Te Aroha Primary Newsletter

Term 2 Week 2 2021

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Kia ora parents and whanau

Our winter sports programme in our school and at the various clubs in town started on Saturday. I would like to thank all of the parents who have volunteered to coach or manage the various teams that our children are involved with.

Covid 19 / Coronavirus

As always anyone who is unwell should not be at school.

If your child has a cough or a cold they must not be sent to school. They need to be kept at home until they have recovered completely. We are having to phone an increasing number of parents to pick their child up because they are unwell.

If you have a particular concern about your child, you can contact Healthline at 0800 611 116 or their GP for medical advice.


Please download this app to your phone as it will become one of the important parts of our emergency contact procedure should we ever need to use it.


A massive thank you to Amy Paetai and Megan Diprose for organising a fundraiser for the school at the Te Aroha Golf Club last Friday. A total of $1700.00 was raised which will be used to purchase materials to upgrade the senior adventure playground.

At some stage in the coming weeks we will have a working bee and will call on our parents to help with this project.

Watch this space!!

Yr 7/8 Technology at Te Aroha College

Please make sure your child is at school at 8.30am with long hair tied back and shoes that cover your child's foot. (no slides please) If you are dropping your child off at the College, please contact our office or contact your child's teacher via Seesaw.


I wish to inform our community that, Mrs Dolores Maisey's husband, Gordon, passed away suddenly on Friday morning. Mrs Maisey has been a reliever at our school for many years and has been a great support for many of our teachers for a long time. She is known to so many of our past and present students.

We would like to extend our condolences to Mrs Maisey and to her children Jane, Rina and Dean and their families at this very sad time.

Ngaa mihi nui

Kevin Johnson

Principal /Tumuaki

Key Term Dates


1. School Opens for term two - 3 May 2021

2. Learning Discussions Mon 5 Jul - 3.30 - 5.30pm

3. Learning Discussions Tues 6 Jul - 1.30 - 6.30pm ( School Closes at 1.00pm)

4. School Closes for the Holidays 9 July 2021

Classroom Round Ups

Rm 1 Mrs Johnson

The children have settled into the new reading routine well. We have spent the last week focussing on the sound letters make and not the Letteland name, as well as blending sounds to make and write words. This week our class phonics work will focus on i, n, m and d. In Maths we continue our learning about "time" with work on the days of the week and the introduction of the concept of o'clock. We have a daily handwriting focus following the Casey Caterpillar Programme. The writing prompts that we use for letter shapes will be posted on Seesaw. This week we explore Autumn in our Environment. We are holding our parent/whanau information afternoon with regard to Structured Literacy next Tuesday. A separate letter came home today in this regard.

Rm 2 Miss Green

We had a wonderful first week back. We have enjoyed getting to know students new to our class and they have settled in well.

This week in phonics we will focus on letters i, n, m, d. We will learn the sounds each letter makes and how to form each letter correctly. Our new reading programme is under way. Kids are loving the new books. I have sent some more info regarding our new reading programme on Seesaw. This is so you know what homework will look like from now on. If you have any questions please flick me a message. We begin our unit on time this week. Exploring days of the week, months of the year, seasons and ordering/ sequencing events in our day. We continue our inquiry and will be making our own map of the school. We will share with you on Seesaw.

Rm 3 Miss Swan

Kia ora koutou,

Room 3 had a fantastic first week back!

Writing: We are continuing to unpack report writing and why introducing our animal is so important.

Maths: Maths groups continue this week and we will be looking at addition and subtraction with number lines, counting on from a larger number and practicing our instant recall of basic facts.

Reading: Spelling words continue to come home this week. I want to send out a big thank you to whānau that are supporting Room 3 with this. It is making a huge difference to their reading and writing. Readers will continue to come home from Monday to Thursday.

Inquiry: We are putting the last minute touches on our collaborative map of the school and we will start discovering what sounds and colours we can hear/see at school. Room 3 is finding these activities very exciting!

Reminders for the week: Library Day will be on Friday. We welcome back Mrs A into Room 3 on Thursday. I hope you all have a great week! Please remember you can contact me via Seesaw or email mswan@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Rm 5 Miss Entwisle

We are excited to be studying Ancient Egypt as part of our Inquiry work this term. We will be looking at graphic organisers such as KWL charts in order to sort information. In Mathematics we are continuing to build our add/sub strategies and are learning to give explanations for how our answers have been reached. Homework was outlined in last week's newsletter. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me via email at mentwisle@tearohaprimary.school.nz or through the Seesaw message function.

