16th May 2023

Kia Ora Parents and whanau.



It is good to be back in the Principal chair after my sabbatical. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Denise New for her stewardship of the school in my absence.  She had to deal with some unusual and not often occurring events such as emergency school closures, industrial action and the ongoing capital works property project that is happening at school.  On top of this was the general running of the school and all that the principal role entails. Thank you, Denise.


Term 2 is obviously well underway with lots of amazing learning experiences happening and to happen. This week we have some of our Services Academy students away at The Basic Leaders Programme at Ohakea Air Force Base.  I trust they have a great time. 


Last week we had our Year 9-10 students visit Korohe Marae to develop their knowledge around the powhiri process.  I am told that their behaviour whilst at the marae was exemplary.  Well done Year 9-10.


Our Services Academy was acknowledged in the RSA newsletter for their contribution and conduct at ANZAC Day commemorations.  It is great that members of our community are seeing all these positive behaviours. 


We also had a small group of students who attended the blessing and first turning of the first grass for the construction of the new playground at Te Kopua Park.  They now eagerly await being able to use the fine facility.


Towards the end of the term, you can expect to receive a mid-year report for your child, which will indicate the progress they are making this year and some possible next steps for them. This is an important communication between home and school and if you do not receive a report via the post, please let us know at school.


On another note, if any of your contact details including postal address has changed, please let the office know.  We are finding that on occasions (some of them being urgent) we have been unable to contact home.

Thanks for your co-operation here.


Have a great week.


Nga mihi

Steve Allen


Tongariro School.

7th March 2023

Tena Koutou Parents and Caregivers,

It was my pleasure on Monday morning to announce our Tongariro School Leaders for 2023 to our school assembly.

Congratulations to:

·         Warren Albert, Head leader

·         Waione Turanga Head leader

·         Cassidy Anderson,

·         Ariki Church

·         Malakai Eru-Jacobs

·         Jaro Flores

·         Abby Goddard

·         Eleanor Hopkins

·         Harmony Moana

·         Ashton Whitmore

·         Yaelle Wirotaroeno

We look forward to your contributions and services to our school community.


I would like to thank whanau for your response when the decision was made to close our Kura for 2 and a half days. The decision was not made lightly. We sustained some damage to our school grounds, however we feel very lucky in comparison to others. The devastation to our forest is heart breaking to see. The loss of homes and lives more so. Our students will be organising an event to help fundraise for victims of Cyclone Gabrielle. More information on this will follow.

Week 6, half way through term1 our students are actively engaged in a variety of events. The year 1 - 8 area are preparing for their Mana Ora concert which will be held here in our school hall on 28 March at 11 .15. We look forward to seeing you all there.


The year 7 & 8 team are walking the river track daily as build up to their Tongariro Crossing on Thursday 30 March. Their study this term is Our Heritage Tongariro National park.


The year 1 - 2 team who are studying Nga Manu will be walking the Rotopounamu track on Friday 31 March. It is so good to see our students learning about our local environment, stories, songs and history.


For our senior students the Trades academy has made a great start working on Moerangi, Tokaanu and Opepe stations. Busy drenching, weighing and dagging sheep, clearing trees from cyclone damage and moving stock. Working with ex Trade academy students has been a highlight as our present students see the value of the programme and possible pathways for future employment. There are 11 students training to become baristas. Their assessment date is March 29.They are busily practising their coffee making skills.


Life 101 is a course helping our students feel confident, competent, and independent and on track to thrive in adulthood.

We have a group of Elite Athlete’s participating in a holistic training programme covering all sides of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.


Our service Academy students are preparing themselves for their induction course at Waiouru military camp, which is scheduled to begin on 20th March. There drills are looking smart.


Our kapa Haka groups throughout the school are progressing well. We have an elite group who have combined with Te Kura o Hirangi and Ngapuke Kura in the hope that they will make the final group to compete at regional and national level. Their commitment is a credit to themselves, their whanau and our Kura.


The senior science class are investigating the natural occurring geothermal activity around Tokaanu and how Ngati Tuwharetoa harness it. The Hospitality and Mahi kai class are learning about local food and cooking methods. These are other great examples of our students learning about our local environment. Thursday 9th March we are hosting the regional KI O Rahi tournament. We wish our team all the best.


As mentioned in the last newsletter the PPTA have announced that they will be striking on March the 16th. At the last Board meeting, it was decided that school will be closed for all year 9 to 13 only. Since this decision was made the NZEI have now decided to vote on whether or not they will strike as well. We will notify you as soon as we are made aware.



Denise New

Acting Principal

16th February 2023

Dear Parents and Caregivers,


On behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff, I would like to welcome all of our students and their families to the 2023 school year. Naumai haere mai.I hope everyone had an enjoyable break.


We welcome on board new staff members: Arahia Otimi, Te Reiti Matuauto, Hayley Patena, Michael Bennett and Melissa Edgarton.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank our ground staff for their work done over the holiday break to get our school grounds looking so good for the New Year. To the teachers who came in to prepare their classrooms and curriculums, thank you all very much. I believe these efforts all contributed to the positive start we had on day one.


