• Flippa Ball
    It was our first time playing Flippa ball in our new school pool this term and we enjoyed every training session on Thursday lunchtime!  We managed to form 2 Flippa ball teams from TMCS to play games on Sunday afternoon at Hillcrest Normal School. It is a fun sport because it is different to other sports - it’s a cross between rugby and basketball but in the water!  It helps you with swimming too. Flippa ball has some bonuses too...like cooling yourself down from a hot day!

    We would like to say a huge thank you to Kathy Maling for being a great coach and for taking the time to help us learn the game.  Also a huge thank you to Brigit Deverall, for managing the Yellow team.

    Both teams had a great season and improved with each game!  We can’t wait til next season!

    By Theo and Scout

    Posted Apr 15, 2018, 8:14 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Junior Tabloids

    On Wednesday our Taupiri Syndicate hosted our Country Cluster school friends in the much loved annual Junior Tabloids morning.  It was a cool start to the day but the children soon warmed up as they joined in the activities with children from other schools in our area.  Our Year 6 leaders displayed phenomenal leadership skills as they assisted with the event. We were so proud of our leaders and of all the Taupiri students who gave their very best and enjoyed a fun morning of tabloid sports.  You all represented our school with pride!

    Thank you to the parents who assisted with this event, we are always so grateful for your help.  A special thanks to Mrs Dunton and her team for coordinating this large event of 318 junior students.

    Posted Apr 11, 2018, 4:52 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • School Uniform Reminder

    This week’s cold snap has seen an increase in purchases of warmer items of school uniform from our office.  Most items are held in stock and we encourage families to pop in to purchase snuggly garments for the coming winter.  When we return to school after the holidays, we expect all children to be wearing the correct school uniform outlined below:

    Base Layers

    Children are able to wear base layers in Terms 2 & 3 only.  These base layers need to be in a solid/plain, black, white or same-green colour, so as not to detract from the look of our smart uniform, both for arms and legs. i.e. faded or discoloured cottons etc may be deemed unsuitable.


    Sock colours can include the same-colour green as well as the solid / plain black and white options.

    Hair Ties

    Hair ties must be simple and plain. These can be black, white, yellow, and same green. On Whanau Fridays and when our colourful Whanau shirts are being worn the more ornate hair bows and regalia may be worn.



    Shoes may be a personal choice as long as they are sensible practical shoes, not heels and high-boots, except for gumboots. Low ankle boots are acceptable.


    Beanies and Jackets

    School beanies are available from the office for $20, jackets are available for purchase for $60.  Please remember that only uniform regulation beanies and jackets may be worn at school.

    Change of Clothes

    As we come back for Term 2, anyone playing sports on the back field will need to bring a change of clothes for the lunch hour and then change back into their uniform at the conclusion of lunch.


    New Items for Order

    Our new merino jersey is available along with a second version of track pants (oxlan polyester, near waterproof) by order only.  These will not be held in stock so if you are keen to purchase items, please visit the office as soon as possible to allow time for ordering and delivery.


    Sports Uniforms

    These are only to be worn at sporting events or practises.  Please ensure your child has the correct shorts and shirt for the school day.


    Year 6 Students

    With three quarters of the year still to go, we expect all Year 6’s to be role models wearing the correct uniform as they will still have plenty of wear from any items purchased this year.

    Old Uniform Items

    We have new old style polar fleeces ($10) and vests ($5) available for sale, which can be worn until the end of the year.  

    There are old style Whanau shirts (limited sizes and colours) also available for $10. 

    Facebook Page

    A group of parents have created a Facebook page for the sale of second hand uniforms for our school.  As we don’t deal with second hand garments at our school office, we encourage families to visit this page - a great way to get some quality items at a reduced price.


    We expect all children to wear the school uniform with a sense of pride and we appreciate your support with this important matter.  From next term, any

    students not wearing correct uniform will bring home a slip regarding this.

    Posted Apr 11, 2018, 7:10 PM by Lisa Boyd
  • Entertainment Books

    We are raising money for shade and new seating at the Vela Pool Complex and you can help.

    An Entertainment book will be coming home with your child in the first week of Term 2.

    If you do not want a book sent home, please email hwilson@tamahere.school.nz or text a message to 022 140 3689
    Posted Apr 11, 2018, 4:50 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Happy Holiday!

     Thank you for supporting us in a wonderful time of teaching and learning.  

