Home and School Committee

Home and School Committee works alongside the Tawa School Staff and the Board of Trustees to strengthen the links between the school, students families, the wider community and support the school's programmes.

For more information contact Tawa Home and School via email: homeandschool@tawa.school.nz or join the Rainbow & Sunshine Team Facebook pages.

What We Do

As well as supporting the school through fundraising, we organise a number of fun events for the students – including discos, sausage sizzles and bake sales!

We provide a new picture book to each new entrant child starting at Tawa School to encourage and support their love of reading.

We run events to bring the school community together, to build our profile in our community and to fundraise.

We also provide support where possible to the school and it’s wider community

Friends of Home and School

If you don’t want to join the committee, but can offer some time or skills from time to time, please consider joining the Friends of Home and School. Fill out this simple Google Form, telling us a bit more about what you can help with, your skills and experience and your availability. We’ll reach out via email and on the School’s Rainbow and Sunshine Team Facebook pages when we need some help – volunteers for events or fundraisers or particular skills and expertise!


In 2020, we’ve set a fundraising target of $10,000 to spend on brightening up the outdoor play spaces around the school – and we’re part way there with $4,000 already from fundraising and events over the past couple of years. (Fundraising tree image)

We’ll be asking for your help to get us the rest of the way to $10,000 by attending our events and sales and buying raffle tickets.

Buy your Entertainment Book and support Tawa School - $13 from the purchase of every book goes to the school.

Buy your Entertainment Book and support Tawa School - $13 from the purchase of every book goes to the school. (Alongside Entertainment book image)

Got some fundraising ideas? We’d love to hear them – get in touch with anyone on the committee or email us at homeandschool@tawa.school.nz

We Need You

Family support and involvement is key to the old adage that “many hands make light work". Committee meetings happen on Tuesday evenings in Weeks 2, 5 and (if needed) 9 of each term. The dates for our upcoming meetings are:

Term 1


Term 2


Term 3

Week 5: Tuesday 18 August 7pm

Week 9: Tuesday 15 September 7pm

Term 4

Week 2: Tuesday 20 October 7pm

Week 5: Tuesday 10 November 7pm

Week 9: Tuesday 8 December – likely be Committee Christmas Dinner

Meetings will be advertised via the school newsletter, on the Home and School Noticeboard outside Room 16 and on the Facebook pages (Rainbow Team, Sunshine Team and Friends of Home and School).

Key Home and School Events

Term 1:


Term 2:


Term 3:

Food Festival alongside school Art Festival – Week 9

Quiz Night – Sunday 6th September at the Borough

Calendar Art Fundraiser – running throughout the term, order dates TBC

Term 4:

Spring into Tawa Stall – Saturday 17 October, 10am – 3pm, Main Road, Tawa.

Disco – Friday 13 November. Junior Disco from 5.00pm – 6.15pm, Senior Disco 6.30pm – 8pm. Theme TBC – the theme is decided by the Student Council.

Summer Raffle – November

Bake Sale – Date TBC

Committee Profiles

Stacey Richardson - Chairperson

Kia ora Tawa School whānau, I’m the current chair of Home and School. I joined the committee in 2017 when my daughter Tatiana started at Tawa School and became chair in 2019. I’m really passionate about a strong and active Home and School group supporting the teachers, students and community of our awesome school.

As well as working full time, I volunteer in a variety of roles in addition to this one – I lead the organising team for Spring into Tawa each year and I’m on the Tawa Residents Association and the North City Cricket Club Junior Committee. I love Tawa – it’s an awesome community – and I love being part of dedicated group supporting the people in our community.

Julie Burbery - Staff Rep/Secretary

Lynnette Parkin - Treasurer

Kia ora whanau - I'm the new treasurer of the Home and School Committee. I joined the committee in term 3 of 2019, the same year that my daughter, Iyla, started in year 2.

I had long thought about giving back to the community and when I saw that the committee was looking for more members, I thought it was a perfect opportunity. I love helping others and strongly believe it takes a village to raise a child - and we have incredible children, destined to do incredible things, here in our school!

My husband, Chris, and I lived in Tawa for 9 years and we still consider it a huge part of our lives - especially as a lot of our family live here.

I currently work full-time but fill my spare time with yoga, gardening, reading, cooking for friends and family and building lego houses!

Tina Elsdon

Hi I’m Tina. I've been a Tawa school mum for 7 years, with my eldest having just started at Tawa Intermediate this year while my boy is in year 3. I joined the committee to get involved in the fantastic events that the Committee run.

I love the fresh faces and ideas that have joined the committee recently and feel that together we can do anything.

Brittany Te Kira

Hey there, I’m Britt. My eldest is a Year 6 at Tawa school and I’ve joined the Home and school committee because I am passionate about our children, I enjoy planning projects and love bringing people together.

I work full time in IT and also own a small business so I bring task management and event coordination from my career into this volunteer role.

When I’m not wearing one of my many hats you can usually find me drinking coffee in the sunshine, out for a walk or in the local op shops, and vlogging my life on Instagram.

I hope to interact with many of you throughout the year ahead.

Jen Ferguson

Hi I'm Jen. I have 2 children at Tawa school, my eldest girl started in 2018 and my son started this year and there's one still a few years off.

I wanted to be on the committee to help this awesome school become even better in whatever way we can. I'm looking forward to working on some exciting plans we have this year.

Pam Digney - Staff Rep

Barri Dullabh - Principal