Congratulations to our students who passed the NCEA exams, you should be very pleased and proud of your efforts as we are.

At Tongariro School, We believe that through Innovation, Determination and Courage every learner can experience success. For this to happen we need a partnership between school and home. What will this look like for our students?


1; We cannot help you be successful if you are not coming to school. So BE HERE- attendance is a priority.

2. Be on TIME. Punctuality

3. For those in uniform be in correct uniform. In the work force and on the sports fields uniforms are present. Helping with identity and pride. Wear your uniform correctly.

4. Be here With A Positive Attitude. Your attitude determines your Altitude.


This year we have stop work meetings and Strike actions taking place. Staff belonging to NZEI will be attending a stop work meeting on Monday the 27 February. PPTA members will be on Strike on the 16 of March. Further information will follow in regards to these days.


At the writing of this message, we are in uncertain times with the weather in particular. Thank you to all families who support us during times like these.


It was lovely to see the family support at our school picnic day.


I look forward to working with you all this term



Denise New

Acting Principal.


Kia ora Parents, Caregivers and Whanau,

Welcome to our last newsletter for 2022.

As we approach the end of the year, I reflect on what we have all experienced during 2022.  Just as we did during 2021, and what a year it has been.

Even through this adversity as a school and a community, we have still managed to deliver quality-learning outcomes for our students.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff of Tongariro School for their ongoing commitment to delivering sound teaching and learning experiences, which have engaged students and helped them understand and accept the outside influences around COVID and its side effects.

Ka pai to mahi!

Our school wide refurbishment and rebuild is now underway with Stead Construction leading the project.  We anticipate our senior students being in their new building towards the end of 2023.  Our Year 7 & 8 students have now moved into the prefab buildings area of the school and will be there for some time.

Finally, I advise our community that I will be on sabbatical until 26 April 2023 and the school will be ably lead by the Acting Principal Mrs. Denise New. Please refer any questions to her that would normally come to me.

I trust everybody has a relaxing and happy Christmas and New Year break and school looks forward to welcoming all students back when school starts on Wednesday 1 February 2023.

Merry Christmas

Steve Allen


Tongariro School 

8th November 2022

Kia ora Parents, Caregivers and Whanau,

Last Wednesday we had our Senior Academic Awards here at school.  It was a wonderful time with school and the community celebrating the successes of our Year 11-13 students.  We also announced our Elite Awards.  A huge congratulation to Breana Sangster who is our 2022 Dux and Mahina Te Paa-Schmidt who is the 2022 Proxime Accessit.

We wish all our students involved in the NCEA exams the very best and hope that all their hard work pays off.  NCEA began yesterday throughout New Zealand runs through until 2 December.

A very important reminder that school will be closed for instruction on Monday 28 November as this is the final Accord Day as mandated by the Ministry of Education.  Staff will be involved in Professional Learning and Development on that day.


Have a great week

Nga mihi

Steve Allen


Congratulations to the following Senior Students at our

 2022 Prizegiving


Name - Award

Moana, Harmony


Pouwhare, Shirley


Beauchamp, Lance


Cooper, Brooke


Goddard, Abby


Hopkins, Eleanor


Sangster, Hope


Sangster, Hope


Te Kani-Ham, Raumati


Anderson, Cassidy


Boyce, Rehua


Tariu, Siniva


Church-More, Ariki


Moetara, Amaniah-Paige


Young-Moeke, Marich


Young-Moeke, Marich


Albert, Warren


Albert, Warren


Albert, Warren


Locke, Skyla


Waru, Keanu


Knowles, Wiriana


Te Kura-Te Ngahue, Nehemiah


Te Kura-Te Ngahue, Nehemiah


Wirotaroeno, Yaelle


Wirotaroeno, Yaelle


Wirotaroeno, Yaelle


Beauchamp, Samantha


Te Paa-Schmidt, Mahina


Te Paa-Schmidt, Mahina


Te Paa-Schmidt, Mahina


Matthews, Peihana


Matthews, Peihana


Sangster, Breana


Sangster, Breana


Sangster, Breana


Whitmore, Ashton


Rangi, Te Ao


Sangster, Hope


Albert, Warren


Albert, Warren


Beauchamp, Samantha


Te Paa-Schmidt, Mahina


Te Paa-Schmidt, Mahina




Te Paa-Schmidt, Mahina


Sangster, Breana

2022 Dux

Course Selection Information

Tongariro School Course Selection Booklet 

The course booklet contains relevant information about NCEA and the requirements needed.  Throught the booklet you will find information about programs and courses we are offering in 2023, this will help you and your child make the best decisions about their pathways.

Tongariro School Course Selections 

We are asking students and whānau to read the instructions when choosing programs and complete the student course selection google form.

Tongariro School Course Selection Hui Times 

Meeting times can be completed via a google form as well as the platform for these meetings.

Please read the information carefully and if you are unsure on anything this can be discussed when we meet.

A hardcopy is available at the front office.

