8th May 2020

Tauranga Primary School Newsletter

Principal's Message

Tēnā koutou katoa

Ngā mihi nui, kia koutou katoa - Warm greetings to you all.

Kia ora koutou,

Like me, I am sure you have followed with interest the announcements made by the Prime Minister.

On Monday afternoon we will know for certain about whether there is going to be a transition to Level 2 for New Zealand. If we are moving to Level 2, then school will reopen on Monday the 18th May for all students.

It is reassuring to hear how well our country has done at minimising the impacts of COVID-19. Alert Levels 4 and 3 have not been easy and I thank you for your ongoing support for the work we are doing.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister advised that in Alert Level 2 schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff, and that additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease, and to support contact tracing.

The good news is that when we are able to, we will be ready to welcome all students and staff back to our school site.

The key Public Health approach is to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and second to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in a school is infected.

As we have done in Alert Level 3, you can be assured that in Alert Level 2 we will know who is at school, who our staff and students have been in close contact with, and take appropriate measures to keep everyone safe.

Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. We do, however, know it is challenging in schools, so good hygiene practices and regular cleaning are even more important here. This means staff and students coughing into their elbows, handwashing and drying, and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.

Under Alert Level 2, we advise any students and staff to stay at home if they are sick, and we will send anyone home immediately if they show any symptoms.

Our school has safe and sensible practices to maintain the health and safety of everyone on the school site. As described by Dr Payinda in his NZ Herald article, “Covid's not measles or chickenpox, it doesn't hang in the air for hours waiting to infect passers-by. It travels on invisible drops of spit. You don't have to cross the street to avoid anyone. Just avoid getting in their 'moist breath' zone”. We all just need to remember to have some breathing space at Alert Level 2!

It’s important however, that not just at school but at home, safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19.

For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit the covid19.govt.nz website: https://covid19.govt.nz/

The school grounds continue to be closed for public access (including the playgrounds) in Alert Level 3. Please do not come onto the school site, we have very strict rules and guidelines for activities onsite, and need to be able to track and trace anyone on our site at all times.

Thank you for your survey feedback regarding our distance learning programmes. I have attached a summary of the responses below. We heard that many parents appreciated the hard copy packs offered, therefore our Team Leaders were in school today and created updated hard copy packs to support next week's online learning tasks. They will be available from the school gate on 5th Avenue (closest the office) from 9:15am - 2:30pm on Monday.

Our online distance learning programmes will continue next week.

Please expect an update newsletter from me on Tuesday morning, once we know the prime minister's decision (announced on Monday afternoon).

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Ngā mihi

Fiona Hawes


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18 - 21st May Virtual TPS X-Country

YOUR MISSION: Enter the 2020 TPS Virtual X-Country Event


Run your own x-country race at home.

Photos or a short video clip can be sent to your class teacher or posted on Seesaw as proof.

Make sure you run in your house colours to earn House points.


Just like the TPS x-country you must run the following distances:

Year 1&2 - 500m

Year 3&4 - 1.5km

Year 5&6 - 2km


Here are a few ways you can measure your run at home:

Get an adult to drive the car around the course you will run.

Download a free running app such as MapMyRun or Nike Run Club

Suggested practice tracks are below.


If you are still at home, you have between Monday 18th May and Thursday 21st May to conquer the challenge.

On the 18th May we will send out a google form for you to complete.

If we are back at school we will run the event at school that week.

Don’t forget to TIME your run! It must be in minutes and seconds.

ADDED BONUS for 2020 - parent participation -

We will accept parent entries, to boost up House points.

Get your Mum, Dad, Koro, Aunty and Uncle to join in the fun with you.

Register their times and House to earn more House points.

So start training for the 2020 TPS Virtual X-Country.

Scantlebury Street Screamer - 1.12km

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Memorial Park Monster - 500m

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Harvey Street Thriller - 800 just the block or add on a wee bit more to get to 1km

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TPS Translators

Some of our school families speak various languages (other than English) as their first language. As we have moved to an online learning environment, we are relying heavily on phone calls and emails to communicate with parents. At times, this has been a barrier for some families to gain a comprehensive understanding of what we are trying to communicate. We thought it would be good to set up a TPS database of parents, who speak languages other than English, and would be confident to help us share school information with other school families if needed. For example, a teacher might ring you to ask you to help explain how to log onto seesaw to another parent in their first language, or maybe just to enquire if they are okay and if there is anything they don't understand about school correspondence. If you would be happy to assist us in this way, please email your name, your child's name, and the languages you are confident in to admin@tauranga.school.nz . Thank you

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Fiona Hawes


07 578 6222

Deputy Principal

Cathy Ediker


Assistant Principal

Robyn Caley


Junior Team Leader

Pam Wilkins


Middle Team Leader

Jason Morgan


Acting Senior Team Leader

Jo Howard


International Student enquiries

Cathy Ediker


Business Manager

Susan O'Neill


Office Administrator and Enrolment Officer

Barbara Turley


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