Week 1, Term 4

Tauranga Primary School Pānui (Newsletter)

Parent Survey - closes on Friday 22 October

Each year we ask our school families to complete a very short survey to provide feedback on the overall culture and performance of our school. It only takes 3-4 minutes to complete and it provides very valuable information to the school leadership team and board of trustees.

Completing the survey will also earn House points and you will be entered into the draw for a $100 Pak'n'Save voucher.

2021 TPS Parent Survey

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Tēnā koutou katoa

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

Nau mai, haere mai, a very warm TPS welcome to Nipun Yapage, William and Henry Wilson, Dylan Strydom, Oliver Scott, Mollie Hartnett, Iris Lyon, Nusayba Ahsan, Layla Hiko-Watson who started recently at our school. We are glad to have you and your family as part of our TPS TEAM.

Welcome back to Term 4 everyone.

I am sure you have watched with interest when the new Public Health Order was announced. The Order mandates that all teachers are to be fully (Covid) vaccinated by the 1st of January 2022. This will also have implications for any person on the school site who will work with or could come into contact with students e.g. volunteers, camp parents, contractors. Our first step at this stage is to create a register of all TPS staff and their vaccination status. We will keep parents informed as further directions and guidelines are received from the Ministry of Education.

The Ministry of Education directive to schools that are currently operating in Alert Level Two is as follows: “While there is discretion in what you may do at Alert Level 2 we encourage you to consider adopting a similar stance to government decisions more generally – that is, take a precautionary approach when deciding whether to host a gathering or large event. However, even if your event is considered to be for educational purposes - unless it is really necessary to give effect to the curriculum - we recommend you avoid such events until Alert Level 1. An example of this is prize givings – though they are an important aspect of school life, they are not a curriculum requirement.”

Nga Toi (the Arts) in particular visual arts, is a focus learning area for Term 4. Our plan is to have an open afternoon on the 10th of December where families will be invited into school for a picnic lunch and tour of our classes (set up as art galleries). We also have performances to share between 2:00-3:00pm eincluding Kapa Haka and choir. Clear your diary for that afternoon if you can. For this to go ahead we will need to be in Level 1 - if we remain at Level 2, we will look into live streaming options.

In 2022 we are predicting (from our current student numbers and enrolment data) that we will have 11 places available for out of zone New Entrant enrolments starting in Term 1. We encourage out of zone families to enrol in our ballot for 2022. To enrol please contact our school office office@tauranga.school.nz or complete an online enrolment form. Enrolment forms can be found on our school website.

The first ballot for Term 1 2022 out of zone enrolments will be held on the

29th of October 2021.

If you are a current TPS family and have a child due to start school in 2022, please ensure that you have enrolled them, so that we can include them in our planning for next year.

Deciding class placements for the new school year is a complex task. As well as considering numbers of children at each year level and the number of teachers we are allocated, we need to consider the individual learning needs for each child, gender balance, social skill development and peer relationships. We must ensure that all learners’ needs receive due consideration. Where necessary, staff will discuss with parents, the placement of their children.

At this stage, we plan for most children in Year 3 to remain in the same learning hub they are in this year. The same applies for Year 5 in SH1 and 2. The Year 5 students in SH3 will be moved across to the either SH 1 or 2 as we are reducing back to five senior team classes in 2022. We do this two year placement to maximise learning opportunities and reduce lost learning time as a result of transition. The Year 3 to 5 teachers in each learning hub know their learners; their strengths and next learning steps, and are able to continue with current learning goals from day one of 2022.

Please note that one or two teachers may change class or year level due to normal annual staffing changes such as career progression or leave.

While we ask parents to allow us to exercise our professional judgement in placing all children fairly, we do appreciate some input from families where specific needs should be considered. It is not possible for senior staff to meet with all parents and listen to individual requests. However, if there are extenuating or special circumstances that we may not be aware of, please put these requests in writing and ensure they are sent to me by the end of Week 2 Term 4, 29th October.

If there has been an issue in the past that we need to be reminded of, it is also worth sending an e-mail or talking to your child’s class teacher, as not all information is carried over from year to year.

