Te Puru School

Newsletter Term 1 2016 - Week 10

This week at Te Puru School...

Coming up next week

Our Grandparents' Day and Anzac Ceremony is on Thursday and we'd love to share this day with you. All grandparents are warmly invited, as are all parents and other supporters of our school.

Details below.
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A Message from our Principal

Tena koutou katoa, nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa.

Greetings parents, whanau and members of our school community.

This time last week, we heard the very sad news of the passing of Kailyn, youngest brother of Kaea, who is in Room Nikau. Our thoughts are very much with Danielle, Kelvin, Kaea and their whanau. Scott Sell and I represented our school community at the tangi for Kailyn on Wednesday.

Danielle and Kelvin would like to thank the many parents who have given groceries to help them out. One of the lovely things about our school is the way we very quickly rally round to support others at times like this. Great to be a part of.


This term, we decided to let our students use their scooters and skateboards each day of the school week. This has worked really well with only a small number of minor injuries.

From the beginning of Term 2 we will revert back to having Wheels Days on:

Seniors – Tuesdays

Juniors - Fridays

This will enable other activities and sports, such as netball, to be on the court on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

School Grounds

I have noticed, over the last week, a number of our students going down to the Te Puru Store after 3pm. In some cases, these students have permission from their parents, which is okay with us, but in other cases they don’t. It is important at all times to keep our students safe from potential risks and harm, so going down to the store will not be allowed without parent or caregivers' consent.

IT Survey

Pippa, on behalf of the MAD Group, has set up a link in this week’s newsletter for parents to respond, via a survey, to the possibility of a Technology Information Evening. Please do take the time to complete this. We realise that the technological digital world is developing very quickly, so are keen to support our community as we grapple with the changes.


Thanks to the many parents and students for your attendance at this week's meeting to set the scene for the netball season. There was a very positive feeling, about the season ahead, from everyone who attended.

We are still looking for someone to fill the role of coach for the Y5/6 team. If you know of anyone who would be able to fill this role, please contact Emily Darrah, our Netball Co-ordinator. New uniforms have been ordered for the Y7/8 thanks to two sponsors. We might look at an application for funding or identify a fundraising event so we can also purchase new uniforms for the Y5/6 team.

The netball competition starts next term and we wish all our girls all the very best for the season.

School Sports T-Shirts

For those who have ordered our Sports T-Shirts, we have been advised that these will arrive after the school holidays. We will keep you posted.

Principal's Award this week goes to Harena Murray for her leadership ability and positive attitude around the school.

Go the mighty Chiefs playing the Blues tonight in Hamilton.

Mike Friis


Ever thought of becoming a parent representative on the board of trustees?

Following are some guideline dates for Elections for Board of Trustees

Nomination forms will be sent out shortly

Nominations close 20th May, 12 pm

Election day 3rd June, 12 pm

Declaration of results 9th June

Board takes office 10th June

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A big thank you to all of you that entered our Pumpkin growing competition

A big thanks to our wonderful sponsors

Waiomu Beach Cafe

Paul and the team at Aeroview Garden Centre

We are hoping to make this an annual event as the children loved it!

A special thanks to Frith for organising the competition and the effort she put in to it for our children.

Making a Difference for TPS - the mad group

The M.A.D. Group is up and running for another year. We have a great team of willing parents who love this way of supporting our school.

Who's on the team?

Rose Ward

Sharyn Baker

Birgit Mayer

Maryanne Brockbank

Who's joined the team this year?

Richard Visick

Amanda Ewing

Mandy Murray

Rachel Asher

Staff involved are Pippa and Jayne

What are our M.A.D. Goals?

Easy - they all start with F

Fun - having as much of this as possible, and being a facilitator of fun for our community

Funds - raising as much money to support the learning in our school as possible

Family/Whanau - proactively developing the sense of family in our school community

What's coming up?

Specific dates & details to follow, but at this point we're aiming to do the following:

Term 2 - Scratch & Help Fundraiser


Term 3 - School Disco

Term 4 - Te Puru Quiz Night

TPS Fun Day

Can I get involved?

We thought you'd never ask!! There are a few ways you can help.

1. Join the M.A.D. group. We meet approx 4 times a year, for no more than 2 hours at a time. We're focussed - but have a lot of laughter along the way. Contact any of the people involved for more info.

2. Support our events with hands-on practical help. Each event will have a M.A.D. coordinator and they would LOVE to hear from you.

3. Support our fundraising by donating and also encouraging your children as they get involved.

Our M.A.D. programme will be finalised in the next few weeks and we will get it to you asap.

Mad Group calling for feedback

We want to hear from you! Please would you take the time to fill out the questionaire below.

We think it would serve our community well to host an information evening around the issues of technology and the internet. Are we thinking right?

Do you have questions or concerns?

Would you find it valuable to hear from experts?

Would you like to connect with other parents who have similar concerns?

We're thinking of holding an evening in term 2 or term 3 and we only want to do it if it will be of use and you would come.

whats cooking in the kitchen this week room Pohutukawa?

room kauri visits thames coast kindy, they had loads of fun!

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!
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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.

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Te Rerenga o te Wiki

Te rerenga kōrero o te wiki = The

sentence for the week.

Whats for dinner tonight? = Whats hoki te po tina ?

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 week. Please remember to pay term one's fees 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

Today, our assembly is being led by our Whanau Leaders. Kia ora, Whanau Leaders!

Coming Up

Wk 10 Whanau Leaders

Wk 11 Kauri (Certificate Assembly)


08.3.16 3x3 Basketball - Thames High School

13.4.16 Pohutukawa - Tararu (last visit)

14.4.16 Grandparents Day – Anzac Ceremony

15.4.16 Last Day Term 1

02.5.16 First Day Term 2

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

sport section

netball yrs 1-4 come and have a go

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school holiday programmes

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community news

Adults bike helmet wanted

Do you have a bicycle helmet that you no longer require? If so, please contact Bev on 868-2180.

boarder required

To share a home with a mature lady in Te Puru. Lovely , pleasant surroundings opposite the beach. Must be a non smoker, no pets, $150.00 per week. Ph or text Lynne 027 438 8173.

part time work wanted

Active mature lady available for gardening and child minding in and around Te Puru area. Excellent references. Ph or text Lynne 027 438 8173.
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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.

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have a great weekend