Te Aroha Primary Newsletter

Term 2 Week 7 2021

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Kia ora koutou

Welcome to week seven.

The weather is changing as we head into winter. If your child needs a warm polo fleece top or track pants, these are all available from the office. Please come in and see Lucy and she will help you with this. We do also have some secondhand items for sale.

Parents Picking Up and Dropping off Children

We ask that any parents or caregivers picking children up from the front of the school and who use the carpark to please use the gate at the Room four entrance . This is the entrance closest to the swimming pool. This will prevent children wandering through the carpark among the cars. We want to keep all of our children safe. Children have been informed that they are to leave the school at the Room Four (Gate 4) side of the school.

New Social Worker in School Appointed (SWiS)

After many months of interviews I am now in a position to confirm to our community that we have appointed a new Social Worker in Schools for our school.

This position commences at the start of term three and we are really looking forward to being able to welcome Marina Bielby to our school and community. Marina will start her first day with us on Tuesday 27 July. This is very exciting news for our school.


The NZEI, the union for all teachers in NZ has informed us that they have arranged Paid Union Meetings on Tuesday 6 July starting at 9.30am. This is to discuss the upcoming bargaining for the teachers new Collective Agreement.

There will, therefore, be no school for children on this day but our Learning Conversations will continue as planned starting at 1.00pm when staff will be back at work.

A timetable for booking interview times for the Learning Conversations will be made available shortly.


Wednesday 30 June, 6pm @ the Museum.

Official welcome, karakia and then a karanga will call everyone to Future Te Aroha.

Zak Scott from Ngati Tumutumu will be doing a presentation on his impressions of Matariki.

Entertainment by the Te Aroha Primary School Kapa Haka Group.

Followed by light refreshments.

Entry is by way of a gold coin donation.


Ngaa mihi nui

Kevin Johnson

Principal / Tumuaki

Rippa Tournament

Last week our Yr 5,6,7&8 students took part in a Rippa tournament. The weather on the day was less than ideal with the teams playing in pouring rain. Despite this, everyone had a great time. Below are photos of the Year 5/6 team and the Year 7/8 teams . Thank you to the parents who transported the team and supervised on the day.

Support Staff Week

Last week we celebrated Support Staff Week at our school. We set up an Appreciation Wall in our staffroom where staff and students could tell our support staff how much they are appreciated for the amazing job that they do supporting our students and staff. We ended the week with a morning tea to thank them.
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Key Term Dates


1. Learning Discussions Mon 5 Jul - 3.30 - 5.30pm

2. Paid Union Meeting on Tuesday morning and Teacher Only Day

Learning Discussions Tues 6 Jul - 1.00 - 6.30pm

3. School Closes for the Holidays 9 July 2021

Classroom Round Ups

Rm 1 Mrs Johnson

This week's phonics work will be practising the sounds these letters g o b h e r f u l make and we will use them to make words. Sounding out words (segmenting) and then saying the word (blending) is the focus of the week. While saying the individual sounds is relatively easy for most children, blending them into the word remains quite challenging and requires lots of practice at this early stage of reading. In Maths older students are learning to solve addition problems to 10 by counting all the objects and then they will use + and = to record the sum, while other students are counting sets of objects to 10 and recording the number to go with it. We are starting cross country training in the afternoons at school in preparation for our school event in Term 3. Children will need a pair of shorts from home in their school bag each day to change into please. Thank you

Rm 2 Miss Green

Testing will take place this week as it is assessment week. We loved having Mrs Maisey in Room 2 last Thursday. There is a lot of sickness going around at the moment. Please keep your child at home if they are unwell to stop the spread of germs. Some children are not eating all of their lunch provided and are therefore hungry by the end of the day. If you could please check in with your child and add an extra item to their lunch if needed, that would be great. Phonics this week will be revision of all letters/ sounds learnt over the term. Assessment will take place for all students with this to see where to next. Writing: Children are aiming to be independent writers using their word cards for support and practising rereading when they have finished checking for any errors and making changes where they can. Maths: We look at addition and subtraction problems within 20, recording sums and numbers correctly. Other groups look at addition and subtraction within 10 recording sums and numbers correctly.

