18 May 2020

Welcome back

Kia ora whanau

Firstly thank you and we applaud you for your work as your child’s teacher over the past few weeks.

It was lovely to see so many smiley faces coming into the school grounds today. The children were keen to catch up with their teacher and friends just as the teaching staff were keen to reconnect with the children.

The children appear to be handling the level 2 procedures in place well.

With the children not being able to access the drinking fountains at present, it may be a good idea to bring a named drink bottle.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding as we navigate through level 2 and beyond together.

Kia kaha

Totara Grove School Staff and BOT





23 March 2020

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement today we need to inform you that school will be closed from tomorrow Tuesday 24th March until further notice.

Tomorrow school will open for essential service workers children to allow them to make necessary arrangement for their ongoing care. 

School will be closed entirely as of Wednesday 25th March.

Nga mihi

Donna Walker

Acting Principal







20 March 2020

Kia ora whanau

We understand there is a lot of concern around COVID19. We are following the  best advice from the Ministry of Education and the DHB and this is updated daily.

So far all the cases have been from people travelling overseas. It has NOT been through social transmission.

Here is the latest information from these updates:

Reminder – schools remain open

At this stage, we are not expecting widespread school closures. We are planning for temporary closures, as is happening at Logan Park School in Dunedin but as the World Health Organisation has confirmed, the risk to children remains low and parents should continue to send their kids to schools and early learning centres.

Consequently any decisions about school closures will be made on a case by case basis. In the meantime, unless students are unwell themselves, then parents should keep sending them to schools and early learning centres as these environments continue to be safe and the best place for them to continue their learning.

We would like to share with you what will happen if we were to have a case in our school community. We have been planning for this and are in a position to respond quickly.

  • As soon as a case is confirmed in our immediate school community (eg. a student, staff member, or member of their household), the Medical Officer of Health and Ministry of Education will inform me about this, and we will work together to get quick and clear messaging out to you.
  • If there was a case confirmed of someone in our school, we will likely be asked to close temporarily by the Medical Officer of Health. This will allow time for close contacts to be traced, appropriate testing to be undertaken, and a careful clean of the school to be undertaken.
  •  If our school does need to close temporarily, we have a plan in place to support student’s learning.


We know COVID-19 feels scary and of course people are concerned for the wellbeing of our children. Please be assured that with no case confirmed in our school, your children are safe here.

  • Good hygiene is a priority at our school, and we are reinforcing this regularly with all students and staff. We know that practicing good hygiene is still the best thing we can all do to prevent illness.
  • We are getting the most up to date advice and guidance so that we can confidently make informed decisions about the safety and wellbeing of our school community.   

Up-to-date information and advice

A reminder that information and advice for students, whānau and the education sector is available here

While the website is being regularly updated with education-related content, the Ministry of Health is the Government agency leading the response to COVID-19

The Secretary for Education joined the Director-General of Health for the Ministry of Health’s COVID 19 update today. You can view that, and all Ministry of Health updates here.


Ngā mihi

Totara Grove BOT and Staff