Kia ora Parents, Caregivers and whanau,

Welcome back for term three. Throughout the Alert Levels there has been a lot of interest in school attendance. This is because we know going to school every day plays an important role in a student’s wellbeing.

All students should now be regularly attending school. We are working with the Ministry of Education and other partners to understand some of the variety of reasons why students do not attend school regularly. We will work together with others to look at how we can address the factors contributing to non-attendance. Everyone has a role to play to ensure students attend school every day.

Historically term 3 is a very busy time for us here at school and this is no different. Some of our senior students engaged in a holiday course before our term started. Te Hirau, Tangiariki, Te Ariki, Jorja, Darien, Shavante, Caleb, Anahera and Ursula attended courses in Rotorua or on Kapiti Island as part of their Tourism Career pathway. Te Ariki also spent a week at Devonport Naval base for the defence careers experience where she was the top student. Well done to you all.

Last week if you were around school you would have noticed Harold the Life ED truck. The health and safety messages given to our Years 1 – 6 students are an important part of our health curriculum.

This week three service students are attending a Basic Leadership Course at Trentham. Three other students went for a ride so that they could see a military base and perhaps be inspired to follow this pathway. Thank you George for taking these students.

We also hosted a powhiri to welcome all new whanau to our school since our last powhiri, as well as outside agencies who are working alongside our staff in the next few weeks. It was also our pleasure to welcome at our Kapa Haka Tutors for this year. Tupoutama and Te Uira Paki and Christina King as a RTLB (resource teacher of learning and behaviour).

Next week we look forward to this year’s school drama production on the 6th and 7th August and take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard work, time and effort put in by Mrs Lumley and her drama students.

Parent, Teacher Student Conferences will take place on the 12th and 19th of August. Please look elsewhere in this newsletter for details. The Annual school ball is being held on Friday the 14th August. A big Congratulations to Mr Allen for joining the grandparents club.

Nga mihi,

Denise New

Deputy Principal


Tongariro School Drama Production


Smokin Joes Honey

Tongariro School is fortunate to have been donated some honey from Wallace Steel at Smokin Joes honey. He has asked our students to design a label for the honey that best represents our school. Once the labels are made, each student will receive one jar of honey.


The winner of our honey label competition. Our students had the task to design our new label for the honey that has been donated to the students by Smokin Joes Honey. Waione Turanga’s design was chosen by the company and it is now been made in a label. Congratulations Waione


2020 School Terms

Term 1

3 Feb – 27 March

Term 2

15 April – 3 July

Term 3

20 July – 25 Sep

Term 4

12 Oct – 10 Dec

2020 BOT Meetings

June 15th

July No Meeting

August 17th

September 21st

October 19th

November 16th

December 7th

Enrolment dates for 5 year olds entering school in 2020 will be as follows:

Term 1 - 3rd Feb; Mid Term 9th March

Term 2 - not applicable because of date changes for Term 2

Term 3 - 20th July; Mid Term 24th August

Term 4 - 12th Oct; Mid Term 16th November