Newsletter 2 Term 1 – Friday 12 March 2021

Kia Ora Koutou

I would just like to say that you all would have been very proud of your children last Friday when we had to evacuate due to the Tsunami warning.  They were very responsible and cooperative during the whole time that we were on the top field.

Next week it is the Raft Race on Saturday 20 March.  A notice was sent out on Wednesday regarding who will be on the raft, who is supplying paddles and who is transporting our raft to and from the event.  Some of the children, with the assistance of Mark,  have repainted last years raft and we will be making a new flag next week.

Due to the fact that the weather forecast said that there would be thunderstorms yesterday I had to make the call at 7.00am and that was to postpone our Beach Trip.  However I have shuffled things around so that we can try again next Thursday.  As I said on our facebook page if you offered transport and assistance I will keep you on the list unless I hear from you.

The Ka Ora, Ka Ako – School Lunch Programme will probably be starting in Term 2 as there has been some delay on the delivery of chillers required for food storage.

On Wednesday 24 March we will be having a visit from John, Flash and Toast from the More FM Breakfast Team.  I am not sure if all of them are coming but Eric Rush, owner of New World in Whangarei will be coming too.  Yes Eric Rush – a former All Black and 7s player, a local from Matangirau.  He will be talking to the children about general health and fitness  and giving them a new lunchbox with lunch inside. (our children with diet requirements have been catered for).  The rest of the team will be chatting with the children and asking some general questions about the school.  This then will be broadcasted on the Thursday morning.

Jenny Williams




            The following children have received certificates for their awesome work:         

               Marika – For your wonderful story writing.

               Helena – For your amazing sketching skills in creating your self portrait.

               Xavier – For trying your best in reading.  Well done!

               Lily – For being a reliable and responsible helper for Mrs Williams.

              Charley – For being a focused learner.

               Stella – For being a responsible and reliable helper.

               Lily – For being responsible and working hard.

               Jodacey – For your effort in learning phonics during reading.

               Eko – For your enthusiasm for learning.

               Nelson – For sounding out your letters in writing.

               John – For working hard with your sounds.

               Lauaki – For learning ALL your wordcard words.

               Neve –  For awesome writing with Mrs Murdoch.

             Blake – For your wonderful sounding out in reading, and focus in Maths.

             Lauaki & Marika –  For awesome writing.

             Axel – For your Research Project about Stone Fish and your Digital Skills.

            Sharlie – For your autobiography ‘My Life’.

            Millie – For your focus during our Maths Learning about coordinates.

            Beau – For sharing your knowledge about sea creatures.


This week our focused learning has been about ‘Sustainability of our Sea’ for Seaweek.  We ended our fun-filled week with a Seaweek Dress-Up Parade with our friends from the Early Childhood Centre.


Bookclub Issue 2.  Pamphlets have been given to the children earlier this week.  Could we have all orders (preferably using the LOOP method) in no later than Thursday 25th of March.  Scholastic mention two special New Zealand Books in this issue being This is Where I stand and also New Zealand Disasters.  For any queries please see or phone Sharon (Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays)
Experiencing Marine Reserves
Once again Experiencing Marine Reserves and Fish Forever are offering a snorkel day out at Maunganui Bay (Deep Water Cove) on Saturday 13th March. Thanks to Rawhiti hapu, this bay has been protected by rahui for over a decade and the marine life is returning. Snorkeling here is an amazing experience and shows what abundance is possible with increased care. Guides and gear provided, no previous snorkeling experience needed.
Registration is required and a cost of $20 per person. We are generously supported by Foundation North, Department of Conservation and BOI Sea Shuttle, that enables this cost to be kept to a minimum. Under 15 years to be accompanied by an adult.


Friday, 12 March 2021, 4.30pm start.

Will run every Friday until the end of Term One.

Kia ora koutou katoa,

Fun touch rugby nights for all school aged kids up to 15 years.
This is also an opportunity for our parents and children to register their interest in coaching or playing rugby this season.

We will then be able to determine what teams we can have and how many coaches & managers we need this year.
Please come along to register your interest/availability and for the kids to have some fun!

All school aged kids are welcome, whether they intend to play rugby this season or not.



16 MarchBOT Meeting 4pm
17 MarchFisheries Education Trailer Visit
20 March (Sat)Whangaroa Kiwi Can Raft Race
22 MarchKa Ora, Ka Ako (School Lunches) proposed start date
24 MarchMORE FM visit
16 AprilLast day of Term 1.
03 MayTerm 2 begins

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

 Phone: 09 405 1852

Office:   Principal:

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