• Basic Facts A’thon Update

    Congratulations to all of the students and families who supported the Basic Facts A’thon.  The biggest gain is that the children learnt their basic facts and can apply these to everyday maths problems.  So far we have raised over $8,600!  If you still have money outstanding, please drop it into the office this week.  

    The winners of the highest amounts raised in each syndicate are:

    • Taupiri: AJ M

    • Pirongia: Alex S

    • Maungatautari: Taya O

    There were prizes for the most enthusiastic student awards for each class and five whanau points for anyone who got 100% or over 90% on List H (this was extremely difficult!).  All other participants received one whanau point for their efforts.

    Thank you for your wonderful support!
    Posted Sep 22, 2015, 8:03 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Taupiri Syndicate Poetry Evening

    On Thursday 17th September Taupiri syndicate held their Poetry Evening.

    Children recited their chosen poems to an audience of parents,grandparents, brothers,sisters and friends, in their classrooms.  The children all did so well and the vibe was so positive.

    Taupiri teachers would like to thank parents for the hard work they put in at home.

    A most enjoyable evening!

    Posted Sep 22, 2015, 8:02 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Ag Day Friday 16th October - First Friday of Term - Important Information!

    Agriculture Day – Friday 16th October 2015

    We are celebrating our ‘Country School’ status with a whole week of Agricultural and Horticultural activities, culminating in our Ag Day on Friday  16th October.  We are continuing with the traditional A & P Show approach. Week 1 of Term 4 will be our ‘Agriculture Week’.

    All of our children will be involved in our special rural day - agriculture as well as horticulture will be celebrated on the day. While children with farm animals and caged pets will be out with their animals, the rest of the children in the school will be involved in a section called Horticultural Happenings. These children will be creating a variety of displays and arrangements selected from the list below - also for judging.

    On the day, all of our children will be able to enjoy seeing the young farm animals as well as the pets and horticultural creations. We will be able to enjoy these experiences together, with everyone around to enjoy the grand parade and prize giving.

    Classrooms will be open for viewing on Friday 16th, to share some of the week’s activities. As well as this there will be specific judging areas to visit with the Friday Horticultural Happenings on display. Pet diaries are due at school on Monday 12th October.

    We are looking forward to a great day and hope you are able to join us on this special day.

    Horticultural Happenings

    All children involved in this except those showing lambs, calves and kids. 

    Here are the activities and equipment required to achieve these, for the 3 syndicate groups. These activities will be worked on by the children between 8:30am and 10:00am on Friday morning.


    Taupiri Junior School Activities:-  

    Sand Saucers  

    Saucers (named on back) 

    Small flowers and leaves

    Miniature Gardens

    Shoe box size containers. Trays

    Pebbles, moss, mirrors, figures, animals flowers etc










    Pirongia Middle School Activities:- 

    Vegetables Animals    




    Matchsticks etc

    Named, safely wrapped vegetable knife – For teacher supervision.

    Miniature Gardens

    Shoe box size containers/ trays,

    Pebbles, moss, mirrors, figures, animals, flowers etc

    Floral Arrangement in Novel Container

    Tin, boot, teapot, etc


    Secateurs / scissors

    Teachers will have secateurs available


    Maungatautari Senior Syndicate:- 

    Children to choose at least 2 from the following list. 


    Materials for the making of.

    Decorated Cupcake / Biscuit

    Cupcake / Biscuit



    Decorated Gumboot




    Any other decorations felt necessary.

    Vegetable Creations




    Matchsticks etc

    Named, safely wrapped vegetable knife – For teacher supervision.

    Pet Rock



    Glue or glue gun

    Decorations e.g. googly eyes, pipe cleaners, glitter

























    Fair and Honest Competition:-

    As the Horticultural Happenings on Friday morning are to be judged, they have to be fully created by the children during their morning slot. This means that no pre cutting of vegetables etc is to be done prior to school. Practising at home is fine, but ultimately it is the children’s work that is to be judged.   

