Te Aroha Primary School

Term 1 Week 4 2022

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Message from Murray

Kia ora koutou

Kei te pēhea koutou katoa? How are you all?

It’s a funny old world, my grandfather said on many occasions - strange how some things don’t change isn’t it? The resilience of children is phenomenal - they are in the midst of a global event that none of us would have wished to happen however it is here. Despite the doom and gloom headlines that buffer us daily I am delighted with the attitude of your children - every day I learn something new - 5 years old and I’m learning from them - 12 years old and I’m learning from them. I will be showing you some pretty cool stuff the students are producing and this week I am focussing on Dylan - a young man who can, when he puts that time in, produce art to a very good standard - Stan Lee (Marvel Comics founder) would have been impressed with Dylan’s effort. And, do you know - we have several students with artistic capacity I will enjoy developing in the next 8 weeks (yes- it’s an 11 week term :) ) while I am based here in Te Aroha.

Please keep a look out on Facebook and our school app as we are updating the school’s stance with necessary actions as we are obliged to do. As we know - you will :)

Great to meet you before and after school - I do the odd Road Patrol and bus duty as well as playground duty so if you see me - please say hi!! All of our teachers enjoy a chat with parents and carers :)

Ka kite


The Power of the Badge

I always acknowledge the extras that many student do to enrich “their school’s” culture. It is great to know that the additional effort many put in to the extra asks I have of them - small but vital leadership roles - are taken up with pride and commitment. I give out badges that students earn - they are theirs to keep - a token, small but enduring of their part in the journey of the school and their participation with the school endeavours.

You will see these badges worn by some students- some may have more than one - true, very true.

Here's the badge:

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Arty Student

Dylan in R8 has created this amazing drawing. It is great to see artists sign their own works. Can you see Dylan’s name??

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Being Sunsmart at TAPS

Hats are a required part of our school uniform in Term 1 and in Term 4. Hats need to be our official uniform ones with the school logo on the front. Children not wearing hats will be required to play in shady areas rather than out in the sun. If your child does not have a school hat, please contact Lucy in the office to arrange one.
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Easter Break starts Thursday 14th April and we return on Monday 2nd May 2022. Our new principal, Mr Justin Bertrand starts with us on that date.

Other term dates to be advised.



Children should have received an email from me with the registration link which parents need to complete. If you don't have one sent to your children please let me know.


We were disappointed to learn that the other Principals had decided to cancel Districts Swimming Sports. A big thank you to Megan Diprose, and Mrs Paul, who really tried to help us to get this event happening- but it was not to be. We will be holding our school swimming sports next week under Covid 19 restrictions- and safety procedures. This means that unfortunately, no parents will be able to watch. We are allowed to have a small group of eligible people to help run this event.

Yr 7/8 Technology At Te Aroha College REMINDER

Please make sure your child is wearing shoes that cover their whole foot when they go to Tech (sneakers are a great idea) Slides / scuffs are not a suitable option in order to meet health and safety requirements of the Tech Programme. Long hair also needs to be tied up. Thank you for our support with this.



Room 1 - Mrs Johnson

A big welcome to Ryan who joined our class today. In Letterland this week, we are working on forming the letters we have learnt correctly and we are listening to the sound we hear in words so we can blend the sounds together to make sat, pat, mat, sat and Nat. Our new sound is d. Each day we focus on developing our number knowledge by counting, saying and writing numbers and making sets. We have started learning our basic pepeha and we are practicing this daily. We are creating a photo wall in the class THEN...NOW and would appreciate it if you could please send a baby photo or share it on Seesaw so I can make a copy to add to this wall. Thank you.

Room 2 – Mrs McGhie

Room 2 are starting a n number knowledge this week in maths. In writing we are learning to connect 2 sentences using the word 'and'. We continue to look at the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. The children have seen a caterpillar go into a chrysalis but unfortunately the wasps have stopped us seeing it emerge as a butterfly. Please email or message me if you have any questions. Have a great week. Maria.

Room 3 – Miss Swan

Kia ora koutou.

Week 4 already!! We are focusing on self management this week and that includes tasks such as unpacking bookbags and accounting for belongings after swimming. We can do it!

Writing: Our writing is being inspired by adventures we will have on school grounds this week. We are looking at what we notice and recounting what, where, who, when and how, to give detail to our writing.

Maths: We are beginning our Number unit and start our smaller group work this week.

Reading: Reading books and phonic work continue to come home this week. Thank you to whānau for supporting reading at home.

Reminders for the week:

A water bottle and swimming togs everyday

Library day is Friday

Please remember you can contact me via Seesaw and email mswan@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Have a wonderful week!


Room 4 - Mrs Willis and the Goldfields Team

Our satellite classes are run by Goldfields School (Paeroa), but located within the grounds of a mainstream school. Goldfields School itself is the “base school”. Students follow the daily timetable of the host school and join in with host school activities. The classes participate in many host school events and weekly activities. We have satellite classrooms at Miller Avenue School, Te Aroha Primary School, Thames South Primary and Paeroa College.


Room 5 - Miss Entwisle

Week 4

We have the pleasure of Miss Boyd’s company again this Tuesday. We continue our graphing work in Mathematics. Our ICT skills are coming along nicely as we get to grips with publishing, editing and adding images to our writing. In Health and Physical Education we are concentrating on basic stroke development for freestyle and backstroke and are already seeing improvements. Our Art works will be taking shape this week and we are looking forward to using bright colours and proportion in our self-portrait paintings. Our Spelling words and weekly poem will be available in our class Seesaw activities folder. It has been great seeing students sending through videos and photos of the work that they have been doing at home.

