Week 11, Term 1 2021

Tauranga Primary School Newsletter

Principal's Message

Tēnā koutou katoa

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

Term 1 2021 will finish on Friday. School will close at 3:00pm on Friday and reopen on the 3rd of May. The school office will be open on the 30th of April 10:00am - 2:00pm for any enrolment queries and uniform purchases. The senior leadership will also be onsite that day for any questions or queries.

It is time for us to farewell Mr Adams as he embarks on his next challenge as Principal of Matawai School. We will all miss Mr Adams and have appreciated the many contributions he has made to our kura. The two pou, Te Ao Maori award and his contribution to creating our school song are significant taonga that he has gifted us during his time at TPS. Best wishes Mr Adams,

Manaaki whenua,

Manaaki tangata,

Haere whakamua

Care for the land,

Care for the people,

Go forward.

Next term, I will be away on a sabbatical and will return in Term 3. During Term 2, Mrs Cathy Ediker will be Acting Principal and Miss Robyn Caley will be Acting Deputy Principal. We have all worked hard this term to ensure that Term 2 runs smoothly and, for most, I am sure my absence will go largely unnoticed :-).

In Term 2 we have some new staff members joining our team:

Mrs Mariska van Staden - Mariska and her family have recently moved to Tauranga from Auckland. Mariska will be teaching in Senior Hub 3.

Mrs Sarah Arnesen will be opening our latest New Entrant roll growth class in Room 16.

Kate Hooper will join us and be working three and a half days a week in a junior literacy support role.

As part of the Tauranga City Council "Future Proofing Cameron Road" plan it is proposed that 5th Avenue is made into a one way street. The entrance into 5th Avenue would be from Arundel Street and there will only be a left hand exit turn onto Cameron Road. There will be no left hand entry into 5th Avenue. For the school, the most important factor is student safety and how this proposed change might impact on student safety. We have requested a trial of the one way system for a couple of school weeks, so that we can fully ascertain what the implications of this change will mean for us and our school community. If you wish to know more about the project click here:

TPS Uniform expectations:

Items that can be purchased in the school office:

  • Polo shirt - navy with school logo
  • Navy shorts or skort - navy with school logo
  • Polar fleece - royal blue with school logo.
  • School Jacket - optional
  • School Beanie - optional

Items to be purchased independent of school supply:

  • Footwear - sneakers or sandals. For safety reasons, jandals are discouraged.
  • Socks - plain white, navy, grey or black, any length.
  • Tracksuit pants - on the colder days children can wear navy tracksuit pants. These should be plain navy pants with no logos or writing.
  • Navy tights can be worn under shorts or skorts. As a tip, we have found that navy leggings with socks work best. Tights can be tricky to take on and off for some children and the foot of full tights get ruined easily.
  • Plain navy or black thermals can also be worn under the school polo.

Any hair ties or other accessories must be plain royal blue, navy, black, hair coloured or white. All hair shoulder length or longer is to be tied up, this helps prevent the spread of headlice.

Jewellery: watches and plain (silver/gold) ear studs are acceptable. Taonga (treasure) of cultural or religious importance can be worn.

Please name everything clearly, it is impossible to return uniform that is not named or the name has faded beyond recognition. Every term we have a very large amount of unclaimed and unnamed uniform items.

Nau mai, haere mai. A very warm welcome to Scarlett Dawson Manzenares and O'Shen Manzenares who have recently started at TPS. Glad to have you and your family as part of our TPS TEAM.

To our TPS families celebrating Ramadan this month, we wish you all the blessings of the holy month.

Thank you for your continued support. Have a wonderful holiday and Term 2. I look forward to catching up with everyone in Term 3.

Noho ora mai


Fiona Hawes

Principal | Tumuaki


T.P.S School Uniform

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What a fantastic effort from the Junior school selling Duck Race tickets. We managed to raise just over $2000.00. Thank you for your support with this and thank you to Tauranga Rotary and the Bell- Booth family for making this possible.

Term 1:

  • 8th - 16th April- RSA Poppy appeal - Gold coin donation
  • 12th-16th April - Kids can ride- Seniors
  • 16th April Last day of term- school finishes usual time

Term 2:

  • 3rd May - First day Term 2

  • 17th May - Otanewainuku, Year 5/6, x 3 classes
  • 18th May - Otanewainuku, Year 5/6, x3 classes
  • 18th May - BOT meeting, 7:00pm
  • 19th May - Otanewainuku, Year 0/1/2

  • 20th May - Otanewainuku, Year 3/4
  • 21 May - FOTS Pizza lunch
  • 26th May - International Student's Learning Conferences
  • 26th May Learning Conferences - 3:30pm- 6:00pm
  • 27th May - Learning Conferences - 8:00am - 7:30pm
  • 2nd June - Cross Country at Memorial Park
  • 7th June - Queens Birthday- School closed
  • 21st - 25th June- Kia Kaha- Anti Bullying Programme
  • 22nd June - BOT meeting, 7:00pm
  • 25th June -Matariki breakfast whole school-7:30am - 8:30am
  • 25th - June - FOTS Pizza Lunch
  • 25th - 28th June - Matariki
  • 30th June - Funky fun day - Year 3 and 4
  • 2nd July - Teacher Only Day, School closed
  • 9th July - Last day of term- school finishes usual time

Donations on School Shop

Donations on School Shop

School Shop provides receipts for single transactions as well as summary donation receipts – these are available online for school families for each financial year. This will make it easier to claim an IRD donation rebate.

School Shop emails donation receipt PDFs with each donation payment. Summary receipts can be downloaded for IRD tax returns through the transaction history page on your School Shop account.

To obtain your receipt:

  1. Log on to your School Shop account and go to My Orders.

  2. Choose record type Donation Receipts

  3. Select date range required and

Then Download Summary for IRD tax return.


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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


Senior Team Leader

Jo Howard


International Student enquiries

Cathy Ediker


Business Manager

Susan O'Neill


Enrolment Officer

Barbara Turley


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