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St Peters Swim School at Vela Pool Complex 2018

posted Dec 21, 2017, 6:58 PM by Reception @TMCS

Dear parents and Caregivers

We are delighted to announce that St Peter's Swim School will be operating out of our pools in Term 1 2018 for all students who wish to be involved.
If you have already booked in at St Peters Swim School you can let them know that your prefered pool to learn in is The Vela Pool Complex. Sessions will be provided from Learn to Swim through to Squad training and those wanting to continue throughout the year can seamlessly transition from our pool in the summer terms to St Peters in the winter.

We are hoping this will make life a lot easier for families and enable more of our students to get extra quality swimming instruction. For those of you with children at After School Care, your children will be able to walk down to the pool for their lessons and return later. 

Ace Swim School also submitted a competitive proposal for consideration, and are certainly a top quality swim school provider.  Though it was a tough decision, the Board felt that a Partnership with the St Peters Swim School would more beneficial and convenient for our students and families.

To enable planning and organisation over the holiday period please register your children today, or as soon as possible so they don't miss out:

A Wonderful Evening for our Year 6 Graduates

posted Dec 11, 2017, 6:11 PM by Reception @TMCS

Our Year 6 Graduates enjoyed a perfect evening last Thursday to commemorate the end of their learning journey at our school.  This was a wonderful formal occasion to celebrate friendships, teachers and special times at school for these leaving students.

Thank you to the team of parents who spent the day transforming the Tamahere Community Centre so beautifully to help make for a truly special evening.  

We wish all of our leavers the very best as they continue in their learning at other schools.

Changes to our Farewell Assembly

posted Dec 11, 2017, 6:11 PM by Reception @TMCS

We are sad to announce that we will no longer have Irene Tolich attending tomorrow’s Farewell Assembly as her Mum has become unwell.  Irene would have loved to join us all but unfortunately this is not possible and we understand the best place for her to be is with her Mum and family.

Please do join us tomorrow for Kerry Bennetts farewell where we will enjoy a special time of celebration and thanks for Kerry’s contribution to our school over many years.  Our special Farewell Assembly commences at 9:30am tomorrow in the Tamahere Community Centre.

Prize Giving Assembly

posted Dec 11, 2017, 6:10 PM by Reception @TMCS

We also look forward to seeing you at our Prize Giving on Friday 15th December  at 12:30pm.

This is a formal assembly where all students, except our Year Six Graduates, wear their school uniform and we celebrate achievements of students across the school.  Please remember your child must wear the new style polo shirt (not the older striped design, nor their whanau shirt).  Girls who own the uniform dress may wear this to Prize Giving.  Year Six Graduates are to wear smart casual clothing.

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

Swim Pass Purchase - Final Onsite Opportunity

posted Dec 11, 2017, 6:10 PM by Reception @TMCS

Camille will be available at the TCC for the final day of onsite purchases of a Swim Pass tomorrow (Wednesday 13th December) from 8-9am to sign up pass holders.

Gaining your pass will involve having read and signed all sheets, having a photo taken / submitted and being inducted through the facility either physically or by watching our induction video (and having paid of course! Eftpos will be available).


To facilitate this process paperwork was sent home on Friday in ‘Eldest and Only’ children’s bags.

Final Day of Term

posted Dec 11, 2017, 6:08 PM by Reception @TMCS   [ updated Dec 11, 2017, 6:08 PM ]

With only one week left of term, we remind families that our final day of the school year for Year 0-5 students is Tuesday 19th December with the school day concluding at 12:20pm.  Our Year 6 students finish on Monday 18th December.


We wish to remind families whose children travel by bus that Cambridge Travel Lines conclude their bus service for the year on 14th December. Please arrange for your own transport on Friday, Monday and Tuesday.

Swimming Pool - Open to Community: Trial 3rd January - mid April 2018

posted Dec 6, 2017, 7:07 PM by Reception @TMCS   [ updated Dec 11, 2017, 2:53 PM by Steve Trotter ]

We are all thoroughly enjoying our wonderful new pool facility and it is great to have it open for this hot spell. Water Safety is our first unit - before everyone heads away for the summer holidays. The committee has been working hard to develop systems so we can open the facility to the community for the summer. With significant Health and Safety compliance and regulations along with the added complexity and quality of our complex, just letting people go in with a key is no longer possible. We have regular testing and monitoring compliance to achieve along with the security and care of the facility which now involves alarms, cameras and taking on and off significant pool covers. We can not sell direct entry to the pool without having paid lifeguards on duty at all times.

