Wednesday 2 Aug 2023          No. 12


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 supported the Cure Kids’ Red Nose Day fundraiser. I was interested to learn that this charity has been going since 1989 and that it has raised significant funds to support child health research which has led to some big breakthroughs in child health, including new insights into paediatric health conditions, better care for children who live with serious diseases, and the discovery of new ways to diagnose, treat and cure kids.

There were lots of activities happening around the school in recognition of this charity including, face painting, colouring competitions, puzzles and a highlight of the day was every child contributing coins and placing their donations on our ‘Giant Red Nose’. I am delighted to announce that we raised over $340 for this great cause. Thank you all so much for sending along coins to support us, we really appreciate it. A special thank you to Mrs Jensen and Whaea Tanu for all of their hard work and efforts in organising this event for us.

Over the coming weeks we would really like your thoughts and feedback around Health Education in our school. Please see below for further information around this. I would like to thank Whaea Aimee for the work she has been doing around this and to Sport Northland for providing our school with extra guidance and support around this very important curriculum area.

Nga manaakitanga!

Principal Tumuaki


Caught Being Good

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

Rm 2: Edna, Te Ririmu

Rm 3: Ky-Mahli, Umar

Rm 4: Steven, Ava-Maria

Rm 7: Jeevika

Rm 8: Jessica, Dre

Rm 9: Shivika, Kaden

Rm 10: Sinaraa, Archer

Rm 11: Tyla, Harlem

Rm 12: Didi

Rm 13: Jayde, Caleb


Ngā Mātāpono Awards

Rm 1: Journie, Arion

Rm 2: Micah, Te Hira, Ayla, Eerika, Lochy, Te Ririmu

Rm 3: Rico, Laya, Ewan, Keison, Learrah, Lucy

Rm 4: Aeriel, Jordon, Queens’lee, Kalenzo

Rm 5: Jacoby

Rm 7: Ava, James, Ida

Rm 8: Lilly, Hemi, Bentley, Brandon, Harper, Airoe

Rm 9: James, Rayden, Cooper, Bella-Marie

Rm 10: Tynneal, Tizaeya, Liam, Monique, Sinaraa

Rm 11: Amara, Rawhiti, Melaia, Monika

Rm 12: Johannus, Larelle

Rm 13: Tukotahi, Chase, Maddison, Zhanica


Free school lunch programme

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

This week’s lunch menu:


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 are now live on the SKOOL LOOP App – book your 15 min time slots today.

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.)

On these days we will be gathering our community voice around Health Education at our kura. There will be a draw to win a Countdown voucher for all those that help us.


Library Competition

  Well done to all our tamariki who entered the library “Find the stars” competition.

Our winners are,

Seniors: Johannus

Juniors: Ida

Well done to you both.

Thank you to Tumuaki Sharon for doing the draw.


School Camp
Camp date for Year 6 students is 15-17 November 2023. Whanau who want to come along as parent helpers must return the required forms to school as soon as possible in order to get them processed in time. Please speak to your child’s teacher for further information if you would like know more.
School photos

Photos will be taken at school on 17th August. Orders need to be completed and paid for by 3pm, Wednesday 16th August. Photo order forms have been sent home with the children earlier this week.

Online ordering payable via credit card or direct credit is available at or if paying by cash, please return the completed form with the correct money directly to the school office.

Red Nose Day

We would like to thank you, our wonderful community, for your generous support of our Red Nose Day coin fundraiser. We managed to make a whopping $341.90! The children loved being able to contribute to a great cause such as Cure Kids, who research childhood health to try and improve the lives of those children who live with not-so-common illnesses.

As well as the coin collection, our tamariki were able to participate in a number of fun activities to celebrate Red Nose Day. This included face painting, a ‘Guess the jaffas in the jar’ competition, a red nose treasure hunt, and creating red nose designs. Congratulations to Waiaaio Morunga (Room 9) and Dawn McLeod (Room 5) who were the winners of our Red Nose treasure hunt, and Anaya Khanna (Room 2) who got the closest guess with the ‘Guess the jaffas in the jar’ competition. Ka Rawe!



Health Education

In the upcoming weeks and including on our Whānau Korero afternoons we would like to gather your input and feedback around Health Education at our kura.  Here is a link to our draft Health Education plan that you might like to read first: 

Health Education Plan – Click here


Kamo Intermediate visit for Y6 students

We have received an invite for current year 6 students to visit Kamo Intermediate on the 14th August.
A bus will pick up the Y6 students at 11am and take the students (with some of our staff) to Kamo Intermediate School and then return at 12.45pm.
The students will hear from the KIS leadership team in the hall and then they will have a tour around the school with some of the current KIS students acting as guides.


Sports update

Kia ora school whanau,
Firstly, welcome to Matua Ralph.
Ralph started with us this term. Part of his role is taking sport. He’s had a great start with introducing new games and forming a rapport with the tamariki.
Tikipunga Primary School invited Totara Grove to a game of league in week two. There was a festive feeling on the day and we came away with a draw. We look forward to challenging them again in other sports. Thanks to Matua Wiremu for keeping the game safe with his refereeing style.

Above: TGS team, TPS team and Matua Wiremu referee.

In week three Totara Grove will be travelling to Whau Valley School for a Turbo Touch tournament. Matua John from TouchNZ is hosting four school for the day. Tgs has entered four teams. We are looking forward to this one!

Let’s hope for dry weather.

Tiki Totara are into the second half of the season. The team has been togther for three years now with younger players coming in each year. It’s been a mixed season with the weather not playing the game. These kids are having a great time. They are making their club and school proud. Thanks to the whanau supporting the team. It’s not easy on cold, wet mornings. Special thanks to Matua Patrick (coach) and Whaea Te Aroha (manager) for their leadership with the team.


Yummy stickers promo

Our school is collecting yummy fruit stickers to qualify for free sports gear.

Please send your yummy stickers and cut out labels in to the office by the end of term 3. One cut out label is worth 10 apple stickers.


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

9th Aug            – School board meeting, 6pm

14th Aug          – KIS Y6 school visit

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