Newsletter Week 10 Term 3

Turua School 29th September 2022


I hope that everyone has adjusted to the daylight saving times. Thank you to all those people who assisted with the Hockey Big Day Out. Our students certainly had a fun day with one of our senior teams winning all their games!

The end of the year is always a busy time and we have now confirmed almost all our dates for the term. Please note that these can be found on both the school calendar and school app.


At our Board meeting we confirmed the final dates for the Teacher Only Days provided by the ministry in the previous Primary Teachers’ Collective Agreement and the Primary Principals’ Collective Agreement negotiations. The dates are Friday 4th November and Monday 7th November. School will be closed for instruction on these days.

Kia ora koutou from the Board of Trustees.

Our last meeting was on Tuesday 27 September, where we came together as a newly elected Board. In today’s newsletter, we’d like to introduce ourselves.

Richard Olde Riekerink – Chairperson. Richard lives with his family on a lifestyle block with a variety of animals, and two of his three children attend Turua School. He has a background in veterinary medicine, research and management, and is an entrepreneur in a NZ start-up company. Richard has served on scientific and professional-body committees and is experienced in performance oversight and compliance.

Melissa Klaricich – Secretary. Mel and her family moved from Auckland to Turua in 2020 and love being part of the Turua School community. She works from home in Human Resources, providing governance over employee performance, pay and benefits. Mel is an experienced Trustee who’s served on professional-body and community committees and also enjoys supporting the School PTA.

Cynthia Bates – Finance. Since moving to Turua in early 2021, Cynthia has become involved in our community through the Turua Hall, Domain & Community Inc. Committee, Kerepehi Brass Band, and our Garden to Table program. She believes in both community and service, and has been involved with the Girl Guide movement for over 20 years. Cynthia works from home as a Property Accountant and also fulfils the role of Accounting Officer for a Charitable Trust.

Hayden Rakich – Property; Health and Safety. Hayden is a Turua School alumni and his daughters are third generation Turua School students. He believes in the shared sense of community that comes with being part of a small rural school and is committed to the School’s future. Hayden works in Finance, and has been a parent representative on the Board of Trustees for over three years.

Erin Staples – Co-opted Trustee. Erin is also a Turua School alumni and is a long serving Board of Trustees parent representative – including many years as Chairperson. She has wide-ranging experience in the education system as an Early Childhood Teacher and currently as owner/operator of two childcare centres. Erin will play a key role in building the Board’s knowledge of Ministry of Education regulations, policies and practices.

The Board also thank outgoing parent representative, Aaron Short for his contribution to the Board and support with the property portfolio. We wish him and his family well as they move on to Hauraki Plains College next year.

Our next meeting will be held on 31 October at 5.15pm in the school staff room.


Term One Wednesday 1st February - Thursday 6th April

Term Two Monday 24th April - Friday 30th June

Term Three Monday 17th July - Friday 22nd September

Term Four Monday 9th October - Friday 15th December

Garden to Table

We ended our term with a lovely session with our Te Wheke class. Outdoors they worked hard to get jobs done before the holidays. The glass house is jam packed with germinating seeds, gardens have been weeded, mulch has been bedded down, and the worms fed. The kitchen team prepared cavolo nero pesto pasta (say that quickly five times), the much maligned kale dish was hoovered up and washed down with a splash of our GTT lemonade.
We very much look forward to next term when we will get to work planting out ready for summer crops, mmmm tomatoes. Speaking of summer gardens, don't forget we will be selling our seedings at calf club on October 25th. We have many varieties that will be ready for sale, including of course the giant pumpkins.
Finally we would like to say a massive massive thanks to the volunteers that help us in the garden and the kitchen, we really can't run this valuable programme with out you, tēnā koutou.

Our Star of the Term at Garden to Table

Te Wheke: Jazmyn Darrah

Mangopare: Awa Hay

Kaitaki: Kitchen -Jake Hollister

Garden - Kyle Sargeant

Calf Club

Calf Club is swiftly approaching! All families have been sent home raffle tickets and information regarding the day, so please check school bags for notices.

Thank you.

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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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PTA News

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