Wk7, Term 1 2023
Tauranga Primary School Pānui
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Tēnā koutou katoa
Ngā mihi nui, kia koutou katoa - Warm greetings to you all.
It was brilliant to host our middle and senior school Swimming Sports at Memorial Pools last week. The last time we were able to host this was in 2019. A huge thank you to the volunteer parents who assisted with timing, without your support it simply would not have been possible to run this event. An equally big thank you to Dave Medley and Jo Taele, for your great organisation, and our awesome teaching and support staff who kept the event running smoothly so that all kids had plenty of time in the water competing.
Our year 1 and 2 classes attended the Beach Education day at Omanu Surf Club last week. This is very valuable learning for our students, especially as we live so close to the sea. Again, thank you to our fantastic TPS parents and grandparents who could attend and support the learning. We feel very fortunate to have such strong community support.
It was a pleasure to attend our first Friends of the School (FOTS) meeting for 2023. Joining this group is a great way to meet other TPS parents and contribute to our school. Please come along to the next meeting on 28th March, 6:30 pm in the staffroom.
Last week I sent an email explaining that the teachers union has announced that primary teachers will be joining their secondary school colleagues to strike on Thursday. This decision was not taken lightly, it has been over 8 months since the teachers' current Collective Agreement (terms and conditions of employment) expired. Teachers are fighting not only for a pay increase but for improved support and resourcing for education such as lower teacher-to-student ratios, and more specialist learning support for schools.
Unfortunately the strike day is right beside our already planned Teacher Only Day on Friday necessitating two consecutive days where the school is closed for instruction. We are very sorry for the inconvenience this causes our school families.
This term our uniform supplier (Kukri) has notified us of a price increase across all of our uniform items. The uniform prices from the start of term 2 will be as follows:
- Jacket $65 (no increase)
- Fleece $54 ($4 increase)
- School Polo $34 ($2 increase)
- Shorts $32 ($2 increase)
- Skort $34 ($2 increase)
Crocs are acceptable school uniform footwear, however, the GIBBITZ used to decorate the crocs have started to become an issue. Allocating precious teaching time to sort out missing gibbitz and various related issues is not a priority. Therefore, GIBBITZ are now officially banned from school- please leave them at home for weekend wear, thank you.
A reminder that phones and smart watches (with phone capabilities) are also not allowed at school. If it is absolutely essential that your child has a phone for after school activities, the phone or watch can be left at the office for safe keeping each morning and collected at 3:00pm. If phones are found at school or used during the day, they will be confiscated and parents will be requested to come into school and collect them.
Nau mai haere mai. A very warm welcome to Hokianga Mafi-Woods, Ricoh Lambie, Brylee Hughes, Amr Anwar, Aryan Kumar, Charles Warren, William Dropulich who started their schooling with us recently. It is great to have you and your family join our TPS Team.
Ngā mihi maioha
Our first Frosty Friday of the year was a great success. Pizza Friday is coming up on Friday 24th and in the last two weeks of term we will be selling tickets at the school gates for an Easter raffle. Any suitable items (ie. Easter themed) you could donate for this would be gratefully received and can be dropped in to the school office.
We know many of you are happy to help at one or two events during the year but cannot make it to the meetings. We are creating a document where you can sign up to help, when you are able, and keep up to date with what is coming up. We would love to hear any ideas you might have. It is great to be able to plan some fun events for our school community.
The next meeting will be held in the staffroom at 6:30pm on Tuesday 28th March.
Parent help is requested for the following (sign up by clicking the link below)
- TPS Easter raffle - drop off items to the office to be added to our raffle. Tickets will be on sale from the the 27th of March.
- Pizza Lunch 11.45-12.45pm, 24th March
- Pizza Lunch in Term 2, 3 or 4
- Disco - Term 3
- Frosty Friday in Term 4
PIZZA FRIDAY last orders Wed 22nd March
Ramadan starts 22 March:
Ramadan is the ninth month on the Islamic calendar and it marks important holidays and events for Muslims. During Ramadan people fast, or refrain from eating and drinking, while it’s light outside. Once the sun sets, families meet for big meals that may include stew, rice, dates, lentils, and more. People also have a morning meal before the sun rises. For the hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world who observe Ramadan, the month is a time to focus on their faith and also perform generous acts. People raise money and donate supplies to help others in need. Many fast to remind themselves about those in the world who don’t have enough to eat. To our TPS families recognising Ramadan this month Ramadan Mubarak (Rah-ma-dhan Moo-bar-ack - this essentially means "blessed Ramadan" or "happy Ramadan").
