Te Aroha Primary School

Term 4 Week 3 2022

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Kia ora parents and whānau,

Happy Monday everyone. Welcome to week 3 of Term 4. On this day in 1985, Keri Hulme’s first novel ‘The Bone people’ won the booker prize - the first time any New Zealander had done so. Also on this day in 2015 the All Blacks defeated Australia 34-17 in London to claim their 3rd rugby World Cup.

It was really pleasing to see so many children in hats by the end of last week. As I have said previously, it is part of our duty of care that we insist on everyone being sunsmart while at school/kura. We have plenty of hats available for purchase and we are happy for the cost to be spread out through payment options. We just need your children in hats, being sunsmart…thank you for your support and cooperation.

A reminder that we have our Teacher only Day this Wednesday so that teachers can have time to mark and moderate the very important writing sample that all students will have completed by Tuesday. Our awesome learning assistants will be onsite to supervise any children who still need to be at school for the day - we just need to know who to expect. Please let your child’s teacher or Lucy know if your child / children will be with us on Wednesday.

It has been really neat seeing all the children out practising for the upcoming Athletics sports day on the 8th November…that’s not far away now! Also, keep an eye out for information about our Grandparents and Special person day coming up on Wednesday 23 November.

It looks like it will be a mixed weather week…

May you all have an awesome time!.

Ngā mihi nui,

Justin Bertrand



  • 2/11/2022 - Teacher Only Day
  • 7/11/2022 - PTA Meeting at 6:30pm in TAPS Staffroom
  • 8/11/2022 - Senior Athletics
  • 9/11/2022 - Junior Athletics
  • 16/11/2022 - District Athletics
  • 23/11/2022 - ‘Special Person’s Day’
  • 25/11/2022 - Rainbows End Trip for Road Wardens/Mediators Friday 25th November
  • 15/12/2022 - School closes for the year

Other term dates to be advised.



Touch: What a great night we had on Friday. It is so lovely to see everyone so happy out on the field. A big shout out to all our little U7s who get out there and give it a good go. A big thanks to all our children who ref as well.

Basketball: Starts tonight for Year 7 / 8. An amended draw went up Friday afternoon.

MOUTHGUARDS are compulsory!

Golf: On Saturday Jayden entered the Tirau Maori Golf Tournament and won The Stableford Competition in the MENS division. How does an 11 year old manage that? Hard work and a love for the sport is how! Well done Jayden and when you become the next ‘Ryan Fox’ or Tiger Woods we will remember we starred you first!! We have Jayden entered in the Waikato Primary and Intermediate Schools Tournament coming up in a few weeks. Well done Jayden we are so proud of you!

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Congratulations Jayden!

School Hats

Hats MUST be worn during term 4. This is NOT optional, it is a health and safety requirement. Year 8 students are allowed to have a dark coloured bucket hat (no advertising on it), everyone else is required to have our school hat on. Any student without a hat will be placed in a shady area to play.

The statistics on skin cancer are very high in New Zealand and we wouldn't be meeting our duty of care if we allowed your precious children to run around without hats.

School hats are available to purchase for $15 from the school office.

Year 7/8 Technology at Te Aroha College

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.


PTA Meeting

Date: Monday 7th November

Time: 6:30pm

Venue: TAPS staffroom.

Everyone welcome.



Room 1 - Mrs Johnson

Wow! Room one is growing week by week and it is so pleasing to see our new learners settling into school life so easily. We have some budding athletes in the class and everyone is thoroughly enjoying participating. Please ensure that your child has a pair of shorts in their bag if they wear long pants to school.

LITERACY - This week our sounds and letter formation are around the letters s, t and d. It is important to remind children that all letters start at the top and go down, it is really difficult to undo incorrect letter formations once they become entrenched. You will notice that decodable readers often come home as part of homework more than once, this is because fluency is an important reading skill we are developing at this early stage of reading.

Our writing goal is to become independent writers . We are focussing on saying the sentence that we want to write to a friend , followed by the teacher and then we are writing it down using our word card and our letter sounds for other words we need that are not on the word card. Lastly we illustrate the story we have written.

