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So many things on the go here at Kura but I want to mention a couple………

Firstly – our Tau 6 (Mangoroa) are in the last weeks of their time at Paenuku before moving from primary level to intermediate. This is a big shift for them and we want to ensure a smooth transition. Whaea Petina is inviting current year 6 and year 7 whanau to join her and staff for an introduction to our TKW Whare Tuakana to see what the future holds and to go through the opportunities and expectations we have for 2024 Tau 7 and Tau 8
– 2024 Paetata – 5pm Tues 21st November

Second – similarly our Tau 8s are on the move through Paetata (Years 7&8) to Paetawhiti (Years 9&10) so we want to hold an evening for current year 8 and 9 whanau to hear about next year’s opportunities and expectations we have for 2024 Tau 9 and Tau 10
– 2024 Paetawhiti – 5pm Tues 28th November

We will also be letting potential new whanau know to attend these evenings as well

Third – again farewell for the year to all our Paerangi ākonga who have finished their NCEA mahi and are studying for their exams or on leave…..stay safe….enjoy….get a summer job!!

Lastly – once again farewell to our two Year 13s the Manaaki’s….thank you, guys.


Ētahi mahi i tenei wāhanga..Harikoa ngā tamariki ki ngā mahi tunu kai i tēnei wāhanga. Reka rawa ngā kai. Kaha hoki rātou ki te mahi ā roopu, ā takirua rānei. Mīharo ō koutou mahi!



He Nohonga Ngātautanga Ahau me Te Taiao

  • Term 4 Week 5: ‘Tri Oceans’ – We were grateful for the opportunity to visit Aroha Island with a team of experienced marine researchers and educators based in Te Pēwhairangi Ipipiri (The Bay of Islands).
  • Tau 9 and Tau 10 ākonga celebrate their learning for the day together. Julius Tipene (Tau 10), and Gaze Tilialo (Tau 9) received the 1st Prize overall receiving a Tri Oceans Tee-Shirt.
  • Tau 9 and Tau 10 Haerenga ki Ruapekapeka, Kororareka me Te Rau Aroha. All three places that our students visited had significant historical value to the kaupapa of our Kura in recognising how far we have come as a people and also reminding us of the mahi that we still to do in moving forward as a kura.


  • Remember to maintain uniform standards as it contributes to a positive school environment and helps foster self-discipline and responsibility.
  • IronMaori Tamaki is scheduled for Saturday, December 2nd and we are taking two teams this year.


  • Over the past 5 weeks, the Academy Cadets have been called into many kaupapa, including multiple tangihanga, 28 Māori Battalion medal Ceremony, and Italy fundraising events. These kaupapa have allowed the Academy to sharpen up and iron any doubts that prevent the academy from reaching its potential.
  • The Academy sends their condolences to the whānau Paraone for the loss of Aunty Peggy, and secondly to the whānau Wright for the loss of Aunty Wikitoria. Kia kore wareware. The response from the boys and the standard that was set at these kaupapa has laid promising times for the future ahead. The boys are getting more and more reliable as they comprehend the true meaning of the Academy and the kaupapa.
  • With Chief moving to a new job and a change of guard in the Academy, the cadets have responded well and have used this opportunity to take on new challenges. This was shown at the 28 Māori Battalion medal ceremony. The cadets showed discipline, honour, and respect as they carried the Mana of their tūpuna that day. We were also rewarded with a special wairua moment the night before. The presence of the 28 Māori Battalion was felt by the cadets and the opportunity to serve Tā Bom Gillies was an honour the cadets will never forget. Another special moment to put in the Academy archives
  • The Academy would also like to acknowledge all parents who supported our Italy Fundraising trip by running their stores at the InnoNative mini-market event. The success of that day will be a huge contribution to our overall goal to get these cadets to Italy for the 80th commemoration of the Battle of Monte Cassino. Overall, there has been a rise in standards in the Academy, it gives great hope for what lies ahead

Whānau, please note

  • Our kura has high expectations of ourselves and ākonga, therefore, we need to attend consistently, be awake, follow the hygiene and dress standards, and be well-rounded in our hauora.
  • Healthy kai (provided) and Wai Māori are the only acceptable kai allowed at TKW. Please ensure that your tamariki has a clean and named water bottle with them each day.


As part of the merge process, Te Kāpehu Whetū has been working with SchoolDocs to create a website for our policies and procedures. We are excited to announce that the site is now live and available to our school community. Access details are in the newsletter.

Mahi Hakinakina

  • Last week Paetata had 2 mixed teams entered into the volleyball festival tournament held at Kensington stadium. All players enjoyed the experience and came away excited, proud of themselves and wanting to play more. Both teams won 2 games out of 3. We look forward to seeing volleyball grow at our Kura.
  • Learning new skills and techniques of how to play indoor cricket at the Northland cricket association.  At first there were mixed feelings about the sport, but the passionate and engaging coaches Rob Geaney and Ben made their experience fun, challenging and competitive, which is what the ȃkonga loved the most.  A massive mihi to Northland Cricket for sharing their knowledge, expertise and the new bags, balls and posters.
  • Hailing from Tai Tokerau, we have the Tai Tokerau Natives Rugby Team, embarking on an exciting journey across the USA, participating in three matches across various provinces, kicking off in San Francisco. Among the outstanding members are the 2023 Head Girl, No:1 jersey Wikitoria Rogers, and the accomplished former Pou Arahi, Year 13, No:3 jersey Erana Paraha. Your performance is perfect, pushing the boundaries of excellence in the world. Make the most of your game time, showcasing your skills and determination. Te Kāpehu Whetū has been eagerly tracking your adventure, and we extend our cheerful congratulations to these remarkable ladies.

Important Dates (October-December)

NCEA exams, Moana futures, Teachers Only Days, Paetata 2024 whanau hui, Paetawhiti 2024 whanau hui, Iron Maori Tamaki, Paenuku Prize Giving, Graduation & Paerangi Prize giving.