Week 5 Term 1 2020

School Newsletter


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Principal's Message

Tēnā koutou katoa

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

It was lovely to see so many families attending the family picnic and Setting the Scene parent meetings - a huge THANK YOU to our fantastic Friends of the School (FOTS) who organised the free rides and ice blocks.

Also, THANK YOU to all the helpers at our Year 4 camp today and those who have volunteered to help at the swimming sports next week. There is no way that our school can provide these experiences and create special school memories for our children without your support. This is an excellent example of our T.P.S. Vision Statement in action:

Together, we are learning to go places. Akongia tātou, ngā haere ki wāhi kē.

If you were unable to attend the picnic - this is a summary of school wide information shared:

  • The TPS Learning Model and Learning Pit were shared. These form the foundation of our TPS Curriculum and our key principle of learning how to learn. We focus on teaching the skills and dispositions that help us to be a good learner e.g. engaging in learning, being curious, resiliency, asking questions, giving new things a go and viewing mistakes as an opportunity to learn.
  • Big Learning Themes for 2020 –
Term 1 Tūrangawaewae
Term 2 and 3 Technology and Science
Term 4 Show Time - School Production, two evening shows (11th and 12th

November) and a matinee, please keep this week free for your family as it will be

very busy and require a lot of support from our school community.

  • Mindfulness is taught in all classes and there will be a parent information evening on the 17th March 5.30pm-6.30pm.
  • Keeping Ourselves Safe - Term 1. Thanks to those who attended the Parent meeting on the 3rd March. Keeping Ourselves Safe enables children and young people to learn and apply a range of safety skills that they can use when interacting with others. Students recognise the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and those who have been or are being abused are encouraged to seek help. For some this may be a sensitive subject for various reasons.
  • Hangi - Term 3
  • Camps - Year 4, 5 and 6
  • Teacher professional learning this year - Teacher Only Days - 13th March, 15th May & 21st August. The school is closed for instruction on these days.
  • Reporting - Written reports and Learning Conferences will be in Terms 2 and 3. We are aiming for both of the reports and corresponding learning conference to be an opportunity to review and celebrate progress, set goals and continue working together throughout the year.
  • Building Project – Middle team classes and toilet block extension and refurbishment is underway. We are aiming to be completed for the start of Term 3.
  • Teaching teams also presented information relevant to their learning programmes and year level(s).

The first of our school camps (Year 4) is on this Thursday. School camp is a wonderful opportunity to develop a range of social and self-management skills. Most activities at camp involve elements of team work that help to strengthen established friendships, as well as develop new friendships. Through camp activities and challenges, children strengthen and develop supportive relationships with their teachers. For some children school camp is their first time away from family and home. Mum or Dad might not there to ensure that teeth are brushed, or to organise their clothing and belongings. Therefore, this is a great opportunity for our learners to grow and develop by learning how take care of themselves and to authentically do things on their own within a safe protected environment. Some children do find the camp experience a challenge. We strive to frame a “challenge” as a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow. We consistently find that children do rise to the challenge and thoroughly enjoy this small sample of independence.

Welcome to the 16 University of Waikato teacher trainees who will be working in our school most Thursdays of 2020. We value our partnership with the University as it gives our teachers an opportunity to share their expertise, and our learners benefit from additional teachers contributing to their growth and development.

A very warm TPS welcome to Adiba Islam, Zilan Luo and Miranda Ye who started recently at our school. We are glad to have you and your family as part of our TPS TEAM.

Hei kõnei rā

Fiona Hawes



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Corona Virus Update

Based on the latest information from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education we have been advised that there is no reason for alarm, and schools will remain open until further notice. Our own pandemic plans mean that we have systems in place to help us cope if anything changes.

The most important thing you can do as parents and caregivers is reinforce healthy messages:

· teach your children the importance of effective hand washing and drying – especially before meals and after toileting.

· teach your children to use a disposable tissue to cover coughing or sneezing or use the crook of an elbow

· put tissues in the bin after use

We ask that all students showing flu like symptoms be kept home until all symptoms have gone. For everyone else with a regular cold, the usual health advice of staying away from school until well continues to be the recommendation

Families travelling overseas may be asked to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return to NZ, as per recommendations from the Ministry of Health. Please contact the school office upon your return to confirm arrangements.

Healthline can answer any other questions in the first instance: 0800 611 116,

Thank you,

Tauranga Primary School Board of Trustees

Here are a couple of links to help with good hand washing routines from the National Health Service in the UK:

· Teaches hand washing technique (UK NHS): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9VjeIWLnEg

· Hand washing happy birthday (UK NHS): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGJNspLRdrc

Rather than Happy Birthday twice slowly, the challenge you might set is to work out what song children and students could sing along to for 20 seconds.

Absentee - sick children or children away from school.

If your child is going to be away for any reason please ensure you let the school office know. We will make contact with parents if a child is marked absent on the school roll and it is not explained.

When you are notifying the school state your name, your child's full name, room number or teachers name and the reason for their absence.

You can let the school know your child will be absent in the following ways:

1. Email the School Office admin@tauranga.school.nz

2. Phone the school and leave a message on the answerphone (075786222).

3. Absentee text: 027 418 7182

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Term 1 Important Dates

Add in swimming sports dates

  • Thursday 5th March - Year 4 overnight camp at TPS
  • Friday 6th March - Year 3/4 Activity Day
  • Monday 9th - Friday 13th March - Walk to School week
  • Friday 13th March - Teacher Only Day - school closed
  • Tuesday 17th March - Mindfulness Information session for parents 5:30-6:15pm (S1)
  • Thursday 19th March - Top Schools Competition - Year 6
  • Monday 23rd March - Keeping Ourselves Safe programme in school
  • Thursday 2nd April - Year 5 Waimarino Camp/Noho Marae
  • Monday 6th April - Thursday 9th April - Kids Can Ride for Year 5/6
  • Term finishes - Thursday 9th April at 3:00pm

FYI - Please note that the 11th and 12th November 2020 is our School Production. End of year dates get very busy for families, and all children will be expected to perform on these nights.

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13th March - Teacher Only Day - SCHOOL CLOSED

Friday, March 13th, 8am-4pm

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Community Notices

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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