Te Aroha Primary School

Term 1 Week 8 2022

Big picture


Tēnā tātou katoa

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa. Warm greetings to you all.

We are still here - woo hoo. Despite the worst absence rate in memory, despite the unsettled planet, despite all we get asked to manage, your teachers are smiling and working very hard to ensure your children get the best deal of all. There is not a day that goes by when we need to adjust our thoughts or actions because of news, legislation or just necessity. Well done the TAPS staff.

Our kura transformed into a green zone on Thursday - Absolutely delighted with the efforts staff and students went to become “Greenies”on St Patrick’s Day. Many other schools would be green with envy at the awesome spectacle and fun-filled day we had.

Our flagpole has been restored to be operational again - thanks to Mr Rasmussen and the cherry picker. Taariq is the Flag Bearer and will raise and lower it every day for us.

I’ve included a very cool poem by Brodie in Room 7 :) - Love the green Lambo...

Ka kite ano


Colour Poem - By Brodie Mangin

Big picture

Newsworthy News

Great article about our student leaders in the Te Aroha News. It’s always a pleasure to read about the efforts of our students - striving to do their best in many fields. The reporter was impressed with the communication skill as well as the practical with the Techies and admired the organisational abilities of the OOs. Well done, teams - we are very proud of you.

Senior School Reporters

A big THANK YOU to our Senior School Reporters for their photos and interviews.

This week, Tessa, Morgan and Taylin have been our reporters, bringing “extra news to our newsletter.”


Many of our students are reaching unacceptable levels of absence. Some parents are saying while there is COVID about that their child will be kept at home. The reality is that COVID is here for good and we can do nothing about that except minimise the opportunity for it to spread and be vigilant where needed - sanitisation, masks and physical distancing. None of us wanted the virus but it is here. Our school remains open. We teach from the school.

Some are talking Homeschooling - you need to contact the ministry about that on 07 850 8880.

Our policy that we follow is that 10 days per term (2/10) school weeks is unacceptable. This is the general rule set out by the Ministry of Education.

Here is a link you can explore:


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.

Diphtheria, Whooping Cough, Tetanus

The Public Health Nurse is ready to collect the permission slips. If you choose not to have it done at school you will need to organise it yourself with a GP or not, as is the case.

Just return the slip to Lucy in the office. Should you need another slip, please get in contact.

St Patrick's Day

On the 17th of March, Te Aroha Primary dressed up in green for St Patrick's Day! Every class joined in and even if students didn't have green clothes, their uniform worked just as well. It was great to have some fun, with classes and hubs doing some really cool activities as part of this special celebration.

Big picture
Big picture


Hot news…. FIREWOOD available - $100 cubic metre - delivered.

Well I’ll go to blazes - this is a flaming good bargain.

Drying for over a year, this wood will work well for you this winter. Beat the cold - bring on the warmth…

Please contact the office 07 884 8803 for details - delivery address, payment option etc



  • 14/4/2022 Last day of Term 1

  • 17/3/2022 St Patrick's Day - Dress Up Day (Green, Green, Green!)

  • 13/4/2022 Wednesday 3pm - Students last day for Term 1.

  • 14/4/2022 Thursday - Teacher Only Day (TOD)

  • 15/4/2022 Good Friday / Easter Break / School Holidays start


    • 2/5/2022 First day of Term 2 / Our new principal, Mr Justin Bertrand, starts with us.

    Other term dates to be advised.

    SPORTS NEWS - Mrs Paul


    Netball notices went out for Year 5 and up. Please have them back by this Tuesday so we can look at teams.


    This starts this week at 5.00pm. $5 to be paid on entry. Adults need a vax passport to enter.


    Friday 3.30pm for those registered.


    Certificates will be handed out when we have most people back at school.

    PTA NEWS - We Need You!

    Reduced to single figures, this body of parents is vital to the school in many ways. They effectively help the school’s efforts in providing the best for your child - computers, play equipment, subsidised trips and much, much more.

    We need you…If you think you may be able to help out occasionally or have great ideas, please contact:

    PTA Bulb Fundraiser

    Information has been sent home and shared via the school app regarding this fundraiser. Get in quick to order your flower bulbs! To order please return your form with your payment no later than: Friday 25th March.

    Being Sunsmart at TAPS

    Hats are a required part of our school uniform in Term 1 and in Term 4. Hats need to be our official uniform ones with the school logo on the front. Children not wearing hats will be required to play in shady areas rather than out in the sun. If your child does not have a school hat, please contact Lucy in the office to arrange one.


