Te Aroha Primary School

Term 1 Week 5 2022

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Kia Ora

What a time we are in, for sure. Our school, however, is forging ahead as best we can. It is a busy time at our kura as it’s when we assess your child to locate their “place” on the learning journey they are travelling on.

So it is vital your child attends school:

  1. There is no repeat day should they be absent - they will be in catch-up mode. There is no take 2 or re-run. Most new or challenging school work needs teacher input and often shared learning with other students in order for it to be embedded in your child’s learning.
  2. Students do not like to be adrift from their mates - they want to be with them in learning - comfortable with shared understandings.
  3. Many absences are justified - illness, family events and so on, however many are at the whim of parents and often children - yes, you would be surprised at the wide range of avoidance tactics some students use.
  4. Establishing expectations at the 5-12 year age levels makes more advanced secondary and tertiary education easier as positive patterns associated with learning are part of your child’s “toolkit” for their future.

Be kind to your staff at school

I am positive you will understand that in these very weird times when there is a deal of uncertainty - 16,000 positive cases a day and rising. My teachers and support staff are under pressure.

We do not have the luxury of being called “essential” yet it is expected we are there every day. With positive cases in staff and students this means additional stress- TAPS is dedicated to a clear learning pathway for your child so we try our best - that’s it - the best we can do will be done.

Many issues raised with us are not our area of operation, we do not know answers to every query but can give you details of who should be able to.

Thanks for keeping unwell students home

Thanks for keeping your unwell children at home - sniffles, coughs, over-tired and gnarly - are all good symptoms.

We also thank you for being understanding when asked to collect any students displaying symptoms.

We need the space from illness to gain traction with dealing with this virus so it is all very much appreciated.

Hope you all have a lovely week - I look forward to seeing you any time you wish to pop in and say hi!!!

Ka kite



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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.

Senior School Reporters

A big THANK YOU to our Senior School Reporters for their photos and interviews.

Tessa, Taylin, Perryn, Morgan and Jahnaia did a great job helping source photos and interviews for this edition of our school newsletter.

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  • 1/3/2022 Swimming Sports - No spectators

  • 14/4/2022 Last day of Term 1

  • 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.

    Other term dates to be advised.

    SPORTS NEWS - Mrs Paul


    Will take place on Tuesday (No spectators) - please make sure your child has more than 1 towel, extra food and a drink along with their togs!. They will need to come to school in house coloured clothing - and wearing sunscreen!!


    Ammended start dates: Year 7/8 starts on Monday 7th March (ends 11 April) and Year 5/6 Basketball starts Wednesday 9th March (ends 13 April). Please make sure you have paid your $36 to our school office and registered online with NZ Basketball (children were sent the link via email).

    School House Colours

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    PTA NEWS - 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:

    Being Sunsmart at TAPS

    Hats are a required part of our school uniform in Term 1 and in Term 4. Hats need to be our official uniform ones with the school logo on the front. Children not wearing hats will be required to play in shady areas rather than out in the sun. If your child does not have a school hat, please contact Lucy in the office to arrange one.


    We have been advised that there will be NO Yr 7/8 Tech for this week. Our students are to come to school as per usual on Friday (4 March). Thank you for your understanding.


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    Room 1 - Mrs Johnson

    A big welcome to Lani who joins our class on Tuesday. This week our new letterland work is g, o and b. We are learning to blend two letter words - am, an, at ,in and it. In reading we are working on the ”heart words” - I, the, is and we are learning to use these in our story writing too. These words are ones that can’t be sounded out and need to be learnt by heart. Correct letter and number formation is very important, even at this early stage of the children's learning journey. I have sent home a sheet showing correct letter formation. It is easier to teach it correctly than to undo bad habits later. A reminder to send a water bottle to school each day too, please.

    Room 2 – Mrs McGhie

    Room 2 would like to welcome Layla to our class. In writing this week we will continue with learning to use ‘and’ to combine two sentences. In maths we are learning to make groups to five and counting to and from 20. Thank you to those who are reading with your children, this is great to see. If you have any questions in regards to the homework please don’t hesitate to contact me. This week we will look at the life cycle of the frog as our tadpoles have grown and are beginning to turn into frogs.

