Te Aroha Primary School

Term 3 Week 1 2022

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Kia ora parents and whānau,

Welcome to Term 3, half the school year lies behind us and 2 further terms of exciting learning and adventures await the tamariki of Te Aroha Primary School.

As you will have (hopefully) read last week, the government and the Ministry of Education are encouraging mask wearing for the first 4 weeks of school. We will keep you posted with any updates or amendments to this recommendation. There are plenty of masks at school so children do not need to provide their own unless they want to.

The new learning space between Room 3 and the Goldfields room is now completed and will be blessed this week ahead of the students moving in. We have also upgraded the wall coverings in the Goldfields room and that is looking nice and refreshed also.

This term sees some of our senior students heading off to Totara Springs for sports camp and we also have our school Cross Country coming up on 16 August.

School lunches - with a number of students being away with winter illness etc there is often plenty of lunches left over. We have a fridge in the entrance area where they are kept. Please come in and help yourselves or let your child/ren know to come and collect them. The majority of the lunches are pretty good and the leftovers just end up with the pigs if they are not taken home. Many of them too are ideal for freezing for an easy snack or meal at a later time…keep it in mind.

I wish you all a happy and healthy term 3 and look forward to a settled term of work, learning and play at Te Aroha Primary School - take care everyone and go well. I look forward to meeting more of you as the term goes on.

Ka kite,

Justin Bertrand



  • 27/7/2022 Ready, Set, Go! Wednesday 27 July 1:40 - 2:40pm

  • 29/7/2022 Sausage Sizzle Friday 29 July (Totara Springs Sports Camp Fundraiser)

  • 3/8/2022 Learning Conversations - Wednesday 3 August 9:00am-6:00pm

  • 16/8/2022 School Cross Country Wednesday 16 August

  • 17/8/2022 Ready, Set, Go! Wednesday 17 August 1:40 - 2:40pm

  • 25/8/2022 District Cross Country Thursday 25 August

  • 30/8/2022 - 2/9/2022 Totara Sports Camp (team of Year 7&8 students)

  • 31/8/2022 Ready, Set, Go! Wednesday 31 August 1:40 - 2:40pm

  • 14/9/2022 Ready, Set, Go! Wednesday 14 September 1:40 - 2:40pm

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

  • 28/9/2022 Ready, Set, Go! Wednesday 28 September 1:40 - 2:40pm

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

Other term dates to be advised.



The learning conferences are happening on Wednesday 3rd August (next week) from 9:00am to 6:00pm. Booking information and codes were shared via Seesaw. If you have not yet booked a conference slot, there is still time to do so. If you are having difficulty accessing the codes, please contact your class teacher or the school office so that we may assist you.

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. Names needed to be on the roll 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,

Diane Hazelton


Totara Springs:

There will be a practise of some sort everyday - lunchtime will be cheer practise!!! On Wednesday all Totara children will take part in the fitness Challenge. Well done to all the children who paid for camp by getting sponsors - your Totara Team will support you by doing it with you!



  • Our TAPS PTA Duck Race is happening on the 24th September. Information will be sent home this week.

  • School Disco - date and information to be confirmed.



Room 1 - Mrs Johnson

Welcome back everyone and a special welcome to Bianca who joined our class today. Her big brother Kai is in Room 2.

Literacy - Our phonics sounds for the week are s,a and t. Our phonological focus is rhyming words and older students are working on blending 3 letter words and saying the word. Our heart word of the week is the. Narratives will be a focus of our learning over the next few weeks as we learn about characters, the setting and the sequence of the story. We will start with Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Maths - We are sorting everyday objects into categories, then creating pictographs, bar graphs and finally making statements about the data.

  • A reminder to please send shorts and a t-shirt to school for cross country running each day, it is very muddy on the field.

  • The children are very excited about the 100 days at school celebration and are counting the days to Pyjama Day on Friday. Please check book bags for the letter with the details about Friday.

  • Learning Discussions take place on Wednesday next week and it would be great to be able to meet with everyone. Please book a time slot if you have not already done so.

Room 2 – Miss Webb

​​Welcome to Term 3! I hope you all enjoyed a well deserved break and got to enjoy some whānau time!

Literacy: For the first half of the term we will be using Fairy tales as our motivation for our writing and other areas of our learning. This week our Fairy tale will be Little Red Riding Hood. You may notice some trickier books coming home for homework as many children have moved up a set in reading. Ka Pai to everyone for putting in so much effort with their homework!

Maths: Our focus for Maths for the next couple of weeks will be probability. We will be learning to use everyday language to talk about chance.


  • We will be starting cross country training so a change of clothing is needed each day as the field can get quite muddy!

  • On Friday we will be celebrating 100 days at school. A notice will come home about this on Monday.

  • Our learning conversations take place on Wednesday next week - please book a time slot.

  • Please remember your drink bottle and book bag everyday.

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 Term 3! I hope you have all enjoyed a break and spent some valuable time with friends and whānau! We have a busy but exciting term ahead!

We are still located in the library for this week. We are hoping to be in Room 3 from week 2 onwards.

Literacy: In writing we are going to be looking at what we need to know about letter writing. I would really appreciate your child's postal address to be sent to school or please send me a message via Seesaw.

Our reading groups start up again this week and homework will be revisiting what is covered in class. Our phonic focus for the week is ‘oi’ as in point and coin and our weekly poem will help us practise this sound.

Maths: Maths groups are looking at numbers from 0-100, using a number line to solve addition problems and we will begin our fractions and probability unit.

Reminders for the week:

  • A change of clothes and a drink bottle for cross country training.

