Week 7, Term 4 2021
Tumuaki Pānui | Prinicipal's Newsletter
Tēnā koutou katoa
Ngā mihi nui kia koutou katoa - Warm greetings to you all.
Ngā mihi o te tau hou -
Happy New Year to all our TPS families.
This newsletter contains back to school notices regarding:
- School Office opening hours
- School Uniform
- 2022 Term Dates
- 2022 Staff
TPS has opted into the school donations scheme again for 2022, therefore parents will not be asked for a school donation or activity fee. The only start up cost for all TPS students is stationery.
For students in years 4, 5 and 6 there is an additional cost for camps in 2022, these will be included in your school account once finalised.
- Year 4 camp is 3rd March
- Year 5 camp is 6 & 7th April
- Year 6 camp is 7 - 9th December
The 2nd of February is the first day back at school for 2022
The first day back will be filled with excitement and maybe some anxiety as well. Please reassure your child that everything will be fine, and that they do have the skills and strategies to cope with this next step in their schooling. Talk through and acknowledge any concerns that they may have, even if they seem minor to us as adults, as it is important to them. You can help your child to work on strategies to manage their concerns positively. For example, if finding friends at break times is a worry, then setting up a meeting point with their friends for break times could help, or organise a play date prior to school starting to rekindle or start new friendships. If the concern is about moving to the "big side", then bring them into school to play prior to school starting, so they can get familiar with the playgrounds and have a peek through the windows at their new class. Maybe set up a friend that they can walk into school with on the first day for extra support.
Most importantly, it will be how you approach their concerns that will influence how they will respond - speak positively about school, their teacher, and their ability to cope and manage this new year of school. You can also email their teacher and share your child's concerns, so that they are ready to help smooth the transition into the new year as well. Teacher email addresses are on our school website.
On the 3rd of February (Thursday 9-10am), we will host a mihi whakatau (informal powhiri) to welcome new families and staff to our TPS community. Mrs Savage will send a separate notice about this event closer to the time. If you are able to whaikōrero (speak) on behalf of the manuhiri (visitors), this does not have to be in Māori, please let me know. We would be very grateful for parent participation and can help you prepare if needed. You can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs Savage (who is coordinating the event) email@example.com
On Thursday 24th of February, we will host a Setting the Scene evening It is an opportunity to meet our school community, share our plans for the school year ahead and for you to meet the teachers in your child's teaching team. Mark this date in your diary. We will send out specific details closer to the time - particularly if we need to alter plans to accommodate COVID conditions.
Enjoy the last few weeks of the school holidays, we look forward to seeing everyone back at school on the 2nd of February. School gates will be open from 8.20am and classes will be open from 8.30am, with the formal school day starting on the first bell at 8.50am.
- Year 1 and 2 - "pick up and go" option is at 2.50pm
- The remainder of the school is released at 3pm.
- Teachers are on duty until 3.10pm after school.
An additional newsletter will be sent just prior to the start of school notifying parents of operational matters in relation to the COVID situation at that time.
Thank you all for your continued support.
Ngā mihi maioha
(thank you, with appreciation)
School Office opening hours
The school office will be open for uniform sales and new enrolments,
10:00am - 2:00pm on the 1st of February.
If you need to contact us outside these hours, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on the school answer phone.
Normal office hours (8.00 am - 3.30pm) resume on the first day of school - 2nd February 2022
All stationery will again be managed by the school and delivered directly to your child's class ready for day 1. Simply and stress free :-)
Your child's stationery costs for 2022 is entered onto their school account and can now be paid for.
There are three ways you can pay:
- through the 'school shop'
- via eftpos at the school office
- directly into our bank account (12-3440-0009600-00) - please include your child's name, St (stationery) year level eg TomSmith St yr2
We have negotiated with our suppliers excellent stationery prices:
Year 1 $51.00 New Entrants starting for the first time in 2022 - Rms 14, 16, 17 & 19
Year 1 $23.00 Returning 2021 students - Rms 14, 16, 17 & 19 (some stationery purchased last year will be used this year)
Year 2 $38.00 Rms 11, 12 & 13
(new students to TPS will also need to purchase a book bag & whiteboard)
Year 3 $50.00 M3 & M4 (book bag & whiteboard included)
Year 4 $40.00 M3 & M4 (new students to TPS will also need to purchase a book bag & whiteboard)
Year 5 $48.00 SH 1 & 2 (whiteboard, L shape pockets and ruler included)
Year 6 $40.00 SH 1 & 2 (new students to TPS will also need a book bag & whiteboard)
Extras if required: whiteboards $6.50 and book bags $4.20
Summer uniform details:
Items that can be purchased via the school office:
Polo shirt - navy with school logo
Shorts or skort - navy with school logo
Polar fleece - royal blue with school logo.
