Principal's Message

Tena Koutou Parents and Caregivers, 

Principal’s Message:

Tena Koutou Parents and Caregivers,

This week we have the Education Review Office (ERO) visiting us as part of their normal review process. As part of this, an invitation was sent home last week to any parents/caregivers/whanau to meet with ERO on Tuesday afternoon at 3.15 pm. This is an important opportunity for members of our community to communicate with ERO regarding the on-going improvements that we are making at Tongariro School.

Following their visit this week a draft report will be written and submitted to the Board of Trustees for consideration and then confirmation, after which it will be available for the public to read. We look forward to celebrating the content of the report mid-term 4.

This Friday brings term 3 to a close but we still have a number of great activities happening for our students. A group of senior students will be performing kapa haka items for Turangi Rotary. We also have our Senior School Ball on Saturday night at Oreti Village Resort.

On the middle Friday of the holidays a fund raising dinner and entertainment is happening in our school hall to help raise funds for Roera Hartley and Te Huri Albert who have been chosen to take part in the 1st World Indigenous Games in Brazil.

I trust everybody has a safe and enjoyable term break and I look forward to catching up with everybody in term 4. Term four starts on Monday 12 October at 8.45 am.

Ngā mihi

Steve Allen


Taupo Story Cup

On Sunday 16 August (in the rain, sunshine and hail) the annual Taupo Story Cup was played with Tongariro School netballers representing us with pride and great skill.

Turangi Angels came runner up in their grade. Congratulations to Briez, Fearon, Kordell, Trelise, Catea.

Taupo Year 6 team came runner up in their grade. Congratulations to Rhiarna Marshall- Ngawati and Jaydah Dempsey.

Taupo Year 8 played great netball. Congratulations to Ceree Marshall- Ngawati.

Taupo under 15 won their grade. Congratulations to Airon Reweti-Clark

At the Junior Netball Prize giving, Tongariro Bluez & Colts won the Uniform cup. Tongariro Bluez were the Winners of Round 2 in the Primary A Grade.

An excellent result!

Last Saturday the Seniors played their finals. It was interesting to note that out of the 5 finals being played Turangi was represented in 4 of them.

At the prize giving our Tongariro Seniors won Round 1 and were runner up in Round 2. They also won the Aggregate Cup for the most points scored in their grade.

The Tongariro Nines won their final. They were winners of Round 1 & 2 and also got the Aggregate Cup for the most points scored in their grade.

Ellen Ann Grace was named Coach of the Year. Ka mau te wehi Ellen.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our coaches, managers, whanau and supporters for their contribution to our fantastic success this season

Tuwharetoa Festival

If your child is part of one of the two groups and will be performing at the Tuwharetoa Festival on the 17th September 2015 at the Taupo Event Centre, their performance times are:

 Group  On Stage     Dressing Room In Out
 Tongariro School - Te Pouhakoakoa 10:00 5 9.40 10.40
 Tongariro School - Kapa Haka Nohinohi 11:00     3 10.40 11.40

We need all students who are performing to be at school before 8.15 am.  The students and gear will be loaded onto the bus at this time 8.15 am.  We have about 140 students travelling over to Taupo therefore it will take at least 10 minutes to load the buses and gear.  We will depart at 8.30 and will not wait for late students.  Te Pouhakoakoa performs at 10.00 am and this group needs to be dressed and ready to perform at the allocated time.  There is no room on the buses to take parents or whanau as the seats will be assigned for our students and tutors.

 We prefer our students to travel over to Taupo with the school but after our performances students may go home with whanau.  You must let the teachers know if you are taking your child home with you.  The buses will depart Taupo Event Centre at 12.00 to return back to school. (Obviously, this will be as long as the performances are running on time).

 We will need some assistance to dress our students and if you could make your way to the dressing rooms your help will be appreciated.  Please ensure that your child has the following:

  • Boys need black underwear
  • Girls will may have their hair up or down and their own brush or comb
  • Taonga or Pounamo may be worn
  • They will need their bag with morning tea and their lunch
  • Please name their gear

Parking and pick up of students on Waipapa Road

Please be aware every morning and after school we have three separate buses dropping off and picking up students to travel to and from school.

Parents and caregivers please DO NOT park in the school bus lane. This is reserved for the GO Buses only.

Drivers must travel 20kmh when passing a parked school bus on either side of the road, when passengers are embarking or disembarking. This is required by law.

