Sport - Week 8 Term 1

Tauranga Primary School

Tauranga Primary School appreciates the support of the Lion Foundation, who provide funding for our Sport Co-ordinator role.

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Register and pay for sport activities online.

Jo's Sport Talk


Last Tuesday, all middle and senior school students enjoyed some time down at Memorial Pool as we completed our 2021 TPS Swimming Sports. Some swimmers opted to participate in a fun non-competitive dash across the learners pool, and others more competitive races in the big pool.

Congratulations to the following swimmers who placed overall in their respective year group.

Year 3 Girls:

1st - Ava Soffe

2nd - Erin Moores

Year 3 Boys:

1st equal- Max Wood and Beau Gosling

3rd - Luke Courtney

Year 4 Girls:

1st - Amelia Hill

2nd - Eden Slater

3rd - Stevie Bowring

Year 4 Boys:

1st equal- Luke Faitl and Oliver Preston

3rd equal- Keith Gallosa, Jacob Cavit, EJ Davies and Archer Kemeys

Year 5 Girls:

1st - Jorja Donaldson

2nd - Molly Hyett

3rd - Lucy Robertson

Year 5 Boys:

1st - Timothy Cresswell

2nd - Reid Dempster Rivett-Mclennan

3rd equal- Boston Brott and Micah Warrilow

Year 6 Girls:

1st - Chiara Masey

2nd - Kate Faitl

3rd - Indie Soffe

Year 6 Boys:

1st - Fabian Hill

2nd - Max Taylor

3rd - Mason Hay

These year 5 and 6 students, plus several more, will now represent TPS at the South Cluster Swimming Championships next week. Good Luck!


After weeks of dedication, training during lunchtimes and before school, our Top Schools team competed last Thursday evening at Gate Pa Primary School’s annual Top Schools Event. The team had a blast, displaying great teamwork, energy and focus throughout each activity. The highlight of the night was the "BigFoot" race where the TPS group blitzed fellow competitors finishing 1st equal overall! Another team favourite was the “Leaky Bucket” which included a massive downhill water slide. To add to the spirit of the evening, our team was lucky enough to hear the cheers and encouragement from the TPS Cheerleader Team. This group of girls also dedicated a lot of time to prepare the night, and they looked and sounded amazing. Well done!


(and websites for draws and cancellations)

The summer sport leagues will continue for another couple of weeks. The websites below are very helpful for information about each sport. Remember that the draw is also posted each week on the TPS sports noticeboard, situated outside the school library.

Rippa Rugby - Friday 19th February to Friday 26th March

Flippaball - Tuesday 16th February to Tuesday 6th April

Kiwi Volleyball - Friday 12th February to Friday 16th April

Junior Cricket - Saturday 13th February to Saturday 27th March

Fast Football - Tuesday 16th February to Tuesday 13th April

Athletes must wear their TPS school shorts and TPS PE top to these sports (they can also wear these tops to our TPS sport and inter-school events. The PE tops can be purchased from the school office for $26.50.


South Cluster Swimming Championships - Tuesday 30th March 9:00am - 1:00pm @ Greerton Pool

WBEET Aspiring Future Athletes - Wednesday 7th and/or Thursday 8th April 9am - 3pm @ various locations around Tauranga

BOP Surfing Competition - Thursday 8th April @ Waihi Beach (NOTE DATE CHANGE). Please email me if your child would be interested in representing the school at this surfing competition.

WBOP Swimming Championships - Wednesday 14th April 9:00am - 2:00pm @ Greerton Pool

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


The Pahoia School Triathlon has been changed to Sunday 28th March. If you are interested in entering your child, email

The BOP Primary School Golf Championships is on Friday 26th March. We will not be entering a school team. If you are interested in your child competing as an individual, please email me for further information.

The Banana Boat OceanKids Series is coming to Mt Maunganui Main Beach Saturday 3rd April - a great chance to have a go at a 100m or 200m ocean swim close to shore, in a safe, supportive, and fun environment. Every child who participates will receive a finishers medal, photo, other goodies, and a great day at the beach! Visit for more info and to enter.


Zack Percy will be attending the Baseball NZ under 13s Nationals next month, after being drafted from his local club to play for the Central Sports Wellington team. Zack is eagerly awaiting the naming of the NZ Baseball under 13s squad, which will be announced after the National Tournament. Good luck from everyone at TPS!

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


The sports notice for Terms 2 and 3 is now live on our TPS School Shop. Registrations will be open between today and Thursday 8th April. If you are unable to access the school shop, there are also copies of the notice in the school office and payment can be made there.

TPS will be entering teams into the local netball, hockey and basketball leagues. All information, including dates, times and costs are included in the notice. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

If your child is interested in playing rugby or football, these are done through local clubs.


Blue Rovers Football Club winter registrations for all grades are now open for the winter 2021 season. All registrations are done through their website -

Any questions - email

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

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Sport Photos

Miki from Drops Photography will once again be photographing our summer 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’.

Follow the link

Any enquiries please contact Miki via email on
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Waipuna Hospice Superhero Walk/Run event

We’re are hoping children and families will join us on Saturday the 27th of March at Coronation Park in Mt. Maunganui to help Waipuna Hospice raise much needed funds to provide the best possible care and support for those affected by life limiting illness and bereavement.

With a sign up price of $10 for individuals, $40 per group of five and under 18’s free, the Waipuna Hospice Superhero Walk/Run is a Family Friendly event that which will be an entertaining, social way to get together and support Waipuna Hospice at the same time.

For more details and to sign up for this super fun family friendly event, simply click on the following link or enter it into your internet browser:

Please sign up today - challenge your friends, win spot prizes, get dressed up, have fun, and through your support, join the team of amazing heroes at Waipuna Hospice who provide the best possible end of life care to those in our community facing terminal illness and bereavement.

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Sports Co-Ordinator

Jo Taele

07 578 6222


Fiona Hawes

Deputy Principal

Cathy Ediker

Assistant Principal

Robyn Caley