Sharlyn Holt

Assistant Principal

30th August 2022

Kia ora Parents, Caregivers and Whanau,

We are in week 6 of term 3 and isn’t it wonderful to finally see the sunshine.  What a difference it has made to the general overall atmosphere at school.

Over the last couple of weeks, we have had some wonderful events that we need to acknowledge and celebrate.


Last week (after two years of Covid) we were able to hold the Tongariro School Cross country event.  Thankfully the weather gods provided a beautiful sunny day.  The students from years 1-8 participated and were supported by our senior students (who were the marshals).  Congratulations to all students who ran and thank you to our teachers who did the organization and whanau for their support.


Last Friday the students who were successful in each of their age groups went up to Kuratau School for the Interschool Cross country.  Despite the atrocious weather our team represented our school with pride and we congratulate them for their wonderful efforts.  The official placings will be published in the next newsletter.


We congratulate Year 9 & 10 Boys Basketball team who were victorious in their final that was played last week in Taupo.  The team showed perseverance, resilience and skill and came out with a fabulous win.


Last week the annual Rippa Rugby interschool Tournament was held at school.  Congratulations to the year 7 & 8 team, Ihi and the year 5 & 6 team who will represent our area up in Taupo.


Currently we have many of our staff who are ill and we are desperately trying to cover classrooms with the limited pool of relievers we have available to call upon.  We ask for your continued understanding.


Entry to School:  With the driveway in Waipapa Road being the main entrance into school please reduce your speed when you are coming up the driveway to drop off your children.  With walkers, cyclists and other vehicles all utilizing this entrance we need to be extra safety conscious.


We continue to ask your support to ensure that all students are arriving punctually at school and are in the correct uniform (y7 -13)


Nga mihi


Caroleanne Tamati

Deputy Principal


16th August 2022

Kia ora Parents, Caregivers, and Whanau,

Things are all go here at school in term 3.  We have senior students preparing for the NCEA environment, we have groups of students who have had the experience of Lake Taupo Floating Classroom, and other groups of students who have been on trips to Wellington visiting various places of interest in a range of curriculum areas. We have also had Services Academy students away on an Advanced Leadership Course and Trades Academy students involved in work experience on farms. There are also a lot of amazing learning experiences happening inside the school as well.

As is obvious in the media there are presently many workplace absences due to all the winter ills that are around.  Here at Tongariro School, we are not immune to this and at times have been struggling to cover classes.  We have a relatively small reliever pool who have also been affected by these illnesses.  We ask for your understanding whilst we try to cover all classes.  On occasions, this has and will mean the doubling up of some classes. I am sure you will all understand this it is better than asking students to stay at home.

A reminder that this Friday is the next Accord Day mandated by the government for staff to work on NCEA and Assessment Professional Learning and Development (PLD). 


The final organization and paperwork for our rebuild project has been completed and the tender let.  It is likely that this project will start in late September and will take about 2 years to complete. This will mean some considerable disruption to normal school life and the relocation of classes during the construction period. But what we will end up with is a new school that we can be proud of and deliver better outcomes for students. Staff have been and are continuing PLD in this area referred to as “Modern Learning Environments” with visits to other schools, research, and programme changes. Some of these changes are beginning to happen in the senior area of the school already.  We are doing this so there can be a gradual transfer into the new environment rather than a sudden rushed transfer.

At about the same time this project gets underway so will the reroof of our Wharekura.  This is a Board sponsored project, as the Board owns this building.  This will mean that the Wharekura will be out of action from late September until December.

During the time of both these projects the Te Rangitautahanga Road entrance to the school and adjacent parking area will be a construction zone and from a Health and Safety point of view will not be available for use by the community, staff or students.  It will be a prohibited area, as will all building construction sites across the school.

Lots happening!

Have a great week

Nga mihi

Steve Allen


Tongariro School

12th April 2022

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Tongariro School, students, staff and the Board of Trustees congratulate our new School Leaders for 2022.

Back Row: Warren Albert, Keanu Waru, Mohaka Christy, Peihana Matthews,

Front Row: Breana Sangster, Samantha Beauchamp, Mahina Te Paa-Schmidt.

Absent: Azaelia Baylis

As we draw closer to Easter a reminder that school will be closed from Friday 15th April – Easter Break, then moving into the first week of the school holidays. Term 2 will start on Monday 2nd May. 


We trust everybody will have a restful and safe holiday time. We look forward to catching up with everybody next term.

Tongariro School

30th March 2022

Kia ora Parents, Whanau and Caregivers,

I am writing to keep you updated about how our school is continuing to respond to COVID-19 in New Zealand.


As you may have seen, in the last few days the media has reported a reduction in the number of daily cases.


While we know that cases in school will rise and fall with that of the level in our community, our health experts tell us that children are much more likely to be exposed to COVID-19 in the community than at school. We also know that nationally in mid-March no more than 4% of teachers in any seven-day period reported as testing positive. It is currently around 3.5%. 


As you know, it’s great for any child’s wellbeing and learning to be at school with their friends, teachers and other school staff. You also know that we have very good systems in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.


This is why we remain open at Red.