 When picking up your child parking further down the road is your best option, getting out and greeting your child, escorting them back to the vehicle is the safest decision for all our tamariki.

Tongariro School Rugby Under 14

Rugby News

 King Country Rugby News

After a very successful Under14 Development Day and Trials at Rugby Park Te Kuiti yesterday the following students were included in the KCRFU Under 14 Team

Turoa Iwikau - Tongariro
Breckin Whiteman - Otorohanga College
Lorenz Kemp - Piopio College
Connor Anderson - Tongariro/Tauhara College
Lewis Taitoko - Piopio College
Jayde Barlow - Otorohanga College
Brady Fletcher - Tongariro
Paora Bodger - Piopio College
Steel Spence - Tongariro
Reghan Ngarotata - Piopio College
Dylan Toa - Otoroahanga College
Toa Porima - Tongariro
Carledo Hughes - Tongariro

Cortex Ratima - Piopio College
Corey Rivers - Taupo Nui a Tia College
Reeve Satherly - Tauhara College
Maximus Dunster - Tongariro/Tauhara College
Demante Murray - Piopio College
Aiden Rihari - Tongariro/Taupo Nui a Tia College
Reg Kohinga - Tongariro
Taryn Tata - Otorohanga College
Temple Beauchamp - Tongariro College
Tukaha Hepi - Tongariro
George Birkett - Taumarunui

Tongariro had a massive win 101 nil against Tauranga Boys B, and a well-deserved player of the day going to Maximus Dunster.

 We were scheduled to play Otumoetai on the weekend, however they defaulted to us.

This brings our Tongariro U14’s to the end of the competition and undefeated.

I would like to wish the boy’s the best of luck who will be trailing for the King Country U14’s on the 30th August in Te Kuiti. Also for those that may trail for the U13’s Global Games.

Tongariro School Parent Teacher Calendar App

Have a new notification system called

Push Notification

If you need to notify our school community

Contact Donna with your notification, this notification could be out into the community within 30 minutes similar to a text message.  You will only receive thisif you have downloaded our Parent Teacher Calendar App

Donna can be contacted on or 073868684 ext 820

Tongariro School Parent Teacher Calendar App
PT Calendar App

To download this on to your phone (Android or I Phone)
Go to app store on phone (Samsung = Play Store)
Click on Apps
Go to Search
Type in Parent Teacher Calendar App 

This logo will show, and install it

You will be able to see what is happening in the school eg:  trips, sporting events etc
If you would like information entered on this app please contact:

The Warehouse coming to Turangi 

Tongariro School would like to congratulate The Warehouse Taupo for coming to Turangi and setting up a popup store. This will greatly benefit the community of Turangi and also thank them for giving their ongoing support to Tongariro School by way of a sausage sizzle on their first day of opening. The planting of 10 Planter boxes in the junior school area. They supplied all the plants, potting mix paint and tools to make these boxes look wonderful, along with their expert gardening lady.

 The Warehouse also supplied a range of equipment to help set up our senior common room.



School shoes for girls are being sold at the POP up store in Turangi Warehouse.

Central Plateau Gymkhana

On Tuesday 12th May Tongariro School in support of Turangi Pony Club held the Central Plateau Gymkhana. Although the day started dry and warm, Mother Nature was not on our side with the weather a tad damp for all concerned.

The gymkhana was supported by 8 schools consisting of 40 combinations. The schools included Taupo-Nui-a-Tia, Tauhara, Taupo Intermediate, Kuratau School, Reporoa College, Rotorua Girls High School, Lake Rerewhaakaitu, Rotorua Intermediate,  Tongariro School.

Numbers were down on previous years, as the weather or pending weather had a lot to do with this, plus we had one vehicle breakdown.

There was strong support in the middle classes and it was great to see the younger riders. All students had a great day. It was awesome to witness the friendships developing between schools and competitors.

An event like this takes lots of organising and time; I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Sue Carr, Jenny Nelson and Suez Rivers for finding time in their busy lives to judge. Also I would like to thank Pat Shearer, Becky Heappy, Sally Middleton, Wendy Fowler and Kip Konui for their awesome support with assisting with judges, scoring, stewarding and enduring the weather. I would like to thank my year 9 & 10 students who helped with setting up of the show jumps, show hunter jumps and the games arena.  Two special thank yous to Hayco and Kelly Janssen for your awesome help in the showjumping and Claire Goddard and Alec for helping pack everything away. Without this support days like this cannot be successful – so once again a huge thank you to you all!

