Principal's Message

Principal’s Message:

Tena Koutou Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome back to Term 4.

There is never a time when our school community is not busy. In our first week back our Service Academy students participated in a week long camp with other Academies from around New Zealand.

Our Trade Students completed a 4 day fencing course and a group of 18 students attended an Equine Day at Mystery Creek. On Saturday a group heading to the Battle Fields of Europe in 2017 had a photo shoot fundraiser. Talking about fundraising a big thank you to all those involved who helped get Roera, Te Huri and Ruihi to Brazil.

The following weeks are going to be just as busy as the first week. I would like to encourage all who have senior students help these students place an emphasis on their end of year exams. Our students need to make their exams the priority for their time and focus. Therefore their attendance at school should be a reflection of this.

I would like to extend an invitation to you all on behalf of our Board of Trustees Principal and Staff to celebrate with us our Seniors Success at our Annual Senior Academic Cultural and Sporting Awards on Friday the 6th of November in our school hall at 11’oclock and then to the Junior Academic, Cultural and Sporting Awards on Friday the 4th December

I encourage you all to check the calendar with this newsletter and our school App to keep you informed about school activities.

On behalf of Staff and the Board of Trustees I would also like to congratulate Kirstin Moore on her impending nuptials over this coming weekend.

We appreciate the contribution made by Sandra Pericolini Senior School Teacher who is leaving us this year. Next Wednesday at 1pm on the 28th of October there will be a special assembly for her which you are all welcome to join. This will be her last day at our school.

Nga mihi,

Denise New

Deputy Principal

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


Snow Squad Notice

 Fundraise Cycle Challenge - 28th November 2015

Every year Snow Squad has the opportunity to fundraise helping at the Cycle Challenge. This year it is on Saturday 28th November 2015. This is to raise funds which we use to subsidise the cost of lessons, training and bus transport up the mountain. Without this fundraising the cost each week would be much higher than it currently is.

All students and whanau who attended the snow squad trips on Fridays of term 3, we are calling on you for your help. We will be manning the Kuratau interchange (Just North of Karangahape Road on State Highway 32). This involves unloading and loading bicycles of those who are participating as a relay team.

We will need to be at the interchange by 7.30am and it is envisaged that we will be finished by 3.30pm. There is plenty of parking in the paddock for private vehicles.

 Please call the school office (Kerry) for more information. Hope to see you all there.

Year 1-6 Term 4 Wednesday Assembly Roster

Parents and caregivers are most welcome to attend junior school assemblies each Wednesday at 9.00am in the school hall. Please be aware on week 4/5/6 these assemblies will be moved either to the Gym or Middle block due to end of year senior exams being held.

Week 1

Room 5

Week 2 -  21st October 

Room 4

Week 3 -  28th October 

Room 3

Week 4 -  4th November 

Room 2

Week 5 -  11th November 

Room 1

Week 6 -  18th November 

Room 11

Week 7 -  25th November 

Room 10

Week 8 -  2nd December 

Room 9

Week 9 -  9th December 

Room 8

Room 04 

Would appreciate any Ice-cream containers. 

Please drop off at the classroom or the front office.

Tongariro School Breakfast Club

At breakfast club we would like to thank the lovely people who wish to remain anonymous, for their generous donation every term. We are very grateful.

 We would also like to thank New World for their generous donations every day of the school year. We are very humbled by all the donations that we receive for our breakfast club.

 For those who are new to our school, we have breakfast club every school morning in the canteen. We are there from 7.30am until 8.30am. Please feel free to come and have breakfast with us, or just pop in for a hot drink and a chat. Everyone is very welcome.


Brazil Trip

The Albert whanau would like to say a big thank you to all that helped with the fundraising to help our boys get to the World Indigenous Games.

 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