Te Aroha Primary School

Term 2 Week 2 2022

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Kia ora whānau,

Thank you so very much for the beautiful warm welcome your tamariki gave me on Monday. To be welcomed into our kura that way was a real treat, it made me feel very special.

I have really enjoyed settling into Te Aroha Primary. It is definitely a ‘home-coming’ for me. I have realised a lot of connections already and look forward to continuing to form bonds with all of you over the coming weeks and terms.

The children have all been very friendly. It is a great start to my day being greeted by welcomes and big smiles each day.

From my playtime walkabouts I think we certainly have a beautiful school and the children are blessed to have such ample opportunities for play - there is a lot of space for them to enjoy at break times.

We had a meeting with our property team last week. The work scheduled for the Waihou hub is commencing on Monday 16 May. There will be temporary fences erected to keep our children safe from the construction zone.

I understand that the pool heating project is well underway too and we can look forward to that having a positive impact on the 2022 / 23 summer.

Have an awesome week everyone.

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.

    • New Zealand Sign Language Week 2022 – Monday 9 to Sunday 15 May

    • 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


    A reminder that netball fees are due this week. If you have registered then the school will be charged for you. If you haven't registered then you can’t play after next week. Thank you to all the people who came to Opening Day - it is lovely to have the support of Grandparents as well as having extended family there.


    Practise starts this week for this.


    Senior School Reporters

    This week, Tessa, Taylin, Perryn, Morgan, Jahnaia, and Elisabella have been our reporters, bringing “extra news to our newsletter.”
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    We Welcome Mr Bertrand

    We gave Mr Bertrand a little visit to see how his first week as our principal has been. He said that one of his highlights has been meeting so many friendly people. He is looking forward to making Te Aroha Primary even better than it already is.

    Mr Bertrand grew up in Te Aroha so we just had to ask him how he liked being back in our town. He answered with “I love it. It's so cool seeing people I haven't seen in a while. The last time I was in town was in 1993.” WOW - that is 29 years!

    Welcome back to Te Aroha Mr Bertrand.

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    Mihi Whakatau

    This week on the first day of the term we had a mihi whakatau to welcome our new principal, Mr Bertrand. We also presented him with our school korowai as a sign of his leadership and mana. This is a special taonga for our school (gifted to us by the McGall family).

    ANZAC Assembly

    Congratulations to our house leaders who led our first school assembly this term, which was dedicated to the acknowledgement of ANZAC day.

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    Rotary Year 4 Dictionaries

    Last week, Mr Tait Jamieson and Mr Nelson came in to present our Year 4's with Dictionaries on behalf of the Te Aroha Rotary Club. Each year we are lucky enough to be gifted these and we are ever so grateful.
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    P.M.P. (Perceptual Motor Programme)

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

    PMP with Mrs Hazelton

    PMP started for the first time this year last Thursday. PMP is run by Mrs Hazelton and is for students in Rooms 1 and 2. PMP helps refine students' motor skills to prepare their brain for classroom learning. Every week helpers (Parents and/or Friends of the school) come in to help Mrs Hazelton run PMP. In PMP there are many different activities for the students to enjoy including colouring, following lines, eye tracking and many more.

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    Year 7/8 Technology at Te Aroha College

    A great start to Tech last week. Please make sure your child has shoes that cover their feet (NO SLIDES PLEASE) and long hair needs to be tied up. Roll call for the bus at 8.30am outside Room 10. If your child is running late and misses the bus, please take them straight to the College.

    Students 12+ years are to wear a mask on the bus as per Orange setting.

    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. At the moment, we currently have a range of pad brands available.



    Room 1 - Mrs Johnson

    Hope you all had a good Mother’s Day on Sunday.

    A big welcome to Nikolai who joined our class today. Our phonics learning this week is to listen to and record the first sound we hear in words. Our writing focus, along with using our letterland sounds to help us with words, is to use our word card to find words we need. In Maths we continue to develop our number knowledge and we are working on adding and taking away sets as part of basic addition and subtraction.

