Week 11 Term 2 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,

It was wonderful to see so many families able to join us for Learning Conferences last week, especially with the unpleasant weather on Thursday night. Normally we host conferences throughout a school day and evening, however this year we felt with so much time away from school during lockdown, we would host these conferences after hours. Meeting with parents to discuss your child's learning is important to us. We will be hosting Learning Conferences again in Term 3.

School Production: In Term 4 we are planning to present a school production. All children except New Entrants (Room 18) will be involved in this production. The demands of the practices and the two evening shows would be too difficult for our youngest students. Due to the lockdown, we have had to move our show on one week to the week of 16th-19th November. We will be performing in the theatre at Bethlehem College. The evening shows will be held on the 18th and 19th of November. It is essential that all children can perform; please diary these dates now.

Next term we hold auditions for the main roles and will begin to learn the songs.

A school production is a considerable undertaking, with significant costs. We will be looking for businesses to partner with our school as sponsors for the show.

Traffic at our school gate after school continues to be a significant health and safety concern. We have approximately 450 students leaving the site each afternoon, and their safety is of paramount importance. While there is limited parking around the school, we are able to safely clear the site within 20 minutes through the following measures:

  • 2:50pm-3:00 optional "Pick up and Go" for Year 1 - 2 students. This option is only for those leaving site with their children - and is not a time to stay and play. Playgrounds are closed until after 3:00pm.
  • 2:50pm-3:00pm Year 1 -2 students who remain at school will be supervised by teachers.
  • 3:00pm remaining Year -2 students and all Year 3-6 students are released.
  • 3:00pm crossings are staffed and staff are on duty.
  • 3:15pm all children are to be collected from school. If you are unable to collect your child/ren by this time, please consider organising after school care.
  • You can make arrangements with your child (Yr 3-6) to meet at an agreed school exit between 3:00pm and 3:15pm to make pick up easier.
  • Consider parking a wee bit further away and walk in.
  • Please park with consideration for our neighbours and their properties. Parking on the berm is not allowed in sign posted areas. The parking in 5th Avenue Family Practice is for patients only and Burger King parking is provided for customers only.

A very warm TPS welcome to Eloise Kemeys, Louis Barlow and Xavier Caie who started recently at our school. We are glad to have you and your family as part of our TPS TEAM.

The 3rd July is the last day for Term 2, and Term 3 will commence on the 20th of July.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Ngā mihi

Fiona Hawes


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TPS Cross Country

On Thursday, the 2nd of July, we are holding our annual Cross Country event. You are welcome to come along and support your child(ren).

When: Thursday 2nd of July. There is no postponement date for this event.

Where: Memorial Field, Memorial Park, Tauranga (Fraser St end).

Time: 9:30am - 12:00pm (this is for all age groups).

The following are approximate timings for races only:

  • 9:35am - Year 6 girls followed by Year 6 boys

  • 9:50am - Year 5 girls followed by Year 5 boys

  • Race Certificates given for Year 5 and 6

  • 10:10am - Year 3 girls followed by Year 3 boys

  • 10:30am - Year 4 girls followed by Year 4 boys

  • Race Certificates given for Year 3 and 4

  • 11:00am - Year 1 girls followed by Year 1 boys

  • Race Certificates given for Year 1

  • 11:20am - Year 2 girls followed by Year 2 boys

  • Race Certificates given for Year 2


Level 1 means that we are still being vigilant and do have a pandemic plan in place.

What is likely to happen when there is a pending/confirmed case of COVID-19 in our school:

The following is the agreed protocol between the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education when there is a pending/confirmed case of COVID-19.

  1. Following confirmation of a case in a school or kura, the local Medical Officer of Health will contact and work with our WBOP Director of Education to notify the Principal of the affected school. Therefore Fiona will be contacted by either the Ministry of Education or the local Medical Officer of Health.
  2. We (Health and Education) will then work on a plan including appropriate support and communication material for our community.
  3. The local Medical Officer of Health is the decision making authority when it comes to specific action around isolation and measures to prevent spread which may include a decision to close a school. These decisions will be made in discussion with the Director of Education.
  4. The Ministry of Health will oversee tracing and management of contacts of the confirmed case with the assistance from the school management team as needed, particularly to identify close contacts.
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Board of Trustees (BOT)

The BOT met last week.

