Te Aroha Primary School

Term 4 Week 7 2022

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Kia ora parents and whānau,

Week 7 and we are on the dash to Christmas. Thursday is the first day of 90 hot days of summer! Let’s hope the sun comes out and we can enjoy some warm sunny days as we farewell the 2022 school year.

On Friday I was fortunate enough to go along on the Rainbows End trip with Whāea Armstrong, Mrs Gamble, Mrs Paul and some awesome parent helpers. The trip was a reward for our Cool School mediators, Road Patrol wardens and our Librarians. The students all had a great time enjoying the thrills and adventures of the many fun rides…there was also a good amount of challenge as some of the rides take a bit of courage to get on.

Our Grandparents and Special persons day last week was a huge success, such a great day welcoming everyone back into our kura. The smiles on faces in the photos said it all…we will definitely be hosting another one of those in 2023.

This week is a busy week at TAPS with lots of end of year processes taking place in classrooms. We also have our Kapa haka performance this week - which I am really looking forward to.

Have an awesome week everyone and bring on the sunny weather!

Ngā mihi nui,

Justin Bertrand.



  • 2/12/2022 - ALL Library books are due back by Friday
  • 15/12/2022 - School closes for the year

Other term dates to be advised.




Thank you to everyone who made Touch on a Friday the success it was. To the managers,players and parents, thanks for turning up week after week and giving it everything you had.Yes it was annoying when people didn’t turn up (they won't make teams next year) but those that were there always made up for it with their energy and enthusiasm. A big congratulations to our U11 team THE ROCKETS who eventually came out winners of the Under 11 grade,


This week should be the last for the Year 5/6 teams and the the Year 7/8 should have 2 more Mondays. On Saturday Jason Carey arranged to take a group of boys to play in a Thames Valley Basketball Tournament. We added a couple of Year 5/6 boys who had missed out 2 weekends ago to make up numbers. They came 3rd which is a massive effort!! Thanks Jason and Fiona for getting them over there and supporting them on the day.


  • All books are due back by FRIDAY THIS WEEK so that the annual stocktake can take place.
  • Student books that have not been returned or are deemed to be 'missing' after the final stocktake will be issued with an invoice to cover the cost of a replacement book.

School Hats

Hats MUST be worn during term 4. This is NOT optional, it is a health and safety requirement. Year 8 students are allowed to have a dark coloured bucket hat (no advertising on it), everyone else is required to have our school hat on. Any student without a hat will be placed in a shady area to play.

The statistics on skin cancer are very high in New Zealand and we wouldn't be meeting our duty of care if we allowed your precious children to run around without hats.

School hats are available to purchase for $15 from the school office.

Year 7/8 Technology at Te Aroha College

Our Tech programme at Te Aroha College has now finished. Students are to come to school for class on Fridays for the remainder of the term.



Room 1 - Mrs Johnson

We are off to Swimzone Te Aroha on Friday and everyone is very excited. ALL students must have an updated permission slip in order to go on the outing. I have sent home a new one today for those students whose permission slip is still outstanding . Please check in your child’s book bag and return to school by Wednesday please.

LITERACY: This is our last week of reading homework. We will be working hard on consolidating our knowledge of heart words - words we can instantly read and write. Our Phonics work is q.x and z.

MATHS: In Maths our class focus is equal sharing and what half means and looks like as a symbol. Everyone is loving dice sums and the challenge of building a tower using the most dominoes.

Reminders for the week -

  • Book Bag and Homework Book

  • Sun hat

  • Drink Bottle

  • All library books need to be returned by FRIDAY please

Room 2 – Miss Webb

We absolutely loved welcoming our special people into our classroom last week; thank you to everyone who came! On Friday this week we have our outing to the hot pools. We are all very excited! Please remember to return your updated permission slip if you haven’t already done so.

LITERACY: Everyone has made such outstanding progress this year with the structured literacy approach. It has been so exciting to reflect on the progress everyone has made. In our groups this week we will be revisiting the sounds we have been working on this term.

MATHS: This week we will be continuing with number knowledge and strategies and playing some exciting games, including cracking secret codes using our maths knowledge.


  • Trip to the hot pools on Friday!

  • Please remember your drink bottle, homework book and book bag everyday.

  • Our library day is Friday - please return your library book. All books need to be returned this Friday.

  • School Sun hats are needed in Term 4

Please do not hesitate to contact me via Seesaw or email zwebb@tearohaprimary.school.nz. Have a great week!

Room 3 – Miss Swan

Kia ora koutou Room 3 whānau,

I just want to take the opportunity to say a big thankyou to whānau and friends that came to visit our class as part of the Special Person’s Day last week. It was lovely to meet you all and the children were very proud to have you see a little snippet of their school lives.

We are very excited this week as we are off on our Waihou Hub trip to Swimzone. As mentioned by Mrs J above- please bring your permission slips back by Wednesday. It will be a great day!!

LITERACY: I am very proud of Room 3 as assessments have shown that everyone is working hard towards their personal reading goals. Ka pai tō mahi! This week we are reminding ourselves of the short o sound with our weekly poem, Dot the Fox and small group work, revisiting vowel digraphs.

MATHS: This week will be filled with fun activities to improve and practise our instant recall addition and subtraction facts from 0-20.

Reminders for the Term:

  • All library books are due back to school this week.

  • Please bring along a drink bottle everyday.

  • Room 3 tamariki need to bring their book bags (and contents) everyday.

  • Wednesday - All new Swimzone permission slips need to back to school.

  • Friday - Swimzone trip

Please don’t hesitate to contact me via Seesaw or email mswan@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Have an amazing week!


