Te Aroha Primary School

Term 2 Week 1 2022

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Kia ora and welcome to Term 2.

New beginnings for Te Aroha Primary School as we acknowledge and pay respect to the school leaders of the past and look forward with boundless enthusiasm to the adventures that lie ahead for my time as kaitiaki of TAPS - ensuring that we continue to provide a safe and nurturing environment for your tamariki to grow, work and play each day with us.

Hello everyone…I am very excited to now be a part of the awesome team that is the TAPS team of educators, support staff and all the other exceptional people that help to keep the wheels in motion here at our kura.

I look forward to meeting all of you and getting to know you and your children. I will do my best to remember names as quickly as possible, bearing in mind that there is one of me and many, many of you. If I ask for a reminder of your name this term, please don’t be offended.

As the term progresses and I get increasingly more familiar with the school I will undoubtedly have more to say. For now though, can I say how excited I am to be here, how grateful I am to the Board of Trustees for this opportunity and I look forward to the term ahead.

Ngā mihi nui,

Justin Bertrand



  • 17/3/2022 St Patrick's Day - Dress Up Day (Green, Green, Green!)

  • 13/4/2022 Wednesday 3pm - Students last day for Term 1.

  • 14/4/2022 Thursday - Teacher Only Day (TOD)

  • 15/4/2022 Good Friday / Easter Break / School Holidays start


    • 2/5/2022 First day of Term 2 / Our new principal, Mr Justin Bertrand, starts with us.

    • 20/5/2022 Pink Shirt Day – NZ Wide Anti-Bullying Campaign - Friday 20 May

    • 6/6/2022 Queen’s Birthday – Monday 6 June

    • 24/6/2022 Matariki Public Holiday – Friday 24 June

    • 8/7/2022 Last day of Term 2 – Friday 8 July

    Other term dates to be advised.

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    SPORTS NEWS - Mrs Paul


    This starts this Saturday May 7. Subs for the year are: Years 5-8 $50 (which includes uniform sub) and Years 1-4 $45. Please have this paid to Lucy in the office before May 13 - if this is an issue for any reason please chat to us! Years 1 to 6 will finish mid July and Year 7-8 will go a bit longer.

    Year 5-6 players, you have been added to a group on FaceBook - if you haven't been added please contact us at school. Practise will either be at 3pm on Thursday or Friday - you will need to check Facebook for updates.

    Year 7-8 make sure you have your shoes on Tuesday. You need to be responsible for this rather than running to Lucy to make phonecalls. You will practise at 1pm and eat afterwards.

    A big THANK YOU to Cam Melrose and Jade Johnston who went to the Working Bee at the courts after we put the call out on the App. Where would we be without you guys stepping up?! The courts are now ready for the teams to descend upon them on Saturday.


    Children involved in the Rippa Rugby day will be having training once a week starting May 11.


    Hot news…. FIREWOOD available - $100 cubic metre - delivered.

    Well I’ll go to blazes - this is a flaming good bargain.

    Drying for over a year, this wood will work well for you this winter. Beat the cold - bring on the warmth…

    Please contact the office 07 884 8803 for details - delivery address, payment option etc



    Children at Te Aroha Primary School are required to wear the appropriate school uniform to school each day. Summer uniform is worn in terms one and four and winter uniform is worn in terms two and three.

    Our winter uniform consists of:

    • School Beanie (optional)

    • Green polo shirt with school logo

    • Green polar fleece top with school logo

    • School navy blue shorts

    • School navy blue skorts

    • School navy blue track bottom

    • Sensible shoes - we recommend sneakers, jandals or sandals or slip on shoes. Ug boots or high heeled boots are not sensible shoes for children to wear to school.

    Optional winter uniform items:

    Tights – black, dark green or navy blue. Footless tights are not permitted.

    Navy blue or dark green skivvies may be worn under the polo shirt. (No other coloured skivvies are permitted).

    Additional uniform notes:

    • Children are required to wear shorts/skorts underneath their track bottom at all times. This is so that when class physical activity is done children don’t over heat in a track bottom in summer or in winter end up with a wet and muddy track bottoms.

    • We want our students to be neat and tidy and a good example of what our school stands for when they are at school and out in the community.


    ANZAC Day - Mr Bertrand

    Monday last week was a special day of remembrance for Aotearoa/ New Zealand.

    Like me, many of you will have family and whānau who served overseas in the wars. We remember them and the sacrifices they made to give us the beautiful country we live in today.

    In Flanders Fields - Poem

    In Flanders Fields the poppies blow

    Between the crosses, row on row,

    That mark our place; and in the sky

    The larks, still bravely singing, fly

    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago

    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

    Loved, and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:

    To you from failing hands we throw

    The torch, be yours to hold it high.

