Te Aroha Primary School

Term 3 Week 9 2021

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Kia ora koutou

Welcome to week 9 and a start of another fantastic week at TAPS.

We are asking all parents to update their contact details by Tuesday next week. All children will bring home a hard copy of the form to be completed by parents.

Ngaa mihi nui

Kevin Johnson

Principal / Tumuaki


The PTA have asked that all forms sent out a while back be returned to school. These were the forms that parents could indicate the number of tickets that they would sell. Can the money also be returned to school so that tickets that parents have sold and indicated on the form can be allocated to the purchasers.

Key Term Dates


1. School Closes for the Holidays - 1 October 2021

Classroom Round Ups

Rm 1 Mrs Johnson

A busy week ahead of us. We will be learning to play cricket on Tuesday and hockey on Thursday. Mrs Maisey will be teaching the class on Tuesday and again on Friday. This week our Letterland work is l,c,k and j. This is a request for all children to please be doing their reading homework each day at home. The reading homework is prepared for a week and dated for Monday to Thursday, please sign it each day once it is completed. At this early stage of learning to blend and read words, regular practise is very important to develop fluency. Thank you to all the families who are doing this regularly. YOUr support is very much appreciated. The children have loved developing their Te Reo knowledge this past week and enjoying Legends of Taniwha. We will share our awesome taniwha on Seesaw. This week we are reading " Maui and the Sun". Today we started our calendar art. This will be coming home with all the details when we have completed them.

Rm 2 Miss Green

On Tuesday and Thursday this week we welcome Mrs McGhie to Room 2 while I am out of class assessing students. Mrs McGhie will be taking over my position for term 4 when I go on maternity leave so if you see her in the carpark at the end of the day, make sure to introduce yourself. This is a reminder that you are to please collect your child from the grass area in the front carpark. Children are not to walk to the car or through the carpark alone. Reading homework will continue to come home this week. Please ensure books and bookbags are returned to school everyday. On Tuesday morning we have a super smash cricket session and on Thursday we have a hockey session with Kim Davey from Waikato hockey. We are looking forward to these sessions and will upload some photos and videos of our skills on Seesaw.

Rm 3 Miss Swan

Kia ora koutou,

Welcome to Week 9! Last week, Room 3 had so much fun planting and writing about sunflowers. We have also enjoyed learning about how Maui pulled up the North Island and will be finishing off our artwork this week!

Writing: Our focus for the week is double checking our spelling with our word card and rereading to see if our writing makes sense. Editing is an important part of being a writer!
Reading: Reading books will come home from Monday- Thursday and our phonic sound of the week is u_e. Room 3 is really working hard on their reading goals.

Maths: We are working with numbers 0-100 and practising our subtraction with 20. We are also looking at word problems and finding a quarter of a set.

Reminders for the week

  • Whaea Armstrong will be in class on Friday.

  • Mrs Maisey will be in class on Wednesday as I complete testing for the term.

  • Please bring along drink bottles everyday.

  • Library day on Friday.

  • Homework for the week: Spelling, Maths worksheet 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 remember you can contact me via Seesaw and email mswan@tearohaprimary.school.nz I hope you all have an amazing week!

Rm 5 Miss Entwisle

Our Spelling words this week are all about ash and st. For those wishing to learn their words at home, a spelling list is available each week on Seesaw, along with a copy of our weekly class poem. In Mathematics we are developing our number knowledge and using rounding to solve problems. In Writing we are continuing to look at how to persuade or convince people. If you have any queries or concerns please feel free to get in contact via the Seesaw message function or through email mentwisle@tearohaprimary.school.nz.

Rm 6 Mrs Bankier

Welcome to week 9. This week I am having Parent Interviews for Room 6 as these were missed while I have been away. Please make sure you book in - details are on Seesaw.

We will be continuing to learn about time and also be going over some areas we need more practice in such as fractions and multiplication and division problem solving.

We will be learning to write poems this week in writing, looking at descriptions and using our senses.

We have a lesson in cricket on Tuesday. We have also started the Pause, Breathe, Smile programme on Thursdays with Mrs O'Connor, this programme is about resilience and personal strategies for coping with a range of everyday situations and feelings, the ups and downs of life.

I look forward to seeing you at interviews.

Trina Bankier

Rm 7 Mrs Paul

A very BIG WELCOME to Hammad who joined our class at the end of last week. We are so thrilled to have you with us.

This week in Maths we start our unit on Probablility which will be a chance to be hands on and carry out some investigations.As well as this we will be refocussing on our time tables.

In writing we will be looking at sharing our opinions with plenty of reasons to back up the stand we are taking. It is easy to have an opinion but not so easy to find reasons to support it!!

In order to get through our topic which is 'Let's Talk', we will be integrating our reading and looking at Myths and Legends which are stories passed down through generations. We will also be discussing what happens as stories and messages are passed down through generations. We can't seem to pass a message from the front to the back of the class without it getting distorted!! Ask your child about 'Chinese Whispers'.

Rm 8 Mrs Young

Calendar Art - Room 8 is busy completing some awesome art for our calendars, these will make fantastic Christmas gifts. Watch this space :)

PE - Cricket Workshops with our outside facilitator.

Speeches are our priority this week so please let me know if speeches bring any stress. We will be presenting speeches across the hub, with finals in week 10. We have filmed our speeches for Seesaw.

Te Reo - We will continue to celebrate Maori Language Week so watch out for some neat activities throughout the week.

Maths/Fractions. Please continue to practice your tables at home.

Literacy - Our chapter book is - The Boy in the Tower. Log into Google classroom to see the tasks due this week.

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.

It was great to have everyone back at school last week. We had a very productive week. Check out our Epro8 video on seesaw if you haven’t already.

Literacy: We have a few people doing the finishing touches on their speeches. This week we will practice and present to our class. We are looking forward to hearing from everyone. A huge thank you to you all for the hard work that has gone into these.

Maths:this week is all about revision! We will finish up fractions/decimals/percentages and work measurement.

Art: This week we will be working on our calendar art for our upcoming PTA fundraiser.

Sport: On Thursday Mrs Paul has organised Cricket and Hockey skills sessions. We will fill you in with more details on Monday.

Homework: Spelling - we will begin our spelling again. Weekly quiz, mathletics tasks and reading 20-30 minutes each evening

Rm 10 Mrs Brittenden

Kia ora koutou. What an awesome week we had celebrating Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori - heaps of fun learning simple kupu and traditional games. TAU KE!

This week, the focus is on our speeches and completing our calendar art. All students should have completed their speeches and we look forward to presenting these in class by Thursday this week. This deadline is important so that we are able to select the speech finalists for this year. We are also looking forward to a cricket and hockey session.

Maths - we will be exploring perimeter, area and volume of regular and irregular shapes.

Year 8 Enrolments for Te Aroha College - information about this process has been sent home today. Any queries can be directed to Te Aroha College (07) 8848625 or email office@tacol.nz

Welcome - we welcome Mrs Robertson back to Rm 10 on Friday.

Here is to another awesome week.

Arohanui - Mrs B dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Room One Working on Their Taniwha Art

Room 5 Working on Their Calendar Art

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. This means we are able to order period products for young people to use for their whole cycle, based on an average of 20 items per young person per month. There will be a mix of brands. Using these products is not compulsory. Young people are free to make their own choices about what they use and can continue to bring products from home if they prefer.

Mrs B will be organising this, with products being discreetly given to students - you can get in touch with her by sending her an email dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz sending a note or coming in to see her to let her know that you would like your child to receive free period products each month. At the moment, we have a range of pad brands available.

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Below is the lunch menu for week nine.
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