Te Aroha Primary School

Term 3 Week 3 2022

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Kia ora parents and whānau,

Welcome to week 3. August has begun and we are into the last month of winter…spring is on its way! It looks like it is going to be a mixed week of weather, starting off wet and finishing cold and sunny.

Please remember to monitor your children’s health during this time. Unwell children are definitely best off at home. When children are at school we ask you to remind them that there is an expectation that students Year 4 and above wear masks indoors. As I explained to the students at the assembly on Thursday, wearing a mask isn’t about following rules for the sake of it, it is about doing our individual bit to protect others from illness…in particular our teachers and learning assistants. It is quite difficult to find relievers at present so we want to do what we can to keep them healthy. The expectation is only for this week and next, to get us past the worst of the winter. It is only recommended but think of it as a small thing we can collectively do for the health and wellbeing of everyone at Te Aroha Primary School.

In other news, the preparations are well underway for our senior students trip to Totara Springs to participate in Sports camp in a few weeks time, there is much excitement and eager anticipation amongst the students going. It will be my first trip to the camp and I am very much looking forward to it.

Room 3 have moved back into their classroom and are settling in nicely…which means too that we have our library back for the children to enjoy.

Last week was Samoan language week, there were many educational activities happening across the school as a result. It culminated in a cool dance performance at our assembly on Thursday…great to see all cultures being celebrated at TAPS.

Congratulations to our existing and new BOT members. I look forward to working with you over the coming BOT term.

It has been great getting out into the playground and interacting with the children. I am still learning names but I think I know most faces by now. We have a super school and I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of it.

Stay safe and have a fantastic week everyone.

Ngā mihi,

Justin Bertrand



  • 16/8/2022 School Cross Country Tuesday 16 August

  • 17/8/2022 Ready, Set, Go! Wednesday 17 August 1:40 - 2:40pm

  • 25/8/2022 District Cross Country Thursday 25 August

  • 30/8/2022 - 2/9/2022 Totara Sports Camp (team of Year 7&8 students)

  • 31/8/2022 Ready, Set, Go! Wednesday 31 August 1:40 - 2:40pm

  • 14/9/2022 Ready, Set, Go! Wednesday 14 September 1:40 - 2:40pm

  • 24/9/2022 PTA Duck Race Saturday 24 September

  • 28/9/2022 Ready, Set, Go! Wednesday 28 September 1:40 - 2:40pm

  • 30/9/2022 Last day of Term 3 Friday 30 September

Other term dates to be advised.


Te Aroha Primary School Board Elections 2022 Results


Totara Springs: Money is due by Friday please - I will chat to the children about this today. A note will also come home today with details for transport.

Cross Country: Is happening on Tuesday 16th August (weather permitting). Please, if you are able to help us out by marshalling for our cross country, ring Lucy in the office….we can’t run these days without help. In return you will get lots of laughs and a close up view!


Duck Day 2022

The Great Duck Race is back for 2022!

Forms were sent home. Each family is asked to please sell 10 tickets. Prize for the family that sells the most.

Spare forms are available from the office.

Thank you for supporting the PTA

PTA Spicecraft Fundraiser

Great gift idea for Fathers Day. The order forms will be coming home shortly.

Key dates: Orders & Payments in by 23rd August 2022

Delivery by 2 Sept (in time for Fathers Day)



Waihou Hub News - 100 Day Celebration

Room 1 - Mrs Johnson

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Learning Discussions on Wednesday. It was really great to be able to discuss your child’s learning and next steps for learning with you.

Literacy - Our phonics sounds for the week are m and d and our learning goal is to sound and blend CVC, 3 letter words using s a t p i n m d. We are basing our story writing on Jack and the Beanstalk. Our goal is to record a sentence that makes sense with a capital letter, finger spaces and a full stop.

Maths - We are developing our number knowledge this week with one group focusing on 1-10 and the other group 11-20 with a particular focus on the concept of before numbers. We practise counting backwards and develop the understanding that before, one less and take away one are the same.

  • The children are loving our Fairytale Unit of work and seeing their published stories up in the classroom.

  • Cross country training is up and running and the challenge is to run a bit further each day.

  • I will be out of the classroom on two days this week and Debbie Forrest will be teaching Room 1.

Room 2 – Miss Webb

Week 3 is here! I will be back on Tuesday and look forward to seeing Room 2 and hearing about everything they have been up to!

Literacy: This week our fairy tale will be Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We are going to taste some porridge just like Goldilocks did and use this as our motivation for writing. In phonics this week we will have a focus on the /ll/ and /ss/ digraphs.

Maths: Last Term we started using dot talks as a warm up for our maths lessons. This has been a great way to start our maths lessons as we are learning to explain our mathematical thinking and acknowledge the opinions of our classmates. We have finished our short probability unit and will be starting place value this week.


