Te Aroha Primary School

Term 4 Week 9 2022

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Kia ora parents and whānau,

Just like that, this is the last newsletter for 2022. I have been at TAPS for 3 terms and am extremely grateful for the opportunity to lead our fantastic kura. The staff, students and our TAPS whānau of parents and community members have been extremely welcoming. It has been really nice coming back to my old home town, rebuilding relationships and forging new ones as well. I feel very comfortable walking through the playground, I don’t think there’s too many names that I don’t know…next year I can work on meeting more parents and further build those relationships, you’re very important too!

Tonight is our Year 7 & 8 social where we celebrate our seniors, in particular our Year 8 students who are leaving us for a variety of High schools within the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions. I am looking forward to this event and the opportunity to mix them one more time before they depart our school for the final time on Thursday.

We have our End of Year prize giving this Wednesday morning, starting at 11:00am in the hall, please be seated in advance of that time to help us with the smooth running of this event.

Our last day of school for 2022 is this Thursday 15 December. We will be finishing at 12:00pm. Our first day back in 2023 is Tuesday 31 January, with the school office being open 26th and 27th January for all your enrolment, stationery and uniform requirements.

Classroom swap - just to let you know that Mrs J and Miss Swan are swapping classrooms next year. The classroom that is currently Room 1 will become Room 3 and vice versa.

Swimming pool - the swimming pool will be up and running for Day 1 of the new term. All new students to Te Aroha Primary School get a free dry bag for togs and towel on enrolment, everyone else is welcome to purchase one for $10 from the school office.

Have a safe and happy Christmas and an enjoyable New Year. To those leaving - kia hora te marino, kia whakapapa te moana, kia tere te kārohirohi i mua i tōu huarahi - may the calm be widespread, may the ocean glisten as greenstone, may the shimmer of light ever dance across your pathway.

To those that we will welcome back next year - ko the ahurei o te tamaiti arahia o tatou mahi - let the uniqueness of the child guide our work.

kia ora, poroporoaki, ka kite koe i tera tau - Goodbye, farewell. See you all next year.

Mr Bertrand



  • 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 at 12:00pm


  • 31/1/2023 - Start of Term 1 2023
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A big THANK YOU to those students (and their families) who hunted down their overdue books. We still have several books and invoices outstanding. It would be great if these could be sorted before the end of the term.

Year 7/8 Technology at Te Aroha College

We would like to congratulate Perryn, who attended the Te Aroha College Junior Prizegiving last week to receive the First in Year 8 Primary Technology Award. Well done Perryn - this is a great achievement. We are proud of you.

Kia tu Kia toa Kia mau - accept the challenge.

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PTA Grocery Raffle

The PTA would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has donated items for our grocery Christmas raffle. We are overwhelmed with what we have received and are now able to offer 4 amazing prizes!

A massive shout out to the following:

Farm Source, Te Aroha for donating the wheelbarrow for 1st prize!
Williams Hardware Te Aroha for donating the washing basket for 2nd prize!
Te Aroha Pharmacy for donating a wonderful hamper for 4th prize!


  • Last chance to get tickets while they are still available! Only $1 a ticket!
  • All tickets and money has to be returned to the school office by 3pm, Monday 12th December.
  • Draw is taking place at prize giving Wednesday 14th December 2022!
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Room 1 - Mrs Johnson

I can't believe we have reached the last week of school for the year! A huge thank you to parents/caregivers for your support with your child's learning. Well done Room 1, you have done some amazing learning since you started school and you can be very proud of the learners you are becoming. I have loved teaching you all. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a great summer holiday.


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

Room 2 – Miss Webb

How exciting that we have reached the last week of the year! Thank you to all whanau for your support with your child’s learning over the duration of the year. Room 2, you are an amazing group of children who have done so well with your learning this year. I am so excited to see what the future has in store for you all. Merry Christmas - have a safe and happy summer holiday!


  • I will be sending home books and artwork this week. Please bring a reusable bag.

  • We finish school on Thursday at 12pm

Please do not hesitate to contact me via Seesaw or email zwebb@tearohaprimary.school.nz.

Room 3 – Miss Swan

Kia ora koutou Room 3 whānau and welcome to Week 9 😊

We have made it to the end of Term 4! What a year it has been, from Covid, using the library as a classroom and then back into our classroom with extra space. The children in Room 3 have shown resilience with all of this change and are still smiling! It has been such a pleasure to teach your tamariki this year and I wish you all a safe and happy break with your loved ones.


  • I will be sending artwork and books home from Monday. Please bring along an extra bag if you have one.

  • We are lucky enough to visit Future Te Aroha today (Monday). It is going to great!

Arohanui 💜

Michelle Swan

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

Have an amazing holiday break!


Room 4 - Mrs Suzette Willis and Team

Kia ora koutou,

Have a great week whanau!


