Wednesday 25 Oct 2023          No. 17


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

I hope everyone had a lovely Labour Weekend and enjoyed the beautiful sunshine. I remember as a child growing up Labour Weekend always used to signify the start of warmer weather and swimming! Over the years I think it has gotten colder and less and less people are out there swimming in our beaches during this long weekend.

Last week, I had a few students ask me about Labour Day and why we have a holiday. I explained that we have this day in recognition of the hard work that was done over a hundred years ago by workers to claim the right to have an eight-hour working day. We have been celebrating Labour Day in our country with a public holiday since 1890, which is when it became the first public holiday in New Zealand to be not associated with religion and royalty.

Over the last couple of years, schools have been involved with learning about the new curriculum refresh that I shared with the community earlier this year. As part of the Ministry of Education’s plan for teacher learning around this, our school will be closed on Monday 27 November and the focus of this day will be to learn more and familiarise ourselves further around this curriculum refresh in preparation for 2024.

Kia pai tō wiki!

Principal Tumuaki



Caught Being Good

Winners of duffy books for the previous two weeks were:

Rm 2: Ayla, Jack

Rm 4: Eternity

Rm 5: Evie

Rm 7: Lexi, Nirav

Rm 8: Bunny, Jessica

Rm 9: Kaden

Rm 10: Norton-Reks

Rm 12: Larelle

Rm 14: Alohio


Ngā Mātāpono Awards

Rm 2: Te Hira, Syhlas, Eerika, Chelsea, Lochy

Rm 4: Jayden, Kaitiaki, Dom

Rm 5: Joanna, Ayva, Amaya, Alexious, Lexi, Joviah, Veil

Rm 7: Nathan, Artemis, Pene, James, Te Ruki, Amaiyah

Rm 8: Jake, Lilly, Khaleesi, Harper, Hadassah, Tyson, Hemi

Rm 9: Noah, Cooper, Prince

Rm 10: Dylan, Phu’o’ng, Monique

Rm 12: Boaz, Hemi

Rm 14: Kianna, Dastan


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
Scholastic lucky book club

Any orders for the current scholastic book club brochure (issue #7, 2023) need to be in by Tuesday, 31st October. If making a cash order, please return the order form to the school office with the child’s name, room number, selected books and the correct money owing. Orders past this date can still be made directly online as long as they are within scholastic’s final closing date, however they won’t be delivered through the school and postage costs will be added to your order.

MoE have a programme running where partners provide a Broadband service to selected students who currently don’t have broadband access. Northpower Fibre have been in partnership with the MoE since 2020 with this programme, and due to additional government funding this programme is being extended into 2024. If you believe your whanau may met the criteria, please check out the following links to find out more:
Junior Halloween library competition winners

Our recent junior Halloween library competition winners are Jake and Bunny from Room 8.

The students had to draw a pumpkin or a witch and the prize was a book and pack of crayons.

Congratulations to you both.


School Graduation Camp, Marsden Bay: 15-17 November 2023
Only 3 weeks left till Y6 Camp! Please ensure you have returned the green permissions form to your child’s teacher. Camp fees are due, these are $110 and can be paid in cash to the office or into the following bank account:



Wacky Hair day, bake sale & Outdoor Disco

We are holding a Wacky Hair Day, Bake sale and daytime disco here at school this Fri 27 October. This is a fundraiser for the Year 6 camp.

There will be Moosies and Juicies available for sale. Pre-payment and pre-orders are preferred but payment can still be made on the day if needed. Payment can be made to the office in cash or to your classroom teacher. Sorry – but we do not have any Eft-pos facilities.

Baking: Children can bring money to school on the day to purchase baking and we are asking our Year 6 students to contribute to baking for this sale.



School grounds safety message 

The board would like to remind parents to please set a good example to students when collecting your children while using bikes or e-scooters. This includes wearing helmets and not riding on footpaths or within the school gates. Please leave the bike/scooters outside the gate, or walk along side them if you need to come inside the school grounds.


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


27th Oct           – Wacky hair day & outdoor disco

1st Nov             – Juniors Hundertwasser trip, rooms 3,4,5

8th Nov            – Juniors Hundertwasser trip, rooms 1,2,7,8

15-17th Nov    – Year 6 camp, Marsden Bay

1st Dec             – Jump rope for heart

7th Dec            – TGS Prizegiving, held at Tikipunga High


School Term Dates 2023

Term 4         9th Oct – 14th December

27 Nov     –    teacher & staff 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

Calling all talented tamariki! It’s your chance to make a Citylink bus come to life with your magical designs. ✨ Let your creativity soar with our Bus back competition.
Imagine your artwork cruising through Whangārei, spreading smiles and inspiration!
For details, hop over to our website: Design a Bus Competition
CityLink Whangārei invites all primary school kids to dive into the world of public transport artistry. The grand prize? Your masterpiece featured on a CityLink bus! and a $100 pressie card.
Don’t miss out! The competition ends on Friday, October 27, 2023, so get those creative gears turning. ✏️

Or Post: Northland Regional Council, Private bag 9021, Te Mai, Whangārei 0143
Or drop it to: Northland Regional Council, 36 Water Street, Whangārei

Does your child require further support or extension, over and above what can be offered at school?
Would your child benefit from bespoke and nurturing learning sessions from a highly experienced teacher designed to accelerate learning and boost confidence? We would love to help. We are a team of dedicated teachers, specialising in English, Maths and Science for intermediate and college students.

Visit for more information or contact Anna on 020 4031 6035 to book a free consultation.

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