What we have instead developed are two passes, Gold and Silver. The Silver pass is for families to use with each adult allowed to bring three children whom they are the lifeguards for. We will have a facilities manager on site on most days from 1pm to 7pm to allow Silver pass holders access to the pool. The Gold pass is for adults who wish to use our facility for training purposes and these pass holders can enter the facility and train along with another adult at many times. They can also take up to 3 children with them during Community Access times.

We appreciate there seem to be so many rules and constraints but please realise we need to look after our facility e.g the use of swim caps - to keep hair out of the filters and restrictions to keep everyone safe. It is Our Board of Trustees responsibility to ensure everyone’s safety. 2018 early season, January - April, will be a trial to see how these systems work and what usage is needed and when.

We do want our community to be able to use our pool, especially after all the support given but as yet we don’t have the financial support from Waikato District to have this as a community pool unlike many school pools in use e.g. Hillcrest, Boys High and Te Rapa in partnership with the Hamilton District Council.

If you wish to get a pass for this summer please click here to see our School Pool website. You will find information about Gold and Silver passes, an induction video, induction form and membership form. The Community usage rules and policies are also available. Please read these carefully and make sure you are happy with them before signing up for your passes.

Camille will be available at the TCC on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (11th - 13th December) from 8-9am to sign up pass holders. Gaining your pass will involve having read and signed all sheets, having a photo taken / submitted and being inducted through the facility either physically or by watching our induction video (and having paid of course! Eftpos will be available).

To facilitate this process this year - paperwork will also be sent home on Friday in ‘Eldest and Only’ children’s bags.

Pool Monitors Needed:

The opening hours of these passes is dependant on having enough Pool Monitor Volunteers who are able to be rostered onto pool testing and taking off and on the pool covers. If you think you could help us with this please contact Camille on

Fridge &/or Fridge Freezer:

We are in need of a small fridge and freezer or combined unit for the swimming pool office over the summer. We are hoping to be able to sell a few ice creams to happy swimmers. If you have an old or spare appliance that we could have or borrow - we would be very grateful.

Reminder - Join us to farewell Miss Tolich & Mrs Bennetts

posted Dec 6, 2017, 7:07 PM by Reception @TMCS   [ updated Dec 6, 2017, 7:08 PM ]

We are hosting a special Farewell Assembly for Miss Tolich and Mrs Bennetts on Wednesday 13th December at the new time of 9:30am (not 9am as previously advertised).  Everyone is warmly welcome to join us in this significant celebration - we hope to see you there!

We recently announced that Miss Irene Tolich has resigned from her full time position at our school to  be able to care for her parents in their time of need. Irene has been a teacher at our school for 24 years and has woven her special magic amongst our students and staff. She has often been referred to as Saint Irene! Irene is hoping to come back when she can, as a day to day reliever. She is not ready to say goodbye to our school just yet or we to her. We wish you and your family all the best Irene and hope to have your smile and serenity back with us soon.

We also shared that we will sadly farewell Mrs Kerry Bennetts from being a permanent teacher on our staff to a casual relieving teacher. Kerry has been a wonderful teacher of our staff for over 15 years and will be hugely missed. Her dedication and expertise in her craft will be a big loss along with her creativity and kind nature. Luckily we are not losing Kerry altogether as she will still be on call for relieving when she is not away travelling and pursuing family activities that she wants to make more time for in her life. Thank you Kerry - enjoy your more flexible lifestyle - you deserve it.

Parent Helper Morning Tea

posted Dec 6, 2017, 7:06 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 8th December

Time:     10:15 am - 11am

Where: Tamahere Community Centre

We look forward to sharing this occasion with you.

Pirongia and Maungatautari Athletics

posted Nov 29, 2017, 7:58 PM by Reception @TMCS

Our Middle and Senior Syndicates had a fantastic couple of days at their annual Athletics events on Wednesday (Pirongia) and Thursday (Maungatautari) of last week. Even with our restricted grounds, we made sure to utilise every space we could to involve the children in a selection of events.

Our students participated with great enthusiasm, with positive spirit living out our school vision proudly.  Well done everyone!

A special thanks to Mrs Copponi and Mrs Hawthorn for organising our Athletics Day with such skill and expertise – we appreciate you so much! Thank you also to the parents who were able to assist on the day, your contribution is invaluable to us.

We wish all of our students well for tomorrow's Interschool Athletics Competition, we know you will represent us with pride!

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