Dear Parents and Caregivers

As we settle into the middle of term one we are making a concerted effort to improve the promptness of students getting to school and remaining at school. Whānau support on these matters is really important. School starts at 8.45 each morning and students should be in class ready for the day at that time. Morning activities at home need to centre around ensuring that everybody makes the 8.45 threshold. Please support school in getting your children to school on time.

Our postponed Tabloid Sports Day is scheduled for this Wednesday and all members of our school community are welcome to attend and support the kids in this fun day activity.

A reminder that entry to our school for visitors is via the school office where there is the QR scanning code or sign in book.

A reminder that the Easter break is inside the school term this year. The school will be closed from Friday 2 April and reopen on Wednesday 7 April.

Term 1 for 2021 ends on Friday 16 April and school reopens on Monday 3 May.

Our senior school ball is being held earlier this year at the request of our students. This year's ball is being held at Chateau Tongariro on the last day of term - 16 April. The theme for this year's ball is Bollywood. I know our students are really looking forward to the event.

Have a great week

Nga mihi

Steve Allen


Tongariro School

Senior School Ball

Chateau Tongariro

Friday 16th April 2021 - (last day of Term 1)

Theme: “Bollywood”

Bus departs from the school office entrance at 6pm.

Bus returns to New World Carpark 11pm.

All students attending must arrive by bus unless approved by Mrs New

Tickets: $80 each:

Students are to book and pay for their ticket at the office;

these may be paid off over time but full payment has to be reached prior to the ball;

no refunds if a student changes their mind

Prizes: the usual, plus an added bonus 'dressed in theme' Check out the posters in the Hub for the Menu

Wanting to take an outside partner? Ask at the office for a 'partner request' form, return to Mrs New.

Any further questions please ring Tongariro School front office.

Trade Academy Happenings

The Trade Academy has hit the ground running for 2021. We have two classes this year; on a Monday we have 18 students who are focusing on the sheep and beef industry and 9 nine students on a Friday focusing on equine and hopefully apiculture. We started the year off with a look at the seafood industry and headed to Kawhia. A big thanks to Dove Charters for showing us an awesome time.

The Monday class also started their farming at Whakarawa Station. We had to sort with bales of wool ready for the trucks to pick up. We got to watch the dogs in action bringing in a mob of sheep, we learnt about sheep anatomy and loaded some steers onto the truck, ready for the works. A big thanks to Jamie Mohi for sharing his knowledge and expertise.

The Friday class has started their equine program where we met a couple of horses we will be working with. We are learning how to groom and care for a horse and identify signs of a healthy and unhealthy horse. We also had the opportunity to go horse trekking with Korohe Horse Treks. The girls had a blast.

They also had the opportunity to have a look at Mt Ruapehu and the employment opportunities there, take a ride in the skywaka and have lunch at the pinnacle café.

Tuwharetoa Ki o rahi Regionals 2021

The first of our sports fixtures for 2021 kicked off on Wednesday with the Tuwharetoa Ki o Rahi Regionals. Teams from Taumarunui High, Ngapuke, Te Kura o Hirangi and Tongariro participated.

Our Tongariro students displayed some awesome values throughout the day. Tuakana/teina, Whanaungatanga and manaakitanga to name a few.

Kingston Beauchamp was a standout for me. He brought the students together and showed awesome leadership values. Overall the mix of students that made up the team got on really well with each other and showed great team spirit all day.

First place went to Taumarunui, followed by Tongariro, Te Kura o Hirangi and Ngapuke.

Hayley Patena

Sports Coordinator

Cohort Entry and Introduction to School Dates

Tongariro School is part of the cohort entry Scheme. In schools which have adopted a policy of cohort entry new entrants are able to start school in cohorts but only after they have turned five. There are two entry points per term, one on the first day of term, and one at a mid-point during a term.

We would like to invite you to an “Introduction to School” time just before the beginning of your child’s entry date. It is a requirement that a whanau member be present with their child on this day.

On arrival to the “Introduction to School” day please come to the office area at 9.30am to be introduced to our management team and to be walked to Room 3 (our new entrant room).

The day will begin at 9.30am and finish at 11am.

If you have any questions, please contact the school office 073868684 and leave a detailed message for me to contact you.

Nga Mihi,

Amanda Sweet

(New entrant teacher and team leader of year 0-2)

2021 BOT Meetings

17 May

21 June

16 August

20 September

15 November

6 December

2021 School Terms

Term 1

3 Feb - 16 April


Term 2

2 May – 9 July

Accord TOD 18 May

Term 3

26 July – 1 Oct

Accord TOD 11 August

Term 4

18 Oct – 13 Dec

Accord TOD 2 Dec