    It has been a great start to the year and we look forward to continuing with this in Term 2.  


    We wish you all a safe and happy holiday, whether your plans include exciting travels or restful time as a family.

    First day of Term Two is Monday 30th April.


    Posted Apr 11, 2018, 4:49 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Icepak Coolstore explosion - Lest we forget

    (Adults Only - please share only what you feel is appropriate with your own children)

    It is ten years today since the tragic explosion that ripped through the Icepak Coolstores across the road from our school. When reflecting back and talking with staff we see the changes that have occurred since then. Our staff has grown, but of our full time staff only seven of us were here at the time and remember the huge impacts that the explosion had on our school and community. We look at our children and although a few have siblings that may remember it, only our Year 6 students were even born at the time. Many of you will probably have heard about the fire, but may not have been affected by it. As a significant part of our history I feel we should share this story so that we don’t forget.

    Lest We Forget - The life of Senior Station Officer, Derek Lovell was taken away on the 5th April - Pumpkin Night 2008, leaving behind his wife and daughter. Seven other fire fighting colleagues were severely injured that evening with terrible burns requiring years of rehabilitation, ongoing operations and lifelong scars. These brave firefighters were answering what they thought was a routine false alarm fire call out, without any warnings of possible dangerous gas explosions.

    Luckily for them the school across the road - Tamahere Model Country School - was holding its annual Pumpkin Night. To begin with, when the fire engines went round the corner one after another everyone thought it was part of the festivities - maybe rides were going to be happening this year. Then the most massive and sickening explosions hit the gala night, the severity of them physically hitting people like a wave of hot air. The first explosion rocked everyone in disbelief, by the second there was a call out for any doctors of nurses present to please come and help. The third saw families rapidly evacuating the area to take their children to safety.

    Families were traumatised as huge billowing flames and mushrooming black smoke poured into the night sky. The flames and fire was seen as far away as the Kaimai ranges as it shot high into the air. Many families had seen their fathers or mothers running towards the flames to help the injured and it would not be until hours later that they would be reunited once again. The bravery shown that night by our parents and community members was outstanding and impacted many for years to come.

    Late into the night, with flames and black smoke still billowing from the Icepak sight our rapidly abandoned Pumpkin Night stalls provided some reprieve for the shocked and tired firefighters as they sustained themselves with anything we could find to give them - decorated pumpkin biscuits, pumpkin muffins and tepid pumpkin soup. A working team was now in operation and many people would be busy for months to come, sorting out the debri and aftermath of this tragedy.

    Had it not been for a significant number of Doctors and Nurses including A & E specialists and a Plastic Surgeon, they believe other firefighters would not be alive today. Our medical team - parents travelled back in ambulances helping with the care, as they called their colleagues back to the hospital and explained exactly what was needed. It was described as being like a warzone and many volunteers were parents who had never been exposed to any medical emergencies before, let alone these extreme sights and atrocities. These brave souls would be impacted with endless sleepless nights for years to come.

    Our school suffered broken windows and twisted joinery but the full impact of the explosion was not known until it rained over a month later and water started pouring through the administration block roof. The main beam had been shunted out of place by the explosions. The damage ran into the 10’s of thousands of dollars as the black, greasy burnt cheese and other burn fall out needed to be cleaned from the grass and grounds, as well as all the buildings. The Ministry of Education and Insurance were great about this. School was closed for over a week and monitoring of the air quality was undertaken. The revolting burnt meat and plastic smells lingered in the air for a long time to come.

    Our old swimming pool was sucked dry to provide water to fight the fire and the Fire Department set up a base outside the school to coordinate the aftermath as the fire smouldered for days. The Icepak offices were relocated temporarily to the top of the Tamahere Community Centre (TCC). It took many months before the Icepak sight was cleared to the concrete base you see there today. There were to be years of emotion and court cases to follow.

    In 2010 there was a special remembrance service held outside the TCC and the stone remembrance plinths you see there today were erected in memory. The Governor General, the Right Honorable Sir Anand Satyanand GNZM, QSO, was there along with dignitaries from the fire service and so many from our community.

    Our school made a memorial area outside the administration block where you see three trees planted in boxes with seats around them. Here you will possibly know the seat that sits there with a red fire engine plaque, for us all to see and remember this huge event. At the Li’l Pumpkins Early Learning Centre I am sure you will have noticed their memorial statue of a fireman carved out of an old tree that needed to be taken down at the time.

