Tirau Primary School - Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well

Upcoming Events

Grandparents Day and Book Character Dress Up Day - Friday 31st March

It was  fabulous to have such an amazing turnout of Grandparents and family members to celebrate the end of our Book Week on Friday. The quality and standard of the costumes was superb and it was very hard for our judges to choose a winner for each class. Many thanks to our wonderful staff, especially Mrs Signal for the organisation over the week., our fantastic PTA parents for supplying the lovely food for the morning tea and to all the staff and parents who helped out at the book fair over the week. It was awesome to see the response to this special occasion.




We are looking forward to celebrating our book week in Week 9 with a range of fun activities - read more below.

Book Fair:

OUR Book Fair will be set up in Room 3 for the week,  There will be a wide range of books for sale to cater for all age groups and interests. Opening times are daily from.8:30am to 9:00am and 3:00pm to 3:30pm. The school receives a percentage of sales in the form of books for the library.  It is a great way of getting new books for the school in a pleasurable and easy way. You are welcome to donate a book to the School LIbrary from the Book Fair. Make sure you come along and have a look .
Children can only visit the Book Fair accompanied by an adult.

Parent Help:

Helpers are required to ‘man’ the Book Fair.

If you can help on any of the days for any of the sessions please come and see Donna Signal or Freda ( at the office) and they will slot you in.   donna@tirau.school.nz     Many thanks.

Grandparents Day:

Grandparents and Friends of the School are invited to visit the classrooms and Book Fair on Friday 31st  March from 11:00am to 1pm.  Morning tea will be from 11:00am to 11:30am for visitors in the Learning Centre. Keep an eye out for an invitation from classes.

Book Character Dress Up:

Friday the 31st is dress up day!

Children come dressed as one of their favourite book characters.

Let you imagination run wild and be creative!

Prizes for the ‘Best Costume’ in each class.

Join us for a parade through town at 9:30am.

Guest Readers:

Do you know anyone famous?   We would love to have them come and read to us!

Or even anyone ‘not so famous’.

Please let Donna know by email  donna@tirau.school.nz if you can assist in this area.

Bring a picture book to School

Tuesday 28th March is dedicated to bringing a favourite picture book from home to share with your class.  Please encourage your child/children to bring one book to share.  The book should be named or in a named bag.


Ze Bong the Storyteller will be performing on Thursday 30th March at 11:40am.

2017 Year 6 Leaders

On Friday we presented our Year 6 leaders with their leadership badges, we are very excited to see these wonderful students grow as leaders this year. Congratulations to you all

Ambassadors - Hazar, Jacqueline, Zara

Sports Leaders - Ashton, Holden, Jack, Maiinga

Enviro Leaders - LJ, Lucas, Liam, Xhoemi

Librarians - Dani, Olivia D

Peer Mediators - Tabitha, Jessica

Tech Buddies - Ella, Bradley

2017 Term Dates

The term dates for 2017 are:

Term 1  - Wednesday 1st February - Thursday 13th April  

Term 2 - Monday 1st May - Friday 7th July

Term 3 - Monday 24th July - Friday 29th September

Term 4 -Monday 16th October - Friday 15th December 

Welcome back for 2017

We are all looking forward to a exciting and busy 2017 school year. We have some awesome learning opportunities for our Tirau LEARNerS and look forward to having you all join us on this journey.

Our staff for 2017 are as follows:

Principal-  Mrs Siobhan Patterson

Deputy Principal - Mrs Denise Mathers - Year 5 & 6 - Ruma Kereru (Room 1)

Year 4 & 5 Teacher - Mrs Sarah Brown - Ruma Pukeko (Room 2)

Year 2 & 3 - Miss Kelly Mason (Monday to Wednesday) - Ruma Kiwi (Room 5)

Mrs Tania Edmeades (Thursday and Friday) 

Year 2 & 3 Miss Kimberley White - Ruma Kakapo (Room 6)

Junior Learning Team Leader - Mrs Donna Signal - NE/Year 1

Classroom Release Time and Learning Support - Mrs Judith Robinson 

Senior Teacher Release (Term 1) - Miss Justine Exley

Teacher Aides - Mrs Tanya Putt

Ms Jacque Dykstra

Mrs Nicole Goldsbury

Executive Officer Mrs Freda Leonard

CaretakerMr Geoff Crispe

Cleaner Mrs Julie Duske

Term 2 Learning Hui - Maths

Thank you to the great group of parents who turned out for the Learning Hui in Maths last Thursday evening. While we were a small group there was great discussion about how we teach Maths at school.

Below are some of the resources we shared and if you would like further information please see Mrs Patterson and she will arrange a time to hold a further session for those of you who were unable to join us.

The website NZMaths has a lot of very good information for parents - click on the Families section 



Introductory Video for Supporting Maths at Home 



Zuri the Giraffe

Earlier this term we were all excitedly waiting out the front of Tirau Primary School to see Zuri the Giraffe as she was moved from Auckland Zoo to her new home at Wellington Zoo. Sadly as she drove past she put her head down in her trailer and we didn't get to see her.

 Yesterday we received a box from Auckland Zoo with a Zuri giraffe, a lovely letter and an adoption certificate for one of the giraffes at Auckland Zoo. 



Below is a video of Zuri's trip south and Tirau School pupils and our school sign are featured at about 1min 58 secs



If you would like to download our Tirau Primary School App follow the links below

Google Play - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appswiz.tirauprimaryschool&hl=en


Apple itunes Store  - https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/tirau-primary-school/id1074503451?mt=8



Please ensure that your child has an appropriate wide brimmed hat, or a cap with a flap to cover the neck. We will not be allowing children to play in the playground after Thursday if they do not have an appropriate hat. We also recommend that you apply sunscreen to your children before they get to school and that they have sunscreen to apply at school. Classes do have a supply of sunscreen for children to use if they have forgotten theirs. If you are wanting to purchase a hat we do have them for sale in the office for $8



It was great to see our learners wearing our school uniform and looking so smart in Term 1. 

Our official school shirt is compulsory for all students. 

The children need to wear items such as shorts, leggings, skirts or pants on the bottom but these must be full black, there are a number of places where these are available at a reasonable price. 


Due to the success of our school the ministry has placed an enrolment scheme on our school. The board would like to inform the community that we do have some limited spots for those learners who live outside our ‘Home Zone’ across all levels of the school available until the end of this term.  If you would like to come and have a guided tour of our school, please ring and book a tour at the office or simply pop in for a look around and get your children onto our waiting list.