Newsletter Week 9 Term 3

Turua School 22nd September 2022


It is hard to believe that it is almost the end of the third term and we are rushing towards Christmas very quickly!! Just a note that the school office will be closed on Wednesday 28th September and Friday 30th September. If you have any queries please check with Joanne before these dates.

Unfortunately we had some visitors in our grounds last night with cigarette stubs and a small bag of marijuana left outside Room 4. While we welcome the out of hours use of our school grounds it is disappointing when people abuse the privilege. If the community is aware of anyone misusing our grounds we would appreciate them coming forward to let us know. Luckily we have some very reliable students who alerted us to this issue.

This week I had the privilege of organising the Hauraki Plains Speech competition. I would like to congratulate Lexus, Liam, Hazel and Awa who represented Turua School at the event. You were outstanding ambassadors for our school and while all the speeches were well presented, Awa was awarded second place in the Year 5 & 6 category. An awesome result!

We hope that everyone enjoys their Queen's Memorial day on Monday.

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Mangopare Speech Awards

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Garden to Table

A massive thank you to everyone that supported our Garden to Table bake sale last Friday. It quite intense there for a while! The feedback has been positive so we will endeavor to come back next year with more apple scrolls and pizza.

This week the garden teams have been busy beans (not pardoning the pun), the mulching of fruit trees by the car park is finished, lots of plants pricked out in the garden, and the potatoes are in. We’re already looking forward to roasting some up. The green house is full of pots including giant pumpkin seeds that will be ready to buy at calf club. There will be a range of summer crops available on October 25th so get your gardens fed and ready for planting.

The kitchen teams whipped up some more yummy treats. Te Wheke made some tangy lemon crinkles served with orange and rhubarb cordial, while Mangōpare and Kaitaki made beetroot and feta spaghetti followed up with tangelo cake. Some of these flavour's were a challenge for our tamariki this week, but by serving them in different ways throughout the year we are finding that they are willing to try new things and they now realize that the same thing can taste very different depending on how it is prepared. There was almost a look of terror when spaghetti and beetroot were mentioned alongside each other, but, we can report that there was a queue for seconds

Calf Club

Thank you to all the children that have entered for this event. It looks like there will be some hot competition! We will have a demonstration for the participants next Wednesday during school time to talk about what to expect on the day.

Our sponsorship team have been working tirelessly in the background and we have some amazing prizes up for grabs. Raffle tickets and information will be sent home also next week. This is a school event not just for those with animals; on the day there will also be the art exhibition showcasing every child's work. And don’t forget about our DIY competition, we are looking forward to seeing the deer babies

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.

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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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Junior Learn to Sail Course

Thames Sailing Club is offering a learn to sail course over 4 Saturdays.

$40 includes boat hire, life jacket (if you don’t have one) and tuition.

Limited places are available. Come and learn the basics.

8 years or over, must be confident in the water. A responsible adult

must stay at the club during lessons. 2-3hrs

Dates are Oct 15 th 9-15 am

Oct 29 th 9-00am

Nov 12 th 9-00am

Nov 19 th 1-15pm

To book your child’s place or any queries ph Barbara 0211005645 or email with your child’s name and age.

Sailing is a great family activity so Mum and dad can get out there too at our

family sailing days and club days too.

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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