Principal's Message

Principal’s Message:

Kia ora Parents, Caregivers and Whānau,

As we enter the colder part of the year I think it is fair to say that we all struggle a little more to get out of our warm beds in the morning.

We are now on week six of term 2. It is critically important for all students, but especially those involved in the NCEA environment, to attend all classes and actively engage in their learning. To not do so will eventually mean underperformance in NCEA requirements.

If you allow your child to stay home for reasons that are not normally acceptable then as a parent, you are contributing to this problem and thus inhibiting the learning and development of your child. Please help us to ensure that all students attend school unless there is a legitimate reason for them not to do so. We need your continued support as caregivers and wider whanau to ensure our children are at school between the ours of 8.45am and 3.00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and until 2.00pm on Wednesday. 

Our interschool cross country will be held this week at Kuratau School. Congratulations to all place winners at Tongariro School who will be travelling on Friday to complete in this race. A very big thank you to the huge support we received from school families. It is great to see you all there cheering on the kids and providing that moral support for all the effort that they put into their running. 

Congratulations to Tina Porou who as an ex pupil of Tongariro High School has been made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to Maori and the environment. Kei runga noa atu koe.

We also have our Rippa Rugby teams travelling as well this Thursday to Owen Delany Park for a tournament. We wish all our teams great success.


Ngā mihi 

Steve Allen 


It is great to hear the success stories of past students who have gone on to very successful careers and are subsequently recognised by their professions. We congratulate Chloe Winter for winning the Cannon Media Junior Reporter of the Year at the awards function at Te Papa last Friday night.

We had Chloe back as our Guest speaker at last year’s Academic Awards and it was great to hear o her ongoing successes and her journey getting there. Well done Chloe. If other families have stories such as this, we would love to be able to recognise them in our school newsletter as well.

We had a very successful Bullyproof Awareness Day that was organised by our local coordinator Fenella Davis. Lots of our students dressed up in pink to acknowledge the day and in years 1-8 there was a pink baking competition that was won by Morgan Foxall for most outstanding baking, Kataraina Mareikura Fremlin for highly recommend baking and Jacob Caldwell won best dressed.

Baking goods were then taken to the Town Centre and sold with proceeds going to support the messages of the campaign. Well done to all those who took part in the day.

Writing Piece from Room 17

My Koro

Koro often sits in his Hilux waiting for the dogs to bail. Reading the latest ‘Hooked on Boars’ magazine, all morning his shades sit on his baldhead.

He slowly flicks back and forth while his shiny baldhead gleams off the morning sun. When the dogs bail he slowly gets down from the Hilux to go to the bail. When he puts the dogs away his back cracks like the burning fire. The holes in his t-shirt and pants are caused by the ashes of the bad cigars he smokes.

As he watches ‘Hunting Aotearoa’ at 9.30pm, he falls asleep snoring like a roaring stag.

By Jacob Bergersen

2017 Battlefields Tour

Comedy Stage Hypnosis Show

Fundraiser $15.00 pp

13th July 2016

Tongariro School Hall

Class and Individual/Family Photos

 Class, Individual and whanau portraits will be held on Friday 17th June. Your child will be coming home with a pre-printed envelope. Payment is made by cash, cheque or credit card payment. All money is to be sealed in the envelope provided and returned to the school office. If you want a whanau portrait, envelopes are available the school office.

Anzac Day 2016

Room 17 ANZAC Day Haiku

 Fields filled with tears

Shed by the angels crying

For soldiers killed

Acacia Albert


Anzac is our name

We tried our best to win war

For loved ones that survive

Dayna Jane Smythe


Soldiers forced to fight

We will never forget you

Fighting for our lives

Tiori Gallagher


The guns were shooting

Waiting for an enemy

We will stand and fight

Kohatu Herangi – Searancke

 Shadow haunts the line

The darkness runs for the light

Fear is bought forward

Te Rina Albert


Soldiers died for us

Soldiers using all their might

Just so we can live

Logan Tihi


Soldiers shoot and die

Soldiers fight and die for us

We will remember them

Ariana Martin


Retrieving bodies

Brave soldiers protecting us

Shot down one by one

Te Aroha Diane Harmer


As the sun rises

We stand and fight for our lives

Till we have fallen

Alec Goddard

Brave soldiers fighting

 In trenches with machine guns

And mortars firing.

Odin Smith Puhi


Turks killing thousands

Trenches filled with firing guns

Still killing hundreds

Aperahama Grattan


Tears shed in horror                          

The whimpering of soldiers

Trenches filled with blood

Irihapeti Whakatihi


Horses in battle

Running fast to stay alive

Left behind brave steeds

Tyler Furze


Soldiers die for us

To protect our country NZ

We will never forget

Kaydn Whareaitu Galloway


Heroes in the dawn

Cries of pain break the silence

Never forgotten

Tyla Solomon


Soldiers sent to fight

Dying on the battlefield

What a waste of life

Jemaima Bell


Gunfire everywhere

Killing thousands of soldiers

Grenades exploding

Patrick Reid


War chants are shouted

Stretcher bearers are ready

Silence then fire

Jade Turanga

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 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:

Tongariro School
Board of Trustees

Congratulations to our newly elected Board of Trustees who take office on 27 May.  I look forward to working with you all in the betterment of Tongariro School.

The new Board is

        • Janice Beauchamp
        • Waitapu Beech
        • Tangonui Kingi
        • Joanne Matene
        • Kiley Millar

        • Vanessa Lumley (Staff Representative)
        • Marcellus Nurse (Student Representative)
        • Steven Allen (Principal)

2017 Battlefields Tour

Comedy Stage Hypnosis Show

Fundraiser $15.00 pp

13th July 2016

Tongariro School Hall

Leadership Wānanga. Week 9 of this term for year 12-14 students 28 June to 30 June.

Ahurei Winitana

We are fortunate to have Ahurei working in our school alongside our year 7 to 14 students.
Every Wednesday Ahurei works with the following students.
Period 1 8.55 am- 10am- Year 7 and 8 students
Period 2 and 3 10.00-11.55 am- Year 9 and 10 students
Period 4 and 5 11.55 am- 2pm- Year 11-14 MPA
Ahurei and staff will prepare two kapa haka groups for Taiopenga o Tūwharetoa. Dates for wānanga will be set in the next few weeks.

Kapa haka Year 9 to 14 every Thursday Evening

Thursday evening from 5 pm until 7 pm we will be having our first senior school practice with Matua Ahurei Winitana. Please arrange for your child/children to be picked up from the hall at 7pm. Please ensure that a permission slip has been signed giving permission for your child to attend