It would also be great if children could spend time practising forming numbers at home.

Rm 3 Miss Swan

Kia ora koutou
Welcome to week 7.
Writing: We are continuing with our opinion writing this week and focussing on editing our work. Room 3 has really loved being able to choose between two options and express their opinions.

Reading: Spelling words and readers continue to come home. Spelling words can either be said out loud or written down each day. We are getting better at remembering to bring our bookbags and homework notebooks each day. Keep it up!

Maths: This week in Maths we are looking closer at 3D shapes, beginning to look at length and continue on with instant recall of basic facts.

Reminders for the week: Our library day continues to be Friday. This week I am still testing so we are again lucky enough to have Mrs Ferguson in on Tuesday and Whaea Adreena in on Thursday. Please remember you can pop in and see me or contact me via Seesaw and email

Have a fantastic week!

Rm 5 Miss Entwisle

Our Spelling words this week are all about in and fr. In Writing we are working on ensuring that our report writing is factual, detailed and well sequenced. We will be delving deeper into Ancient Egypt and engaging in themed activities throughout the week to help us develop our understanding of how the Ancient Egyptians used their environment. In Mathematics we are working of finding fractions of shapes as well as sets of objects. Our Spelling words are shared each week via the Seesaw activity section. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me via email at mentwisle@tearohaprimary.school.nz or through the Seesaw message function.

Rm 6 Mrs Bankier

Mrs Bartram and Ms Bishop will continue to teach room 6 children until the end of the term.

Rm 7 Mrs Paul

This week we take a break from number in Maths and will look at reflection and transformation. We will still be playing number games and learning tables but it is nice to have a change and do some strand work.

In writing we will be doing our termly assessment samples. This means the children will produce an unassisted piece of writing - and it is their chance to use all the skills they have learnt without me reminding them!!

In reading we will be looking at the Author's purpose as we unpick pieces we read. Alongside this we will look at inferences and drawing conclusions. As the week ends we will start to look at Matariki which starts around about the 16th.

We really should start getting ready for Cross Country with a few runs!

Rm 8 Mrs Young

Mrs Young is away ill today. Thank you to Mrs Ferguson for relieving in this class today.

Rm 9 Mrs Gamble/Mrs Hodgetts.

This week is all about testing!!! We hope everyone has had some early nights and is ready to bring their best!

Literacy: We are enjoying all the interactive activities that we are doing with Annual 2. Especially learning how to use twitter for learning discussions with our class account. This week our guided reading will link in texts relating to our inquiry.

Maths: We are developing our division knowledge! Some groups will also work on equations involving decimals.

Topic/Inquiry: This week we will have a huge focus on inquiry! We will be going back over our mapping and discussing our solutions to areas of need we have identified. We will be writing proposals relating to our ideas.

Homework: Revision of division and multiplication. 20 minutes reading each day. Weekly quiz.

Have a fantastic week everybody.

Rm 10 Mrs Brittenden

Kia ora koutou.

This week, much of our learning will be centred on our Inquiry "me and My Environment". Students will take on the role of kaitiaki to plan, develop/improve and create a sustainable area of our school environment. This will take a lot of planning and students will be making models, using online platforms such as Tinkercad and Minecraft to develop their ideas. This is the beginning of two weeks work and will require some work at home. Looking forward to seeing what they come up with and create.

Maths - we complete our work on division strategies and implement these with problem solving activities.

Writing - we will be writing explanations. This will be linked to our Inquiry work.

Testing - this week, Mrs B will be completing reading and numeracy assessments.

Another busy and exciting week ahead.

Arohanui - Mrs B dp@tearohprimary.school.nz


Below is the lunch menu for week seven.
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