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 (once you have connected with it at home).

Room 6 – Mrs Bankier

Welcome to Week 4!

In Room 6 this week we are continuing to learn more about managing ourselves and our choices in class. We will be focusing on answering questions about what we have been reading with others.

In our writing we are learning about adding detail to our writing, describing using our senses and feelings in our writing.

We are setting goals to improve our basic facts over the term, this is mostly in addition and subtraction with a step into multiplication also.

Mrs Bartram will be in on Wednesday for my CRT day to do Reading testing.

We will be beginning to learn our Pepeha this week.

Next week we will be beginning to look at a timeline of ourselves, could you please send some photos of your child's life so far (I will copy them and return photos) or please send them via email or seesaw so I can print them out.

Have a great week,

Trina Bankier kbankier@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Room 7 – Mrs Paul

This week we will be focusing on Self Management- getting ourselves ready everyday and making sure we are doing what we need to be doing. This is a key competency that takes a lot of work for some people. Following on from testing last week. In Reading we will be focusing on comprehension. It is one thing to be able to read a text, but being able to understand and take information from it, is another thing all together!! Over the next few weeks we will look at the different types of comprehension. In writing we will be finishing off our Poetry work looking at Colour Poems and List Poems. We will put these up on Seesaw for you. In Maths, we are all looking at place value in one form or another. If your child is away sick, we have plenty of online Maths websites thaey can be working on- if they can remember their codes! I have signed them into a number of online platforms- just in case!!! Last week we had a very depleted class due to illness of one sort or another. Thank you to all the parents who noted that it was best for their

children to be at home during this time.


Meet the Te Moananui-A-Kiwa teachers:

Room 8 – Mrs McKenzie

This week we are focusing in on descriptive writing and figurative language. We are enjoying reading our classroom novel "Gansta Granny" using questioning and predicting before, during and after reading. Maths groups are forming and we are looking forward to setting some great goals there. Swimming is continuous leading up to our swimming sports day so please remember those togs, and hats for breaktime.

Nga mihi, Mrs M

Room 9 – Whaea Armstrong and Mrs Hodgetts

Week 4

Week 3 was a week full of testing. Proud of everyone’s efforts and their positive attitude! Just a reminder, swimming sports are coming up really quickly. Please make sure that tamariki have togs so we can continue to develop our abilities in the water.

Literacy- we will begin to look at character descriptions. We are working on comprehension strategies in reading.

Mathematics - This week we will be diving into our mathematics learning by developing our knowledge around mental strategies for addition.

Seesaw: please keep an eye out for your child’s work. We love to see some of the feedback you guys are giving!

Reminders: Hats and Togs.

Homework - once again we encourage our tamariki to read 20 minutes each night, and to complete their weekly quiz as found in their home learning folders online. Remember that hard copies can also be found in the classroom.

Room 10 – Mrs B

Kia ora koutou - He aha te kai a te rangatira? He kōrero, he kōrero, he kōrero. What is the food of the leader? It is knowledge. It is communication.

I am super proud of the students who are putting themselves forward for a leadership role this year. Awesome to see students develop their confidence, share their expertise and aiming high to reach their potential.

Maths- the power of numbers (squares, cubes, exponents and primes)

Literacy - we have a special piece of writing to develop this week, which we will share on Seesaw. We will also continue with our class novel. We wonder what Davin will do next!

All about Me Taskboard - Rm 10 is busy at work on our movies/google slide presentation, which needs to be completed by next Monday. Help from home maybe required (eg. photos) and all students have a question to ask about their name! Be sure to ask how Mrs B got her first name.

Topic -we begin our work on the CYCLE OF LIFE. We will be activating our prior knowledge and sharing what we know before exploring the different life cycles of living things.

We welcome Mrs Gamble to Rm 10 on Wednesday.

Please let me know if your child is unable to swim.

Looking forward to an epic week.

Arohanui - Mrs B dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Learning in Te Moananui A Kiwa - Students at work

Te Moananui-A-Kiwa Student Voice


School Lunches

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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….

Each week we will highlight 3 sponsors and provide a bit more detail …

Te Aroha Laundromat

Self-service, coin operated.

Commercial washers & dryers.

Extra large 18kg Washer for Large loads/duvets/blankets.

Coin operated, accepts both $1 & $2 coins.

Money changer on site.

Domestic use only - No pet laundry, no animal hair

Te Aroha Veterinary Services

The Best Care For Your Pets

Te Aroha Veterinary Services first opened in 1980 and have been servicing the greater Matamata, Piako District for over 30 years.

We have grown to a team of 9 veterinarians, 3 nurses and 5 support staff who are dedicated to providing expert veterinary care.

With our purpose built hospital and surgical facilities our dedicated, experienced staff are able to provide quality care for your animal with a full range of medical, diagnostic and surgical services. We also have a large retail area with supplies for both farmers and pet owners.

We are open Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm | Saturday 9am - 12pm |on call emergency services 24 hours avaliable
Phone 07 884 9522 | Email info@tearohavets.co.nz

Salon Chez Helene

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Thursday: 9:00 AM - 8:30 PM

Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sunday: CLOSED

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