Te Aroha Primary School

Term 4 Week 8 2022

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Kia ora parents and whānau,

Summer is here and we are on the homestraight now, only 9 days of school left for 2022.

For those of you lucky enough to be at the Kapa haka performance last week, what a treat you had! Our group did amazingly well and left us all feeling very proud of the passion and aroha they bring to their performances. A massive thank you to Matua Rawiri and Mrs B for the hard work they invested in our roopu this, and every, year.

Our Waihou hub classrooms had a great time at the Te Aroha pools on Friday, it was a lovely day for it and a good time was had by all in attendance.

Next Monday, 12th, hubs Waihou and Tikapa Moana are going to Future Te Aroha for their Christmas show. Permission slips should be at home now, see your child’s teacher if you need one.

It was great seeing such an interest being shown in tennis recently. Mr Rasmussen has been up there hosting the tennis championships and it has really ignited the game for a lot of children, thanks Guy.

As the weather continues to warm up, please ensure that your child/ children have their hats at school and also on hot days it may be wise to put sunscreen on your child before they arrive at school - we’ll leave that one up to you. All classrooms have a good supply of sunscreen.

Have an awesome week everyone and take care at this busy time.

Ngā mihi nui,

Justin Bertrand



  • 5/12/2022 - Library Stocktake taking place
  • 12/12/2022 - Waihou Hub Outing to Future Te Aroha
  • 12/12/2022 - Tikapa Moana Outing to Future Te Aroha
  • 12/12/2022 - Year 7&8 Leaver's Dinner
  • 14/12/2022 - Final Prizegiving
  • 14/12/2022 - Reports sent home with students
  • 15/12/2022 - School closes for the year

Other term dates to be advised.



Basketball: We were crowned TOP SCHOOL when the Yr 5 / 6 finals were held last Wednesday. Monday sees the finals of Yr 7 / 8- starting at 4.30pm

Croquet: Well done to the 8 children who played in the Golf Croquet tournament last week. A big thanks to Amy Paetai for supporting the children on the day and to Megan Diprose and Lesa Martin for their support along the way.

And that is a wrap from me for sports 2022. Thank you all for your energy and enthusiasm and for allowing your children to be involved.


  • All books were due back last week.
  • Stocktake is taking place today.
  • Student books that have not been returned or are deemed to be 'missing' after the final stocktake will be issued with an invoice to cover the cost of a replacement book.

School Hats

Hats MUST be worn during term 4. This is NOT optional, it is a health and safety requirement. Year 8 students are allowed to have a dark coloured bucket hat (no advertising on it), everyone else is required to have our school hat on. Any student without a hat will be placed in a shady area to play.

The statistics on skin cancer are very high in New Zealand and we wouldn't be meeting our duty of care if we allowed your precious children to run around without hats.

School hats are available to purchase for $15 from the school office.

Year 7/8 Technology at Te Aroha College

Our Tech programme at Te Aroha College has now finished. Students are to come to school for class on Fridays for the remainder of the term.



Room 1 - Mrs Johnson

What an awesome day we had on Friday with our outing to the pools. Thank you to our amazing parent helpers who made it possible for us to be out and about. Santa’s classroom elf arrived on Thursday and Elfie has created a great deal of excitement in our class with his antics. As we wind down towards the end of term we are basing our learning activities around Christmas. A reminder that we are off to Future Te Aroha next Monday for a Christmas Show.


  • Please ensure your child has given their permission slip for the Future Te Aroha Outing to Lucy by Wednesday.

  • Children will need a reusable bag so they can bring their artwork and books home please.

  • Sun hat

  • Water bottle

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Room 2 – Miss Webb

Welcome to Week 8! We really enjoyed our trip to Swimzone on Friday. It was great to see all the children in the pool. Thank you so much to those who came along to help, we really appreciate it!

This week we will be getting into the Christmas spirit and doing lots of fun learning activities based around this holiday. Have you heard about our elf, Ralphie? He is keeping a close eye on us as we head into the last weeks of school!


  • Please remember your drink bottle and book bag everyday.

  • Please return your permission slip for our outing to the christmas show

  • School Sun hats are needed in Term 4

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 Room 3 whānau and welcome to Week 8.

Room 3 had a blast at Swimzone on Friday and I was super impressed with how well everyone behaved! Ka pai Room 3! A massive thank you to our helpers on the day - we appreciate you! 😊

Our class tree is up and we have had a surprise visitor for the remainder of the term, a very cute elf called Elfie. Please check in with your tamariki about the mischievous antics Elfie gets up to each today! He is very sneaky! We are winding down the year with finishing off learning tasks and beginning to celebrate the festive season with arts and crafts.