I wanted to remind you that in our school we are keeping the additional layers of protection in place to help prevent or reduce the risk of onward spread. 


We know that being fully vaccinated and boosted reduces the risk of severe illness due to COVID-19. We are encouraging all adults in our school who are working with students to be vaccinated including their booster. If they are eligible, I encourage you to get your child vaccinated, too.


I know that some of you still have questions about this, however, so I’ve included links to a video that answers many of the common questions about the vaccine:

·         Common questions about the vaccine (English) – KidsHealth

·         Common questions about the vaccine (te reo Māori) – KidsHealth


Mask wearing for our students Year 5 and above and for adults remains in place in indoor spaces and we are getting lots of fresh air during the day. We also continue to focus on basic hygiene such as washing hands regularly, covering any coughs and sneezes, and cleaning surfaces regularly.


Like the links above, KidsHealth has some other great resources you may be interested in:

·         Why wearing masks and creating airflow helps – KidsHealth

·         Back to school with Omicron in 2022 – KidsHealth


From time to time some students will need to isolate at home. This is in line with Government advice and if this happens, we will support them to continue their learning home to minimise any interruption. 

According to the Paediatric Society of NZ, in most children COVID-19 is a mild illness. It can be managed by whānau with some simple measures such as keeping fluids up and keeping an eye on your tamaiti (child).


If you have any concerns about sending your child to school, please get in touch – out team is here to help. We want children to be at school and engaging in learning with their friends.


In keeping with enrolment requirements students who are away from school for no good reason for 20 consecutive days have to be removed from the school roll. Tongariro School is beginning this process with students where we have no reason for them being absent. Students who we are concerned about will be referred to the School Attendance Service for follow-up.


Your job remains the same, too: please continue to keep a really close watch of your whānau for anyone with symptoms. If unwell, please stay at home and get advice about getting a COVID-19 test.



Noho ora mai,

Steven Allen


Tongariro School

22nd March 2022

Dear Parents and Caregivers,


A very warm welcome to this newsletter, in a time when things are far from being normal. I have included the flow chart again in this newsletter to help people determine the process for self-isolation. 


A very big thank you to all the people who have kept the school informed of the status of our students.  This helps tremendously in the school being able to manage absences of both staff and students due to COVID.  I would like to publicly thank all the staff here at Tongariro School for the job that they are doing in what can only be described as trying circumstances. To each and every one of you a big thank you from me and the Board of Trustees.


Our Teaching and Learning programmes are continuing as best they can and we are trying to ensure as little disruption to them as possible. With this in mind we are aware that there are some students who are taking advantage of the current situation and not attending school.  If you are unwell or test positive, then of course stay home but if you are well then students should be attending school.


School is continuing to implement safe sanitizing practices throughout the day and there is no reason to stay home if you are well


Stay safe and stay well,

Steve Allen

Principal Tongariro School 

Tongariro School Ball 

Friday 27th May 2022

 At: Oreti

Time: TBC

Bus from School

Returns to New World Carpark

Information for partners TBA


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

What you need to do

Symptoms of COVID-19

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

Steve Allen


Mauri Tau,


Self-consciously regulates feelings and actions. A disciplined person in control of appetites, not vice-versa.




Excels at Leadership tasks: Gets things done and preserves harmony within a group. Make everyone feel included.



Teamwork, Citizenship and loyalty

Excels as a member of a group. A loyal and dedicated teammate, always doing one’s share, works hard for the success of the group



Kindness and Generosity

Kind and generous to others, never too busy to do a favour. Enjoys doing good deeds for others, even if one does know them well.


Hope, Optimism, Future-Mindedness

Expect the best in the future, and works hard to achieve it. Believes that the future is something that one can control



Creativity, Originality, Ingenuity

Thinks of new ways to do things. Never content with doing something the conventional way if a better way is possible



Perseverance, industry, diligence,

Works hard to finish what one started. No matter the project, gets it out the door, in timely fashion. Does not get distracted when working.



Humility and Modesty

Does not seek the spotlight. Let’s results speak for themselves. Does not regard oneself as special, and others recognise and value their modesty



Kia ora Parents, Caregivers and Whanau

Today I have been informed that we have another confirmed case of COVID 19 within our school population. The student has not attended school since 24 February.

As our numbers grow (as they will) I will not be putting out a newsletter every time but be assured that classroom teachers of students who test positive will be informed and will be very vigilant around any symptoms they might observe.  All students who exhibit any of the symptoms will be sent home immediately. Please have a plan in place should this be the case in your family.

Under the new phase three response to COVID 19 as a school were are not required to identify close contacts but it is very important that you monitor your child’s health and wellbeing and if any of the symptoms below are observed they should be removed from school and have a test immediately.  They include

Below is the guidance, which I have taken directly from the Ministry of Education web site to help you understand what phase 3 means

 Schools connected to a confirmed case

What cases and contacts need to do in Phase 3

In addition to below guidelines, stay home if you're feeling unwell. If cases remain unwell, they should seek additional health advice.

