Announcement : 

Teacher Only Day on Friday 31 May (NO school)

Newsletter 26 October 2023

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

Kia ora TPS Whānau, 

We hope you all enjoyed a lovely long weekend! Please find lots of celebrations in our newsletter below!

Teacher Only Day – MONDAY 13 NOVEMBER 

A reminder that TOD (Teacher Only Day) is on Monday 13 November. You will need to find alternative care for your child on this day. This TOD is given by the Ministry of Education so schools and teachers are given time to go through the upcoming Curriculum changes and implementation of the Aotearoa Histories Curriculum.  

School Carparks

Thanks to all the families who have supported us with this change. We appreciate it! 

Outstanding Payments – Check HERO Finance 

We kindly ask that all outstanding fees are paid. This includes the additional activities your child has or will be participating in this term, it also includes all the sports registrations fees. Please take the time to check your app. 

Devika Tagg


Kereru Electives:

This term Whānau Kererū are offering four different elective subjects on a Friday. Each teacher takes a group of students for a subject that they have opted in to. We are doing Cooking, Science, Art, and Discovering the World. The tamariki were incredibly engaged and had a lot of fun in their session last week! We had a team of budding bakers creating delicious treats, super scientists investigating tornadoes in a jar, amateur artists making 3D sculptures out of recycled materials, and a group exploring Egypt creating hieroglyphic art! We are looking forward to the rest of an exciting term!

Collins Street Access:

If you would like to access the school from Collins Street, you can do so through a gate at the edge of the field beside the little cottage. This gate is always unlocked and is a great, safe option as it leads straight to/from the footpath. However, the car park in Collins Street is for staff parking only.
Thank you for your support in keeping our tamariki safe.
After School Care: Important Notice
Dear Families
We would have loved to open for a full day on the Teacher only Day, Monday 13 November. Unfortunately we have had very few families register their interested in using our services for the day. As a result,  we will not be operating on the Teacher Only Day. We will resume aftercare as normal on Tuesday 14 November.
Kind regards
Kelli and the Aftercare Team

Sunblock Donation:

A very big THANK YOU to Susan for donating sunblock from BANANA BOAT. It is very much appreciated.

Invitation to join the TPS ‘Friends of the Library:

Tasha and her Student Librarians work really hard to create a library we can be proud of – but some jobs just need adult help.

This year we started a ‘Friends of the Library’ group who meet Monday afternoons (2-3pm) to help cover seal the new books. At the moment our wonderful Cherrie, who is an amazing volunteer for many things at our school, is doing this job single-handedly and she could really use some support.

Could you come and help out? You do not need to be a fluent English speaker, you are welcome to use your first language to chat with others or put your headphones on! Tasha would teach you how to do the job initially so don’t worry if you have never coversealed a book before – it really is quite easy. 

The library is always a special place in a school. It opens up windows to the world and inspires learners to explore and achieve. Please email Tasha if you can invest any time to help.


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:


Year 6 Leaver Hoodies 2023

Orders must be placed by Friday 3 November (please see link on Hero Post)


Hangers required:

If you have any spare clothes hangers, we would appreciate donations for use in our sick bay.

Lost Property:

Please collect ASAP.

Monday 13 November       Teacher Only Day (no school)

Friday 24 November           School Disco (details to follow)

Wednesday 6 December    Whole school beach picnic

Thursday 7 December        Graduation (year 6) 6:00pm

Thursday 14 December      Pizza/wheels/non uniform day

Friday 15 December           Last day of Term 4 (3:00pm) 

Click here for School Calendar


Link to school website here:  click here


Cross Country:

TPS had a very successful outing at this year’s Cluster Cross Country event. All of our runners completed the grueling course and made the whole kura extremely proud. We came first in three of the six races and completely dominated the Year Six Girls’ race finishing 1st, 3rd and 4th! Well done to everyone who took part. 

Chess Competitions:

If your child would like to compete in weekend chess competitions, please click on the facebook link below.


Term 4: Monday 9 October – Friday 15 December

2024 Term Dates

Term 1: Friday 2 February – Friday 12 April
Term 2: Monday 29 April – Friday 5 July
Term 3: Monday 22 July – Friday 27 Septemer
Term 4: Monday 14 October – Wednesday 18 December


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