    Room 3 – Miss Swan

    Kia ora Room 3 whānau.
    Welcome to Week 5! Room 3 is still working very hard on self managing in regard to our belongings and we will continue to try our best to do this, during the week!

    Writing: We are learning about WOW words and how they can add excitement and detail to our writing.
    Maths: We are enjoying our new Maths rotation activities and we begin to learn about using number lines to help us count on from the largest number.

    Reading: Reading books and phonic work continue to come home this week. Thank you to whānau for supporting reading at home. Some phonic work will be revised this week.
    Reminders for the week:

    A water bottle and swimming togs everyday, Library day is Friday, homework books and Poem books need to be returned to school everyday please.
    Please remember you can contact me via Seesaw and email mswan@tearohaprimary.school.nz
    Stay safe and have an awesome week!


    Room 4 - Mrs Willis and the Goldfields Team

    Goldfields Satellite class really enjoyed the sunny weather this week. We have heaps of fun during outside play on the playground . Our favourite activity currently is spending time in the pool. We have lovely little faces popping from our outside windows saying’ Hi ‘to our students currently ,through this pandemic season . “Carpe diem – Seize the day!


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    Room 5 - Miss Entwisle

    Week 5

    Our Self-portraits are really taking shape. We are enjoying making a splash in the pool and are looking forward to competing in the school swimming sports. We are becoming more independent in class and are able to use the Chromebooks with less support. We are becoming more familiar with our class spelling and handwriting programme.


    Our spelling words and weekly poem are loaded on Seesaw each week for those who are keen to work on them at home.

    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 (once you have connected with it at home).

    Room 6 – Mrs Bankier

    We are continuing to focus on Managing Ourselves this week. This includes managing our learning and also our choices during break times and within class. We have Mrs Gamble in on Wednesday while I work with Anna around the development of Maths throughout the school. In Writing we are learning to describe by “Showing not Telling” and using our senses. In Maths we are learning to add by using place value, hundreds, tens and ones. We are also continuing to work on our basic facts recall. We will be starting our topic ‘The Cycle of Life’ this week - looking at a timeline of our own lives and how we have changed.

    Please remind your child to pack their hat each morning, it’s very hot out there!

    Room 7 – Mrs Paul

    This week we are really focusing on the Key Competency- Managing Self. We have had a bit of trouble with people not being able to do this… keeping their hands to themselves seems to be a problem….the words we use to each other are not as kind as they should be….and some of us really need to learn to keep our noses out of other people’s business. Managing Self means we look after ourselves- doing the right thing at the right time and being in the right place at the right time. We are looking forward to swimming this week. Everyone is in at least 2 events. It is such a shame we cant have spectators this year. On Tuesday Come to School in your House Coloured Clothes. In Writing we are looking at ‘Showing not Telling’ is the technique we are trying to use in our recount writing. I am excited about seeing and sharing some examples soon. In Reading our focus is on another comprehension strategy- Inference. For some people this is very difficult as it is not literal. Over time we will develop this skill well. In Technology we are learning to copy and paste from another source, centre , highlight, change font ,size and colour. Most of the class can know easily access anything on Google Drive. Spelling: Based on your child's spelling test results, they will have been grouped and given words for this week.

    Tikapa Moana Students at Work and Play!

    Tikapa Moana - Student Voice


    Room 8 – Mrs McKenzie

    Kia ora to all, this last week has been so enjoyable where students have settled into class routines and are working better as team players. Maths - we are working in more formal maths groups, focusing in on using estimation for addition and subtraction. This is a great life skill to have and use for mental calculations, when we want a good and close enough answer when in a hurry. Literacy – We are continuing on with our class novel. Our reading comprehension skills this week are inferring and visualising. Writing, we are continuing with descriptive writing about ourselves, and making our text interesting for our readers. Swimming - Swimming sports are happening on Tuesday and I am really thrilled that every student in Room 8 is participating. What an exciting day this will be! Please remind them to come with sunblock applied, dressed in house colours, hats and swimming gear packed, and a few extra snacks and water to sustain their energy.

