Week 1 Term 1 2020



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Principal's Message

Tēnā koutou katoa

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

Welcome to the 2020 school year. It was fabulous to welcome our new TPS families, learners and staff with a powhiri ("por-fff-re") on Tuesday.

It has been a busy time on the property front over the holiday break:

  • Heat pumps were installed in the hall.
  • The caretaker shed on Fifth Ave was broken into, with a significant amount of (named) equipment stolen. Unfortunately this is the second time this has happened within 12 months.
  • A Block - the middle team classrooms have been prepared for the start of the construction process.
  • A new chlorinator was installed in the pool.
  • General repairs and maintenance jobs completed

We hope to commence the A Block extension and refurbishment early in Term 1.

A very warm welcome to Mr. Jason Morgan, Mrs. Hannah Thompson, Mr. Paul Mahler and Mr. Luka Jugum, new teachers this year, and Mrs. Viv Quinn our new ESOL tutor. It is great to have you all on board as part of the TPS team.

At TPS we offer student places based on our enrolment scheme. This is a situation that is under constant monitoring. All students living within our school zone have automatic acceptance to TPS. Providing places for out of zone siblings is a priority and we will do everything we can to confirm places as early as possible, however we cannot guarantee places until the relevant ballot takes place. Ballot dates for 2020 are 6th March (Term 2 enrolments) 29th May (Term 3 enrolments) and 21st August (Term 4 enrolments). Please enrol siblings early. We encourage you to enrol your preschoolers for the 2020 and 2021 school year now, as this greatly assists with our future planning.

The school wide theme for Term 1 is Tūrangawaewae ("two–rah-nah-why-why"). Tūrangawaewae is one of the most well-known Māori concepts. Literally it means tūranga (standing place), waewae (feet), it is often translated as 'a place to stand'. Tūrangawaewae are places where we feel especially empowered and connected. They are our foundation, our place in the world, our home. Initially we will be focusing on the narrative (history and stories) of Tauranga Primary School, with a strong emphasis on the stories of our four school houses;:Takitimu, Huria, Mauao and Puriri. You could help at home by discussing what you feel is your family's Tūrangawaewae; the places you feel strongly connected to and why that is. Ultimately, we wish all of our staff, students and school whanau to forever feel connected to and empowered by your association with Tauranga Primary School.

At TPS we use the Mindfulness programme, "Pause, Breathe, Smile". It was designed by the NZ Mental Health Foundation for New Zealand children. Mindfulness is the practice of giving your full attention to what is immediately occurring, physically and mentally, within and around you. It’s about being aware of what you’re doing and how you’re feeling in each moment, and being kind to yourself in the process. Practising Mindfulness helps us to feel less stressed, anxious and depressed, and more balanced and in tune with what is happening. This helps us feel calmer and clearer, which in turn boosts wellbeing and provides an important foundation for learning. We are hosting a parent information evening with John Fletcher, our instructor, in Senior Hub 1 on Tuesday 17th March 5:30-6:30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and find out more.

The weather in February has traditionally been very hot. As a Sunsmart school it is very important to us to encourage safe practices in the sun. Please send your child(ren) to school with sunblock applied. There is sunblock available in classrooms for re-application during the day, however it is good to have a ready supply in school bags and to develop the habit of continual application during any summer day. Hats are a compulsory uniform item for Terms 1 and 4. Any child who forgets their hat must play in the shade in break times. Sunblock is helpful for protection however, wearing a rash shirt will ensure that your child does not get sun burnt when around water. We strongly encourage families to send rash shirts especially when there is a significant swimming activity e.g. Year 5 Waimarino trip, swimming sports.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the FOTS Family Picnic evening on Thursday the 20th February 5:00-7:00 pm. This is a very important community building and information sharing event and we would like at least one person from all families to attend. Specific details are below.

A very warm TPS welcome to the new students who started this week at our school. Glad to have you and your family as part of our TPS TEAM.

Thank you for your continued support.

Hei kōnei rā

Fiona Hawes

Principal | Tumuaki


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Road Safety

Safely entering and leaving the school is an ongoing concern for our school. We ask that parents consider the safety of their children and everyone else when dropping off and picking up your child(ren). Parking is limited close to the school, so please allow enough time to park and walk to school.

To ease the congestion and increase safety at the school gate (at 3:00pm), we offer a 2.50pm "pick up and go" option for children in Year 1 and 2. Parents are able to pick up their child at 2.50pm, with the intention that they then leave and free up parking close to the school. The 2.50pm pick up is not intended for families staying to play on the school playgrounds. Only children picked up by a parent or caregiver can leave their class at that time, all other children will be supervised until 3:00pm. There are teachers on duty until 3.10pm. If your children are older, there are many parking spaces that free up from 3.05pm so maybe you could consider a slightly later pick up.

