Te Aroha Primary School

Term 2 Week 10 2022

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Kia ora parents and whānau,

Welcome to Week 10 - we have made it to the end of the term, and what a term it has been! I wish to commend everyone…staff, parents and students for your diligence and patience this term as we have coped with the Flu and COVID continuing their unrelenting march through the school. It has been a trying time for everyone and I speak for us all when I hope for a much more settled Term 3. All that aside, it has been a great term at Te Aroha Primary. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all the staff and students, and even a few parents. My hope is that as the year goes on and restrictions ease we will be able to host events at school that allow me to meet many more of you.

The majority of you will have received your child’s report on Friday, Room 2 reports are coming home this week. I enjoyed reading through the reports and getting to know your children as learners. It appears there has been some great progress made across our kura in the first half of this year.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of getting to watch our Year 3 & 4 and Year 5 & 6 netball teams in action at the tournament in Cambridge. Our students played very well and conducted themselves in an awesome manner that keeps our proud reputation upheld…ka pai netballers.

Lastly, I would like to thank you all for making me feel so welcome at TAPS. I have loved my first, of many, terms with you and look forward to the adventures that the remainder of the year holds for us. Go well and have an enjoyable term break with your amazing tamariki.

Have a super week everyone.

Ka kite,

Justin Bertrand



  • Ready, Set, Go! – (1:40pm - 2:40pm), Wednesday 22 June, Wednesday 6 July

  • 23/6/2022 (8:15 - 9:00am) Matariki School Breakfast for TAPS Tamariki - please make sure your child has registered for this event.

  • 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.

Te Aroha Primary School Board Elections 2022

To be eligible to be nominated and vote in the upcoming Parent Elections you need to be on the Main School Roll. This is available to view at the school office, please ensure your name/s are on this prior to 4pm Friday 8th July 2022.

Any eligible names not on the Main Roll can be added to the Supplementary Roll prior to 4pm Monday 1st August 2022.

Returning Officer


Totara Springs: Practices are underway and going really well as is the fundraising! All children will be doing the exercises even if you are not actively seeking sponsors. Chocolate sales are also going well with many children having got their $200 already. If there is anyone out there who can help us with training in things like draughts, chess, kayaking, darts - please let me know!!! Even anyone who could help supervise an activity one afternoon.

Netball: Last weekend for Yr 5 / 6 this weekend! What a great season this team has had.

Rippa: We had a great day in Paeroa in freezing conditions! We had quite a few sick kids but we played on regardless. Thanks to the parents that understood- no school no play.

JeMMa’s Homebased Education and Care

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Future Te Aroha Notices

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Senior School Reporters

Elisabella, Perryn and Nicole were our reporters for this week's newsletter - “Bringing extra news and student views to the Newsletter”.

OUR PEOPLE - Mrs Gamble and Whaea Armstrong

Mrs Gamble

I began teaching at TAPS in 2014 where I was Mrs B's DP release. I began teaching in 2002. My first school I taught at was Randwick School in Moera, Lower Hutt. I enjoy teaching all subjects but I guess my all time favourites are Reading, Maths and Art. The students and teaching staff at TAPS are always so kind and caring and the support we receive from the wider school community is humbling. TAPS encourages students to reach their full potential by providing them with a safe learning environment where they can be themselves and take risks. As a teacher I'm always trying to find new and exciting ways to inspire my students and without a doubt TAPS has always provided me with the opportunities to do so. TAPS feels like a second home and all students, past and present are part of the TAPS family. I consider myself a very lucky teacher and am grateful for the time I have had at TAPS.

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This week, we get to know Mrs Linda Gamble and Whaea Aniwa Armstrong better. They both teach in Room 9, which is a Year 7/8 class in Te Moananui-A-Kiwa.

Whaea Armstrong

Although I have only been teaching at TAPS for a year, I actually have been part of the TAPS community since I was 5 years old! I started at TAPS back in 1998 and stayed right through to the end of Year 8. So if you count all those years, I guess you could say I have been at TAPS for almost 9 years! This year, I would have been teaching for nine years. The Staff and Students at TAPS are by far my favourite things about our school. Everyone is kind and looks out for each other here which I love. As an ex-student of TAPS, it's like I never left. The whānau-like community makes you feel right at home which is something I think is very special.

Get To Know Our PTA

Today our reporters Nicole, Perryn and Elisa interviewed their next group from the PTA with Kate, Nakita and Kandis. They asked them the same set of questions as they did with the last PTA members that were interviewed.

All three of them explained to them why they had joined the PTA.

  • Nakita thought that it would be great to help Te Aroha Primary School with fundraisers, events and helping create an environment where each class has all the things they need.

  • Kate had just moved to Te Aroha and thought that it would be a great way to meet new parents.
  • “A parent had suggested it to me.” explained Kandis.