The results for the day

Overall winner- Reporoa College

Runner up –Taupo-nui-a-tia College

Third Place – Rotorua Girls High School

Individual most points overall – Aimee Jenssen - Taupo-nui-a-tia College

Runner up – Micheala Wood - Reporoa College

We look forward to seeing you all again next year, in the meantime happy hoofing.

 Nik Lewis

TIC Equestrian

The Warehouse Community

The Warehouse stores right across the company work to assist communitities and young families.

Tongariro Area School has been chosen by their local Taupo Store Team to help our tamariki improve the look of the Junior area of the school by providing new plants and shurbs for the ten planter boxes around the school.

They have also provided the paint to return in a couple of weeks to work with our Tamariki in the painting of these planter boxes.

We enjoy having parents and grandparents involved with our school and encourage them to come along and visit our school anytime and The Warehouse also encourages this and hopes that this is the start of involving locals in the community to come out and help their tamariki with these exciting initiatives.



The Ode

E kore ratou e koroheketia

Penei i a tatou kua mahue nei

E kore hoki ratou e ngoikore

Ahakoa pehea I nga ahuatanga o te wa.

I te hekenga atu o te ra

Tae noa ki te aranga mai i te ata

Ka maumahara tonu tatou ki a ratou

Ka maumahara tonu tatou ki a ratou


They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.


  We will remember them

Trades Academy

Tongariro School Trades Academy at Coromandel this week.  Awesome work Tori Biddle!

Tongariro School Leaders 2015

Head Boy & Head Girl
Roera Hartley &  Matty Pryor

Deputy Head Boy & Depty Head Girl
 Marcellus Nurse &  Te Hiko Warena

Senior School Leaders 2015

Back Row:  Roera Hartley (Head Boy) and Levi Grattan (Platoon Sergeant, Services)
Middle Row:  Douglas Barrow, Shontae Mareikura-Fremlin, Te Hiko Warena (Deputy Head Girl), Marcellus Nurse (Deputy Head Boy)
Front Row:  Nataalia Fisher, Jaeda McLaughlin, Ruby Dale (Board of Trustees Student Rep), Hunter-Breeze McLaughlin, Anahera Tawhai and Matty Pryor (Head Girl)
 Hinemaiaia and Te Waipuna McCreadie,  Te Huri Konui-Albert and Ben Te Rangiita

Levi Grattan
Platoon Sergeant - Services 2015
Ruby Dale
Student Representative
Board of Trustees 2015

School-wide acknowledgements year 1-13 Term by term 
To acknowledge and foster school wide achievement with incentives

Year 0-8

1. 25 chits to get first jelly band 
2. 50 chits to get second jelly band 
3. 75 chits to get third jelly band 
4. 100 chits to get fourth jelly band 
5. 125 chits to get first lanyard 
6. 150 chits to get second lanyard 
7. 175 chits to get third lanyard 
8. 200 chits to get fourth lanyard 
9. 250 chits to get Te Hiringa Badge 
10. 300 chits to get Te Auahatanga Badge 
11. 350 chits to get Maia Badge 
12. All students who receive 350 chits go into the draw to win 2 ipads. 

Year 9-13

1. 50 chits to get first jelly band 
2. 100 chits to get second jelly band 
3. 150 chits to get third jelly band 
4. 200 chits to get fourth jelly band 
5. 250 chits to get first lanyard 
6. 300 chits to get second lanyard 
7. 350 chits to get third lanyard 
8. 400 chits to get fourth lanyard 
9. 500 chits to get Te Hiringa badge 
10. 600 chits to get Te Auahatanga badge 
11. 700 chits to get Te Maia badge 
12. All students who receive 700 chits go into the draw to win 2 I-pads


Tongariro School have a School Calendar App!                  

Totally personalised for your school, the 2015 school calendar App will be populated with all your term one events relevant to the school parents and community.

If you need an up-to-the-minute, direct way, of connecting with your school families and staff then this is the solution for you.

The PT Calendar App has heaps of benefits for your school families and school staff including:

• Absentee functionality

• Links to school Google calendar

• Doesn’t require any of your staff hours

• Constantly updated

• Your school calendar App is a free download to your school families