Room 4 - Mrs Suzette Willis and Team

Kia ora koutou,

Have a great week whanau!


Room 5 - Miss Entwisle

Welcome to Week 7! 😊 It was lovely having so many visitors at last week's Grandparents and Special Persons Day.

MATHS: Our Geometry Unit on 3D shapes continues.

READING: We are enjoying reading a range of Junior Journal stories, articles and plays.

WRITING: It has been great seeing the students working to include similes, and alliteration in their writing. They are also exploring using a range of punctuation marks.

Reminders / Online Learning - Homework

  • Our Spelling words and weekly poem and other home learning based tasks are available on Seesaw. This work is optional.

  • Students have free access to learning sites such as: Prodigy, Sumdog, Sunshine Classics, Epic! And Mathletics.

  • Our Library Books are all due back by Friday this week.

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

Wow the term is flying by! Please start returning any Library books or school reading books - some might be hiding under beds or in wardrobes! Mrs Bartram will be in on Wednesday as I will be attending an online ALIM end of year presentation of Maths at TAPS.

Maths: This week we are looking at some review activities from our learning over the year. We will also be looking into measurement.

Reading: We have the theme of Kiwiana this week for our reading tasks, looking at the history of some on NZs iconic foods.

Writing: We have been working on some mixed up books with alliterations as a focus. We will be writing our alliterations and publishing these in our mixed up books. We will also begin our Memories Comic books as a reminder of our year in Room 6.

Room 7 – Mrs Paul

All work for the next few weeks will revolve around Celebrations around the world. We found Guy Fawkes and Thanksgiving very interesting so now we will move to how Christmas is celebrated around the world. Traditions definitely vary around the world.Even here in NZ it is amazing how differently we celebrate and how different our Christmas meals are.


Room 8 – Mrs McKenzie

Kia ora whānau and friends. What a special morning we had last Wednesday. Thank you to everyone who popped by to spend time with us in Room 8 and around the school. We loved you visiting and it was very special to have you join us. Such a short time left before the end of the year. Now is a perfect reminder that we still need to remain focused and make the most of the time we have. Let’s enjoy our days, be kind and show teamwork!

LITERACY: We will be investigating how we can improve our town through the eyes of a Year 6 and use this to write the mayor a letter telling them why improvements need to be made. Students have been enjoying learning languages around the world so we will continue this for the week. Make sure you ask them what they have been learning.

MATHS: We continue our geometry lessons and will be using our maths knowledge to solve angles within different shapes. We will also finish up our dragon eye art - We cannot wait to see the outcome of these!

Our phrase for the week - Ka rawe to mahi e hoa - Good work my friend.

If you have any questions, please remember I am always happy to chat with you via email, Seesaw or in person. cmckenzie@tearohaprimary.school.nz . Have a great week everyone!

Mrs McKenzie

Room 9 – Whaea Armstrong and Mrs Gamble

Kia Ora e te whānau! Only two and a half weeks of school to go!

We thank those who took the time out of their day to attend our Special Person’s day last week. It was a lovely day filled with fun and such beautiful memories have been made. As with the nature of the year, we have had many events take place that have disrupted our usual programme, we ask our tamariki to continue to preserve as they have done so effortlessly right to the end of the term. Most importantly, we want to make the final weeks of our time together fun and exciting, so let's make the most of it!

LITERACY: This week we focus heavily on our Passion presentations. Describing, explaining and sharing our passion is key this week as we work through a set of criteria to create them.

MATHS: Algebra is our big focus this week looking at how we simplify and expand algebraic expressions.


  • All Students are to bring their school hats and drink bottles please.

  • No tech for the remainder of the year. Please come to school on friday as per usual.

  • Those taking part in our Tennis competition need to bring their shoes and racquet this week.

  • Information about our year 7 and 8 end of year celebration will be coming this week so please keep your eyes peeled for this.

Ngā Mihi,

Whaea Armstrong and Mrs Gamble

If you have any questions please feel free to message us on Seesaw or email lgamble@tearohaprimary.school.nz aarmstrong@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Room 10 – Mrs B

Kia ora - only 13 ½ days left of school! We are going to make the most of this time together and like every year at this time, have fun and enjoy the crazy nature of the end of the term - there are a lot of interruptions and changes to our programme that take place. We have got this! Ma whero ma pango ka oti ai te mahi - With red and black the work will be complete (cooperation - we all have a part to play to complete the work) Thank you to the special people that spent time with us on Wednesday. We loved having you in Rm 10.

: we complete our learning on probability and focus on algebra, which will be fun. We will be completing a collaborative problem solving task at the end of the week.

TAPS TALK - Literacy Link - we begin to plan our own TAPS Talk, using a TED Talk format. This will include the use of slides to support our message.

CHARACTERISATION - our characters that we have created and designed online look amazing and we will be using these to great a narrative.


  • Tech at Te Aroha College has now finished. Students are to come to school as per usual on Friday morning

  • We will be sending information home about our Year 7/8 celebration

  • Students taking part in the Tennis competition need to have sneakers at school this week and a racquet if they have one.

  • Good luck to our Croquet team, who will be taking part in the Interschool Croquet tournament this week.

Looking forward to an awesome week.

Arohanui - Mrs B dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Access to Period Products

We are very pleased to be part of the Ministry of Education‘s programme to provide free access to period products for students. Using these products is not compulsory and students can continue to bring products from home if they prefer.

Mrs B co-ordinates this, with products being discreetly given to students. If you would like your child to start receiving these products, please get in touch with Mrs B - by ringing the school office (07) 8848803 or via email dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz


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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.