End of Term 1 Week 4 Pānui

Kia ora e te whānau,

It was great to see a huge showing at our annual PTA run Overnight Camp last Friday night. What an amazing night and so cool to keep this Turitea tradition alive as it has been a while since we last had the overnight component. As always, shout out to our supportive PTA for the behind the scenes mahi you do to make events like these happen and whakawhetai (thanks) to those parents who were able to ‘see a need, fill a need’ on the night or the morning after. Cheers Lucain for taking the pics below of the night. Special welcome to our first addition to our school whānau for the year, Ayla, who joined Meagan and Hannah in Rimu on Monday. She joins big brother Jacob from Mataī finally. 

Unfortunately, it has been Bridgit’s turn to have Covid keeping her away from the usual time she does with us. Luckily, we have had returning member to our community, Shayna, in relieving for us. Thank you Shayna, it’s been awesome having you in our space as a kaiako (teacher), as well as a parent. Usual reminders, if your child is sick or are showing flu-like symptoms or having an upset tummy, please keep them home. Please, don’t call the office to tell us though, you can just let us know via Hero in the Report an Absence section or just email Julie at office@turitea.school.nz

Year 6 Mural:

You might have heard that the Year 6 Mural is nearing completion and we can’t wait to share it with you. I don’t want to give too much away and I know that some parents are eager to see what their tamariki have been doing with Carolyn as the buzz in the hall on any given day lately is electric. Watch this space as to when the big reveal will occur, at this stage it might be after camp.


A Pepeha is a way of introducing yourself in Māori. It tells people who you are by sharing your connections with the people and places that are important to you. This term, as part of each classes Te Reo Tuatahi (Māori Language Programme) they are learning bits of this every week in Māori and we need your help with some of the additional information. If you whakapapa Māori and have your own whānu pepeha to share, please send it in with your child. If you do not identify as Māori, the teachers will be asking you to share details about where you are all from and the names of your tipuna (ancestors) etc. Over the summer break I connected with Aroha who runs Maimoa Creative to design our school Pepeha that all of our tamariki will learn over the course of the year as well. You might have seen it in classes in a big beautiful frame. Here it is if you would like to help your child learn it.

Year 5/6 Camp Information:

There are now only 11 days until our Year 5/6 go to camp at Highland Home in Pohangina. Thank you to those parents who have paid the $210 fee for this already. If for whatever reason, this is a barrier for you to pay, please make contact with me and we can work something out.

AA Big Little Sponsorship:

The AA Big Little Sponsorship is back, so spread the word and nominate Turitea School for the chance to win us one of two $10,000 sports grants. Winning takes teamwork, so help us get the wider whānau involved by sharing the link and getting them to nominate our school. It takes a couple of minutes to do it here


Next Friday at 2.20pm, we are starting back with our fortnightly assemblies. These are hosted by our Year 6’s from either Kahikatea or Tōtara. Parents or whānau members are more than welcome to come and enjoy.

From the PTA:

HELP!! Our Turitea whānau are fortunate to have a school so rich in history and tradition. These traditions provide valuable connections to our past, and at the same time, we also recognise a need to modernise and have fresh ideas for how we fundraise in the future. We are planning our fundraising for the year and would love your help to shake things up a little! So, if you’ve ever thought about or been interested in joining the PTA, we would love you to join us at our next meeting and we promise to a) feed you and b) not load you up with jobs. If meetings aren’t your thing, but you’ve got ideas, keep an eye out for our PTA BIG IDEAS BOARD that we will put in the quad for you to add the kind of events/fundraising ideas that you’d be keen to get behind and help us think BIG! We’d love to hear from you. 


Last week, I mentioned Sarah and Abby came in to take a bunch of cricket taster sessions and here is the information if your child was keen to take this further. There is Smash Play, which is for those new to cricket and the programme is targeted at those in Years 1-4. More information can be found here. The other is Smash It! which is for those that have either been part of Smash Play, played some cricket already or for those in Years 3-5. More information can be found here. 

HSOB Rugby:

This morning Hayden came and shared with the school how to join the ‘best club in Palmy’ High School Old Boys. Your child might have brought home a leaflet about this today. Check out their FB page here if you’d like to know more.

Triathlon Series:

The Palmy Kid’s Tri Series has 3 more weeks. These events are aimed at children aged 4-12 years. More information can be found on this flier if you want to do the remainder of the season.

Triple P Positive Parenting:

The Triple P staff at ACROSS Te Kotahitanga O Te Wairua are excited to be able to offer parents free 2-hour ‘Positive Parenting’ courses in Term 1 2024. Find all the information here. The recent Tots to Teens magazine, which is often filled with parent tips and ‘hacks’ is linked here if you are interested.

YMCA Pickup from Park Rd:

The YMCA is still looking to offer a pick up service from Turitea School and collection from the YMCA in Park Road if there is enough interest. If this might suit you, find more information here

Tokomaru Cubs:

If any whānau are keen to dive into the Cub life (ages 8-11), get in touch with the team by emailing tokomaru@group.scouts.nz For the spontaneous types, just drop by the Tokomaru Scouts Hall on Wednesdays at 5:30pm.

Palmy Events:

  • Lantern Parade is on tonight at Te Marae o Hine (The Square) from 6pm – 9.30pm.
  • Festival of Cultures (World Food, Craft & Music Fair) is on tomorrow at Te Marae o Hine (The Square) from 10am – 4pm.
  • Feilding Colour Run is on this Sunday 25th February at Timona Park from 10am – 4pm. 
  • Linton Camp Family Day is next Saturday 2nd March from 10am – 2pm. More information here If you are interested, we need names and the car license plate by next Thursday – this would be given to the gate so you can get in.
  • Esplanade Day – Next Sunday 3rd March from 10am – 3pm. 

Kia pai tō rā whakatā (Have a great weekend)