Only requests made in writing will be considered

Term 4 reminders:

  • It is a summer uniform term – please remember to bring a sun hat every day, either plain or school logo navy bucket, wide brim or legionnaire design. Baseball caps are not school uniform as they do not provide enough sun protection. Plain navy hats can be purchased from local shops such as Kmart and The Warehouse.
  • We have TPS logo sun hats available for purchase in the office.
  • Uniform requirements for hair - white, navy, black or hair coloured hair ties only please. Please keep large sparkly, multi coloured items and fluro hair extensions for after school and weekend wear. Please no hair dye, fake nails or nail polish on general school days.
  • Please check that your child's uniform is clearly named. Every term we have a mountain of lost property that is unnamed or the name is faded beyond recognition.

Reports will be emailed to parents on the 21st October; these will form the basis for discussions at the Learning Conferences on the 26th and 27th of October.

The Learning Conference (in particular for the Year 3 to 6 students) is a time to talk about learning progress, achievement and next steps with your child and their teachers. If you would like an 'adult' conversation with your child's teacher, to discuss an issue that might not be appropriate for your child to be part of the conversation, please email your child's whānau teacher and arrange another meeting or discuss it over the phone.

Lastly, please add to your diary our Whānau Information Evening (17th November 6:00-7:30pm) regarding Structured Literacy. This is a major initiative that we have been working on school wide in 2021 and we are very excited by the learning results already achieved. We would like to share the theory, practice and results with our school community.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Noho ora mai

Fiona Hawes


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Fast Football

We need some more year 1 & 2 children to join our TPS Tigers Fast Football Team. Fast Football is 4-a-side game that has been adapted to improve player development and make it more fun. The team plays on Tuesday afternoons at Morland Fox Park in Greerton starting on Tuesday 26th October. Games are generally at 3:30pm and the fee is $15.00. If you are interested in your child joining the TPS team, please email Jo Taele on sport@tauranga.school.nz

Drink bottles

Under Covid Level 2 restrictions we are unable to open the school drinking fountains. Please remember to send a drink bottle of water to school with your child(ren) as they get very thirsty, especially as the weather is warming up and they are running and active at break times.

Learning Conferences

Just a reminder to book your learning conference for next term.

Learning Conferences will be held on:

Tuesday 26th October 8:00 - 7:00pm

Wednesday 27th October 3:30 - 6:00pm

To book your Learning Conference:

We use an online booking system for learning conferences.

Here is the address: https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/

Our school code for this event is: qd3bj

We ask that, where possible, all TPS children do not attend school on Tuesday 26th October, unless attending their Learning Conference with you.

However, if your child/ren will be attending school, please register your child on our School Shop: https://www.tauranga.school.nz/school-shop

Click on Learning Conference, and answer three questions to register your child, so that we know that they need to be supervised on the 26th October. Each child needs to be registered individually..

Learning Conferences:

We are committed to continuing with Learning Conferences in Level 2 as they are a vital part of the learning process.

In the interest of keeping everyone safe, we ask our school parents to follow the following guidelines to protect our teacher's health and wellbeing.

Level 2 Learning Conferences Protocol:

  • Only one parent/caregiver to attend.
  • If you are unwell, please reschedule the conference.
  • Please use the QR code when entering the school site.
  • Students in Year 3- 6 are expected to attend the conference and participate, for students in Year 1 & 2 it is optional.
  • Parents/caregivers MUST wear a mask while on the school site. If you are unable to comply with this requirement please let your child's teacher know and will they arrange an alternative phone or zoom interview.
  • Students do not need to wear a mask.
  • There will be a hand sanitizing station when you enter the classroom, please spray your hands.
  • Please do not wander around the classroom/hub. The teacher(s) will greet you and direct you to appropriate seating.
  • Please leave the school grounds straight after the conference.
  • Please respect other families wellbeing by observing social distancing protocol while waiting outside the classroom.
  • Table tops will be cleaned between each conference.

Pānui for whānau Māori

Kia Manawaroa is the Ministry of Education's pānui for whānau Māori with tamariki and rangatahi in the education system. It normally goes out fortnightly, but during Alert Level changes, it is sent out whenever there’s an important update.

