Principal’s Blog Week 8 Term 3 2014

Far Away Adventures  -  Wow well done Taupiri! What a wonderful show we all experienced last week. 154 Year 0 - 2 (5-7 year old) students transformed the TCC stage into a magical wonderland of song and dance.   Congratulations to all the enthusiastic actors and actresses, dancers and singers. Well done to all the teachers and thank you so much to all the parents who helped out with making costumes, painting backdrops and helping to make props etc etc. A big event and all organised in 7 weeks. Special thanks go to St Peters School for their kind support and free use of their chairs, lighting and sound equipment.

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School Production DVD’s Available

Thanks to Russell Fricker we will be offering DVD’s for sale for each of our syndicate productions.  Orders with payment can be made at the school office at a cost of $25 for 1 x DVD, $40 x 2 DVDs and $60 x 3 DVDs.  Please note payment must accompany orders.

“S.O.S - Save Our School”

Our Senior Syndicate’s (Year 5-6) show inspired by Jim Henson’s ‘ The Muppets’

Thursday 18th September @ 10:30am

Evening Show

Thursday 18th September @ 6:30pm


Friday 19th September @ 10:30am

Evening Show

Friday19th September @ 6:30pm
$8 Adults, $5 Teenagers (Tamahere School Students Free)
Tickets are available for sale on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before and after school for pre-sale.   Outside these times some tickets will be held at the school office.  
Door sales will be available.

Cross Country Congratulations On Thursday last week 60 of our top runners represented our School at the South East Hamilton Country Cluster - Inter School Cross Country held at Newstead School. Congratulations to all our runners for your efforts, sportsmanship and achievements.  See Mr Higginson’s information below.  

Cluster Cross Country 2014

A bus load of Tamahere runners travelled to Newstead on Thursday to compete in the annual Country Cluster Cross Country event. It was ideal weather, and the course was challenging - long grass, slight inclines and rough paddock terrain. It was great

to see so many parents supporting the event, and thank you to those who offered to help out.

There were a number of fantastic results, but above all, all children achieved their best and with a smile. Like our school event, both Michael C and Hannah M did the double and took out the year 6 event.   

Cluster Cross Country 2014TMCS Winners Country Cluster Cross Country

Placings for our students are listed below:

Year 4 Girls


Year 4 Boys


Year 5 Girls


Year 5 Boys


Georgie Rose B


Flynn B


Bronwyn P


Keenan H


Lexi E


Luke H


Eden W


Max M


Emma H


Ben S


Giorgia L


Logan J


Rivi M


Mitchell A


Ruby M


Ethan D


Anna M


Rio B


Hannah S


Antoneo V


Ashleigh M


Harrison W


Bella A


Max P


Annabel J


Josh W


Alycia B


Oscar W


Ruby P


Regan B


Zoe K


Nathan F


Kendra M


Jack M


Emma S


Jamie C


Savanna B  


Liam R


Kaitlyn M


Lachie B


Year 6 Girls


Year 6 Boys


Hannah M


Michael C


Sarah W


Will M


Millie B


Jared M


Georgia D


Jasper M


Maddie A


Jack S


Prue R


Cody H


Mimi B


Matthew C


Libby P


James W


Erin P


Campbell C


The South East Cluster Event, with an even higher level of competition,  is set to take place this Friday for our top 6 runners per event. It will be held at Porritt Stadium so here's hoping for some fine weather!

We are proud to support Odd Shoe Day this Friday 12th September!

Dare to wear the oddest pair of shoes in support of children living with cancer.  This event will help raise funds for Camp Quality NZ who are holding their third awareness week.

Please bring a Gold Coin Donation to support this worthy cause.

Thanks to two senior students, Erin P & Briar S for coordinating this event on behalf of our school - well done!

Tamahere School Cambridge Rugby Reps!

A talented group of senior students from our school were recently selected at trials from a large pool of rugby players for the Cambridge Junior Rugby Reps 2014 teams.  Jasper and Gabe were selected for the Year 6 team, with Gabe serving as Captain.  Logan and Oscar were selected for the Year 5 team, along with Bailey who was appointed Captain after showing outstanding leadership skills during his season.  Well done - we are very proud of you all!

