Te Puru School

Newsletter Term 1 2016 - Week 8

This week at Te Puru School...

A Message from our Principal

Tena koutou katoa, nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa.

Greetings parents, whanau and members of our school community.

The weeks are really flying fast as we approach Easter Weekend. Last week I had the pleasure of going on camp with Room Rimu and Pippa. The weather the first two days was awesome, which allowed the group to experience the planned activities, such as:

· A walk along Waikawau Bay to the northern end

· Sand castle building challenge

· Dinner preperation and cooking

· Burma Trail Challenge

· 4 hour hike

· Night rock pool experience

At 8 am on the Thursday, unfortunately, the heavens opened and we experienced the heavy rain that Coromandel is known for. This lasted about an hour, it appeared like the weather would clear, but back down it came around 11am, so the decision was made to return back to school and get the children home to a dry bed.

The parent group was fabulous:

Martin Fogg

Jo Ellery

Troy Wood

Michelle Croasdale

Juergen Mayer

Thank you for your support, and it was great to work with you.

Also thanks to Pippa’s Mum and Dad for helping with transport both there and back. Thanks also to Christine Friis for her support as an adult helper.

Lastly to Pippa, thanks so much for your passion and effort to plan and organize a fabulous outdoor experience for your class.

Easter Weekend

There seems to be some confusion around the days that school will be closed for this weekend. For some time Easter has been in the holidays between Terms 1 and 2. This year having Easter during Term 1 means that we have an extended weekend. Historically, Easter Weekend for all NZ schools has seen Tuesday included, even though it is not a public holiday. I have contacted other Thames Principals and they have all agreed that Tuesday will be a holiday as part of Easter. So we look forward to seeing the children back at school on Wednesday 30th March.

Mandarin Teacher

Today Yue began her lessons here at Te Puru School with a group of Y6/7/8 students. We welcome Yue to our school and look forward to working with her to increase our knowledge of Chinese Language and Culture. This is also an opportunity for us to help Yue to learn about our culture and extend her use and knowledge of English.

Have an awesome extended weekend, last chance to have a break before winter sets in.

Mike Friis - Principal


There will be a very important meeting on Wednesday 6th April at 7pm at school (Room Totara) for all parents/caregivers of child/ren who have registered for this season. We would like all parents/caregivers to attend as there will be very important information given out that you don't want to miss. Thanks, Emily Darrah, TPS Netball Co-ordinator.

Rimu's Camp

The students of Rimu had a great time in camp and although it came to an abrupt end with heavy rain, we thoroughly enjoyed every single minute!

Waikawau Bay is a beautiful place and the campsite is well-maintained.

We walked the white sands, raced the parents to build sandcastles, conquered the heights, cooked over camp stoves, body surfed the waves and slept in tents.

Here's a 'taste of camp' by Helena Mayer.

Camp was absolutely fantastic. We had such a good time, and we all just loved it. On Tuesday and Wednesday the weather was phenomenal, and on Thursday, well, it was phenomenal, but not really in a good way. On Tuesday we arrived, set up camp, went for a walk on the beach, had a sand castle competition. (The parents would have won, but they weren’t really in the competition!) Then we went for a swim, (fun!) made dinner, (burgers!) did a team challenge, (hard!) and went on a burma trail (scary!). On the first night, Mr Friis hit a possum with a cricket bat, and one group’s larder got ransacked by a large rat. There goes breakfast!

Wednesday morning after breakfast we went on a three hour hike, two hours up, one hour down. Christine told us about the Kauri dieback problem, and we all cleaned our boots at the new station. Up at the top of the mountain (it’s really a big hill but it feels like a mountain) we could see all the way to Kennedy Bay and with the binoculars we could spot our tent. The only thing we could think of on the way down, which was very steep and mostly in the sun, was the swim afterwards… ocean, here I come. After having more fun in the waves, we had another team challenge and made dinner. We went night rockpooling which was awesome.

But at some point our luck ran out. At breakfast on Thursday it started pouring down in bucket loads. We got absolutely soaked, and spent the morning down by the river, which was a little bit sheltered, and at some point we gave up trying to stay dry and warm and just played in the water. We packed up as quickly as we could, which was not very fast, and came home with everything soaked.

