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

Upcoming Events

Staff for 2020

Mrs Siobhan Patterson - Principal         

Mrs Denise Mathers - Deputy Principal - Year 5 & 6 Teacher in Ruma Kereru  

Mrs Megan Smith - Junior Team Leader, New Entrant and Year 1 Teacher in Ruma Tui

Miss Georgia Robertson -  Year 4 & 5 Teacher in Ruma Pukeko

Ms Laura Wallace - Year 3 & 4 Teacher in Ruma Kea

Ms Margaret Tiddy - Year 2 & 3 Teacher in Ruma Kākāpō

Whaea Denise Thompson - Year 1 & 2 Teacher in Ruma Kiwi.

Mrs Judith Robinson - Classroom Release and Learning Support Teacher

Mrs Tania Edmeades - Classroom Release Teacher

Mrs Rebekah Bardoul - Deputy Principal Release and Specialist Teacher

Mrs Tanya Putt - Teacher Aide

Mrs Kelly Fisher - Teacher Aide

Mrs Bobbie Basalaj - Teacher Aide

Mrs Glenda Anderson - Teacher Aide

Mrs Freda Leonard - Executive Officer

Mr David King - Caretaker

Cleaner - Cleantastic


    New School Logo

Dates for 2020
The Board of Trustees have set the term dates for 2020. They are
Term 1: Monday 3rd February - Thursday 9th April
Term 2: Tuesday 28th April - Friday 3rd July
Term 3:  Monday 20th July - Friday 25th September
Term 4: Monday 12th October - Wednesday 16th December

We will be holding some Teacher Only days - these will be notified once confirmed.

Tirau School Ag Day 15th October 2019
Dear Parents/Caregivers
We are holding our Annual Ag Day this year for lambs/kids only.
NO calves will be permitted due to the restrictions needed to contain the
M Bovis outbreak.
You can rear a calf to take to Group Day though as this will be hosted
 by Lichfield School and our Group Day Committee has decided
 to allow calves to enter even if they have not competed at their school
event due to the restrictions.
Whether our Tirau event goes ahead will be determined by numbers entered
as it is getting harder to ask judges to come for the day when there
are only a few animals to judge.
Please indicate whether you will have a lamb/kid to enter this year’s event
 so we can make an early decision. You don’t need an animal chosen by then
just an indicator of numbers will be the deciding factor going forward.



Any queries please see me in the office.  Freda


Ruma Kākāpō Dance from Friday 10th May.


Lockdown Drill Wednesday 10th April

Today we conducted a school-wide lockdown exercise. We are pleased to inform you that our students responded safely, maturely and with a nature of controlled urgency.

The lockdown is a part of our emergency procedures and we will be implementing emergency protocol exercises each term to ensure all staff and students remain familiar with our processes.

Should you hear of a lock down or evacuation at the school, please do not attend the school or phone, as we will not be in a position to respond.  Your presence or contact may make it more difficult for us or the emergency services to manage a situation. When collecting your children after a lockdown please remember that you will be required to collect your child from their teacher.




Skool Loop App
This is a really good way of keeping up with the happenings at school. It has links to the school calendar and you can submit absences through it. Download it from the Apple App store or Google Play. 




2019 Information

 Welcome to Tirau Primary School for the 2019 school year. 

If you are wishing to enrol a new student please email the Principal Siobhan Patterson - principal@tirau.school.nz for an appointment.

Stationery this year is being sold through Office Max. 

Go to www.myschool.co.nz and enter Tirau Primary School into the search box.


Then click start 



Then fill in your child's details and select their class (you don't need a student ID)


 Then it will take you through payment and delivery options.

 If you need to buy uniform the office will be open from 9:00am until 11:00 am on Wednesday 30th January. 


Term Dates for 2019

Term 1:   Thursday 31st January – Friday 12th April  

Term 2: Monday 29th April - Friday 5th July


Term 3: Monday 22nd July - Friday 27th September
Term 4: Monday 14th October - Tuesday 17th December



Board of Trustees Community Survey 2018 

Our Board of Trustees are looking for your critical feedback to ensure we have a picture of the goals and directions for our wonderful school over the next 3 to 5 years and beyond. The Board has taken the time to put together this brief survey to give you the opportunity to share your views with us to give us direction when making future decisions for our school on your behalf. Please follow the link below to the online survey. 