Back: Jasper M

Left to Right: Logan J , Bailey M , Gabe R , Oscar W

Round the Bridges 2014

Tamahere School will be entering a team in this year’s Round the Bridges event to be held on  Sunday 16th November.  For those of you keen to run the 2km event, entry will be $7 per child.  Children entering must be brought to and from the event by a parent or caregiver.  To register your interest please email   For more information about the event visit the website

Thanks to Convex Plastics and River City Signs for continuing their Silver Sponsorship.  

Quiz night was a big success.  Thank you to all who joined us! We are now finalizing the finances and have found that some teams are missing payments.  Payments can still be made at the office, please advise which team you played in.  Thank you from the PTA.

Soccer Shirts and Bags

Please return soccer shirts and soccer bags to the school office.    For students competing in the upcoming tournament, please return your shirt after this event.

Cricket Registrations

Friday night  and Saturday morning cricket begin in Term four!  

Friday night cricket is available for Year 1-6 children. It is an eight a-side competition starting from Friday October 24th. Games commence at 5:30pm. It is played with a plastic ball (Y1-3) or an incrediball (Y4-6).

There is Saturday morning hard ball competition for Year 5-6 children who are capable; have advanced through the Friday night cricket and/or have played previously. This competition starts on Saturday October 25th. This competition has a start time each week of 9:00am.

Please note; that depending on numbers, a trial may occur to select this team or teams. Children will be informed if this is necessary and a trial will occur in week one of term four.

Primary (Softball) Yr 1 to Yr 6

Comp starts Friday 24thOctober

Comp ends Friday 12thDecember

Game time 5.30pm

Primary/Int (Hardball) Yr 5 to Yr 8

Comp starts Saturday 25thOctober

Comp ends Saturday 13thDecember

Game time 9.00am

Registration forms are available on our website in the “Sports” tab or in hardcopy at the school office.  Registrations must be received by Friday 26th September.

Agriculture Day Reminders!

   Our Ag Day will be held on Thursday 16th October 2014.

Judges Visit to school will be at lunchtime outside the TCC on Monday 15th September.


Please bring your lunch (no animals required to be at school on this day)

Newstead Vets have offered us an amazing opportunity to have our animals docked and vaccinated.  Their generous offer includes the following:

1.  Newstead Vets is inviting all animal owners to collect their vaccination from their clinic this week to administer yourself.  Please bring your gold coin donation to the session below.

2.  On Sunday the 5th of October we will then have our animal round up for the 2nd booster vaccination and docking.  Note that the docking should not happen before the first vaccination is effective.  Please bring  gold coin donations for both vaccinations to this session.

3.   To register for the Sunday simply let Newstead Vets know that you will be attending on 5th of October when you collect your initial vaccination or email Sarah Wilkinson-Hart  It is important Newstead Vets  know numbers attending so that they  can have the right amount of vaccinations available on the day.  Please note this does not include drenching.  Thank you Newstead Vets!

All Ag day cups are to be returned to school ASAP

All animals that will be at Ag Day must be registered by Monday 22nd  September.  This is also available from the office or download from our website along with the Caged Pets Entry Form.  Care sheets are available from the office or can be downloaded from the school website.

Ag Day Quilt Raffle

Thank you to Mrs Kay Galbraith for creating and donating an exquisite farm-themed quilt for us to raffle for Ag Day!  This is a beautiful piece of workmanship that perfectly reflects the nature of Ag Day.  Purchase your tickets from the school office for $2 each or 3 for $5 .  These  will be available from Monday 15th September until Ag Day on 16th October, when the raffle will be drawn.  


You are welcome to view Mrs Galbraith’s stunning quilt at the school office.

Looking for a Lamb to Raise?

A small female lamb is available to raise.  This wee lamb has had a bit of a tough start so the farmers would prefer someone caring and experienced in looking after lambs. Contact: Bernice & Graham  Pinnell, Phone: 827 8697 (Whitehall area).

