Te Aroha Primary School

Term 3 Week 5 2022

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Kia ora parents and whānau,

Week 5 already - the midpoint of the term. It was awesome to see our amazing TAPS tamariki running the cross country last Tuesday. I was really impressed with the high number of competitive entries, great to see students striving to do their best…It was also very pleasing to see just about everyone else competing in the non-competitive races. Participation is important, so well done to those children too. Our top place getters will be representing TAPS at the district cross country on Thursday, which is being held at Manawaru School.

Great news! The new room between Room 3 and the Goldfields classroom has been completed. We are having the room blessed this week and will begin moving things in.

A quick update around professional learning. Recently I was able to secure funding for TAPS staff to enter into professional development on ‘Assessment for learning’.

Our facilitator for this work is Janet McCarroll from Evaluation Associates.

Q. What is Assessment for Learning?

A. It is a way of being in education underpinned by this kaupapa;

  • clarity about learning and next steps, high-quality feedback, assessment literacy

  • active reflection and learning-focused relationships Q. So how does that help our Kura? A. It will assist teachers to:

  • create an environment that further encourages active learners, set clear pathways for their ākonga/ students

  • use assessment to address students’ needs, give feedback that promotes learning

  • listen and respond skilfully to students’ thinking, understand and monitor their progress through the curriculum. As a result, ākonga / students are then able to:

  • understand active learning and their important role in it, be clear about what they are learning, and their steps to success, track where they are in their learning, seek and give quality feedback

  • reflect on their learning and identify their next steps, track their progress and set realistic goals This is exciting professional development for our school. The majority of its impact will be felt through 2023 although we are starting our development throughout the remainder of this year. We will keep you updated around this journey as we progress.

Have a great week everyone.

Justin Bertrand

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  • 22/8/2022 School Photos

  • 25/8/2022 District Cross Country Thursday 25 August

  • 26/8/2022Daffodil Day - Gold Coin donation / wear yellow (or white, green, orange)

  • 30/8/2022 - 2/9/2022 Totara Sports Camp (team of Year 7&8 students)

  • 31/8/2022 Ready, Set, Go! Wednesday 31 August 1:40 - 2:40pm

  • 6/9/2022 Thames Valley Cross Country

  • 9/9/2022 Disco Friday 9th September - Theme Bright & Colourful

  • 14/9/2022 Ready, Set, Go! Wednesday 14 September 1:40 - 2:40pm

  • 24/9/2022 PTA Duck Race Saturday 24 September

  • 28/9/2022 Ready, Set, Go! Wednesday 28 September 1:40 - 2:40pm

  • 30/9/2022 Last day of Term 3 Friday 30 September

Other term dates to be advised.



Totara Springs: Please ensure you have seen all the notes that came home on Friday. Please check you have all the things you need on the gear list. We do have some sleeping bags if anyone needs one.

PLEASE PARENTS SUPPORT US BY NOT LETTING YOUR CHILD BRING THEIR PHONE TO CAMP. IF THEY ARE FOUND - THEY WILL BE CONFISCATED but as per letter, if you wish your child to bring theirs for any reason, please see me.

District Cross Country: Looking forward to taking the team to this on Thursday. If any parent wishes to come on the bus please let me know mpaul@tearohaprimary.school.nz. Thames Valley Cross Country is set for the 6th September. As I will be away you will most probably hear from Lucy if your child is selected. Please don’t make assumptions around whether your child will be selected, there are things taken into consideration that you may not be aware of. Simply put, this is not a parent decision.

TAPS Cross Country Results 2022

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Te Aroha College Open Evening - Wednesday 24 August at 7pm

Year 8 parents and whanau - this is an excellent way to learn more about the College and what they offer and to meet members of staff.

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Year 7/8 Technology at Te Aroha College

Our Tech classes resume this week. Please make sure your child has shoes that cover their feet (NO SLIDES PLEASE) and long hair needs to be tied up. Roll call for the bus at 8.30am outside Room 10. If your child is running late and misses the bus, please take them straight to the College.

Students 12+years are to wear a mask on the bus as per Orange setting.


Duck Day 2022

The Great Duck Race is back for 2022!

Forms were sent home. Each family is asked to please sell 10 tickets. Prize for the family that sells the most.

Spare forms are available from the office.

Thank you for supporting the PTA

PTA Spicecraft Fundraiser

Great gift idea for Fathers Day. The order forms will be coming home shortly.