For more information about what to do if you are a case or contact, and for information about the support available in the different phases, please visit the Unite Against COVID-19 website.(external link)

If you have COVID-19:

If you are a household contact

·            from the day that the case receives their positive test result (or is notified as probable)

·            until the case completes their 10 days of self-isolation.

 If you are a close contact (outside of the household)

Please feel free to contact school if you require any further information. Please be aware the school will not be providing any information as to who the students are due to the Privacy Act.

Remember wearing masks is the best way to protect yourself from COVID 19.

Stay well and stay safe.


Nga mihi




Steve Allen


Tongariro School 


Kia ora Parents, Caregivers and Whanau

Today we have been informed that there are two confirmed cases of COVID 19 within our school population. The two students have only attended one day since becoming infected, which was the 18th February.

Under the new phase three response to COVID 19 as a school were are not required to identify close contacts but it is very important that you monitor your child’s health and wellbeing and if any of the symptoms below are observed they should be removed from school and have a test immediately.  They include

Below is the guidance, which I have taken directly from the Ministry of Education web site to help you understand what phase 3 means

Schools connected to a confirmed case

What cases and contacts need to do in Phase 3

In addition to below guidelines, stay home if you're feeling unwell. If cases remain unwell, they should seek additional health advice.

For more information about what to do if you are a case or contact, and for information about the support available in the different phases, please visit the Unite Against COVID-19 website.(external link)


If you have COVID-19:

If you are a household contact

·            from the day that the case receives their positive test result (or is notified as probable)

·            until the case completes their 10 days of self-isolation.

If you are a close contact (outside of the household)

·            Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms and if this is a PCR test, stay at home until you get a negative result.


Please feel free to contact school if you require any further information. Please be aware the school will not be providing any information as to who the students are due to the Privacy Act.

Remember wearing masks is the best way to protect yourself from COVID 19.

Stay well and stay safe.


Nga mihi




Steve Allen


Tongariro School

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.

Nga mihi

Steve Allen


 25 February 2022


Kia ora koutou


New Zealand’s COVID-19 response continues amid much larger numbers of daily cases.

You may well have seen the headlines in the media about the numbers of cases being seen in schools. Please don’t be alarmed by this. It is only natural as cases in our community increase, they will appear in our school. We have really good systems in place to respond to this and to keep any spread of the virus – should it appear – to a minimum.


You may have seen Dr Jin Russell in the media noting research from New South Wales about their recent Omicron outbreak showing that spread within the school setting is very low (less than 4% of cases at school infected someone else when at school). We have seen that in New Zealand too.


This is why we remain open at Red. It’s great for a child’s wellbeing and learning to be at school with their friends and school staff, and we have very good systems in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.


Your job remains the same, too: please continue to keep a really close watch of your whānau for anyone with symptoms. If unwell, please stay at home and get advice about getting a COVID-19 test.


With Phase 3 of the Omicron response, the key change is that it is only confirmed cases and their household contacts who need to self-isolate. Everyone else, including those who may have had close contact with the case but aren’t in the household, must continue to monitor really closely for any symptoms of COVID-19.


Rapid antigen tests (RATs) are now being used to diagnose COVID-19 as well as PCR tests. This means that you will get an almost immediate test result back if a RAT is used.


If anyone in your family is confirmed as having COVID-19, you will be asked to notify your close contacts yourself. Please get in touch with us as soon as you can if your child has tested positive for COVID-19.


Transmission of COVID-19 is still most likely to happen in your home – so please keep doing all those good things to keep your whānau safe. Wash your hands, get lots of fresh air, cover any coughs and sneezes, clean surfaces regularly, and seek advice if anyone is not feeling well. And please wear a mask when you are out and about. There is information online to help your family prepare to isolate if you need to.


The most important advice we can give to keep your whānau safe is to act as if you have COVID-19. More than a third of people who have COVID-19 will not have any symptoms if they have had three doses of the vaccine. Please think about who you visit and what health measures you can put in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.


Getting three doses of the vaccine will really help you to do that. Research has shown that compared with being unvaccinated, three doses of the vaccine will mean you are 67% less likely to be infected with Omicron and 97% less likely to get Delta. If you can’t get COVID you can’t pass it on.


Finally, we know how hard the impacts on COVID-19 have been for many families in New Zealand. If you know of a family in your community who is struggling, please encourage them to reach out for support for example to access food, medicine, or access financial support: Help is available – COVID-19 Health Hub.


If you have any concerns about sending your child to school, please do get in touch.  We are here to help.


Aku mihi,


Steve Allen


Tongariro School

1st February 2022

Kia ora parent, caregivers, and whanau


A very warm welcome back to the 2022 school year.  I trust everybody had time to relax and enjoy time with family and friends.


We start this year under some trying times with the government’s announcement that we will be operating at COVID Red Level for the foreseeable future. We are eagerly awaiting detailed Guidance and Advice from the Ministry of Education (MOE) regarding how schools will operate under this Red Level. Some has been provided and I want to share this with you today.  I also want to explain how our school will be dealing with visitors to our school and the protocols that we are putting in place. Once MOE provide further guidance I will share it with everybody through the channels we presently use which include the newsletter email option, Skoolloop App   (This is available through the App site and is free), and on the school website.  School will also be developing a Facebook page to share important information on as well.