Their hopes altogether were to give and contribute to all of the classroom so they all benefit from it. They have planned as a PTA group that next year they would like to get more of what teachers and students think they need in the school and classrooms.

To finish off the interview, they were asked two random questions for you to get to know them better. They started with a favorite food of theirs,

  • We started with Kate, who loves Roast Lamb with Mint Sauce, (What a great choice!)
  • Followed by Kandis with her love for Chicken Fettuccine.
  • Sushi and anything she makes or bakes is the go-to for Nakita.

“What is a fun fact not many people may know about you?”

  • Nakita loves to rock and pop with her not only amazing singing, but her amazing guitar skills.
  • Kandis surprised the interviewers when she exclaimed that she had gotten a certificate for professional cookery, and she is a mother of 4. (That's a skill if you ask us!.)
  • Kate teaches outdoorsy things like archery, so I say go to her if you need any lessons.)

Feel welcome to join the PTA - an awesome way to meet people and make a difference for our school.

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Left to right: Kate, Nakita and Kandis



Room 1 - Mrs Johnson

Wow! We have made it to Week 10. Well done Room 1, you are awesome learners and it is so exciting seeing just how much you have learnt since starting school! We say goodbye to Kohen, Ryan, Stefan, Lani and Liam as they move into Room 2 at the start of Term 3 and begin the next part of their learning journey.

  • Literacy - We are learning that a digraph has 2 letters and one sound. This week we will focus on sh at both the beginning and end of words. In writing we are using our decodable words in our story writing to understand that reading and writing go together. Thank you so much for your support with reading at home. We are definitely seeing the benefits of this at school.

  • Maths- This week we look at 3D shapes in our environment and learn the names of them.

  • We have a Maori focus this week as we learn to recognise the name of some of the rooms in the house(whare).

We look forward to getting together on Thursday as a Hub for a Workshop. The children love being cross grouped and working together. This workshop will be “Shapes”.

Thank you Room 10 for sharing your delicious soup with us on Thursday. Room 1 absolutely love being with their buddies.

Finally, have a wonderful break everyone. Enjoy your time together.

Room 2 – Miss Webb

The last week of Term 2 is here! I have enjoyed my first term at Te Aroha Primary and it has been a pleasure getting to know your children and whānau!

Literacy: We have been learning a little bit about vowels and we will continue with this. This week we will be looking at y as a vowel and this will be a focus for our phonics lessons. We have been working hard to use wow words in our writing and this will be a focus for us again this week.

Maths: This week we will continue our measurement unit. We have been doing lots of engaging hands-on measurement activities and look forward to continuing with this.

Please remember your drink bottle, homework books and book bags everyday.

Please do not hesitate to contact me via Seesaw or email zwebb@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Have a great break! Enjoy the time with whānau.

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On Thursday the Waihou Hub will be getting together and cross grouping to do some fun activities together.

Room 3 – Miss Swan

Kia ora koutou,

Wow! Last week of Term 2! We have had a busy term and Room 3 tamariki are ready for a well earned break! This week we will be having fun with theme days and we are looking forward to having a Waihou Hub workshop on Thursday involving shapes!

Literacy: We are incorporating our theme days in our writing including sea creature, Lego mini figurines and designing our own board game.
Our sound of the week is - y ( long e sound) and a focus for Room 3 is learning our tricky words off by heart ❤.

Maths: We are problem solving with jellyfish and measuring height with lego!

Room 3 poem for last week was called A Windy Day and we only thought it fitting to make kites on Friday. See Room 3 in action!

Reminders for the week:

  • Please remember to bring your Poem book back at the beginning of the week

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

  • Our days are getting colder - school jerseys and warm socks are needed!

  • Mrs Bartram is in Room 3 this Monday while I am in Hamilton attending a course.

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

Have a safe and happy break these holidays. Enjoy your time with your whānau and friends 😊 Arohanui


Room 4 - Mrs Suzette Willis, Mrs Donna Taylor-Erutoe and Team

Kia ora koutou, have a great week everyone!


Room 5 - Miss Entwisle

Welcome to Week 10! Despite COVID and Flu interruptions, we have made it half-way through the year! 😊 Let's hope the rest of the year is filled with good health and great times. With that in mind, Room 5 wishes everyone a safe and happy mid-year break, and we look forward to seeing everyone back for Term 3.

Reading: We have been using our class Big Books to help us learn more about punctuation, specifically speech marks. This is tying in nicely with our writing as we are trying to make sure that our Fairy Tales include characters talking in them.

Writing: Our Fairy Tales are starting to shape up. We have been exploring voice typing on the Chromebooks - it has been interesting reading back what the computer hears us say.

Mathematics: We are becoming Math-magicians with our multiplication facts getting easier the more we go over them.

