Te Aroha Primary School

Term 3 Week 8 2022

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Tena koutou katoa.

Nau mai ki te wiki o te reo maori. What an amazing assembly and dance performance we had last week for Tongan language week. I was super impressed how generously our Tongan community supported our kura and how beautiful the traditional costumes, mats and authentic Tongan cuisine were. We had a wonderful time on Friday, thank you to everyone who helped make this event such a success.

I must also say what a wonderful time I had at the disco on Friday night. The children all looked very flash in their disco gears…plenty of fancy outfits, nail polish, make up and great attitudes on display. The children were very well behaved and super respectful of the event itself. On behalf of everyone I offer a huge thank you to our splendiferous PTA for their hard work and dedication to getting this event organised, set up and run so smoothly. It was an awesome night and a great start to the weekend.

This week we have our house waiata competition to look forward to as well as our school speech finals…it’s all happening this week. For those of you who are new to the school like me, the waiata competition is where the house groups practise our school waiata and a song of their choice then we get together as a school and have a big old sing-off, it sounds awesome. We will record it so that we can share it with parents and whānau afterwards…I’m really looking forward to it.

I am also looking forward to hearing our speech finalists. Speeches can be challenging for even the most confident of students so it will be fascinating to see who progresses to the school finals and then beyond to the district competition a week later.

We have been fortunate with the weather this week and it has reminded us that warmer weather is on the way. Hats and sunscreen are an important part of our sunsmart policy here at TAPS. In the last few weeks of this term it is perfectly acceptable to be wearing a hat and applying sunscreen on a sunny day, I will be doing both. Please talk to your tamariki about the importance of being sunsmart. On a sunny day children are exposed to the sun for up to a minimum of 50 minutes a day if they choose to play in the sun, this is more than enough time to get burnt. Sadly I don’t think it will be a problem this week with lots of rain predicted…hopefully we see the sun at some point.

Have a magnificent week everyone.

Justin Bertrand



  • 12/9/2022 - 18/9/2022 Māori Language Week

  • 24/9/2022 PTA Duck Race Saturday 24 September

  • 30/9/2022 Last day of Term 3 Friday 30 September

Other term dates to be advised.



Hockey Big Day Out: Is happening next week - we are really looking forward to this after our hockey sessions last week. When the draw comes out I will let people know what time we need to leave.

Māori Language Week - Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori

Māori Language Week has been celebrated in Aotearoa since 1975. This special week is an opportunity for the concentrated celebration and promotion of te reo Māori, helping to secure its future as a living, dynamic, and rich language. This year is extra special as 14 September marks the 50th anniversary of the Māori Language Petition, an event that led to many of the kaupapa we have today, including Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

We look forward to celebrating Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori as a school


Year 7/8 Technology at Te Aroha College

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.

Paeroa Daycamp

School holidays are fast approaching. For those interested in Daycamp, the information can be accessed in the PDF attached below.


Duck Day 2022

This is the last week for duck day tickets. Forms and money to be handed in by Friday.

Remember Ninja Valley vouchers are up for grabs for the most tickets sold.

Forms are available from office if you need them.

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PTA Disco

Thank you to everyone that came and supported the PTA disco on Friday night, a great night was had by all.



Room 1 - Mrs Johnson

What a great week we had with hockey, our amazing Tongan assembly and the school disco. Week 8 is Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori week and Room 1 will have their first taste of being part of the house waiata challenge.

Literacy - Phonics this week is about the vowel sounds and how to use them in CVC words (consonant vowel consonant). We will practise this skill in our story writing and dictated sentences together with our focus of a capital letter to start a sentence and a full stop at the end.

Maths - Wow! I have been so impressed with the learning about tally marks and counting in fives this past week so now we will add work on groupings within five (4 +1) and groupings with five ( 5 +2). Many children need support with writing numbers to 10, to ensure that the numbers are both the correct way around and are formed correctly. (Starting at the top, not at the bottom) A quick daily 5 minute practice if you have the time at home would be very beneficial for children in addition to what we do at school.