If you would like to place an order for the current issue of Scholastic Book Club, please ensure this is returned to the office no later than Friday 12th September.

School Pool Coordinator

In 2011 the School Board approved the opening of the school pool over the summer holidays and outside of school hours in Term 1 to school and community families . In the last 3 years the number of keys issued has grown from 20 in the first year to 60 last year. The pool is a great asset for school/community families providing young children a safe place to swim and giving pool users an opportunity to get to know other school/community families. This year we need a new pool coordinator due to the previous coordinator moving on from the school.

The main duties of the coordinator are:

  • Obtain additional keys from locksmith as required.

  • Establish and monitor a pool testing roster which is filled on a volunteer basis by key holders

  • Liaise with professional testers

  • Establish a basic knowledge of pool testing and cleaning procedures.

Sales of keys and signing of legal forms  is done by the school office staff.

Without a coordinator the pool will not be available this summer. If you are interested in taking on this unpaid role (other than a free key to the pool) please contact the school office for further information.

Our Lost Property Room is bursting at the seams containing an incredible number of high value items that we’re sure families will miss!   We ask that you  take the time to visit Lost Property over the next week and keep a look out for a fine day when these items will be displayed outside.  We will be donating all unclaimed items to charity at the end of the term.





Thank you very much for all the equipment donated for Harakeke 18, the new entrant room starting in Term 4.  Your generosity is much appreciated.  With thanks, Janet Glenn.

Tamahere Sports Park  

Community Meeting  & Presentation

When: Monday 13th October

2pm - 5pm

Where: Tamahere Community Centre

All families and our students are invited!

Please drop by for information provided by the Waikato District Council.The Waikato District Council will be holding a meeting/presentation regarding the Tamahere Sports Park at the TCC on Monday 13th October from 2pm - 5pm.   

This is an exciting new development that will be a significant asset for our whole community.


Click here to see initial concept drawings.

Our students have been involved in brainstorming ideas for the development and features of the proposed park.  A small group of senior students will be presenting the ideas on behalf of the school at this presentation from 2:30pm.  

Writers Corner

Today we are pleased to celebrate a piece of writing with you written by Issy, a Year 4 (9 year old), student at our school.

Click on this link to take you straight there. Congratulations on a wonderful piece of writing - well done!

Beginner Music Classes - Cancelled for Week 8-10

Due to injury, Mrs Carol Thompson our itinerant teacher of Beginner Music, is unable to offer lessons for the remainder of the school term.

Fundraise for Tamahere School with

PGG Wrightson

For our farming families, simply nominate our school when you purchase Ballance Agri-Nutrients fertiliser this spring to earn $1 for us for every tonne you buy!  Visit for more information and to register.

Li’l Pumpkins Farewell

Past and present Li’l Pumpkins are invited to join a shared morning tea for Sheryl who has her last day at Li’l Pumpkins on Friday 3rd October at 10am.  Please remember to bring a plate.




Waikato Expressway

Please see below date of completion indications for the Waikato Expressway development:

Thursday 11th September

“Unless” (Pirongia Production) @ 6:30pm

Friday 12th September

“Unless” (Pirongia Production) @ 1pm

Monday 15th September

  • Ag Day Judges Information Session @ lunchtime

  • PTA Meeting 7:30pm staff room

Tuesday 16th September

Keep NZ Beautiful Clean Up 1:15pm

Thursday 18th September

“S.O.S - Save Our School” (Maungatautari Production)

@ 10:30am & 6:30pm

Friday 19th September

  • “S.O.S - Save Our School” (Maungatautari Production) @ 10:30am & 6:30pm

  • Cluster Daffodil Competition @ Newstead School

Friday 26th September

Last Day of Term 3

Monday 13th October

  • First Day of Term 4

  • Waikato District Council Tamahere Sports Park Information Event @ TCC from 2pm

Thursday 16th October

Ag Day

Wednesday 22nd October

Group Day @ Matangi School

Friday 31st October

Waikato Show


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