View this email in your browser

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,
This is the final newsletter for Term 1, so I wanted to pass on my appreciation for all you are doing to support your children's learning. As a result, our students have had a wonderful start to the year and are thriving with the rich learning experiences on offer. As a staff, we feel so fortunate to have such supportive whānau, as it is making a real difference to the children's learning and development. Thank you. 

I emailed a weblink yesterday for a survey regarding the proposed enrolment zones for our school.  The online survey provides you with an oppotunity to have your say. The two options available for Tahatai are quite different from what was originally proposed. The new options are very similar but the second option includes properties in Hira Crescent, Aspen Place and Haven Grove, and we view these streets as part of our Tahatai and Papamoa community. It would be important to have your say even if the zone changes may not directly affect you or your family. Having your say as a member of the Tahatai community may help see our school zone remain largely unscathed. If you have not completed the survey, simply click on this link: Proposed Zone Survey
A special congratulations to Frankie Hennah, Grace Andrews, Violette Thiel-Lardon and Jacinta Rebagliati for having their paintings selected for the Acorn Foundation Junior Art Awards Exhibition at the Tauranga Art Gallery.  Jacinta won the 6-8 years old section of the awards.  

All the selected works can be seen online by clicking on the link below.  The actual exhibition runs until 2nd May.

Also, a shout out to parent, Neil Cudby, for winning the Festival of Disability Sports Supreme Award for Coach of the Year!
On the afternoon of Tuesday 30th March, I was privileged to participate in a hikoi up Kopukairoa, the largest of the hills in the legend of The Whale Mountains (Ngā Maunga Tohorā). Ngākohu, a representative of Ngā Pōtiki, led the hikoi to support the search for a mauri stone for our kura (school). After a solid 60 minute hike to the summit, we found two taonga to represent the essence of the important work that we do for the children and school community. These were gifted by Ngā Pōtiki (Hapū) to Tahatai Coast School after the correct cultural protocols and customs were followed. We will have one mauri buried near the three pou at the front of the school and the other displayed in the foyer of the administration block once it reopens. Our students, whānau, and visitors will be able to touch the mauri and learn a little more about the stories of the land in which Tahatai Coast is situated. I'd like to thank Ngākohu for his time and Ngā Pōtiki for your continued support of the school.  
A final reminder that school is closed on the last day of term. All the staff from the Mount Maunganui Schools and Tahatai Coast School will be attending a professional learning day at Mount College on Friday 16th April. The day will be guided by the mantra 'Better Together' - a collective responsibility, where we are exploring how we can work collaboratively to ensure the best possible outcomes for our learners as they move through primary and secondary school. 

Ngā mihi

Matt Skilton

Principal - Tumuaki

ANZAC Remembrance Assembly at TCS 2021
We will be holding two assemblies in the school hall next Tuesday, 13th April to commemorate all New Zealanders killed in war and to honour all returned servicemen and women.  The first assembly is for our Year 4-6 students and this will begin at 1:30pm.  The second assembly is for our Year 1-3 students and this will begin at approximately 2:00pm.  We will have some representatives from the Mount Maunganui RSA presenting at the Year 4-6 assembly.  Our community is invited to either of these assemblies, but due to the limited space in the hall, seating will be placed outside the hall under cover, or you may need to stand.  If you have whānau members that have served or presently serve in the armed forces and would be willing to be involved, please contact Darren Scott by email, or by phoning the school directly.
On Anzac Day, our Year 6 Student Council representatives will lay a wreath at an ANZAC Day service on behalf of all of us at Tahatai Coast School.     
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.
Te Whānau ā Tahatai - Coming Term 2!
Te Whānau ā Tahatai (The Family of Tahatai) will be starting up in Term 2 on Monday and Thursday mornings. Essentially, this will be a warm, inviting space in which students can come from 7.30am-8.15am to eat breakfast, spend time with their friends, and relax before their school day begins. It will be located in the hall staffroom. Throughout the year, we hope to add more days, early morning sporting opportunities, games, weekly breakfast guests and cooking.
We are also partnered with the Weetbix Kickstart programme, and Sanitarium is very generously providing Weetbix and milk throughout term 2 and beyond. 
If there are any businesses in our community that would be interested in sponsoring Te Whānau ā Tahatai with a one-off or a regular financial contribution to help us provide hot milo, butter and spreads, we would love to hear from you. Please contact: Dianne Pellow in room 26
To help make our breakfasts extra special, we would gratefully accept any donations of tinned fruit from our TCS community - tins of fruit can be sent to your child’s classroom and will be collected from there.

