Te Aroha Primary School

Term 3 Week 10 2022

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Kia ora parents and whānau,

Week 10, the end of Term 3 and daylight savings has begun. We didn’t have a particularly cold winter but it is nice to have it behind us and be able to look forward to longer, warmer and sunnier days.

I had the pleasure of attending the Rotary speech finals last Thursday evening. It was a well run event and all the speakers were of a high standard. Our TAPS speakers did very well and I was extremely proud of all of them. Particular mention must go to our place-getters Keira - 1st in Year 6, Jayden - 2nd in Year 6, and Joshua - 1st in Year 7.

On Saturday I went along to the Duck Race. The PTA did an amazing job organising this super fundraiser for our school. It was a lot of fun and I heard plenty of positive comments from members of the public watching the ducks with their young children…well done to everyone involved!

Term 4 is shaping up to be a busy term, we will keep you as up to date and informed as possible. Some of the events to look forward to include, Zero Waste, Athletics day, Special person’s day, Amazing Race and much more.

Here’s hoping for an enjoyable final week of term and I hope that everyone gets to enjoy some family time during the term break.

Ngā mihi nui,

Justin Bertrand

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  • 30/9/2022 Last day of Term 3 Friday 30 September

Other term dates to be advised.



Totara: On Friday we had a prize giving to wrap up Totara 2022. We ate hot chips, guzzled lemonade and enjoyed each other's company for the last time as a group.

Hockey: A big thanks to those who helped out in Ngatea last week. We had a great day. Another small group took part in theWaikato Rural School Competition the following day. A big thanks to Megan Diprose who took the children and ensured they had a very successful day.


We have way more children than we can accommodate for teams in Term 4. We have always had a rule that if you are absent from school, then you can’t play that night. Therefore, we will be using attendance to help us whittle down the numbers. The reasoning being, we would hate to tell people they can’t play and then take people who regularly don’t come to school leaving us short.

Touch: Unfortunately we did not get enough interest to be able to make an Under 7 team, sorry.

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.

Paeroa Daycamp

School holidays are fast approaching. For those interested in Daycamp, the information can be accessed in the PDF attached below.

Te Aroha Angling Club Inc - 'Take A Kid Fishing' Day 5th October 2022

This event is happening on the first Wednesday of the upcoming school holidays. The information is in the attached PDF.

For those who are interested, permission slips need to be returned before lunchtime on Thursday 29 September 2022.


Duck Day 2022

Thank you to everyone who supported this year's Duck Race. This event raised $3,400.00.

Duck race results:

1st Alice 1505

2nd Billie Taukiri 1604

3rd Ben Sterritt 1452

Last Sharon Craig 0523

A massive THANKS to our amazing sponsors:

Bridget Farmer Contact Care

Aaron Haddon Builders

Mike Pero Real Estate Te Aroha

Richard Shotton Hazardous Solutions Group



Room 1 - Mrs Johnson

Our last week before a well deserved holiday for everyone. It is so exciting to witness the progress that 5 year olds make in a term at school as they begin to take ownership of their learning. We will celebrate our great learning this term with our outing to Swimzone Te Aroha on Friday. We also say goodbye to Rory and Sidney as they move into Room 2 to continue their learning journey, We have a number of new learners joining Room 1 in Term 4. Please look out for the artwork for the calendar orders that will come home this week. Have a great holiday!

We will wrap up our learning for the term this week with the following:

Literacy - .Our phonics work is the Letterland sounds c and k and rhyming words.

Maths - We will use our number knowledge to play Maths games and work on recording basic addition sums,

Reminders for the week -

  • Please ensure reply slips for our outing on Friday have been returned to school.

  • All library books must be returned before Friday please .

Room 2 – Miss Webb

The final week of Term 3 is here and we are looking forward to enjoying a break! I know that everyone is excited for our trip to the pools on Friday, please remember to return your permission slip to school. We have had a busy term in Room 2 and it has been fantastic to see everyone progress through their first year at school.

Literacy: We have been loving the ‘Pig the Pug’ books in Room 2 so we will use this as our motivation for writing this week.

Maths: This week we will be using our number knowledge to have fun while solving mystery problems and crack secret codes.


  • Please remember your drink bottle, homework book and book bag everyday.

  • Our library day is Friday - please return your library book.

  • Permission slips and money for the trip need to be returned.

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

Last week of a very busy term and Room 3 are looking forward to a much deserved break! We are looking forward to our Waihou Hub trip to the pools on Friday!

Literacy: We wrap up our informative report writing for Term 3 and look at the fascinating Pterodactyl!

Maths: After testing in Maths last week, I am super proud of Room 3’s progress thus far! We will be having fun while learning to Solve the room this week. This involves hunting and solving clue cards around the classroom.

Reminders for the week:

  • Remember to bring back your consent form and money for the pools.

  • Warmer weather is coming, please bring a drink bottle and wear sunblock to school.

Please remember your:

  • Homework book

  • Reading book

  • Poem book

  • Book bag everyday!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me via Seesaw or email mswan@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Have a safe and happy break and I look forward to seeing you all ready to learn in Term 4.😊


Room 4 - Mrs Suzette Willis and Team

Kia ora koutou,

Have a great week!


Room 5 - Miss Entwisle

Week 10 is here! Room 5 wishes everyone a safe and happy break.

