12th December 2019
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As the final day of the school year draws to a close, I would like to acknowledge the efforts made by so very many of our students, staff and parents in the TCAS community during this year. The extraordinary commitment made by all our staff, academic and support staff alike, means that we can continue to succeed and flourish as a learning community.

The leadership team and Board of Trustees have already commenced planning for the new academic year and are currently firming up our Strategic Planning. I intend to send the provisional Term 1, 2020 Calendar and our 2019 Strategic Review to families next week. We will return on 3rd February 2020 as a full school, but the main office and various operations will be available from Monday, 27th January. Please call ahead if you intend to visit to avoid disappointment - hours may be different to usual during this week due to staff training.

At our final assembly, students have received their ‘Summer Writing Challenge Pack’. You may remember in our last summer break we challenged families with Maths games - the idea was to keep our Maths progress humming over the break. This project was a great success; our Maths scores continue to push boundaries! This year, we’re challenging students to keep their writing sharp, and to avoid the summer ‘dip’ in achievement. Each child has received a book they can use as a summer journal (recycled where possible). There is an information sheet inside for parents. I have included a more detailed article with this newsletter. Good luck, and I hope to see some fantastic journals at the start of the new year!

Summative Report Packs for students in Years 1-9 and PaCT/NCEA Statement Reports for Year 10 students were mailed this week. Inside this pack, you’ll find indicative class placings for 2020 and appropriate stationery lists. If you have not received your child’s report by Thursday, 19th December, please email us for a re-printed copy (

Finally, I wish all our TCAS families all the very best for the summer holidays and look forward to welcoming you all back, relaxed and refreshed for what promises to be an enjoyable and productive year.

He waka eke noa, 

Kirihimete hari me te koa hou tau!

Kate Staniford


For your information:

F&b Summer1F&b Summer2Also available to download as a PDF here: Forest & Bird Summer Programme

Goldilocks And The Vampires (1)

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