  • Learning discussions are on Wednesday next week. If you have not booked yet please do so. I would love to see you!

  • We are excited to celebrate 100 days of school this Friday in the Waihou Hub! Keep an eye out for the notice with more information.

  • Please remember your homework books and book bags everyday!

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

  • Please return your Poem book

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

Let’s have an awesome Week 1!😊


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

Kia ora koutou,

Welcome back to Term 3 whanau! We have a busy week with RDA and swimming on Monday as well as Assembly on Friday. It is lovely to see all our tamariki again.

Have a great week!


Room 5 - Miss Entwisle

Welcome to Week 1! We hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday. We look forward to a busy term.

Reading: We are getting close to finishing our class novel - Gruesome Twosome.

Writing: We will be learning about explanation and opinion writing this term.

Mathematics: We will be developing our Addition and Subtraction strategies.

Physical Education: Weather permitting we will be trying to get out each day to train for the upcoming Cross Country. Those who are seven will be building up their fitness to complete two school laps. Eight year olds (age as of the 25 July 2022) will be doing the two school laps as well as running the farm for Cross Country so will need to work on building up their fitness and stamina for this. Plesase bring a suitable change of clothes for training in.

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

Welcome back to Term 3.

We have a busy term ahead of us and I’m looking forward to it. I hope you have booked in for the learning conferences next week. We will be setting goals for the term ahead which will be shared with you at the conferences.

Writing This term we are lucky enough to have penpals from Oamaru to write to, so we will be learning about writing letters to our new buddy class. We will also be learning to write persuasive writing, which we will turn into mini speeches.

Maths We will be starting the term learning about fractions. This week will be revising what we have learnt and finding out how much we have remembered.

We will be practising cross country most days (weather permitting).

This term we will be able to go back to the library, our day remains as Tuesdays.

Homework Spelling words will be on Seesaw, otherwise your child has access to Mathletics, Studyladder, Sunshine classics, Epic, Prototec and timestables.co.nz from home.

Room 7 – Mrs Paul

We were meant to start with the Commonwealth games this week- but Covid had other plans for that!!! When I return to school on Wednesday we will get on with this and our normal programme will restart week 2! These things are set to try us aren't they!


Room 8 – Mrs McKenzie

Welcome to Week one of Term 3! It is exciting to think about the term ahead. We have another busy term ahead and students will need focus and lots of enthusiasm as we start diving into it.

In Maths this week we will be looking at time through analogue and digital clocks, both in 12 and 24 hour form with some problem solving too.

Literacy this week is going to see us writing procedures. It will be a hands-on experience where students will complete a task, then write about it. Lots of Fun! We are also completing speeches this term - not to panic though, as we will be doing lots of confidence building, group and class talking, and instructional teaching around this so students will find it easy by the time speeches come up.

With Cross Country coming up this term, fitness is key to enjoyment of crosscountry so we will spend time each day working on endurance. Students are welcome to bring a change of clothes each day, and a drink bottle is a must.

We have learning conversations in Week 2, don’t forget to book your time if you haven’t done so already. It’s a great opportunity to discuss your child's goals and in-class learning. Let’s have a fantastic Week 1!

Room 9 – Whaea Armstrong and Mrs Gamble

Kia Ora e te whanau! Welcome back to school. We hope you have all had a wonder break and are ready for an action packed Term 3. We have many exciting activities happening; cross country, speeches and Totara Springs, just to name a few. Therefore, managing your time effectively is a key focus for you all this term. We know you can do it!

Maths - He aha te waa? What is the time? - This week we will be learning all about time, looking closely at analog and digital clocks (12 and 24 hour).

Writing - procedural writing will be our focus for the first few weeks where we will be following and creating instructions. We will be doing lots of hands-on tasks, so lots of fun will be had!


Cross Country - with cross country coming up this term we will be building up our fitness and stamina over the first few weeks. We ask that you bring comfortable running clothes and shoes (optional), along with a drink bottle. These sessions will start up Monday Week 1 and will be run at 11:15am everyday. If your child cannot participate in this, please let us know via email or Seesaw.

Speeches - now is a good time to start thinking about your topic for speeches. We will be doing lots of prep work in school but the majority of your speeches will be done at home.

Learning Discussions - these will be held Wednesday Week 2 of this term. It would be great if every one of Room 9 students and parents could attend this. Please book in a time if you haven’t done so already.

Mrs Gamble will be away as she is holidaying in the beautiful island of Fiji!!! We are very lucky to have Mrs Young relieving her this week.

Here’s to an awesome first week back!

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

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

Room 10 – Mrs B

Kei ōu ringaringa te ao - The world is yours.

Kia ora koutou - welcome to Term 3. It is wonderful to be together again after the holiday break. This term is set to be busy and exciting - effective time management is key in order to stay on track and meet deadlines. YOU CAN DO IT RM 10!

Maths - we will be investigating time this week, with a focus on the 24 hour clock and problem solving with timetables.

Writing - we will be having heaps of fun with procedural writing - creating and following instructions to test out our writing.

Term 3 is a term for two particular “favourites” - Cross Country and Speeches. We will be training everyday for the cross country so your child may wish to have a change of clothing for this. If your child is unable to participate in trainings, please let me know via Seesaw, email or note. Guidelines for speeches will also be shared and the preparation and writing of these will largely be a home task. For this week, you might like to support your child in helping them think of a speech topic.

Learning Discussions (aka Parent / Teacher /Student Conferences) are on Wednesday in Week 2 and I would love to have a time slot booked for every Rm 10 student. Please make sure you have booked a time if you have not already done so.

Looking forward to an awesome first week back.

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.