Key dates: Orders & Payments in by 23rd August 2022

Delivery by 2 September (in time for Fathers Day)

For inspiration on how to use the spices, check out the following site: https://www.spicecraft.co.nz/blogs/recipies

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Room 1 - Mrs Johnson

Well done Room 1, you did a great job running in your very first cross country on Tuesday. Welcome to Rochie who joins our class this week, he joins his big brother Laykin and Corbin at our school. This week Mrs Maisey and Miss Forrest will be teaching Room 1.

Literacy - Phonics work will be the letters g, o, b and we will continue working on making lists of rhyming words. Our goal for reading is to sound out words and then blend the word together so that we can read our sunshine books independently.

Maths - We will continue working on basic addition to 10, where we use objects to help us solve the sum.


  • Please remember to bring book bags and homework books to school everyday.

  • Children need a water bottle for school everyday please.

Room 2 – Miss Webb

Week 5 is here and we are officially half way through the term! I enjoyed catching up with everyone last week and discussing your child’s progress.

Literacy: This week our fairytale will be Jack and the Beanstalk. We will use this for our motivation for writing and on Thursday we will plant our own magic beans! In phonics this week we are going to review and consolidate our learning of some of the blends and digraphs we have learnt so far. In Reading, many of the children are coming to the end of their sets so we will be focussing on making sure we have mastered all the sounds in each set before moving on.

Maths: This week we will continue with our focus on problem solving. We have been enjoying taking time with our maths tasks and using different strategies instead of rushing to get the answer.


  • Please remember your drink bottle, homework book and book bag everyday.

  • Please remember to return your poem books

  • We have had lots of coughs and sniffles last week so please do keep your child at home if they are unwell.

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,

Wow! We are halfway through the term already! Room 3 and I were very proud of the fantastic effort that was put into Cross Country last week. Tino pai!

Literacy: In writing this week we are continuing with our procedural writing. The children wrote instructions on how to make fairy bread last week and I followed these instructions. Room 3 realised very quickly that we need to be specific and add in important detail. It was very funny!

Our sound of the week is ‘ir’ as in first and our literacy activities will consolidate this. Reading books and phonic work continue to come home this week. As our books and sounds become more complex you will notice that more homework practice of our letter sounds will come home instead of just readers. It is super important to practise these. Keep it up, Room 3!

Maths: We are focusing on finding a ½ and ¼ of a set, continuing on with our problem solving and counting collections.

Reminders for the week: Please remember everyday

  • Drink bottle

  • Homework book

  • Poem book

  • Book bags everyday

  • Please check at home for School library books. We have had a number of books not returned.

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

Have an awesome week😊


Room 4 - Mrs Suzette Willis and Team

Kia ora koutou,

Photo Day is Monday. Please check the communication books of our lovely tamariki and fill in all outstanding forms for RDA etc. Please view Story Park as well. We are having so much fun working on our Art project for our Art Exhibition!

Have a great week whanau!


Room 5 - Miss Entwisle

Welcome to Week 5! I am super proud of how well the students did in last week’s Cross Country, especially those who tackled the farm for the first time this year. 😊

Reading: We have been looking with a critical eye at fairy tales such as Rumpelstiltskin and Jack and the Beanstalk. This has been a great way for us to look at characters and how they interact with one another.

Writing: Our explanation writing is starting to take shape. We have been pleasantly surprised with the similarities between explanations and last term’s report writing as this has made it easier for us to understand this form of writing.

Mathematics: Adding 9 to a number is like adding a ten and then taking away one. This is one of the ‘strategies’ that we have been developing.

Art: We are busy prepping for next term's AP&H Show and will be completing several entries for this event.

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

I am so proud of Room 6 in cross country, we went for ‘Excellence’ having everyone who wasn’t sick participating - most in the competitive event. Ka Pai!!

Kia Tu, Kia Toa, Kia Mau!

  • This week we will be learning to add, subtract and multiply fractions in Maths. We will be completing our last week of persuasive writing.
  • We are learning to look carefully for information in text to help us answer comprehension questions in reading.
  • We have just started our topic on Force which will continue until the end of the term - we will be learning to Act and Think like Scientists!

Room 7 – Mrs Paul

Man weren’t we awesome at Cross Country?! I was so proud of everyone who crossed that finish line - and the spirit in which it was done was amazing.