    If ye break faith with us who die

    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.

    By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

    P.M.P. (Perceptual Motor Programme)

    P.M.P. is a developmental programme catering for the needs of Year 1 and 2 children.

    This programme develops areas of motor skills like:

    • Fitness

    • Balance

    • Eye/Foot Co-ordination

    • Locomotion

    • Eye/Hand Co-ordination

    • Perceptions like body image and control

    • Rhythm

    • Directionality

    • Space awareness and laterality

    Some of the skills being developed are:

    • Problem solving

    • Language

    • Confidence

    • Memory

    • P.E. skills

    • Social skills

    PMP helps children to refine gross motor skills to prepare the brain for formal classroom learning. This is a fundamental part of our junior school programme as children begin their learning journey at TAPS. This outstanding programme is run very capably by Diane Hazelton, one of our very experienced learning assistants but it also relies heavily on helpers. If you or anyone else that you know is able to help on either a Thursday or Friday afternoon for an hour please let your child’s class teacher or email: dhazelton@tearohaprimary.school.nz

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    Senior School Reporters

    Our Senior Reporters will be back in action for next week's newsletter.

    Year 7/8 Technology at Te Aroha College

    We continue our Technology programme at Te Aroha College on Friday. Students need to be at school at 8.30am outside Rm 10 for roll call. Long hair needs to be tied back and shoes that cover feet to be worn (no slides please). If your child is running late, please take them straight over to Te Aroha College.

    *Students who are aged 12+ years are required to wear a mask on the bus as per Orange Setting.


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    Welcome Back Mrs Gamble!

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    Mrs Gamble will be joining Room 9 this term in a job share role working with Mrs Armstrong.



    Room 1 - Mrs Johnson

    Welcome back everyone and a special welcome to Liam and Oaklyn, our new five year olds joining Room 1 today. We will be working on recording a sentence in writing, focusing on spaces between words and using our knowledge of letter sounds to write words we need. This will carry over into reading where we will make sure that we use our spelling fingers to help us read words. In Maths while developing our number knowledge we will work on developing our problem solving skills. Our topic of Autumn this week will see us out and about in our awesome school environment for our learning. We are so excited that we can finally start PMP again. P.M.P. is a developmental programme catering towards the needs of Year 1 and 2 children. The programme develops areas of motor skills like: fitness, balance, locomotion, eye/foot coordination, eye/hand coordination, directionality, space awareness and laterality. Children will attend PMP three days a week for half an hour in the afternoon after lunch.

    Room 2 – Mrs McGhie

    Welcome back. I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday. Firstly I would like to welcome Blake to room 2. In maths we will start the term learning about time. We will continue to focus on our knowledge of letter sounds and learn new sounds to help us in reading and writing. As our first assembly for the term will be commemorating ANZAC day we will have a brief look at what this means. I am looking forward to watching the children develop their motor skills during PMP, which will take place in the afternoons.

    Room 3 – Miss Swan

    Welcome back. 😊 Miss Swan is away this week. Mrs Maisey will be teaching the class until Wednesday and Whaea Armstrong for the rest of the week.


    Room 4 - Mrs Willis and the Goldfields Team

    A hearty welcome to our tamariki!

    We are looking forward to seeing our whanau for our IEP meetings during term 2. Phone calls will be made this week to arrange it accordingly. RDA and swimming at Te Aroha hot pools is one of our favourite activities of the week. We will start that week 2.

    Have a great week!


    Room 5 - Miss Entwisle

    Welcome Back! 😊 We are looking forward to unpacking the recently introduced New Zealand Histories Curriculum document. The Topic for Year 3’s is titled: A Sense of Place and it looks at how ‘the relationships of individuals, groups and communities with the land, water, and resources are reflected in the names of places and in the stories we tell about them’. This will be a great opportunity for the students to familiarise themselves with our beautiful town of Te Aroha and learn some of the local history. In Mathematics we will be continuing to work on our Addition and Subtraction strategies. In Writing we will be spending another week or two on report writing, so that the students all have a good grasp on this particular writing format.

    Reminders / Online Learning - Homework

    Our Spelling words and weekly poem will be available on Seesaw for all Room 5 students who are keen to work on them at home. They also have free access to sites such as: Prodigy, Sumdog, Sunshine Classics and Epic! These sites have a focus on reading, mathematics and spelling and are presented in a fun and engaging way for the students. Reading material will be sent home for those students reading below Level 19. Unless specifically requested, those working above Level 19 do not generally have books sent home as they will be working on Journals and these are needed in class each day. Our Library day is Monday.

    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

    Welcome to Term 2! I’m looking forward to an exciting term with Room 6.