Community Survey 2018


Talent Quest 2018


On Wednesday 26th September the final of the 2018 Talent Quest was held in the Learning Centre at the end of our Market Day.  Congratulations to all the students who took part in our school Talent Quest this year. The final was held yesterday at the end of Market Day. We really appreciated the input from our judges, Courtney and Tom two senior students from Putaruru College. Many thanks to Mrs Edmeades for all her organization and hard work. The winners were

1st – Meah, Sarah, Corey Bryah and Tessa - play 

2nd Ellie -  Gymnastics

3rd Elisabeth, Olivia, Kiama - Paige, Lilah and Ellie - Dance




 Quiz Night

A huge congratulations to our wonderful PTA, and especially the Quiz Organising Committee for their successful quiz night fundraiser last Friday night. It was great to see so many teams getting into the spirit and dressing up. The rounds and questions organised by quiz master extraordinaire Mrs Donna Signal were challenging but so much fun. The hall was decorated to resemble a venue any Hollywood star would be happy to party in. There was spirited bidding on the amazing cakes and the silent auction items which helped to swell the total raised to over $5000. On behalf of the students, staff and Board of Trustees we would like to extend our thanks to all of those involved in the organizing and running of this event.

Tirau Primary School PTA would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all the wonderful businesses, families and individuals who supported our Quiz Night last week.

The event was a huge success and all profits will be going towards literacy aids for the children attending Tirau School.

Congratulations to Graeme Brown Men In Black who took out the quiz and to the team from The Baker, taking out Best Dressed Team as The Rocky Horror Picture Show.






ICAS Success

Every year we offer the opportunity for our Senior pupils to take part in the ICAS (International Competitions and Assessments for Schools) exams in subjects such as Science, Mathematics, Writing and Spelling. These are organized by the University of New South Wales and sat in schools across New Zealand, Australia and Asia. We have had groups complete a number of these in 2018 and at last Friday’s assembly we presented the certificates for those children who sat the Digital Technologies and Science exams.

The results were as follows:



Fahmi Y was awarded a participation certificate 

Thomas S was awarded a Merit  – He scored in the top 37 percent of all participants in Year

Mitchell B was awarded a Credit – He scored in the top 13 percent of all participants in Year 5

Digital Technologies:                                                                        

Sarah D was awarded a Credit – She scored in the top 22 percent of all participants in Year 5

Mitchell B was awarded a Distinction – He scored in the top 3 percent of all participants in Year 5




Welcome Back for Term 2

Our Tirau LEARNerS are all settled back into routines and working hard today. It was lovely to see all the smiling faces this morning. Lets hope the rain stays away this week and the children can enjoy being back in the playground with their friends.  Please check out the calendar on our website for upcoming events as there is no newsletter this week.

New members of our Tirau Primary School Family 

We have welcomed Whaea Denise in Ruma Kiwi today and Evelyn in Ruma Tui. 

Winter Sports starting 

Good luck to our football teams who begin their competitions on Saturday 

The basketball team  start their competion next Tuesday 8th May. 

Draws will be added to website and app once received each week. 

Book Week 9th - 12th April

 Last year we raised over $500 to spend on books for our school. Let's make this year even better!


 Book Fair

The 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 will be daily 8:30 - 9:00am and 3:00 -3:30pm.

The school receives a percentage of sales in the form of books for the library and resources. It is a great way of getting new resources for the school in a pleasurable and easy way. Make sure you come along and have a look. Children may only visit the book fair accompanied by an adult. EFTPOS available.

Parent Help 

Helpers are require to 'man' the Book Fair each day either from 8:30 -9:00am or in the afternoon from 3:00 - 3:30pm. If you are able to help please email Donna Signal - donna@tirau.school.nz or Freda Leonard - office@tirau.school.nz and they will slot you in. Many thanks.


Grandparents Day

Grandparents and friends of the school are invited to visit the classrooms and Book Fair on Thursday 12th April from 11:00am - 1:20pm. Morning tea will be from 11:00 - 11:30am for visitors in the Learning Centre.


Book Character Dress Up Day

Thursday 12th April is dress up day! Children come dressed as one of their favourite book characters. Let your imagination run wild and be creative!  Prizes will be awarded for the 'Best Costume' in each class. 


Guest Readers

We would love to have some guest readers during Book Week. If you or someone you know would like to come and read to a class please email Donna. 


Bring a Picture Book to School

Encourage your children to bring a favourite picture book  from home to share with their class. The book should be named and in a bag. 


Mystery Storyteller 

There will be a 'mystery' Storyteller session for the whole school on Tuesday 10th April.




