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TCS Times

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

Kia Ora Whānau
What an eventful couple of weeks we have had here at Tahatai Coast School, in our community and New Zealand wide.  The recent earthquakes and resulting tsunami evacuation in some regions of NZ definitely raised everyone's awareness of how susceptible we are as a nation to natural disasters.  As a school, we followed the advice sent through the text alerts and were prepared to follow our school procedure to evacuate inland if needed.  I would like to thank our school staff for the way they conducted themselves during this time; calm, professional and committed to the welfare of the children. As adults, it is important to remain calm and consider our actions to ensure we do not unnecessarily upset or heighten our own and other children.  
Thank you very much to the Parent/Teacher Association for purchasing lemonade ice blocks for the children following the events last Friday.  Thanks also to Fresh Choice Papamoa for providing the ice blocks at cost price.  This was a lovely way to start the week! 
School Zone Changes
Our school zone is currently being reviewed by the Ministry of Education.  Public meetings are being held locally next week.  I urge you to attend a meeting, as the draft zone for our school will mean that our new west boundary will be Aranui Drive which means that all of the Coast development will be re-zoned.  The poster below gives further details about the proposed changes and information on when and where the public meetings will be held.  Without your voice, these changes will be put in place at the beginning of 2022.  Please note, if your children already attend Tahatai Coast School, they are able to continue regardless of any zone change.    
Student Leaders
At Tahatai Coast School, we have a comprehensive leadership programme that has the students taking responsibility in many roles in the school.  The Student Council elections are currently underway and it is pleasing to see the amount of children willing to put themselves forward.  The Peer Mediators will be on duty in the playground next week.  They have a very important roll of helping to solve minor disagreements during break times.  Some of these students can be seen in the photo below, proudly wearing their Peer Mediator badges. 
TCS Curriculum Review  
A group made up of our school’s curriculum leaders has been busy working on the review of our TCS local curriculum.  They have led several staff meetings, gaining important teacher input, reviewing and refining sections of this guiding document.  The community survey, which many of you completed last year, is also a vital part of the review of our curriculum.  The teaching staff have been introducing the concept of us all being ‘Tahatai Explorers' to the children.  Creating a learning identity that we base ourselves on and in which other areas of the curriculum stem from.  The ‘Tahatai Explorers’ logo is included in a section below, along with the introduction that sits alongside it.   
Year 4 Camps
The Year 4 classes have had overnight camps this week at the Mount Maunganui Camp Ground.  They participated in many activities including a walk around Mauao, a swim in Pilot Bay and games on the beach.    A big thank you to the staff that prepared and led these camps.  I’m sure the Pūkeko Whānau teachers appreciated the tremendous support from the parent helpers.
We welcome Cheree van de Pol to our school.  Cheree is teaching in Room 28 as Amy Bidois is on maternity leave for the remainder of the year.  Our thoughts and best wishes are with Amy and her whānau at this exciting time.      

Ngā mihi

Darren Scott

Deputy Principal - Tumuaki Tuarua

Pāpāmoa/Mount Maunganui Zone Consulation Meetings
We Are Tahatai Explorers - Local Curriculum Review
Please Note: Upcoming Teacher Only Day
We will be having a Teacher Only Day on Friday, 16th April (Last day of Term 1).  This date replaces the TOD that was going to be held on 1st April.  During this day, our staff will be working with other professionals from the Mount Community of Learning, which includes Arataki School, Mount Maunganui Intermediate, Mount Primary, Omanu School and Mount Maunganui College.  Thanks in advance for your understanding.

Life and Times of the TCS Whare Leaders 

Swimming Sports by Whakaari

It was finally the day of the swimming sports and there was a sense of both nervousness and excitement throughout all the Year 4 - 6 children.
We arrived at Papamoa Pools and everyone raced out to their whare tents ready to represent their whare. Mr Semmens stood by the 25 metre pool looking very cheeky and excited with his clapper and his whistle. Once everyone was seated there was a quick briefing and then the day had begun! 
We heard Carly’s booming voice through the swimming pool and the first race began.  It was the 100 metre freestyle. Mr Semmens blew his whistle as hard as he could and waited for the racers to get prepared. ‘BANG!’ Mr Semmens hit the clappers and the race was on. Everyone suddenly covered their ears, the yelling and screaming shocked them. All of the students and parents were ecstatic, clapping their hands, yelling at the tops of their lungs and jumping up and down like it was a competition on who could cheer them on the loudest. 
This was going to be an epic day. 
Standing and waiting to hear the whistle is the most nervous part of the race!
Hearing the whistle is your call to get in your position.
‘BANG’ the clapper goes and you’re in the pool racing.
Once the individual races were finished, everyone looked exhausted but it wasn’t over yet, there was still the best part…the whare relay! Each whare formed a team of four students and this is where the teachers decided to put together a team. The first students to go got ready and waited for the clapper in suspense and all of a sudden, ‘BANG!’ The whare relay was happening. Every kid raced like it was for their lives and once everyone had finished the excitement died down a little. The teachers claimed the gold, Matakana finished second but Motiti weren’t far behind, then came Whakaari and last but not least, Tuhua finishing strong!
Little did we know, the day wasn’t over yet! 
The whare chants!! First went the winning team Matakana, second went Tuhua, third went Whakaari and the last chant went to Motiti. They were fantastic! 
Everyone was tired and had bags under their eyes but wow! What a last home time!
By Emily and Karcia (Whakaari Whare Leaders)

Whare Leaders 2021
Congratulations to the following students that were elected to be Whare Leaders for 2021:
TCS Parent/Teacher Association News
Urgent Message
re:New Entrant Enrolments

Do you have a child turning 5 this year? 

We urgently need an indication of how many 5 year olds we will be expecting during 2021. If you have a child due to start school, 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.
School Lunches - Menu for Term 1

Available Every Thursday!
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.

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 (9 weeks) 18th October - 15th December

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.

Upcoming Events and Dates to Remember
Visit our website to see all upcoming events and term dates.
View Calendar
Tahatai Gold Sponsors
Thank you very much to the following businesses that are supporting our school by being gold sponsors. The money gifted by our sponsors helps us fund extra projects for the children at Tahatai. 
Community Notices
Papamoa Rugby Club are now taking registrations for the up and coming season for junior rugby U6-U13 and welcome all new members! Register online via apamoarugby/ or email for more information. Registration days are at Papamoa Recreation Centre, Gordon Spratt Reserve on Sunday 7th and 14th of March from 2 - 4pm.   
Banana Boat OceanKids Series 
Attention all swimmers aged 7-10 years! The Banana Boat OceanKids Series is coming to Mt Maunganui Main Beach Saturday 3rd April - a great chance to have a go at a 100m or 200m ocean swim close to shore, in a safe, supportive, and fun environment. Every child who participates will receive a finishers medal, photo, other goodies, and a great day at the beach! Visit for more info and to enter.
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