Principal’s Blog Week 5 Term 3 2014

Roll Growth - Tamahere is expanding

As I am sure you have already guessed our School is experiencing roll growth unlike any we have had in years. Our roll today, stands at 404 children, the highest we have ever had for this time of year and we still have over 30 students expected to join our School  before the end of the year.

We have had many unexpected new enrolments to the area with a number coming from Australia and other countries, as well as families who have been moving into new homes in the area.  There are many more sections and houses being built so we are expecting this trend to continue.

Implications for our School and yourselves.

  1. Our ballot for September / October will be offering only a few places - as a Board we want to create enough places to cater for all younger siblings. If you live out of zone and have a child expecting to start our school in 2015 PLEASE make sure you are pre enrolled and in the ballot. If you miss this date your child may not be able to join his/her siblings next year or ever.   

  2. Due to having so many new 5 Year olds joining our school over the next few weeks we will be starting a new class in the Harakeke Suite (The prefab by our library) This will be known as Harakeke 18 and will start to become a New entrant classroom from Week 6 of this term.

  3. With such big numbers the Term 4 New entrants will go straight into Harakeke for the term rather than transitioning with Miss Porter. This new arrangement will allow for all our new 5 year olds to have a settled beginning to their school life and keep class numbers small.

  4. We are very pleased to welcome Mrs Janet Glenn, an experienced Junior School teacher onto our team. Janet will be setting up and teaching in Harakeke 18.

  5. We are in the process of applying for a new classroom. We will receive more staffing and funding from the Ministry to cater for these students but new  classrooms take more time to meet the criteria needed.

Thank you RoomMate Cabins - Paul Hayes As you have probably seen we now have two RoomMate Cabins located adjacent to Mahoe 17 (near the TCC). These cabins are being used to store props and costumes in as our Syndicates prepare for their end of year performances. Paul and his RoomMate Cabins has come to our, lack of storage space, rescue, giving us these Cabins at an incredibly cheap price. Greatly appreciated. They are wonderful little cabins - if you would like more information please phone Paul   on 021 988 210.

Student Led and Student Shared Conferences / Parent Interviews

Thank you to everyone who made it along last week to learn more about your children’s 

learning journey. Overall we have had over 98% of parents attend, a few are still catching up now. If you were unable to attend please talk with your classroom teacher about a mutually convenient time. We hope you enjoyed the student led and student shared conferences. These put your children at the centre of their learning which is what we are trying to achieve. If children know where they are at and what they need to work on, and have the support of both their teachers and parents, research has shown that the best gains in learning can be achieved.




Vision Homework Surveys Thank you so much to everyone who has taken the time to complete our Vision Inquiry / Survey. We have had so many wonderful  replies and families have obviously sat down and really talked about this. Our Staff and Board now have a big task ahead to read and analyse trends and ideas. It is exciting to have so much feedback and ideas to work with.  

Can you help?

Mrs Janet Glenn in Harakeke 18 is setting up her new classroom for our Term 4 New Entrant students.  She would love to receive any donations of educational toys such as puzzles, blocks and games for the children to enjoy.  If your family has any items you no longer need at home and would be happy to donate to the school - please drop these to the office where they will be warmly welcomed!

Sports Photos

A reminder that sports photos will be taken this Wednesday 27th August. The times below are approximations only but we will try to run the day as planned:

8:30 Choir, Whanau Leaders, Councillors, Ambassadors

8:50 - 9:30 Netball x 8 teams

9:30 - 10:15 Football x 12 teams (starting with 5th grade and working through to

10:30 - 11:00 10th)

11:00 - 11:20   Cricket x 4 teams Term 1 ( Saturday players please remember your whites, other players please bring your TMCS shirt)

11:20 - 12:00 Hockey x 8 teams

1:00 - 1:20 Rugby x 4 teams

1:20 - 1:30 Hillcrest swim team

1:30 Basketball x 1 team

All coaches and manager are welcome. Please ensure your child brings their complete sports uniform to school for the day, netball shoes are fine but please don’t send soccer or rugby boots.

Agriculture Day Reminders!

Ag Day is always a wonderful occasion for our school and this year it will be held on Thursday 16th October.  Thanks to Sarah Wilkinson-Hart and Lisa Ogilvy who are kindly co-ordinating our event this year.  They will need lots of help - so please support them where you can.

Remember: Please return your 2013 Ag Day trophy

Remember: Prepare your pet to be in its finest form for the big day!

Remember: Collect your entry form and care sheet  from the school office now

Remember: Keep a look out for information to come from local vets offering special deals for our Ag Day pets.

For quiz night we are desperately looking for helpers to be ‘runners (collecting the answer sheets) – so if you have a teenage child (14+) please let us know if they are willing to help. They will get a $25 voucher for helping us.



Remember to Theme your Team!



Remember to book your team of 8-10 people @ $20pp for the PTA’s upcoming Quiz Night on Friday 29th August!  Doors  at the TCC open at 6:30pm with the Quiz starting at 7pm  BYO beverages and snacks, coffee and tea will be provided.  Tables can be set up after 2pm.  Prizes for winning and the best dressed teams - plenty of spot prizes as well!  Book online on or at the school office.

The Recycled Fashion show has now morphed into putting on a Wot Not to Wear’ Evening, still to be held on the same date, Thursday 6th November.  The committee feels this will draw more people and more interest so after some long hard thinking, we felt this was a more appropriate direction.

The show Wot Not to Wear’ is a hilarious night of comedy based around a speaker, Suzie Johnson,  who presents for two hours and leaves everyone feeling relaxed, confident and knowing how to dress for their body shape - it promises to be a great night out. We are now convinced this will be perfect for a fundraiser.

The committee is still  keen to have a “Recycling Fashion Stall” at next year’s Pumpkin Night.  Everything donated so far will be used in this stall.   We have enough woman's clothing but please still hold on to any good used children's clothing and we will let you know when you can drop them off to the school.

Check out the flyer coming soon and BOOK IN Thursday 6th November. Organise a group of girlfriends and come and have a fab night out!

Writers Corner

Today we are pleased to celebrate a piece of writing with you written by Emersyn, a Year 6 (11 year old), student at our school.

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

Calling all cricket players!

The Blackcaps are in town on Monday October 27th (Labour Day) and will face off against the pride of South Africa in a ODI at Seddon Park. Our school has been given the opportunity to have a few of you take the field in the innings break to have a hit around.  This is suitable for students Year 4-6.

Space is limited (60 places region-wide), so please get in touch with Dane Higgison via email ASAP. We will email Hamilton Cricket early next week and we'll cross our fingers from there.

The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) begins next week in Hamilton and there are a number of films which may be suitable for children that will be screening - please follow this link for more information.


Temporary road layout for SH1 Tamahere

A new road layout will be in place on a stretch of State Highway 1 (SH1) this month, as contractors continue work on the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway. The NZ Transport Agency says the temporary changes will be on SH1 between  Tamahere Airport Road Interchange and Pickering Road, from Thursday, August 21. The work is weather dependent and may start later that week if rain is forecast.  Please follow this link for more information.



School Vision homework due

Tuesday 26th August

Kids 4 Kids Choir Event

Wednesday 27th August

Sports Photos

Thursday 28th August

Cross Country from 10:30am

Friday 29th August

Daffodil Day

PTA Quiz Night 6:30pm

Tuesday 2nd September

BOT Meeting 7:00pm

School Production Dates


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Thursday 4th September 5:30pm


Thursday 11th September 6:30pm

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