Te Aroha Primary Newsletter

Term 2 Week 5 2021

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Talofa lava

Welcome to week five and another awesome week ahead.

This week we celebrate Samoan Language Week.

Sunday 30 May - Saturday 5 June

This year’s theme for Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa - Samoa Language Week 2021 is Poupou le lotoifale. Ola manuia le anofale which means strengthen the posts of your house, for all to thrive.

When you’re building a foundation for a fale (house) it can’t have a weak foundation or posts. This is the same for the foundations of our families, schools and churches that play an important role in strengthening Gagana Samoa (the Samoan Language). Language is important for the foundations of our overall wellbeing.


The PTA will hold its AGM on 1 June 2021 at 7.00pm in the staffroom.

This is an invitation to all parents and caregivers to attend this meeting and to get involved in this group to support our school and therefore the children of our school.

I look forward to seeing everyone there!


Rippa Rugby

I still have not received any information re times for Rippa for next week. I will let you know as soon as I do.


No netball on Queen's Birthday Weekend


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.



This is a reminder that next Monday 7 June is the Queens Birthday holiday.

Ma le faamaoni

Kevin Johnson


Key Term Dates


1. PTA AGM 1st June 7pm Staffroom

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

3. Learning Discussions Tues 6 Jul - 1.30 - 6.30pm ( School Closes at 1.00pm)

4. School Closes for the Holidays 9 July 2021

Classroom Round Ups

Rm 1 Mrs Johnson

Wow Week 5 already! This week our Phonics work is e, r ,u and f. We are making great progress with our new Phonics Programme. The tricky part that we are working on is blending sounds together and then saying the word. e.g saying ppppp - iiiii - nnnn and then say pin. We are practising the same concept when we write words in our story. Older students are now focussing on having more than one sentence in theIr story. In Maths we practise our problem solving skills. We are using counters and drawings to solve to solve maths problems. This week is Samoan Language week so we will introducing this to the children as well.

Rm 2 Miss Green

The weather is getting colder! Please ensure your child is wearing their school jersey and shoes to school everyday. We had a great time Friday warming up with some hot chocolate and marshmallows and some chocy biscuits.

This week we celebrate Samoan language week. We will share our artwork with you.

Reading homework books and reading books for the children to read to you will come home this week. Please check your child’s book bag.

Rm 3 Miss Swan

Kia ora koutou.

Wow! We are halfway through the term! I was really proud of Room 3 and how they behaved for Whaea Adreena while I was unwell last week. What great role models you all are for Room 1 and 2 in the Waihou Hub!
Writing: Last week we looked at onomatopoeia (sound words). This week we are taking our new found knowledge and using it to write about Autumn.

Reading: All of Room 3 are now super efficient during our reading rotations. Reading books will come home from Monday to Thursday. Weekly spelling words will be coming home and I am so impressed with how hard everyone is working on these. Ka pai!
Maths: We are working towards instant recall of basic facts and becoming subtraction superstars!
Reminders for the week: Our library day is Friday. I hope you all have a fantastic week. Please remember you can contact me via Seesaw or email mswan@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Rm 5 Miss Entwisle

Our Spelling words this week are all about et and cr. In Writing we are continuing to work on creating our information report ‘books’. For Mathematics we are looking at fractions of shapes and sets. For those children who are motivated to do extra learning at home, 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

This week is Samoan Language week. We will be learning about traditional stories of Samoa and the Pacific in Reading.

In Maths we are continuing to learn about shapes, we will be looking at 3D shapes this week. Mrs Bartram will be continuing with teaching Multiplication and Division on her days. Mrs Bartram will be in on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

We are learning about what Excellence means in our classroom and work.

We have been learning about noticing the good in others and have special books others can write in about us. We can then look back and remind ourselves about all the amazing things others think about us.

Mrs Trina Bankier

Rm 7 Mrs Paul

This week I will starting my testing in readiness for reports. Ms Boyd will be in the classroom while this is completed and I am sure she will have a fun filled 2 days planned.

In maths we will be finishing off our multiplication unit and learning some tricks for timetables. Ask your child to play some of our new maths games with you and share the 9x trick if you don't already know it. In topic, having looked at how the River Nile sustained life, we are having a week look at some practices in Ancient Egypt. The children are really looking forward to completing their death masks this week. In writing we will be completing a piece of writing based on our school. The aim is to be able to inform our town how great our school is.

Rm 8 Mrs Young

Inquiry - Me and My Environment - Kaitiaki Guardians. This week we will identify things we can take care of. We are looking at projects or areas of our school that we can be guardians of.

Literacy - We will continue with our chapter book, graphic novel and movie - The Witches. This can be read through the Reading Folder on Google Drive or by listening to the chapters online. All tasks related to the chapters can be accessed through Google Classroom.

Maths - This week we will continue our Multiplication and Division unit. Please continue to practice your tables at home.

Hands on - We are continuing with our knitting squares. Thank you Mrs Hazelton for casting these on.

Online interactive quiz with detailed answers. Please login via https://socrative.com/ Click on Student Login and enter TAPSROOM82021. Whanau can also take part every week!

Home Learning - Library Books + EPIC Reading. Mathletics + Prototec + Weekly Quiz

Email- kyoung@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Rm 9 Mrs Gamble/Mrs Hodgetts.

Literacy: This week our class book will focus on the art of Giselle Clarkson with her piece ‘Common household biscuits & slices of New Zealand’. In guided reading we will work on finding the deeper meaning within the text. We will work on using the language the author uses to search for clues. In writing we will focus on proposals.

Maths: We will focus on multiplication and division this week. We are exploring different multiplication strategies and selecting the best one to help solve the problem.

Topic/Inquiry: This week we will write proposals presenting our ideas for the class. We will develop our proposal writing skills and research evidence to support our idea. Wednesday we will stomp the farm. Please bring gumboots or suitable footwear. We will continue with our kaitiaki art.

Homework: Weekly quiz, Mathletics - assigned tasks, reading 20 minutes each day.

Reminder: Netball players bring shoes for training on Tuesday. Everyone please bring suitable footwear for the farm on Wednesday.

Have a fantastic week

Rm 10 Mrs Brittenden

Talofa outou uma - this week is Samoan Language Week and we will be completing a task board to help us explore aspects of Samoan Language and Culture. This year’s theme for Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa - Samoa Language Week 2021 is Poupou le lotoifale. Ola manuia le anofale which means strengthen the posts of your house, for all to thrive.

Maths - we will be exploring efficient strategies for division with whole and decimal numbers.

Literacy - reading and writing will be linked as we complete research that will help us to write an information report.

Topic / Inquiry - our free scale maps look amazing and give us a visual point to identify areas in our school that we could develop / improve to make them sustainable. Students will be collaborating with others in a small group to select an area to research and plan. This will require some work at home over the next two weeks. We are also taking part in "STOMP THE FARM" to look after the riparian plant area on the school farm on Wednesday (gumboots are a great idea)

Keep working hard Rm 10 - be focused, be kind, be YOU!

Manuia Le Vaiaso - Mrs B dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz


Below is the lunch menu for week five.
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