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Grandparents’ Day

posted Jun 19, 2019, 8:30 PM by Reception @TMCS

We are looking forward to this wonderful day when we will especially celebrate our Grandparents!


If your child does not have a Grandparent available, they are welcome to invite a neighbour, aunt, uncle or an adult friend to come and share the celebration.  If these options are not available to you, the staff will be happy to team your child up with a surrogate grandparent.

A general guideline of our day is as follows:

9:30 am:  A welcome to Grandparents and visitors will be held in the Tamahere Community Centre.  Special Assembly.

10:30am: Morning Tea for Grandparents in the Tamahere Community Centre.  Children will enjoy their own morning tea play outside as normal.

10:50 am: Children back to class.

11:00 am: A sharing and ‘fun time’ will be held in the classroom.  Please feel free to move between the rooms if you have more than one grandchild to visit.

12:20 pm: Lunch.  You are welcome to have lunch with your Grandchild/ children.

1:15 pm: Students return to their classrooms.

Thank you to our Taupiri parents for providing a plate for our Grandparents Morning Tea.  Our morning tea is always a special highlight for our Grandparents and we appreciate your help.

Thank you for taking the time to come and enjoy this special day.  

With thanks,


The Staff of Tamahere Model Country School

Reports & Learning Conferences - Week 2 Term 3

posted Jun 19, 2019, 8:29 PM by Reception @TMCS

All students will receive a Mid Year Report which will be sent home on Wednesday 24th July in advance of the Learning Conferences. This is a wonderful time for everyone to come together and really look at each child’s learning journey.

Taupiri (Year 1 & 2) and Pirongia (Year 3 & 4) Syndicates will have 12 minute Three Way Conferences. All of our Year 1-4 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.


While Maungatautari Student Led Conferences will have a double slot of 24 minutes, with students leading their learning journeys for 24 minutes with the teacher moving between two families within that time. If you wish to have a further one on one conversation time with your classroom teacher please contact them directly.

Parent Teacher Conference bookings will open in Week 10 and you will be sent the link at that time.

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

One Conference per child: So that each child can celebrate their learning journey with the ones they love and get all caregivers on the same page with the support required, we ask that all parents join together for this occasion to support your child and enable teachers to have the time needed for all conferences. There are not enough spaces for our split family parents to have an appointment each.  We appreciate your support in this matter.

Tamahere ERO

posted Jun 19, 2019, 8:28 PM by Reception @TMCS

ERO has released a series of national evaluation reports on Teaching Strategies that Work. We are very proud to say that the work of our school has featured among the exemplars in these publications.

Click here to have a read - it celebrates our reading success and our wonderful librarian, Mrs Theresa Kewish. Our library shows another way to support and lift children’s reading.

Chess Power Tournament Results

posted Jun 19, 2019, 8:28 PM by Reception @TMCS

Last Wednesday our representative Chess teams competed with over 50 students from around the Waikato in the Hamilton Zone Junior Chess Power Competition, which we hosted in the TCC. Students were chosen after playing many games in their lunchtimes to qualify for either our Junior or Rookie teams. Everyone represented us proudly and many had great success both individually and as teams.  

Special congratulations go to Adam X, who ended up placed 1st overall and Milo W who was placed 3rd for Bronze, achieved only in the last two rounds.

Team Standings - Rookies


Team Name

Top Player


Tamahere Model Country School - Rookies

Adam X


Tamahere Model Country School - Rookies

Milo W

The 8 players in our TMCS Rookie team were awarded Gold in the team standings, ahead of Woodstock School in 2nd and David Street School in 3rd place.

We also entered a team of 9 players into the Hamilton Junior Regionals and they were awarded Silver in the team standings, with Southwell School taking out 1st place and David Street School placing 3rd.

Lizard Garden Opening

posted Jun 19, 2019, 8:27 PM by Reception @TMCS



On Tuesday we finally opened our new Lizard garden!  This project has been in the making for a little over a year.  It started last year in Taupiri with our inquiry topic about New Zealand lizards.  From the children’s passions and enthusiasm, the idea of building a lizard garden was created.  Most of the planning and creating took place during Wa Tahi, our Taupiri passion led programme. A small group of children measured the site, planned the garden and helped to build some of the infrastructures.  In Term 2 last year, we had a Drive-In Movie to raise money for the paths in our Lizard Garden. We were also lucky to get a large donation of money from First Credit Union to help us pay for the plants and Captain Compost gave us the rocks for free. Plants were sourced locally and have been continually watered and weeded.




We would like to say a special thanks to Mr Wickens and Mr Doran for helping us to do the heavy jobs like digging big holes and carting the rocks. Thank you also to Dad’s Army for making our path one Saturday morning. We are excited to be able to share this special place with our school whanau and just ask that everyone helps to take care of the garden and be respectful.  Enjoy!

The process in action:

The cleared site ready for planning.

Marking out the pathway.

The path made by our wonderful Dad’s Army.

Planting began!

Planting finished!


Pirongia Murals

posted Jun 19, 2019, 8:26 PM by Reception @TMCS


On Tuesday we also unveiled the beautiful murals around atua that artists from across the school created last year for the backdrop of atua for the wonderful Pirongia Production.


These two colourful panels will brighten your arrival at school from our Northern and Eastern entry points.

Welcoming Miss Tolich back with her farewell gifts!

posted Jun 19, 2019, 8:26 PM by Reception @TMCS

It is wonderful to have Miss Tolich back with us for a day a week next Term in Nikau 1. We took the beautiful afternoon of opening and unveiling to celebrate Miss Tolich, by giving her the farewell gifts that we all created for her when she sadly had to resign to take care of family. Miss Tolich was unable to join us to receive these gifts until now. Each of our classes, at that time, created a page of the farewell book, that was presented to Irene Tolich on Tuesday afternoon. Irene was also presented with a framed print of the Tamahere School Library, painted by PJ Smit.

Country Cluster Sports Day - Cancelled

posted Jun 19, 2019, 8:25 PM by Reception @TMCS

Unfortunately we have had to make the very sad decision to cancel our planned Country Cluster Sports Day, due to being unable to secure umpires/referees for the event to proceed.

Photolife Class and Portrait Photo ordering

posted Jun 19, 2019, 8:24 PM by Reception @TMCS

Your child will be bringing home a 'Photo Access Key' this week. This system means that you can access, view and order your child's photo online.


Photolife will deliver a bulk order, free of charge to school and the photos will be distributed to the children. Our free delivery period expires at midnight on Sunday 14th July, so please make sure you place your order before then.


School Tractor Pull

posted Jun 19, 2019, 8:24 PM by Reception @TMCS

We are excited to announce that we will once again compete in the Schools Tractor Pull on Thursday 27th June at Tauwhare School.  Some of you may remember that we were the proud winners of this event in 2016 and we’d love to be victorious once again! The trials have been impressive with over 60 students taking up the challenge to give it a go.

Thank you in advance to all the parents supporting this event with transport and time.

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