TPS sunhat - navy with school logo
Items that can be purchased independent of school supply:
Shorts or skort - plain navy, no logos or additional colours
Sunhat: Plain navy (or school logo navy hat) for Terms 1 and 4 – there are three sunsmart styled options: Aussie brim, drill flap legionnaire or bucket. No logos or basketball caps please. If children do not have a sun hat they will not be permitted to play outside of shaded areas in break times.
Footwear: sneakers or sandals. Socks should be white, navy or black. For safety reasons, no jandals permitted please. FYI -Many children are barefoot in summer.
Any hair ties or other hair accessories must be plain royal blue, navy, black, hair coloured or white. All hair shoulder length or longer is to be tied up, this helps prevent the spread of headlice.
Jewellery: watches and plain (small) studs are acceptable. Please no dangling or hop earrings as these are a safety hazard. Taonga (treasure) of cultural or religious importance can be worn.
The expectation is that all children will arrive at school with sunblock applied. There is sunblock available in all classes for use during the day. Many children bring their own supply in their bag (especially those who have allergies).
Term 1 is a 'swimming term'. Please send your child to school with togs and towel daily. We are a sunsmart school and encourage the use of rash shirts and full cover togs. For our new entrant students, they will need to be able to get changed in and out of their togs independently. It may be worth while practising prior to school starting.
LASTLY - please name everything clearly (including underwear in a swimming term), it is impossible to return uniform that is not named or the name has faded beyond recognition. Every year we have huge amounts of lost property that we are unable to return to their owners as they are either unnamed or naming is illegible.
2022 Term Dates
Junior Team: Years 1 and 2
- Mrs Pam Wilkins – Team Leader (Year 2 class)
- Whaea Jen West - Year 2
- Mrs Emma Hyett - Year 2
- Mrs Michaela Murray - Year 1
- Miss Briar Parker - Year 1 - new to TPS in 2022
- Mrs Fiona Brown - Year 1
- Mrs Sarah Arnesen - Year 1
Mrs Jana Smith - will work across the junior team as a literacy coach and early intervention teacher for Term 1. Mrs Smith will start the fifth Year 1 class in Term 2. This additional role for Term 1 will give our newest learners extra support and provide a great start to their schooling.
Mrs Jean Murphy will be returning from maternity leave - working two days a week as a release teacher in the Junior team.
Middle Team: Years 3 and 4
- Mr Jason Morgan – Team Leader
- Mrs Arlette Goodhue
- Mrs Liz Catley
- Mr Luka Jugum
- Mrs Kelly Savage
Mrs Sandra Thurlow - will also be working in the middle team as an additional support teacher for literacy and numeracy.
Senior Team: Years 5 and 6
- Mrs Jo Howard - Team Leader
- Mr Paul Mahler
- Mrs Joy Beattie
- Mrs Mariska van Staden
- Mr Dave Medley
Whaea Kylie Rae will be working as release teacher across the school.
- 26th January - 1st February Teacher Only Days
- 31st January - Auckland Anniversary day
- 1st February - Office open for uniform sales and new enrolments
- 2nd February - First day of Term 1 2022
- 3rd February - 9-10am Mihi Whakatau - welcoming new students, families and staff.
- 7th February - Waitangi Day holiday- school closed
- 15th February - Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting 7pm
- 24th February - Setting the Scene 5-7pm
- 3rd March - Year 4 Camp on school site
- 3rd March - Top School Competition - Gate Pa School
- 4th March - Year 3 & 4 activity day
- 18th March - Teacher Only Day - school closed
- 22nd March - 6-7pm Structured Literacy parent information session
- 22nd March - 7pm BOT meeting
- 24th March - TPS Swimming Sports
- 5-8th April - Huria Marae visits (whole school - we will need parent helpers)
- 6-7th April - Year 5 Camp
- 14th April - Last day of Term 1
- 15th April - Good Friday
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