MATHS - We are working on teen numbers and what it means ( e.g 10 +4 =14) and the difference between the teen and ty numbers. Children in the number range from 1 to 10 are working on before and after numbers. All children are focusing on correct number formation.

Reminders for the week -

  • Teacher only day on WEDNESDAY

  • Book Bag and Homework Book

  • Sun hat

  • Drink Bottle

  • Library Day is on Friday.

Room 2 – Miss Webb

We have had a busy start to Term 4 and time is flying by already! Last week we were very lucky to have cricket coaching on Monday with Matt from Northern Districts Cricket Association. We learnt a new fun game that we have been continuing. The sun has been shining and we have been enjoying getting out first thing in the mornings for some fitness.

LITERACY - Last week we completed writing samples. These were done independently with no supports or teacher assistance. It was a great way to see the progress everyone has made in writing this year and this will support us with our writing goals for the remainder of the year. My apologies that the homework last week was a little bit all over the place but this week we should be back on track.

MATHS - This week we will move back into consolidating our number knowledge and strategies so that we are ready for maths assessment taking place the following week. We have now wrapped up our capacity unit and some great progress was made with this.


  • Teacher Only Day this Wednesday

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

  • Our library day is Friday - please return your library book

  • School Sun hats are needed in Term 4

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 Room 3 whānau,

We had a very busy week last week and Room 3 really enjoyed learning some new cricket skills with Matthew for Northern Districts Cricket Association. We were also lucky enough to have Matua Rawiri in to teach us a new waiata! This week we welcome Mrs Bartram and Whaea Armstrong into Room 3 while I begin testing.

LITERACY - Room 3 is continuing to look at narrative writing and focus a little closer at character traits and settings. We tried very hard with our writing sample last week and I am super proud of the effort the children put into it.

We are focusing on s blends this week and our weekly shared poem ‘Went Shopping’ and reading rotation activities will help us consolidate these blends.

MATHS - We are revisiting ordering numbers from 0-100, from smallest to largest and vice versa. We are also continuing with our Capacity and Mass investigations.

Reminders for the Term:

  • Teacher Only Day this Wednesday

  • Our Library day is still on a Friday. Please bring back your library books each week.

  • Summer is coming! A drink bottle, a named school sunhat and wearing sunblock is needed.

  • Room 3 tamariki need to bring their book bags (and contents) everyday.

Have an amazing week!

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


Room 4 - Mrs Suzette Willis and Team

Kia ora koutou,

Our tamariki thoroughly enjoyed the Petting Zoo. This Thursday the Fire Brigade is coming to visit us at Paeroa Goldfields school. It fits in with our” Elements” theme namely, Earth, Wind, Water and Fire for Term 4. Welcome Matua Jacob who joins us on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We have Debz, our play therapist, visiting us on a Tuesday as well as Ruth, our Speech and Language Therapist, on a Wednesday.

Have a great week whanau!

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Room 5 - Miss Entwisle

Welcome to Week 3. This will be another short but busy week. We look forward to our Cricket Smash session on Tuesday! 😊

ATHLETICS - We are developing our running, jumping and throwing skills. It was great working with Mrs Diprose last week for some extra coaching.

READING - We welcome Mrs Young on Monday so that reading testing can begin.

WRITING - Last week’s Explanation writing sample was an interesting experience but we were happy because we know we all tried our best.

MATHEMATICS - Our focus will be on making connections between Division, Fractions and Multiplication.

Reminders / Online Learning - Homework

  • Our Spelling words, 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.

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Room 6 – Mrs Bankier

Mrs Bartram will be teaching in Room 6 today (Monday) while I am testing children. We have a cricket session on Tuesday morning - which I am sure all will enjoy. We are going to make some creations out of wood later in the week - our last item for the AP&H show. This week is testing week, while I am testing students the class will be completing some individual challenges in Maths and Reading.