Rm 6 Mrs Bankier

Mrs Bankier is making a great recovery and will soon be back at school. We look forward to welcoming her back to school. I know that she can't wait to be back in the classroom.

Rm 7 Mrs Paul

Welcome to week 2.Firstly, thank. You for all the lovely messages you sent on Friday. Be very proud of your children.

Last week In Topic we looked at the River Nile and began to look at the way the early Egyptians used their surroundings to sustain life. We will continue looking at this and link it to our lives. We will continue our new look Spelling programme which will take a few weeks to get used to. In Maths we continue with multiplication and divison and of course with learning times tables every night. This week it is the 6x table. For some people these are proving a real challenge and I am afraid to say that the only way maybe rote learning as boring as that may seem. They are a necessity. I have a busy week this week Ms Boyd will be in the room on Monday while I meet with our Leadership Team.

Rm 8 Mrs Young

Literacy - YAY! @Room8TAPS had many reshares on our class twitter account, well done to Xavier for winning task of the week. We have started our new chapter book, graphic novel and movie - The Witches. This can be read through the Reading Folder on Google Drive or by listening to the chapters online. All tasks related to the chapters can be accessed through Google Classroom.

Maths - This week we will continue our Multiplication and Division unit. Our focus for the term will be ensuring we have all mastered our times tables and using the most efficient strategy when problem solving. Mathletics and repetition will be our focus for our times tables.

Inquiry - Me and My Environment - Kaitiaki Guardians. We will kick off this unit with exploring Myths and Legends.

Hands on - Knitting lessons will start this week. Our first task will be knitted squares.

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 + Anzac Tasks

Email- kyoung@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Rm 9 Mrs Gamble/Mrs Hodgetts.

An exciting week planned ahead. This week our focus will be on Jean Batten, Room 9 will be completing the Jean Batter - Aviator, School Kit. The kit includes a range of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) activities that require the students to problem solve and crack codes to find a missing medal. This is a great way for us to work cooperatively together in teams and learn about one of New Zealand’s greatest aviators. Keep your eye on seesaw for posts on this.

Literacy: Guided reading groups continue from last week. Most groups have their novels now. Quick writes will be our focus in writing. Paying close attention to our editing and recrafting skills, ensuring our writing is grammatically correct.

Maths: We will begin to look at transformations, focusing on types of symmetry and revising/learning our multiplication and division facts.

Topic/Inquiry: For inquiry this term we will be focusing on kaitiakitanga and how we can replenish and sustain our environment. We will investigate what kaitiakitanga means and what this looks like through Maori myths and legends.

Homework: Weekly quiz, Mathletics - assigned tasks, reading 20 minutes each day.

Reminder: Netballers to bring their shoes to school for lunch time training on Tuesday.

Have a great week everyone.

Rm 10 Mrs Brittenden

Kia ora koutou - a fabulous and busy week ahead for Rm 10. We have enjoyed tasting the school lunches and look forward to trying new things from this week's menu.

Topic / Inquiry - we explore the concept of kaitiakitanga this week by using "In The Beginning" and investigate different roles of kaitiaki.

Literacy - we are enjoying the exploration of Maori myths and identifying the differences in these traditional stories and acknowledging the lesson in these. We will have a go at writing our own myth in poetry form this week.

Maths - we will complete our work on Transformations and begin Multiplication and Division by looking at efficient strategies to use. This is a good reminder that all RM 10 students should have an accurate and quick recall of their basic facts.

*we are having some work done in our classroom area, which means the water taps have been turned off. Please make sure your child has a water bottle at school.

Here is to an awesome week!

Arohanui - Mrs B dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz


Our lunch in schools programme got underway this week. There have been a few teething problems but we have worked with the caterers to ensure that they are sorted. I will be meeting with the Ministry of Education to discuss the roll out of this programme in our school to date.

Below is the menu for Week 2 starting - Monday 10 May.

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St John Ambulance Bowls Fundraiser

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Future Te Aroha Call For Actors

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