    Since 2008 there have been many Health and Safety  improvements made to ensure correct signage is in place and improve firefighter safety when entering unknown buildings while they try to protect others in their daily work. Thank you one and all.

    Today our flag will fly at half mast in remembrance of Senior Station Officer - Derek Lovell, and all the brave men and women, firefighters and volunteers who risked their lives to save others and for those who were so badly injured. Many involved have had to fight their own fights since that day, many of our children were impacted for years also.

    Lest we forget. Rest in peace Derek.

    Posted Apr 4, 2018, 8:15 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • The School Lost Property room is overflowing

    There are currently a lot of non-school related stuff ie. a sleeping bag, helmets, t-shirts, shorts, thick down jackets, sports bags and a lot of swimming paraphernalia like caps, togs, towels and goggles.

    For many weeks now we have also had various pairs of toddler shoes and some big "adult" boots.  And then of course there is the ever present overload of spare socks and lunch boxes and water bottles.

    PARENTS PLEASE  check your child's winter uniform now (before the holidays) so that they can come and claim any that are in the lost property, or come on in and have a look yourselves.  We have run out of space to keep them. Most of the uniforms are very clearly marked and there are quite a few double ups where kids have either 2 fleeces or a fleece and a jacket in there.  Because it has been warm, I suspect the parents don't even know that they are missing uniforms.
    Posted Apr 4, 2018, 8:15 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Intercity School Swimming

    Congratulations goes out to our inter school swimmers who competed at the South East Hamilton City Schools Cluster last Thursday at our Vela Pool Complex. Our Swimmers represented us very well and won the prestigious inter school relay. Well done to everyone concerned.
    Posted Apr 4, 2018, 8:15 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Tamahere Village Hub - Construction Starting

    Fosters Construction are now full steam ahead on the first stages of development of the Tamahere Village Hub - You will probably have seen the increased activity in the area. Once all the infrastructure is in place building will commence on the first two sections of this development. The safety fencing has been extended to ensure no children and others are kept at a safe distance and they are also aware of our peak road use times.
    Posted Apr 4, 2018, 8:14 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Term 2 Dates

    Last day of term is Friday 13th of April.

    First day of Term 2 is Monday 30th April.

    Teacher Only Day - Friday 15th June

    Grandparents Day - June 18th … more details to follow

    Class & Portrait Photos -  Thursday May 17th
    Posted Apr 4, 2018, 8:14 PM by Reception @TMCS
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Writer's Corner

Today we are pleased to celebrate short stories with you from students in Kauri 2.

Click on this link
to take you straight there. Congratulations on a wonderful piece of writing - well done!

  • LOST PROPERTY Parents - have you had a chance to search through lost property yet, we are still overflowing with clothes, shoes, and many other bits and pieces.
    Posted Apr 12, 2018, 2:27 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Tamahere Village Commercial Hub, Recreation Reserve and Piazza (update from 3rd April)Concrete will be poured for the floors of the first two buildings of the Tamahere Village commercial hub this week.Tony McLauchlan of Foster Develop says that civil works on the site are well under way and he expects the first stage of the village, including the adjoining Piazza and Recreation Reserve to be finished by November 2018.The commercial hub comprises four blocks.  One block will be tenanted by Tamahere Fine Foods, with the second block tenanted by a medical centre, pharmacy, hair and beauty salon and sushi shop.  There is still 535 sq m available in this block on the first floor, which will overlook the piazza.Tenants are still being sought for the ...
    Posted Apr 10, 2018, 9:36 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Pumpkin Night Success! The Pumpkin Night committee and PTA are pleased to announce that a $15000 profit  was made this year! This is a fabulous result and the money will benefit our school and students across many different areas. Many thanks to all our school families and Tamahere Community for their support of this wonderful event.
    Posted Apr 10, 2018, 6:50 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Enviro Holiday Challenge  It is Whio awareness month from March through to the end of April this year.  Whio is the very special blue duck on our ten dollar bill.  Check out this website http://www.whioforever.co.nz/whio-forever-project/about-whio-awareness-month for some great activities you can particpate in to learn more about this important and vulnerable bird.  There is a colouring competition which you can either pick up from the school office or download from this site if you forget to get one before the end of term.  
    Posted Apr 9, 2018, 2:04 PM by Reception @TMCS
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