  • Please remember your homework book and book bag everyday

  • A change of clothes and water bottle for our cross country training

Please do not hesitate to contact me via Seesaw or email zwebb@tearohaprimary.school.nz. Have a great week!

Room 3 – Miss Swan

Kia ora koutou,

Welcome to Week 3. We have moved back into Room 3 and the children were such awesome helpers! We are slowly getting organised but it is great to be back in our own space.

Thank you so much to the whānau who came along to the Learning discussions last Wednesday. I really enjoyed meeting and chatting with you all.

Literacy: We continue with our recrafting and publishing this week in writing. Room 3 are focusing on using the letter sounds they learn in reading and transfer this new knowledge into their writing.

Maths: It is Maths and Money week this week and we will practise recognising New Zealand currency and looking at different ways to make the same amount. For example: Making up $10 in various ways. We will also be continuing on with our fraction unit and counting collection activities.

Reminders for the week:

  • A change of clothes and a drink bottle for cross country training.

  • We have a number of Poem books that have not made their way back to school. Could you please send them along this week.

  • Please remember your homework books and book bags everyday!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me via Seesaw or email mswan@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Have an awesome week😊


Room 4 - Mrs Suzette Willis, Mrs Donna Taylor-Erutoe and Team

Have a great week whānau!


Room 5 - Miss Entwisle

Welcome to Week 3! Thank you to all those students and their parents who came along to the Learning Discussions last week. It was a good opportunity to share some of the learning that your children have been doing and to discuss areas that we will be working on. 😊

Reading: We are continuing to enjoy our weekly class poems as well as our big books. It is fun reading together and working on our fluency and phrasing as we do this.

Writing: Explanation writing this week sees us exploring the dynamics of mini-trampolines.

Mathematics: Last week we worked with Mrs Mac on counting collections. It was fun figuring out how many tens and ones we had.

Physical Education: The class have been training hard for the upcoming Cross Country. We are definitely seeing an improvement in our fitness levels.

Reminders / Online Learning - Homework

  • Our Spelling words and weekly poem and other home learning based tasks are available on Seesaw. This work is optional.

  • Students have free access to learning sites such as: Prodigy, Sumdog, Sunshine Classics, Epic! And Mathletics.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Miss Entwisle via the school office: 078848803; email: mentwisle@tearohaprimary.school.nz or through the Seesaw message function.

Room 6 – Mrs Bankier

Welcome to Acacia-Maree and Rawinia who have joined Room 6 and TAPS last week. It’s great to have you here.

We have been enjoying having moments of watching New Zealander’s compete at the Commonwealth Games in a range of sports, especially watching the medal ceremonies and celebrating with the NZ team.

This week in Maths we are learning to solve a range of problems involving fractions.

Our writing will be about whether Cats or Dogs are better, persuasive writing. In this writing we need to make sure we have some pretty good reasons why we are cat or dog lovers.

We will be reading about Unicycles and Football this week as sports in NZ.

Thank you so much to all of those who were able to attend your child's Learning Conference. If you were unable to make it please let me know if you would like a new time. kbankier@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Room 7 – Mrs Paul

Thanks to those of you who were able to come along last week. Was good to catch up and learn that the great majority are not in favour of homework!

This week we will be getting into problem solving in Maths. Using mixed ability groupings, this will be a chance for everyone to add their expertise. We will focus on explaining how we solved problems as well as being able to retell how someone else did.

In Spelling we are looking at beginning blends. Blends will have 2 letters which make 2 sounds eg bl, which doffer froma diagraph where 2 letters make 1 sound eg wh.

We will finish off our Commonwealth Games work which the children have enjoyed - and learnt so much!! Thanks so much to all the families who got in behind this and helped with finding facts and sending things along. The children rewatched NZ get a Gold Medal in squash and it was so lovely when they all automatically stood up for the National Anthem!!! They have enjoyed celebrating the successes of our small nation.


Room 8 – Mrs McKenzie

Kia ora whānau and families.

Last week the students were able to show their skills in a number of ways. I was very impressed in Writing where they were able to instruct each other through procedural writing. This week we move on from this, through to persuasive writing and also building our oral language through small debating sessions. I believe Room 8 will enjoy it immensely. This helps to compliment their homework on speech writing.

Maths is based around fractions. The students have shown already how amazing they are at figuring out fraction problems so I look forward to challenging them some more through whole class, small group and individual problems and learning through games too.

Topic Inquiry this term is looking into the Physical World of Forces. Not only are we having a fun time learning through hands-on activities, we will learn through reading text and answering questions too. I hope the students have shared their knowledge of Rube Goldberg machines we looked at last week and were able to give you a home demonstration using different forces for movement.

