2022 Term Dates

Upcoming School Events

Term 1

Start: Tuesday 8th February.                                End: Thursday 14th April

Term 2

Start: Monday 2nd May                                        End: Friday 8th July


Queen’s Birthday Monday 5th June

Term 3 

Start: Monday 25th July.                                       End: Friday 30th September

Term 4

Start: Monday 17th October.                                End: Friday 16th December


Labour Day 26th October

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Newsletter Thursday 16th September 2022

Kia Ora Whanau



The government has now ended the Traffic Light system as our response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  While masks do not need to be worn at school, we are still encouraging our tamariki to follow healthy practices, ie, wash their hands, cough into their elbow (having said that – it’s a very long time since I’ve heard anyone cough at Te Paina), and stay home if unwell.  If someone tests positive for Covid-19, they still need to isolate.  Together we can keep well.


Inter-school Cross Country

We recently had a small team from Te Paina participate in the Franklin Combined Schools Cross-country.  It was a very challenging course, and it was good to see them give it their best shot!


If You Have a Concern

If you are concerned about anything that happens at school, or might have happened at school, or you heard might have happened at school, please get in touch.  It’s amazing what we can help sort out if we know about it.  On the other hand, if we are not aware of an incident/concern we are unable to be proactive.  In the first instance, please approach the teacher of your tamariki, or contact me if you cannot make contact with the teacher.


Maori Language Week 

In some ways every week here at Te Paina is Maori Language Week because we have an ongoing programme of increasing our knowledge and use of te reo and tikanga.  This week we have focussed on one of our core MANA values – manaakitanga.  Manaakitanga is about showing love and care for others.  It’s about making a conscious effort to think about, support and respect others and self.


The Passing of Queen Elizabeth II

You will be aware that our government has announced a one-off public holiday to celebrate the life of Queen Elizabeth II.  It’s amazing to think she was the monarch for 70 years.  The public holiday will be on Monday 26 September, so there will be no school on that day.


Rippa Rugby

Our ‘rippa’ rugby team had a great tournament at Maramaua recently.  In pool play we won three games and drew one.  We were narrowly beaten in our semi-final by Pokeno – who went on to win the senior mixed competition.  Special thanks to Matua Cade for his coaching and organising.


Daylight Saving

Just a ‘heads up’ – daylight saving starts on Sunday 25 September; just one week away!  So, on Tuesday 27 September we need to get up earlier (most probably in the dark!) to be at school on time.  Then we can enjoy extended evenings.  I’m sure we are all looking forward to summer!


Ka kite ano

James Thomas

Transition Principal