Principal's Message

Kia Ora and welcome back for the 2015 school year.

 I trust everybody has had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday break and that you were able to catch up with family, friends and whānau.

We begin the 2015 school year in a very sound position in all three areas of school operation – academic, financial and property and there are some exciting projects planned for the year in these areas.

During 2014 much of the energy of staff was put into refocusing and attending to the needs of students and their learning.  In 2015 we will continue to build on these endeavours to ensure that each and every student who attends Tongariro School has the best opportunity to meet their individual needs, aspirations and goals no matter which year level they are in.

The school now finds itself in a sound financial position which will allow us to enhance the resourcing of this academic focus in a very targeted manner.  We are also about to embark on a two year property refurbishment programme that will also support teaching and learning. This is a $600,000 programme with a range of projects that will be undertaken during the period.  Whilst this might mean some disruption to the school it will be worth it in the sense that the enhanced facilities will be enjoyed by both students and staff. Much of this work will be funded by the Ministry of Education through the 5 Year Property Programme. The Board of Trustees has been working in closely with Ministry personnel and a Property Project Manager to make sure we get the best and most targeted facilities for the monies available.

During 2015 we will be continuing to have a focus on attendance, behaviour and the school having a positive engagement with community and iwi.  There are two major initiatives that will be supporting us with these objectives – Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) and Kia Eke Panuku – Building on Success.  Both these programmes are generously funded through the Ministry of Education and we are very lucky to be involved in them.

As normal please feel free to contact school at any time if you have any queries or concerns and of course accolades!  We applaud people who use the right avenues to deal with any issues that might arise and we are always happy to receive feedback of any kind.


Ngā mihi nui

Steve Allen




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

 Ngā mihi

Steve Allen