Reminders for the week -

  • Book Bag

  • Homework Book

  • Drink Bottle

  • Library Day is on Friday.

Room 2 – Miss Webb

We are quickly approaching the end of the term! Some highlights from last week were our hockey session and learning about Tongan Language as part of Tongan Language week. This week we will be celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

Literacy: This week we will continue with our focus on procedural writing. We didn’t get the chance to make fairy bread so we will do that this week. This week I will be sending home sound practise cards as part of homework so that everyone can consolidate their knowledge of sounds.

Maths: We have enjoyed working on our number knowledge and strategies over the past few weeks. Number knowledge and strategies is an area of maths that we frequently revisit as these strategies can be forgotten if they are not revised and practised enough. This week we will start a unit on fractions.


  • Please remember your drink bottle, homework book and book bag everyday.

  • Please remember to return your poem books

Please do not hesitate to contact me via Seesaw or email zwebb@tearohaprimary.school.nz. Have a great week!

Room 3 – Miss Swan

Kia ora koutou

Welcome to Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori week! Room 3 is super excited to celebrate this and we are also looking forward to participating in our Waiata School Challenge!

Reflecting on last week, it was filled with exciting events including being lucky enough to participate in hockey skills coached by Alex Lukin from the Blacksticks, being able to watch a very special performance for our Tongan Language week and exploring habitats or different animals as part of Conservation week! It was also great to see so many happy faces at the school disco on Friday. Everyone was so well behaved and it was a lot of fun!

Literacy: A bit thank you to whānau who are supporting their tamariki at home with their letter sound knowledge cards. It is all about consolidating their learning. This week we will settle back into our reading groups, continuing with word work supporting the letter sound u_e as in cube. Our weekly poem will also help us.

Maths: We continue with our small group work and it has been really impressive to see how well Room 3 are working together to solve our tricky problem solving questions. Every brain in Room 3 is a Maths Brain and we all have some very bright ideas shared!

Reminders for the week: Please remember everyday

  • Drink bottle

  • Homework book

  • Poem book

  • Book bags

You can contact me either via Seesaw or email mswan@tearohaprimary.school.nz or pop in and see me

Kia pai tō wiki 😊

Have a good week whānau 😊


Room 4 - Mrs Suzette Willis and Team

Kia ora koutou,

Have a great week whanau!


Room 5 - Miss Entwisle

Welcome to Week 8! 😊 We had a great time working with Alex for our hockey skills session last week and also enjoyed celebrating Tongan Language Week with the rest of the school. We are excited for our House Waiata Challenge for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori.

Reading: We were sad to farewell Cuthbert And Fatima from the Gruesome Twosome but are excited to find out more about the characters in our new novel Follow that Spy by Ann Sullivan.

Writing: We are getting stuck into our opinion writing and are enjoying coming up with supporting reasons to back up our stance on the choices we are given.

Mathematics: We look forward to working with Anna for one session this week as we develop a deeper understanding of Fractions.

Topic: We are currently exploring Magnetism as part of our Forces Unit.

Reminders / Online Learning - Homework

  • Our Spelling words and weekly poem and other home learning based tasks are available on Seesaw. This work is optional.

  • Students have free access to learning sites such as: Prodigy, Sumdog, Sunshine Classics, Epic! And Mathletics.

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

This week is Te Wiki o te Reo Maori so we will be learning some waiata, making poi, learning to use poi and learning some reo also.

In Maths we are learning about graphing and statistics. We will be looking at a range of graphs, how to read and create graphs.

We are loving our reading projects on Animals either ‘The Zoo’ or ‘Pets’, we are especially enjoying the independence of being able to make choices about our reading tasks while earning points.

Our writing is linked to our reading by learning to write reports using description and paragraphs as our goals.

With the passing of the Queen Room 6 created portraits of her on Friday in her memory. Here are some of our portraits.

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Room 7 – Mrs Paul

Having done some work around the Queen’s Jubilee earlier in the year, as a class we did feel like we really knew her. We still have art work of her up on the wall. We will spend some time this week looking at the incredible (and privileged) life she led and some of her biggest moments. It is also Te Wiki o te Reo Māori and so we will spend time looking at that also. These are both things that in a different way have helped make us who we are.