EPro8 Challenge

On Thursday 8th April, 8 students went to Mount Intermediate to do an inter school science and engineering competition called ePro8. There were 2 teams entered and they were called The Coding Crew and The Extreme Engineers.The students in the Coding Crew were: Lily Acker, Zoe Wasley, Levi Beeston and Owen Townsend. In the Extreme Engineers there were: Kyla Wills, Emily Barback, Adam Payne and Ty Kelly. The Coding Crew tied in 5th place with a score of 170 points and The Extreme Engineers came 1st equal with 270 points. Extreme Engineers will go on to represent TCS next term at the semi final competition. An outstanding effort by both teams.

By Lily, Emily and Kyla Room 34

Invitation: Pōwhiri for new Students, Whānau and Staff
All new whānau, students and staff that started at Tahatai during Term 1, and at the beginning of Term 2, will be welcomed to the school on Monday, 3rd May (Day 1 of Term 2).  All manuhiri/new whānau, their children and staff, please assemble by the pou at the entrance to the school by 8:55am.  The pōwhiri will start at 9:00am and will be held on the astroturf if fine, and in the hall if wet.  The children whose parents/caregiver or whānau are unable to attend, will meet in the Te Aihe Room  and be taken to the front of the school at 8:55am. 

If you would like/able to speak at the pōwhiri, please contact Darren Scott.  Darren's email is:
Thank-you from TCS and Autism New Zealand
The students and staff looked amazing in their Onesie or PJ's yesterday at school.  We raised a total of $723.00 for Autism New Zealand.  Thanks very much for your donations.  A big thank-you also to the Student Council for organising this event and collecting the money at the beginning of the day.   

International Competitions and Assessments (ICAS) Exams

We are delighted to inform you that Tahatai will be participating in the world-renowned ICAS AssessmentsTM again this year.
ICAS is designed to target students’ higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills in English, Mathematics, Science, Writing, Spelling Bee and Digital Technologies.
Each assessment celebrates students’ accomplishments by providing opportunities for recognition and development. Every student will receive a printed certificate and an online results report. Top performers will be eligible for medals and are invited to attend special award ceremonies to have their academic excellence publicly recognised.
The assessments are suitable for students wishing to extend themselves academically and take up the personal challenge of competing in an international assessment, which has been running for 40 years. Your child will be presented with high-quality, expert-developed questions, allowing them to apply their learning without the need for prior study or revision.
All exams will be held at school, on the dates below, and are available for the following levels:

Learn more about ICAS here:
2021 Participation 
Our school has signed up for the ICAS Assessments parent payment system (PPS) for all exams. Through this system parents can pay for ICAS directly online while tests will still be held at our school. All exams are $18.40 each. 
Please use the following details to register your child no later than Friday 14th May, 2021 (Term 2, Week 2). Also, complete and return the accompanying permission slip to Dianne Pellow in Room 26 or the school office no later than Friday 14th May.
Access details for parents

Your school access code is: QXT851
Your parent page link is:

Dianne Pellow
ICAS Coordinator

Amazing Work by Pīwakawaka Whānau 
Check out this amazing collaborative piece of artwork by Pīwakawaka Whānau.  Please check it out in the hallway between Rooms 15 & 17.  He rawe Pīwakawaka Whānau!   
Help Needed for Wonder Project
TCS Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) News
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.
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
Tennis anyone?  Come and be part of the Mount New World Family Tennis Challenge to be held on Sunday 18 April at the Mount Tennis Club.  Children of all ages over 10 including adult children, partner with parents, grandparents, legal guardians, Aunts and Uncles, for a great day of tennis.  This year a new section has been added for couples.  There’s various grades, hosting doubles partnerships and open to members and non-members.  A fantastic day of family tennis! Mount New World Family Tennis Challenge. Further details and entry form, please go to Mount Tennis and click on tournaments. 
Copyright © 2021 Tahatai Coast School, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp