Wednesday 8th March 2023          No. 3


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

Thank you to everyone who came to our whānau korero yesterday. It was so lovely to see you here and I look forward to seeing many more of you tomorrow.

We really do value the input of whānau in all that we do as a kura.  I would also like to thank all of our wonderful teachers for the thought and preparation they have put into our whānau korero afternoons.  Teachers can  learn so much from you about your child as whānau truly are the experts when it comes to knowing your children best.  Being part of a child’s learning journey is a real privilege and being on this journey with whānau as well makes it even more special.

As part of our whānau afternoons, we have been collecting your voice around 3 important areas: how we communicate with you, what sorts of topics you might like us to explore as part of our local curriculum and what is important to you when it comes to teaching our NZ Aotearoa Histories curriculum.  If you have not had the chance to complete our survey, we have included the link in this newsletter as well.  Everyone who completes the survey will go into a draw to win one of three $50 Countdown vouchers.  We really appreciate you taking the time to complete this for us.

Have a fabulous week whānau.

Mauri ora

Principal Tumuaki


Caught Being Good

Winners of books for the previous two weeks were:

Rm 1: Rewi

Rm 2: Chelsea, Eerika

Rm 3: Indi, Dreyl

Rm 4: Solomon, Ewan

Rm 5: Haimona, Moana

Rm 7: Rangipotiki

Rm 8: Khaleesi, Hemi

Rm 9: Jadyn

Rm 11: Melaia, Tyla-Mei

Rm 12: Colin, Leigh-Ray

Rm 13: Norton-Reks, Winiata

Rm 14: Willow


Ngā Mātāpono Awards

Rm 1: Ita’lee, Arion

Rm 2: Arlo, Sofia, Shylas, Shyloh

Rm 3: Owen, Kamera, Keison, Gabriella

Rm 4: Dom, Ewan, Tūrama, Kenzy

Rm 5: Evie, Riley, Raiden, Te Ruki

Rm 7: Nathan, Jeevika, James, Chloe

Rm 8: Junior, Ava, Amanii-Leigh, Jahzahlea

Rm 9: Ngawiki, Odessa

Rm 11: Lissette, Boss, Anahera, Atahua

Rm 12: Vanity, Dean, Johannus, Spencer, Jacob

Rm 13: Lucious, Jayde, Shaani

Rm 14: Antonio, Liam


Free school lunch programme

Please see attached the menu for the current week. Menus and detailed information are published on the lunch by libelle website: (click here).

This week’s lunch menu:

upcoming lunch menus:



School Board
The date of the next Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday the 15th March at 6pm.

2023 Totara Grove Swimming

Kia ora Totara Grove School Whānau, we have reached the middle of our swimming term. It looks like we will be in the pool right to the very end of Term 1 considering the weather we are having at the moment.
It’s been great to see our tamariki develop their confidence, movement and floating in the pool. We are lucky to have such a great teaching staff.
On March 9 SwimSafe are back with us. They are a group of instructors that spend time at schools teaching water safety around rivers and the ocean. SwimSafe will be in Mondays and Thursdays for three weeks if you want to take a look.
TGS swimming sports was held on Friday February 24. This was a big hit. This year has been the best for participation. The school had some fun races for those who want to enjoy themselves without too much pressure. These included a running race, dolphin dive and head the ball. After a break we came back to the pool for our freestyle races. Again we had a great turnout. To finish the event we had the adults vs year 6 tamariki relay. This is always noisy and fun. The adult team was made up of Matua Len AKA The Torpedo, Whaea Bridget the Gold medallist and Whaea Yvonne who almost broke the speed of sound. Thank you to those brave swimmers for taking the “fun dial” to 11.
This year Rimu was the winning whanau with 259 points. Kapai Rimu.
Thank you to those staff who made the day run smoothly, we are very lucky to have you.
Please remind your tamariki to bring their togs every day. There is always swimming at break times. We have teachers and Mr Wolfgram supervising the pool.
Thanks to all the whanau and friends of the school for their support which is very important to the tamariki.


Swimming team representatives

After our swimming sports on Friday February 24 we were able to select our swimming team to challenge Tikipunga Primary School.
The best swimmers from both schools compete to represent Zone 11 at the Whangarei Primary Schools Swimming Sports.
The Zone 11 team for 2023:
Phu’o’ng Nguyen-Beniston R11
Yalaena Kawiti R10
Dylan Moselen R10
Hemi Tangariki-Pou R12
Ariki Hape and Nganeko Mahanga – Tikipunga Primary.

Whangarei Primary Schools Swimming Sports takes place at Whangarei Intermediate School.
Wednesday March 15. 9:30 – 12:30


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.

Bookings are still available for Thursday 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.

We would really appreciate if you could complete the school survey and be in the draw to win one of the three $50 countdown vouchers – please click here:


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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