    We loved our Autumn walks and learning last week, particularly the scavenger hunt with Room 3. There has been a lot of discussion about hedgehogs in our class, so this week we will find out more about these interesting little creatures. It is NZ Sign Language week so this will form part of our learning too.

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    Room 2 – Mrs McGhie

    A warm welcome to Week 2.

    Week 1 was a busy week with fitting in activities for Anzac Day and Mother;s Day. I hope that all the Mum’s had a great Mother’s Day yesterday. The children were very excited to do PMP last week.

    This week we will be working on our number knowledge in maths along with time. In writing we will look at different ways to start a sentence. Thank you to those that are doing homework as this reinforces what we have been doing in the class during reading time. The children are doing really well with the sounds of the letters but need to practice to blend them to say the word.

    Have a great week!

    Room 3 – Miss Swan

    Kia ora koutou!

    Welcome to Week 2 and it is good to be back! I felt super special when Room 3 delivered some very sweet Autumn cards for me this past week. Thank you!

    This week will be filled with re-establishing routines and expectations of our awesome classroom and getting stuck into some great learning!

    Writing: We are going to look at opinion writing this week using a variety of topics. This is always a favourite as everyone has an opinion. We will eventually be able to justify why we choose our opinion.

    Reading: We are back in full force with our reading programme and everyone will be setting an achievable goal to reach by the end of this term. Homework is an integral part of our reading programme as it reinforces the learning we have done in class!
    Maths: We are jumping straight back into revising our teen and ty numbers, continue to look at addition and subtraction with number lines and counting on from a larger number with addition problems.

    Reminders for the week:

    Library visit days are on Fridays
    Please remember your drink bottle, homework books and book bags everyday

    Our mornings are getting colder - jerseys and warm socks are needed!

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

    Have a wonderful week 2! 😊


    Room 4 - Mrs Willis and the Goldfields Team

    Have a great week, everyone!


    Room 5 - Miss Entwisle

    It has been great seeing students arriving back, settling into our class routines and reestablishing friendships after their time apart. We were very pleased to welcome Nala to our class last week! 😊

    Mathematics: Our Addition and Subtraction Unit has us adding 3 numbers together and learning to explain how our answers have been reached. It is interesting to see the different ways our minds work when putting the numbers together.

    Reading: Our class poem last week was lots of fun to act out. It is nice seeing students volunteer to read out our poem so that the rest of the class can echo it back to them. Our Novel The Good, The Bad, and Everything Else has really engaged the class and we can’t wait to find out what happens next.

    Writing: We really enjoyed working step by step through our Panda reports last week. We liked getting to draw and talk about pandas. It was good to use our research skills to find additional facts and information using the Chromebooks.

    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. Many students have elected to take home easy chapter books and these can be returned and swapped as needed. 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

    Last week we welcomed Helakon to Room 6 and TAPS. We will be starting our work on NZ History this week. Mrs Bartram will be teaching on Tuesday and Wednesday while I am participating in Maths Professional Development. In maths we will be continuing to learn about transformations - sliding and rotating shapes and objects. We have a focus this term on reading comprehension, thinking carefully about what we have read. In writing we are learning to add detail to our character descriptions.

    Home Learning Reminder:

    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

    A reminder that learning is a partnership - which works best when all parts of the team work together. Your child has spelling and timestables every night and I know they would really appreciate your help to learn these. Most of you are awesome, but there are still a few people coming to school each day without these done.

    In Maths we continue to look at multiplication and division. Those who have their tables committed to memory find this unit so much easier. If they can see that division is the opposite of multiplication then it all becomes much easier.

    Now that we are all back, this week we are really hopping to get stuck into our reading groups.

    Our Spelling stays with the ‘y’ as long i rule but this week we will be looking at how that changes when we add a suffix. Some adjustments have been made to spelling levels. Further testing has showed that when spelling unfamiliar words, many spelling rules are yet to be learned- and the change in level reflects this.

