Week 9, Term 3 2020

Tauranga Primary School Newsletter

Principal's Message

Tēnā koutou katoa

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

Nau mai, haere mai, a very warm TPS welcome to Noah Smith, Rubee Guy and Harper Pomare-Tahana who started recently at our school. We are glad to have you and your family as part of our TPS TEAM.

Thank you to all those who were able to attend Learning Conferences today. We value opportunities to discuss your child's progress and achievements, as well as the next learning goals that we are working towards. If you were unable to attend the conferences today, please make an alternative time with your child's teacher, we aim to meet with 100% of our school families.

Each year we survey our school families to check on how we are meeting the needs of our school community. The survey is short this year and should only take 5 minutes to complete. It will provide the school with valuable information as part of our review process. Every completed survey will earn House points Click this link to begin Survey Monkey

Deciding class placements for the new school year is a complex task. As well as considering numbers of children at each year level and the number of teachers we are allocated, we need to consider the individual learning needs for each child, gender balance, social skill development and peer relationships. We must ensure that all learners’ needs receive due consideration. Where necessary, staff will discuss with parents, the placement of their children.

At this stage, we plan for most children in Years 3 and 5 to remain in the same learning hub they are in this year. We do this to maximise learning opportunities, and reduce lost learning time as a result of transition. The Year 3 to 5 teachers in each learning hub know their learners; their strengths and next learning steps, and are able to continue with current learning goals from day one of 2021.

Please note that one or two teachers may change class or year level due to normal annual staffing changes e.g. career progression. In 2021, due to large student numbers in our 2020 Year 5 cohort, we will most likely have six Year 5 and 6 whanau groups.

While we ask parents to allow us to exercise our professional judgement in placing all children fairly, we do appreciate some input from families where specific needs should be considered. It is not possible for senior staff to meet with all parents and listen to individual requests. However, if there are extenuating or special circumstances that we may not be aware of, please put these requests in writing and ensure they are sent to me by the end of Week 2, Term 4, 23rd October.

If there has been an issue in the past that we need to be reminded of, it is also worth sending an e-mail or talking to your child’s class teacher, as not all information is carried over from year to year.

Only requests made in writing will be considered

In 2021 we are predicting (from our current student numbers and enrolment data) that we will have several places available for out of zone Year 2 students (children who are currently in Year 1 for 2020) and New Entrants starting in Term 1. We encourage out of zone families to enrol in our ballot for 2021 (if they have a Year 2 or New Entrant student for a Term 1 2021 start.) To enrol please contact our school office office@tauranga.school.nz or complete an online enrolment form. Enrolment forms can be found on our school website.

If you are a current TPS family and have a child due to start school in 2021, please ensure that you have enrolled them, so that we can include them in our planning for next year.

Quick Reminders:

  • Next term is a summer uniform term – please remember to bring hats every day, either plain navy bucket, wide brim or legionnaire design. Baseball caps are not school uniform as they do not provide enough sun protection. Hats can be purchased from local shops such as Kmart and The Warehouse, we do not stock sun hats in the office.
  • Uniform requirements for hair. White, navy, black or hair coloured hair ties only please. Please keep large sparkly, multi coloured items and fluoro hair extensions for after school and weekend wear.
  • Holiday time is a good time to check school clothing and rename any items that have faded. We continue to have a huge amount of lost property every term that cannot be returned, as it is unnamed or the name is so faded we can not read it.

Term 3 ends on Friday 25th September and Term 4 starts on Monday 12th October.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Noho ora mai

Fiona Hawes


Mufti Day on last day of term - 25th September

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Māori Language Week

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Greetings to you all.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori takes place this year between 14 and 20 September. 'Kia Kaha te reo Māori' is the theme for this year’s Māori Language Week. Kia Kaha is a well known phrase in New Zealand, meaning be strong. So when we say ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ we’re saying ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong'.

To mark the beginning of Māori Language Week our school took part in the Māori Language Commission's Māori language Moment event, which aimed to see one million people all across New Zealand speaking, singing and celebrating te reo at the same time. Our students and staff were among the total of 1,023,781 people who were signed up to collectively celebrate New Zealand's native language.

During school this week students have been engaged in activities including

-Māori art and craft-students designing their own kōwhaiwhai creations.

-Classes singing māori waiata together.

-Children sharing their pepeha.

-Students learning sentences, phrases, karakia and poems in te reo.

-Children and teachers speaking te reo as much as they can. Classes sharing their te reo learning with the whole school speaking through the school intercom.

Cohort Entry - New Entrants 2021

In 2021 Tauranga Primary School will start a cohort entry system for New Entrant students..

New Entrant students will start on the closest date after their fifth birthday.

Cohort entry dates for 2021:

Term 1



Term 2


8/06/2021 (Tuesday)

Term 3



Term 4



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FOTS (Friends of the School)

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School Production - The Space Project

In Term 4 we are presenting our school production "THE SPACE PROJECT". All children except our newest New Entrants (Room 18) will be involved in this production.

We will be performing in the Performing Arts Centre at Bethlehem College. The evening shows will be held on the 18th and 19th of November. It is essential that all children can perform; please diary these dates now.

A school production is a considerable undertaking, with significant costs. We will be looking for businesses to partner with our school as sponsors for the show. Please contact Fiona Hawes if you are interested in this opportunity.

You can access the show songs online if children want to practise:


GO TO – Login for Scripts & Music

Username: taurangaprimary

Password: gsmack20.

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  • 23rd September - Photolife- class and student individual photos
  • 25th September - Mufti day - whole school
  • 25th September - Last day of term

12th October Term 4 starts

  • 20th October - Friends of the School (FOTS) meeting - 6:30pm-7:30pm
  • 26th October - Labour Day- School closed
  • 27th October - BOT meeting -7:00pm-8:30pm
  • 18th and 19th November - School Production
  • 23rd November - Year 6 Wetland discovery day
  • 24th November - TIS orientation day
  • 24th November - Friends of the School (FOTS) meeting - 6:30pm-7:30pm
  • 26th November - Middle School Athletics
  • 26th November - Year 5 Camp Waimarino
  • 27th November - Year 5 camp at Memorial Park
  • 27th November - Orange Day parade
  • 27th November - Junior Athletics
  • 30th November - 4th December - Travel Safe week
  • 1st December - BOT meeting - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
  • 7th December - School Awards Assembly - 11:00am -12:00pm
  • 7th December - Year 6 Social Dance - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • 8th December - Year 6 Leavers assembly - 11:00am
  • 9th - 11th December - Year 6 Camp Totara Springs
  • 10th and 11 December - Year 5 Discovery Days
  • 14th December - Last day for school instruction 2020 ( School finishes at 12:00 noon)

2020 Parent Survey - please take 5 minutes to share your thoughts about TPS:

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Albion Junior Cricket Club

Roll on summer! Registrations for the upcoming 2020/2021 season are now OPEN.

Albion Juniors will again be fielding teams for Primary and Intermediate grades for players of all levels. Come join our awesome club where we encourage children from years 1 to 8 to develop their love of cricket.

To register please go to the link https://albionjuniorcricket.nz/register and complete the required forms.

Looking forward to seeing you all out there on the pitches real soon.




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


Office Administrator and Enrolment Officer

Barbara Turley


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