Te Aroha Primary Newsletter

Term 1 Week 9 2021

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Tena koutou Parents and Whanau

Thank you to all of the parents who have booked an appointment for the Learning Discussion due to take place on Monday and Tuesday this week. This is a very important aspect of our school as we forge relationships together and work as a team for the benefit of your child/ren.

This is also a reminder that the Tuesday after the Easter Weekend is a school holiday. The Easter Tuesday is always a school holiday if the Easter Weekend is during term time. As a matter of interest for our families, this holiday is legislated by government.

Teacher Only Day

We will be having a Teacher Only Day on Friday 16 April to continue working on the review and evaluation of our curriculum. This means that there is no school for the children of our school as our teachers get to work on this important development.

Covid 19 / Coronavirus

As always anyone who is unwell should not be at school.

If your child has a cough or a cold they must not be sent to school. They need to be kept at home until they have recovered completely. We are having to phone an increasing number of parents to pick their child up because they are unwell.

If you have a particular concern about your child, you can contact Healthline at 0800 611 116 or their GP for medical advice.


Please download this app to your phone as it will become one of the important parts of our emergency contact procedure should we ever need to use it.

Ngaa mihi nui

Kevin Johnson

Principal /Tumuaki

Key Term Dates


  1. Ready Set Go 1.40-2.30pm - 31 Mar 2021
  2. Good Friday Holiday - 2 April 2021
  3. Easter Mon Holiday - 5 April 2021
  4. Easter Tues Holiday - 6 April 2021
  5. Junior Reports Sent Home - 15 April 2021
  6. School Closes for the holidays - 15 April 2021
  7. TOD ( Teacher Only Day) Friday - 16 April 2021


1. School Opens for term two - 3 May 2021

Thames Valley Swimming:

We had a great day in Thames up against strong competition. We managed some pleasing results and it was great to see that our Breaststroke was strong with very few of our children getting a disqualification. Big thanks to Megan Diprose for her extra help with this. Also a very big thank you to Dave and Jade Johnston, Amy Paetai, Mary Demopoulos and Megan Diprose for helping the team get to Thames and for helping us on the day. We can't take part in do these events without you.

Top 3 Placings:

Baraka: 2nd Backstroke, 2nd Freestyle

Samual: 3rd Freestyle

Keira: 1st Breastroke

Alice 2nd Freestyle

Waikato Full Primary - Swimming

A small group then travelled to Cambridge on Friday and we are awaiting results for this.Thanks Megan Diprose for taking them down to this.

Snippets of Pepeha by Room 7

Pepeha Snippets by Room 7

Room 2 - Here is a little snippet of our porridge making on Friday “We ate the three bears porridge!”

Room 2 - Porridge

Highlights from Room 6

Easter Art - Symmetry, Patterns and Zen tangle by Room 6

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Classroom Round Ups

Rm 1 Mrs Johnson

Thank you to all the parents who have made an appointment for our Learning Discussions. We have some tired little souls in Room 1 and I think they are all ready for the extra long weekend. Our Letterland work is j, k and w. Our daily focus is to use the letter sounds that the children know to work out 3 letter words and to use these sounds to write the sounds they can hear in words too. We have a new sight word that we need to know by heart by the end of the each week - referred to as a heart word♥. This week the word is like. We will conclude this week with a day of Easter Activities on Thursday.Wishing you all a very Happy Easter with family and friends.

Rm 2 Miss Green

We are so ready for Easter weekend this weekend. We have some very tired kiddos. What a term it has been. So much learning, fun, creating, exploring and play has been going on. Can’t believe we are nearly at the end of term 1. Looking forward to meeting with parents this week to share your child’s learning and goals with you. If you haven’t booked a time please do so. If the set times/ days do not work for you and you’d still like to see me, flick me a seesaw message and we can arrange another time that works for you. Last week our shared book was Goldilocks and the three bears. We finished up with a retelling activity where children got together with a buddy to retell and the story in sequence of events. Such a great activity to get kids thinking about sorting ideas in the order that they happen. We then decided to get into character and become Goldilocks. We made some honey and maple syrup porridge and got to eat it all up just like Goldilocks did with Baby Bear’s porridge when she went to the three bears house. Some children loved it, others were not a fan. Maths this week we are practising forming numbers correctly and before and after numbers to 20. It’s important children know and recognise these instantly.

Rm 3 Miss Swan

As we head into busy week 9, I am looking forward to catching up with all parents and whānau at our learning discussions on Monday and Tuesday afternoon. I know that the children in Room 3 are looking forward to sharing with you what we have been learning.

Writing: We are focusing this week on moments in time and looking closely at writing a variety of recounts ensuring we have remembered to put our ideas in the order they have happened.

