Wednesday 24 May 2023          No. 8


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 hou, Suoday, Ni sa Bula, Kamusta, Xin chào, Gutentag, Bonjour

Last week, our kura had the privilege of Riripeti Totoro from the Ministry of Education, attend our teacher hui to share with us the whakapapa around Te Mātaiaho, the refreshed New Zealand curriculum. I look forward to sharing this whakapapa with you all in our newsletters. There are seven parts to this in total and the first two parts are Mātairangi and Mātainuku.

Mātairangi ~ The guiding kaupapa. Mātairangi is the overarching kaupapa that expresses the centrality of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles and New Zealand’s vision for education. Mātai ki te rangi, homai te kauhau wānanga ki uta, ka whiti he ora. I look beyond the horizon, and draw near the bodies of knowledge that will take us into the future.

Mātainuku ~ Creating a foundation. Mātainuku encompasses the purpose of the curriculum, and its principles and their associated calls to action. Mātai ki te whenua, ka tiritiria, ka poupoua. Ground and nurture the learnings.

I would like to thank everyone for the wonderful participation we had for Pink Shirt day. We really appreciated our school community’s support and the Northern Advocate reporters remarked on what a wonderful atmosphere we had here. Thank you to Whaea Aimee and her team of helpers for all of the mahi done around organising this day. As a kura, we are passionate about preventing bullying and we are continuing to work alongside Tikipunga High School, Tikipunga Primary and Te Kura o Otangarei with our KiVa bullying prevention programme.

Have a wonderful wiki whānau.
Mauri Ora!

Principal Tumuaki



Caught Being Good

Winners of duffy books for the previous two weeks were:

Rm 1: Ethan, Caprice

Rm 2: Ayla, Syhlas

Rm 3: Keison

Rm 5: Veil

Rm 7: Ida, Bruno

Rm 8: Kaylee. Jackson

Rm 9: Whole class award – CLASS BOOK

Rm 10: Liam, Connor, Te Iwa

Rm 11: Melaia, Jordan

Rm 12: Kauri

Rm 13: Maddison

Rm 14: Hartley, Pearl


Ngā Mātāpono Awards

Rm 1: Mauri, Pertrice, Sheila, Rivaan

Rm 2: Nevaeh, Flynn, Lochy, Shylas, Nikau, Ellie

Rm 3: Dreyl, Indi, Learrah, Gabriella, Owen

Rm 4: Vinny, Martin

Rm 5:Patrick, Moana, Tukaha, Dawn

Rm 7: Tarzan, Amaiyah, Ava, Nathan

Rm 8: Harper, Jake, Bunny, Dre, Naima

Rm 9: Shivika, Jaxon

Rm 10: Char’Lee, Tynneal, Te Iwa, Ariska

Rm 11: Malaia, Lissette, Monika, Phu’o’ng

Rm 12: Precious, Boaz, Rita, Dean

Rm 13: Kajahrn, Bosba, Grace, Braxton

Rm 14: Dastan, Hartley, Sebastian


Free school lunch programme

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

This fortnight’s lunch menu:




As mentioned in the last newsletter our kura is using Seesaw to share your child’s learning journey with you.  The Seesaw App gives students the ability to record their learning in many formats (photo, video, voice etc) and share it with their parents, caregivers and extended family in real time – sometimes even as the learning is occurring. Essentially Seesaw is student-driven digital portfolios. Your child/ren’s work is kept private and is only viewed by you and their class/teacher.

Every student is now set up on Seesaw and Totara Grove School will be using the Seesaw app for our school reports so that we can better capture the work and levels attained and displayed by your tamariki as they progress through their learning journey. 

Seesaw requires an invite from your child’s teacher in order to sign up. These are currently being sent out over this week. If you have not received an invite QR code or link, contact your child’s teacher. 

View the seesaw brief video to learn how to log in, connect to your child’s journal, engage with their learning, and message with their teacher.


School Board
The date of the next Board of Trustees meeting is 21 June.


Pink Shirt Day

Pink shirt day 2023 at Totara Grove was a great success! Thank you to our tamariki and
whānau for showing your support, we truly appreciate it. A big mihi to Mrs Irene, our
librarians and the senior students who did an exceptional job of running our pink shirt day
activities during break times. On behalf of our staff, I would like thank Tumuaki Sharon for
providing us with a ‘pink’ morning tea. A heart-felt thank you to Shannon Evans and her
whānau for the delicious decorative pink cupcakes, they were absolutely devine!

Check out the NZ Herald article with Shannon, Hemi and Maddison looking fabulous:


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

21st June – School board meeting

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
                        5th June – Kings birthday

Term 3         17th July – 22nd Sep

Term 4         9th October – 14th December


Community Notices

We are supporting Stats NZ to encourage everyone to complete the 2023 Census.  

So, this is a reminder that you need to return your census forms if you have not done so already.  

Census data is used to make important decisions that affect us all. The census is the official count of people living in Aotearoa New Zealand, and everyone who was in the country on Census Day, 7 March 2023, is required by law to complete a census form.  

Your participation will help ensure that our community receives funding for services for the number of people that live in our community. That includes education, health, and social services. 

To complete the census, you can do it online at using one of the access codes provided in the letters sent to your household. Or you can fill out paper census forms if you have them. To request a new access code or paper forms, freephone 0800 236 787 (0800 CENSUS) or order online at 

The 2023 Census closes on 30 June, so you should do them online now or as soon as practicable. Ensure your paper forms are posted so they arrive with Stats NZ by 30 June. 

Census collectors are no longer visiting households providing help to complete census forms (except in the cyclone-impacted areas of the Far North, Te Tairāwhiti, and Hawke’s Bay). If you need assistance or more information: 

·                 You can attend a census support event and get face-to-face help to complete forms (for more information go to 

·                 We encourage you to help whānau, friends, and neighbours complete their forms.  

·                 There is information in New Zealand Sign Language, Braille, Easy Read, Large Print, and Audio formats, as well as in 29 different languages at 

·                 The 0800 CENSUS (0800 236 787) helpline will be open until 30 June. 

Thank you for your support in making sure our community is accurately represented in the census. 

Join us at Totara Grove Playcentre
We are a FREE early childhood centre where you can come with your children to enjoy a great range of indoor and outdoor play-based learning activities as well as a community of friendly & supportive parents.
Feel free to drop in anytime we are open, email us with any questions or find us on Facebook for some photos of what our kids have been up to recently.

Opening Hours: Monday & Wednesday, 9am-12pm during school term time
Address: 38 Corks Road

Playball @ Totara Grove School:

Playball is an international multi sport and movement programme

When: Fridays 3:10 – 3:50 (starting 28th April)
Who: 5-9 year olds (boys and girls)
Where: School turf outside the office
Cost: $89 per child (9 week term) – FREE trial available – email

Register at or email