Newsletter 4 Term 3 -Thurs 05 September 2019

Kia Ora Koutou

Well we were very lucky with the weather last Friday for our  Cross Country.  Well done to all the tamariki – that training was worth it.  I was so proud of all of you that ran and completed the course.

A Big Shout Out to “Hellers Sausages for Schools” who sponsored us for our Inter-Schools Cross Country by donating the sausages for it.  And a huge thank you to all our families who provided some very yummy food for our stall. AMAZING!!! We raised the sum of $900 and couldn’t have achieved our best Cross Country fundraiser ever without all your support!!


Over the past few weeks we have been hit with some sickness throughout the school but hopefully we are on the road of recovery now.  This leads me into the subject of absentees.  It would be much appreciated if your child is sick to  please inform us either a phone call (and you can leave a message if unanswered), by email or through the website or Skool Loop app.  We are required to keep a record of all absences for auditing purposes.  If you know that your child is going to be away due to some special event please let us know also.  Now a little bit of maths – if a child is away one day a week that means in a term it is 10 days or 50 hours of learning that they have missed.  So we do ask that children be here everyday unless they are unwell or that the reason be one that is very important. Thank you in advance for your cooperation on this matter.

Last night I attended the Curriculum Evening at Whangaroa College and I must say I was quite impressed in what I saw and heard.  The pathways of learning and career pathways that the tamariki are able to engage in are quite exciting.  Three students  (two being ex Totara North) stood and spoke about their experiences about this upgraded curriculum and how they love the opportunities that it has given them.  If you wish to find out more about what is happening at Whangaroa College give them a call as they are open to talk to you about it and give you a tour around the school.

Next week is Te Reo o te Wiki and we will also be going on our trip to Waitangi on Wednesday 11 September for the second part of our digital experiences.  We will be leaving 9.00am, so we need all children here at School on time and we will be back in time for the buses.  Children need to take morning tea, lunch and a drink.

Fundraiser – Kids Art Works – order forms for calendars, diaries, sketch pads, cards or mouse pads along with a copy your child’s artwork are being sent out.  Orders must be in by Monday 16 September.

The following children have received certificates for their awesome work.    

Taeo – a great endurance runner    

Millie – for carefully sounding out words while reading

Xavier – for working hard in maths

Herbie – trying hrd with your maths

Nick – for making positive choices

Izzy – a great mover during “Go Noodle”

Riverview School Bazaar – Sunday 22 September, 11am to 3pm – Riverview Road, Kerikeri

Lots of fun – children’s rides and activities, silent auction, raffles, pre-loved items, plants, entertainment, food stalls, and MUCH MORE


Wed 11 SeptRaranga Matihiko – @ Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Tues 17 SeptBOT Meeting – 4.00pm
Wed 18 SeptDuffy Hero Assembly
Thurs 19 SeptRaranga Matihiko School Visit
Thurs 26 SeptWinter Sports @ Kaeo Rugby Grounds
Fri 27 SeptLAST DAY OF TERM 3 – finish 12.30pm

Totara North School, 32 School Road, Totara North, RD2 Kaeo 0479
Phone: 09 405 1852

Office:   Principal:

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