  • In spelling this week we will be looking at end sounds- some of these can be a little tricky.
  • In writing we will be having some fun with explanations- I am looking forward to seeing what we have remembered from earlier in the year.
  • In Reading I am going to try something different this week. We are all going to work from the same story but with different levels of work. We will be focussing on prior knowledge and making connections. For some the reading of the story will be tricky but I will put the slides of the text in the Drive for those who want to read it at home.
  • In Maths we will be looking at improper fractions. It can be difficult for the children to understand that the numerator can be bigger than the denominator and that this means we have whole numbers.

Next week I will be away taking the yr 7 / 8 Team to Totara Springs Sports Camp and the children will be having a fun week up in the senior hub. I know they will love it!


Room 8 – Mrs McKenzie

Kia ora whānau and families of Room 8.

I want to congratulate the amazing effort every student put into Cross Country last week. Room 8 has certainly put a lot of effort into their training and it is exciting to see many students heading off to the districts. I am back on board after almost a week of illness, so I am looking forward to getting stuck into some awesome learning this week!

  • In Literacy, we are pulling apart our speeches and investigating how we can make it more impactful. We will also do short oral language skills workshops to help build confidence, learn movement and gestures that help make speeches shine. For reading, we are looking at comprehension skills once again such as word knowledge, analysing and evaluating text, and strengthening our questioning when reading.
  • In Maths, our big focus is fraction word problems. When reading big worded problems, it can be quite overwhelming and confusing. So, we are learning to read a problem, analyse it, break it up and solve it step by step.
  • Across other areas, students will be continuing with our design of Room 8’s garden in a poster format. For other students, they will be learning how to illustrate books, ready to create their very own for the class.

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 .

Here’s to another great week of learning and enjoying the sunshine!

Room 9 – Whaea Armstrong and Mrs Gamble

Kai ora Room 9 whanau and friends

A big KAI PA to everyone who ran the school Cross Country last week. It was pleasing to see the determination and perseverance displayed by our runners. We are super proud of you all! District Cross Country is this Wednesday, we wish all those who are attending the very best!

Maths - We will continue to look at fractions, decimals and percentages. Looking at finding a fraction or a percentage of a quantity.

Writing: We have made a great start on persuasive writing and are learning how to provide strong factual evidence to support our position. This week we will be writing a persuasive letter, looking at how we can use counter arguments to further persuade our audience.

Reading: We will be taking a short break from our class novel this week and will link reading into our topic work. Looking at Newton’s law of motions, identifying what a force is and the types of forces.

Speeches: We had fun attempting impromptu speeches last week. These were harder to do than we thought, however we all had fun and learnt how to project our voices and use emphasis to deliver our message. All speeches will need to be finished by Friday (especially for those students who are going to Totara Camp next week). Whaea Armstrong and myself will provide some in class support for thoses who need it.

Seesaw: Cross Country photos, Tivaevae art and examples of our persuasive writing will be posted this week. We would love to know what you think so please post your comments.

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

Have a great week everyone, Mrs Gamble and Whaea Armstrong

Room 10 – Mrs B

“Ki te kotahi te kakaho ka whati, Ki te kapuia e kore e whati - Alone we can be broken. Standing together, we are invincible.”

Kia ora koutou - super proud to see Rm 10 participate in the cross country last week with such motivation, and perseverance. Some really great results - check out the photos on Seesaw! We have a big week ahead before a number of students head away to Totara Springs next week - managing time and completing tasks will be important!

Maths - we are enjoying solving problems with fractions. We have certainly learnt the value of making sure we understand what the problem is asking us to do. (In Rm 10, we are MULTIPLIERS!) This week, we look at the relationship between fractions and decimals.

Literacy - we love a good debate in Rm 10 and trying to see if we can sway Mrs B’s opinion. We continue this and complete our shared planning and writing, which will lead to independent writing. Some of us are very skilled in the art of persuasion!

Topic - MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU! A force is a push or pull. Sometimes forces cause objects to move, and sometimes forces slow, stop, or change the direction of an object's motion. We will be investigating this!

Speeches - these need to be completed by Friday. Please check in with your child to make sure this is done. Great idea to have them practice this with you too! (there is some cardboard available for students to use for cue cards)

We welcome Mrs Gamble to Rm 10 on Friday!

Another awesome week ahead in Rm 10 - kia tu, kia toa, kia mau - accept the challenge!

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.