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Learning Conferences - Week 2 Term 3 - 2nd and 3rd August 2017

posted Jun 21, 2017, 9:09 PM by Reception @TMCS   [ updated Jun 21, 2017, 9:12 PM ]

We invite all Year 3 - 6 parents to join your children at their Learning Conferences and 3 Way Interviews, in Week 2 of Term 3. Bookings for these conferences will be online as usual on a first come first serve basis. The interview booking system will go live next week, please keep a look out for an email advising of the access code early next week.


Maungatautari - Year 5 & 6 will be trialing a new format this year and each teacher will have two slots A & B running at the same times. Students will be leading their learning journeys for 20 minutes with the teacher moving between two families within that time.


 Pirongia - Year 3 & 4

Our Year 4 Students will be joining in ‘Three Way’ learning discussions with their teachers to share their learning and goals with you following their Mid-Year reports going home.


This year, all Year 3 parents are also invited to make an interview time, regardless of whether you have received an anniversary report or not. This interview will be a progress update to reflect and build on what was discussed in Term 1.

Maungatautari & Pirongia Syndicates - Early Finish Option Wednesday 2 August


To enable all of our Year 3 - 6 students to have a quality Learning Conference in a focused environment, our Pirongia and Maungatautari student lessons will conclude at 12:20pm on Wednesday.   Children can then be collected and return for their conference.


If you are unable to collect your child, classroom care will be provided for children either in Taupiri classrooms or with a Relief Teacher.


Please note the option to finish at 12:20pm is only available for our middle and senior syndicates, regular school hours are in place for Taupiri students.  After School Care will operate as normal, as will our School Bus service.


Taupiri - Years 0 - 2

For parents whose child has received, or are receiving, an anniversary report in Term 2 we also invite you to make a time for a Parent Teacher Interview on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd August, Term 3. A letter will be sent home with your child to remind you.  Please make your interview time directly with your class teacher rather than via the online booking system which will be used for our older student conferences.  


We look forward to meeting with you to discuss your child’s progress and achievements.  


The online booking system will go live next week with the following time blocks:

Maungatautari Syndicate

Pirongia Syndicate

Wednesday 2 August: 1:20pm - 6pm*

Wednesday 2 August: 1:20pm - 6:10pm*

Thursday 3 August: 3pm - 5pm*

Thursday 3 August: 3pm - 5:10pm*

*Last appointment time slot for the day

Rugby Supporters Party - Coming Up!

posted Jun 21, 2017, 9:09 PM by Reception @TMCS

The PTA’s Rugby Supporters Party is this Saturday 24th June from 6pm. Get in quick to book your table for only $80 a table of 10 or individual tickets for $10 each.  

This evening is set to be fun with spot prizes, challenges, BYO drinks and nibbles, and hot food for purchase in an awesome atmosphere including a large screen for the night!  We invite you to contact for more information.  Booking forms are available from the school office.  

We hope to see you there!

Disco Coming Up!

posted Jun 21, 2017, 9:09 PM by Reception @TMCS

The School Council are pleased to announce that the theme for the Disco on Thursday 6th July is “Wild and Wacky Freestyle” i.e  princesses, pirates, movie characters, weird hair, whatever goes!


As usual, the Disco will be held in three sessions with Taupiri at lunch time, Pirongia 5:15pm - 6:30pm and Maungatautari 7pm - 8:30pm (times to be confirmed very soon).

John Parsons Cyber Safety Evening

posted Jun 21, 2017, 9:08 PM by Reception @TMCS

Our scheduled Cyber safety Evening has now been postponed and is likely to be held during Term 3.  Thank you for previously noting this in your diary, we hope you’ll be able to join us for the evening when the new date is announced.

Stranger Awareness

posted Jun 21, 2017, 9:08 PM by Reception @TMCS

We have been made aware that some Waikato schools have been targeted by a man offering children sweets and a ride and is possibly being accompanied by a woman.  


This has been reported in the Cambridge area and is a timely reminder for parents to speak with their children about being aware of stranger danger and the best way to respond should they face such a situation.  Please see the full Stuff article for more information.

School Uniform Update and Feedback from our Last Survey

posted Jun 14, 2017, 8:00 PM by Reception @TMCS


The following information is a result of our recent uniform committee meeting and provides feedback from the parent survey which has resulted in a few minor changes to our uniform and how it is worn now that we have been wearing it for 18 months.

School Polo Shirts

Overall pleasing wear, colour and shape retention.

We acknowledge that as expected there is a small amount of pilling but this doesn’t detract from the smart overall look of the uniform.

We are aware of the fading on the back panel on some shirts and this is being worked on by the supplier.  


School Shorts and Skorts

Since changing from zips to elastic and strengthening the middle pleat, this has improved the design.

Overall a robust material and hold colour and shape.

