• Casual vacancy for an elected trustee

    Tamahere Model Country School

    Board of Trustees

    Casual vacancy for an elected trustee

    A casual vacancy has occurred on the board of trustees for a parent representative who will enable the board to reflect the ethnic diversity of the student body of our school.

    The board has resolved under section 105 of the Education Act 1989 to fill the vacancy by selection and propose to appoint Kate Searancke, a local practicing Commercial Lawyer, to this position.

    If ten percent or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held.

    Any eligible voter who wishes to ask the board to hold a by-election should write to:


    Board of Trustees

    Tamahere Model Country School

    37 Devine Road, RD 3 Tamahere

    Hamilton 3283


    By: 15 August 2018

    Posted Jul 9, 2018, 4:37 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Week 10 Term 2 2018

    Thank you all for your contribution to what has been a wonderful Term 2!  We are well and truly into winter now and though it has been cooler, haven’t we been fortunate to enjoy some lovely days? Many of these have been well timed for Education Outside the Classroom activities, including our Maungatautari Syndicate’s Winter Sports Tournament last week, and earlier in the term our Pirongia Camps.  All of our wonderful EOTC experiences are only made possible through dedicated staff organisation, and you, our incredibly supportive parents and caregivers.

    Looking ahead to Term 3 - we are in for an exciting time of learning and creativity with the Arts focus overlaying our literacy and numeracy. All three of our Syndicates will be performing shows for you, with Pirongia and Maungatautari performing towards the end of Term 3 and Taupiri performing in Term 4.  

    Winter Sports Tournament

    Last Friday on the 29th of June the Maungatautari Syndicate went to a winter sports tournament that included Basketball, Hockey, Netball, Rugby and Soccer.

    The sport I played was soccer. My team didn’t do very well as we lost most of our games but that’s not what it’s about.

    We played Newstead, Matangi, Knighton, Hillcrest, Marian, Silverdale and Tamahere. The sports tournament was split up into different places. Soccer, Rugby and Basketball were played at the Waikato University, Netball was at Knighton Normal School and Hockey was at St John’s.

    It was a great day and we all had a fantastic time.

    By Otis H

    Year 6

    Karaka 15

    Posted Jul 5, 2018, 6:42 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Have You Booked Your Learning Conference?

    Bookings for our upcoming Learning Conferences to be held on Thursday 26th July from 12:30pm - 8:04pm* are now open.  Bookings operate on a first in first served basis.  *Finish time of last appointment slot.

    Please follow the following links:

    Taupiri & Pirongia Three Way Conferences - Event Code p64m8

    Maungatautari Student Led Conferences - Event Code ffzpt

    All students will receive a Mid Year Report which will be sent home on Tuesday 24th July in advance of the conferences. This is a wonderful time for everyone to come together and really look at each child’s learning journey.

    One Conference per child: So that each child can celebrate their learning journey with the ones they love and get all caregivers on the same page with the support required, we ask that all parents join together for this occasion to support your child and enable teachers to have the time needed for all conferences. There are not enough spaces for our split family parents to have an appointment each.  We appreciate your support in this matter.

    Important Learning Conference Arrangements for Thursday 26th July

    To enable all of our students to have a quality Learning Conference in a focused environment, lessons will conclude at 12:00 pm on Thursday.   Children can then be collected and return for their conference at the allocated time.

    If you are unable to collect your child, classroom care can be provided for children with a Relief Teacher and Teacher Aides. Please let your classroom teacher know in writing that this is needed.

    After School Care will operate as normal, as will our School Bus service.

    Posted Jul 5, 2018, 6:42 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • NZEI - Teaching Profession Challenges - Update

    You may have seen in the news, that at this stage, Teachers and Principals will be taking strike action on the 15th August for 3 hours. We apologise in advance of the inconvenience and disturbance this will cause our families.

    Following from last week - what are we asking for?

