Te Aroha Primary School

Term 2 Week 3 2022

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Kia ora whānau,

Greetings everyone and welcome to Week 3.

I am beginning to feel more familiar at Te Aroha Primary. I certainly noticed by the end of last week that I was beginning to recognise many faces and have learnt a bunch of names already.

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Te Moananui-a-Kiwa hub hui last week where I got quizzed by the children…everything from ‘what would you be doing if you weren’t a principal?’ through to ‘what did you have for dinner last night?’ It was a lot of fun, I enjoyed spending time with the students having a fun korero.

This week I am going to start visiting the classrooms at TAPS to get a feel for what ‘magic’ is happening in our kura…I am really looking forward to it and can’t wait to meet more children in their classrooms and see the fantastic work they are doing.

Just a reminder that the building work is beginning this week in the Waihou Hub, there will be some fencing around the site and it will be a little noisy at times. It will be exciting when they are finished and we will have a modern new teaching space to enjoy.

Finally, as you will see below, Friday is Pink Shirt day. Bullying can be a big deal in a child’s life if they find themselves in a situation where they are being bullied. The Mental Health Foundation does some amazing work in this space supporting students at primary and secondary level. Please support this worthy cause and dress in Pink on Friday and bring along a gold coin donation if you would like.

Have an awesome week everyone.

Ngā mihi nui,

Justin Bertrand

Pink Shirt Day - NZ wide Anti-bullying Campaign.

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Pink Shirt Day is an anti-bullying campaign lead by the Mental Health Foundation.

Pink Shirt Day is about working together to stop bullying by celebrating diversity and promoting kindness and inclusiveness.

It’s about creating a community where all people feel safe, valued and respected, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, religion or cultural background.

This year, TAPS is proud to be taking part in Pink Shirt Day.

Pink Shirt Day is happening this Friday 20th May 2022. Students are encouraged to wear a pink shirt (or dress in pink) to show support for this New Zealand wide anti-bullying campaign and to bring a gold coin donation. Proceeds raised will go to the Mental Health Foundation.



  • 17/3/2022 St Patrick's Day - Dress Up Day (Green, Green, Green!)

  • 13/4/2022 Wednesday 3pm - Students last day for Term 1.

  • 14/4/2022 Thursday - Teacher Only Day (TOD)

  • 15/4/2022 Good Friday / Easter Break / School Holidays start


    • 2/5/2022 First day of Term 2 / Our new principal, Mr Justin Bertrand, starts with us.

    • New Zealand Sign Language Week 2022 – Monday 9 to Sunday 15 May

    • 20/5/2022 Pink Shirt Day – NZ Wide Anti-Bullying Campaign - Friday 20 May

    • 6/6/2022 Queen’s Birthday – Monday 6 June

    • 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.

    SPORTS NEWS - Mrs Paul

    Our Turf is now used Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for practices after school. Can we please ask that on those afternoons, no one else apart from those involved in the particular sport, go into the fenced area of the turf. Practices are times when the coaches need the players undivided attention.

    Netball: This week was our duty week. Thanks to the very few people who did help set up and pack up. Next time we will roster people to make sure this is fair. Thanks to Cam and Nakita for manning the office for us.

    • Year 5 to 8 players, please turn up to the courts in uniform - so that means either the school jacket (Year 7 / 8) or your polar fleece. This will just make us look like a ‘team’

    • There was a wee incident at netball on Saturday (not us thank goodness). This serves as a timely reminder to us all that these are kids - just wanting to have fun. At all times we need to be kind and positive.

    • Denice Taukiri is in charge on Saturday for the Year 7 / 8's and Shayleigh for the Year 5 / 6 team.

    Rippa: Practise again this week.


    Senior School Reporters

    This edition's reporters were Morgan, Tessa, Jahnaia, Taylin, Bella, Jasmine, Elisabella and Perryn - “bringing extra news and student views" to our newsletter. Keep up the great work, girls!

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    Lunch by Libelle

    New term - new menu. We are really enjoying the hot meals this term. YUM! Our lunch monitors do an excellent job collecting our lunches from the van, delivering them to each classroom and then collecting the rubbish and doing the pig buckets with the scaps.
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    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.

    Library Open At Lunchtimes

    This term our Library has been open again at lunchtimes as we are in the Orange setting. Every day, we have rostered librarians on managing, sorting, tidying and returning or issuing books. The library is open until 1:30pm. Students are welcome to come in, find a book and a quiet area to sit and read. This is working really well and it is great to be able to use the library at lunchtimes.

    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. At the moment, we currently have a range of pad brands available.

    Waihou Hub - Building Upgrade

    As of next week, a new workspace is being modified in the Waihou Hub block. This involves what used to be a resource and teacher aide space and cloak bay area between Rooms 3 and 4 being renovated into a much bigger and usable workspace.

    To keep our students safe while this work is being done, there will be temporary fences up around the construction area.

