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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.

Term 3 is well underway and it is exciting to see how quickly the children have settled back into routines and life at Tahatai Coast School. The focus this term is to work as hard as we can on ensuring settled environments that promote the very best learning opportunities. Through the 10 weeks, teachers will be working hard to provide support and guidance that will enable students to be the very best that they can be. A particular emphasis will be on working towards students' individual goals.  To support this work, it would be great if you could ask questions about your child's learning at the end of each day and assist them with any homework tasks they may have.

The term began with a powhiri to welcome new students, whānau, and staff. The weather didn't play ball but our students certainly did! Their positive attitudes and resilience in the rain showed a high level of respect and maturity. I was very proud of them as they sang the waiata and made the start to the term so successful. Ngā Pōtiki Kaumatua, Colin Reeder, was present for our powhiri and commented on how proud he was of the school. In particular, the student behaviour and how well they sang the waiata. Below is a photo of our very newest students who were welcomed last Monday. They are new entrants based in Room 4 with Mrs Bidios. Check out their fantastic self-portraits.
There is a lot happening on the property front: 
  • The admin building is on schedule with the inside now being gutted and the scaffolding being assembled.  The scaffold will be wrapped to allow weather tightness when the roof is removed. We appreciate your patience with this project, and any inconvenience it may be causing - the final result will be well worth the wait! 
  • Final preparations are being made for the four roll-growth classrooms to be built in term 4. These will be located between the bike container and the eastern boundary fence. This project involves the relocation of the pohutukawa tree that is located next to Room 7, the After School Care building, and the basketball court. The four classrooms will include break out learning spaces, decking, and toilets.   
  • There are a number of landscaping jobs on the go and about to start. Greg has been busy clearing gardens and planting new trees along the hall entrance. We have also laid a new concrete path to provide an entranceway that is separate from the hall car park. Next to start will be the landscaping outside the Koru Room as well as the area around the scooter track and vegetable garden.  
  • Planning is underway for the extension of the senior playground, with work to begin term 4. The cost for this project is being shared between the PTA and the school board of trustees. It will be a very welcome resource for the school once completed. 
A quick reminder that the school will be closed for tuition on Monday, 10th August.  This is a Teacher Only Day which is a part of the Teachers' Union negotiation with the Ministry of Education.  The day will be used to support teachers with managing their workload.
I have been impressed with the levels of training happening throughout the school for next week's Tahatai Cross-Country. I know the students would love to see a big parent turn out to cheer them on, so please add the morning of Friday 7th August to your family calendar.

Kia pai tō rā

Kia ora

Matt Skilton

Principal - Tumuaki 

Mufti-Day - Tauranga Foodbank 
The Tahatai Student Council is organising a mufti-day to support the Tauranga Foodbank on Friday, 14th August.  The children can wear mufti in exchange for one or more food items.  Please see the poster below for a list of items that the Foodbank are currently running low on and always need.    

The Student Council hope that everyone get's behind this very worthy cause.
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
Intermediate Information
Mount Intermediate School
Papamoa College
The enrolment open evening will cover general information about what Papamoa College has to offer and how the 2021 enrolment process works. The school campus will also be available for exploration and guided tours! We would love to see you there.
Tahatai Cross-Country
The annual Tahatai Coast School Cross-Country will be held next Friday, 7th August (weather permitting).  This is a community event that we hope many of you are able to attend and support the children.  Please see the race schedule below with the approximate race times.  
Important Date:
A quick reminder that the school will be closed for tuition on Monday, 10th August.  This is a Teacher Only Day which is a part of the Teachers' Union negotiation with the Ministry of Education.  The day will be used to support teachers with managing their workload.

Policy Review: Whānau Input

Once a term, the SchoolDocs team gathers and collates feedback on policy content, using it to revise and update where appropriate. This means that our school benefits from the collective review of the policy, as other schools may have:

• experiences dealing with issues that our school hasn’t faced yet

• board personnel with particular skills and insights

• different cultures and contexts that provide a more well-rounded view of the policy/procedure.

As parents/caregivers, if you wish to be involved in this review:

  1. Visit the website

  2. Enter the username (tahatai) and password (coast).

  3. Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.

  4. Read the policy.

  5. Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.

  6. Select the reviewer type "Parent".

  7. Enter your name (optional).

  8. Submit your ratings and comments.

  9. If you don't have internet access, the school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.

This term, parents/caregivers are invited to review the Learning Support policy.

For further information, this link will take you to a Youtube tutorial: How to take part in the SchoolDocs Policy Review Process

New Entrant Enrolments

Do you have a child turning 5 in the next 6 months? 

It would be greatly appreciated if you could enrol your child 6 months prior to their intended start date at school...or as soon as possible if they are starting school this year.

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.
Yummy Stickers
We have registered for another year. 
Collect the Yummy cut-out labels from bags (each cut-out label is worth 10 stickers) and individual Yummy apple stickers for your school’s share of the $200,000 free DG Sport sports gear prize pool. Yummy apples are available from New World, PAK’nSAVE and participating Four Square stores. The more you collect, the more sports gear you get so get going and start collecting your Yummy cut-out labels and stickers now!
The students are really enjoying playing with all the equipment from last year's yummy stickers collection. 
They are free to use it at lunchtimes. 
Keep munching on those apples and collecting those stickers, sheets are available to download and print at - or send the stickers along to class.
Pizza Orders
Entertainment Books 
Thanks for your support last year! We raised $1550! 
You can help our fundraising again this year by buying a 12-month Entertainment Membership. 
20% of every sale supports the PTA to provide extra resources for our school community. 
This year Entertainment Membership is 100% Digital, starts anytime and lasts from the time you activate it.
Follow the link below to support Tahatai Coast School.
Email if you have any questions.
Buy Now
PTA Facebook Page
Follow us on Facebook to find out the latest updates, time and location of our next meeting @tahataipta.
Travel Smart News
School Lunches - Menu for Term 3
Don’t forget you can order Subway’s healthy and delicious subs (mini, 6 inch, footlong, white & gluten free wraps) and extras through ezlunch by simply clicking here
Order (or cancel) any time before 9 am on the day or schedule in advance. Lunch will be delivered to the school in time for lunch.  Click here to see the menu.
Orders are made online through your myKindo account. One account for the whole family!  Get started now and be ready… Click here or go to to start ordering!
Help? Visit or tel. 0800 EZLUNCH (0800 395 8624) weekdays 8am-4pm.
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.

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.
View Calendar
Community Notices

Talanoa Ako aims to equip and empower Pacific parents, families and communities with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to champion their children’s education. 

Pasifika in the Bay Trust, partnered with the Ministry of Education, brings an enriching programme that equips Pacific parents with skills to be able to support their children’s learning journey and form more equitable relationships and partnerships with schools.


Registration for Pasifika in the Bay Talanoa Ako is now live. Parents and caregivers - this is such an amazing opportunity for you to be given important information that will help you to support your child's learning during school.
Click on the link below to take part in something exciting brought to you by Pasifika in the Bay Trust and the Ministry of Education.

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