The following points are to be followed at all times unless individuals have government issued exemptions that allow for a departure from the mandated Health Order that is in place under Red Level.

·       The only entry point for people to enter our school will be via the Waipapa Road main entrance.  All other entrances will be permanently locked. This is so we can carefully and accurately monitor those who are on the school site

·       All visitors must report to the school office on arrival and sign in or scan the QR code. There is no exception to this. Please do not go directly to classrooms or other facilities within the school. You will be asked to leave if you do.

·       Parents dropping children off need to do so outside the gate.  Please do not drive onto the school site. This entry will be busy and we do not need extra vehicles in this area.

·       Please limit the visits that you need to have to school and if at all possible communicate via phone or email. The address is above.

·       Whilst on Tongariro School grounds an officially accepted mask must be worn at all times.

·       All students from Year 5 up are required to wear a mask whilst inside school buildings and during class time.  Teachers will also have to wear masks at this time as well.

·       Classes will not be mixing during the day at all.

·       During breaks, children who are outside do not need to wear a mask but need to be mindful of social distancing.


We thank you in advance for adhering to these protocols. They are intended to help keep us all safe.


Staff save


Nga mihi


Steve Allen


Tongariro School.

Kia ora koutou



New COVID-19 Protection (Traffic Light) Framework


You may have heard that everyone in Aotearoa will move to the new COVID-19 Traffic Light Framework on Friday 3 December. We will be moving to Red/Orange.


Elimination and the alert levels have worked well, with New Zealand having the lowest numbers of cases and hospitalisations in the OECD. While controlled, Delta is in our communities and the strategy now focuses on minimising its impact.


With 85% of eligible New Zealanders now fully vaccinated, and by mid-December it is expected to be approximately 90%, this allows a careful reopening while continuing to protect New Zealanders.


This means that we don’t have to change the way we are operating classes this year and everyone can continue to attend school onsite.


For next year, we can confirm that everyone will be back onsite for learning from the start of the school year, regardless of what setting under the new Traffic Light Framework we will be in (Red/Orange/Green). This is good news and means we can plan for a great 2022.


Health measures in place at school


This year and next, health, safety and wellbeing will continue to be a priority for us and the same public health measures you are very familiar with will remain in place:


[For regions at Red from 3 December] One change is that face coverings are encouraged to be worn when indoors for students and staff in years 4 – 13.


And if we are at Red at any stage next year:


With all these measures in place, public health has confirmed the risk of infection remains low when at school, with households continuing to be where COVID-19 is spreading the most. As noted by Dr Caroline McElnay, Director of Public Health:


Our experience in New Zealand and overseas with COVID-19 shows that it does not affect children and teens in the same way it does adults. Children and teens don't become as unwell if they do get infected, and they don't tend to pass the virus on so much as adults when in a classroom setting.


Compared to other places, schools and early learning services are not environments where we have seen significant spread of COVID-19. Household members and work colleagues who are in close contact with people with COVID-19, are the most common sources of transmission.


However, if we do have someone confirmed with COVID-19 in our school, we have a plan in place to manage this and will contact you as soon as possible.


If you’d like to learn more about the framework visit COVID-19 Protection Framework.



Ngā mihi




Steven Allen


23 November 2021

Kia ora parents, whanau, and caregivers

The advent of COVID 19 entering our community has impacted school operations enormously.  Can I please remind visitors to school that they must enter via the school office, sign in, and be wearing a mask.

Sadly, we had to postpone our Academic Awards Ceremony.  We intend to try to fit this in before the end of the year depending on the level restrictions we will be under.  We have had to also cancel a number of school trips due to the level restrictions.  We do not like doing this but student and public health must be at the front of our minds during this time.

To help with clarity around the new traffic light system that the government is introducing I have included a one-page explanation which I hope will help clarify this new way of dealing with COVID 19.  Covid 19 Traffic Light System 

The last of the 2021 Accord Teacher Only Days as mandated by the Ministry of Education will be held on Thursday 2 December which is next week.  This means that school will be closed on that day and students should not come to school, as teachers will be involved in professional development activities.

NCEA Exams started this week, all the best to all concerned who have been studying hard this year!

 2021 NCEA Exam Timetable 

17 November 2021

Ata mārie whānau


The following comes directly from Tūwharetoa Health CEO 

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.

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.

Nga mihi

Steve Allen


Tongariro School and Alert Level 3 – Government Announcement.

27 August 2021

At alert level 3, all children should learn from home, but schools will be open for children whose parents or carers need to go to work. This option is available for years 1-10 only. Play centres and playgroups remain closed. Please check out the flow diagram below to see if your child can come to school.  Teachers will be contacting whanau with the question

At level 3 will your child becoming to school?”  You must meet the criteria for your child to attend.