In Spelling we will continue with final e/long vowel sound. We made some amazing progress with this last week and I look forward to us cracking this during this week coming.

In Maths we continue to look at graphs and probability. We are learning to use words like certain,uncertain, impossible and make judgements about statements. This is much harder than you think. There is work loaded on Mathletics which the children can complete at home.


Te Moananui-A-Kiwa Hub 3 News

We would like to make special mention of the Veaila and Nonu families for making our school wide Uike Kātoanga'i 'o e lea faka-Tonga - Tonga Language Week celebrations truly special. Llyshaan and Talaifina - we are so proud of you and your tauʻolunga performances were incredibly beautiful and moving to watch.

Many thanks to Lata, who also made a delicious Tongan lunch for Rm 10 and the staff. We are very humbled your generosity.

Ofa atu.

Room 8 – Mrs McKenzie

Kia ora whānau, welcome to Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori week! Room 8 always loves a good challenge and this week we are competing in our very special house Waiata challenge. This will be super fun!. I would like to congratulate every single student for being brave in presenting their speech last week. It has been extremely successful and very difficult to judge. Our school finals on Thursday will be fantastic and we wish the finalists the very best.

  • Literacy - With it being Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori language week, we are incorporating some of our learning through this in a fun and interactive way. Students have written incredible persuasive arguments, and advertisements this term. We finish up our persuasive writing this week and move into descriptive writing this Friday.
  • Maths - We welcome back Mrs Mac for maths on Tuesday. She brings a wealth of knowledge and great resources for use in the classroom. This week brings a focus on changing fractions to decimal fractions and percentages.
  • Art - We will be starting our calendar art this week.

If you have any questions, please remember I am always happy to chat with you via email, Seesaw or in person. cmckenzie@tearohaprimary.school.nz .

Here’s to another great week of learning and hopefully enjoying some sunshine! Mrs McKenzie

Room 9 – Whaea Armstrong and Mrs Gamble

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2022, this week is Maori Language Week!! We look forward to learning new Maori words/phrases and deepening our understanding of the Maori culture through interactive games and activities

  • Speeches: A big THUMBS UP to all those students who presented their speeches last week, these were all very well done. Our school Speech Finals will be held this Thursday and we wish our finalists the very best of luck.
  • Maths: We are excited to be working with Mrs Mac again this week. We look forward to seeing what new learning she brings. Our learning on percentages will continue as we begin to look at incorporating ratios. We made a great start on this last week and can’t wait to test our newly learnt knowledge.
  • Topic/Inquiry: “No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess.” Izaac Newton. Last week we looked at contact and non contact forces as part of our Forces and Motion inquiry topic. Through a series or simple experiments, we learnt to identify which forces were acting on a given object. This week we will continue to investigate these further and extend our understanding on how these work.

If you have any questions please feel free to message us on Seesaw or email lgamble@tearohaprimary.school.nz aarmstrong@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Have a great week everyone, Mrs Gamble and Whaea Armstrong

Room 10 – Mrs B

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Greetings to you all. We are looking forward to celebrating Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori this Week - be sure to check out Seesaw to see what we are doing and learning. Every year since 1975 New Zealand has marked Māori Language Week. This is a time for all New Zealanders to celebrate te reo Māori (the Māori language) and to use more Māori phrases in everyday life.

Arohatia te reo Maori Akona te reo Maori Kia kaha te reo Maori

  • Maths - This week we complete our learning on proportional thinking by looking at percentages and ratios. We also look forward to welcoming Mrs Mac back to do some problem solving with us.
  • Speeches - I am really proud of Rm10 for presenting their speeches. Such a wide range of topics. Finalists will be confirmed and they will take part in the School Finals on Thursday. Good luck!
  • Topic Inquiry - we delve back into forces and develop our key understandings about how force is due to the interaction between two objects. Force is external and results only when there is interaction between objects.

Looking forward to an awesome week.

Arohanui - Mrs B dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz

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


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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.