Sport - Week 6 Term 2

Tauranga Primary School

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Jo's Sport Talk

Last Wednesday, we held the annual TPS Cross Country event. This is one of the sporting highlights of the year, as the whole school gathers at Memorial Park, dressed in their brightly coloured house t-shirts, singing house chants and cheering on their peers. Despite being a slightly simplified course this year, it was still a challenging track, and we were treated to some exceptional races. Congratulations to our runners who placed in the top three of their year group. The cross country event provided moments where students had to show determination just to complete the track, and this too was an achievement to be celebrated. Thank you to all the parents who came and supported our athletes. I'm not sure I have ever seen so many parents cheering the runners on at the finish line. Thank you to the Year 6 Sport Leaders and House Leaders for their contribution to the day; helping set up the course, as well as guiding and encouraging our younger runners around the track.

Congratulations to the following children who placed in the top three in their race:

Year 6 Boys: 1st Max Taylor, 2nd Louis Evans O’Loan, 3rd Drew Morgan

Year 6 Girls: 1st Kate Faitl, 2nd Sophie Ormsby, 3rd Alex Winterbottom

Year 5 Boys: 1st Timothy Cresswell, 2nd Mauritz Muller, 3rd Flynn Rowlands

Year 5 Girls: 1st Tessa Baxter, 2nd Molly Hyett, 3rd Jorja Donaldson

Year 4 Boys: 1st Oliver Preston, 2nd Harveer Uppal, 3rd Mak Inskeep

Year 4 Girls: 1st Grace Bell-Booth, 2nd Charlotte Kiddle, 3rd Hannah Parker

Year 3 Boys: 1st Beau Gosling, 2nd Andre Swager, 3rd James Rosendaal

Year 3 Girls: 1st Phoebe Stefan, 2nd Ava Bayliss, 3rd Libby Moores

Year 2 Boys: 1st Harry Preston, 2nd Zane Williams, 3rd Theo Arundel

Year 2 Girls: 1st Harriet Street, 2nd Blake Irving, 3rd Chi Hoang

Year 1 Boys: 1st Niko Davis, 2nd Jet Gosling, 3rd Cian White

Year 1 Girls: 1st Eloise Kemeys, 2nd Harper Pomare-Tahana, 3rd Kaia Tierney

The top three runners in the Year 4-6 races, plus the next top four, will now compete at the South Cluster Cross Country Championships on Tuesday 15th June at Waipuna Park. This event is a huge step up from the TPS course, as it is not only longer, but also includes massive hurdles to climb over and a gruelling hill to ascend. Keep training hard, and best of luck!

Two weeks ago, the TPS Year 3 & 4 and Year 5 & 6 RIP Rugby Teams competed at the West and South Cluster RIP Rugby World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Greerton. On completion of the pool games, the Year 3 & 4 team found themselves playing off for 5th and 6th position against Merivale Primary School. The team had a convincing win finishing 5th overall.

The Year 5 & 6 team had a very successful pool round, earning themselves a spot in the Grand Final, playing against Maungatapu Primary School. This was a nail biting match, with TPS scoring seconds before the full time whistle, winning 5-4. This team will now compete at the BOP RIP Rugby World Cup next week in Paengaroa. Good luck!


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Most teams have been provided with a sports uniform. Where applicable, these are to be worn with school shorts or a TPS PE top. The PE tops can be purchased from the school office for $26.50 (they can also wear these tops to other TPS sport and inter-school sports events).


South Cluster Cross Country (Year 4 - 6s) - Tuesday 15th June 11:30am - 2:00pm @ Waipuna Park

BOP RIP Rugby World Cup (Year 5 & 6 team) - Wednesday 16th June 9:00am - 2:30pm @ Paengaroa

TGA City Basketball World Cup (Year 3 & 4s) - Friday 18th June 9:00am - 3:00pm @ Trust Power Arena

WBOP Cross Country (Year 4 - 6s) - Wednesday 23rd June 9:00am - 2:00pm @ Waipuna Park

BOP Cross Country (Year 4 - 6s) - Tuesday 29th June 9:00am - 2:30pm @ Waipuna Park

TGA City Basketball World Cup (Year 5 & 6s) - Friday 2nd July 9:00am - 3:00pm @ Trust Power Arena

We require parental support at all of these school events. Please contact me if you can help out in any way via email on


Please know that I am always happy to share photos and news about any team or individual sporting successes with our school community.


Junior Tough Guy and Gal Mud Run is fast approaching. The event will be held on Tuesday 15th June at the Bay Park venue in Mt Maunganui. Entries are limited to 1000 children, so go to their website for more information and to register. We will not be entering a school team, but feel free to liaise with me so we can car pool children to and from the venue, and teachers can be advised who will be away.

Finally, I am located in the school Tech block during the hours below, otherwise email is a reliable source of contact.

My office hours:

· Monday 11:00am - 3:00pm

· Tuesday and Wednesday 11:30am - 3:00pm

· Thursday 9:00am -3:00pm

Jo Taele

Sport Photos

Miki from Drops Photography will once again be photographing our winter sports teams. You will see Miki at our school events, plus at the weekly competitions. Miki's photos will be available to view and purchase on the FaceBook page ‘TPS School Events Photos by Drops Photography’.

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Any enquiries please contact Miki via email on

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Sports Co-Ordinator

Jo Taele

07 578 6222

Acting Principal (Term 2)

Cathy Ediker

Assistant Principal

Robyn Caley