This is so we can organise how we will operate under level 3 and how many staff we will require. Please do not just send your child to school if you have not told the school of this. We need to know accurate numbers and cannot have “off the street” arrivals that we are unaware of. The Ministry of Education is recommending school bubbles should be no bigger than 10 students so accurate numbers are essential. Those staff not involved with working with students at school during level 3 will continue to work from home directing their distance-learning programmes. If you can learn from home then be at home. This is the government's strategy to minimise movement and interactions in relation to COVID 19.

Tongariro School is providing distance-learning options for all tamariki and young people who are learning from home, including those who need to self-isolate and cannot attend school. Please refer to the school website for more details.

Tongariro School will set up bubbles to help maintain physical distancing in the classroom and outside. Parents, carers and whānau who are visitors to the school should keep 2 metres apart from people outside their household and only enter the school through the main office via the main driveway entrance.  All other options of entry will not available.  We would prefer that you drop your children off at the main entrance and let them walk in to their allocated classroom. School playground facilities will not be available to students, neither will sports equipment.


 Nga mihi 

Steve Allen Principal Tongariro School

23 August 2021

Remaining at Alert Level 4


Kia ora koutou,


I think we had all anticipated a further extension of Alert Level 4, and the Prime Minister has confirmed this. The Alert Level will be reviewed on Friday afternoon, but for now Alert Level 4 will remain in place until 12:59pm Friday 27 August.


Despite this news, it is really pleasing to see Alert Level 4 is having its impact on the number of confirmed cases, with numbers not dramatically increasing as they would likely have done if we had been at a lower Alert Level.


And so our distance learning programme will continue! Tomorrow we begin the allocation of devices for students to connect and work online.  When it is your turn school will contact you with instructions as to how this will work.  Please note. it is only in very limited circumstances that students, parents or caregivers are allowed to come to the school grounds. So please do not come to school unless you have been individually contacted by us to do so. Otherwise, you will be in breach of the COVID-19 Health Response Order.


You may be wondering how, with so many contacts being identified of confirmed cases, we aren’t seeing bigger case numbers identified. Just like the Delta variant is different, so has been New Zealand’s response. Previously we might have moved to Alert Level 2 or 3 if there was a new COVID-19 case in the community (which happened most recently in Wellington). This time we moved immediately to Alert Level 4, after only one case had been identified.


Health authorities are also casting a MUCH wider net to determine who is a contact of a confirmed case. People who previously might have been considered a casual contact are now being treated as contacts. Where schools may have closed for three days while contact tracing was undertaken, they are now closing for 14 days with staff and students all self-isolating for that time. As a result, there are more than 13,000 close contacts being followed up by health authorities.


There is a lot we can all do to protect our whānau and community from COVID-19 including:

You can go to the COVID19.govt.nz website if you would like more information on Alert Level 4 requirements.


We can also make sure we are passing on good information. There is a very helpful article by Dr Siouxsie Wiles and Toby Morris in The Spinoff regarding misinformation and disinformation.


Their red flags for how to spot bad information are particularly well-summarised. Bad information will:

·        downplay COVID-19 and the pandemic

·        focus on survival rate

·        ignore long COVID

·        emphasise individual freedom

·        try to sell you something

·        push simple cures/treatments

·        make you feel fearful or angry.

“Good information put out to help you make an informed choice won’t make you feel scared or angry. It’ll make you feel empowered.”


Finally, we know some families in our community may be finding it difficult to access food and essential items such as medicine.  This information about how to access to food or essential items summarises the supports that are available, including financial help to buy food.


Please do take care and let us know how we can best support you and your whānau.


Kia kaha!


Nga mihi


Steve Allen


Tongariro School



22 August 2021


Kia ora everybody


Like me you probably looked at the emerging cases from this outbreak and thought that some further time at Alert Level 4 was the best thing for our community.


That thinking was confirmed when on Friday the Prime Minister advised that we will remain at Alert Level 4 until 11.59pm on 24 August. We will learn more on Monday about what will happen next.


I wanted to reassure you that our school staff and board will continue to be available to support your child’s learning and wellbeing in the coming days.


Teachers are presently contacting whanau to seek answers regarding who is connected to the internet and who might need devices should we decide to make these available to students from our school stock.  We are putting this data together and will get back to you shortly


We also hope you are doing OK at the moment – but it is also OK if you aren’t.

As the Mental Health Foundation of NZ says, “it’s all right to feel a range of emotions right now. Going into a Level 4 lockdown is a big deal and it brings all sorts of different feelings to the surface, including frustration, worry and even gratitude. However you are feeling, know that you’re not alone – we’re all going through this together.”


If you need to talk, check in with a friend or whānau member, or free call/text 1737 to chat with a trained counsellor. It's free and confidential. There are also a lot of other supports available to you, your whānau and your community if needed.


You will also understand the importance of routine for your family. If your routine has been shaken up, it’s good to structure your time. Routines are reassuring and promote health and physical wellbeing.

A big thank you to all of you for taking the lockdown so seriously – we’ve seen before that staying at home will break the chain of transmission and save lives. Breaking the rules could risk someone close to you and if the rules are not complied with, this could risk the lock down period being extended or could risk the virus being spread to thousands.


Please keep checking the locations of interest and get tested if you were at that location at the specified time, or if you have symptoms which could be COVID-19.