    Safety:-  Glass, China, Knives, Scissors, Secateurs, skewers, etc.

    Please have the children’s equipment clearly named and breakable items well wrapped. Small boxes and buckets can be useful. Sharp items also need to be carefully wrapped. Please send along only small vegetable knives along with a chopping board- all named. These are to be used under teacher supervision.

    Programme for Agriculture day

    ·         8:30 start for all children

    ·         All farm animals to be registered at the tent on the back field.

    ·         Children arrive and go to designated areas for Ag Day or Horticultural Happenings (HH) activities.

    ·         Children with calves, lambs, or kids to remain with their animal and parents.

    ·         Caged pets including pet rocks are taken to the TCC then children are to join their class to work on their HH. All HH need to be completed by morning tea.

    ·         9:00 am – Ag. Judges start.   

    ·         10:30 HH Judging begins.

    ·         10:30-11:50 Groups to view caged pets, lambs, calves and kids.

    ·         11:50 Prizegiving on the back field - with the sound system on the field.

    ·         12:30 Lunch – A sausage sizzle will be cooked on the field.

    ·         12:45 on viewing of HH with parents only.

    ·         1.20 Classes view HH.

    ·         1:30 All caged pets must be taken home and pet rocks back to their classroom.

    HH need to remain till 2:10pm for everyone to see and enjoy.

    Children signed out may go with parents.

    ·         2.30 School Finishes

    Posted Sep 22, 2015, 8:01 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Reminder Uniform - Size up Day - Saturday 17th October
    To facilitate everyone having uniforms in Term 1  2016, the Uniform Committee and PTA will be holding a fun day to let families come along and be sized up for the new uniform. 

    There will be some fun competitions and prize giveaways as well as a barbeque so come along and have fun while getting organised for next year.  

    Our present uniform stocks will also be on sale at very reduced prices - so it will be a case of first in first served. Some items have only a few sizes left while others have plenty, so it will also be pot luck.

    Posted Sep 22, 2015, 8:01 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Happy Holidays!

    Have a great holiday everyone. 

    Enjoy this beautiful spring weather and come back refreshed and ready for a busy Term 4 starting Monday 12th October at 8:30am.

    Posted Sep 22, 2015, 8:00 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 

Bria D, a Year 4 (9 year old) student at our school.

