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2023 Term Dates

Upcoming School Events

Term 1

Start: Wednesday 1st February.                           End: Thursday 6th April

Good Friday Friday 7th April 

Term 2

Start: Monday 24th April                                       End: Friday 30th June


School Closed Monday 24th April (Teacher Only Day)

Anzac Day - Tuesday 25th April 

King's Birthday - Monday 5th June 

Term 3 

Start: Monday 17th July.                                       End: Friday 22nd September

Term 4

Start: Monday 9th October.                                End: Friday 15th December (TBC)


Labour Day Monday 23rd October

To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key.


Newsletter Thursday 2nd November 2022

Term Four, Week Three

Kia Ora Whanau


Paid Union Meeting - Half Day of School

As part of their Collective Employment Agreements our staff occasionally have a paid union meeting.  There will be one on the afternoon of Monday 21 November.  For this reason, school will finish at 12:30 on that day.


We were very disappointed to see that the work done in Term Three 3 on the inside of our pool was not up to standard. Therefore, we have not been able to fill the pool when we had hoped.  We have had frank discussions with the contractors who will be correcting and completing the maintenance and painting of our pool in the near future.   Swimming is an important skill for our tamariki and we will be underway with swimming at school as soon as reasonably possible.  I will let you know when and how it will be possible for whanau to get a key to the pool. 

Ukelele Purchases

It's great to see so many of the tamariki having guitar or ukulele lessons.  Regular practice is an important part of learning, and this requires having a ukulele at home.  If you would like to purchase a ukulele, let me know (via the school office) and I will make the arrangements. The very small ones are about $60, and the slightly bigger ones that I recommend for most tamariki should be no more than $75.


Pokémon Cards

Please make sure your tamariki leaves home with no Pokémon cards.  If staff find that tamariki have brought them to school, I will look after them until whanau collect them.



Last Friday afternoon we enjoyed lots of activity with running, jumping and throwing at our annual athletics.  We look forward to next Monday when a group of Te Paina tamariki will be going to the Franklin East Group competition with Matua Cade.



It was a hot afternoon on Tuesday when our school touch team had six games in a local competition.  While they had very little success in terms of the scorecard, I was impressed that they kept trying and did not give up!  Thanks again to Matua Cade for making this possible.


I’m away next week


When asked if I would be able to stay at Te Paina for Term Four, I was very happy to do so but let the School Board know that I had already entered the Pan Pacific Masters Games in Australia.  So from Fri 4 to Mon 14 Nov I will not be on site. I know that things will continue to run smoothly, and I look forward to returning on Tuesday 15 November to see our wonderful tamariki and staff again.  No doubt I’ll have a few photos and stories to share!

Upcoming Events


You can easily check about an upcoming school event by going to our School Calendar  Here are a few to be aware of:

  • Franklin East Athletics:  Mon 7 Nov

  • Year 3&4 Tabloids at Mangatawhiri School

  • Year 0-2 Tabloids at Kaiaua School:  Wed 16 Nov

  • Cultural/Food Festival: Thurs 8 Dec

  • PrizeGiving: Thurs 15 Dec, 2.30pm

  • Last Day of School Year: Fri 16 Dec


Thanks so much for your support.

Ka kite ano

James Thomas

Transition Principal

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