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Message From The Principal

posted Dec 5, 2019, 6:28 PM by Reception @TMCS

The year is racing to an end and I know everyone is in the same busy boat trying frantically to sort out all the loose ends, so the Christmas/New Year break can be as relaxing as possible. We are busy with our final activities and finalising classes, budgets and learning programmes for 2020. 

Activity fees 2019. Due to the unexpected postponement of our visit to Mangatoetoe Pa (Marae) there are funds left in the school accounts, some of which have already been used towards our end of year activities, including a trip to see the Tauwhare Production and purchasing equipment for our big haangi. With the remaining money (which equates to only a few dollars per family), we are planning to combine the Syndicates’ monies and purchase a few ipads for everyone's use in 2020 and beyond. We hope you are agreeable with this solution. 

School Dates for 2020

posted Dec 5, 2019, 6:28 PM by Reception @TMCS

Extra Teacher Only Days for Schools. 

Over the next three years the Government has given all schools an extra eight  Teacher Only Days above what we normally use. This was part of the Teacher negotiations and was given to reduce teacher workload and give separate times for Professional Development so teachers have more time in their work days. The impact though will land on our families and we do apologise for that. We will try and link some days with the Middle and High schools where possible and also weekends. In 2020 we are planning to take two of the eight extra days. 

We are letting you know now so that families can plan in advance. Our first Teacher Only Day will be held on Monday March 2nd when a facilitator is able to fit us into her schedule. We will be having Paula Jameson facilitate her creative learning ideas with us that link Inquiry Learning, Experiential Learning and the new Digital Technologies Curriculum into one package, linked to STEAM - Science,Technology, Arts and Maths. We are very much looking forward to this day with Paula. 

We will also be taking our usual Fieldays Friday Teacher Only Day and linking with our Hillcrest Kahui Ako Schools to learn more about the Maori History in our area linked to Ngati Haua. That will be on Friday 12 June in 2020.






Monday 3rd February

Thursday 9th April

Friday 10th April – Sunday 27th April (includes Easter and ANZAC Day)


Tuesday 28th April

Friday 3rd July

Saturday 4th July – Sunday 19th July


Monday 20th July

Friday 25th September

Saturday 26th September – Sunday 11th October


Monday 12th October

No later than Friday 18th December


Vela Pool News

posted Dec 5, 2019, 6:27 PM by Reception @TMCS

Vela Pool Community Use:  

The cards can be purchased from the school office during school time. They will also be available to purchase from the Vela Pool Complex office from 6th January to 29th March, from 1:00pm to 6:00pm.   

Inter-City Athletics Success

posted Dec 5, 2019, 6:27 PM by Reception @TMCS

We had another fantastic day competing in the 2019 City Athletics. Once again Tamahere was victorious in the final sprint relay (Timmy C, Kate H, Harry T, Maia G, Jack C, Annabelle C, Dan R and Lucy W). We were very proud of how all 48 athletes competed in their events, with a number of placings received throughout the day.  We would like to say a special thank you to all the parents who came to support students throughout the day, cheering on our Tamahere team! Last of all a BIG SPECIAL THANK YOU to Ann-Marie Copponi, Bridget Hawthorn and George Glenn for all your organisation to make events like this possible to attend!




Congratulations again to all the students who were selected for the 2019 team. 


Reid F

Cadel H

Timmy C

Luke D

Kaiden H

Kate H

Olivia C

Zoe S

Olivia Q

India M

Mahina K

Sophie W

Riley P

George F

Kaya H

Harry T

Cohen Mc

Dylan Mc

Georgez R 

Charlie B


Bella P

Poppy L

Maia G

Ariane H

Mei C


Mila W

Jessica M

Bria F

Annabelle C

Tia G

Briana M-R

Tyler A


Jack C

Zavier J

Jakob K

Paxton M

Tatenda C

Emma P

Casey S-S

Lucy W

Sienna M

Gemma H

Luke G

Dan R

Josh J


Street Clean-Up With X Man

posted Dec 5, 2019, 6:26 PM by Reception @TMCS

Every term we try to fit in a walk around our school block to pick up litter. This term we were lucky to have our fabulous Enviro Educator X Man join in with us. A big thanks to the students and staff who volunteered their lunchtime to do a little bit for their community.

Prize Giving Assembly

posted Dec 5, 2019, 6:26 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 achievements of students across the school. Year Six Graduates are to wear smart casual clothing.

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

Week 9 Happenings

posted Dec 5, 2019, 6:26 PM by Reception @TMCS   [ updated Dec 8, 2019, 11:10 AM ]

Assembly on Tuesday 10th December at 9:15am

We will be recognising a number of student achievements at next Wednesday mornings Assembly, including our very talented Jump Jammers and our Inter School Athletics representatives. We will also be presenting certificates to a number of our students who performed particularly well in Mathematics, English and Writing ICAS exams. 

We will also feature musical performances by three of our senior students.

Year 6 BIG DAY OUT - Monday 9th December  

The Year 6 students in the Maungatautari Syndicate are looking forward to their Big Day Out experience at Totara Springs on Monday 9th December. . We need all Year 6 students at school by 7.45am as we have to leave at 8.00am sharp. Please be at school to collect your child by 4.45pm as we plan on being back by 5.00pm at the latest.

Thank you so much to the parents who are accompanying us, especially those who have changed plans and stepped in at the last minute. 

Many thanks for your support,

Year 5 BIG DAY OUT - Monday 9th December

Our Year 5 students are looking forward to their Big Day Out experience at Waterworld on Monday 9th December.  We will be leaving school at 9.00am and returning around 2.15pm

Parent Morning Tea Thank you - Friday 13th December

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.

From The Library

posted Dec 5, 2019, 6:25 PM by Reception @TMCS

TMCS School Library Summer Reading: 

The School Library will be open to parents and students (Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 &  Year 5) during Week 10:

  • Monday 16th December 8.00am-3.30pm 

  • Tuesday 17th December 8.00am-12.00pm

  • Wednesday 18th December 8.00am-3.30pm

  • Thursday 19th December 8.00am-12.00pm

Parents and students (Year 2, 3, 4 and 5) will be allowed to issue up to 12 early chapter or senior fiction books for reading over the summer holidays. A parent must sign a permission form for issuing over the summer. These are available from the library.  Your child will need your signed permission to issue books for the summer holidays. Students are advised to bring a cloth bag if they can.

I will be available at the above times to help choose books and give advice on what books your child/children might like to read. 

Read about the summer slide by clicking on the link.

Research shows how dramatically students’ academic achievement can be impacted by not reading over summer. Summer reading is important to prevent this summer slide.

Summer Holiday challenge...Win prizes...October 31st  2019 - January 17th 2020

Please click on the link for Parent information.

Mrs Theresa Kewish

Tamahere School Librarian

Last Day of ‘Your Lunchbox’ school lunches for 2019

posted Dec 5, 2019, 6:23 PM by Reception @TMCS

Just a reminder that the last day for our students to receive a lunch order from ‘Your Lunchbox’ is Friday 13th December. An email  will be sent out to all ‘Your Lunchbox’ subscribers too.

Upcoming Events:

posted Dec 5, 2019, 6:23 PM by Reception @TMCS

Big Day Out - Year 5 & 6: Monday 9th December

Big Day In - Pirongia & Taupiri Syndicates: Thursday 12th December

Year 6 Graduation Evening: Thursday 12th December

Parents Thank you Morning Tea: Friday 13th December at 10:30am

Prize Giving: Tuesday 17th December at 12:30pm

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