Reading: We have really enjoyed our class novels, Gruesome Twosome and Follow that Spy! We look forward to seeing what adventures our next novels take us on.

Writing: This will be our last week on Persuasive Writing. It has been great seeing the students working to extend their ideas further.

Mathematics: We will be completing our Fractions Unit. We are becoming more familiar with numerators, denominators and the fractions bar as well as thirds and fifths.

Art: We will be busy working on our AP&H Show entries for next term as well as completing our Calendar Art.

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

Wow Term 3 has come to an end! We have been busy working on our AP&H Show creations and art work, we will be completing some of these this week.

We will be completing our reading projects this week, I have been impressed with the class managing their choices around their reading tasks.

We will be completing our Maths Statistics work this week. Please practise the months of the year and also the days of the week as I have noticed that a few of the class do not know these well enough to order or say before and after months quickly.

Have a safe and fun break, enjoy family time and I look forward to seeing Room 6 back next term.

Please remember our Library day is Tuesdays.

Room 7 – Mrs Paul

In Maths we finish off statistics with some practical statistical investigations. These are always a lot of fun and a hands on way to work problems out. For some people we will be having a quick look at time as this is an area I have noticed is a big problem for some people. The end of the term is a great time to fill in some ‘gaps’.

In Reading one group will be looking at using their skills to look at the life of a famous New Zealander - Sir Edmund Hillary. They will be investigating new vocab and using it to make sense of text. The other groups will be looking at deeper levels of comprehension.

We have finished our calendars and this week will try to get some of our AP&H Show art completed. As it is the last week of term, I am going to give the children the chance to ask me to ‘teach them’ something they would like to know before the end of the term! This could be interesting!

Room 7 are trying to be more aware of waste - therefore we are trying not to use so much paper. This means that I load worksheets onto the children’s drive as a PDF and we access the work that way.


Room 8 – Mrs McKenzie

What a busy term, especially the last few weeks as we have had a full on mix of activities to wrap up the term. A huge congratulations to Keira Johnson and Jayden Paetai for their 1st and 2nd place winners at the Rotary Speech competition. They presented themselves incredibly well. They have been invited to share their speech once again at the Rotarians club night this week. Some students have also been busy playing Hockey last week, so a big shout out to them also for managing to still come to school with a smile despite being tired. This week we will focus on short and manageable chunks of learning to complete our learning units for the term so we can finish the week well and get to that well deserved break.

Literacy - We have started our character description writing so our key focus this week is to enhance our vocab usage and synonyms.

Maths - We finish up our fractions, percentages and decimal learning this week. We will revise what we have learnt including ratios and proportions.

Inquiry - We will be involving ourselves in a series of workshops across the hub to investigate Forces and Motions. These will be a hands-on approach to consolidate our understanding.

Calendar Art - Students had their own choice on what they wanted to create under the AP&H theme of ‘Fantasy Creation’ for their calendar art this year. A few are yet to add detail and finish this week.

Here’s to a busy but fantastic last week of term. Have a very happy and safe holiday.

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 .

Mrs McKenzie

Room 9 – Whaea Armstrong and Mrs Gamble

Week 10 and we’re almost at the end of term 3. It has been a very busy term and I am sure everyone is looking forward to a well deserved break.

Well done to those students who took part in last week’s Rotary Speech Competition. Congratulations to Joshua Den Boer who was the winner of the Year 7 section. We wish you all the very best when presenting your speech to the local Rotarians with the other first and second place winners.

With this week being a short week, our main focus will be completing unfinished work.

Maths: We finish our learning on fractions, decimals and percentages with revising ratios and understanding proportions.

Literacy: We will continue to look at character descriptions, in particular learning how to describe a character by using the “show don’t tell’ technique.

Inquiry: To conclude our inquiry topic on Forces and Motion, hub Te Moananui a Kiwa will complete a series of workshops this Tuesday and Wednesday. The focus for these workshops will be to enjoy some “hands on” learning and along the way apply the theory in practical exercises/tasks.

Calendar art: A few still need to add their finishing touches to their artwork. These look amazing. Keep an eye out for these coming home soon.

Have a great week everyone and have a safe and restful holiday.

If you have any questions please feel free to message us on Seesaw or email lgamble@tearohaprimary.school.nz aarmstrong@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Have a great week everyone, Mrs Gamble and Whaea Armstrong

Room 10 – Mrs B

Kia ora koutou - ‘Tū whitia te hopo, mairangatia te angitū’

- Eliminate the negative, and by doing so, accentuate the positive.

What an exciting and busy term we have had. So many different opportunities to take part in learning outside of and incorporating “reading, writing and maths” This is what makes Room 10 an exciting place to be and I am really proud of our class and what has been achieved throughout this term. A special congratulations to Morgan and Nicole, who did a great job presenting their speeches at the Rotary Speech Competition last week- well done!

This week, we focus on our Topic “May the Force Be With You” and take part in workshops that will coincide with our learning and exploration of forces. We also focus on our Calendar Art that will be sent home this week and explore geometric properties in maths.

Thank you for your continued support throughout this term. It is most appreciated. Enjoy the holiday break.

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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We need these firms to keep our school cashflow and community relations going strong. They are generous to us which enables us to benefit your children so I would ask you look at the team of sponsors and where possible, use them as we all gain.

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.