Wednesday 8 Nov 2023          No. 18

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

Thank you to everyone who helped their children to participate in our recent Wacky Hair Day. It was great to see so much creativity and different hairstyles on the day. The effort that students put into their hairstyles was amazing!! As part of this day we also ran a bake sale to raise funds for our Year 6 camp. Thank you to our Year 6 whānau for their support with this and to everyone who sent along some money to buy food, we really appreciated it. We raised over $500 to go towards extra camp costs which is excellent.

Over the last couple of weeks, our two junior teams have had the pleasure of visiting the Hundertwasser Museum and Art Centre at the Town Basin. Thank you to all of the whānau who came along to help us. Without your help, we would not be able to go on these trips. Next week is Camp Week for our Year 6 students and we are all really excited about this. Lots of thought and mahi goes into preparing for camp and I would like to thank Deanne Heta who is leading this camp for us, as well as the teachers who are supporting her and the huge effort they have all been putting into this. Let’s hope we have great weather next week for our campers!

Have a fabulous week everyone!

Principal Tumuaki



Caught Being Good

Winners of duffy books for the previous two weeks were:

Rm 2: Ava, Nevaeh

Rm 4: Kenzy, Kaitiaki

Rm 5: Owen

Rm 7: Nathan, Riya

Rm 8: Brandon, Te Whata

Rm 10: Archer, Ryan

Rm 12: Paula, Ava-Leigh

Rm 13: Hannah, Alice

Rm 14: Jayden, Te Iwa


Ngā Mātāpono Awards

Rm 1: Maahaki, Reign

Rm 2: Shyloh, Jaybe, Micah, Martha, Rawiri

Rm 4: Ryleigh, Kaitiaki, Wairangi, Aylah

Rm 5: Jacoby, Tukaha

Rm 7: James, Lexi, Roman, Phoenix,

Rm 8: Naima, Te Whata, Drem Amanii-Leigh,

Rm 10: Liam H, Liam C, Connor, Winiata, Mason, Yalaena

Rm 11: Boss, Harlem, Lissette

Rm 12: Preston, Skyla, Boaz, Jacob

Rm 13: Te Taonganui, Jayde, Eru

Rm 14: Kingston, Hati, TJ


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 6th December, 6pm. This will be the final one for the year.
Lost Property
A reminder to students and parents to please check the lost property for any missing items. This gets displayed on Fridays at the drop off zone. It is always helpful to name clothing – especially jackets and jumpers – as these are often what get taken off and end up in our lost property. Named items have a much better chance of being returned to their owners!
Duffy Summer Reading

Any Duffy book orders for the $5 parent offer need to be in by Friday, 10th November. Please return the order form to the school office with the child’s name, room number, selected books and the correct money owing in cash. Books will be delivered to school by Friday 1st Dec. Extra forms are available at the office if your child has misplaced their order form.

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:
School Graduation Camp, Marsden Bay: 15-17 November 2023
Only 1 week left till Y6 Camp! Please ensure you have returned the green permissions form to your child’s teacher. A reminder for any with outstanding camp fees owing, these are $110 and can be paid in cash to the office or into the following bank account:


Junior fun run

On Thursday 30 November, we will be having a Fun Run at school for our Year 1-3 students from 12 noon to 1pm.  Whānau are most welcome to come along to watch.


TGS Prizegiving

School starts at 9am as usual on Thursday, Dec 7th. Children and staff will be travelling by bus to the auditorium at Tikipunga High School. Parents are welcome to attend at 10am. We look forward to celebrating the year with you and your tamariki.


Enrolment day 2024

The school office will be open for new enrolments during the school holidays on Thursday 25th January from 10am – 1pm. Drop in only, no appointments needed on this day.

Please note that we are only able to automatically accept enrolments that are within our school zone. If you live out of zone there is a separate application process. Please contact the school office for more information. You can check to see if you live within our home zone here:

You will need to bring the following documents for each child you wish to enrol:

*Birth certificate/passport
*Proof of address
*Immunisation certificate/records


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

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

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

30 Nov             – Junior fun run, noon – 1pm

1st Dec             – Jump rope for heart

7th Dec            – TGS Prizegiving, held at Tikipunga High


School Term Dates 2023

Term 4         9th Oct – 14th December
    *School will be closed for the year at midday on 14th Dec – school lunches will still be provided earlier in the day

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


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

Junior Boxing with Whangarei Boxing:

We would like to invite TGS students from the age of 7-10 years old to join our 3.30-4.15pm session at 1 Grant Street in Kamo.
First Classes Free.

These are strictly technique and fitness based.

For further info or questions please contact: