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Newsletter 17 August 2023

Takapuna Primary
School Newsletter
Mā te pā ka taea te whakatipu te tamaiti
It takes a village to raise a child

Kia ora koutou e te whānau,

Disabled Car Parks
It has been bought to our attention the fact that there are parents who park in the disabled park at Killarney St car park, especially at pick up time. No parking permit is displayed.
We do have grandparents and those with permits who rely on the use of these parks. We ask for your thoughtful consideration around this.
Many thanks for your cooperation with this. 
School Production
The theatre is booked, the students are busily practicing their dance moves and rehearsing their lines all in preparation for our musical extravaganza “Slice of Aotearoa” at the Bruce Mason Centre on Thursday 31st August.

Below is some important information to help as we all prepare for this spectacular event.

Number of performances: 

  • There are two performances, a matinee (practice) in the afternoon and the main evening performance at 6:30pm. 
  • Every child is to attend both performances. It is a valuable learning opportunity and a rewarding experience for all the students at Takapuna Primary. If you know that your child will not be performing please email your teacher as soon as possible. 

Organisation on the day:

  • On the day of the show we will walk to the Bruce Mason Centre and spend the day there rehearsing and then performing in the matinee.  We need parent helpers to support us as we walk there and back (you do not stay for the day).  Email your child’s teacher if you can help.
  • As we will be at the Bruce Mason Centre all day there will be no lunch orders that day. Please ensure your child has a packed lunch and drink bottle. Children will also need to bring shoes suitable for walking, a raincoat, and their school jumper.
  • After the matinee we will return to school in time for the 3pm pick up and after school care will operate as usual, sometimes things don’t always go to plan in terms of timing, we ask for your patience if we’re running slightly later than 3pm. 

Evening Performance: 

  • In the evening please drop your child off at the Bruce Mason Centre at 5:30pm. We will be there to greet you and will ensure your child gets to their teacher. The children will change into their costumes at the theatre but it would help if they brought a bag with them to store their clothes in while they are in their costume. They may also like to bring a named drink bottle. Please make sure the children eat an early dinner before the show as they will not be eating during the wait time or performance.  We ask you are seated by 6.15pm, briefing will begin at 6.20pm and show starts at 6.30pm. 
  • At the end of the evening performance the children will be brought out to the main foyer. Teachers will need to sight a parent or caregiver for every student, please be patient as this could take some time. 

About the Show:

  • Teachers have worked very hard to select New Zealand music that is as appropriate as possible for our students to dance to while respecting the genre and decade of the music. You may notice that some songs have been edited or adapted to meet our requirements and ensure everyone enjoys the show. 
  • The purpose of our show is to give all children the experience of dance, movement and experience choreography, they also learn about things like lighting, sounds, performing to an audience, costumes, backstage experiences, patience, working as a team, anticipation, excitement – there is so much learning going on! Our show reflects the learning process, we know it’ll be amazing because the children are enjoying it! While it may be at the Bruce Mason theatre, it is still a school play and we know you’ll celebrate this with us in the evening.  

Phones, videoing and photographs:

  • During the performance, phones are strictly set on silent or turned off. At Bruce Mason Theatre children can not be photographed or recorded. Please note: there will be no official video of the show, it’ll be a wonderful experience and memory for the audience. The School Community Group (SCG) have arranged a photographer to take class photos and will share details at a later date. 

Tickets sales:

  • Tickets are on sale now!  Grab yours today by visiting There is no limit on the number of ticket purchases and we would love to sell out the evening performance so why not entice those aunties, uncles and cousins out for an exciting and entertaining evening. Matinee tickets will be available for sale later in the month if the evening show sells out. Preschoolers do not need a ticket as long as they sit on their parents’ knee.


  • Your child’s teacher will have contacted you about any costume requirements.  We have tried our best to have everyday items as costumes for our show. If any of the items are difficult to source or you have any questions please let us know as we are happy to help.


  • These will be available at the venue for a koha (donation) of $2.00 per copy. Please bring along a coin on the night. 

The next day:

  • We expect that many children will be very tired the day after the show. School will open as usual but you are welcome to drop your child off later if you feel they would benefit from a sleep in. 

To help us with our planning, please complete the slip attached, return it to your eldest or only child’s classroom teacher as soon as possible.  

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher. Class teachers will send out more information closer to the day, please keep an eye on your child’s Hero messages. 

Ngā mihi

Devika Tagg


Out of Zone Enrolments (those turning 5yr in 2024 only)

The board has determined that limited places for children turning 5 in 2024, are likely to be available for out-of-zone students. This includes siblings of current students. 

Application for enrolment is online via our school website

The deadline for receipt of applications for out-of-zone places is Wednesday 11 October 2023.

*Parents of students who live within the school zone should also apply by this date, to assist the school with planning.

Ballot (if required) will be drawn Wednesday 18 October 2023. Parents will be informed of the results within 3 school days of the ballot being held.

Enquiries to 

General Reminders

Reporting Absences

If your child is absent from school, this MUST be reported, along with the reason, BEFORE 9:00 am. Please note that an absence notice is a requirement of the Ministry of Education. If we do not receive confirmation of absence AND the reason, your child will be marked as “truant”. 

Picking up your child from school

Could we also be mindful of the school policy with regards to picking up your child promptly at 3:00pm. Children who have not been picked up by 3:15pm will need to be placed in After School Care, where they can be supervised. We do not want to have to do this, as this will be at a cost to parents. 


Our ONZA Marimba Festival, “Songs of Tawhirimatea”, takes place on Saturday 2 September at the Barfoot and Thompson Stadium Kohimarama. Our concert starts at 12pm and ends at 1pm. Vanessa will liaise about parking details and collecting instruments from the music room next week.
Our Marimba Group have been preparing for this festival alongside our school production, so we are very pleased that they are doing so much mahi.  Ka rawe mau. Great effort, marimba group!
Ngā mihi

North Shore Student Leaders Forum

Environment Monitors

Last week, in between the rain showers, the Environment Monitors began planting a “pollinators” garden. We received advice around what was best to plant and started our journey. We are planning on adding to this as our budget allows.

If anyone has any “clivia” at home they would be happy to donate, we would love to hear from you.

We hope once completed, this garden will attract lots of insects, birds and lizards.

Celebrate the Father figure in your life!

Whether it’s a Dad, Uncle, Grandad or Poppa in your life, make them feel extra special this Father’s Day with our ezlunch giveaway.  Every lunch order gets you a chance to win one of THREE $50 ‘Bunnings’ vouchers.

Order ezlunch for delivery from Monday 21 August – Friday 1 September2023 to be in the draw to WIN!

Three vouchers, three winners!

The winners will be drawn on Friday 1 September and notified by email/phone.
Go to 
to start ordering.

Kindo & ezlunch are excited to share the arrival of a fresh new look in Term 3!

With it’s improved layout and enhanced features, the interface is now easier than ever to navigate, further simplifying school life and saving you time.

So what can you expect from the new and improved versions of Kindo & ezlunch?

  • A fresh, new look with better navigation and clear student selection
  • Clearer cart layout showing what has been purchased for each person
  • Faster and easier checkout flow for a better shopping experience
  • Better visibility of which items are available and which aren’t 
  • New item search & sort function e.g. sort lunch by dietary requirement
  • Easier process for ordering lunches for ‘multiple days’


Mitey – Mental Health Education:

Mitey is a New Zealand specific, Years 1-8 approach to embedding mental health education in both teaching and learning. It was developed by the Sir John Kirwan Foundation. Our kura is now in the second year on our Mitey journey.

Children will learn how to recognise and respond to their own mental health and those of others. Cultivating good mental health helps us cope with life’s ups and downs, and to feel comfortable asking for help from others when we need it.

All the teachers at Takapuna Primary are engaging with Professional Development from our expert coaches working for Mitey. 

For more information visit the website:


In Tūī C we have been talking a lot about our feelings leading up to the dance production. Our feelings have changed from when we first talked about the dance production. At the end of dance practice, we have circle time and everyone shares how they are feeling. We acknowledge and validate those feelings and discover that others may feel differently to us about the dance and that is ok.

Congratulations to Jia Min from Kererū C, who will have her writing published in issue 33 of Toitoi, a quarterly publishing journal that accepts young writers’ writing.
Her writing will be published in Term 3 and two copies will be delivered for our kura in Term 4 for us to read in the school library! Here is a sample of her writing. Well done, Jia Min!


Thursday 31 August           School Production (Slice of Aotearoa) 6:30pm start

Wednesday 11 October      2024 Out of Zone Applications CLOSE

Wednesday 18 October      2024 Out of Zone Ballot DRAWN

Friday 22 September          End of Term 3 (3:00pm)

Click here for School Calendar


Registrations 2023

To register your child please head along to our school website, located under the sports section (“our learning”) you will find the registration forms tab.

This is where ALL permissions and registrations will take place in 2023. 

Link to school website here:  click here



Term 1: Wednesday 1 February – Thursday 6 April
Term 2: Wednesday 26 April – Friday 30 June
Term 3: Monday 17 July – Friday 22 September
Term 4: Monday 9 October – Friday 15 December


The 2023 General Election will be held in October and we want every eligible New Zealander to enrol and vote.

Voting starts on Monday 2 October 2023

Voting ends at 7:00pm on election day (Saturday 14 October).


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