The School Donations Scheme was discussed. This scheme is offered to all NZ schools with a decile rating of 1-7.

By electing to join the School Donations Scheme TPS receives, from the government, $150 per child, based on our 1st of July school roll the previous year.

The benefits of joining this scheme are that we no longer request a school donation ($100) or the activity fee ($50) from school families. We are able to use the School Donation Scheme money to cover costs previously covered by the school donation and pay for additional learning opportunities costs (eg. class trips, visiting shows, hangi etc) previously covered by the Activity Fee.

What the scheme does not cover is the cost of school camps and stationery. We still ask parents to contribute to camp costs in Year 4, 5 and 6, and to pay for stationery needs annually.

Each year the BOT has to either opt in or out of the scheme. The BOT has decided to continue to be part of the School Donations Scheme in 2021.

We also discussed the Teacher Only Day that was planned for the 15th May and postponed due to COVID-19. This TOD has been transferred to the 15th December. This change means that the 14th of December will be the last day that TPS will be open for instruction in 2020.

The A block (middle team) renovation is going well. Despite the delay caused by COVID 19 we are hoping to have these classes operational by September.

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Travel Safe Messages:

  • U-turns on Fifth Avenue, especially around pick up time, disrupt traffic flow; in some instances this can be quite unsafe. Where possible please follow the flow of traffic.
  • Please note that the Accessible car parking space on Fifth Avenue now has yellow road markings painted. Please only use this space if you have a mobility parking permit. There are still several parents using this as a drop off and pick up park.
  • Parking is monitored via the parking cameras on Fifth and Sixth Avenues, and ticketing re-commenced on the 15th June.

School Lunches

From time to time members of our school community experience some challenges. There are small ways that we can support our TPS families during tough times. One way to support others is by providing school lunches during term time.

We coordinate a register of parents who have generously offered to help us out by providing lunches. This could mean providing one lunch for a week, or one or two lunches on a specific day, or for a few weeks.

The need varies throughout the year and our office staff will let you know what is needed and when. Lunches are dropped off at the office before 10:00am.

The more people we have on the list the less each person needs to provide. If you would like to be added to this list please email admin@tauranga.school.nz.

These offers of help are greatly appreciated by the school and families in need.

  • 22nd-26th June - Travel Safe Week
  • 2nd July -Thursday 9:00am -1:00pm TPS Cross Country, Memorial Park
  • 4th - 18th July - School Holidays - school closed
  • 20th July - Term 3 starts
  • 28th July - Friends of the School (FOTS) meeting - 6.30pm
  • 4th August - Board of Trustees meeting - 7:00pm
  • 21st August - Teacher Only Day - school is closed
  • 24th August - Kids Can Ride - Year 5 and 6 only
  • 28th August - Whole school hangi
  • 31st August - Funky Fun Day - Year 3 and 4 only
  • 8th September - Board of Trustees meeting - 7:00pm
  • 14th September - Reports go home
  • 17th September - Learning Conferences 8am -7.30pm
  • 24th September - Te Puke Sports Exchange
  • 24th September - FOTS school disco
  • 25th September - Last day of term
  • 12th October Term 4 starts
  • 18th and 19th November - School Production week
  • 14th December - Last day for school instruction 2020
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Occasionally your child may need to have prescribed medicine administered during the school day. Please bring any medicines prescribed for your child to the school office in the correctly named container.

You will need to fill in the Medicine Authority Form, and the office will ensure your child takes the medication at the correct time.

A note in the lunchbox is also a good reminder for children to go to the office for their medicine.

It is not safe to leave medicine in school bags where it is accessible by others.

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New bus ticketing system - Bee Card

The new bus ticketing system will go live in Tauranga on 27 July.

Before that date, we want to encourage bus users to go to the website www.beecard.co.nz and order a new card. For students, they need to register their card and enter their birth date. Then they will automatically receive free travel before 9:00am and between 2.30pm – 6:00pm on school days, and automatically receive the child fare of $1.60 per trip at other times. Without a registered card they will be charged a cash fare ($2.00) per trip on the yellow Bayhopper buses.

A big advantage of the new system for families is that they can create a family account, and then add all their family cards to the same account. That makes it far easier for them to keep track of balances and arrange top ups (including an auto top up facility).

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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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