    We are excited to begin Tech classes again THIS Friday. Year 7/8 students need to be at school at 8.30am for roll call outside Room 10. Please make sure your child is wearing shoes that cover their feet (eg. sneakers - NO SLIDES) and that long hair is tied up. Students will need to be wearing a mask on the bus and in their Tech class at the College.


    Big picture

    Our Student Librarians

    Elisabella, Jasmine and Bella have been doing Library duty, while Miss Entwisle is training the new librarians for this year. The librarian's jobs might not seem hard to other students but they have to be able to understand the letters and numbers on the book cover in order to shelve or put the books back where they belong. The librarians also must keep the issuing desk area clean, the display racks up to date and the library quiet.

    The Flag Bearer

    This year, Taariq has been given the role of being our school Flag Bearer. This is a really important job. Taariq has to raise the flag each morning and take it down before he goes home each day.



    Room 1 - Mrs Johnson

    Last week was a rather different week with Room 1 and 2 combining. The children can be very proud of how they are adapting to change. Well done boys and girls, you did some great learning. Thank you to whanau for the effort that went into our Green Day and for your ongoing support with the children’s learning.

    Who knows what this week might bring but we are ready for it. We hope to focus on the following:

    Writing- using a word card and alphabet card to help us when we attempt to write our stories. At this early stage of learning to write a sentence children are encouraged to use their word card to find heart words they might need in their story and to record the initial sound for other words they need. So “The dog ran down the street” might be written as - The d r d the s. Our goal is for children to become independent writers as early as possible and not adult dependent because they think every word must be spelt correctly.

    Letterland - Revisiting the letters we have learnt to date and to blend the sounds together in 3 letter words.

    Maths - Working on correct number formation and joining sets together to record how many altogether.

    Weather permitting, we hope to venture down to the stream to release our frogs and froglets this week too.

    Big picture

    Room 2 – Mrs McGhie

    Hi everyone. Thank you so much Mrs Johnson for looking after Room 2 last week. I am looking forward to returning to school on Tuesday and getting back into some great learning with the children. We will look at the life cycle of the frog and our shared reading is 'The mice in the kitchen'. In maths we will continue with number knowledge and groups to 5. Have a great week.

    Room 3 – Miss Swan

    Kia ora koutou,

    Last week we really enjoyed dressing up in green for St Patrick’s Day!

    Room 3 is coping incredibly well with school life being a little bit different over the past few weeks. A big thank you to whānau and caregivers for being so supportive too.

    Writing: We are learning to write events that have happened in order and remember where to put in those fullstops!
    Reading: We are still revisiting letter sounds with some reading groups this week. Your child can practise their letter sounds with their flashcards, revisit previous pages in their homework books (segment and blend words) and practice writing these down.
    Maths: We are focussing on ordering numbers from 0-100 and refining our skills when recalling addition and subtraction facts to 10.
    Reminders for the week:

    • Please remember your school sunhat and drink bottle everyday.

    • Homework books and book bags are to be at school everyday too please.

    You can contact me via Seesaw or email mswan@tearohaprimary.school.nz

    Have a wonderful week! 😊


    Room 4 - Mrs Willis and the Goldfields Team

    Kia ora koutou. We are delighted to be back on board again! This week we will explore our fine and gross motor skills by making playdough, cooking, and play outside on the playground equipment. Welcome back to our classroom whanau! Kia kaha everyone!

    Big picture


    Room 5 - Miss Entwisle

    A big THANK YOU to Mrs Paul and Mrs Bankier for holding down the fort during these difficult times. I know that the Room 5 children have been enjoying the change of scenery. 😊

    I am super proud of how well the students who have been coming to school have coped with the ever changing landscape of their school week. They are continuing to show resilience and a positive attitude in these challenging times. I have loved seeing the work that has been sent through by them each day. They are continuing to develop their ICT skills as they learn more about the features and tools that are a part our Seesaw platform and our Google Drive.


    We are hoping to keep swimming till the end of the season. Our class is fortunate to swim at the end of the day when it is still quite warm, so keep sending those togs along to school.

    Online Learning

    Our Spelling words and weekly poem are available on Seesaw for all Room 5 students who are keen to work on them at home. There will be online activities posted on Seesaw for those students who are currently isolating. These will be sent as student posts on their journal pages each day so that families can access them more easily. We will also be doing aspects of this online learning in class so that the students at school are completing similar work to those at home.

