Te Aroha Primary School

Term 4 Week 6 2021

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Kia ora koutou

Welcome to week 6.

This weeks newsletter contains a great deal of information for parents as we head towards the end of the year. Of particular note is the information below regarding our Prize Giving and Year 8 Final Assembly which is going to be very different to previous years if we are to hold one at all.

Please also remember that everyone is required to wear a mask if you need to come onto the school site to the office.

Please help us to keep everyone safe and healthy at TAPS.

Ngaa mihi nui

Kevin Johnson

Principal / Tumuaki

Prize Giving and Year Eight Final Assembly

This year in order to have a Prize Giving we have had to do things very differently to previous years.

In order for us to hold this event for our students we have had to hire a bigger facility. We will, therefore, have our prize giving in the Te Aroha Events Centre on Friday 10 December 2021.

Children will travel to the Events Centre by bus at 10.30am and will return children to school afterwards.

Unfortunately, because it is a school gathering, unvaccinated parents are unable to attend this occasion. This is not our ruling as a school but in line with the published "order" of the government for all educational institutions.

This gathering is only open to BOT members and 1 parent of a prize winner and 1 parent of a leaving year 8 student.

Parents attending will be required to wear a face mask for the entire Prize Giving and Final Assembly.

Parents will be contacted by their child's class teacher if their child is a prize winner and vaccine passes will be checked at the door.

All doors at the events centre will remain open throughout the prize giving to provide a through flow of fresh air.

We do hope that parents are understanding with the measures we have had to follow in order for this event to take place for our children.

School Swimming Pool Will Open on Tuesday

Our school pool will be ready for class swimming from tomorrow, Tuesday. All children must bring their togs and towel to school in a waterproof bag.

All children are required to swim as this is part of the class programme. If your child is unable to swim please send a note or a message via Seesaw.

PTA Reminders

Cookie orders must be in by Thursday 25 November. Please send the order to the school office with your child.

Spice orders must be in to the office by Friday 26 November

Year 8 HPV Vaccinations and Year 7 Boostrix Vaccinations

Round two of the Year 8 vaccinations and the outstanding Year 7 vaccinations are due but because of the current alert levels and the Covid work required of the PHN team the school immunisation programme is on hold.

We were informed this week that these vaccinations will not be able to be done at school this year.

Parents are asked to take their child to their GP practice for their free Year 7/8 vaccinations themselves.

Parents on School Grounds

No parents are permitted on the school grounds except if you are visiting the school office.

If you do come onto the school grounds to visit the office then you are required to wear a mask and to sign in at the office for our contact tracing. Please also scan in using the QR code on the office window.

Please also wear a face mask in the car park if you are getting out of your car to pick up your child from the front of the school as this is still on school grounds. Thank you for yourhelp with this. We do appreciate your support at this uncertain time.

We need to keep everyone safe.

Children Starting School In Year One in 2022

If you have a child who will be starting school in the first three weeks of term one and you have not, as yet, informed the school, we ask that you do so immediately. Please let Lucy, in the office, know as soon as possible. We need to know this so we can allocate your child a class and also we would like to make arrangements with you for a couple of class visits in Room 1 before the end of November.

Year 7/8 Technology at Te Aroha College

This Friday will be the last session of Technology for the year. We would like to thank Te Aroha College for the provision of this programme - it is a great way for our students to become familiar with the College staff and facilities.

Year 8 Mini Lessons at Te Aroha College.

This Friday, Year 8 students who are attending Te Aroha College next year, will remain at the College to participate in Mini Lessons. This gives our students an opportunity to meet some of the teaching staff and a snapshot of College life for next year. There will be a selected group of junior students from the College working with the Year 8s.If your child is not attending Te Aroha College next year, they will return to school as per normal following Technology classes. Year 8s staying for the lessons will be transported back to our school before lunch.

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Using the BUS for students aged 12 and over

This is a reminder that all students aged 12 and over are required to wear a face coving (eg. a mask) while on school transport under all alert levels. This is for both Ministry and regional council operated services. For families who have a student of this age, please make sure they have a mask if they use the bus service to and from school and for when they go to Technology at Te Aroha College. We appreciate your support with this, as we have had a small number of students not adhering to this requirement,

Students are also reminded they need to stay seated on the bus and ensure that they do not make unnecessary noise that is distracting to the driver.


All library books need to be returned to school by Friday next week so that they are back in time for the annual library stocktake.

Class and Individual Photos

This is to remind parents that we will be having class and individual photos on 25 November.

Parents who are unvaccinated will unfortunately not be able to come in to school for the photographs in the school hall.

Key Term Dates


1. School opens for term four - 18 October 2021

2. Class and Individual Portrait photos - 25 November 2021

3. Yr7&8 Camp 1 - 3 December

4. Yr7&8 Social 9 December - children only

5. Final Assembly Friday 10 December 11.00am - 12.30pm

6. School Re opens for students on 1 February 2022

Classroom Round Ups

Rm 1 Mrs Johnson

It is hard to believe that there is only 3 weeks of the term left! We still have lots to do before the end of the term. We are working hard on writing without having to have constant adult support. This week we are having a go at opinion writing. Reading homework will continue for the next 2 weeks. Our reading focus is to work words when we get stuck by sounding out and blending and not to just guess. In Maths we continue to work on addition. Our Letterland work is v, w, x and z this week and sounding out and recording 3 letter words. It is a school requirement that children wear school sun hats in Term 1 and Term 4. A number of students still need school sun hats please, these are available from Lucy in the office. If the outing letter to Swimzone Te Aroha did not come home in your child's book bags last week, please let me know and I will send a new one home. Thank you.