In addition, the Tauranga City Council are also concerned about the safety of our students and have installed live traffic cameras (CCTV) on 5th and 6th Avenues. These cameras are monitored 24/7 and will be utilised to ticket any illegal parking as well as act as a crime deterrent. We have been informed of the following traffic infringements that will be enforced:

  • Parking on broken yellow lines - $60
  • Parking behind the kerb - $40
  • Mobility space parking - $150
  • Double parking - $60
  • Parking on or near a pedestrian crossing - $60
  • Parked in a prohibited area, i.e yellow hatched lines on Sixth Ave - $40
  • Parked on the footpath - $40
  • Parked blocking vehicle entrance - $40
  • Exceeding P5 parking zone – starts at $12
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Term 1 Important dates

  • Thursday 6th February - Waitangi Day - school closed
  • Tuesday 11th February-Friends of the School Meeting - 6:30pm in the staff room
  • Thursday 20th February - Family Picnic 5:00-7:00pm
  • Friday 28th February - Go by Bike Day
  • Thursday 5th March - Year 4 overnight camp at TPS
  • Friday 6th March - Year 3/4 Activity Day
  • Monday 9th - Friday 13th March - Walk to School week
  • Friday 13th March - Teacher only Day - school closed
  • Thursday 19th March - Top Schools Competition - Year 6
  • Tuesday 3rd March- Parent information meeting for Keeping Ourselves Safe programme- staffroom 2:15
  • Monday 23rd March - Keeping Ourselves Safe programme in school
  • Thursday 2nd April - Year 5 Waimarino Camp/Noho Marae
  • Monday 6th April - Thursday 9th April - Kids Can Ride for Year 5/6
  • Term finishes - Thursday 9th April at 3:00pm

Friends of the School (FoTS)

The Friends of the School (FoTS) is a group of parents who are an integral part of the Tauranga Primary School community. The FoTS are responsible for fundraising and FUN-raising (such as the disco and family picnic) activities within our school community. The FoTS meet at 6.30pm on Tuesday evenings, twice each term. At each meeting, current and future activities are planned and discussed.

A senior staff member, along with a representative from the Board of Trustees, bring a report to each meeting. This is an important opportunity for information sharing and for parents to ask questions about specific aspects of school life. The FoTS are keen to have as many parents involved as possible so that they can continue to build on the partnership between families and school. Next Tuesday 11th Feb is the first FoTS meeting for 2020.

Car Booster Seat

From time to time we need to urgently transport children back to school from events or trips, or transport students who have arrived late to a school trip. If the child is under 7 years old or small then we require a booster seat to do this.

Do you have a booster seat no longer in use and under 10 years old?

If so, would you consider donating it to TPS ?

Contact the office if you can help out with this request.

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Coding NZ is at our school - see below

Our market is dominated by IT. Big names include Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla’s Elon Musk. Both these business people gained their success through their knowledge of coding and used it to create programs used by billions of people worldwide. In today’s world, it’s essential for young people to learn how to create software not just consume it. Coding NZ’s classes empower students with the tools they need and help give them the best chance at being successful in our increasingly digital age within their chosen fields (art, literature, science etc.) They’ll carry these skills for life. Extend your child’s awareness and horizons: Sign up now at codingnz.com/signup

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School Uniform

Summer uniform details:

Items that can be purchased at the school office

Polo shirt - navy with school logo

Navy shorts or skort.

Polar fleece - royal blue with school logo.

Please note that the checked culottes are no longer TPS uniform, 2020 will be the last year that these can be worn to school.

Items to be purchased independent of school supply:


Plain navy for Terms 1 and 4 – there are three options:

Aussie brim, drill flap legionnaire or bucket. No logos or basketball caps please. If children do not have a sun hat they will not be permitted to play outside of shaded areas in break times.


Summer: sneakers, sandals; black, blue or brown. For safety reasons, no

jandals or crocs are permitted.

Hair ties or other accessories must be plain royal blue, navy, black, hair coloured or white. All hair shoulder length or longer is to be tied up, this helps prevent the spread of headlice.

Jewellery:watches and plain (silver/gold) ear studs are acceptable. Taonga (treasure) of cultural or religious importance can be worn.

Optional school jacket (with TPS logo) can be worn, we are investigating the continued supply of this item in 2020.

Term 1 is a 'swimming term'. Please send your child to school with togs and towel daily. For our new entrant students, they will need to be able to get changed in and out of their togs independently. It may be worth while practising if they struggle with this.

LASTLY - please name everything clearly, it is impossible to return uniform that is not named or the name has faded beyond recognition.

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Community Notices

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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


Acting Senior Team Leader

Jo Howard


International Student enquiries

Cathy Ediker


Business Manager

Susan O'Neill


Office Administrator and Enrolment Officer

Barbara Turley