Newsletter LogoWednesday 19th October 2022          No. 16

Te Kura o Tōtara Grove

Tōtara Grove School

Kia ora koutou

A very warm welcome to all of the new families who have started at our kura. It is wonderful to have you as part of our whānau. I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday. We are looking forward to the term ahead but it is quite a short one with only just over 8 weeks.

On Monday 31 October, we will be having a ‘Kahui Ako’ staff only day where we will be learning more about Russell Bishop’s Relationships Based learning. It is great working with other schools and our Te Tai Raki Whangarei Kahui Ako group includes the primary schools of Hikurangi, Kamo, Glenbervie, Kaurihohore, Whau Valley and Hurupaki along with Kamo Intermediate, Blomfield, Excellere College and Kamo High School.

This week I would like to acknowledge our ‘I Have a Dream’ Navigators. We are so fortunate to have them at our school and the extra experiences and opportunities they offer are amazing!! I have been most impressed with the manaakitanga, whanaungatanga and aroha they show towards our tamariki. They really enrich our kura with their positive attitudes, beautiful energy and their willingness to go above and beyond for our students in all that they do.

Have a fabulous week everyone.

Principal Tumuaki



Caught Being Good

Winners of books for the previous two weeks were:

Rm 3: Harper, Bentley

Rm 6: Ava

Rm 8: Tama

Rm 9: River-Lee

Rm 10: Monique, Anthony, Ayden

Rm 13: Traezlyn, Hemi

Rm 14: Willow, Phoebe


Ngā Mātāpono Awards

Rm 3: Ariki, Jordan

Rm 6: Shelia-Rose, Arlo

Rm 7: Shani, Loucious

Rm 8: Colin, Anahera, Didi

Rm 9: Dijonay, Tukaha

Rm 10: Te Iwa, Delivyryance, Shekairis, Jimmy

Rm 13: Norton-Reks, Izealia, Kingston, Shannon

Rm 14: Korbyn, Sam


Free school lunch programme

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

This Fortnights lunch menu:



Totara Grove Football Team

This is the second year Totara Grove School have entered a 9th grade team into the Northland Football Competition. The team played for the Tikipunga Football Club. The season lasted two school terms. The team trained Wednesday afternoons and played Saturday mornings. ‘Tiki Totara’ made huge improvement through the season and were always smiling with great attitudes. Thanks to whanau for supporting the team and the opposition teams.
Prize giving was on the 1st October. The club provided snacks and drinks for the kids and an inside lolly scramble due to the rain. It was a fun event for the team.

Photo: Te Ohonga R9, Norton Reks R13, Te Mauri R11,
Sebastain R7, Syhlas R5, Harlem R7, Nikau R8, Dean R13

Absent: Bella-Marie R12, Yalaena R10, Rawhiti R11

School Board
The next Board of Trustees meeting is to be held at school on Wednesday 9th November at 6pm.


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

Term 4          17th October – 13th December  Labour day: Mon 24th Oct; TOD, Mon 31st Oct.

Community Notices

Athletics Whangarei starts on Monday 24th October at 5.30pm at Park Ave, Kensington.

Come along and compete every Monday: running, walking, jumping or throwing.

Term 4: ages 11yrs and up.  Term 1 2023: ages 7yrs and up.

If you have any queries, email or phone/text Robyn on 021 468 323

Playball @ Totara Grove School

When: Wednesdays – 3:10 – 3:50
Where: Turf
Who: 5 -9 year olds
Cost: $85.00 per child for 8 week term

Register at