    We will be starting the term preparing for Pink Shirt Day - Anti-Bullying. We will be learning about what bullying is and what we can do to help someone and what to do if we are being bullied.

    Our main topic for the term is New Zealand History - Looking at the connections with the Pacific Island people and their journey to New Zealand.

    In Maths this week we will be learning about translations - Flips, slides and turns of objects. Along with addition and subtraction knowledge and strategies.

    In Reading we will be looking at strategies to solve unknown words and comprehension of text. Our spelling programme will continue on from term 1 learning a new spelling rule most weeks.

    Home Learning:

    Your child will be bringing home a home learning book which will contain a reading log, basic facts practise and spelling words to practise. These are due back on Friday each week.

    Room 7 – Mrs Paul

    We are starting a new spelling programme which falls Into line with the Structured Literacy programme being started further down the school. Each week there will be a new concept which we will all focus on, but each group will have different words. The words will be in the spelling slides if your child wishes to try harder ones than the test has put them on. This week we focus on y as the long I sound.

    In Maths we will. All be looking at Multiplication and Division. Most children have mastered their 2,5 and 10 so now we move onto the 3x tables. Please help your child with these at home. They have access to lots of times table games online that they can use at home.

    In writing we will be looking at character writing and using ‘show not tell’ to get more descriptive writing. This will lead on to narratives.

    In Topic we begin the NZ History Curriculum and our focus is on the connections with the Pacific Island people and their journey to New Zealand. This does involve a couple of Legends.


    Room 8 – Mrs McKenzie

    Kia ora koutou and welcome to Term 2. I am super excited to be heading into Term 2 with Room 8 students and I hope you all are too after a good break through the holidays.

    Topic - Our class is focusing on NZ history this term where we will explore local, and national events that have taken place over time which has made and shaped Aotearoa what it is today. This is an exciting opportunity to explore the Aotearoa NZ Histories Curriculum.

    Maths - We are continuing with multiplication and division which we warmed into towards the end of Term 1. This week in particular we are looking at understanding multiplication as repeated addition and division as the inverse of multiplication.

    Literacy - Students will love the topic this week for the main reading (Simulation artist) and will enjoy some hands-on activities to compliment it. We will also relate reading over the term through our topic inquiry. Writing this week will allow students to complete their very own personal daily diaries, and also some quick writes to engage ourselves back into routines.

    We have loads of other activities planned this week, including sports, art and team building activities. I am looking forward to seeing everyone again.

    Room 9 – Whaea Armstrong and Mrs Gamble

    Kia Ora koutou! Welcome back to Term 2. We hope you have had a fantastic break and are ready to start the term off with a BANG!

    A special welcome back to Mrs Gamble who will be taking over Mrs Hodgetts position temporarily. We are so excited to have Mrs Gamble back on board with us and look forward to working alongside her this term.

    Our Topic for this term is all about NZ History. We will be starting off by looking at “what makes history”, discussing significant events we know about both around the world and in NZ.

    Maths - for the next two weeks we will be diving into Position and Orientation looking carefully at compass points, angles and grid coordinates.

    Reading - we continue to work on our comprehension skills and will be looking heavily into significant events, identifying key facts and summarising important information.

    Writing - Quick Writes will be our focus for this week as we ease back into our routines.

    Room 10 – Mrs B

    Kia ora koutou - welcome to Term 2. It is super exciting to start the new term and be together.

    Mā te huruhuru, ka rere te manu - Adorn the bird with feathers and it will fly. (By learning and gaining skills, you are able to do more.)

    Our focus for Term 2 is “WHAT HAPPENED HERE?”, where we discover and explore events in NZ History and it will be exciting to explore the new Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Curriculum. We begin by thinking about what makes history by sharing what we know and learning about significant events locally, nationally and globally.

    Maths - we will be learning about Position and Orientation, with a focus on compass points, angles of rotation and grid rotations (this will be great for Mrs B, who has a terrible sense of direction!)

    Literacy - this will be linked to our Topic Inquiry as we travel back in time to learn about events in New Zealand history. We will need to use a variety of comprehension strategies to show our understanding of the text and this will transfer into our writing tasks.

    NZ Music Month - during the month of May, we will be listening to tracks of music by New Zealand artists, celebrating the homegrown songs through time.

    Looking forward to an awesome week ahead.

    Arohanui - Mrs B dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz


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    We Need You!

    Reduced to single figures, this body of parents is vital to the school in many ways. They effectively help the school’s efforts in providing the best for your child - computers, play equipment, subsidised trips and much, much more.

    We need you…If you think you may be able to help out occasionally or have great ideas, please contact:

    PTA Bulb Fundraiser - Update

    Bulb orders are bagged and ready to be collected from the school office today (Monday).


    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.