Principal's Message

Principal’s Message:

Tena Koutou Parents and Caregivers,

Kia ora parents and whānau

This is our last newsletter for this term. School will close for the term at 3.00 pm on Friday 3rd July and reopen on Monday 20th July at 8.45 am. I cannot emphasise enough the importance of all students starting the day at the correct time. The first 15 minutes at the start of the day is tutor time where much of the pastoral aspects of our school are checked and reinforced. It is vitally important that parents and wider whānau support us in getting children to school on time. As indicated in the last newsletter there is a wider community agency approach to ensure this happens.

It is great to see the success our sports teams are having on the field or court. It sometimes goes unsaid that this success would or could not happen without the support of parents and whānau in the variety of roles that they volunteer for. This includes coaching, travel and general side-line support. Thank you to those people who give up their time for this cause, sometimes in atrocious weather. Watch for the rugby update in our local Taupo/Turangi Weekender paper on Thursday.

We are encouraged by the increasing number of parents who are choosing to discuss any areas of concern as well as the ―pats on the back‖ for things that are going well in the school within the school environment. School is certainly the place for these discussions to take place at all levels including classroom teacher, dean, deputy principal and or principal level. It is important that we keep these lines of communication open and use them appropriately.

The Board of Trustees is about to venture into a large property refurbishment programme within the school. Whilst they will endeavour to keep any disruption to a minimum there will of course be some, but the outcome will be much better facilities for our students. This work is certainly needed and will begin to address the property issues that the school experiences. Work will include renovating most of the toilet blocks, the provision of better facilities for the teaching of the Arts including music, the opening up of some classrooms to form a multi-purpose space and a reconfiguring of the Nurse and CAFÉ setup within the school.

In terms of access to medical support for students, Tūwharetoa Health Charitable Trust have approached the Board of Trustees seeking approval to put in place an onsite opportunity for a community based Preventative Health Programme in our school. The Board has approved this and wholeheartedly supports the initiative. The Preventative Health programme will look at maintaining healthy skin, checking sore throats and any other conditions of concern. These services will be free of charge as will prescriptions or any medication and initially led by Dr Rebecca Brandon. Dr Brandon will be at school on Thursday mornings beginning on the first Thursday morning of term three.

Parents will always be contacted about any consultation and within this newsletter there is a form for family/whānau to use if they wish to opt out of this service. It is not compulsory but rather another community service being provided within the school environment. Please complete these forms if necessary and have them returned to the school office. If you need any further information please refer to the contact details on this form.

Have a great holiday time with your families.

Ngā mihi

Steve Allen






Taupo/Turangi Rugby Under 6, 7, 9 and 11s
To be held at Turangitukua Park Saturday 25th July 2015
Draw and Field positioning

Tongariro School Rugby Under 14

We are in the championship top four - 25th July will be an away game, then two home games at Tongariro School in a row.  We are awaiting reply if top finishing seed gets home final 15th August 2015.  

Thanks all

Jero Dunster

Bay of Plenty Secondary Schools Rugby Union
Baywide Draw
First named team has the home game
All games start at 10-30
Any changes must be notified ten days in advance for referee notification
Under 14

Championship top 4

25th July 2015
 Tauranga Boys 14B Vs Otumoetai (KO 9-15)
Ruatoki Vs Tongariro (at Ruatoki)

1st August 2015
 Tongariro Vs Tauranga Boys 14B (at Tongariro School Turangi)
Otumoetai Vs Ruatoki

8th August 2015 
Tongariro Vs Otumoetai (at Tongariro School Turangi)
Ruatoki Vs Tauranga Boys 14B

Championship bottom 2 Divisional top 2

25/7/2015 Western Heights Vs Whakatane
Tauranga Boys 14C Vs Taupo Nui A Tia (KO 12-00)

1/8/2015 Western Heights Vs Tauranga Boys 14C
Whakatane Vs Taupo Nui A Tia

8/8/2015 Taupo Nui A Tia Vs Western Heights
Whakatane Vs Tauranga Boys 14C

Divisional Bottom 3

25/7/2015 Tauhara Vs Trident (KO 12-00)
Bethlehem Bye

1/8/2015 Bethlehem Vs Trident (KO 9-15)
Tauhara Bye

8/8/2015 Tauhara Vs Bethlehem
Trident Bye

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