• Whanau shirt day on Tuesday and Friday!
    We are holding our Whanau Elections on Tuesday with our new Year 6 leaders taking the challenge to present a speech and be voted on for the Whanau Leadership roles. To show support for whanau our first day back next week - Tuesday will be a whanau shirt day. 

    On Friday our new leaders will help organise, lead and support their whanau teams at our Whanau Tabloids. Friday will be another whanau shirt day so that all whanau children can support their whanau on this day.  

    Posted Feb 4, 2016, 6:53 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Meet the Teachers Evening Thursday 11th February

    We welcome all parents to join us as share with you our organisation and  systems for 2016. If parents, students and teachers are all on the same wave length it will make for a much smoother transition into new learning environments and social networks.

    The evening is for parents to understand what is happening in each class and our overall directions. If children need to come along, that is fine but they will need to opt into an activity and be based there while parents and teachers are busy, there is no free playing around the site for Health and Safety reasons.

    There will be a variety of activities including ‘cool’ inside ones such as reading and chess in the Library and watching a DVD. There will also be games option on the back field

    No bikes or wheels e.g scooters, are to be brought on site please

    • 5:30 - Taupiri class meetings (Yr 1 & 2)

    • 6:10 - General information session for everyone

    • 6:50 - Pirongia meetings  (Yr 3 & 4)

    • 7:30 - Maungatautari  meetings  (Yr 5 & 6)

    We hope you can join us.
    Posted Feb 4, 2016, 6:53 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Change of Learning and Break times
    term we will be trialing different learning and break times. This trial is to see if we can make more efficient use of our time at school for learning and to reduce our students time outside during the hottest part of the day.  

    8:30 – 10:30 – 2 hour learning block with a brain food snack break

    10:30 – 11:00  - ½ hour Morning playtime.

    11:00 – 12:30 – 1½ hour learning block

    12:30 – 12:45 - Lunch eating / Afternoon playtime - 12:45 – 1:10pm

    1:15 – 2:30pm - 1 ¼ hour afternoon learning block

    Depending how our trial goes we may need to adapt times again slightly to allow for sports practices in Terms 2 & 3.

    How will this affect you? - Please ensure your children have increased healthy brain food to snacks in their lunch boxes. Thank you.

    Have a great long weekend. The children after an intense four days are ready for it!

    Kind regards

    Waveney Parker

    Posted Feb 4, 2016, 6:52 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Welcome Back!

    It is lovely to have our school filled with laughing, happy, enthusiastic children again. Classrooms are buzzing with excitement and I am sure you already have tired children coming home to you as they try to take in so much more new information and routines.

    The children are looking very smart in their uniforms. Thank you all, for being so organised with this.Our playground looks quite different with just our school colours running around - it is easy to spot the parents though! There have been a few teething challenges with size differences etc and there are some sizes e.g. Size 1-2 shorts that need to be ordered. We have sold a lot more extra stock than expected and we only have Size 5-6 yr polo shirts left in stock. The 55cm bucket hats have also sold out. We apologise if this has caused you any inconvenience. As we settle into a system, we will get used to the 6 week ordering timeframe.  

    Naming Everything!

    Please label all clothing clearly, this is especially important now our children are in full uniform.  Children should be taught to recognise their footwear, towels and lunch boxes.  We already have students with the wrong clothing and when teacher’s check some items have no names in at all. There is a large label sewn into all of our new garments for easy naming by parents. If your child accidentally takes home the wrong shirt, for example, please return it with a note so the teachers can try and get clothing back to the rightful owner. If items are unnamed we have no idea who to return them to.

    Stationery - thank you again for your efficiency with this, nearly 100% of our students have been able to start work on day one with books ready to go.  
    Posted Feb 3, 2016, 4:26 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Investing In Educational Success (IES) - Community of Schools

    The Ministry of Education has recently announced the approval of a Hillcrest Community of Schools (COS) cluster. Originally titled Investing in Education Success (IES) the Government has allocated $359m with the specific goal of raising student achievement and success. A COS is a cluster of schools with an interest in working collaboratively together within the community they serve to raise the achievement and success of the students within the cluster from Primary through to Secondary School. The cluster could be extended to include pre-school and further to Tertiary, such as the University or Polytech. 

    The recently approved Hillcrest cluster consists of Hillcrest High School, Berkley Normal Middle School, Tauwhare Primary, Tamahere Model Country School, Newstead Model Country School, Matangi Primary, Hillcrest Normal School and Silverdale Normal School. The Principals of these schools have already met on a number of occasions to discuss the concept in preparation of our submission of an expression of interest. 

    One of the initial tasks of our cluster will be to set Achievement Challenges, which will identify those areas of common need regarding student achievement within our schools. The Hillcrest COS will be an opportunity for our schools to work collaboratively together, share ideas, expertise and resources with the common and shared purpose of raising student achievement, well-being and success. Further information will follow, through our individual schools and collectively as a cluster.

    (Hillcrest Cluster of Schools Information 1)
    Posted Feb 3, 2016, 3:44 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Music and Kids Clubs

    We have a wonderful selection of extra curricular activities and tutors available for our students for 2016 including music tuition, lego club, craft classes, sports... This list may grow and will be updated throughout the year.  Please follow this link to view and contact the tutors directly for queries and to book classes.
    Posted Feb 3, 2016, 3:39 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Touch Rugby & Cricket
    If your child is wanting to play either or both of these sports, please could you get the permission slip into the office by Friday 3pm. A hard copy is available from the school office or online at:
    Cricket starts next weekend and touch rugby the Monday after. Parental involvement is needed for both of these sports so please indicate how you can help on the form.
    Posted Feb 3, 2016, 3:36 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Pirongia & Maungatautari Swimming Sports

    This annual event will be held on Monday 22nd February at St Peters. 

