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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.

Kia Ora Whānau
The past two weeks have been exciting ones with so much on at Tahatai. Some highlights have been the marae visits, trips to Waimarino, the guided walks up Mangatawa and the Pāpāmoa Hills.  The waiata performed on top of the Pāpāmoa Hills by Kererū Whānau was amazing! Thank you to all the parent volunteers who have given their time and made these educational opportunities so enjoyable for the children. 
The Easter holidays are fast approaching and the break will be a welcome holiday for whānau to enjoy time out from the business of learning and work. A reminder that the school is also closed on Tuesday 6th April. I have included a link to the Ministry of Education's website showing this as a school holiday. All schools across New Zealand will be closed on this day. 

Friday 16th April is a teacher-only day for Tahatai staff and teachers from all the Mount Maunganui Schools. The Mauao Kahui Ako teacher-only day is focused on building a community of learning across the schools and is titled 'Better Together'. On this day, staff will be hosted at Mount Maunganui College to listen to keynote speakers discussing learning design. The school will be closed to students on this day. 

As a community, it would be great if you could positively message the use of the school facilities outside of school hours. Recently we have experienced an influx of older children using the facilities, especially down the far end of the school field where the basketball court and new playground are. At times, the gatherings of the older children are making the younger students feel unsafe playing in this area. These resources are for our students first and foremost, but they should be able to be shared outside of school hours for the public to enjoy. We want this to be a safe and friendly space, and this means educating our children (primary, intermediate, or college age) about the use of appropriate language and respect for school property. I believe as a community, we can support our youth to understand how to enjoy such facilities while also allowing others to as well. This includes young families. In a short time, we have had neighbours upset with the foul language being used, the front fence damaged and now both basketball backboards damaged as well. If you see or experience undesirable behaviour while at school, please contact the Police on 111 or 105, or contact the Tauranga City Council on (07) 577 7000.

Thank you for your ongoing patience with the constant building works. The school administration block is progressing well and we hope to be moved in before the end of Term 2. You will no doubt have noticed the new roof as the scaffolding is being taken down. The next step is to complete external cladding works and fit out the inside of the building. We are so excited to see the light at the end of the tunnel now, and we are all looking forward to having this resource available for the school and community. 

Ngā mihi

Matt Skilton

Principal - Tumuaki

ANZAC Remembrance Assembly at TCS 2021
We will be holding two assemblies in the school hall on 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.
Leadership @ Tahatai
Congratulations to the students that have been selected for the following leadership positions.  The Peer Mediators have completed their training and are active on duty during break times helping to solve minor conflicts.  The Friendship Leaders will be on duty next week helping other students when they don't have anyone to play with by interacting and playing games with them.  The Student Council has been formed and will have their first meeting next week.  The Year 6 Student Council members will lead the Tahatai ANZAC Assembly on Tuesday, 13th April.    

Peer Mediators
Bella Hawke, Zara Burch, Lilly Moses, Pranav Saily, Amber Patterson, Giha Kim, Hannah Boud, Summer Smith, Monae Bourke, Moana Harrison, Jamie Douglas, Devyn Lunjevich, Lea Steyn, Maya Thomson, Sophie Donaldson, Logan McLennan, Emily Barback, Tahliah Murray, Kaliyah Lendrum, Molly Tims, Azareah Solomon, Phoebe Bagshaw, Ella Martin, Milla Cheesman, Jasleen Kaur, Bradley Law, Ayla Wild, Sienna Rowe, Finn Borman, Lakai Nguyen, Charlotte Nancolas, Violet Pamment and Sophie Braithwaite.

Friendship Leaders
Abel Marchbank, Tūteira Martin, Zara Laidlaw, India Shirley, Jade Harley, Jade Moscrip, Joseph Moses, Ramneet Kaur, Teela Callaghan, Acacia Kaiwai, Supreet Kaur, Poppy Fagan, Micah Ibbotson, Leighton Taani, Charlotte Cairns, Mikaela RuBay, Posy Knight, Amy Boyer, Frankie Hennah, Skyla Barnett, Nina Waterhouse, Nina Fruish, Izzy Walsh, Ella Fischer, Jaimie Rolleston, Sofie Siregar, Ella Packer, Oliver Shand, Ruby Elliot, Paige Aitchison, Niamh Dunn, Harper Dungan, Stella Baker, Darcy Baty and Amelia Joynt.

Student Council
Jade Harley, Posy Knight, Cooper Edmonds, Sophia Martin, Jack Turner, Frankie Hennah, Kortez Dorset, Adam Payne, Emily Barback, Milla Cudby, Taj Aitchison, Kobe Kelly, Ariana Viljoen and Ayla Wild.
Te Whānau ā Tahatai - Coming Soon!

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. Te Whānau ā Tahatai Student Leaders have created the following adverts:

If there are any businesses out in our community that would be interested in sponsoring Te Whānau ā Tahatai with a one-off or 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

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

Stream and Estuary Clean Up
Help Needed for Wonder Project
TCS Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) News
Travel Smart 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
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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