Te Aroha Primary School

Term 4 Week 7 2021

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Kia ora koutou

Welcome to week 7 and the second last week of the year.

The next two weeks will be a busy time for teachers and students. Our year seven and eight students have still been able to squeeze in a three day camp.

Please also remember that everyone is required to wear a mask if you need to come onto the school site to the office. Please also remember to sign in for contact tracing purposes.

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

Have a great week.

Ngaa mihi nui

Kevin Johnson

Principal / Tumuaki

School Swimming Pool Is Open For Student Use

Just a reminder that all students are required to bring their togs and a towel to school each day for class swimming.

Please name all of your child's clothing so that we can get clothing items back to the rightful owner. It is very difficult to help children find their clothing items if they are not named.

Year 8 HPV Vaccinations and Year 7 Boostrix Vaccinations

We have been informed 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.

School Helpers Outing to Swimzone

Our school helpers were treated to a trip to Swimzone Te Aroha this year where they had a great time together. After the swim they all had lunch together in the Domain. We kept to our own bubble and were the only ones at the pool. Thank you to Mrs gamble for organising this for the children and being determined to provide something special for our helpers despite the restrictions of Covid.


TOUCH FINALS are this Friday night.

I know the seniors will be tired from camp but you are expected to do the right thing and turn up to play. If you don't you let us down, and the opposition. A lot of people have invested a lot of time to make touch this year, and we expect you to do your bit. I would like to take this opportunity to thank TJ Hubbard, Megan and Darren Diprose, Billie and Nick, James Chandler and Cam Melrose for the part you have played in keeping this all ticking over for us this year. Your energy and enthusiasm on the sidelines this year, has been amazing and we could not have done it without you.

Basketball: Year 5/6 finals are this Wed and Yr 7/8 the following Monday. You will need spare shirts as we will collect your uniform in after your last games. A big thankyou to TJ, Megan, Michelle, Denice Eden, Jason, Cam and Shannon for helping out with all of this. Junior your advice was much appreciated when you were able to be there too.

Megan Paul

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.

We need to keep everyone safe.


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

If your child has lost a book or has not returned it to school by the end of term then an invoice for the $20.00 replacement cost will be sent home to you for payment.

Key Term Dates


1. Yr7&8 Camp 1 - 3 December

2. Yr7&8 Social 9 December - children only

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


4. School Office Open for New Enrolments and Uniform Sales - 27 January 2022

9am - 1.00pm

5. School Office Open for New Enrolments and Uniform Sales - 28 January 2022

9am - 1.00pm

6. School Re opens for students on 1 February 2022

Classroom Round Ups

Rm 1 Mrs Johnson

The class love swimming and the children really look forward to their time in the pool each day. This is the last week of reading homework for the year and all reading books need to be returned to school by this Friday please. We end our Letterland work with e, f, u and y and older students will continue working on 3 letter words. Our learning will have a Christmas theme over the next two weeks. Our Maths unit for this week is equal sharing. Thank you to everyone who is able to help us on our outing to Swimzone Te Aroha, we now have enough parent helpers. If you still need to return the reply slip with payment, we would appreciate it if this could be finalised by Friday please. Children may wear mufti to the pools next Wednesday.

Rm 2 Mrs McGhie

Wow week 7 already. I apologise for the lack of homework that went home last week. I was sick on Monday and we struggled to get into a rhythm with swimming starting and photos on Thursday. The children have loved going swimming and have also enjoyed the nursery rhyme, Hey Diddle Diddle. This week we will be working hard on our maths, reading and writing as well as a new nursery rhyme. We will be going to the library on Friday. This will be our last visit to the library and it will be only to return books. Have a great week. Maria

Rm 3 Miss Swan

Welcome to week 7! Room 3 loved being able to begin swimming last week and are looking forward to starting our end of year festivities!

Writing: We are looking at how to add more detail to our stories by using ‘tell me more’ sentences.
Reading: Our sounds of the week are i and y (long i) and spelling words will reflect this. Reading books will continue to come this week from Monday-Thursday.
Maths: We are continuing with our place value unit and revisiting repeated addition.
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.

  • Please bring your togs and a towel everyday.

  • Homework for the week: 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.

  • Whaea Armstrong is in on Friday.

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

Have a wonderful week!

Rm 5 Miss Entwisle

Our Spelling words this week are all about ell and ing. We are enjoying our class swims at school and are looking forward to our trip to Water World, Te Rapa on Thursday this week. In Writing we have been creating a digital copy of our buddy stories. In Mathematics we continue our work with 2-D and 3-D shapes. 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.

Rm 6 Mrs Bankier

The term is flying by. It's that time to look around home for any readers and library books that maybe hiding. These need to be returned by the end of the week please.

