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Next Year.....

posted Dec 17, 2019, 6:33 PM by Reception @TMCS

We are sending out our final newsletter this Friday, which will give as many details about 2020 as possible, so that everyone feels comfortable with what is happening and when. Those families who are not here on Friday, will be emailed the class list.

Prizegiving 2019

posted Dec 17, 2019, 6:32 PM by Reception @TMCS

What a wonderful prizegiving we had yesterday. It was so lovely to see the pride and support shown for all our award winners. From the start with the bagpipe entry, to the culmination of a whole school haka, this was a very special occasion. Thank you everyone.

BOT Newsletter - December 2019

posted Dec 17, 2019, 6:32 PM by Reception @TMCS

Board of Trustees Newsletter 

December 2019   

Back Row:  Annette Howard, Ingrid ter Beek, Waveney Parker, Jeremy Waters

Front Row:  Owen Culliney, Ian Potter, Vanessa Parker

Absent:  Angie Millar, Kate Searancke

Kia ora koutou

Welcome to the newsletter from the Board of Trustees (BOT).  We meet once a month and regularly share our news with you, so you are up to date with our key projects and happenings.


We have welcomed Owen Culliney and Ian Potter to the Board following the recent Board of Trustees elections. Jeremy Waters is the new Chair and we are currently allocating roles and responsibilities to ensure all areas of our school operations are efficiently overseen.

We are fortunate to have had so many committed members of the Board serve before us, that have governed our school with wisdom and vision.  They have ensured we are not only providing the best possible opportunities for learning and personal development for our tamariki, but also providing a thriving teaching environment to attract the wonderful staff we are so fortunate to have.  

The Board has a continuing focus on the maintenance and development of our property to provide quality facilities, resources and the wide variety of opportunities available to our children, which has seen us well established for the recent and future expected growth of our school. We are extremely excited to have secured government funding to enable us to extend and upgrade some of our buildings to cater for our growing school. This combined with our ongoing maintenance programme allows us to provide the best possible environment for learning that we can.

We are excited for what the future holds and welcome our parents and caregivers to contact any Board members should you wish to discuss anything. 

PTA Fundraising

Sincere thanks to our wonderful PTA, the various hard working committees and school community for the fantastic events we’ve enjoyed throughout the year. They have been very successful fundraising events. We are extremely grateful for the contributions from this years’ fundraising, which is all going towards upgrading our playground and buying new equipment. The PTA has given us an amazing $40,000 towards this project and it is expected that a further $30,000 is needed to achieve our goal.


The Board of Trustees would like to thank the whānau who have so far paid their donation this year.  We are very grateful for your donations, as they enable us to pay for extra specialist staff we employ like teacher aides and funds are also used for building projects and maintenance of school owned property.


The Board wishes to sincerely thank all our wonderful teaching and support staff for their dedication and commitment throughout the year.  To our school families and our tamariki, thank you for your continued support and contribution that you all provide in so many ways to our school.  We wish you all a very safe, happy and relaxing holiday and look forward to another successful learning-filled year in 2020!

As a board we are very proud of our school, our teachers and wonderful tamariki.  We have great passion for working towards Tamahere Model Country School being the best it can be.

Nga Mihi,

Tamahere Model Country School Board of Trustees.

Haangi Thank you’s

posted Dec 17, 2019, 6:31 PM by Reception @TMCS

The students have been very busy this morning doing food preparation and are really looking forward to tomorrow’s haangi. We would like to give a massive thank you to Inghams Waitoa, for their generous donation of 240 chickens.

We also want to thank Punnet who is providing coffee and muffins to our wonderful haangi helpers, who have a very early start tomorrow morning.

Year 6 Big Day Out

posted Dec 17, 2019, 6:31 PM by Reception @TMCS

Last Monday our wonderful group of Year 6 students travelled to Totara Springs in Matamata for their annual Big Day Out. The children were split into groups and all got to experience 4 out of 6 activities; these included abseiling, the Flying Kiwi, the flying fox, archery, rock wall, go-carts and human foosball. At the end of the day, all the students (and some parents and teachers!) enjoyed slipping and sliding on the biggest water slide we’ve ever seen! We thoroughly enjoyed this end of year celebration with a phenomenal group of children and parents. Thank you to everyone who made this day possible.

St Stephen’s Dressing of the Tree

posted Dec 17, 2019, 6:30 PM by Reception @TMCS

Every year students, teachers and parents walk down to St Stephen's church for a ‘Dressing of the Tree’.


This has been a tradition of Tamahere School for many years.


Thank you to all the helpers, parents & grandparents who supported us.

Graduation Evening

posted Dec 17, 2019, 6:30 PM by Reception @TMCS

What a lovely evening we had last Thursday night celebrating our Year 6’s graduation! We had a fabulous time enjoying a finger food meal together. It was a pleasure seeing each and every student walk proudly across the stage to receive their graduation certificate signifying an end to their primary school years. Many thanks to all parents and teachers for helping to plan and prepare the students for the evening. All the very best to our Year 6 students for their next adventure.

Staff News

posted Dec 11, 2019, 8:06 PM by Reception @TMCS

With only a few days to go, we are putting many of the final arrangements together for our 2020 structure and learning programmes. Our Learning Syndicate staff teams will look quite different initially, with many staff moving to different areas of the school for a change of experience and to deepen our practices school-wide. 

Our three Syndicate Leaders will be moving around, with Mrs Paula Dunton taking on the Leadership of Maungatautari Syndicate, where she used to teach a few years ago. Mrs Leah Mills will be taking her senior knowledge to the Pirongia Syndicate and Lisa Murray will continue as Acting Syndicate Leader, joining the Taupiri team, an age she knows well. These changes will lead to stronger transitions and connectivity across all levels of the school. A few other teachers will be changing Syndicate levels as well. To understand the whole picture we will be emailing out a comprehensive final newsletter, with all you need to know to begin the 2020 school year. 

Parent Morning Tea Thank you - Tomorrow 13th December

posted Dec 11, 2019, 8:06 PM by Reception @TMCS

Thank you to the many wonderful parents, caregivers and friends who have stepped forward to help us in so many ways during the school year.  

From sports coaches and managers, trip helpers, PTA, book helpers, classroom assistants, and many more... we want you to know that your assistance is invaluable to us and our school simply wouldn’t function the same without your help!

As a token of our sincere appreciation for all of your assistance throughout the year, we warmly invite you to attend a special morning tea to be held in your honour:

When:   Friday 13th December

Time:     10:30 - 11:00 am 

Where:  Tamahere Community Centre foyer

We look forward to sharing this occasion with you.

Prize Giving Assembly - Tuesday 17th December

posted Dec 11, 2019, 8:05 PM by Reception @TMCS

We look forward to seeing you at our Prize Giving on Tuesday 17th December  at 12:30pm

This is a formal assembly where all students, except our Year Six Graduates, wear their school uniform (not their whanau shirt) and we celebrate the achievements of students across the school. Year Six Graduates may wear smart casual clothing.

We do hope you’ll be able to join us on this very special occasion.

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