Week 7 , Term 4 2020

Tauranga Primary School Newsletter

Principal's Message

Tēnā koutou katoa

Ngā mihi nui, ki a koutou katoa - Warm greetings to you all.

The Space Project in association with Pollock Cranes

Wow - what an amazing production we had last week! It was fantastic to see the results of all the hard work come together in a spectacular show. We are so very proud of what our TPS learners were able to produce on stage, with the help of our amazing TPS staff and the Gobsmacked team.

At Tauranga Primary School we believe that one of our key roles is to provide a variety of opportunities and experiences across the curriculum for our learners. For many children, primary school productions will be the only time they experience being on stage as part of a musical. Some have found it challenging and very much outside their comfort zone and for others it will have ignited a passion and talent that they can pursue at Intermediate and beyond. For all (including staff) it has been an experience which has provided opportunities to learn and grow.

The Space Project was a wonderful example of our school vision “Together, we are learning to go places”; it certainly required a team effort to make this vision a reality. Every member of staff, teaching and non-teaching, has been involved to ensure the success of the production.

To the TPS teaching and support staff, a huge thanks for going well “above and beyond” - practising choreography for each group item, rehearsing choir songs, supporting those children who were stepping outside their comfort zone, coordinating costumes, applying make up etc etc. You are truly a dedicated group of professionals who make a positive difference to the lives of the children in our care every day. Thank you.

To the office staff – coordinating ticket sales and 'front of house' is no easy task, especially when there is a sell out show. As always your professionalism and support of our school was outstanding. Thank you.

To our TPS parents - thank you for being so flexible and changing your weekly routines to ensure your children could get to the evening performances. Thank you to those who helped out backstage, took the time to congratulation staff and students, or provided a few treats for our morning tea on Friday. Your support, kind words and gestures are truly appreciated by us all at TPS.

To the sponsors – your support of Tauranga Primary School makes events like this possible, thank you.

To the 447 stars of the show, -every member of our school community is very proud of you. This is a moment in time that you will remember for a lifetime, treasure it.

After a year of cancellations, we are working very hard to squeeze every last learning opportunity and experience into Term 4. Please check in with the school calendar, as this is the busiest term we have ever had. I appreciate the extra effort that our teachers are making to ensure our learners have a great term.

In 2021 we will have some staff changes at Tauranga Primary School. At the end of this term, we will farewell Mrs Hannah Thompson (Whaea Hannah) who has won a position at Matua Primary School and Mrs Eden Freeman who completes her fixed term contract teaching our New Entrant roll growth class for Terms 3 and 4. Thank you both for the contributions you have made to TPS and, on behalf of Tauranga Primary School board of trustees, staff and students, we wish you well for the successes, challenges and adventures that lie ahead.

Mr Alex Mustard will be returning in a part time role, team teaching with Mrs Catley in the middle school and as a release teacher for the middle school team.

Mrs Goodhue will be teaching fulltime in our middle school for 2021.

In addition, Mrs Jean Murphy will be on maternity leave for 2021. We are all very excited for the Murphy's and their next adventure that they will embark on as first time parents in 2021.

2021 Classroom Teachers:

Junior Team: Years 1 and 2

  • Mrs Pam Wilkins – Team Leader (Year 1 and 2 class)
  • Mr Luka Jugum - Year 2
  • Mrs Emma Hyett - Year 2

  • Mrs Michaela Murray - Year 1
  • Mrs Jana Smith - Year 1
  • Mrs Fiona Brown - Year 1

Middle Team: Years 3 and 4

  • Mr Jason Morgan – Team Leader
  • Mrs Arlette Goodhue
  • Mrs Liz Catley / Mr Alex Mustard
  • Whaea Jen West
  • Mrs Kelly Savage

Senior Team: Years 5 and 6

  • Mrs Jo Howard - Team Leader
  • Mr Paul Mahler
  • Miss Kirsty Thorne
  • Whaea Kat Gilbert-Tunney
  • Mr Dave Medley
  • Mr Nick Adams / Whaea Kylie Rae Bidois

Mrs Sandra Thurlow - release teacher junior and middle teams

Leaving TPS?

If any school families plan to leave Tauranga in 2021 or change schools, please notify our school office. We are planning classes for 2021 and need to know about any changes as soon as possible please.

School's Out

School's Out, the before and after school care programme, is now operating on the TPS site They are set up in a classroom on the senior site (by the pool). See the advertisement in this newsletter for further information.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Noho ora mai


Fiona Hawes




Production photos can be purchased from Drops Photography: dropsphotography@gmail.com

The class photos (sample above) will be uploaded onto the school shop for sale next week.

You can also purchase a DVD $20 or USB $25 of the production

Gobsmacked are selling DVD's and USB copies of the show (professionally created)

Orders are due today - 26th November

  • Account Name: Gobsmacked Productions
  • 02-0466-0401340-000
  • Reference: student's name/class/usb or dvd e.g. JoanneWest/R11/dvd
  • Particulars: TGAPrimary
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Fun First Football is back every Wednesday in Term 1, simply go to their website https://funfirstfootball.co.nz/ to Book!

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Schools Out - Before and After School Care

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End of year assemblies - clarification

There are two end of year assemblies, held at the Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre (QEYC)

Cnr Devonport Rd and 11th Ave, Tauranga.

Monday 7th December at 11:00 am is the the awards assembly for Years 1-5. At this assembly we will also present the Kapa Haka leader awards and announce the 2021 House Leaders.

Tuesday 8th December at 9:30 am is the Year 6 Leavers' assembly. Leavers certificates and our special Year 6 awards will also be presented. There will be a Year 6 photo opportunity after the assembly. (Year 6 class awards will be given out at this assembly, so that Year 6 parents do not need to attend both assemblies, unless they have siblings or love our assemblies!)

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FOTS (Friends of the School)

Frosty Friday this Friday 27th November after school on both Senior and Junior sites.

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    • 26th November - Middle School Athletics
    • 26th November - Year 5 Camp at Waimarino
    • 27th November - Year 5 Camp Activity day at Memorial Park.
    • 27th November - Orange Day parade - Feet First and road patrollers
    • 27th November - Junior Athletics 10:30am -12:50pm
    • 27th November - FOTS Frosty Friday 3:00pm
    • 30th November - 4th December - Travel Safe week
    • 1st December - NETTS Parent meeting - 6:00pm
    • 1st December - BOT meeting - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    • 4th December - FOTS Pizza Lunch
    • 7th December - School Awards Assembly - 11:00am -12:00pm
    • 7th December - Year 6 Leavers Social Dance - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    • 8th December - Year 6 Leavers assembly - 9:30am
    • 9th December - Y3 & 4 Memorial Park
    • 9th - 11th December - Year 6 Camp Totara Springs
    • 10th and 11th December - Year 5 Discovery Days
    • 11th December - FOTS Frosty Friday 3:00pm
    • 14th December - Last day for school instruction 2020 ( School finishes at 12:00 noon)
    • 15th December - Teacher Only Day
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First Credit Union - Last day of School Banking for 2020

Thank you to the TPS families that have been saving with First Credit Union.

Our last school banking pick ups for 2020 will be the week starting the 30th November
. At TPS your banking day is Thursdays.

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Fiona Hawes


07 578 6222

Deputy Principal

Cathy Ediker


Assistant Principal

Robyn Caley


Junior Team Leader

Pam Wilkins


Middle Team Leader

Jason Morgan


Senior Team Leader

Jo Howard


International Student enquiries

Cathy Ediker


Business Manager

Susan O'Neill


Office Administrator and Enrolment Officer

Barbara Turley


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