    The school Physical Education programme includes a lot of classroom swimming throughout term one - and aren’t we lucky with these high temperatures. The pool is already getting a good workout.

    Posted Feb 3, 2016, 3:35 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Whanau Tabloids
    An opportunity for mixed whanau teams (Y0-6) to work as a team to receive points as they rotate around a number of tabloid activities. 

    The event is held next Friday 12 February and children should come, of course, dressed in their whanau colours.

    Posted Feb 3, 2016, 3:33 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Holiday Update

    Welcome Back Everyone!
    We hope you have had a wonderful holiday.

    This is to catch you up on details that have changed over the holidays and give you a couple of reminders:

    Kowhai 4

    Due to personal reasons Miss Irene Tolich has taken a year’s leave from our school and will sadly not be teaching in Kowhai 4 this year. We are extremely lucky, and pleased, to have been able to secure Mrs Hayley Smit for this position. Hayley was with us last year and knows how Pirongia Syndicate operates. Welcome back Hayley we hope you have another great year with us.


    We are fortunate to be enjoying a beautiful summer, and with this extremely hot weather it is a good idea to bring water bottles to school and suncream. Please don’t forget hats so your child can enjoy morning tea and lunchtime play, and their togs as our swimming programme will be beginning as we start back.

    Posted Feb 3, 2016, 3:22 PM by Reception @TMCS
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Writer's Corner

Today we are pleased to celebrate a piece of writing with you written by 

Caleb W, a Year 3 (8 year old) student at our school.

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


Compulsory Uniform Requirements

All students* are to wear full school uniform every day from Term 1 2016 with a minimum of:

–TMCS Polo

–TMCS School shorts or skorts

–TMCS Polar fleece

–TMCS Hat for Term 1 & 4

*See description to follow for Year 6 2016 students.




• From the beginning of Term 1 2016 all Year 0-5 students will be wearing uniform daily. This can be a combination of old and new uniform styles.

• Uniform will be compulsory for all Year 0 - Year 6 students.

• Existing students will be permitted to wear the old uniform items through until the end of 2018.  

•Year 6 Students will be required to wear at least the existing polo shirt, whanau shirt and hat with dark green, black or navy shorts, skirts or trousers.

• All students must own a new school polo shirt for school events and outings.


• For health and safety reasons covered shoes must be worn for all school trips and when travelling on a bus.

•The type of footwear to be worn is personal choice and students should wear what they feel comfortable in. To assist with PE and sports activities/practices, sensible sports shoes are recommended. Heeled shoes and boots are not considered appropriate, with the exception of gumboots.

•When wearing shoes, the following compulsory items must be worn: Black or white socks, or black stockings/tights.

Hats & Headwear

Summer:   TMCS wide brim or bucket hat is compulsory during Terms 1 and 4.

Winter:       An optional TMCS beanie can be worn outside with the school uniform.

We encourage long hair to be tied back with black or green hair ties or head bands.

  • Ice block Fridays are back for Term 1 (PTA Fundraiser) When: Each Friday during term 1 (From Friday 12th Feb – Friday 15th April)Where: Outside Rimu 7 in the junior school and Karaka 15 in the senior schoolWhen: 2.30pmHow much: $1 eachFlavours: Traffic Lights, Lemonade, Junglicious and Berry Smoothie
    Posted Feb 3, 2016, 4:33 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • First Credit Union Banking First Credit Union provides a school banking service to all pupils at Tamahere School. Getting started is easy - just pick up an application pack from the school office, fill in the application form and return it to the school office. If your children are already doing school banking, remember that the school banking is collected on Thursday each week! 
    Posted Feb 3, 2016, 1:46 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Music and Kids Clubs We have a wonderful selection of extra curricular activities and tutors available for our students for 2016 including music tuition, lego club, craft classes, sports... This list may grow and will be updated throughout the year.  Please follow this link to view and contact the tutors directly for queries and to book classes.
    Posted Feb 2, 2016, 2:44 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Weetbix Tryathlon The WEETBIX TRYATHLON is on Sunday February 14th. Thanks to all those who have joined our school team. We have 55 students so far joining us! If you join now pleaseremember to link to our school. The event is at the University of Waikato. Check the website for all information: http://try.weetbix.co.nz/events/hamiltonLet’s meet by 7:30 at the school gazebo. Make sure all your 'checking in' has been done by then. Bring lots to eat and drink. If you would like to help cool the children down come ready with water to cool them down, i.e., to throw over them! Last year it was INCREDIBLY HOT! Please get your children to ...
    Posted Feb 2, 2016, 12:02 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Thank You! Thank you so much to Deb Feyter and Roger Duncan for assisting us with collecting chairs from St Peter's and setting these up for our annual Prize Giving ceremony.We would have been lost without you both and we thank you for stepping forward to generously donate your time to our school.  We appreciate you!
    Posted Dec 20, 2015, 4:02 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Christmas Giving The Taupiri Syndicate and Manuka 16 children have been busy collecting special gifts to deliver to children and families in need at Christmas time, via CAP Organisation. These gorgeous gifts have been kindly donated from our families and will be delivered to suitable families for children to open on Christmas Day. Thank you to all the children and families who have opened their hearts to give to others. Many more happy smiles will be shining Christmas morning. 
    Posted Dec 16, 2015, 3:06 PM by Reception @TMCS
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