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 $5



Term Dates for 2018 

Term 1 Tuesday 30th January – Friday 13th April
Public Holidays - Tuesday 6th February -  Waitangi Day, Friday 30th March - Good Friday,
Monday 2nd April - Easter Monday, Tuesday 3rd April - Easter Tuesday.
Term 2 Monday 30th April – Friday 6th July     
Public Holidays -  Monday 4 June - Queen's Birthday ,Friday 15th June TOD
Term 3   Monday 23rd  July – Friday 28thSeptember     
Term 4   Monday 15th October – Friday 14th December 
Public Holidays - Monday 22nd October - Labour Day

Welcome back for 2018

We are all looking forward to a exciting and busy 2018 school year. When we return to school on Tuesday 30th January you will be able to see the progress the builders have made over holidays. Building work will continue in term 1 and we are excited to see the finished results soon. 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 2018 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 Kimberley White - Ruma Kakapo (Room 6) 
Year 1 & 2 Mrs Shona Cassels - Ruma Kiwi (Room 5)
Junior Learning Team Leader - Mrs Donna Signal - NE/Year 1
Classroom Release Time and Learning Support - Mrs Judith Robinson 
Senior Leadership Team  Release  & Specialist Teacher - Miss Sharon Davis
Teacher Aides Mrs Tanya Putt
Ms Jacque Dykstra
Mrs Kelly Fisher
Executive Officer: Mrs Freda Leonard
Caretaker: Mr Geoff Crispe
Cleaner: Cleantastic

Group Day Success


On Friday at assembly we had the opportunity to congratulate brother and sister Olivia and Daniel on their success at the South Waikato Group Day earlier in the term. 
Daniel won his cup for the most obvious pet lamb, which is awarded for the call and follow.
Olivia was awarded Champion lamb for her expertise and knowledge in rearing and grooming her lamb.


Tirau Tamariki Tour


Below is the link to the write up in the Prattler about the "Tirau Tamariki Tour"



2017 Putaruru Winter Sports 7-aside Tournament



On Wednesday 23rdAugust our Year 4, 5 & 6 students were able to take part in the annual Putaruru Cluster Winter 7 aside tournament at Glenshea Park. This tournament is organised by Bossy Rata who is the Kiwisport organiser employed on behalf of our Putaruru Schools and she is responsible for the organisation of many of the excellent sporting opportunities our students have both here at school and in the Putaruru area. The children were in mixed teams with students from across all of our Putaruru Schools and they had the opportunity to compete in sports such as football, rugby and netball. This was a fabulous opportunity for our students to meet students from all the different schools and forge new friendships. We saw many examples of our Tirau LEARNerS displaying their school values and playing with great determination and skill. It was also fabulous to see so many parents supporting the student’s efforts. On the day there were 540 students participating with  further 80 student leaders from Putaruru College and the Wharekura who looked after the teams, they were also fantastic role models who encouraged and supported  all the students taking part. 


Parent Interviews Term 3 2107 


The teachers of Ruma Tui, Kākāpō, Pukeko  and Kereru will be conducting parent interviews next week. The dates set aside are Wednesday 2ndfrom 3:30 – 7:30 pm and Thursday 3rd August from 3:30 – 6:30pm. You can access the booking website from the link above and the code for our school is vxdg7. If there are any issues please do not hesitate to contact Siobhan or Freda and we are happy to make a booking for you.   

Sir Peter Blake Trust Young Leaders Award 2017


On the last day of Term 3 we welcomed Emma Jones from Westpac to present this award to Zara C in Ruma Kereru. The Young Leaders Award celebrates young leaders across New Zealand in memory of Sir Peter Blake who was a great example of leadership and how, through hard work and self-belief you can achieve your dreams. Zara was nominated by our school because she is an inquisitive and mature learner who is a fantastic role model for others. She is a confident leader  who shows humility at all times, she uses a range of skills to support her peers to develop their own solutions. She is a nurturing and caring member of our school family. She steps up to challenges and excels at tasks. She epitomizes our Tirau Primary School values in everything she does. Congratulations Zara!!



Our New School Jackets - Thanks to the Mathis Family.

 We have been fortunate to receive a very generous donation from the Mathis family after their final child Jack finished Year 6 in 2016. The Board of Trustees in consultation with the Mathis family decided to put the money towards purchasing school jackets for use when school representatives are travelling away to competitions and events in the Waikato area. This is a very fitting tribute to a family whose children have represented our school so wonderfully over their long association with our fabulous school. We would like to publicly express our thanks to Steve, Rachel and their extended family for their generosity.


Welcome back for Term 2

 We have had a wonderful start to the new term welcoming some new students to Tirau Primary. Daesha has joined Ruma Kereru, Jay has joined Ruma Kiwi and Sophie has joined Ruma Tui, we extend the warmest of welcomes to these new students and their families. We have also welcomed back Mrs Rebekah Bardoul who will be teaching in a part time role for the remainder of the year. It is great to have her back as part of the team.

 ANZAC Celebrations 

 At the end of last term we had a very moving and respectful ceremony to commemorate ANZAC Day and it was fabulous to see all of our students joining together to  honour the soldiers and members of our Tirau community who have been a part of the past conflicts.

During the holidays Zara and Hazar, 2 of our ambassadors represented the school at the Tirau Community ANZAC service, presenting a wreath on behalf of the school and Zara also gave a reading. It was a wonderful commemoration and it was fantastic to have these two Tirau LEARNerS role models taking part.

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

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



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.