Principal's Message

Principal’s Message:

Tena Koutou Parents and Caregivers,

Over the holidays and the beginning of the school term I was very privileged to be able to attend the ANZAC commemorations in Gallipoli.  This was a once in a lifetime opportunity and one that I didn’t fully anticipate the importance for me of attending.  Whilst there were huge crowds and significant organisation to make the 2 days happen the experience was mind blowing. 

The Turkish people and their hospitality was outstanding and the history lesson that I got regarding the actions at Gallipoli in April 1915 was immeasurable. Whilst attending I did leave a small memento from Turangi just to show that somebody from our little town had been and recognised the huge sacrifices that our brave solders endured.  Lest we forget.



A very big thank you to all the parents who made the time to attend the Parent Teacher Conferences held over the past two weeks.  These sessions as well as the on-going discussions between teachers and home form a very important link in the learning and teaching cycle at Tongariro School.

  We invite your feedback as to how we might further enhance these opportunities to talk about your children’s learning and development and as always please feel free to contact your child’s classroom teacher if you have any queries etc.  I am also always available to meet with parents to discuss any of your queries as well.

 As we move through the term there are a number of activities that will be happening.  The easiest way to keep up to date 

with all these things is through our school app.  Check out our school web site for details about this.


Ngā mihi

Steve Allen






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