Wednesday 5 April 2023          No. 5


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

It is hard to believe that we have come to the end of the term. Over the term, I have been most impressed with the resilience our students have shown. Despite our disruptive start to the year with cyclone Gabrielle and needing to close the school for several days, our students bounced back and have settled nicely into the routines of the school year. I would also like to thank our wonderful staff for all of the effort and hard work they put into making our kura such a special place. It is a real pleasure to work with like minded, professionals who have the students at the heart of what they do.

A reminder tomorrow will be the last day of the term and that students return to school on Wednesday 26 April after ANZAC day. School will close at 3pm tomorrow as normal. Monday 24 April is a staff only day and our teachers and kaiawhina will be doing some extra learning and work around planning and assessment.

Next term our Ngā Matapono focus value will be Ako – we are all learners and teachers, and the theme for the term will be centered around Te Ao o Ranginui – the sky above us and the world of our sky father. Teachers are already thinking and planning about learning opportunities around this theme for our students and if you have any suggestions or skills and experience in this area teachers would love to hear from you.

Have a wonderful holiday break everyone.

Mauri Ora!

Principal Tumuaki



Caught Being Good

Winners of duffy books for the previous two weeks were:

Rm 1: Journie, Teina

Rm 2: Neveah, Te Hira

Rm 3: Keison, Leighton

Rm 4: Ewan, Raksmeyudom

Rm 5: Jessica, Layden

Rm 7: Tarzan, Bruno

Rm 9: Te Ohonga

Rm 10: Winiata, Dylan

Rm 11: Zhavana, Taiatea

Rm 12: Hemi

Rm 13: Connor, TJ

Rm 14: Kingston, Pearl


Ngā Mātāpono Awards

Rm 1: Griffin, Pertrice, Rylee, Jordan

Rm 2: Jaybe, Shyloh, Ayla, Nikau

Rm 3: Laya, Kamera, Indi, Umar

Rm 4: Kaitiaki, Te-Koha-A-Rangi, Vinny, TJ

Rm 5: Willow, Edna, Alexious, Nathias

Rm 7: Tehimana, Phoenix, Ryleigh

Rm 9: Kylie, Beau

Rm 10: Archer, Tynneal, Simeon, Tizaeya

Rm 11: Taiatea, Nikkii, Rawhiti

Rm 12:Skyla, Payton, Anabelle, Murphy

Rm 13: Kace, Bosba, Grace, Axl, Maddison, Lucious

Rm 14: Shannon, Samuel, Willow, Hati


Free school lunch programme

Menus and detailed information are published on the lunch by libelle website: (click here).

This week’s lunch menu:



Term 1 and Term 2 start and finish dates

School will finish this term on Thursday 6 April at 3pm due to the Easter Holidays.  School will then reopen Wednesday 26 April due to a staff only day on Monday 24th and then ANZAC day on Tuesday 25 April.


School Board
The date of the next Board of Trustees meeting is tonight, Wednesday 5th April, 6pm

Kia ora koutou, netball teams are now finalised. Coaches have been given contact details of players and will be in touch with whānau soon. Thank you to whānau who have already made payments for fees. Uniforms will be handed out next term.

School hours and morning drop off

We are noticing that some children are getting dropped off at school far too early.  It is not safe for children to be here unsupervised.  School starts at 9am and teachers are in their classrooms from 8.30am which is when children may be in their classroom.  However, we do offer supervision and a Breakfast Club at 8am outside our staffroom and this is where children can be supervised safely but only from 8am.  Please do not drop children off to school before 8am, it is not safe for them to be here before that time and the school cannot take responsibility for them before this time.


Football in schools

For the last week of term 1 we had Northland Football Club delivering their football in schools programme. They took each class for approximately 40 minutes. The classes went through warn ups, skills drills and then fun games.

Thanks to Deon, Pranav, Waseem and Caleb.



 Cricket Festival

On Thursday March 30th TGS took part in a cricket festival hosted by Northland Cricket.  The festival was held at Kensington Park. The focus for the day was fun and participation. There was a great feeling of manakitanga on the day with everyone cheering for everyone. There were five schools invited and our team played each school.

The games were kept simple and quick so the tamariki didn’t have to wait long for their turn to bat. When our kids got hold of the bat they sent the ball flying. It has been great watching our kids develop their skills at school and then enjoying a day out playing.

TGS team: Skyla R12, Bella-Marie R9, Te Mauri R11, Nivaeya R10, Ryan R10 and Norton-Reks, R10.

Thanks to the whanau who came to watch. It makes it extra special for them.

Thanks to Rob and his team from Northland Cricket.



Scholastic Book club

We have been informed of a shipping delay for the current scholastic book club order (issue #2, 2023). They will most likely arrive at school at the beginning of term 2.


Policy update

Please refer to our school docs site: LINK for the recent policy update on physical restraint in schools.  This can be found by searching ‘physical restraint’. The password and username for our school docs site is totaragrove.


Enrolment day

The school office will be open for new enrolments during the school holidays on Friday 21st April from 10am – 1pm. Drop in only, no appointments needed on this day.

Please note that we are only able to accept in zone enrolments this year. You can check to see if you live within our home zone here:

You will need to bring the following documents for each child you wish to enrol:

*Birth certificate/passport
*Proof of address
*Immunisation certificate/records


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 Events

5th April        – School Board meeting, 6pm

21st April      – Enrolment day

24th April     – Teacher only day

27th April     – Term 2 Powhiri for all new families, 10am

17th August  – School photos

15-17th Nov   – Year 6 camp

School Term Dates 2023

Term 1          1st Feb – 6th April

Term 2         24th April – 30th June
                         TOD: 24th April
                         ANZAC day: 25th April

Term 3         17th July – 22nd Sep

Term 4         9th October – 14th December


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