Room 5 - Miss Entwisle

Welcome to Week 9! The last week of the school year is finally here! Our class highlights would include reading Gruesome Twosome, exploring mini tramps, pogo sticks and finding out what causes a tsunami. We also enjoyed participating in the Amazing Race, having Ice Block Fridays and competing in the school athletics.

As expected in COVID times there have been ups and downs, but we have gotten through these together. A big THANK YOU to our families for supporting us as a class this year. 😊


  • Our trip to Future Te Aroha happens today (weather permitting). Sensible covered shoes are required as we are walking there and back.

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

Wow, the last week of school is upon us already. I would like to say a special thank you to Room 6 for being such a wonderful class and especially to the TAPS community. I have loved my 3 years at TAPS but now it is time to move and be closer to my family and my girls school. I will miss you all. This week we will be having fun and creating memories together.

Thank you all! Haere Ra!

Room 7 – Mrs Paul

Week 9- where did the time go? This week we will have some fun on the 2 full days we have in class. Looking at Christmas around the world is always a lot of fun.

As the school Fun Day has been called off, we will watch a Christmas Movie in there somewhere but I will notify you on Seesaw.

A big thank you to all of you who have engaged in your children’s learning this year…..for all the visits to seesaw and all the lovely emails along the way ….thank you.


Room 8 – Mrs McKenzie

Welcome to week 9! This will bring us to the end of our time in Room 8 as Year 6 students. I want to thank all of you for your support in your child's learning throughout the year. I will miss each and every student, along with their smiles, jokes, ideas and shining moments. Don’t forget to visit Seesaw to see posts, photos and snippets of your child’s learning.

This week, we will complete a few already started activities including the continuation of learning traditional games, and completing our labyrinth maze games. We are looking to have a bit of fun outdoors (Possibly involving water) on Tuesday but I will message on Seesaw about this on Monday. A couple of weeks ago, students designed a lunch menu with a $50 budget. One design will be used to complete the shopping and we will enjoy some kai on Wednesday.

It would be great to farewell all students this week but I realise illness and covid sometimes gets in the way of that. If I do not get to see your child, I will be in touch. For now, let’s enjoy our last week and have fun!

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 . Wishing you all a Merry and Happy Holiday break.

Room 9 – Whaea Armstrong and Mrs Gamble

Kia Ora e te whānau! We cannot believe we are in our final week of school. We have had one heck of a ride and it has been an absolute privilege to be the Kaiako of Room 9. We are so proud and incredibly honoured, and cannot wait to see the amazing things you do in 2023. To our year 8s heading off to college next year, we wish you nothing but the best. Work hard, play fair, laugh often and remember to never give up. We will miss you all immensely. Until then, let's make the most of this final week together!

Year 7 and 8 leavers dinner:

This Monday 12th December 2022 is our special dinner for our year 7 and 8 students.

All Parents and whanau are welcome to join us from 6pm-6:30pm for photos and to mix and mingle with other parents/children. There will be plenty of photo opportunities including backdrops and photo frames, as well as a decorated entry on the red carpet for you to capture photos of your child with their friends. Please remind your child NO CELLPHONES and we kindly ask to leave younger siblings at home.

You may return at 8pm to pick up your child. We looked forward to this beautiful evening.

Other Reminders:

  • Please send your child to school with an extra bag to bring home their stationary from school this week.

  • Our End of year prizegiving is this Wednesday at 11am in the school hall

  • School ends this Thursday at 12pm.

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a safe holiday this summer.

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

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Room 10 – Mrs B

Kia ora koutou - the last week of primary school for our class is finally here.

Yr 7/8 Dinner - The highlight for us will of course be the Yr 7/8 Leavers Dinner tonight. Parents and whanau - please make sure you are there at 6pm for photos with your child. Photos will be taken on the red carpet entry to the hall and there will be backdrops and photos frames for you to capture photos of your child with their friends. Please remind your child NO CELLPHONES. We welcome parents and whanau in the hall from 6pm - 6.30pm for photos and mix and mingle with other parents, and ask that you then return to the hall at 8pm to pick your child up. It will be a special night.

Seesaw - please make sure you download your child’s Seesaw. I will message you when all entries have been completed. Downloading your child’s Seesaw is important as it gives you a record of their learning experiences and as your child is leaving for College, their profile will be archived in the new year.

Thank you - it has been such a privilege to be the Rm 10 teacher this year. Such an awesome group of students to proudly call my class and aside from the awesome learning and achievements, there have been a lot of laughs and good times - lots of memories. Thank you for your support - this has always been much appreciated. I will miss these students but wish them all the very best for the next part of their learning journey. Wishing you all a happy and safe Christmas break.

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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We need these firms to keep our school cashflow and community relations going strong. They are generous to us which enables us to benefit your children so I would ask you look at the team of sponsors and where possible, use them as we all gain.

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.