Ballot 2018 Placements
We invite applications for enrolments at Tamahere Model Country School for 2018. We are likely to have the following places available in 2018.   Due to in zone roll growth some places may not be filled:
  • 8 places in Year 0/1 New Entrant and 7 places in Years 2 – 6.  These spaces will be filled mainly by siblings and other priority categories.  There will be no out of zone children apart from these categories. 

Enrolments at our school are governed by an enrolment scheme. Details of our school’s ‘home zone’ and priority order, as set out by the Ministry of Education, are available for viewing on our website.   Ballot forms and school viewing information is available from the school office.  Phone (07)856 9238 or email

The deadline for receipt of applications for out of zone places is 4pm Monday 16th October 2017.  Our Ballot will be drawn on Thursday 19th October 2017.

Board of Trustees Tamahere Model Country School

  • Welcome to our Blog this te reo Maori wiki. This Maori language week.

    Whakatauki - (Maori Proverb)

    Hutia te rito o te harakeke, kei whea te korimako e ko?

    Ka rere ki uta, ka rere ki tai

    Ki mai koe ki au, he aha te mea nui o te ao?

    Maku e ki atu,

    He tangata, he tangata, he tangata!

    English translation:-

    If you pluck out the centre shoot of the flax, where will the bellbird sing?

    It will fly inland, it will fly seawards

    If you ask me, what is the most important thing in the world?

    I will reply,

    It is people, it is people, it is people!

    This is a famous Whakatauki. The author uses flax as a metaphor for people. This whakatauki depicts the importance of look after young for they are our future.  It can also serve to warn us of our actions in cutting the tamariki leaves, the birds will not be able to rely on harakeke for sustenance as the plant would cease to grow. This links very well into our School Vision - Kia atawhai aa mua  - kia tipu ngatahi - Nurturing our future - growing together.

    Posted Sep 13, 2017, 9:17 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Swimming Pool Complex

    Thank you for helping us with our survey we have had 176 replies so far which have really helped to give us a picture of use of swim schools etc. We will leave this open till Tuesday 19th September.  

    Workers Wanted

    Can you help support our Handy Andy? Poor Andy Shaw has been working day after day by himself on the facilities block. Can anyone give him a few hours help? Please give Camille a call on 021 320 145 or Andy on 027 474 1216.  Even if you can only help out for an hour or two the more hands the better. Soon there will be some painting work to do as well.

    Thank you to all our Fish tile buyers we have sold  71 so far which is wonderful, we are hoping to break the 100 fish mark if possible. Fish tiles will be on sale till the last day of term - Friday 29th. Please click here for a form you can fill in and pay online if that is easier.

    Old kitchen bits: Chest Freezer, Fridge, Microwave etc. We are setting up the office at the pool to act as a Lifeguard station and a small pool shop. If you are updating your kitchens or have some gear you think may help us we would be very grateful. We will also be looking for cubby holes and containers for cloths and pool equipment. Shelving units etc. if you have any ideas or equipment that could help us we would love to hear from you.  

    Posted Sep 13, 2017, 9:17 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • DON’T MISS OUT on a very informative and fun evening TONIGHT!

    If you have children, need to manage your time and eat food! You will definitely get something out of this evening's speakers. Door sales and child sitting (for our students only) are still available for this evening’s parenting talk.

    We are so lucky to have Robyn Pearce (The Time Queen) and Lauren Parsons (Wellbeing Specialist) both internationally acclaimed speakers who have donated their time to help us raise funds for the swimming pool. I’m sure everyone will get something out of this evening. There are still spaces for child care of our school students being run at After School Care by our staff. For only $5.


    Our Parenting Seminar “Time Saving and Health Boosting Tips for Busy Families” is a fantastic School Pool Fundraising initiative and is on tonight!

    Our wonderful guests speakers include Robyn Pearce (The Time Queen) and Lauren Parsons (Wellbeing Specialist) who will be providing tips to help parents find more time to enjoy the people and activities they love, and ways to boost health and energy to create healthy happy families.

    • When: Thursday 14th September 2017

    • Where: Tamahere Community Centre

    • Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

    • Cost: $20 per person / $30 per couple

    • Includes: Nibbles, tea and coffee

    Posted Sep 13, 2017, 9:17 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Huge Thanks to our Wonderful PTA!

    Thank you to our incredible PTA for running another fun Quiz Night!  This truly committed team pulled together a fun evening of not only the annual quiz but raffles, spot prizes, auction items - all raising over $3,500!  These funds will be donated toward our Swimming Pool Complex and other projects around the school.

    On behalf of the entire school community, thank you PTA - we appreciate your amazing efforts and successes in raising such a significant amount of money for our school!

    Posted Sep 13, 2017, 9:16 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Mufti Day - Last Friday of Term - Friday 29th September

    We are going to have a relaxed Friday following our performance evening, sharing students learning with you on Thursday 28th September.

    Children can wear any mufti they want and we are going to have a coin trail to see if we can create the dimensions of the swimming pools. So please empty out your loose change and let’s see how far we can get. A 25m pool will take a fair few coins!

