai, haere mai e te whānau.


Free school lunch programme

Please see attached the menu for the next fortnight. A detailed ingredients list is published on the lunch by libelle website: (click here).

This Fortnights lunch menu:


Winter wellness

The Ministry of Health has put a range of information together to support schools manage the impacts of winter illnesses and COVID-19.

Useful video and social media links


Fundraising raffle

Our school fundraising raffle is underway. Thank you to those families who have already donated non perishable items to go towards this fabulous prize. There is still time to bring in your donation if you haven’t done so yet – please bring your item/s into the office and pop them into the wheelbarrow. Those who donate something will also go in the draw to win a bonus prize of a child headphone set and pool admission vouchers.

Raffle tickets are currently being taken home with 1 child per family to sell as many as they can in a night then returned the next day. Tickets are $2 each.

The raffle will be drawn on Friday, 16th September.


Scholastic Book Club

Any orders for the current scholastic book club brochure (issue #5, 2022) need to be back in to school by Friday, 26th August. 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.


School loop app

Have you downloaded our skool loop app?


Here is a diagram showing how easy it is to submit an absence.


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

Term 3          25th July – 30th September.  TOD, 9th September

Term 4          17th October – 13th December

Community Notices