You can subscribe here:


Level 2 Protocols

Thank you all for your support with the Level 2 procedures around drop off and pick up times. We know that it is different and for some not ideal. We continue to be impressed with the self-management skills of our learners. Many children, who previously thought they couldn't come into school alone, have really stepped up and met the challenge well.

In Level 2:

  • Families of junior school students please only use the Fifth Avenue gate to enter and exit the school. Please do not lift children over other gates or encourage your child to climb over, we want our children to view a locked gate as a barrier, not an access point. We are locking the Sixth Avenue gate for two reasons, firstly due to Level 2 tracking and tracing requirements and secondly because we have a couple of new entrant children who have some interest in leaving the school grounds during the day; we do not want them to see the Sixth Avenue gate as an exit opportunity. Your help with this is greatly appreciated.
  • The senior site will have Fifth Avenue as the entry point before school, however at 3:00pm both Fifth Ave and the big gate on Arundel Street will be open.
  • Parents, please social distance and wear a mask
  • Continue to kiss, hug and drop off at the gate in the mornings.
  • Wait outside the school grounds for pick up in the afternoons (remember to use social distancing and wear a mask while you wait).
  • Only come onto the school grounds with "purpose", observe physical distancing, wear a mask and sign into the school site.
  • Stay outside of classrooms. Please email teachers with any non urgent queries.
  • Have only one adult when entering the school site with a child.
  • Leave the school site as quickly as possible.
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Term 4:

  • 21st October - Reports emailed out to parents
  • 25th October - Labour Day - School Closed
  • 26th October - Learning Conferences - 8:00am -7:00pm
  • 27th October - Learning Conferences - 3:30pm - 7:00pm
  • 27th October - International Students' Learning Conferences as arranged
  • 29th October - Rescheduled Pizza Day
  • 2nd November - BOT meeting, 7:00pm-8:30pm, in school staffroom
  • 5th November - FOTS Frosty Friday
  • 11th November - Year 4 camp - overnight tenting aspect is now CANCELLED - Year 3/4 activity day will still proceed.
  • 17th November - Structured Literacy Parents' Meeting, 6:00pm
  • 18th November - Tauranga Primary Schools concert, choir only tickets available at Baycourt
  • 24th November - Tauranga Intermediate School- Orientation Day for Year 6 students (Note change of date)
  • 24th November - Y2 Parent transition meeting, 9:00am, staffroom
  • 25th November - Orange Day Parade for Road Patrollers
  • 1st & 2nd December - Year 5 Discovery Day going ahead, overnight Camp CANCELLED
  • 1st - 3rd December - Year 6 Camp - Totara Springs- STILL GOING AHEAD
  • 7th December - BOT meeting, 7:00pm-8:30pm, in school staffroom
  • 10th December - FOTS Frosty Friday
  • 10th December - TPS Nga Toi - the Arts sharing-to be decided- possibly a virtual event
  • 13th December - TPS School Awards Assembly (Years 0-5), 10:00am-to be decided- possibly a virtual event
  • 13th December - Year 6 Social Dance- to be decided
  • 14th December - Year 6 Leavers' Assembly, 10:00am- to be decided- possibly a virtual event
  • 15th December - Final Day of school, finish at 12.00pm
  • 16th December - Teacher Only Day
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Picture yourself in campaign for safer roads?

Work to upgrade Cameron Road is now underway. The Building our future - Cameron Road, Te Papa project led by Tauranga City Council is looking for a couple of students and parents or grandparents from the Tauranga Primary School community who bike or walk to school to take part in a photoshoot campaign. We want to share stories from everyday people who use the road to help spread the word about the safety improvements on Cameron Road, like the new signalised pedestrian crossings and a two-way cycleway being built.

The photoshoot is scheduled to take place on Friday 29th October and will take no more than 1.5 hours. At the photoshoot we would be looking to capture two photos, some video for a short story, a voice-recording, and potentially an interview for a magazine story.

If you are keen to be a part of this, please get in touch with Therese Walley on 022 355 3445 or email cameron@tauranga.govt.nz

To find out more about Building our future – Cameron Road, Te Papa visit www.tauranga.govt.nz/cameronroad

Community Notices

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Fiona Hawes


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


Enrolment Officer

Barbara Turley