Reading: The majority of our reading group levels have changed and readers coming home will reflect this. Our morning routine of reading again before school is well established now with all students remembering to do this last week. Well done!

Maths: We continue our addition and subtraction work using number lines and fine tuning our knowledge of patterns with teen numbers.

Reminders for the week: Please remember to bring along your sunhat everyday. It is still very hot during morning tea and lunchtime. Sue Ashman will be in Room 3 on Thursday this week.

Please remember you can contact me through mswan@tearohaprimary.school.nz or via Seesaw. I hope you all have a safe and happy Easter break!

Rm 5 Miss Entwisle

In Writing, we have been learning how to work with a buddy and take turns to record ideas in a shared story. For ICT (Information, Communication Technology) we are learning how to publish our work, change font colours and insert photos. Mathematics this week has a focus on numbers and how to make and break them. This is the final week for swimming. It would be great to see as many students as possible using the pool while it is still open. 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.

Rm 6 Mrs Bankier

This week we are going to be starting to learn about ANZAC, this will be our reading and writing topic until the end of the term.

We are also starting to learn about fractions. We will be learning about how fractions are represented and written. How to add fractions together and when we use fractions in everyday life.

This is the last week of swimming for the term.

I wish you all a happy Easter and time to enjoy with Family and Friends.

Trina Bankier kbankier@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Rm 7 Mrs Paul

In writing this week we will be finishing off our Moment in Time writing. We have been looking closely at how to add adjectives in order to make our writing more exciting. This week we will also work on giving feedback to each other in our quest to improve what we do.

In Maths our focus will be word problems- a chance to use all the strategies we have learnt in a creative way. Often the hardest thing for children is to work out which strategy they need to use. We have started our timetable and your child should be learning these each night. If you haven't seen them, please ask them about it.

In writing their will be a focus on retelling in order, self correcting and collecting information depending on which group your child is in and their need.

Rm 8 Mrs Young

Learning Discussions - Look forward to seeing everyone at the Learning Discussions this week, please email me if you need help booking an appointment.

LANDFORM HUB WORKSHOPS - Exploring, observing and investigating Landforms. This week we continue with our workshops, volcanos, earth layers, myths and legends.

Maths -Addition and Subtraction, Mathletics. We also have FInancial Literacy - SaveWISE this Thursday.

Literacy - The Wild Robot Returns - we are into our third week with extension activities that can be completed at home and school.

Exploring Recounts, Trello tasks.

Swimming - Our pool closes this week, we will be swimming when it is hot in the middle of the school day.

Current Events Weekly Wrap Up- online interactive quiz with detailed answers. Please login via https://socrative.com/ Click on Student Login and enter TAPSROOM82021. Whanau can also take part every week!

Email- kyoung@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Rm 9 Gamble

We kick off the week with another action packed day of workshops. These were a great hit last week and I am sure today's learning will be equally as fun and inspiring.

Maths: We will continue to work on developing our addition and subtraction strategies as well as our knowledge of compass directions and interpreting simple scales on maps.

Literacy: We are still reading our class novel The SS Penguin SOS, and building our character profile on Ada Hannam. Some wonderful connections between her and Queen Boadicea were made last week.

Topic/Inquiry: In class we will begin to look at landforms in and around Te Aroha and how they are important to us.

Homework: Weekly quiz, (this is available online or hard copy) - reading (20 minutes each night).

Reminder: We have learning discussions this week (Monday 29th March 3.15-5.30pm and Tuesday 30th March from 1.30 to 6.30 pm). Please make a booking by going to - https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/code?code=mc9y6, clicking on Make a Booking and entering our school code - mc9y6. If for some reason you can not make these days, please ring the office to make an appointment for another day. I would love to see you all.

Rm 10 Mrs Brittenden

Kia ora,

Mrs B is looking forward to meeting parents and whanau over the next two days for Learning Discussions. If you haven't made a booking but would like to, please get in touch and a slot will be booked for you.

Inquiry/Topic - we are really enjoying our workshops on Landforms. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to work with other students and teachers across our Hub. We will also have a session with Callum from Financial Literacy this week.

Writing - we have worked very hard on our recounts and will continue to develop our learning in this area. We will publish a piece of recount on Seesaw for you to read.

Maths - we will be comparing strategies to solve addition and subtraction, looking for the most efficient method to solve a problem efficiently.

Uniform - with the changing weather, we have noticed some students wearing incorrect uniform. Uniforms can be purchased via the school office and Mrs B also has a small number of second hand items if needed.

A short but busy week! Enjoy the Easter break whanau.

Arohanui , Mrs B dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz

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