    Posted Sep 13, 2017, 9:16 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Cohort Entry - Please Have Your Say... Again :)

    With the recent changes to the Education Act, Schools may, from July 2017 bring students into school in groups (cohorts) rather than have New Entrants arrive on their 5th Birthday.

    This is is quite a change and we are keen to have your feedback. Our staff have discussed the pro’s and con’s at some length. The new legislation allows for students to be enrolled at the start of each term and parents choosing, up to 5 weeks, whether they want to start their child a bit earlier or a bit later than your child’s 5th Birthday. No child in New Zealand has to be enrolled fully before the age of 6 and this law still stands.

    Please click here to complete this short survey. This survey has a short completion date with responses due by next thursday 21st September.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the Introduction of Cohort Entry.

    Posted Sep 13, 2017, 9:16 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Situation Vacant! Pumpkin Night Coordinator

    We need a new coordinator(s) to ensure our Pumpkin Night can go ahead next year. Could this be you?

    There are still many people who are happy to be part of this team, but we do need a leader to put up his or her, or their hands, to coordinate this team.

    Next year we are lucky to have a workforce of University of Waikato Students who will be helping us out as part of their community involvement. This will lighten the load in many areas as these students need to be involved in planning as well as implementing and helping out with a community project. We need someone or some friends, to co-lead a team of fellow parents, to generate another special memory making Pumpkin Night.

    If you are interested please contact our PTA Chairperson Mike Calvert at or the school office at

    Posted Sep 13, 2017, 9:15 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Arts Celebrations and Performances Coming Up

    We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a school wide celebration student learning in The Arts on Thursday 28th September, our last week of Term 3.  

    All of our students will be sharing and presenting their learning in a variety of ways through the arts.  This will not be a high end show, rather it will range from static visual displays through to stage performances.

    Classes have been focusing on the arts this term and while this is not a polished stage show, we are thrilled with the preparation and learning taking place within the arts curriculum and are looking forward to showcasing this in a few weeks time.  In the meantime, please note Thursday 28th September in your diary.  Suggested  times  are Taupiri 5pm, Pirongia 6pm and Maungatautari 7pm but these are to be confirmed.  More details to follow for this no cost, student driven event to celebrate The Arts in our school.

    Posted Sep 14, 2017, 1:18 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Class placement reminder

    As we approach Term 4 it is once again time for us to start planning our classroom environments for next year.

    When we organise classes in our school we look at each of our students’ academic and social needs and abilities. We use our cumulative teachers’ notes and check friendships with each child. We strive to achieve the best possible learning environments for all of our students and teachers. We actively decide to separate some students and join others to achieve the best possible learning and teaching outcomes.

    While providing supports we also work to build resilience and independence in our students so that they will be able to cope with change and the next steps in their educational journeys when they transition from us to other schools. Our aim with mixing students around is to develop a school environment where students know and are happy to work with many others students, to give opportunities to develop further friends and to have a break from others to improve concentration and learning.

    If you believe you have any special information that you feel our teachers may not be aware of, for example – the possibility of avoiding a competitive cousin in the same class, please let your class teacher know as they will add any relevant comments to the cumulative placement sheet.

    It is important if you have any information to share that you let us know before Week 1 Term 4.

    Posted Sep 13, 2017, 9:15 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Ballot & Enrolment

    All families with pre schoolers and anyone expecting to enrol a child at Tamahere Model Country School for 2018:

    Our annual ballot for Out of Zone placements is now underway and closes on Monday 16th October 2017.

    Is your pre-schooler enrolled for next year?

    What do you need to do?

    • Let the office know that you are wanting to enrol your child and possibly further siblings at our school.

    • Tell others who you think need to know.

    • Bring evidence of your residential address.

    Please note if you are out of zone, even if your child is a sibling of a current student, you have to be in the ballot to have a chance of your child being enrolled at our school.

    Posted Sep 13, 2017, 9:14 PM by Reception @TMCS
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Writer's Corner

Today we are pleased to celebrate pieces of writing with you from Bethany P Year 6 and Emma C Year 6, Miro 13.

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


This Friday's City Cluster Cross Country has now been cancelled. This was a Hamilton City Council decision due to the condition of the fields following our heavy rain.  