Polar Fleeces

Following feedback we have moved from a tight fit to a more relaxed fit. The fabric is colour fast and has worn well. When following washing instructions and avoiding washing with towels these garments are looking good.


Generally lasting well and are smart and warm.

Tracksuit bottoms

A few challenges here with wear and tear. Falling over causes rips. We are going to investigate different fabrics with the supplier. These seem to be wearing better in the senior area but they are not so well suited to the younger students.  We are also investigating a cuffed bottom.


A work in progress, the new hat style is going to be looked at. We are still planning to offer a Cricket and Bucket hat with good sun safety cover.

Whanau Shirts

The new Whanau shirts seem to be popular with the lighter more sporting fabric.


Base Layers

Following feedback we are now allowing base layers to be worn in Terms 2 & 3 only.  These base layers need to be in a solid/plain, black, white or same-green colour, so as not to detract from the look of our smart uniform, both for arms and legs. i.e. faded or discoloured cottons etc may be deemed unsuitable.


A green merino top layer is being investigated but due to the high costs this would have to be a pre-ordered item. This may be ordered for 2018.

School Dress

Following huge support for the dress this will now continue to be an integral part of our uniform.


After discussions we have extended our sock colour to include the same-colour green as well as the solid / plain black and white options. Children are often only wearing socks inside so this keeps our uniform look.


We will investigate the possibility of a reasonably priced light raincoat as an alternative option.

Hair Ties

Once again to keep a uniform look, rather than rabbits ears and huge bows etc. Hair ties need to be simple and plain. These can be black, white, yellow, and same green. On Whanau Fridays and when our colourful Whanau shirts are being worn the more ornate hair bows and regalia may be worn.



Are to be as originally stated, a personal choice as long as they are sensible practical shoes, not heels and high-boots, except for gumboots.

Thank you to everyone who fed back comments, we have included the verbal conversations in our decisions as well, and hope that these final tweaks are well received as a practical response and sensible compromise to accommodate the majority's preferences.


These changes will take effect for everyone from the beginning of Term 3 2017.  Please be reminded that every student should now have at least one new style polo shirt or our dress for formal occasions and outings.


Pirongia Camp Experiences 2017

posted Jun 14, 2017, 7:59 PM by Reception @TMCS

Last week the Pirongia syndicate enjoyed 3 days camp experience. We were lucky to have three beautiful days. The children learnt about and practiced a range of values along the way, including perseverance, team-work, resilience and communication. Thanks to all those who helped out.


Year Three Day Camp Experience


Year three camp was a great success!


The children enjoyed getting covered in mud, whilst karting and BMXing. They also worked on consolidating their Bow and Arrow skills on the Archery range. Tent pitching and the pyjama challenge proved to be entertaining, whilst the town planning activity allowed the children to unlock their creative potential.


Thanks to everyone involved :)



Year 4 - Finlay Park


The Year 4 students headed to Finlay Park at Lake Karapiro. The students learnt all about electricity through walking the Arapuni Dam and visiting the site of NZ’s first dam, Hora Hora.

At camp, students pushed themselves in rock climbing, an adventure trail, confidence course and animal survival game.


Rugby Supporters Party - Coming Up!

posted Jun 14, 2017, 7:58 PM by Reception @TMCS

The PTA’s Rugby Supporters Party is just around the corner on Saturday 24th June from 6pm.

Have you booked your table? Only $80 a table of 10 and individual tickets can be purchased for $10 each.  

This evening is set to be fun with spot prizes, challenges, BYO drinks and nibbles, and hot food for purchase in an awesome atmosphere including a large screen for the night!  

We and invite you to contact for more information.  Booking forms are available from the school office.  We hope to see you there!

John Parsons Cybersafety Evening

posted Jun 14, 2017, 7:58 PM by Reception @TMCS

John Parsons is an Internet Safety and Risk Assessment Consultant who delivers cyber security training workshops to New Zealand Police and government sector organisations. John also works with the Private sector, the Health Sector and the Education sector, delivering workshops to increase protection against Internet-based threats to their information systems, related business assets, personal and clients.

The workshops help organisations and the general public better understand and prepare for the latest security risks and emerging threats.

Our Country Cluster of schools is fortunate to be hosting John this month.   As part of his visit, John will be presenting a Parent Information Evening to our community on Thursday 29th June. We expect this will be open to parents from around 7pm and there may be a small cover charge. More details of this will come but in the meantime, please note this date in your diary - we would encourage you to join us if you can.  


posted Jun 14, 2017, 7:58 PM by Reception @TMCS

Thank you to the wonderful parents who have stepped forward to coordinate our school disco - we are pleased to confirm this fun event can now go ahead on Thursday 6th July.

Keep a look out for the School Council’s announcement of the Disco theme next week!

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