Newsletter 2 Term 4 -Thursday 05 November 2020

Kia Ora Koutou

What an awesome Camp we had last week.  I was so impressed in how the tamariki took some risks and tried many of the activities that were a challenge for them.  Seeing their great big smiles when they had tackled the activity was beautiful.  Thanks to all the parents who helped on the camp and special thanks to Cian and Aleesha in the kitchen. Ka pai kai the whole time.













The next big item on the event list is the Production.  I will be sending out a notice closer to the time asking for homebaking for the Matinee Performance when we invite Grandparents and Special Guests.

The Kaeo Christmas Parade is on Sunday 13 December – theme is Nursery Rhymes. We finish the year on Thursday 10 December and I am unsure how many of the children would attend this event.  Also I would need a parent to organise the float as I am unavailable on that date.  Please fill in the attached form and return to school as soon as possible so I can see who and how many can  attend and if there is someone to organise it.

Welcome to two new whanau to Totara North School – Logan , Rozanne and Stephen plus Jodacey, Ngalena and Hayden.

During the Christmas break there will be a lot of construction work happening at here at School.  I know some of you like to come and bring your whanau up to School to use the grounds, which is great, but I do ask that during this break could you please refrain from doing so.  This is a Health and Safety issue with many contractors on site and I would hate to hear of any accidents.

Community Bonfire Night is on this Saturday – 6pm.  Make a Guy for the Bonfire and start making those yummy cupcakes.

Remember that we are having a Teacher Only Day on Monday 23 November so tamariki will not be at school on that day.

We have obtained a new sponsor for the School – Anne-Marie Ruthe from Harcourts – and we welcome her into our School Whanau.

An important reminder about the rules of the School Carpark after an incident on Monday afternoon. – NO child is to be unaccompanied in the carpark (they must walk with an adult) and please do not leave any child or children alone in the car at all.

Ka kite ano

Jenny Williams


GROUNDSPERSON POSITION – We are looking for a groundsperson for our School.  The job is for 8 hours per week and starting date would be 17 December.  A job description can be obtained from the Principal.  Please send in CV and referees to The Principal, Totara North School, 32 Totara School Rd, RD2, Kaeo 0479 or email to  – closing date for applications is Friday 20 November.




The following children have received certificates for their awesome work:

Axel & Millie –  for successful completion of ‘The Hour of Code’ and demonstrating an understanding of the basic concepts of Computer Science.

Viennah – For your positive attitude towards all your learning.

Eko – For putting effort into your Maths and Reading learning.

Lily – For your Glow Worm information presentation in Term 3.

Izzy – For your Bat information presentation in Term 3.

Nick & Azahlia – For being a whizz and completing your wordcards.

Lauaki – For your wonderful writing, and your positive attitude.

Neve & Ari – For being a great role model during library time.

Lauaki, Marika & Kowhai – For jumping up the reading levels.

Azahlia & Helena – For having a positive attitude.


  Great ideas for gifts for Christmas coming up, birthdays, or reading for the Christmas Holidays.  Ordering through the scholastic “LOOP” for families is an easy way for paying for your order online.  If you need any help with doing that-please see Sharon in the Office.  If you are purchasing your order as gifts and do not want the order given to your child to bring home when it arrives back to school – let Sharon know before the 18th of November please.




07 NovemberCommunity Bonfire Night – Totara North Hall Committee 6pm
16 NovemberHats Off Full Dress Rehearsal 10.30am
18 NovemberHats Off Matinee (Grandparents and Invited Guests ) 11.00am
18 NovemberHats Off Evening Performance 5.30pm
24 NovemberDryland Safety Skills
24 NovemberBOT Meeting 4pm
06 DecemberTotara North Summer Market Day 9am-2pm
07 DecemberReports Out
09 DecemberEnd of Year Prizegiving – 5.30pm
10 DecemberLast day of the Year (Thursday)

Totara North School, 32 Totara School Road, Totara North, RD2 Kaeo 0479

 Phone: 09 405 1852

Office:   Principal:

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