    It will be exciting to see this space when all the work is completed!

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    Room 1 - Mrs Johnson

    I am really impressed with the way everyone in the class is learning letters and the sound they make in words. The tricky part that we are working on is blending sounds together and then saying the word. e.g saying ssss - iiiii - pppp and then saying sip. We are practising the same concept when we write words in our story. Older students are now focussing on having more than one sentence in their story.

    In our Math groups some children are working on the numbers that go together to make 5 and others are working on counting sets to 10 accurately. As a class we are developing our problem solving skills. We are using counters and drawings to solve math problems.

    The Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Curriculum has recently been introduced into school and the topic for junior students is A Sense of Place. We will learn more about how our country got its name and more about Te Aroha and its history.

    Friday is PINK SHIRT DAY and this week we will be looking at what it means to be kind and we will introduce our Complement Circle.

    Room 2 – Mrs McGhie

    I am really proud of the work that the children have been doing in their writing. They have been using the sounds that they have learnt to write words that they don’t know. This week we will be working on writing more than one sentence.

    In maths the children will be working on counting sets to 10 as well as using simple sentence stories to learn subtraction. We will also be using number lines to learn how to count on.

    This term we started buddy reading with the senior students. The children have been enjoying this and enjoyed eating lunch with the seniors too.

    Friday is PINK SHIRT DAY which is about working together to stop bullying. We will look at what this means this week. I will be encouraging the children to wear pink on Friday in support of this cause. All donations go to the Mental Health Foundation.

    Room 3 – Miss Swan

    Kia ora koutou!

    Welcome to Week 3! Room 3 had a fantastic week last week exploring opinion writing and realising that we all don’t like the same things and that's what makes us awesomely unique! This week we are looking forward to learning more about what PINK SHIRT DAY is about, how our actions can affect others and what we can do to be kind to one another.

    Writing: We are being creative by writing about imaginary animals and including details of where they live, what they eat and we even get to create our own imaginary animal!

    Maths: We are delving into problem solving and counting to order numbers before and after to 100. It is important that we explain how we come up with our answer. We will also be hunting for 2D and 3D shapes around our kura!
    Reading: Room 3 is really working hard with their reading and I am so proud! I will be assessing some reading groups this week and reading books being sent home may reflect this.

    Reminders for the week:
    Wear pink this Friday and bring along your gold coin donation!

    Library visit days are on Fridays
    Please remember your drink bottle, homework books and book bags everyday

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

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

    Have an amazing week 3! 😊


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

    We are looking forward to going to RDA with some of our students on Monday, as well as swimming at Te Aroha hot pools. These are some of the ways the students integrate in the community and have some physical fun. The RDA is run with volunteers and we appreciate their time.

    Have a great week whanau!


    Room 5 - Miss Entwisle

    Welcome to Week 3! 😊

    Writing: We will be working on our final animal report this week. It has been great seeing some of the students really try hard to extend their ideas and include lots of details in their writing.

    Mathematics: We enjoyed our session with Anna last week and can't wait to see her again this week.

    Reading: Our class novel, The Good, The Bad and Everything Else, has been a great lead in to this Friday's PINK SHIRT DAY as it deals with issues around bullying in an engaging and relatable way.

    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 learning sites such as: Prodigy, Sumdog, Sunshine Classics and Epic!
    • Our Library day is Monday.

    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 in maths we will be practising knowing our doubles and using these to solve problems with near doubles. We will also be completing some group problem solving challenges - learning to share our thinking and learning ‘Maths Talk’ in groups. For spelling we will be working on adding endings to words ending in y. We are focusing on managing ourselves this week and making the best choices we can, both in class and at breaktimes.

    I am looking forward to a very pink class on Friday! Let’s see how pink we can be Room 6!!!

    Room 7 – Mrs Paul

    This week in spelling we are looking at words with syllables - open and closed syllables. An open syllable ends with a vowel sound that is spelled with a single vowel letter (a, e, i, o, or u). Examples include me, e/qual, pro/gram, mu/sic. A closed syllable has a short vowel ending in a consonant. Examples include hat, dish, bas/ket.

    This week we will be looking closely at Bullying and how we can share kindness to make ‘our place’ a whole better place to be in. We will be taking part in lots of little activities to show that being different and unique is ok….and giving compliments is more than ok. Ask your child about this.

    In Maths we have a few people still working on the 4 x tables so in order to give them so spce and time to master them, those who have conquered that particular mountain will be having a revision week! In group work we continue to look at multiplication and divisionOne group will be looking at learning quick facts and the other will be looking at using their multiplication facts to help with division and fact triangles…and Maths rich tasks!

    In Reading as a class we are looking at main ideas within paragraphs but in our guided groups we are looking at tasks which all depend on the need of each group.

    We continue to work hard on being an awesome bunch of people!


    Room 8 – Mrs McKenzie

    Kia ora whānau and families - following on from a fantastic week 2, we have more exciting activities planned for week 3 which I know your Tamariki are going to enjoy!

