Vaccine passes will be required for all attendees
8th March 2022
Dear Parents and Caregivers
You may have heard there are confirmed COVID-19 cases in our school.
The health and wellbeing of our children, staff, and community is a top priority so we are closely following the Ministry of Health guidance for schools. At Phase 3 of the Omicron response, only cases and household contacts are legally required to isolate.
Please continue to follow good practices when it comes to your own health and the health of your whānau.
What we're doing
We are staying open
We are using public health measures to reduce the risk in our settings, including masks, physical distancing, and ventilation
We have appropriate cleaning procedures in place
What you need to do
You and your whānau should be very vigilant about monitoring for symptoms
If any symptoms develop, get tested immediately
Then, stay at home until you receive a negative result, AND until you or your child is symptom-free for at least 48 hours
Wear a face mask when out and about
Wash hands often with soap for 20 seconds and dry your hands completely
Wash your hands if you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
Avoid touching your face, and cough or sneeze into your elbow or cover your mouth with tissues
If you and your whānau haven't been vaccinated or boosted, please do so as soon as possible. You can book online or call 0800 28 29 26. It's free.
Symptoms of COVID-19
A new or worsening cough
Sneezing and runny nose
Temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste
Shortness of breath
Less common symptoms include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, malaise, chest pain, abdominal pain, joint pain, or confusion/irritability.
For more information, go to the Unite Against COVID-19 website
Noho ora mai
22 February 2022
Dear Parents and Caregivers
These are certainly very tricky times with regard to the spread of Covid 19. Our school has been working closely with the Ministry of Education (MOE) on the protocols we will need to follow should a positive case be identified within the school community.
Despite the rumours, to date there has not been any identified case within school and you all need to be assured that should there be one there are very clear and strict protocols that the school will be following under the guidance of MOE.
Please keep checking your emails, our web page and Skoolloop for any updates. Also check the Ministry of Health Website for guidance around dealing with this whole area.
17 November 2021
Ata mārie whānau
The following comes directly from Tūwharetoa Health CEO
- There has been an active COVID-19 case now identified in the Tūrangi community
- Tūwharetoa Health is working closely with Pīhanga Health to ensure that they are able to respond the best they can to the need in our community during this demanding time
- From today, Tūwharetoa Health and Pīhanga are collaborating to provide swabbing stations each day this week from 10:30am till 4:00pm to allow our whānau to come in and get tested
- There is no need for an appointment, people can just drive in
- Vaccinations will also be available and will be carried out in the carpark from the "Shots On Tūrangi" campervan to make it as quick and easy to access for whānau who would like to get vaccinated
- There will also be a drop in service
- GP services WILL CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE at Pīhanga Health Tūrangi
- Tūwharetoa Health phone lines will continue to be answered 07 384 2882 opt 1
- Please whānau, if you require medical assistance, to access it you will need to phone ahead and you will be screened before coming into the medical centre
A reminder whānau, please ensure that you are following the current alert level restrictions, that you are scanning in or recording your movements when you are out and about
8th November 2021
Kia ora parents, whanau and caregivers,
We continue to operate under very uncertain times. In the last newsletter we indicated tht the Academic Cultural and Sporting Awards would take place next week on Wednesday and Thursday. The requirements of level 2 gatherings have forced us to change the formate of the 2021 Awards Ceremony.
We will, at this stage only be conducting the Year 11 - 13 component of the process. The Year 1 - 10 section will take place at a later date when we are hopefully at Level 1.
The Year 11-13 Academic, Cultural and Sporting Awards will take place on Wednesday 17th November beginning at 11.15am. Recipients of awards will not be seated in the hall but will come up onto the stage when their name is called and they will receive all of their awards at the same time unless it is an Elite Award. Those Year 11- 13 students not receiving awards will be seated in the hall along with 2 members of the
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
18 Oct – 13 Dec
Accord TOD 2 Dec
2021 BOT Meetings
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