Reminders for the Term:

  • Please bring along a reusable bag for artwork and books to come home in.

  • Permission slips for our visit to Future Te Aroha next week, need to be handed in.

  • Please bring along a water bottle everyday.

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

Have an amazing week!


Room 4 - Mrs Suzette Willis and Team

Kia ora koutou,

Some of our students had a lovely outing to Jago Town. We are looking forward to our Waihi Beach trip, weather permitting ,on Thursday. Our tamariki thoroughly enjoys our trips this term. They are learning to follow group rules.

Have a great week whanau!

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Room 5 - Miss Entwisle

Welcome to Week 8! We will be looking at a range of Christmas based activities as we explore this special occasion. We don’t have a class elf, but the Christmas Fairy keeps getting into mischief. 😊

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

This week we will be reflecting on 2022 and creating our own memories books. We will also have some challenges and art and craft activities.

Please remember to return readers and library books if there are any still hiding at home!

Room 7 – Mrs Paul

This week we will start looking at Christmas around the World - the way it is celebrated and the traditions different cultures have. It is really interesting discussing family traditions. I was telling the children about the Christmas cakes my mum used to make (adding that as a kid I hated them!!) and was telling them that as my mum has really reached her twilight years, I have decided I need to take this on. When I was telling the children about my marzipan icing - they looked at me with very little understanding!! So on Friday I took some to school and the the children enthusiastically had a try. That is what I love about this class- we openly share parts of our lives with each other - and as we head into the last weeks of school together, I hope we can all open our eyes to what happens around the world.

  • In Maths we will be looking at angles and using a protractor - this leads into triangles.
  • Our Writing will be poetic writing based around food and Christmas!


Room 8 – Mrs McKenzie

Students have been busy thinking and writing about how to improve Te Aroha township for themselves and other young people in the area. Tomorrow we send these off to the local Mayor. This week students will continue this line of thinking. They will reflect on their first year in senior school, develop and present their ideas on what a new Year 6 needs to know about school life, so Year 5’s can be prepared for life as a senior at TAPS. We will also explore traditional games through literacy learning, try some traditional games for ourselves, and then construct our very own labyrinths. Maths learning is focused on geometry, looking at area and volume. We will also get into the Christmas spirit and get creative with Clarissa, making some tree decorations.

A reminder that hats, and drink bottles are required every day.

Room 8 had an amazing week last week and am sure this week will be even better.

Kei te whakahīhī au ki a koe - I am very proud of you!

If you have any questions, please remember I am always happy to chat with you via email, Seesaw or in person. cmckenzie@tearohaprimary.school.nz . Have a great week everyone!

Room 9 – Whaea Armstrong and Mrs Gamble

The end of year is in sight!! This week Room 9 will be busy adding the finishing touches to our class projects and completing some fun activities together. Painting backdrops for our Yr 7/8 Leavers Dinner and constructing some creative Christmas decorations will be our focus.

Literacy: All Passion Projects must be completed by Tuesday so that we can start presenting these in class. Some great discussions and sharing has taken place in class already and the level of interest in this project has been great to see. We can’t wait to see what everyone has come up with.

Maths: We will continue to look at algebraic equations and recap some of our learning from this term.


  • All Students are to bring their school hats and drink bottles please.

  • No tech for the remainder of the year. Please come to school on Friday as per usual.

  • Those taking part in our Tennis competition need to bring their shoes and racquet this week.

Ngā Mihi,

Whaea Armstrong and Mrs Gamble

If you have any questions please feel free to message us on Seesaw or email lgamble@tearohaprimary.school.nz aarmstrong@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Room 10 – Mrs B

Kia ora koutou - Kāore he mutunga o tēnei mea, te ako” — “There is no such thing as an ending to learning.”

As the end of our term is approaching, it feels like we are busier than ever in Rm 10. We will be putting our creativity to the test as we plan and prepare for our Yr 7/8 Leavers Dinner. Invites have been sent home as well as a letter about the evening. Please let me know if you haven’t received this. Remember, there is no need to go to the expense of new clothes - neat and tidy dress is perfect!

Maths - we complete our learning in maths by investigating algebraic expressions and problems. This is always a fun challenge!

Making Memories - with the countdown on for Rm10 and their time left at primary school, we will be making memories together, with special activities and moments planned until the end of the term!


  • Tech at Te Aroha College has now finished. Students are to come to school as per usual on Friday morning

Looking forward to an awesome week.

Arohanui - Mrs B dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz

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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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.