End of Week 4 Pānui 2022

Kia ora koutou,

Gosh, the weeks are flying by now as we are fully back into the swing of school again. Another juicy one here whānau with lots of things happening, so please take the time to read everything happening over the coming weeks. Don’t be afraid to come and have a chat with me in the morning on the gate, I love connecting with you all as I get to know our community.

Teacher Only Day:

This has come round quickly, but here is another reminder that school is closed for instruction on Friday 4th March (Next Friday) as the staff will undertake a day of professional development around Learner Focussed Relationships with Julia Tong.

Teaching Assistant Vacancy:

We will have a full time teaching assistant vacancy starting Term 2. Don’t worry, Kirstin isn’t leaving, we have received some additional funding from the Ministry of Education to support one of our learners next term. Please email me if you know someone who might be an awesome fit with us at #TeamTuritea. 

Marble March Madness:

Our lovely Kate Baillie grew up rural and taught rural and introduced us to Marble March Madness and wants to get this happening at Turitea School. What a cool way to be ‘taking it back to the old school..’ (If you sang that while reading it, you’re my kinda person) Dust off the marbles, read the information linked above and we look forward to the hype! Check out the videos that the tamariki in Kauri made for the Seniors and the Juniors about the rules.

Interschool Triathlon:

This is on Wednesday 16th March and run by the Mananwatū Triathlon Club. It is open to anyone keen in Year 5/6. We have limited spaces available and the entries close next Friday. All the details and registrations can be found here

Cluster Swimming:

This is the day after Interschool Triathlon on Thursday 17th March and is run by Linton Army Camp School. Trish, Cameron and Shane will sort the teams and let everyone know who is going and what events they are competing in etc. We will require some parent support with transport and supervision, so keep an eye out for more information to come.

8am Drop Off:

It is nice to see some of you utilising this service we are offering for you and thanks to those of you who have let us know through the form. (It works now) Can you help us out by explaining to your children the expectations: They are not to play games or run around out there until after 8.30am. It just has to be a sit and wait with a book or chat with your sibling or friends. This is just courteous to the teachers getting set up for their day.


Hopefully you have already seen my midweek post about our response to a positive case should we get one. I will communicate to you via Skool Loop any information regarding this, so keep your notifications turned on and reach out to me if you have a case in your whānau. 

Monster Raffle Sale Tickets:

These should be in your child’s bag tonight with all the information from our wonderful PTA. They do such an amazing job and we would love your support in selling at least 2 sheets of tickets. There are some top shelf prizes up for grabs, so get involved whānau. 

Beautification Day:

We are nearly a month out from our Beautification Day and have started compiling a list of things that we think need our attention. Check it out and see if there is anything that we have missed. If there is anything you can help us with, please let us know as we’d love to have as many of you pitch in on Saturday 26th March to make our school look meke! (awesome)

Play Equipment:

Thanks to those who have donated things for our junior classrooms that were intended for the Monster Garage Sale. We’d still love anything you might still have like Matchbox Cars, Marble Runs, Dolls, Dress Up Clothes, Wooden Blocks or Action figures. Better to give them a second life than have them clogging up the cupboards. 

Summerhill Drive Drainage Works:

You have probably seen that on Monday there will be delays along Summerhill Drive, so you may want to come to school via Tennent Drive from the city. See here for more information.


Our Year 1-4 hockey teams both had great wins last night for their opening games. Our netball teams are also in the thick of it. It will be nice when we can all come and support them properly. Year 5/6 Hockey starts next week as Will is reshuffling the draw for us.

Y Oscar Programme:

The Y Linton are adding another van to their before and after school programme to accommodate their growing numbers. If you are needing before or after school care, they run from 7:00-8.30 and 15.00-17.30 and are located at the Linton Community Centre. If you have any questions please email Maddison or call her on 027 837 7138.

Old Monitors:

Cameron is a keen coder and wants to get the kids in Totara tinkering with Raspberry Pi (not the food, the computers) and wants to know if you have any old monitors floating around the house. They just need a HMDI input and a power cable and we’ll take them off your hands!

Pool Reopened:

Our pool is open again after our issue with the chlorine pump. So here’s hoping for some nice weekend weather to enjoy the time we have missed out on lately. Cheers Brad and Ben for your continued mahi checking the levels and making it safe for us all. 

Yummy Stickers:

Last month we received a box of free sports gear from the Yummy Fruit Co who trade yummy fruit stickers for sports gear. Download a form here or tell your child to swing by the office and grab one as Julie has a stack if you want to help collect these for us. 

Building Works:

Shane and Matty from Isles Construction finish with us today after what has been quite a long time, they are almost like part of the furniture here! We appreciate all their hard work and good laughs as we now wait for the turf company to complete the last part of the job.

Hopefully you stuck with me to the end. I just like to keep you all in the loop as we can’t have the same connection all under CPF Red level. Happy weekend everyone. 

Hei konā mai (Bye for now)