Te Totara Primary School - Growing and Learning Together

Te Totara Primary School

School Holiday Dates

Monday 15th April to Friday 26th April, 2019

The School Office will be open for enrolments on:

Friday 26th April, 2019
from 9.00am - 2.oopm 

School will re-open for Term 2 on Monday 29th April, 2019 @ 8.55am 


 Torti the Tortoise

Welcome to episode 2 of TT TV for 2019. This episode Marama 12 and Marama 15 share their experience of meeting Torti the Tortoise, a tortoise that was brought back to New Zealand at the end of World War 1!



To our Te Totara School Family

It has been with a deep sense of shock and sadness that we have seen and heard about the terrible events in Christchurch on Friday.


We want you all to know that as a school family, we will do everything we can to support our students, staff and community through this difficult time.


We send our deep compassion and love to our Te Totara Muslim community as you try to come to terms with this dreadful loss.


Our Te Totara community is diverse and unique with over 35 different cultural groups that share our common vision of 'Growing and Learning Together '. Our way of belonging at our school is through our 'Reach for the Stars' values that guide us. The star of 'Respect' is key to how we want to live in our school, our homes and in our beautiful country New Zealand.


One of the first things we will do is to meet with our staff on Monday morning before school begins at 8.10am in the staffroom, to take a moment to acknowledge the tragic loss and give staff guidance on how best to support students as they arrive in class on Monday morning.


We will be flying our New Zealand flag at half-mast over the next few days as a sign of respect.


Below is a link to a video that is of great value for parents and teachers on how to support and manage children's emotions and curiosities that may be raised by these types of events:

How should I talk to my children 

We would also recommend the following site of the

Children's Commissioner  (There are a number of useful links on this particular site)


Our focus over the next few weeks will be to effectively manage student's emotions during this time. If your child is upset, our first action will be to contact you as parents. Please understand that routine and structure during the school day will be very important and we will be vigilant in minimising exposure to media and digital forums throughout the school day. Please be assured that we will not use this terrorist attack as a context for learning or opinion forming discussions.


Today, tomorrow and in the following days, we will need to reach out and come together as a school, and a community. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this horrific event.


Anne Fraser


On behalf of our Te Totara Primary School Community


2019 Board of Trustees Elections

This year there is a Board of Trustees election coming up and we wanted to give everyone plenty of opportunity to think about standing for the Board. The below links provide a brief guide as to what it entails:

School Trustee elections 

Community member guide to the role of the Board of Trustees

Kōrari Programme 



Key Dates for the Te Totara Primary School 2019 Board of Trustees Elections are:

Close Main Roll - noon Wednesday 8th May

Call of Nominations - Friday 10th May

Close Supplementary Roll - noon Wednesday 22nd May

Nominations Close - noon Friday 24th May

Voting Papers Sent by -  Wednesday 29th May

Election Day (voting closes) - noon Friday 7th June

Vote Count - Thursday 13th June

Board takes Office - Friday 14th June 


ERO Report

In November 2017, ERO visited our school. This is the Government agency that reviews all schools to examine the quality of education provided.

Click the link to view the details of the report.