Welcome Back to Term 4
Kia ora Parents, Caregivers and Whānau
As we continue to be in Covid Alert Level 2 a quick reminder of how this is operating at Tongariro School.
We would appreciate it if there was as little onsite visits as possible so if you need to contact school maybe a phone call would be useful. If you do need to come into school then you can only enter via the main Waipapa Road gate and you must sign in/scan at the front office. Masks should be worn. Whilst it is not mandatory for onsite staff and students to wear a mast this is still encouraged.
On-going daily sanitising is being practiced. We have taken a soft approach to students returning to normal school life once we have gone into Level 2 but now is the time to get your children back into the habit of attending school regularly and beginning the day on time. From the 21st September 2021, office staff will be following up on students whose attendance is not at an appropriate level. Up until now we haven't been marking students who are not attending as truant but from this date, we will be. This truancy will count towards percentage attendance levels and if necessary result in students being removed from the school roll in line with regulatory requirements.
Just to clarify with the COVID lockdowns affecting NCEA the Ministry of Education has moved the start date for External Exams. They will now start on 22nd November. This has affected our normal end of year programme of celebrations for Academic, Cultural and Sporting Awards. Due to COVID, we have decided to split the ceremonies in this way.
School Wide Academic Awards will be held on Wednesday 17th November beginning at 11.15am.
School Wide Sporting and Cultural Awards will be held on Thursday 18th November beginning at 11.15am.
NCEA External Exams begin Monday 22 November. NCEA EXAM TIMETABLE
The next school holiday break is set down for the last day of Term 3 being Friday 1st October and the first day of Term 4 is Monday 18th October 2021.
During lockdown, the school distributed a large number of devices so that students could engage with online learning. Thank you to those whanau who have returned the devices. We still have 15 devices outstanding and would appreciate these being returned as soon as possible as they are needed for in-class teaching and learning.
23 August 2021
Remaining at Alert Level 4
Presentation: Intro to Advance leaders on day one Services Academies were allocated a Presentation topic, which had to be no less than three minute and no longer than five minutes. The three students attending the Advanced Leadership Course worked together, in order to come up with the Presentations. It was also compulsory for all three students involved, to present the Presentation to an audience. Directors had to provide topics, to the students at least two weeks prior to attending the course.
Year 9 English
I welcomed Year 9 English Motutaiko into my class this term, having taken over from Whaea Caroleanne. These students have settled well and continually surprise me with what they know and share.
Just a small reminder - can students please remember to bring a pen to class to support their learning? Part of my job as 'teacher' is to prepare them for their learning journey in the future and their tools are a part of this, thank you.
Vanessa Lumley-English Teacher
2021 School Terms
26 July – 1 Oct
18 Oct – 13 Dec
Accord TOD 2 Dec
2021 BOT Meetings
There is no August meeting due to Level 4 Lockdown
Room Three have been using water colour paints and soft chalk to create self-portraits. We also welcome Bailey and Saine to our class.
Room 24 News
Kia ora e te whānau. Nau mai hoki mai ki te kura i te wahanga tuatoru.
It's great to see all our wonderful students returning to school for Term 3. The year is ticking over so quickly.
This term we are continuing with our Marae Visits around our Tūwharetoa rohe. This will be on selected Thursdays from 11am to 3pm. Your child will be sent home with a small note indicating what Marae we hope to visit each time. Week 1 we visited Maroanui Marae and its Church located at Ohakuri Taupo as well as Te Kapa o te Rangiita ki Oruanui Marae located in Oruanui Taupo.
A big 'UPs" to our parents and caregivers who are ensuring their children are coming to school. Attendance is a HUGE issue in schools all over New Zealand. I can't stress how important an education is to our children. We will try our utmost best to educate, care for and support your child while they are at school.
Tongariro School Music students were privileged to work alongside Jimmy Colbert for two days. Jimmy helped the students with composition, performance and gave technical and instrumental guidance. A big thankyou to the New Zealand Music Commission for making it possible for this to happen.
MUSIC COMPETITION SUCCESS