Newsletter Week 7 Term 3

Turua School 9th September 2022


It is hard to believe we are almost at the end of term 3 and all classes are busy with their speeches, science fair projects and calf club artworks. It is great to see the students continue to participate in these events that we have not been able to over the last couple of years.

I am currently away on sick leave but Judy Belton our Deputy Principal will be able to assist you with any queries until my return.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2022.

Next week is Māori language week and this year is extra special as 14 September marks the 50th anniversary of the Māori Language Petition, an event that led to many of the kaupapa we have today, including Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

The Māori Language Petition (Te Petihana) presentation to Parliament on 14 September 1972, with over 30,000 signatures, kickstarted major shifts in the revival of te reo Māori as a living language in Aotearoa New Zealand. Since this moment 50 years ago, Te Petihana has, and continues, to inspire the Maōri language movement.

Garden To Table

What beautiful weather we had at garden to table this week. The rain on Monday has certainly filled the reservoirs! The gardeners have been very busy planting seeds so they are all ready for calf club. Those seeds planted in the last couple of weeks are looking great and we've pricked them out ready to take off in the garden. The kitchen crews busily whipped up a couple of sweet treats with banana and chocolate chip muffins on the Te Wheke menu, and some fudgilicious beetroot brownies for Mangopare. Kaitaki whipped up some brassica based fritters served with a one hour focaccia bread. Look out next week for our stall on Friday where you can sample some of our yummy bakes.

Thames Centennial Pools Learn to Swim Programme


Block lessons are running this coming school holidays, from the 10th - 14th October from 9am.

Block lessons are an intensive block of training where each group has a 30min lesson daily for 4 days and are a great way to reintroduce or learn new swimming skills before Term 4 lessons start.

Block lessons are available for the following skill levels: Eel, Octopus, Snapper and Kingfish.

The price for the week of lessons is $45 and payment is due on the first day of lessons (10th October).

Spaces are limited, so be in quick to secure your spot. No assessments are needed prior to booking a spot, but we will be asking about the swimmers ability to ensure they are placed in the correct group.

Call into the pool at any stage during their open hours to book your space.

Term 4 2022 LTS enrolments

  • 12th September - Re-enrolments for students currently participating in Term 3 lessons open.
  • 19th September – New enrolments for students who are not currently participating in Term 3 lessons open. All students who are new enrolments for Term 4 will be required to undertake an assessment so they can be placed in the correct class.
  • All enrolments can take place from 11am – 5pm Monday – Friday at the pool.

  • Enrolments will remain open until all classes are at capacity or the beginning of Term 4 (Monday 17th October), whichever comes first.

  • Payment for lessons must be received before the beginning of Term 4.

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Want a free camp in the Kauerenga Valley?

These Holidays we are giving the Campers a Chance to !WIN! a free week of camp by showing off their colouring skills. Just go to our website and download or print the colour contest picture. Colour in, scan (or take a picture) and send back to by September 18, 2022 8pm

Colour Contest picture available at the office.

Turua School Holiday Programme 10th-14th October

Enrollments open now. 2nd week of the holidays. 8.30am to 5pm

Advance notice required. Bookings required by 20/9

Bookings secured by email:

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Members and Leaders wanted for St John Youth

St John Youth is a fun youth group which will teach you new skills, open opportunities like

camps and competitions, meet new people and assist future pathways. Want to learn how to save a life? Hauraki Plains Division is looking for new members and leaders. We meet on a Tuesday night from 6 - 7.30 at the Centennial Centre on Haywards Road in Ngatea (although this may change to Thursday if it suits more people). Come along on any meeting night to our local division and get an idea of what we do and learn. Anyone who would be interested in either becoming a cadet (5-18 year old's) or becoming a leader (18+) feel free to contact Marie on 021 11 88 098.

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PTA News

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Private Tutoring

Does your child require further support, over and above what can be offered at school?

Would your child benefit from bespoke and nurturing learning sessions from a highly experienced teacher designed to accelerate learning and boost confidence? We would love to help. We are a team of dedicated teachers, specialising in English and Maths support, for primary, intermediate and college students. Visit for more information or contact Jenny 021 223 3349 to book a free consultation.

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Can you please update the office with any new contact details. Email addresses included.