Newsletter Week 8 Term 2

Turua School 23rd June 2022


What a fabulous day for our Matariki Celebrations and it's great to see a few of our whānau joining in with the activities. I hope the weather stays fine and you all enjoy your public holiday tomorrow.


Congratulations to our Year 5/6 team who were placed 4th in this weeks Regional Grand Final in Hamilton. What an awesome achievement for our future engineers Pippa, Aiya , Jorja and Nathan! A big thank you to Mel Klaricich who transported the team and provided some inspirational words at half time.


Sadly we will be saying goodbye to two of our staff members this term. Karyn Benny is travelling to China to take up an international teaching position and our lovely office lady Jenna has been offered a position in her Husband's company. We will certainly be sorry to see both of them leave and will let our school community know as soon as the vacancies have been filled.


Thank you to those parents who have been vigilant in checking for symptoms and testing. There are still Rapid Tests available at the office if you require them. At present we have 7 students and 1 teacher who have tested positive for COVID.


We are seeking a School Administrator to join our team at Turua School. This is a permanent, term time only position, working daily from 8.30am - 12.30pm.

You will be responsible for:

  • Normal reception duties such as answering phones, assisting students and parents with queries etc
  • Admin support for the principal and teachers
  • Ordering stationery and first aid supplies
  • Managing support attendance, enrolments and withdrawals
  • Managing accounts
  • First aid support

Key skills and attributes include:

  • A real people person, great with kids, professional and friendly with parents; able to prioritise and multi-task
  • An excellent verbal and written communicator
  • Excellent phone manner
  • Highly organised
  • Confident in using a wide range of IT and applications

If you have the right skills and experience we look forward to receiving your application.

Please forward an up to date CV and Covering Letter to


He whakahou mai i te Board of Trustees.

Our last meeting was on Monday 20 June, where we were updated on Grandparents Day and the planned Matariki celebrations. It’s wonderful to be welcoming our whānau back into school with less Covid restrictions.

We were delighted to hear that a $1,000 donation has been received from the Seagull Centre. This has been used – with thanks to the talented Jamie Quirk – to create new furniture in the Garden-To-Table area for sharing meals.

This month, the Board made a submission to the Hauraki District Council on the draft Speed Management Plan. Where it relates to the school boundaries and approach, we’re supportive of a reduced speed limit, improved signage and road markings, and a raised patrolled zebra crossing on Hauraki road.

If you’re interested in becoming a member, triennial Board of Trustee elections will be held on 7 September 2022. Our school benefits from a Board with a mix of skills and experiences, so look out for more information in the coming months.

Our next meeting will be held on 25 July at 5.15pm in the school staff room.


We will be running the school holiday programme from Monday 18th July - Friday 22nd July. 8.30am - 5pm. Limited spaces are available so please let us know if your interested. Thanks

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Matariki gives us pause to look back at our progress at garden to table in the past year. In both the garden and kitchen our tamariki have extended themselves, developing their skills and knowledge, and trying lots of new things. In the garden they’re also helping with the ongoing building of our resource. A look at photos from this time last year shows how much it has grown. This week we were able to carry on with that process laying down more mulch and excitingly with help from Greg our new compost bins were installed. The kitchen teams baked scones from our pumpkins, and the senior classes enjoyed a sweet and sour sauce with different vegetables. How lucky we are to be harvesting this kai. Ngā mihi o Matariki, te tau hou Māori!


The dental van will be arriving at school later today and start seeing students on Monday. We are sending home Covid checklists to be filled out and returned to the office asap. They dental team cannot see students until this is returned. Thanks


Thames Aquatic & Sports Facility

Thames District Council is thinking about developing a new aquatic and sports field/ outdoor facilities in the Thames area and we would like your feedback.

We are conducting a survey that asks questions about your use of and opinions about the facilities. It will help our Council to decide what is needed in the future.

To complete the survey, go to and click on this image which moves across the top of the main page.

Complete the survey by 30 June and enter a draw for one of 10 family passes to Thames Centennial Pool.

Survey for Thames Aquatic & Sports Facility