    Maths - We are welcoming back Mrs Mac to help me facilitate some hands-on activities based around our current multiplication and division learning.

    Literacy is based around our topic inquiry, NZ history. We will look specifically into one of our students 3rd Great Grandparents first move to NZ. We will also be continuing our historical recount writing from last week, focusing on good paragraph writing and our conclusion.

    For Topic Inquiry, we are discovering local history through hub workshops, and we hope to share this through Seesaw so you can also learn what we have been up to.

    Each day this month, we look at NZ musicians over time, acknowledging NZ Music Month and the success in which these artists have. Hub Sport will continue this coming Friday.

    We have been working hard to discover our mana (prestige/influence), and the way in which we see ourselves in this world, how we can use our beliefs/goals/kindness and aroha to be a good role model and help others be a better version of themselves.

    Looking forward to a successful week!

    Room 9 – Whaea Armstrong and Mrs Gamble

    Kia Ora Koutou - Welcome to Week 3!

    Wow. Time is flying, I guess that means we are having fun?! Another busy week ahead for us here in Room 9 and we are super excited about some of the stuff that is happening.

    Maths - get your brains buzzing as we are diving right into multiplication and division. We will be starting off the week by looking at known multiplication facts to help us solve large multiplication problems. Mrs Mac will be back in our class this week too!

    Topic/Inquiry - This week we will be looking closely at our local history across our hub. Students will be working in groups and will attend ‘workshops’ on Monday and Wednesday. This is a fantastic way for students to work alongside different students and teachers.

    Literacy - to link in with our Local History, we will be looking at one of our local olympic legends ‘Sir Peter Snell’. Our reading focuses carefully around identifying the main ideas and summarising them in our own words. In our writing, we will be continuing to look at biographies and will be prepping some interview questions to send home for our whanau to answer. This is so we can create our own biography on a family member important to us.

    Tech Week - this week we celebrate technology and innovation here in NZ. This week students will get an opportunity to read, learn and play technology based games during their ‘can do’ activities this week. Checkout this website for more information on what ‘TechWeek’ is all about - https://techweek.co.nz/.

    PINK SHIRT DAY - this Friday we support PINK SHIRT DAY. We encourage our students to get behind this initiative and invite students to wear pink this friday for a gold donation. This donation will be given to the Mental Health Foundation.

    Looking forward to another fantastic week!

    Room 10 – Mrs B

    Kia ora - Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri OraSpeak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying!

    We are really excited to support and get in behind PINK SHIRT DAY on Friday. Throughout the week, we will also be looking at the power of being kind and complete task board activities in relation to this.

    Maths - we LOVED working with Mrs Mac - so much so, she will be back with us on Wednesday. We will also be using algorithms to solve large whole number multiplication problems.

    Topic/Inquiry - What happened here? This week, we will be working as a Hub to complete workshops, which will have a focus on local history. This is an excellent way to work with other students and teachers.

    NZ Music Month - we are having a lot of fun exploring NZ Aotearoa music, learning about artists and iconic “kiwi” songs. We have another five for this week to listen to and discuss.

    Literacy - this week, we explore the life of Sir Edmund Hilary, who was more than a mountaineer. This links to our learning about Aotearoa New Zealand Histories. We will be utilising different comprehension strategies to explore the text.

    Hub Sport - this will be each Friday at 2.15pm

    *We welcome Mrs Gamble to RM 10 on Friday

    Looking forward to another amazing week in Room 10.

    Arohanui - Mrs B dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz



    Children at Te Aroha Primary School are required to wear the appropriate school uniform to school each day. Summer uniform is worn in terms one and four and winter uniform is worn in terms two and three.

    Our winter uniform consists of:

    • School Beanie (optional)

    • Green polo shirt with school logo

    • Green polar fleece top with school logo

    • School navy blue shorts

    • School navy blue skorts

    • School navy blue track bottom

    • Sensible shoes - we recommend sneakers, jandals or sandals or slip on shoes. Ug boots or high heeled boots are not sensible shoes for children to wear to school.

    Optional winter uniform items:

    Tights – black, dark green or navy blue. Footless tights are not permitted.

    Navy blue or dark green skivvies may be worn under the polo shirt. (No other coloured skivvies are permitted).

    Additional uniform notes:

    • Children are required to wear shorts/skorts underneath their track bottom at all times. This is so that when class physical activity is done children don’t over heat in a track bottom in summer or in winter end up with a wet and muddy track bottoms.

    • We want our students to be neat and tidy and a good example of what our school stands for when they are at school and out in the community.


    We Need You!

    Reduced to single figures, this body of parents is vital to the school in many ways. They effectively help the school’s efforts in providing the best for your child - computers, play equipment, subsidised trips and much, much more.

    We need you…If you think you may be able to help out occasionally or have great ideas, please contact:


    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.