    Information Point 2:- Improvement in conditions. I know from the outsiders view looking in that teachers get lots of holidays! We acknowledge that our non contact time is wonderful compared to other careers. Children need holidays to rest and re-energize so they can take on the learning and cope with the term ahead. Teachers are the same but this comes with lots of preparation and planning and often courses for professional learning. This ‘holiday’ break will see 10 of our staff attending a Professional Learning Conference in Hamilton. There will also be planning meetings and personal preparation. 50-60 hour working weeks are the norm for most teachers and principals - When it is worked out most of us easily have worked our holidays before we get them. Why do we? Contact children time is full on so any professional learning (PL), collaboration and planning, assessment etc have to happen out of school hours. Unfortunately there are not enough nights in the week. At our school we have Monday - Leadership Meeting, Tuesday Staff Meeting PL, Wednesday Syndicate Meetings. Then there are the Curriculum and Pod meetings to help move us all forward and appointments with parents. Not to mention the evening commitments so parents can come after their work for information and sharing successes. Collaboration and consistency has been proven to be a significant factor in successful schools but to achieve this takes time. Primary Teachers in New Zealand get 1 hour release time per week which equates to 12 minutes a day. At our school we save the time up to reach half day release block once a fortnight. In Australia Primary teachers get 3-4 hours per week to help run a similar system. The Government is offering another 12 minutes a day.
    Posted Jul 5, 2018, 6:41 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Health & PE Survey - Thanks Very Much!

    Thank you to the many families who took the time to complete our recent Health & PE Survey.  We are grateful to the 121 people who responded which equates to 40% of our school families. Your feedback and opinions are valuable to us and we find surveys are an easy platform to use to hear your thoughts.

    Congratulations to our prize winners who were selected at random to win one of five $20 Scholastic vouchers!  We will be sending your voucher home with your child next term.

    • Ingrid ter Beek

    • Sharon Rolston

    • Nicky Lee

    • Jeremy Waters

    • Ema Tokolahi

    Posted Jul 5, 2018, 6:41 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Wanted - Sink bench / Cabinet
    Do you know of anyone who is refurbishing a kitchen or laundry and may be able to give us their old benches and sinks? We are needing some for our student activity space in our new Multi Purpose Shed.

    Posted Jul 5, 2018, 6:40 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Grand openings

    We are excited to be officially opening our Multi Purpose Facility as well as our new classroom - Tawa 19 - which has been extensively refurbished to accommodate our growing number of youngest students from Term 3.  Along with these fantastic buildings we are also opening our extended garden shed which is also a wonderful addition to our growing outdoor learning space.

    This special celebration has taken place this morning.  We were pleased to be able to welcome Sue Burns as the new Vicar of St Stephen's Church in Tamahere, to officiate the blessing and opening ceremony.

    Posted Jul 5, 2018, 6:40 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Mufti Day - Cans For Good
    Thank you parents and children so much for the wonderful effort on Thursday Mufti Day. 630 cans will go to the Salvation Army as part of the Watties Cans for Good programme.

    Posted Jul 5, 2018, 6:40 PM by Reception @TMCS
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Writer's Corner

We are pleased to celebrate student writing with you.

This week's item is from Nathan S. a Year 4 student from Harakeke 18.

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

  • Enviro News Plastic Free JulyChallenge yourself and your family to go plastic free this month.  Plastic free July is a global challenge where millions of people around the world give up single use plastic for the whole month. The purpose is to raise awareness around the use of plastic and encourage people to actively make a difference. What lasting changes can your family make in their use of plastic?Here is an interesting article about Boomerang bags now out in Hamilton.Holiday Challenge from Department of ConservationKākāpō t-shirt design competition  Entries close 28 July 2018The Kākāpō Recovery Programme is joining FLOAT (For Love of All Things) to create a new kākāpō t-shirt to raise money and increase ...
    Posted Jul 3, 2018, 7:02 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Lost Property A significant amount of Lost Property has accrued over the past term and we encourage all families to check for any items belonging to them before the school holidays.  Over the holiday break we bag and donate unclaimed and un-named items to charity.  Please follow this link to view some of what has been left.
    Posted Jul 8, 2018, 1:46 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Fête de la Musique Students  celebrated Fête de la Musique (World Music Day) on Thursday 21st June and shared their musical talents with their peers. We hope you enjoy these photos and invite you to view our full selection by following this link:Thanks to Gerry Clark for organising this event for his guitar pupils.
    Posted Jul 8, 2018, 1:49 PM by Reception @TMCS
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