SPORT UPDATE with Jo
Swimming Sports Results
Year 3 Girls - 1st Eloise Kemeys, 2nd Emily Robertson and 3rd Ruby Maxwell
Year 3 Boys - 1st = Nico Davis and Jethro Gosling and 3rd Benny Lythe
Year 4 Girls - 1st Katalaina Simanu, 2nd Maya Rutherford and 3rd Zaylia Beamish
Year 4 Boys - 1st Jackson Hartnett, 2nd Harry Preston and 3rd Lorenzo Gee
Year 5 Girls - 1st Ava Soffe, 2nd Erin Moores and 3rd Ada Kemeys
Year 5 Boys - 1st Lucas Player, 2nd Max Wood and 3rd Luke Courtney
Year 6 Girls - 1st Amelia Hill, 2nd Elle McQuoid and 3rd Grace Bell-Booth
Year 6 Boys - 1st Luke Faitl, 2nd Oliver Preston and 3rd Harrison Parnwell
After weeks of commiting to lunchtime training sessions, our TPS Top Schools Team competed in the annual Top Schools event last Thursday at Gate Pa Primary School. The team was amazing, displaying fantastic teamwork, energy and focus throughout each activity. TPS did particularly well in the 'Railway Tracks' event, lapping fellow contestants, but the favourite event was the 'Leaky Bucket' which included a massive downhill water slide. Ka pai to mahi to our amazing team!
Mount Everest Challenge
TPS staff get in behind a great cause
TPS staff have created a team, and together we are taking on the Breeze Mount Everest Challenge.
Walk, run or crawl up the Mount 38 times in 50 days, which is the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest, all while raising much-needed funds for a local charity called Live for More.
We have already smashed our 38 times target and are working towards climbing Mount Everest 2 or 3 times !!!
Live for More empower rangatahi/young people to find freedom from their troubled pasts and be inspired to live positive and fulfilling lives. Through their surf therapy programmes, they transform troubled lives – one wave at a time.
Check out their website here > https://liveformore.org.nz/
If you want to get in behind your TPS staff and their fundraising (and fitness) challenge, you can via this give-a little page
TPS Board of Trustees
The policies currently under review by the BOT are:
· Legislation and Administration Policy (board)
· Student Attendance
· Privacy (board)
· Official Information Requests (board)
· Uniform / Dress Code
If you would like to feedback any of these policies:
1. Visit the website https://tauranga.schooldocs.co.nz/1893.htm
2. Enter the username (tauranga) and password (belltower).
3. Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
4. Read the policy.
5. Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.
6. Select the reviewer type "Parent".
7. Enter your name (optional).
8. Submit your ratings and comments.
If you don't have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.
Lunch snack items needed
Many thanks to the families who are helping supply lunches for those children in need. We have had many offers and do not need any more helpers at this stage.
However, we do need snack items that you may like to donate to top up the lunches ie. multi packs of chips, multi packs of little biscuits like Cookie Time, Oreo, Tiny Teddies, Fun Sticks, rice crackers or Shapes and also museli bars and raisins. Any donations would be appreciated and can be dropped in to the office.
- 15th March - Junior Splash , Dash, and Slide, 12:00pm
- 16th March - Teacher's Strike Day - School closed
- 17th March - Teacher Only Day- School closed
- 21st March - BOT meeting 7:00pm School staffroom
- 22nd March - M4 Beach Education - parents needed
- 23rd March - M3 Beach Education - parents needed
- 24th March - Pizza Friday
- 27th - 31 March - Senior students' Kids Can Ride programme
- 28th March - FOTS meeting 6:30pm school staffroom
- 6th April - Frosty Thursday, ice-blocks for sale after school
- 6th April - Last day of term- school closes at the usual time
Enrolment for Term 3 2023 - ballot Friday 28th April 2023
Enrolment for Term 4 2023 - ballot Friday 21st July 2023
Enrolment for Term 1 2024 - ballot Friday 13th October 2023
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