Te Totara Primary School - Growing and Learning Together




The School Office will be open on Friday 22nd July 

from 9.00am - 2.00pm for Enrolment enquiries

School Begins on Monday 25th July at 8.55am



Please contact Anne Fraser (Principal) or alternatively the School Office as soon as possible after you have been informed of a positive test result.  

Phone 853 0039 or email:  principal@tetotara.school.nz 



Latest Episode Term 2 Week 9

Featuring Marama 12, 13 & 14.  Enjoy!

Orange Setting Guidelines at Te Totara Primary 

Face masks at Orange setting are still recommended to be worn by our staff and Years 3-6 students when inside school buildings as per MOE guidelines. This cannot be mandated but will be promoted on health and safety grounds.  Wearing a mask is a key health measure that slows the spread of COVID-19 in indoor settings. 

  • Masks will still be available in all classes and at reception on request.

  • As discussed last term, we are aware for a number of reasons that some of our students and families will not be able to wear masks. Our staff respond in a compassionate and supportive way to those who are unable to wear a mask. We ask that in terms of the welfare of our staff around adults without masks, that the one metre physical distance guideline is maintained.

  • Our school gates will be open from 8.15am-8.55am and 2.55-3:15pm each day for our students to arrive and leave school. (Students who need to arrive earlier or stay later need to be enrolled in our Before or After School Care programme.)

  • We will be welcoming our families back into the school grounds at the drop-off and pick-up times, however we will be asking you to please wear face masks to protect our learners and staff at this time, with winter viruses and Covid still circulating. Due to our large school student and parent population we need to be very cautious around this.

  • If any family members are unwell with any winter colds or virus, then we ask that you drop off your child at the school gate, until you are well again.

  • Families are welcome to come into your child’s classroom, but we ask that this is for a short visit rather than lingering and chatting inside for a long period of time, as this increases the risks to our staff and more vulnerable students.

  •  Please be aware that all school gates will be locked between 9:05am until 2:50pm to ensure that no one comes onto the school site without going through the school office. This is important in terms of keeping the staff and students safe.

  • We will return to one morning tea break and one lunch break for our staff and students.

  • The use of hand sanitizers as a good hygiene practice will continue.

  • Staff and our cleaners will continue wiping down high touch surfaces such as desks and work surfaces at the end of each day.  High quality sanitation practices will remain.

  • Unwell children need to remain at home until they are fully recovered or in the case of exposure to Covid please continue to follow the Covid isolation guidelines.  

  • It is important that you still let us know through normal absence procedures when any household members or your children have returned a positive COVID test for this reason.

  • We will continue to keep all the other health measures in place at school that we know slow the spread of COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate physical distancing whenever we can and, most importantly, staying home if we are sick.


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.