End of Term 3 Pānui

Kia ora e te whānau,

I’m back on deck after having last week home in Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland with my dear mother Barb, who hasn’t been very well. Being a proud former tumuaki/principal herself, she sent me back to finish the term out. Didn’t the weather treat us well yesterday? Having looked at the weather forecast and waking up to the early morning rain, I have to admit ‘My head said no, but my gut said go!’ so I was really glad that I trusted my gut, because the weather was the ideal condition for a day of athletics. I was happy to see the amount of parents who came and showed their support, I also enjoyed connecting with you too. A great day on all accounts. Massive thanks to Anna for her leadership in this event, it ran like clockwork. Check out the great photos I managed to snap here in my meandering about the place. Here are a few of my favourites.

Lamb Calf and Pet Day:

I’m sure you’ve already got this on your calendar, but LCP Day is on Saturday 29th October. The following information will come home with your child today to keep you in the loop or give you an idea if this is your first LCP Day at Turitea. PGG Wrightsons in Feilding are having a Lamb & Calf Day information session and demonstration on Saturday 15th October from 12-1pm if you’d like to learn more. If you are willing to help with out on LCP Day the PTA are looking for you. Please fill in your name on the sheet here in the yellow boxes. This will also be emailed to you if you are having trouble editing on your phone.

New Flagpole: 

Hopefully you’ve noticed our flagpole flying our New Zealand flag proudly on your drive into school. When I first arrived here at Turitea, it was one thing I realised that we didn’t have, but it fell off my radar until Queen Elizabeth passed. The powers of the Internet though and one was ordered and delivered and Pete installed it for us in time to honour the memory of our Queen. This prompted some great questions from kids on arrival in the morning when I was asked ‘Troy, why isn’t the flag the whole way up the flagpole?’ We love some anywhere/anytime learning though, so hopefully your child will be able to tell you why now. 

Fencing Project:

The final stage of our fencing project will start on Monday. Levi and the team from Feco Fencing will be onsite from next week starting with black steel fencing the turf area which will wrap around the front of the play area/sandpit outside Rimu. Some cedar panels will be placed outside the office doors down to the bottom of the stairs with some perspex windows. They then move on to putting in wooden panels onto the inward side of the wooden fence by the field and then continuing the black steel fencing in front of the tree line of the field. They have given us a 6-8 week timeframe and hopefully it won’t interrupt things too much.


Thank you for your support in the issues that were identified in the last pānui. Living in Palmy, it is easy to get used to finding a park right outside the place you want to go. I know this isn’t always the case at 3pm on any school day though, so appreciate your understanding of this. As I’ve mentioned in the past, sometimes arriving closer to 3.15pm where the flow of traffic has moved on might be a good idea too.

New World New Owners:
Our local New World has new owners and the PTA have made some connections there already. They have kindly agreed to donate a ‘VegePod’ to the school, much to Meryl’s delight. This will be installed over the holidays and we will plant our Little Garden seeds in it. 

Sports @ Turitea:

Thanks for your support with Athletics yesterday running so smoothly. Don’t forget to register for Wednesday Summer Soccer for next term. The registration form needs to be completed by the end of the day. 

Coming Up:

-Colour Run at Linton Housing Area tomorrow! Check out here for more information. 

-Junior Cluster Athletics at Linton Camp School on Thursday 20th October for our Year 1-3 students.

-Senior Cluster Athletics at Massey Athletics Track on Thursday 27th October for our Year 4-6 students.
-Calendar Art will be sent home on Friday 21st October via Seesaw for your viewing & orders will be due back by Tuesday 1st November.

-School Photos – Thursday 3rd November. Ordering information to come home early next term.

Thanks again for another successful term. Look forward to seeing you all back on Monday 17th October.

Ngā manaakitanga/With best wishes