Rm 2 Mrs McGhie

Kia Ora. Week 5 was another busy week with the children learning the Humpty Dumpty Nursery Rhyme. I hope you enjoyed reading this with them over the weekend. Last week we did an experiment with milk, food colouring and dishwashing liquid. It was interesting to see what happened to the food colouring when the dishwashing liquid was added to the milk. The children came up with some great writing about what happened. This week we will add another nursery rhyme to our collection. Also this week we have photos on Thursday and we will be working hard on reading, writing and maths. Have a great week.

Rm 3 Miss Swan

Kia ora koutou,

Welcome to Week 6!

Writing: We are learning to plan our writing in different ways including using graphic organisers!

Reading: The reading groups have had a bit of a change around from this week and you may notice your tamariki reading at a different level! Our phonological sound of the week is igh ( long i) and our spelling words will reflect this.

Maths: This week we are exploring place value and learning to recognise what the value is of double and triple digits.

Reminders for the week

  • Please bring along a drink bottle and your school sunhat everyday! The weather is very hot and we need to be sun safe.

  • Homework for the week: Maths worksheet, spelling and daily reading book.

  • Please remember to bring along book bags and homework notebooks everyday. Room 3 needs their notebooks for word work during class times.

  • Please continue to check for head lice as they seem to be present!

  • Whaea Armstrong is in on Friday.

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

Have an amazing week!

Rm 5 Miss Entwisle

Our Spelling words this week are all about ump and ed. We continue to learn about shapes and lines in Mathematics. We will be rounding off our explanation writing this week. We are revisiting our New Zealand Sign Language alphabet and have started to learn our NZSL numbers 1-10. For those children who are motivated to do extra learning at home, our Spelling words, Weekly Poem and other Home Learning based tasks 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.


Our Te Rapa Pool Trip is happening next week. All permission forms and money need to be in by this Friday.

Rm 6 Mrs Bankier

The term is flying by, welcome to week 6! This week we are continuing to learn about measurement and using a ruler. We have been learning to write some poems and will be continuing with poems this week.

Please make sure you have sent your payment for the trip into school. We will be going to the library on Tuesday as the computer is now fixed.

We have had a few cases of head lice / nits in the classroom. Please check your child's hair regularly and treat. Remember you need to treat 3 x a week apart to kill any eggs that may not have hatched.

Well done to those who received placings in the AP & H show.

If you would like to contact me please email kbankier@tearohaprimary.school.nz or message me through SeeSaw.

Have a great week, Trina Bankier

Rm 7 Mrs Paul

The days are getting hotter and hotter- we are hoping we may get to swim very soon!

In Maths we will be looking at area and perimeter of both regular and irregular shapes. This will lead us to designing our own rooms. Some children will be looking at the area of circles which is a little harder to calculate. In reading, our famous person this week will be Ernest Rutherford- ask your child about him and his contribution to the world. In writing we will continue with descriptive writing. It is hard to concentrate in class at this time of year. We are trying to get outside a few times a day to learn new games and make the most of the beautiful weather.

Our pool trip is nearly here. We do expect everyone to attend. If you have any trouble with money , flick me a message please. We really want everyone there.

Rm 8 Mrs Young

What’s on -

On Monday we have road warden training with Constable Alastair Ellesmere, if you didn’t receive a form please email or phone in. Then we celebrate our Road Patrol and Cool School Mediators from this year with a trip to Swim Zone Te Aroha. Mrs Gamble explored many options but with Covid restrictions this was the best plan and reward possible.

Remember to -

Bring Camp Medical forms back asap

EOY Te Rapa Pool Trip - Year 6 students

Kapa Haka is on Monday with Mrs B and Matua.

Writing - Character Writing

Maths - All things TIME

Reading - GOOGLE CLASSROOM Activities - Our book this term is a Kind of Spark, this will focus on Comprehension as well as many hand on activities.

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.

A busy week ahead. We start the week with road warden training with Constable Alastair Ellesmere. We are very appreciative of those students who have shown an interest and wish to take on this responsibility for next year. On Tuesday we have the road/bus wardens and peer mediators trip to Swim Zone Te Aroha. This will be a great day where we can celebrate our efforts and enjoy each other's company.

Literary: Check out our descriptive writing on an emotion. After we have finished publishing and presenting our work they will be posted on Seesaw. We would love to hear what you think. We will also have some fun describing a mystery character, focusing on using the show not tell technique and being selective with the information we share with our audience.

Maths: In maths we will continue to look at statistics and probability.

Languages: Spanish lessons continue after a great start last week.. There are many enthusiastic Spanish speakers in our classroom. For homework, students are encouraged to practice their newly learnt words/phrases with someone in their family.

Reminders: Juicy Tuesday - bring $2 if you wish to buy a juicy. Bring a drink bottle as fountains are off at level 2. Sun hats are to be worn during morning tea and lunchtimes.

With the term coming close to an end we have noticed some behaviors popping up in the playground that aren’t reflective of our school values . We all wish to end the year on a positive note and remind our students to be kind and respectful to each other.

Homework: Spelling, weekly current quiz mathletics tasks, reading 20-30 minutes each evening and spanish practice

Have a great week everyone.

Rm 10 Mrs Brittenden

Kia ora koutou,

This will be a slightly different week from our normal routine, with groups of students taking part in training for next year as well as groups of students out for tennis, kaitiakitanga project and for the Road Warden and Mediators trip. This makes this week exciting!

Maths - we complete our statistics learning and move onto probability, examining "what the chances" are.

Literacy - our writing is really taking shape as we experiment with being ale to "show not tell" through careful word choice.

Book Return - please have a look at home for library books and school journals and return these to school by Friday.

Camp - be on the look out for a camp newsletter this week with all the latest information. If your child has not returned their medical form this needs to be done by TUESDAY please.

Here's to an awesome week ahead!

Arohanui - Mrs B dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz


Below is the lunch menu for week six.
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