We have swimming everyday so please remember togs and towels each day. We are also looking forward to our trip on Thursday.

Please keep checking your child's hair as we still have nits / headlice doing the rounds - it's their favourite time of year.

We will be working on some problem solving activities in maths this week. Reading and writing will be based around following and writing instructions.

Have a great week.

Trina Bankier kbankier@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Rm 7 Mrs Paul

Thank you to everyone who sent food in for the Student Volunteer Army- we will be taking it to the Kai Shed this week, once we have sorted and checked dates etc. The children have enjoyed being part of this.

We are still carrying on the normal learning programme but are taking lots of breaks and enjoying the swimming pool in-between. This week in Maths we are going to learn about angles and how to use protractors- this should be fun!!! Writing is slow but we are learning to use different things to make our writing more interesting.

Final information will come out separately for our pool trip on Thusday. We will be leaving by 9am so if you are a late comer to school, make sure you are there in planty of time.

Rm 8 Mrs Young

What’s on -

This week is our week of outings! Te Rapa Pools for Year 6 students and our Year 7-8 Camp that we attend every second year.
Miss Swan, our Room 3 teacher will be taking Room 8 to Te Rapa Pools on Thursday (Thank you!) Thank you to Sunny’s granddad and Mrs Rasmussen for accomplaying our small group this week.

I am still available via seesaw or email if you have any questions during the week.


If anyone needs any notices or reminder info about any of our activities this week, please let me know as I can seesaw and print out more forms. The last Camp notice will also be out on Monday so please look out for this.

Remember -

  • The School Pool is open - so bring your Togs and towel as we are swimming every day this week. It is important to name your uniform and have some sort of wet bag or plastic bag to keep your clothes in, last week some of our clothing was mixed up so we need to avoid this wherever possible.

  • Kapa Haka is on Monday with Mrs B and Matua.

  • Sun Hat, even on an overcast day the UV rays are burning through, so please use the school's sunblock if you have forgotten your own and bring along your school hat if it isn’t already hiding in your desk.

  • Please return all LIBRARY BOOKS to avoid having to pay for these.

Social - Mrs B and the seniors are working on social invitations for after we return back from camp, keep an eye out for this info @ Year 7 students. Due to Covid restrictions, it will be students and staff only, we apologize and understand as we navigate through all the rules and regulations it is hard for us all.

Maths - All things TIME

Literacy Wk 3 and 4 - 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.

Welcome to CAMP WEEK!! We are excited about hitting the road with everyone Wednesday morning. A huge thanks for the quick turnaround on forms and supporting our fundraising to get there. We will continue with our normal routine Monday and Tuesday. Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding camp.

Languages: Spanish lessons will continue. For homework, students are encouraged to practice their newly learnt words/phrases with someone in their family.

CAMP: Another notice went out on Friday please check this as several updates have happened since the previous hand out. We leave for camp at 8 a.m Wednesday, please be punctual. If anything arises that is medical between now and then please update us. Check camp notices for a list of everything your child needs on camp.

Reminders: Students need to have hats and drink bottles each day. Library books are due this week, please return to avoid being charged. Cell phones need to be handed into the office each day.

Tennis: A shout out to Mr Rasmussen who has volunteered his time over the term to hold a singles tournament. We appreciate your dedication and well done to all of those who gave it a go!

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

Rm 10 Mrs Brittenden

Kia ora koutou!

Two more sleeps to go! We are very excited about camp - how lucky we are to go! A lot of information has been sent home, which shares our plans and expectations. Please make sure that you have read this. A few reminders -

1) Students with asthma need to have their inhaler with them

2) Students on medication need to hand this in BEFORE we go. Medication should be clearly labelled and will be administered by Mrs Diprose,

3) Students need a backpack (eg school bag) with their morning tea, lunch and a drink bottle for Wednesday. Great idea to have a hat and sunscreen in this bag for our harbour cruise on Wednesday afternoon. Please make sure students who are 12+ years also have a mask in their bag.

4) Where a student is unwell or does not behave (eg. as per the EOTC agreement signed by each student) we will contact you to arrange sending the student home.


6) If your child would like to hire a wetsuit for Waimarino, please arrange $5 payment through the office and let me know via Seesaw or email

7) We have had a number of students unwell over the past week - if your child is unwell on Wednesday morning, please let me know by 7.30am. They are more than welcome to join us on the other days of camp if they are well and you don't mind driving them to meet us.

Camp is going to be AWESOME and I am really looking forward to seeing your child enjoy and have fun in the EOTC setting.

Arohanui - Mrs B dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz


Below is the lunch menu for week seven.
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