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

It's hard to believe week 10 is here already. There is no home learning for this week. I hope you have had time to read your child's school report. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

  • In Maths we are learning to use multiplication facts we know to solve facts we don't yet know.
  • We will be continuing to learn about celebrations from around the world in Reading.
  • Room 6 have been enjoying creating their own narratives, being creative and thinking about the reader while writing.
  • We started some art work using perspective which we will be finishing this week. They are looking amazing and can't wait to share the finished pieces with you.

Room 7 – Mrs Paul

In Reading: This week we are going to take a look inside fairy tales……we will look at a number of variation of the same tale and be comparing and contrasting. It is a great chance to look at characters and use this in writing as well.

In Maths: We are looking at a circle- so much to lear about a circle in Maths. We will be involved in calculating radius and diameter and using this to draw circles

In Spelling: Last week of school and the children are rewarded with no spelling words- we will still be working on words in class but we will wrap up the term with dictation.

Over the last week in Writing the children have been doing some amazing persuasive writing. They have listened so carefullyto instruction on transitions and in may cases, I can almost hear myself talking in their work! We try to share pieces on Seesaw so please head over and read- and leave a comment!


Room 8 – Mrs McKenzie

Wow, last week of the term! Can you believe it? I would like to give out a massive thumbs up and well done to Room 8 for being such resilient learners this term amongst covid and flu outbreaks. I have witnessed many amazing learning moments in Room 8 from every student. I am super proud of each and every one of them for putting the extra effort in. It hasn’t gone unnoticed. I have especially noticed the amount of improved teamwork where the school values are being used daily.

This week in Maths, we are looking at transformations (Translations, reflections and rotations).The students love art and this is a nice way to understand that maths and art can be incorporated. We continue with our daily warm up of Number of the Day, and Daily Ten.

In Reading, students will be selecting text and using their comprehension skills to answer questions. The reading text draws upon our Wonder Rocket Project we are completing this week, expanding into deeper features and knowledge.

In Writing, we are doing explanations through formal letter writing. We finish up our Connections across the Pacific Topic Inquiry this week. Students are able to share their slides and learning with you. Here’s to a great week and an even better finish to the term. As always, if you have any questions, I am always happy to receive message via phone, email or Seesaw. Nga mihi. cmckenzie@tearohaprimary.school.nz

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Room 9 – Whaea Armstrong and Mrs Gamble

Wow, week 10 and almost the end of term 2! Where has the time gone? We would just like to say a BIG thank you to all our amazing Room 9 students and supportive families and friends who have made this term such a success. We are super proud of the learning that has taken place within the classroom and wider school environment. We understand there have been many challenges along the way (especially to do with sickness) and want to acknowledge the amazing ‘can do’ attitude Room 9 students displayed. They stepped up, helped others and took on extra responsibilities for those who were away. Ka Pai everyone!

  • This week we will finish our topic inquiry on “What Happened Here?” Reflecting on and summarizing what we have learnt about the three major land wars in NZ (Northern war, Waikato war and the Taranaki war).
  • We also will revise our multiplication and division strategies, using these in some fun whole class and group problem solving activities.
  • Please keep an eye on Seesaw as students add the finishing touches to work they have almost completed in various subjects for this term. Let us know what you think, we would love to hear from you.

Have a lovely holiday break, stay safe and we’ll see you all again term 3.

If you have any questions send us a message on Seesaw or email

aarmstrong@tearohaprimary.school.nz and lgamble@tearohaprimary.school.nz

A few photos of the amazing fried bread Whaea Armstrong made with the class last Friday. Thank you to Mrs Rangiawhio Te Iringa (Kor) for coming in and lending a hand, we really appreciate it.

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Room 10 – Mrs B

Kia ora koutou - what a term we have had together.

Ko ngā pae tawhiti whaia kia tata. Ko ngā pae tata, whakamaua kia tina. - The potential for tomorrow is determined by what we do today.

I am proud of Rm 10 - exciting learning and awesome teamwork, with some fun along the way. We enjoyed celebrating the end of Matariki last week by making pumpkin soup and sharing it with our buddies in Rms 1 and 2. YUM!

This week, we complete our Topic Inquiry on WHAT HAPPENED HERE?, taking an integrated learning approach as we learn about Nga Pakanga O Aotearoa through the events at Parihaka and actions of Hakaraia, the warrior peacemaker.

We also complete our multiplication and division work and collaborate on multi-grouped problem solving tasks.

To our Rm 10 parents and whānau - thank you for your support in what has been a disrupted term with illness. Be sure to check out Seesaw - there are going to be more exciting posts to share with you at home as we complete our learning for the term.

Have a safe and happy holiday everyone. Arohanui - Mrs B dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz

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 Rm 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.


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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.