Wednesday 22nd February 2023          No. 2


Kia ora koutou, Namaste, Talofa Lava, Konnichiwa, Ni hao, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Chao, Hallo, Zdravstvuite, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Salam, Suostei, Hola, Annoyong Haseyo, Caio, Nei ho, Suoday, Ni sa Bula, Kamusta, Xin chào, Gutentag, Bonjour

I hope everyone is doing well after Cyclone Gabrielle and the extreme weather conditions we experienced last week. We are very grateful to have calm weather again and to see the sun shining. Our students have settled so well back into school life again after school being closed for several days and I am so proud of them.

We have had a few celebrations throughout our school this week around attendance with some classes having 100% attendance!! This is fantastic!! Coming to school every day really helps students with their learning and with their ability to make connections and friendships with others. So, thank you whānau for getting your tamarki to school.

In a couple of weeks time, on the 7th and 9th of March we will be having a whānau korero night and are inviting all whānau to come in and meet with your child’s teacher. It’s a great opportunity to be involved in setting goals for the school year with your child and their teacher. We would normally have liked to do this earlier but unfortunately the bad weather delayed plans for this. When you come into school we would love some input from you around our learning programmes and teaching. We will also have staff available to answer any questions you may have about KiVa during this time. I look forward to seeing many of you here and we will have some spot prizes and free raffles on offer too!!

Take care everyone!
Noho ora mai,

Principal Tumuaki


Caught Being Good

Winners of books for the previous three weeks were:

Rm 2: Millie

Rm 3: Gabriella, Laya

Rm 4: Dom, Kenzy

Rm 7: Artemis

Rm 8: Kaylee, Lily, Jake

Rm 9: Kaden, Cooper

Rm 10: Ryan, Liam, Yalaena

Rm 11: Dimarni, Jordin, Hookio

Rm 12: Jacob, Anabelle, Precious

Rm 13: Tama, Kason, Tukotahi

Rm 14: TJ


Ngā Mātāpono Awards

Rm 2: Te Hira, Ellie

Rm 3: Indi, Eli, Dreyl, Lucy

Rm 4: Eva-Maria, Te Koha, Martin, Kaitiaki

Rm 7: Roman, Ava, Bruno, Amaiyah

Rm 8: Bentley, Brandon, Dre, Naima, Harper, Jayziah

Rm 9: Cooper, Shivika, Adele, PaiOra, Te Ararina, Jordan

Rm 10: Liam, Brooke, Connor, Yalaena, Emma, Char’Lee

Rm 11: Te Mauri, Amara, Phu’o’ng, Suavae, Tyla-Mei

Rm 12: Leigh-Ray, Ava-Leigh, Skyla, Hemi, Paula, Preston

Rm 13: Kajahrn, Maddison, Chase, Janie-Marie, Eruera, Te Taonganui, Bosba


Free school lunch programme

Please see attached the menu for the current week. Menu’s and detailed information is published on the lunch by libelle website: (click here).

This week’s lunch menu:


Juniors getting out and moving

Congratulations to our junior classes, they were caught being active.

This is great to see. The benefits for children outside moving and playing are huge. It’s good for their development, learning, wellbeing, the list goes on.

Well done, juniors.


School Board
The date of the first Board of Trustees meeting for the year is Wednesday 22nd February, 6pm.

2023 Totara Grove Tuakana Swimming World Championship

Kia ora school whanau,
Our senior tamariki (year 4, 5, and 6) will being taking part in swimming sports this Friday, 24 February.
Come along and cheer for the tamariki. The sun might be out so bring a hat and a water bottle.
We will start with our Fun events e.g. flutter boards, dolphin dive etc. then after break we will move onto the competitive strokes i.e. freestyle and backstroke. To finish we will have a fun relay – tamariki vs parents and staff. Please bring your togs and join in.

9:30 – 11:00 Fun events
11:00 – 11:40 Morning break
11:45 – 1:00 competitive strokes and relay tamariki vs parents and staff


Whānau korero

Tuesday 7th March  & Thursday 9th March

A korero with your child’s teacher to talk and plan your goals, dreams and aspirations for your child this year. School will finish at 1pm on Tuesday 7th March, lunch will still be provided.

Bookings go live at 2.30pm on Tues 28th Feb on the SKOOL LOOP App – 15 min time slots.
Tuesday 7 March 1:30pm – 6pm (Early school finish at 1pm )
Thursday 9 March, 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.


Scholastic book club

Any orders for the current scholastic book club brochure (issue #1, 2023) need to be back in to school by Tuesday, 28th Feb. 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.


Items that need new homes

Totara Grove School has a few pieces of furniture that we don’t use. Rather than throw it away we would like to see it go to a new home and get some use.
Take a look.

There is:

  • 8 school desks with chairs
  • 1 blue chair
  • 1 red couch
  • 1 white outdoor chair
  • 9 black boxes that make up a stage (1800 x 900 x 400)


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


Upcoming School Dates 2023

Term 1          1st Feb – 6th April

Term 2          24th April – 30th June

Term 3          17th July – 22nd Sep

Term 4          9th October – 14th December

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