Wednesday 19 July 2023          No. 11


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

Welcome to Term 3 and a very warm welcome to all of our new whānau who have started with us this term. I would like to start by saying a huge thank you to everyone for supporting our Whānau Open Day at the end of last term. It was so great to see so many of you visiting classrooms and interacting with your children. Our staff really enjoyed having you here and we were all so appreciative that you took the time to come and share the morning with us. Thank you for the lovely delicious kai many of you brought along as well.

There were many other activities happening around our kura as well and I would like to acknowledge the efforts and hard work of our students and staff. Firstly, our outstanding Kapa Haka performance group is tutored by Whaea Tere Maunsell who comes every Thursday and not only works with this rōpū but also teaches Kapa Haka across our whole kura. We are so fortunate to have Bone carving and Taniko happening at our kura too. Matua Henare is highly skilled in the art of Bone Carving and we are so privileged to have him pass on his knowledge and experience to our tamariki. Whaea Yvonne is amazing at Taniko and it is a real pleasure to see the skills the students she works with are gaining from her. Mrs Irene Martin does a superb job supporting our librarians and it was wonderful to see whānau participating in some of the activities in the library during the day. Stepsweb is an excellent literacy programme that we have at our kura too and this is supported by Whaea Dianna and Whaea Jaimee Rae. It was awesome to see whānau having a turn with our Robotics as well. Thank you to Whaea Amy for leading this so capably for our kura.

Kia pai to rā!


Principal Tumuaki


Caught Being Good

Winners of duffy books for the previous two weeks of last term were:

Rm 2: Ava, Syhlas

Rm 7: Ida, Riya

Rm 8: Khaleesi, Bunny

Rm 9: Jaxon, Noah

Rm 10: Yalaena, Simeon

Rm 11: Nikau

Rm 12: Anabelle, Rita

Rm 13: Bosba


Ngā Mātāpono Awards

Rm 2: Po Ariki, Amaia-Rose, Arlo, Anaya

Rm 5: Ruby

Rm 7: Ariki, Phoenix, Roman, Amaiyah-Harmony, Bruno

Rm 8: Jake, Lilly, Jahzahlea, Tana, Brandon, Tana

Rm 9: Jordan, River-Lee, Jimmy, Sylvia

Rm 10: Ryan, Liam, Phu’o’ng, Norton-Reks, Monique, Connor

Rm 11: Shardi, Adison

Rm 12: Skyla, Johannus, Precious, Ava-Leigh, Colin

Rm 13: Jayde, Chavarntay


Free school lunch programme

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

This week’s lunch menu:

Lunch by Libelle is excited to announce the release of our annual customer survey! This surveys parents/guardians, teachers or school staff, and students.

This year, we’re giving away a $1000 sponsorship and a giant “cheque” presented by your local manager, to the school who gets the most responses per student headcount. That means that schools with 100 students and schools with 1,000 students will have equal odds, depending on the % of responses they get!

Here is the link to the survey:

The survey is now live and closes at 3pm on Friday 21st July.

Over $1700 worth of prizes in total – includes:

  • $1000 sponsorship for the school with the most entries per student head count
  • Restaurant vouchers
  • Timezone / Megazone vouchers
  • Movie vouchers
  • Prezzy Cards


School Board
The date of the next Board of Trustees meeting is 9th August.
Whānau korero

Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th August

A korero with your child’s teacher to talk and plan your goals, dreams and aspirations for your child.

Bookings go live at 2.30pm on Tues, 1st Aug on the SKOOL LOOP App – 15 min time slots.

Wednesday 16th August, 1pm – 6pm (School will finish at 12.30pm – lunch will still be provided)
Thursday 17th August, 3:30pm – 6pm. (School will finish at the usual time, 3pm.)

We look forward to this korero to share all the great things about your child. Nau mai, haere mai e te whānau.

School Camp
Camp date for Year 6 students is 15-17 November 2023. All families should have received a notice that was sent out last term with more information and a form to return for those able to come along as parent helpers. Anyone interested in being a camp helper please return these forms to school as soon as possible.

Red Nose Day

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

20th July         – Term 3 School Mihi Whakatau, 10am – in hall

28th July         – Red Nose Day fundraiser

9th Aug            – School board meeting, 6pm

16th/17th Aug – Whānau korero

17th Aug           – School photos

21st-23rd Aug – Photography Exhibition

11 Sep               – Te wiki o Pukapuka

11 Sep               – Te wiki o Te Reo Maori

15-17th Nov     – Year 6 camp


School Term 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


Community Notices

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