Te Aroha Primary School

Term 4 Week 5 2022

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Kia ora parents and whānau,

Thank you to all the parents and whānau that came and supported our students at Athletics last week, the weather had the final say with the juniors and they will just have to finish when the weather allows, which is looking promising this week. A big thanks must also go to Mrs Paul and Mrs J for organising the two athletics events. We have a team heading off this week to represent TAPS at the district athletics competition - success at this event means that those students can progress to the Thames Valley championships.

We have our Amazing Race this Friday - The Amazing Race involves all the teachers, Lucy, Mr Rasmussen and Mrs Hazelton. The students are in vertical groups (everyone mixed up), they go around the school completing challenges that are set up for them and collecting clues. Once they have all the clues they find Mrs Hazelton and work together to solve the final puzzle before receiving their prize, it will be a lot of fun and we will take plenty of photos to share with you all.

We are also having a sausage sizzle this Friday, $1.50 each. We aren’t doing ice blocks as the children get a free one on completing the amazing race.

A reminder that we are hosting the NZEI meeting here Tuesday afternoon, please collect your children at the end of lunchtime if you are able to.

Have an awesome week everyone!

Ngā mihi nui,

Justin Bertrand



  • 15/11/2022 - Teachers Paid Union Meeting at TAPS
  • 16/11/2022 - District Athletics
  • 18/11/2022 - Amazing Race
  • 23/11/2022 - ‘Special Person’s Day’
  • 25/11/2022 - Rainbows End Trip for Road Wardens/Mediators
  • 15/12/2022 - School closes for the year

Other term dates to be advised.



District Athletics: Not one person has put up their hand to help us at our events on Wednesday. Surely someone can give us a few hours? We seem to have to call on the same people over and over. Children need to be at school by 8:45am.

Basketball: No Mouthguard No Play - this rule saw lots of people from other schools sitting on the sidelines this week. If your child is not taking part in the trainings at 4.30pm, please don't drop them to the Events Centre before 5pm. Last week we had a few of our children sitting outside the centre where they were in school uniform and unsupervised. This is not ideal.

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.

AP&H Show 2022

Te Aroha Primary was proud to take out the school prize again this year. Our students entered many wonderful and creative artworks and several students from each of our classes were awarded first, second, third and points prizes (these will be issued to the students at an upcoming assembly).

A selection of our winning entries.

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.



Room 1 - Mrs Johnson

We welcome Te Ariki to our class this week. Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Athletics Day on Thursday. The children loved having you there to watch them compete. Such a pity about the weather not playing ball but we will hopefully finish the last few events this week. On Friday it is the Amazing Race where students will work in their house groups to complete a short challenge to earn a clue to solve a puzzle together.

LITERACY - Our Phonics work is h, j, r and l and building and reading three letter words. We are using a story as our prompt for our writing this week to help us create a sentence. We will continue working on retelling stories.

MATHS - Our whole class focus is equal sharing and in our Maths groups we are working on joining two sets together to find the answer and some students will be working on basic addition with a focus on recording addition sums.

Reminders for the week -

  • Book Bag and Homework Book

  • Sun hat

  • Drink Bottle

  • Library Day is on Friday.

Room 2 – Miss Webb

Last week we enjoyed participating in the sprints for athletics. It was great to see all of the children giving their best effort. We will finish the remainder of our athletics events on Monday. This week we welcome Miss Marshall to Room 2 on Tuesday and Wednesday while I complete assessment and reports. On Friday we have a full school amazing race where we will work in house teams to complete games and collect clues to crack a code at the end.

Literacy: There has been a peak in interest around animals so we will use this as our motivation for writing this week. Many of the reading groups are coming to the end of their sets so we will now be focussing on consolidating our learning and continuing to practise our heart words.

Maths: This week I will be assessing the students in maths. We will continue with number knowledge and strategies.


  • 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,

Welcome to Week 5! We had a very busy week last week with Athletics and finishing our A P & H show entries. This week we welcome Whaea Armstrong into our class on Thursday and look forward to participating in the TAPS Amazing Race!

Literacy: Room 3 are looking at l blends this week and our shared poem Blake the Clown and reading rotation activities will help us remember these blends. Reading groups continue and everyone is making great progress.

Maths: We are continuing to look at symmetry of objects and place value in double digit numbers

Reminders for the Term:

  • 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.

I hope you have an amazing week 5!