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

  • Vision & Hearing Check Waikids (Waikato Child and Youth Health) will be visiting our school on Wednesday 21st October to conduct vision and hearing checks for students not previously tested or those requiring a re-check according to their records.  Information sheet on hearing and vision checks in school Vision Hearing Technicians from Rural and Community Services will be visiting our school. The objective of the vision is to identify previously undetected hearing and vision defects. Which children are routinely checked? catch up screening for children who have not completed hearing and vision checks as part of their B4 school check children absent from previous visit, require re-tests or follow up in special circumstances, parents, teachers or others may request a hearing or ...
    Posted Sep 27, 2015, 5:09 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Cricket & Touch Rugby Registrations Due! Any students wishing to play Cricket or Touch Rugby from Term 4 must return their registration form to the school office no later than Friday 25th September.  Forms are available from the office.
    Posted Sep 22, 2015, 2:03 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Waikato Primary Schools Tennis Tournament There is a Waikato Primary Schools Tennis Tournament on the 20th of October.  If your child is interested in playing please see Mrs Copponi in Matai 11 for more details. 
    Posted Sep 20, 2015, 5:29 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Hockey Tournament On the 15th of September 22 senior hockey players competed a Rural Schools Hockey Tournament at Gallagher Hockey Centre. The three teams played 8 games throughout the day. The Sassy Sisters and Tamahere Trick Sticks won all their games! The Sassy Sisters and Tamahere Trick Sticks both came first in their pools and made it to finals and had to play off for first and second place.  The boys (Trick Sticks!) played very well winning by 1 point in the last minute and came 1st and the Sassy Sisters came 2nd. The Tamahere Rebels played off for 5 and 6th place and ending up coming 5th! All in all TMCS did very well in their first big hockey tournament. We ...
    Posted Sep 16, 2015, 7:40 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • PTA Meeting The next PTA meeting is on Monday 21st September, 7pm in the school staffroom.  Everyone is welcome to come.  Remember to send us your wishlist items toptatamahere@gmail.com, in the format sent out in the recent PTA newsletter.
    Posted Sep 16, 2015, 1:42 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Dad's Army Thank You Many thanks for the wonderful effort put in by 13 troops and helpers at the Dad's Army working bee.  The aim was to clear the site for the new storage shed.  We accomplished most of this aim during the morning.  The small orchard has been re-located, potting shed moved, a large concrete slab broken up and lean-to's dismantled.  A special thank you to Dave White who provided the digger (used to trench the feijoa hedge) and Peter Coxhead for the use of his tractor (used to shift trees and waste).  Also, thanks to Peter's son Jordon (an ex-pupil), Alan Spice (who arranged for the digger)  as well as to Angie Millar and Sarah Anderson ...
    Posted Sep 14, 2015, 4:48 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Chess Success Well done to all the Year 6 pupils who entered the school chess competition this term. The standard of play was very high. Congratulations to the following players: 1st Nathan Feyter2nd Troy Baroutsos3rd = Jamie Carter and Ethan Donovan4th = Ruaridh Martynoga
    Posted Sep 15, 2015, 1:31 PM by Reception @TMCS
  • Casino Night 2015 A huge thanks goes to all those who attended the evening on Saturday. The atmosphere was sensational with everyone dressed in theme. We would like to thank all those who made the night such a success: The Good George who have kindly donated all the profits from the drink sales to the school. • Greensets - Josh and Maree Patterson who provided all the decorative trees.• Annie Waters, Julie Patterson, Heather Wilson, Nicki Letcher and Nicole Ward for all their help on the evening.• The Stihl Shop Te Awamutu (Matt and Sharlene Hird)- for donating prizes.• Bachs – thanks to two families who donated their bachs for prizes. • The P.T.A. • Phillipa Bennyworth from the A.S.B.• The band- Sam and ...
    Posted Sep 9, 2015, 9:08 PM by Steve Trotter
  • Dad’s Army Saturday 12 September Thanks to the “Dad’s” who have volunteered for the Saturday’s working bee.  As we have quite a work schedule to achieve, it would be a great help if we had several more “Dads” to assist.  Start time is 0800.  Please bring shovels, wheelbarrows and wet weather gear.  The working bee must go ahead on Saturday (no postponement date).  We need to move the orchard and garden shed to make room for the new storage shed.ThanksAllan Wickens
    Posted Sep 9, 2015, 8:36 PM by Steve Trotter
  • CROSS COUNTRY On Friday we will send a team of runners to the City Cluster Cross Country event. The event is at Porritt Stadium again, a demanding course which will provide a big challenge for our children, who have been training for several weeks. Good luck to all children running - Well done for showing a Can Do Attitude, enthusiasm and commitment. Thank you in advance to the team of parents who are transporting us on Friday. The weather is meant to be wet at times so please remember to bring a warm jersey, jacket and umbrella.
    Posted Sep 9, 2015, 8:35 PM by Steve Trotter
  • TOUCH RUGBY Registration forms are available from the school office this week. The weekly competition runs on Monday nights from 3:45pm and is available for children in Year 2 and up. If your child is interested in playing, these forms are due back to the office by the last day of school for this term (September 25th). 
    Posted Sep 9, 2015, 8:34 PM by Steve Trotter
  • Hockey uniforms Please return all hockey uniforms, washed and named, to Matai 11, ASAP.  
    Posted Sep 9, 2015, 8:31 PM by Steve Trotter
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