    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

    I am hoping that Room 6 will be getting back to a full class this week. Welcome back to those returning and we are looking forward to see those who are isolating return to school fit and well in the near future. We will be continuing to learn about open and closed syllables in spelling. Last week we were learning to use book creator to make our own books. This week we will be looking at creating books on a range of plant and animal life cycles. Our maths we will continue to learn about comparing fractions and solving problems using our fraction knowledge, we will also be learning about reading a compass for directions.

    Room 7 – Mrs Paul

    It is hard to know exactly what this week will look like. We have had such a mixed up last few weeks. This week we are hoping to be back to a full class but in these uncertain times it is hard to tell. Most children at home did not engage in our online learning so we may as well go back to doing it the old way.

    Reading: this week we will try to get instructional groups off the ground- looking to understand the indepth messages in the text, using Journal stories.

    Maths: we will continue on with Fractions and looking at the ordering and comparing of these.

    Writing: should see us reporting on the Life cycles of chosen living things- which is also our topic.


    Room 8 – Mrs McKenzie

    Kia ora whānau,

    Loved having almost a full class last week and it was so great seeing all students with smiles once again. I am proud of how they show continuous resilience.

    This week we are continuing on with our online learning with a mix of traditional class learning.

    Maths - We are continuing on with addition and subtraction, and the learning of different strategies.

    Reading - We are working our way through our class novel ‘Gangsta Granny’ and using our comprehension strategies to work through some activities. We are also reading through some factual information linked to our topic inquiry.

    Writing - Report writing was our focus last week, and again this week linked to plant life cycles.

    Topic - We are creating brochures online to showcase our plant facts. We are tying this in with our new knowledge we have been learning in life cycles. The tasks set need to be completed this week.

    Language - Mrs G is teaching French culture and language. Soon the students will be able to say simple sentences! I may also introduce students to some sign language too.

    Looking forward to the coming week and hope we get to enjoy the sunshine a little longer. We will be swimming daily. Last week, many students did not participate. It is expected that all students swim, unless a message or note is sent to me.

    Have a great week! Nga mihi. Mrs McKenzie and Mrs Ginever.

    Room 9 – Whaea Armstrong and Mrs Hodgetts

    Kia Ora Koutou,

    We were happy to see an increase in numbers this week. Mrs B only had good things to say about Room 19 on Monday and Tuesday. We are proud of everyone's resilience and perseverance over the last few weeks. It was fantastic to see how many tamariki took part in our dress up day. A special mention to Room 9 for taking out the hub cup for the first time. We are looking forward to another fun week of learning with you guys!

    This week we will once again be working online.

    Maths - Last week we started to build our knowledge of subtraction strategies. We will you this week to get in a little more practice and consolidate our learning.

    Reading - this week we will have a mix of journal readings supported by reading comprehension activities.

    Writing - report writing is a key focus this week as we dive in to our learning ‘Life Cycles’

    Topic - The Green Gremlin - Learn all about Frogs with another task board relating to our life cycle studies.

    Kei ōu ringaringa te ao - The world is yours.

    Ngā Mihi,

    Whaea Armstrong and Mrs H

    Room 10 – Mrs B

    Kia ora koutou. He rā ki tua - better times are coming.

    Last week was another exciting week with online learning. Well done Rm 10 - you are working hard and achieving some awesome things online. Teaching and learning will begin online this week, but as our class numbers are returning to normal, learning will become more blended, as we monitor engagement from students learning from home. Students learning from home are reminded to share their work with me. This week, swimming will continue until either the pool closes or numbers are not conducive for this to continue.

    Maths - we investigate the addition and subtraction of decimals and practice efficient strategies in order to reach an accurate solution.

    Reading - we have four chapters to go of our super class novel “2MUCH4U”, The chapters we read will have a comprehension strategy focus as well as an opportunity to respond to the text.

    Writing - we continue to develop our information report writing skills, with the development of effective topic sentences to start our paragraphs.

    Topic/Inquiry - we have enjoyed completing collaborative research tasks and will now undertake an independent research project. Specific criteria has been shared that must be followed so that the task is completed to the expected standard.

    Mrs B will be doing reading testing this week.

    Here is to an awesome week ahead.

    Arohanui - Mrs B



    School Lunches

    Big picture


    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.

    Big picture

    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.