Week 5, Term 2 2021

Tauranga Primary School Newsletter

Principal's Message

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Ngā mihi nui, ki a koutou katoa - warm greetings to you all.

Thank you to all of the families who made our learning conferences a pleasure to be part of last week. We had student teachers observing some meetings so that they could see how important it is to work together in partnership. Building up relationships (whanaungatanga) is a priority in all aspects of successful education.

This week saw our TPS cross country in action. Well done to all the students who participated. Congratulations to the winners, and a massive well done to the students who did their best, even though cross country is a massive challenge for them. Persistence and resilience are skills we encourage at TPS.

Congratulations to our Year 5 & 6 RIP Rugby team who beat Maungatapu Primary last week in a nail biting final at the RIP Rugby Qualifying Tournament. The team will now compete at the BOP event in two weeks time. Our EPRO 8 team qualified for the semi-finals, however did not move through to the finals. Our Literacy team also had a great time at the Literacy Quiz at Tauranga Intermediate, competing against Year 6, 7, 8 students; our team came first in the Year 6 category. Thank you to all three teams for so ably representing our school. Thank you to the adults who coached and mentored the teams, giving them the confidence to participate and to challenge themselves! We aim to be humble in victory and gracious in defeat.

Please see the notice below that provides details of our PUM (paid union meeting) on Thursday 1st of July. Please note that this is the day before our TOD (Teacher Only Day) on Friday 2nd July. The TOD allows our teachers to attend workshops at Tauranga Intermediate and the school will be closed. This early notification aims to help you prepare for both of these days.

A big thank you to the families who gift books to our library when it is their child's birthday.

Nau mai, haere mai - a very warm welcome to Tama Arona who has recently started at TPS. We are glad to have you and your family as part of our TPS TEAM.

We wish everyone a happy three day weekend for the Queen's birthday celebration and will see you back at school on Tuesday 8th June.

Noho ora mai,


Cathy Ediker

Acting Principal

Teacher's Paid Union Meeting Thursday July 1st

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

We have been given notification of a Teachers' Paid Union Meeting on Thursday 1st July, in the afternoon. All teachers in the union are entitled to attend. We ask you to assist us on this afternoon by:

  • picking up your child(ren) from 12:30pm. There is no need to notify us beforehand, just sign out your child(ren) with their class teacher on the day.

  • notifying the office if your child(ren) will be staying at school. There will be a skeleton staff available to supervise remaining children until 3:00pm. Either fill in the online form, on our TPS website: https://www.tauranga.school.nz/school-shop?art=6073, or notify the office.

Thank you for your continued support,

Cathy Ediker

Acting Principal

TPS Breakfast Club

We are looking for a volunteer to join our team of five parents who run our TPS Kickstart Breakfast Club. We need someone who can spare 30 minutes, once a week (Friday mornings if possible, but we can be flexible with this) to help supervise children who are having breakfast. Starting time 8:30 am and finishing time 9:00am. If you think you are able to help, please contact Cathy Ediker dp@tauranga.school.nz
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Before School

We are aware that many parents have early work commitments to start their day and this can result in dropping children at school very early in the morning; there is no supervision at this time. As winter is now upon us, the mornings tend to be darker, colder and wetter. We are fortunate to host a before-school and after-school child care facility on site which can help with this need. You can contact Schools' Out to book regular or casual supervision morning sessions from 6.45am with breakfast provided.

Te Rito

Tauranga Primary has been invited by the Ministry to upload our standardised Learning Support Register (sLSR) to Te Rito. Te Rito is a national repository of learner data that enables the safe and secure transfer of information between schools. As a result, informed and targeted action can be taken at all levels of the education system. When learners shift between schools, the information that their new school and teachers need to know will travel with them. Important information about learners won’t need to be regathered at every step of their journey. Only authorised users will be given access to Te Rito and will have access only to the data relevant to their role or position. More information about Te Rito is available on the Ministry of Education Website. https://www.education.govt.nz/our-work/changes-in-education/data-for-wellbeing-programme/te-rito-student-information-sharing/


Term 2:

  • 7th June - Queen's Birthday- School closed
  • 21st - 25th June- Kia Kaha- Anti Bullying Programme
  • 22nd June - BOT meeting, 7:00pm
  • 25th June -Matariki breakfast whole school-7:30am - 8:30am
  • 25th - June - FOTS Pizza Lunch
  • 25th - 28th June - Matariki
  • 30th June - Funky fun day - Year 3 and 4
  • 1st July - Teachers Paid Union Meeting - Please pick up from 12:30pm
  • 2nd July - Teacher Only Day - School closed
  • 9th July - Last day of term- school finishes at the usual time


A mobility park is a specially designated car parking space for disabled people. You must have a mobility card to use these. If you do not have a Mobility Parking Permit, please do not park in the designated mobility car park next to the pedestrian crossing on Fifth Avenue. We understand that parking can be difficult but this carpark is reserved for those with mobility permits.

Calling all old mobile phones

RE:MOBILE mobile phone recycling scheme collects and recycles old mobile phones and provides rewards, such as sports equipment to the school. It would be great if you could rummage around in your drawers and toy boxes at home and bring into school any unwanted mobile phones. Get mums, dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles to ask around at work and see if anyone has replaced their mobile phone recently and bring them along as well.

Phones collected help reduce waste sent to landfills, save valuable materials and energy, and help look after New Zealand’s waterways.

Please drop any unwanted mobile phones you may have in the collection box in the reception area at School.

Policy Review

We are currently reviewing the Reporting to Parents on Student Progress and Achievement policy. We invite you to visit the School website - Policies at https://tauranga.schooldocs.co.nz (note that there's no "www."), our username is "tauranga" and password "belltower".

We would encourage you to record any feedback you have on this policy on the site so your opinions can be considered as part of the review process.



Acting Principal

Cathy Ediker


Assistant Principal

Robyn Caley


Junior Team Leader

Pam Wilkins


Middle Team Leader

Jason Morgan


Senior Team Leader

Jo Howard


International Student enquiries

Cathy Ediker


Business Manager

Susan O'Neill


Enrolment Officer

Barbara Turley