There are no further postponement dates.
  • St Peter’s School Junior Production - Disney’s The Lion King Jr The St Peter’s School Junior Production for 2017 is Disney’s The Lion King Jr, and our cast of Year 7 & 8 students are working hard to bring this theatrical masterpiece to life! The African savannah comes alive on our stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again in this inspiring coming-of-age tale. We are excited to extend an invitation to the parents and the Year 4 - Year 6 students from your school to attend a school’s matinee performance on Tuesday 24th October @1.00pmTickets will be only $5 for parents/Grandparents and $10 per student (Years 4-6). If ...
    Posted by Reception @TMCS
  • Congratulations Maja! Well done to Maja B in Matai 11 for her amazing achievements in Irish Dancing!After weeks of committed training, Maja recently competed in the Auckland Irish Dancing Competition last weekend and did so well that she was awarded first place in the Under 9 Beginners category.We are so proud of you Maja!
    Posted by Reception @TMCS
  • Notification of Absence Thank you to our families who advise of their childrens absence before the start of the school day.  Please remember all absences should be notified before 8:30am.  This can be done in any of the following ways:Phone messageText messageEmailVia websiteIn person at OfficeWe do need notification for each day your child is absent.  For example, if they are sick on Monday, we will not assume they are still sick on Tuesday and we will contact you if absences are not explained.  Please note:  advance notice of absences of more than three days must be advised in writing.On behalf of the Office team, please kindly notify absences in a timely manner to reduce ...
    Posted Sep 18, 2017, 9:29 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Scholastic Book Fair Coming Soon! Week 3 Term 4The library will be open  2.30-6pm Monday October 30,  Tuesday October 31st and Wednesday November 1st for parents, children and grandparents to purchase wonderful Scholastic children's books. All purchases help get free books for our school library.Tamahere School Library Book Week - Week 4 Term 4Dress up as a book character day WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 8thYou could use the holidays to organise a children’s book character costume. Any questions see Mrs Kewish in the library
    Posted Sep 18, 2017, 8:55 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Jenny Bell's FRIENDS Programme - spaces available In today’s society children, youth and families are faced with a number of stresses and challenges on a day-to-day basis.  Research has shown that children and youth who are resilient (can bounce back and cope with day-today life experiences) are more likely to succeed at school, develop healthy peer relationships and are less likely to develop mental health problems.  Given this information, it is important that we take an active approach in teaching children, youth and families how to build their resiliency when faced with the stresses of life. We are pleased to share that Jenny Bell from Oranga has some spaces available for children to participate in this programme.Please contact Jenny directly for further ...
    Posted Sep 18, 2017, 5:19 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Ag Day - Important Notice! We need help please:Set Up on Thursday 19th October at 8.30 on the back field, near the TCC. Set Up on Tuesday 24th October (teacher only day) for Group Day, at 12.30 on the back field, near the TCC. Any help would be appreciated - many hands make light work.Please help support our future Ag Day's by baking a slice or some biscuits, that we can sell on the day (for the purchase of new standards and tape for the calf pens).  Thank you for your continued support. Ag Day CommitteeSharon, Pip, Renee and Tracy
    Posted Sep 17, 2017, 8:32 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Produce Stall This Friday Kawakawa 3 will be running their produce stall. Come along and purchase some fresh produce, delicious free range eggs or beautiful flowers. Spread the word and pop on down with some loose change. Proceeds go towards the class garden project!
    Posted Sep 17, 2017, 2:55 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Little Esjay Drawing Classes Steve Jepsen ‘Little Esjay’ is a local Teacher, Graphic Designer and Illustrator. He is offering the opportunity for your little artist to come join a small team every Thursday night, 4:30pm - 6pm at the Tamahere Community Centre.The workshops will be a place full of inspiration and discovery. Children will meet other artists such as themselves, discuss the vast opportunities in the world for artists, share their ideas, have a ton of laughs and most importantly do what we artists do best - DRAW!Suitable for the ages of 7 to 14 years old.  Maximum of 8 students per session. $30 per student per session. Begins Week 1 of Term 4 and ends Week 5.For bookings or further information ...
    Posted Sep 13, 2017, 8:13 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • City Cluster Cross Country - Postponement We have been advised that this Friday's City Cluster Cross Country has been postponed.  This was a Hamilton City Council decision due to the condition of the fields following our heavy rain.  The postponement date is Friday 22 September.
    Posted Sep 13, 2017, 2:46 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • School Sores (Impetigo) We have received some reported cases of Impetigo and because we know how easily these are spread, we wish to remind our community of the best way to treat these:Key points to rememberschool sores is the common name for impetigo (you say, im-pa-ty-go)it starts with blisters on exposed parts of the body, such as hands, legs and facethe blisters burst and turn into a sore with a yellow crust that gets bigger each daythe sores can be itchythe sores spread easily to other parts of the skinschool sores easily spread to other children and adults if they touch the soresWhat to docheck and clean every daygently wash ...
    Posted Sep 13, 2017, 2:04 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Get Your Tickets Today - Parenting Seminar Purchase your tickets today at  or at the school office, and book in for our babysitting service at the school office (limited to 50 places, cost is only $5 per child - Tamahere School students only).We are pleased to also announce we are now taking bookings (with payment) at the school office for this Thursday’s Parent Night!  “Time Saving and Health Boosting Tips for Busy Families” is a fantastic School Pool Fundraising initiative.  Our wonderful guest speakers include Robyn Pearce (The Time Queen) and Lauren Parsons (Wellbeing Specialist) who will be providing tips to help parents find more time to enjoy the people and activities they love, and ways to boost health and energy to ...
    Posted Sep 10, 2017, 3:53 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Lost Property - School and Sports Uniform Please check your child's school uniform AND sports uniform.  We have had several families report sports items missing following our recent Team Photos day.  Any items that don't belong to your family should be returned to the school office.
    Posted Sep 5, 2017, 7:04 PM by Reception @TMCS
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