Welcome Back to Term 2 Pānui

Ngā mihi nui koutou,

Looking forward to starting the new term off with a hiss and a roar this coming Monday. Now that our restrictions around masks and having you onsite have been lifted, it would be nice to have you come for a chat with any of us. You don’t just have to drop your kids off in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon. I hope you realise by now that community and whanaungatanga is really important to us and I love connecting with you all. So don’t be a stranger, come and talk to me about the NBA Playoffs if you’re a fan as I love a basketball yarn. 

Covid Update:

A reminder that face masks are no longer required to be worn at school. However, the Ministry of Health encourages face masks to continue to be worn by students and staff in Years 4 and above when indoors. So any student, parent or staff member who wishes to still wear a face mask will be encouraged and supported to do so.

Learning Conferences: 

We now have 84 conferences (60% of parents) booked for next Wednesday 11th May. Another reminder that School closes at 12.30pm. Book your 15 minute slot through the Skool Loop App in the Interviews Tab if you still haven’t. We urge you to do this to reconnect with your child’s teachers and set those next steps. 


You may notice that we have some interim fencing across our front entranceway. Not the look I wanted you to all be welcomed back from the holidays with, but it seems there have been some delays with our new gate that is coming. Hopefully it won’t look like this for too long. Cheers to Hayden Hazlitt at Camlitt Fencing for your mahi in this space. 

Word from the Board:
In a few months there are elections for the new Board of Trustees and we want to start our campaign for prospective members, as a lot of the current members are moving on as their kids leave Turitea School. The BOT’s role is to support Troy in running the school and provide him with input on what the school community wants to help prioritise our kids’ learning. We are a fun bunch and there is a great vibe at our meetings. If you might be interested in standing please talk to Troy or one of the current trustees. You can email them by clicking on the mail icon on our website. Feel free to come along to a meeting to see how things work. Our next meeting is Tuesday 10th May at school at 6pm. -Beth Tootell & Liam McBride.

The timeline of the upcoming elections is: 

• 15th July – Call for nominations 

• 5th August – Nominations close 

• 7th September – Election day 

• 14th September – New board takes office.


The 8 EPro8 competitors have been selected ready for their first event at Whakarongo School this Wednesday 4th May. The EPro8 Challenge is an inter-school science and engineering competition. They participate in a series of events designed to promote science and engineering. 

Wind Farm Meeting:

Reminder that this Wednesday 4th May from 5.15 – 6.30pm we have the Turitea Wind Farm Community Liaison Group meeting in Tane Mahuta. All are welcome to attend if you are interested.

Afterschool Sports Programme:

Craig from Kelly Sport is all good to go for an 8 week after school programme every Tuesday afternoon from 3.15 – 4.15pm focussing on a range of sports on our grounds. What a cool opportunity for our tamariki to get involved in. There is still some space so click here for registration and more information or email Craig


We are lucky to have Anna starting this role from Monday. If you have any questions that are sports based, hit her up at sport@turitea.school.nz. We have set the date for our School Cross Country for Thursday 26th May. More information will come out around this to keep you up with the play.

Winter Sport Starting Dates:
• Basketball starts Thursday 12th May

• Netball starts Saturday 14th May

• Hockey starts Sunday 15th May.

A reminder that the AGM is set for Wednesday 18th May. All welcome to attend, especially new members.

Enjoy your weekend and hope to see yourselves and your children all fresh faced on Monday morning.

Ngā mihi mahana,