And just a quick point – please don’t use our playground during lockdown.  Playgrounds cannot be used at Alert Level 4.


As always, please let us know if there is anything you need to support you and your tamariki during this time. 

Ngā mihi


Steve Allen



Kia ora koutou


We are now all in Alert Level 4 which means that our school will not be open onsite tomorrow, for any students. This follows someone being identified with COVID-19 and who has been in the Auckland and Coromandel communities while believed to be infectious.


It is really important we do everything we can to keep our community safe. Alert Level 4 means we need to stay home in our bubbles and avoid traveling as much as possible.  Supermarkets, pharmacies, food banks, and other essential services will be open – but remember to wear a face-covering if you are out and about (even a scarf wrapped around your mouth and nose will help). Check-in using the NZ COVID Tracer App wherever you go and please also keep a distance from people you don’t know and wash your hands well and often, especially before and after using any public facilities.




Please go to the Ministry of Health website if you live in Auckland or the Coromandel region, or have recently visited there.  There is a list of locations the confirmed case has visited while they were considered to be infectious. If you were at one of those locations and at the same time as specified on the website, then please follow the relevant instructions to isolate and potentially to get tested. Please keep checking that webpage as new locations may be identified over time.


Our focus as always will be to support the learning, safety, and wellbeing of our rangatahi and tamariki and we continue to be here to support you as well.


Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s kaiako or me, if there is something you need assistance with.


Ngā mihi




Steve Allen


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 

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)

Drama Performance ‘Thank You So Much’

Drama is a three phase operation, on stage, back stage and behind the scenes.

With each performance I have seen an improvement in delivery from our actors.  They have lifted their game and carried their characters well, and I am so proud of them all. As one student put it this morning ‘they have developed the characteristics of their characters’, which was rewarding to hear, but thinking about it later I wondered if it was complimentary, given the murderous intent this lot have all developed over the last few months!!

All of this would not have been possible without a lot of work that goes on to support their role.  It has been as always, a real team effort.

Behind the scenes

The huge job of food preparation and serving: Ylva Maxwell and Dalene Potgieter, [sitting in the audience] and tonight Sue Marquet, Hospitality students, and senior students

Setting up of tables for first ‘High Tea’, and then 2 evening performances – again Sue Marquet and Denise New and of course student help. I arrived this morning to find Denise and year 9 student Janaya at the tail end of all the dishes –what angels!

George Jensen and the construction crew – for making items as needed for that realistic look, a butcher's block and the fire surround, and now storage boxes for our lights. Whaea Jess and Whaea Ngaire, teacher aides- for your creativity in the classroom.

Kerry and Sharon in the front office - for ticket sales and liaison with our audiences.

Recognition also to our lovely Hostess for Evening performances and make up coach– Chevana Tariu

 Back stage – well actually set construction, painting, and hanging of paintings, antlers, curtains and general repairs when needed – Brenton Searancke

Stage hands – Mana, Ariki, Siniva, 

Lighting, and sound effects – Logan MacRitchie and Caleb Evans

Volunteer help – Eve Jensen [sitting in the audience tonight]

On stage – My actors, both major and minor roles, congratulations on your commitment to your assigned roles, for accepting a role, attending rehearsals and seeing it through.  You make me so proud.

Post production

If you were a member of one of our audiences – thank you.  It was so rewarding to hear your laughter, and receive your compliments about our performances, and kai.  We look forward to having you back again soon.


Clean-up of the set was also a team effort;

Brenton - amazing to have the deconstruction run so smoothly and as planned

VLY AKO - my runners, packers, folders, go to's, you are awesome and really appreciated.

Sharlyn and the trades group - who moved in to finish off with the deconstruction, returning of chairs and tables, plates, and trays etc.

Denise -thank you for taking my classes last week so I could give our students experience with performing on stage before our audiences arrived - I really appreciate the work you do for me and finally; 

My senior drama group - you have been the best group of students to work with, not only for performance but for taking direction and seeing something through to the end.  You took on your characters and made them come to life, well done. I hope you have enjoyed this experience as much as I have. 

Mrs Vanessa Lumley

2021 School Terms

Term 4

18 Oct – 13 Dec 

Accord TOD 2 Dec

2021 BOT Meetings

15 November

6 December

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. 

Trish Cotterill Konui 

Live long and Prosper 

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.



Some of our students attended the Taupo-Tongariro New Zealand Modern School of Music Competition in Taupo recently. There were over 80 entrants from the Taupo area, Turangi, and Tokoroa. 

Isabeau, Max and Ashton Whitmore all competed and received some medals and certificates. 


·       Isabeau received 2 Silver, 1 Bronze, and 1 Very Highly Commended. 

·       Max received 2 Very Highly Commended and 1 Highly Commended.

·       Ashton received 1 Very Highly Commended and 2 Highly Commended.


In addition, Marich Young-Moeke was among those who performed for the audience at the end of the competition and played 2 songs. He did a great job and impressed the audience. Well done to all!

These students are taught by local piano teacher Bev Campbell.