Volume 12  – 6 May 2021


Welcome back to term 2 and a special welcome to Jacky Armstrong who is now teaching in Te Wheke.  The exterior painting is still continuing so please be mindful of this when visiting the school and especially if children are using the grounds in the weekends.


Please be aware that we received the new school bus route in the holidays and it can be viewed below.

MOE2372TuruaMBL Route Number31
Controlling School:-Hauraki Plains College
Schools Serviced:-Turua School / Hauraki Plains College
Area Serviced:-Turua – Ngatea
8.20Depart Hauraki Plains College to cnr Huirau Rd & Gumtown Rd3.00Depart Turua Primary School to cnr Hauraki Rd & Old Ferry Rd
via Kaihere Rd, SH 2, Orchard East Rd, Hauraki Rd & Huirau Rdvia Raratuna Rd & Hauraki Rd
8.30Depart Huirau Rd to cnr Hauraki Rd & Old Ferry Rd3.05Depart cnr Hauraki Rd & Old Ferry Rd to cnr Huirau Rd & Gumtown Rd
via Huirau Rd & Hauraki Rdvia Hauraki Rd & Huirau Rd
8.45Depart cnr Hauraki Rd & Old Ferry Rd to Turua Primary School3.20Depart cnr Huirau Rd to Hauraki Plains College
via Hauraki Rd, Bagnall Sq, Waihou St & Raratuna Stvia Huirau Rd, Hauraki Rd, Orchard East Rd, SH 2 & Kaihere Rd
Arrive Turua Primary School8.50


Please note that school will be closed for students on Monday 14th June  as a Teacher Only Day.


Some exciting news for our families!  The Board have confirmed that they are participating in the Healthy School Lunch Programme which is funded by the ministry and will start in Term 3.  Below is some information provided by the ministry and we will keep you updated as we confirm the implementation of the programme.

About Ka Ora, Ka Ako
In 2019, the Government introduced a two-year initiative to explore delivering a free and healthy daily school lunch to Year 1 to 8 students in schools with high levels of disadvantage.
The programme is offered to schools and kura that fall within the highest 25 percent of socio-economic disadvantage nationally and where students face the greatest barriers that can affect access to education, wellbeing and achievement. In response to theCOVID-19 pandemic, the  programme is expanding to reach 25 percent of students by the end of 2021, including secondary schools.

We take a range of factors that could affect learners ’achievement and wellbeing into account when selecting which schools and kura to take part. The main tool used to determine the extent of socio-economic barriers is the Equity Index. This looks at a full basket of factors in a child’s life such as family circumstances, income and the number of school changes. We also consider the impact on nearby schools and any likelihood of students moving between schools to access lunches. School deciles are not used as a measure of need.
A universal school-based approach means that every learner gets a free lunch. This minimises the stigma sometimes associated with receiving free meals in schools. We know there are hungry children in every community, but we do not always know who they are
– a universal approach means we do not need to and no child needing lunch will miss out.

Nutrition, health and safety
Lunches must be healthy and nutritious. We have worked with the Ministry of Health to establish nutrition guidelines for Ka Ora, Ka Ako  based on the Ministry of Health’s food and drink guidance for schools .
A typical weekly menu might include a variety of lunches such as wraps, vegetable sticks, dips, salads, soups, and hot lunches. Menus may also change from term to term to reflect available fresh seasonal produce and feedback from schools and learners. Lunches should also be provided to meet any specific dietary and religious requirements.
We recognise that children’s tastes vary and it can be challenging to provide healthy food that children want to eat. We will work with schools and suppliers to improve the nutrition and appeal of lunches and encourage learners to try new foods, eg menu planning and gradually introducing unfamiliar foods to progress to a healthier lunch menu.
Minimum standards for health and safety legislation must be met by all suppliers and those schools and kura providing their own lunches.


31 MayBook Fair
7 JuneQueens Birthday – School closed
14JuneTeacher only day – School closed
24 JuneMarae Visit
9 JulyLast Day Term 2



Welcome to our new students. Connor is our newest 5 year old and has joined Te ika iti, and James has joined Kaitaki.

Welcome to you both and your families.





Garden to Table is back up and running for Term 2. This week students made a tasty broccoli soup with soda bread and also some fiery sweet chili sauce- all with veges straight from our garden.- Gardeners were busy planting garlic, carrots and lettuce while others were maintaining our junior and leavers garden beds to make our school more beautiful!

doreeens soda bread (2) – Copy