    I love hearing from all of you through Seesaw and email. Keep it up. If you have any celebrations or family goals that you have for your tamariki, feel free to share these with me too. Take care and have a great week.

    Mrs McKenzie.

    Room 9 – Whaea Armstrong and Mrs Hodgetts

    First of all, a big round of applause for your continued resilience as we navigate another busy week. Keep it up and continue to push forward!

    This week we are finishing up with our concept “Ko Wai Au - who am I” and are diving into our new topic of “Life Cycles”. Maths - this week we continue to work on our mental strategies for addition and subtraction, with an additional focus of place value. Reading - This week we look at the comprehension strategies of questioning and summarising. These skills will be useful when learning and reading about ‘life cycles’. Writing - Character descriptions are the forefront of our writing this week, paying careful attention to how we can create a ‘picture in the reader's mind’.

    Below are some bio poems we created last week where we used ‘character traits’ to describe ourselves.

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    Room 10 – Mrs B

    Kia ora koutou. Whaowhia te kete mātauranga - fill the basket of knowledge”

    An exciting week with the Swimming Sports and the sharing of our “All About Me” SHOWCASE movies and presentations. This task is designed to build our team or class whānau - getting to know one another better, highlighting our individual strengths and passions and understanding the things that are important to each of us. It is Week 5 and I am already impressed with the kindness, encouragement and empathy RM 10 students show towards each other.

    Maths - we investigate what happens to large whole numbers when we multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000 as well as develop knowledge about the value of decimals.

    Reading - we will be focusing on the comprehension strategy of summarising by identifying key words and the main point of the text.

    Writing - we will be linking our writing to our topic work on the cycle of Life by developing a report. We will be looking at paragraph structure and use of vocabulary.

    Topic - this week, we look at the classification of living things and how their cycle of life is similar and /or different. Collaboration, discussion and research will be key here.

    Here’s to another awesome week in Rm 10 - GO KOWHAI!

    Arohanui - Mrs B dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz

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    School Lunches

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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….

    Each week we will highlight 3 sponsors and provide a bit more detail …

    Tyrepower Te Aroha

    History of Tyrepower NZ

    Tyrepower was established in 1977 and is proud to have celebrated around 45 years of automotive retailing.

    Founded initially to offer customers the flexibility and value of an independent Dealer Network, Tyrepower has now grown to be the largest independent tyre retailer in Australasia.

    Unlike most of our competitors, Tyrepower is a co-operative group and for many years has used the slogan; “Where the person who runs the store owns the store.” Tyrepower is recognised by many of the largest manufacturers as a primary distribution channel in Australasia.

    Health Te Aroha

    Health Te Aroha started in the late 1990’s. Tertius Coetzer and Paul Henry amalgamated three of the four solo practices in Te Aroha into one practice and named it Health Te Aroha. This practice moved into a purpose built building in 2001 where it has stayed until today. During this time we brought pharmacy, pathlab, physio and the dentist into the building. We also offer specialist appointments, a midwife and diabetes nurse specialist.

    We are a practice that is quality focused and enjoys innovation and being at the forefront of general practice. The practice has prided itself on performing well in the quality plan with Midlands Health.

    Practice Hours:

    Monday to Friday: 8.30am – 5.00pm (by appointment from 9am to 4.15pm)
    Saturday and Sunday: 9 am – 12 noon (phone consultations only)

    Glen Armstrong Builders

    ..Our Story and how Glen Armstrong Builders Started...

    Glen Armstrong started building from a young age, learning the trade from some of New Zealand’s top building companies. With the qualifications and passion for creating beautifully designed homes, Glen Armstrong Builders have grown to specialise in full design and build services, with a range of concept plans to pick from or design from scratch.

    Based in Te Aroha, Glen and his Team build high quality homes that are tailored to all budgets. Find out the advantages of dealing directly with your builder and how small overheads can make a big impact on the cost of your new home.
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