Cross Country training is going super well. Some students are truly thriving and take every opportunity to beat their previous times. Ka pai! This week the course changes slightly and students will be running through the farm so a change of clothes is a must please. It is expected they run everyday unless a message from home is received.

It was so wonderful to meet you all last week during student learning interviews. Thank you for taking the time to come in and chat. Please know, I am always happy to meet you again to discuss your child's learning again.

Looking forward to another wonderful week of learning team. Mrs McKenzie cmckenzie@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Room 9 – Whaea Armstrong and Mrs Gamble

Kia Ora Koutou, welcome to week 3!

What a busy term we have had so far, cross country training, totara springs practice, cook island week and parent teacher interviews. A quick thank you to all those who took the time to see us last week. We very much enjoyed our learning discussions and it was great to meet you all - old faces and new!

Maths - This week we will be focusing on temperature, looking closely at negative numbers and integers. We will also be developing our problem solving skills by tackling word problems using fractions, decimals and percentages.

Reading - This week we will be focusing our reading on the novel “The Lion above the door” by Onjali Q. Ráuf. Room 9 will be completing a variety of activities based around this novel, chapter by chapter.

Writing - speeches are upon us! Therefore, for writing this week we will be looking at persuasive writing. We will watch videos of inspirational speeches made by people across the world, as well as develop our understanding of the structure and language within a successful persuasive speech/writing.


Cross country - we have been super impressed with the commitment to trainings so far. Remember to keep bringing a spare change of clothes and a drink bottle.

Speeches - hopefully by now you have begun to think about your topic for speeches. Remember that these are to be written at home. You will, however get some time during class to work on these. Tip - can’t think of a topic? Pick something you are passionate about OR love. That way, it won’t feel like you are doing a ‘speech’.

Here’s to another awesome week!

Whaea Armstrong and Mrs Gamble

Room 10 – Mrs B

Kia ora koutou,

He taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tangata.Goodwill towards others is a precious treasure

We had a truly special time celebrating Cook Island Language Week - always wonderful to learn about culture through the arts. We also had the chance to try some Cook Island kai - let me know if you would like the recipes. Thank you to all the parents and whanau that came to talk about their child’s learning with me on Wednesday - it was wonderful to see you!

This week is MATHS WEEK so Rm 10 will be having a lot of fun working in collaborative maths groups for problem solving as well as exploring proportional thinking as we begin exploring Fractions. Decimals and Percentages.

Speeches - information has been shared about the structure of a speech and what the expectation is for presenting. Students should have their topic and be undertaking research and/or drafting their ideas this week. There will be some time at school as we look at examples of effective speeches but this is largely a home task for students. We will also be using class debates to express ideas and opinions.

Persuasive Writing - we will look at the features of persuasive writing this week and use shared writing to practice these features and structure. This ties in well with our speeches.

Cross Country - some awesome running during trainings! I am really impressed. This week, we get to run the farm so please make sure your child has a change of clothes as it will be muddy. Please let me know if your child is unable to participate.

Here is to another awesome week in Rm 10.

Arohanui - Mrs B dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz

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Year 7/8 Technology at Te Aroha College

Please make sure your child has shoes that cover their feet (NO SLIDES PLEASE) and long hair needs to be tied up. Roll call for the bus at 8.30am outside Rm 10. If your child is running late and misses the bus, please take them straight to the College.

Students 12+ years are to wear a mask on the bus as per Orange setting.

Access to Period Products

We are very pleased to be part of the Ministry of Education‘s programme to provide free access to period products for students. Using these products is not compulsory and students can continue to bring products from home if they prefer.

Mrs B co-ordinates this, with products being discreetly given to students. If you would like your child to start receiving these products, please get in touch with Mrs B - by ringing the school office (07) 8848803 or via email dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz


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We need these firms to keep our school cashflow and community relations going strong. They are generous to us which enables us to benefit your children so I would ask you look at the team of sponsors and where possible, use them as we all gain.

School Policies and Procedures

School Policies and Procedures

SchoolDocs is the tool we use for our school policies. These are kept updated with the SchoolDocs team ensuring legal and compliance matters are always up-to-date.

To access SchoolDocs simply :

1. Go to schooldocs.co.nz

2. Click Search for your school.

3. Start typing the school’s name and select it from the dropdown list.

4. Enter the community username tearohaprimary and password school

From there it is simply a matter of navigating to areas you wish to look at - enjoy the read.

School App, Facebook, Seesaw and our School Website

Please use these tools we provide - we use them to alert, inform and effectively communicate with parents.

Check it out - there is plenty for you to find out.

If in doubt please ask your child’s teacher as we will be using these platforms on a regular basis to keep our parent community informed and up to date.

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