Congratulations to MaryJane, Nassau, Jordan and Summer for running the school assembly last week - You were amazing and made Room 6 proud!!!!

Please remember our Library day is Tuesdays.

Room 7 – Mrs Paul

This week is testing week.

Due to one thing and another, I am only in the room on Monday afternoon and Tuesday. All will be well with your children - they will be well looked after!

We do have a cricket session on Tuesday which should be fun!


Room 8 – Mrs McKenzie

Kia ora Koutou,

What a busy start to the term already and we are now in week 3! How can that be? We have another packed week ahead with only 4 days to get as much learning in as we can. Most students are now wearing hats at break times. Those who haven’t yet organised their school hat means your break times will continue under the tree.

Mrs Young will be in on Thursday and Friday this week to allow me to start assessment testing. This allows me to see how far your child has progressed and planning for next steps in their learning.

In Writing, we continue with Narratives, where we will continue to focus on each part of our story to ensure we maximise our vocab, keep it interesting and entertain our audience. Reading coincides with our writing, covering and investigating Author’s point of view, setting, and plots.

Maths and our statistics learning has been going well. Students are enjoying a mix of individual and whole class development. This week we look at different ways to display and interpret data.

We have lots planned for Physical Education. ‘Super Smash’ Cricket is happening on Tuesday, and Athletics continue everyday. Room 8 has been amazing participants! We are focusing on Highjump, long jump, discus and this week, adding in shot put too.

Here’s to a busy but wonderful week ahead.

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 . Have a great week everyone!

Mrs McKenzie

Room 9 – Whaea Armstrong and Mrs Gamble

Kia Ora e te whānau! We hope you all had a lovely weekend and are excited to get cranking into another epic week. Just a quick reminder to our tamariki that we continue to be sun smart this term. Slip, slop, slap and rap, and wear your school hat! NO HAT, NO PLAY!

Assessment testing kicks off on Monday and will continue for the next couple of weeks. Remember, this is an opportunity to see how you have progressed in your learning over the last year! Be proud, be brave!

WRITING - Congratulations to you all on completing your writing assessment. We know how difficult it is to write an entire piece of writing in 40 minutes and we are so incredibly proud of what you have produced. This week we will continue to work on Narratives, looking carefully at how we can entertain our audience by including dynamic plot twists.

READING - Reading testing will be our big focus this week. Students will be assigned journal contracts for the week, alongside some follow up activities based around ‘making connections’.

MATHEMATICS - This week we begin our unit on Statistics, looking carefully at the different types of data displays (graphs) and how we interpret these.

ATHLETICS - Training will continue. Please send a seesaw message or handwritten note if your child cannot participate in these.

CRICKET - We are very lucky to have people from ‘Super Smash’ come in to teach us some cricket skills and techniques this Tuesday after little kai.

The weather is certainly starting to heat up, please remember to keep hydrated and if possible bring a water bottle to school.

Here’s to another great week ahead!

Ngā Mihi, Whaea Armstrong and Mrs Gamble

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

Room 10 – Mrs B

Kia ora koutou - another short week ahead. He tao huata e taea te karo, he tao kupu kāore e taea te karo — A spear can be deflected but once words have been said, they can’t be taken back. We were lucky to have a visit from Constable Tash last week and her discussion with us around being cybersafe and the effects and consequences for cyberbullying was extremely valuable. We look forward to our session with Northern Districts Cricket on Tuesday.

ASSESSMENT - Mrs B will be beginning end of year assessment testing this week. Students worked very hard completing their narrative last week.

MATHEMATICS - we begin investigating Statistics by looking at how data is collected, data displays and how best to interpret these. This will also involve some collaborative problem solving, which we always enjoy.

WRITING - we explore character development this week, with our last piece of narrative. This will help students to move away from personal narrative to third person narration.

AP&H Show - some students have begun a recyclable craft creation - this may require some work at home to complete.

HATS - please make sure your child has a hat to wear.Students without hats during break and lunchtime will be asked to remain in a designated shaded area.

Looking forward to an awesome week.

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.