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,

We are visiting the Strawberry Farm on Thursday, 17 November in Te Aroha. Please read the attached letter that will be in your tamariki’s communication book. We will have a strawberry ice cream at the farm.This will coincide with our Elements theme: Earth.

Have a great week whanau!


Room 5 - Miss Entwisle

Week 5 is here! We were very proud of how our AP&H entries turned out. 😊

Mathematics: We will be starting a Geometry unit looking at 2D and 3D shapes.

Reading: We have been enjoying reading a variety of different Junior Journal texts.

Writing: We have been using picture starters to help lead our stories. It is interesting seeing how different all our stories turn out despite starting from the same image.

Reminders / Online Learning - Homework

  • Our Spelling words and 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.

Room 6 – Mrs Bankier

Congratulations Room 6 on your awesome effort at the AP&H show. I am so proud of you all for the creativity, perseverance and effort you put in.

Maths: This week we will be looking at Geometry both 2D and 3D shapes.

Reading: This week we will be focusing on answering questions about what we have read in more detail.

Writing: We will be using our senses to make our writing more descriptive.

Please remember our Library day is Tuesdays.

Room 7 – Mrs Paul

In Maths we are continuing looking at mental strategies as well as the decomposition method for subtraction. Ask your child to share this with you- it helps them to solidify their learning.

In Literacy we continue to focus on non fiction texts- in particular the asking and answering of questions. We will also be having a look at poetic writing.

I will be out of the room on Wednesday as I take the school team to District Athletics. We have lots of children from our class involved in this and we wish them all the best.


Room 8 – Mrs McKenzie

Congratulations on a successful week! Athletics was a day where ALL students showed responsibility, perseverance and determination. Some of our students are competing in the districts on Wednesday and we wish them the very best!

I would like to also congratulate all students for their very successful results in the AP&H show. Room 8 students had a large number of 1st, 2nd and 3rd wins. One judge in particular ‘Adrian Worlsley’ was extremely impressed with their ‘fantasy themed’ masks. Craft entries are back in class and students are most welcome to take them home (We would like to hold onto the masks for a little longer though).

This week we have Mrs Young on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday and Mr Barker in class on Wednesday and Thursday while I am doing my Jury Duty service. I am hoping to be back midweek to continue some final assessments.

There will be lots of exciting learning happening. Room 8 will be completing a proposal for becoming personal fitness trainers, creating kahoots (Quizzes), crafts involving random acts of kindness, and some maths based around our topic inquiry ‘Money’. Students will also have some online learning slides shared with them midweek which they are most welcome to complete as homework from Thursday.

Our phrase of the week “You never give up” “Kāore koe mō te tuohu”

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

Wow! What a week! Congratulations to all our competitors at our school Athletics last week. You all put in an incredible amount of effort and came out with some great results. District Athletics will be held this Wednesday for all those that came 1st or 2nd in a school event. More details about this will arrive this week. A P & H show results are in and we are pleased to announce that Room 9 has come out with some wins! Congratulations to Alex and Aaliyah who have placed first and third in the ‘Fantasy’ category.

  • Writing: For writing we will be focusing on ‘Passions’. We will be looking at what a passion is and what our passions are. We will then look at ways how we can share this with our classmates over the coming weeks.
  • Reading: We will continue with journal contracts, alongside revising our reading strategies. Our reading time will also be used as a time to explore our passions of interest.
  • Maths: This week we will complete another Statistical investigation based around coloured M&Ms in a pack. We will be collecting data, creating graphs, and interpreting and analysing the information found. We wonder which colour will be presented the most in a pack? We will have to wait and find out!

Reminders: School hats and drink bottles for the hot days ahead. Please remember to come to school with sunblock on too!

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 - E tohe e taa te purihi. Persistence has its rewards. An awesome athletics sports last week - always wonderful to see our students giving their best, having a competitive spirit and encouraging others. Well done. We also had six students who were placed at the AP and H show for their entries - great result! Congratulations Makylah, Perryn, Taylin, Morgan, Lockie and Jasmine.

Maths - we continue to investigate data and will put our knowledge to the test with a collaborative problem solving activity at the end of the week. Mrs B will also be completing assessment testing in maths, looking at strategies we use to solve problems.

TAPS TALK - Literacy Link - after exploring TEDTalks presented by children of our age, we begin to develop our own. This will take some research and careful planning. Mrs B also has some running records to complete.

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.