Kia ora Parents and Caregivers

Week Two is almost over and we would like to thank you all for supporting your children as they transition to their new classrooms and/or school. We have a busy schedule of meetings next week and are looking forward to meeting you all at the Meet the Teacher evenings.

Week 3:

Monday 13 Feb – 7.00pm – Meet the Teacher Evening for Kowhai Team Rms 1-4, Manuka Team Rms 13-16 and Totara Team Rms 17-20 – Yr 7 and new Year 8 parents meet in the Hall for a presentation by the Senior Leadership Team and Year 7 and new Year 8 students wait in their classrooms. Y8 students and parents arrive at 7.30pm and meet in their child’s classroom.

Wednesday 15 Feb – School Swimming Sports at Takapuna Grammar School Pool – 9.30 – 2.00pm. Parents are welcome to attend. Please see the information below.

Wednesday 15 Feb –  7.00pm Meeting in the School Library about the ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’ Programme – with Constable Murray Fenton. Come along if you have any questions about this programme.

Thursday 16 February – 7.00pm – Meet the Teacher Evening for Rata Team Rms 5-8 and  Rimu Team Rms 9-12  – Yr 7 and new Year 8 parents meet in the Hall for a presentation by the Senior Leadership Team and Year 7 and new Year 8 students wait in their classrooms. Y8 students and parents arrive at 7.30pm and meet in their child’s classroom.

Important Dates To Note:

Thursday 13 April – Class and individual photographs

New Staff – Welcome to our new staff members.

From left to right – Tina Stenberg – Office Receptionist, Charlotte Crampsie – Executive Officer, Melissa Williams –  Room 9 teacher.

Swimming Sports – Our school Swimming Sports will be held next Wednesday from 9.15am to 2.00pm at the Takapuna Grammar School Pool. Parents are welcome to attend. There are races and fun events for everyone and we encourage every student to take part in at least one event. Please see the attached Swimming Event Timetable.


  • All students will travel by bus. Year 7 events begin first.

  • No lunch orders on this day. All children are to bring their own lunches and drink – no glass containers, no fizzy drink.

  • All children are expected to take part. Any student who is not participating (due to illness or injury) must have brought either a note from home or an email has been received by the teacher.

  • All competition is on a House and Team basis.

  • Please come equipped to cope with weather sensibly. (sunscreen/hat/togs/towel/ warm jersey). Consider bringing two towels so students have one to sit on.

  • Make sure all gear is named. Leave watches at home.

  • No digital devices including cellphones (will be locked in classrooms).

  • As there is minimal shade, students can bring umbrellas or small shade shelters to share with their friends. All students must wear a hat.


  • As this is one of the only two whole school sporting events for the year where we go off-site, students may wear their own clothes both to and from school or wear their uniform and get changed at school if they prefer.

  • When swimming, students wear their togs with swimming caps and goggles optional. Rash vests and board shorts are fine.

  • Togs/bathing suits can be worn under clothes. As this is a House Competition, students are encouraged to wear a tee shirt or outfit in their ‘house’ colour. Takarunga – red, Pupuke – blue, Rangitoto – green and Onepoto – yellow.

  • Tops must have sleeves – no singlets please as everyone needs to be sun safe.

  • Students may wear a hat of their choice, but all students must have a sun hat to wear.

  • School PE shorts are a good alternative if students don’t have shorts in their House colour.

  • No face/body paint. No zinc cream. No crepe paper please.

  • All students must have footwear on.

Keeping Ourselves Safe Parent Information Evening 7pm – Wednesday 15 February – A reminder that we are having an information evening with Constable Murray Fenton about the Keeping Ourselves Safe Programme. This programme will be taught as part of our Who We Are Unit of Inquiry. If you have any questions about this programme, please come along. Please use this link to view the programme content.

TNIS Musical Instrument Lesson Information for 2017 – Today you will receive a separate email that explains how your child can learn a musical instrument during school time at TNIS. If you have any questions please contact Sandy Harford.  

TNIS Extracurricular Groups Information for 2017 – Included in the separate music lesson email today is also information about how students can join one of our extracurricular groups. We would encourage the students to join at least one group but to leave themselves time to play with their friends. Some groups are auditioned and some are open to all students. The different groups are timetabled throughout the week, before, during and after school. Please click this link to see the timetable.

iHub – Please see the attached flyer for information about our on-site after school care programme.

Marrzipan Drama – Is your child shy? Do they feel intimidated by the idea of public speaking and performance? Do they sometimes find it difficult to make eye contact? Do they just need dedicated time per week to just be CRAZY?! Come and join the revolutionary self-confidence programme – Marrzipan! We run awesome drama classes at school, which focus on key life skills and public speaking ability. We play fun engaging games and perform at the end of term once to parents and once to invited peers. All scripts are original, engaging, educational and HILARIOUS. All children receive a certificate too to remind them they are awesome! You can sign your child up for a Trial Lesson via our website or contact Jex on 027 217 0693 or email

Ngā mihi nui

Owen, Lorene and Sandy

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TNIS Musical Instrument Lesson Information for 2017 KidsLink