    This term we will be starting to get fit as a hub. Apart from the fact that Fitness plays a being part in keeping well, we think we may as well start a bit of light training for Cross Country while the weather is so good.


    Room 8 – Mrs McKenzie

    Kia ora whānau and families.

    It is super awesome to be back at school for Term 2 and I could tell the students were feeling good about it too. In maths we continue to explore different strategies we can use when we are looking at multiplication and division. Each week we will explore bigger multiplication numbers so learning times tables at home is a huge advantage, also available on Seesaw from last term.

    For Literacy we are looking into some Deaf awareness over time, this ties in with NZ Sign Language Week. In topic, we are also exploring more local history in our area. You may also enjoy these discussions at home too, and help students learn more about their own family history within Te Aroha and the surrounding areas, share what you know! I am amazed at what I’ve learnt so far from the students, Ka pai.

    Friday hub sport was a real hit and we will continue this every week, complimenting this with ball skills sessions as well throughout the week.


    We have moved our library day to Wednesday now, this means students can refresh their book mid week. It is expected that every student reads for half an hour everyday at home. I have a lot of students tell me they have no time for reading in the evening so please help by encouraging and making this a priority.

    Looking forward to the wonderful week ahead.

    Room 9 – Whaea Armstrong and Mrs Gamble

    Kia ora everyone, it’s so nice to be back in Room 9 again, honestly it feels like I never left.

    It has been a great start to the term, reestablishing routines, connections and sharing a laugh along the way.

    Inquiry: We have really enjoyed discussing what we think history is and what history is good for. Researching the bombing of Hiroshima and the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior has developed a spark for most to learn more about these significant historical events. This week our focus is on our own family history, where we have come from and how we came to live here in Te Aroha. We will also look at other historical NZ figures and learn about their life stories.

    Maths: We have made a great start in revising our multiplication facts. This week will begin to look at strategies we can use to solve multiplication and division problems. We will also finish off our learning in strand (Position and Orientation), where we were focusing on following compass directions, distances and grid references on maps.

    Literacy: Linking to our inquiry topic, we will learn about our own family history by constructing interview questions. Students will conduct interviews at home to gather more knowledge and information. In reading, we will continue to develop our reading strategies to help us identify key information and summarize what we have read. Writing biographies will be our focus in writing. Keep your eye out on Seesaw to see our amazing work as it develops.

    NZ Sign Language Week: To celebrate NZ Sign Language week we will learn some basic sign language, maybe even learn how to sign a song or two.

    Home learning:

    • Daily reading at least 20 minutes

    • Times Tables practise

    • Along with any other incidental activities that will help to complete in-class learning for example talking at home about the local and national historical events and doing some research where required.

    Have a great week everyone!

    Mrs Gamble lgamble@tearohprimary.school.nz

    Room 10 – Mrs B

    Kia ora koutou - tu māia, tu kaha (stand tall and strong)

    What a joy to all be together last week - great to see Rm 10 working hard and having fun.

    This week, we continue to explore NZ Music Month through a different soundtrack each day and students will also be assigned a taskboard to explore and celebrate NZ Sign Language Week. Some of these activities will be shared on Seesaw.

    Maths - we begin looking at strategies to efficiently solve multiplication and division. Having an instant and accurate recall of times tables is the key here - please let me know if you would like a times table chart to support your child to learn these.

    Integrated Learning - it was so interesting to explore what makes history and investigate the Pencarrow Lighthouse. This week, as part of our NZ Histories Inquiry, we investigate “My History” - students will need some help with this from home. Reading and Writing will be explored through the investigation of the loss and possible rediscovery of the iconic Pink and White Terraces.

    Art - our sketches are amazing (we will share these on Seesaw) - Definitely some talented artists in Room 10.

    Team Sport - this was awesome and will take place again this Friday.

    So proud of Room 10! Here is to another amazing week ahead.

    Arohanui - Mrs B dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz

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    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.


    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:


    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.