Wednesday 11 Oct 2023          No. 16


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

Welcome to Term 4. It has been wonderful having all of our tamariki back at school this week. A very special welcome also to all of our new whānau who have started with us this term. We hope you all settle in well and enjoy your time at our kura. Please contact the office or your child’s teacher if you need further information about anything or if you have any questions.

Over the holidays, there was a lot of property work going on around our kura. This work is part of our property planning which the Ministry of Education allocates specific funding for so we are very grateful to receive this. Thank you very much to Grant, our amazing caretaker for being here each day to support the many contractors we had coming and going.

All of our electrical wiring was upgraded and much of our lighting replaced. A major job was the installation of the brand new turf outside Rooms 1-6. The turf looks amazing and I have included a couple of aerial photos of the turf below. Tamariki are really enjoying playing on the turf and especially like the letters and being able to find the letters in their names. The previous concrete was quite rough outside these classes so we are hoping to have less scraped knees now as well!

Our staff room was also updated with new carpet and furniture. Staff are loving the new set up and extra tables and seating we now have. Thank you to Michael McCartain, our Presiding Member, for his support with this too. I have included a couple of before and after photos to show you the difference. This is the first update the staffroom has had in many years and apparently the chairs we had were over 30 years old!

Have a great week everyone.
Mauri Ora!

Principal Tumuaki




Caught Being Good

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

Rm 2: Micah, Flynn

Rm 4: Dom, Zane

Rm 5: Tukaha, Arli

Rm 7: Ria, Phoenix

Rm 8: Hadassah

Rm 10: Tizaeya

Rm 12: Colin

Rm 13: Zhanica


Ngā Mātāpono Awards

Rm 2: Nevaeh, Te Hira, Flynn, Jaybe, Ellie, Te Ririmu, Nolan

Rm 3: Keison

Rm 4: Ella Rose, Jordon, Daelyn, Kaitiaki, Eternity,

Rm 5: Lexi, Alexious, Arlo, Moana, Tukaha

Rm 7: Ailsa-May, Ava

Rm 8: Arlo, Harper, Jake, Hemi, Bentley, Khaleesi

Rm 10: Nivaeya, Te Iwa, Connor, Tynneal, Yalaena

Rm 12: Peter, Leigh-Ray, Dean

Rm 13: Axl, Izealia, Zhanica

Rm 14: Phoebe, Storm, Sam


Free school lunch programme

All menus and detailed information are published on the lunch by libelle website:

This week’s main lunch menu:


School Board
The date of the next Board of Trustees meeting is 1st November, 6pm
Healthy Ears & Noses
 At the end of last term our tamariki were lucky to have a visit from our public health nurses from Te Whatu Ora who gave a lesson on ear and nose health.
We were told one of the leading causes of ear issues in children is from not blowing their noses properly!
School Camp
Camp date for Year 6 students is 15-17 November 2023. We have plenty of parent help signed up, thank you to all who are coming along to support our tamariki at camp this year.  A reminder that camp fees are due, these are $110 and can be paid into the following bank account:



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


12th Oct            – Mihi whakatau, 10am

19th Oct           – 9.30am NZ Shake out – earthquake drill

27th Oct           – Wacky hair day & outdoor disco

15-17th Nov     – Year 6 camp

1st Dec             – Jump rope for heart

TBC                  – Prizegiving at Tikipunga High


School Term Dates 2023

Term 4         9th Oct – 14th December

27 Nov     –    teacher only day


School Term Dates 2024

25th Jan         Enrolment day, 10am – 1pm

30th Jan         New Entrant welcome / Open morning to meet teachers, 9-11am

Term 1          31st Jan – 12th April

Term 2         29th April – 5th July

Term 3         22nd July – 27th Sep

Term 4         14th Oct – 13th 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

Once again Northland Football club will be running the free fantails programs for girls during term 4. Use this link to register.

Schedule as below:
Monday, Kerikeri 4-5pm
Tuesday, Bream Bay 4-5pm
Wednesday, Onerahi 4:15 -5:15
Thursday, Morningside 4-5pm
Thursday, Kensington 4-5pm

Kind Regards,
Liam Martin
Women’s Development Manager