Principal’s Blog Week 9 Term 3 2014

Unless! Another wonderful show. Congratulations Pirongia. What a fabulous performance of Arts in Context! Brilliant. Your rendition of The Lorax by Dr Seuss was delightful. A powerful  message shared for the environment. Confident Can Do! - You made your parents and teachers so proud of you all. A magical evening. Well done! Once again this could not have been achieved without a team effort. The wonderful costumes, clever sound track and vibrant choreography and acting created a very special show. Thank you to all the teachers and staff involved, along with all the parents for your support and involvement, the costumes, backdrop painting and support throughout was greatly appreciated. Thanks also go to St Peters School for their kind support and free use of their chairs, lighting and sound equipment.





City Cluster Cross Country Results

Congratulations to our cross country representative team who competed at the South East Hamilton Cluster Competition. The high level competition, run on a 2km course at Porritt Stadium, was challenging with two hills to endure. Our students once again made us all very proud with their determination, effort and sportsmanship on a wet and windy day. Congratulations to you all!  Please see our list of qualifying participants and their achievements below:

Year 4 Girls


Year 5 Girls


Year 6 Girls


Georgie Rose B

Lexi E

Emma H

Rivi M

Anna M






Bronwyn P

Eden W

Giorgia L

Ruby M

Hannah S

Bella A







Hannah M

Sarah W

Millie B

Georgia D

Prue R






Year 4 Boys


Year 5 Boys


Year 6 Boys


Flynn B

Luke H

Ben S

Mitchell A

Rio B

Harrison W

Josh W








Keenan 8

Max M

Ethan D

Antoneo V

Max P






Michael C

Will M

Jasper M

Jack S

Cody H








Spelling Bee Spelling Bee 2014

Well done to our team of four competitors who were a part of the Spelling Bee team who went to the Waikato Spelling Bee on Saturday- Mimi, Logan, Bronwyn and Nathan. All four children did well with only a few out of the 200 + students chosen to go through to the final round. Mimi qualified for the knockout competition. Well done to you all for having the courage to stand in front of hundreds of people and spell some pretty tricky words!

URGENT - Out of Zone Ballot

We are in the process of finalising our numbers for our upcoming Ballot to award places for out of zone students.  

It is essential that any out of zone siblings of existing students who are  planning to enrol at our school during 2015; are included in our Ballot to be eligible for a placement.  If we have not received a Pre Entry Form for your child to be included in this draw, then they will miss out on a place at our school in 2015.

If you are not sure whether you have submitted an application or if you know you still need to, please urgently contact the school office.  The Ballot draw will take place during October and placements will be advertised in local newspapers during the school holiday period.

School Production DVDs Available

Thanks to Russell Fricker we will be offering DVDs for sale for each of our syndicate productions.  Orders with payment can be made at the school office at a cost of $25 for 1 x DVD, $40 x 2 DVDs and $60 x 3 DVDs.  Please note payment must accompany orders.


“S.O.S - Save Our School”

Our Senior Syndicate’s (Year 5-6) show inspired by Jim Henson’s ‘ The Muppets’

  • Matinee

Thursday 18th September @ 10:30am

  • Evening Show

Thursday 18th September @ 6:30pm

  • Matinee

Friday 19th September @ 10:30am

  • Evening Show

Thursday 19th September @ 6:30pm


$8 Adults, $5 Teenagers (Tamahere School Students Free)


Tamahere Sports Park  

Community Meeting  & Presentation

When: Monday 13th October

2pm - 5pm

Where: Tamahere Community Centre

Please drop by for information provided by the Waikato District Council.The Waikato District Council will be holding a meeting/presentation regarding the Tamahere Sports Park at the TCC on Monday 13th October from 2pm - 5pm.   


Our students have been involved in brainstorming ideas for the development and features

of the proposed park.  A small group of senior students will be presenting the ideas

on behalf of the school at this presentation from 2:30pm.  


Click here to view the conceptual map of the Tamahere Sports Park.


Please drop in and have your say as well.



Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters of Odd Shoe Day on Friday 12th September!  We are pleased to announce a total of $187.70 was raised through this event for children living with cancer.  Your generosity is appreciated!

Could all full Yummy Sticker charts be returned to  the school office by Friday 19th September so we can send them away by the end of term to claim our free sports gear.  Thank you.


Touch Rugby

The weekly schools touch competition starts up on Monday 20th October and is open to boys and girls in Year’s 3, 4, 5 and 6.  For more information please see the notice on our website (Sports tab) and complete the return slip (follow this link).  Alternatively a hard copy can be collected  from the school office.  Please send in your $20 payment with the return slip to the office.

Pumpkin Night 2015

The date for this event in 2015 has been set for March 14th. We have had to work around many dates and have carefully avoided Easter, the school holidays (which run after Easter), the Tamahere markets, Balloons Over Waikato and Daylight Saving. Pumpkin Night needs to be before Daylight Saving finishes to allow for an enjoyable experience.


We do realise that one of the Senior camps does run the week of March 9th but we are running short of available and suitable dates. If you have seen an event we have not noticed please let us know by e mailing


Please mark this date in your diaries now. The Committee will meet before the end of the year and if you would like to join the team, please put your name down at the Office.

Dental Clinic Fluoride Treatments

The nurses from the Peachgrove Community Dental Clinic will be coming on Tuesday 28th October to apply a second fluoride treatment to those children who are due for it and have already given consent.


Head Lice

Nits creep up on us and love squeaky clean hair so please check heads regularly and try to break this cycle also - unfortunately they are just a fact of life, not something you need to feel embarrassed about.


As several classes have reported cases of lice, we recommend you take the time to check your child’s hair and help break the cycle.  