Thank you Pippa, Mr Friis, Christine, and all the parents. We absolutely loved camp and it was so so fun… Thank you from Room Rimu.

The biggest and most creative sandcastle competition!

Camp Cooking - great fun and (mostly) delicious!

te puru hits the hockey big day out

"The fairest of them all" comes to our school

room pohutukawa's artwork display

Kapa Haka Kindy Visit

When we went to the Kindy, we felt pretty good and not too nervous and the kindy kids were really happy to see us.

We sang our songs enthusiastically and everyone seemed to enjoy it. The kindy kids sang some songs to us too, which was really cute.

Thanks Whaea Maria for taking us to the kindy and thanks to the kindy for letting us come.

By Zac Summerton-Johnson and Carson Fox (Year 8 students)

A message from Whaea Maria

Thames Coast Kindy children, teachers and parents all enjoyed a performance by Te Whānau Purapura on Tuesday. A big thank you to all the children involved. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa.

Thinking of getting a mortgage? Go with ASB for Our School!

If you take out a mortgage with ASB and you nominate our school, they will donate $1,000 to us. That is amazing!
Big image
The Jungle Book - That's What Friends are For

icas 2016


If you wish your child to participate in ICAS tests, click the link above for online registration.

Login Details


School Code: 02001912

Password: THIFYK

ICAS will be administered in school.

Big image
Big image

Te Rerenga o te Wiki

Te rerenga kōrero o te wiki = The

sentence for the week.

Is the Easter Bunny coming to your house? = Kei te te Bunny Aranga e haere mai ki tou whare

Office Cell phone 0277572058

Remember this is a great way to let us know if your child is absent. If you have a change of pick up plans or need to get a message to your child/ren, please let us know as soon as possible.

Have you paid your invoice?

Invoices have been sent out this term. Please remember to pay bus fares and class stationary before the end of the term. If you would like to set up an automatic payment, please come and discuss this with Tania. Thank you.

Our Assemblies

Coming Up

Wk 8 Good Friday (no assembly)

Wk 9 Nikau

Wk 10 Whanau Leaders

Wk 11 Kauri (Certificate Assembly)


24.3.16 Yr 7 students vaccinations, Yr 8 girls only vaccinations

25.3.16 Good Friday

28.3.16 Easter Monday

29.3.16 No school (nationwide for schools due to long weekend)

01.3.16 3x3 Basketball - Thames High School

05.4.16 Vision tests 9 am

08.3.16 3x3 Basketball - Thames High School

13.4.16 Pohutukawa - Tararu

14.4.16 Grandparents Day – Anzac Ceremony

15.4.16 Last Day Term 1

02.5.16 First Day Term 2

hearing & vision checks in school

Big image

did you know ............

Big image

community news

sport section

Thames Sailing Club

Saturday 26th March

Thames Sailing Club

Fun Open Day with BIC Junior Skiff

Come along and try out the new O'pen BIC Junior skiff.

Qualified instructors will be there to help.

All welcome including those who have never sailed before.

Have a go on the exciting new international Junior Skiff or join in on one of our club boats.

Refreshments available - Fun for the whole family (Bring suitable clothing for sailing)

Where: Thames Sailing Club, 701 Tararu Rd

When: Saturday 26th March, 9am to 12pm

Enquiries Welcome: 021 0835 2577

community news

free ear clinic service for children - wednesday 13th april 9 am - 12 pm, thames south school

Thames Animal Rescue, Easter Garage Sale

Saturday 26th March 2016


Grahamstown Hall, Pollen St, Thames

8.30 - noon

Fundraising for the rescue kitties, food & vet care

Donations welcomed

Purrlease support our paws

Alice 07 868-2907

turua scouts

Turua Scout Group Open Day, Sat 2 April, 10am-1pm. Come and experience a little of what Scouting has to offer for parents, Keas (school year 1-3), Cubs (school year 4-6) and Scouts (school year 7-10). Sausage sizzle and demonstration of Army war vehicles. Enquiries: Julie 868 8103, txt 0211 392 558, Cubs & Scouts: Cath & Rodney, 867 5079, 027 667 8295.

Do you need to hire a costume? Well, we have the place just for you

Catalogue viewing hours, Tuesday to Friday 9 - 5 pm & Saturday 9 - 12pm. Fittings are available on Fridays or by appointment only.

Big image


have a great weekend