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Nau mai, haere mai ngā whānau o te kura o Tahatai.  A very warm welcome to all our TCS students and their families.

Thank you all for a wonderful term. The children have worked so hard and have been amazing throughout the past 10 weeks. They are very deserving of the coming holiday break!

It was wonderful meeting our newest enrolments and their families this week during their school visit. These students are in a wonderful classroom space located in the hall, complete with fairy lights, and this space is now being referred to as 'The Castle'. We will welcome all new families with the start of Term 4 pōwhiri 9am Monday 12th October. 

I would like to give you a quick property update as we gear up for a busy Term 4. In the holidays, we will have safety fencing put up as we begin the 20-week construction of the four new classrooms to be located between the hall and the school field. Throughout Term 4, we will be having other projects happening. This includes the building of a new basketball court, senior playground and an extension of the caretaker's shed. These projects will happen in late November and each will take approximately 3 to 4 weeks.  Finally, we hope to see the refurbishment of the administration block start. The demolition work is now complete, and we are excited to finally see this building to soon become weathertight. More information about these projects will be shared early next term. 

Thank you again for your understanding and support throughout Alert Level 2. Now working under Alert Level 1, we will open the school for you to be able to visit inside classrooms, beginning Monday 12th October. Contact tracing signs will still be up and we encourage you to use these during Alert Level 1. We will also be reopening the school drinking fountains. 

I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday break.

Kia pai tō rā

Kia ora

Matt Skilton

Principal - Tumuaki 

Busy as Bees!

Heels Up Virtual Challenge - Cape Reinga to Bluff

We are now into the second week of our Virtual Challenge of walking or running from Cape Reinga to Bluff. The bike track has been a busy place, both before school and at lunch times, with students completing some extra laps to help their class totals. At the end of Week 1 Room 11 were out in the lead, having covered 315km.

Each week, teachers will nominate children for spot prizes who have been showing perseverance or best support for fellow class members. 

Now that we have dropped to Alert Level 1, any parents that would like to be involved are welcome to come and run with our Running Club on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday lunchtime.

We are collecting donations from the students and staff that participate in this event.  All money raised will go to the 'I Ride With Hame Trust,' which provides scholarships for Year 12 students to go on the Spirit of Adventure.  Donations are being collected in the school office.

We will also hold a mufti day on Friday, 30th October (Week 3).  This will be a 'Dress up as your Favourite Hero' day.  We are asking for a gold coin donation for this mufti day.  All money raised will also go towards the 'I Ride With Hame Trust.'  

Invitation: Pōwhiri for new Students, Whānau and Staff
All new whānau, students and staff that started at Tahatai during Term 3, and at the beginning of Term 4, will be welcomed to the school on Monday, 12th October (Day 1 of Term 4).  All manuhiri/new whānau and staff, please assemble beside the pou at the main entrance to the school by 9:20am.  The pōwhiri will start at 9:30am and will be held on the astroturf if fine, and in the hall if wet.  The children will meet in Room 4 and taken to the front of the school to meet you at 9:25am.

If you would like/able to speak at the pōwhiri, please contact Darren Scott.  Darren's email is:
Chuseok Celebration
Last night our international community from South Korea came together and celebrated Chuseok with families from Te Akau Ki Papamoa, Mount Maunganui Primary & Mount Maunganui Intermediate Schools.
Our Chuseok celebration was a beautiful display of Korean culture and food. We enjoyed traditional music as well as a fan dance performance. Children and adults learnt and played a variety of traditional games such as Yut Nori and Ddakji. We feasted on Korean main dishes such as kimbap and japchae and finished our meal by making mini pavlovas topped with whipped cream and kiwifruit.
After eating, we danced in hanbok (traditional clothing) to both K-Pop and traditional music. A fantastic time was had by everyone who attended!
Chuseok means “Autumn Eve” in Korean and is a harvest festival that lasts for three days.

It is in late September based on the Korean lunar calendar and the time of the Autumnal Equinox. This is a significant national holiday that involves spending time with family, eating food and playing games.
Urgent message
re:New Entrant Enrolments

Do you have a child turning 5 later this year or during 2021? 

We urgently need an indication of how many 5 year olds we will be expecting to start school in 2021. If you have a child due to start school next year, please come and see us to complete the enrolment paperwork.

This helps us to plan a smooth transition into school for your child; helps us to plan staffing for the New Entrant classes; and ensures that you are invited to the relevant parent information meetings. Thank you.
Term Dates for 2021

Term 1 (11 weeks) 2nd February - 16th April 
Term 2 (10 weeks) 3rd May - 9th July
Term 3 (10 weeks) 26th July - 1st October
Term 4 (10 weeks) 18th October - 15th December

NB: The first day for students will be Wednesday, 3rd February. Tuesday, 2nd February is a Learning Partnership Day, where parents can book a time to meet with their child's 2021 teacher to discuss learning and developmental goals.

Ngā Pōtiki Hapū Survey
Ngā Pōtiki are looking for some input (survey link below), from whānau that may be interested in supporting a Maori Medium Kura in the area from year 7-13.  Ngā Pōtiki are hoping to get some interest from whānau in the area. 
Link to the Survey
School Lunches - Menu for Term 4
From the School Office

It is important that you let us know if your child is absent from school.  Please notify the school with your child’s name, classroom and the reason for their absence by either texting 027 878 2462, phoning 07 5724600, or using the function on the School Stream app.

Hats - Compulsory for Term 4
Hats can be purchased from the school office. 
Bucket Hats - $16.00
Wide-Brimmed - $30.00

School Fleeces
All sizes are now available from the school office.  Fleeces are $45.00 each.

2020 Term Dates

Term 3 - Monday 20th July to Friday 25th September (10 weeks)

Term 4 - Monday 12th October to Wednesday 16th December (10 weeks)
Upcoming Events and Dates to Remember
Visit our website to see all upcoming events and term dates.
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Community Notices
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