Sports Tops Due

All winter sports tops are now due for return.  Please send these, in a named bay, to the school office as soon as possible.


Agriculture Day Reminders!


  • Our Ag Day will be held on Thursday 16th October 2014.


  • Newstead Vets have offered us an amazing opportunity to have our animals docked and vaccinated.  Their generous offer includes the following:

1.  Newstead Vets is inviting all animal owners to collect their vaccination from their clinic to administer yourself.  Please bring your gold coin donation to the session below.

2.  On Sunday the 5th of October we will then have our animal round up for the 2nd booster vaccination and docking.  Note that the docking should not happen before the first vaccination is effective.  Please bring  gold coin donations for both vaccinations to this session.

3. To register for the Sunday simply let Newstead Vets know that you will be attending on 5th of October when you collect your initial vaccination or email Sarah Wilkinson-Hart  It is important Newstead Vets  know numbers attending so that they  can have the right amount of vaccinations available on the day.  Please note this does not include drenching. Thank you Newstead Vets!

  • All Ag day cups are to be returned to school ASAP

  • All animals that will be at Ag Day must be registered by Monday 22nd  September.  The forms are available from the office or download from our website along with the Caged Pets Entry Form.  Care sheets are available from the office or can be downloaded from the school website.


Ag Day Quilt Raffle

Thank you to Mrs Kay Galbraith for creating and donating an exquisite farm-themed quilt for us to raffle for Ag Day!  This is a beautiful piece of workmanship that perfectly reflects the nature of Ag Day.  Purchase your tickets from the school office for $2 each or 3 for $5 .  These  will be available  until Ag Day on 16th October, when the raffle will be drawn.  You are welcome to view Mrs Galbraith’s  stunning quilt at the school office.


Cricket Registrations


Friday night  and Saturday morning cricket begin in Term four!  

Friday night cricket is available for Year 1-6 children. It is an eight a-side competition starting from Friday October 24th. Games commence at 5:30pm. It is played with a plastic ball (Y1-3) or an incrediball (Y4-6).

There is Saturday morning hard ball competition for Year 5-6 children who are capable; have advanced through the Friday night cricket and/or have played previously. This competition starts on Saturday October 25th. This competition has a start time each week of 9:00am.Please note; that depending on numbers, a trial may occur to select this team or teams. Children will be informed if this is necessary and a trial will occur in week one of term four.


Registration forms are available on our website in the “Sports” tab or in hardcopy at the school office.  Registrations must be received by Friday 26th September.


Round the Bridges 2014

Tamahere School will be entering a team in this year’s Round the Bridges event to be held on  Sunday 16th November.  For those of you keen to run the 2km event, entry will be $7 per child.  Children entering must be brought to and from the event by a parent or caregiver.  To register your interest please email   For more information about the event visit the website


Writers Corner

Today we are pleased to celebrate a piece of writing with you written by Joanna, a New Entrant student at our school.


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


Junior School Iceblocks Coordinator Needed - Term 4


The PTA are looking for someone to take on the role of Iceblocks coordinator for term 4.  This role is very straightforward and does not involve much time commitment.  All the person needs to do is be the liaison between the junior school parents that are selling the Iceblocks to ensure there is always a person selling on any given Friday.  If you are keen to take this role on, please text Paula on 021 0632767. Thank you.


School Pool Coordinator

In 2011 the School Board approved the opening of the school pool over the summer holidays and outside of school hours in Term 1 to school and community families . In the last 3 years the number of keys issued has grown from 20 in the first year to 60 last year. The pool is a great asset for school/community families providing young children a safe place to swim and giving pool users an opportunity to get to know other school/community families. This year we need a new pool coordinator due to the previous coordinator moving on from the school.

The main duties of the coordinator are:


  • Obtain additional keys from locksmith as required.

  • Establish and monitor a pool testing roster which is filled on a volunteer basis by key holders

  • Liaise with professional testers

  • Establish a basic knowledge of pool testing and cleaning procedures.

Sales of keys and signing of legal forms  is done by the school office staff.

Without a coordinator the pool will not be available this summer. If you are interested in taking on this unpaid role (other than a free key to the pool) please contact the school office for further information.

The Recycled Fashion show has now morphed into putting on a Wot Not to Wear’ Evening, still to be held on the same date, Thursday 6th November.  The committee feels this will draw more people and more interest so after some long hard thinking, we felt this was a more appropriate direction.

The show Wot Not to Wear’ is a hilarious night of comedy based around a speaker, Suzie Johnson,  who presents for two hours and leaves everyone feeling relaxed, confident and knowing how to dress for their body shape - it promises to be a great night out. We are now convinced this will be perfect for a fundraiser.

The committee is still  keen to have a “Recycling Fashion Stall” at next year’s Pumpkin Night.  Everything donated so far will be used in this stall.   We have enough woman's clothing but please still hold on to any good used children's clothing and we will let you know when you can drop them off to the school.


Check out the flyer coming soon and BOOK IN Thursday 6th November. Organise a group of girlfriends and come and have a fab night out!



Thursday 18th September

“S.O.S - Save Our School” (Maungatautari Production) @ 10:30am & 6:30pm

Friday 19th September

  • “S.O.S - Save Our School” (Maungatautari Production) @ 10:30am & 6:30pm

  • Cluster Daffodil Competition @ Newstead School

Friday 26th September

Last Day of Term 3

Monday 13th October

  • First Day of Term 4

  • Waikato District Council Tamahere Sports Park Information Event @ TCC from 2pm

Thursday 16th October

Ag Day

Wednesday 22nd October

Group Day @ Matangi School

Friday 31st October

Waikato Show

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