Newsletter 3 Term 2 – Friday 04 June

Kia Ora Koutou

This week the tamariki have been involved in the Matific Olympiad with practice days Monday to Wednesday and the actual competition on Thursday and Friday.  A great chance for them to up their maths skills.

On Wednesday we had an awesome visit from Stella FNDC to talk to us about Kauri Dieback.

We measured out how big Kairaru the Kauri Tree was – 7m trunk and 62m high(not counting his head) – bigger than Tane Mahuta.








Next Thursday we are off to the Kaeo Museum to look at the exhibitions that show us the history around our area.  Glenys Grace will be there to guide us and tell us any stories relevant to our area.

Enjoy your 4 day Queen’s Birthday weekend with your tamariki – remember we have a Teacher Only Day on Tuesday 08 June.

Jenny Williams

              Here is a lovely piece of writing by Stella P. that was written after our visiting Stella from FNDC spoke to us.

                Kauri Tree Kaitiaki

I am a Kaitiaki, a person that protects the forest.  I love learning about kauri. Kairaru is a kauri tree. It is 7 metres wide. Tane Mahuta is 4 metres wide.  

There used to be lots and lots of trees but now there are only 7 percent left.  Kauri have been around for 250 million years.  

When people first saw a kauri they thought wow but also that it would make money.  So the people chopped them down but some baby ones came up and now we have Kauri Dieback.  

Kauri Dieback is a sickness and like other sicknesses it can be carried.  It can be carried on underneath shoes, car tyres and on animal feet, like pigs and dogs.  

Now every time you go to a Kauri track you have to wash and scrub your feet or shoes. And that is how we can all be Kaitiaki.

Stella Pieters

The following children have received certificates for their awesome work:

Ari – For a creative costume for Pink Shirt Day Dress Up.

Clay – For being an “awesome” student.

Jodacey – For being a caring student.

Kowhai – For having a positive attitude and trying your best.

Marika – For sounding out your words and reading beautifully.

Helena – For being an independent and positive learner.

Lauaki – For always trying your best and following instructions to produce wonderful writing.  Great job!

Nick – For working independently and completing your art.  Well done!

Millie – For displaying great SSR skills.

Stella – For showing some great reading strategies.



10 JuneKaeo Museum Trip
14 JuneBOT Meeting 4pm
30 JuneMid Year Reports out
01 JulyInter School Cross Country
02 JulyMatariki
07 July3 Way conferences
09 JulyLast day of Term 2

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

 Phone: 09 405 1852

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