Te Aroha Primary School

Term 3 Week 7 2022

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Kia ora matuʻa mo e ngaahi famili,

What an amazing experience Sports camp at Totara springs was. A thoroughly enjoyable time and one that I would highly recommend for your children when the opportunity arises for them in their Year 7 & 8 time at TAPS.

Our team of 33 did TAPS, themselves and their families and whānau proud. We had many positive comments across the week from other schools relating to the way our children conducted themselves around the camp and on the sportsfield…really awesome to hear! Made us adults feel very proud. Our cheer was a highlight of the week on Thursday evening, the children did really well and looked fantastic!

I am looking forward to being back at school this week and getting into classrooms and seeing what the children have been up to. It’s crazy to think that there is only 4 weeks of term left…time is flying by!

Best of luck to our runners representing TAPS at the Thames Valley Cross Country this week.

Maʻu ha uike fakaʻofoʻofa he tokotaha kotoa pē, Have an awesome week everyone!

Justin Bertrand

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  • 6/9/2022 Thames Valley Cross Country

  • 9/9/2022 Disco Friday 9th September - Theme Bright & Colourful

  • 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.



Totara Springs: We have all returned in one piece and with many exciting memories made. Our facebook page has plenty of updates for people who wish to have a look. We have a Team phot which I am hoping to be able to copy for everyone. Thank you to everyone who made this happen- to Megan Diprose and Amy Paetai who worked on this for weeks, to Mr Bertrand and Shannon Chandler who stayed with us and kept us on track and to the many parents who came out each day to support and help us- especially Lesa Martin who took on many roles!

Thames Valley Cross Country: Is happening tomorrow. Mrs Shotton handed out the maps last week and we will be in touch with those who needed transport over. As per the note - you will receive a Te Aroha shirt on arrival. Wear a school shirt just in case there are not enough Te Aroha shirts. If you have an athletics club shirt, wear that. We will need to leave school by 8.45. If you are going yourselves, go straight from home but inform school.

Tonga Language Week

Tonga Language Week - Celebrate: Sunday 4 September – Saturday 10 September

This year’s theme for Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e lea faka-Tonga - Tonga Language Week - is: Ke Tu'uloa 'a e lea faka-Tonga 'i Aotearoa, which means Sustaining the Tonga Language in Aotearoa.

Ke Tu'uloa 'a e lea faka-Tönga′ 'i Aotearoa has a positive and progressive connotation. To support the overarching Language Weeks theme of Sustainability, the word TU'ULOA in the theme this year means to continuously grow, nurture, and sustain a valued idea, practice, event, or memory in an enduring way.

We look forward to celebrating Tongan Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e lea faka-Tonga together as a school at assembly on Friday.

Totara Springs Recap - by Nicole Logan

Last week 34 students went off and represented our school at the Totara Springs sports camp and competed in several different sports and activities, one of these being cheer night on Thursday, where we showcased our school and the values we represent. As a school we participated in everything available some of these include the popular sports e.g netball, basketball, rugby as well as some sports many of us were not familiar with , for example we played frisbee golf, wall ball, ultimate frisbee and a game called scram ball which personally I really enjoyed. We came back with a smile on our faces, along with many new skills, friends and a new experience we will never forget. As a student I really enjoyed Totara springs, It was a great way to represent our school as well as a chance to meet new people and give new things a go. I would like to say A HUGE thank you to the parents and teachers who supported our team and made this amazing experience possible. We hope many students to come can enjoy this journey as much as we did.

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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.


Duck Day 2022

The Great Duck Race is back for 2022!

Forms were sent home. Each family is asked to please sell 10 tickets. Prize for the family that sells the most will be a voucher to Ninja Valley.

Spare forms are available from the office.

Thank you for supporting the PTA

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Room 1 - Mrs Johnson

It is hard to believe we are already at Week 7! This week we will be learning about conservation week, enjoying another science workshop and learning some basic hockey skills.

Literacy - This week our phonics work will be f u l and associated word building and we will continue to work on making rhyming strings - it and in words. Our focus in writing is capital letters and full stops. You will notice that reading homework books look slightly different this week but the reading practice of sounds and blending words remains the same. Thank you for helping your child with these reading skills,at this early stage of learning to decode words, daily practice is essential.

Maths - We are learning about tally marks and how to count in 5’s and then we will use these new skills to help us with our counting collections and to solve number problems.

Reminders for the week -

  • Book Bag

  • Homework Book

  • Drink Bottle

  • Library Day is on Friday.

Room 2 – Miss Webb

Week 7 is here and the term is flying by! We had such a fun time last week planting sunflowers, doing whole hub science rotations and completing kiwi artwork!

Literacy: Planting seeds was a great introduction to procedural writing which will now be our focus for writing over the next few weeks. Our focus for this is to be specific and accurate with our instructions and to have them in the correct order. This week we will make fairy bread and write the instructions for this. Reading books and phonic work continue to come home this week. As our books and sounds become more complex you will notice that more homework practice of our letter sounds will come home. The children are working hard on these and thank you for your support at home.

Maths: We are focusing before and after numbers from 0-100 and will continue to sort out our counting collections as we practice counting in groups of 10.


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

  • Please remember to return your poem books

Please do not hesitate to contact me via Seesaw or email zwebb@tearohaprimary.school.nz. Have a great week!

Room 3 – Miss Swan

Mālō e lelei, Kia ora koutou and Happy Week 7!

Room 3 had an awesome week in Week 6. We were really proud showing our Monster Art in school assembly and have worked extremely hard with our procedural writing unit. This week will see us exploring and gaining new knowledge for conservation week and learning about the beautiful Tongan Language as part of Tongan Language week. This week also is the beginning of school wide assessments and I will be testing this week. We welcome Mrs Bartram and Whaea Armstong into Room 3 on these days.

Literacy: This week there will be a slight shuffle of children in reading groups and some groups will be consolidating their letter sounds. I will be sending home a laminated letter sound practice card for each child. Please support your child in practising as often as they can. In writing this week we are going to explore informative writing and have some exciting topics to learn about including dinosaurs.

Maths: All of Room 3 are working on number strategies and knowledge this week. It is important to revisit these as they can often be forgotten if not used often. We continue with paired problem solving and have been improving with sharing ideas.

Reminders for the week: Please remember everyday

  • Drink bottle

  • Homework book

  • Poem book

  • Book bags

You can contact me either via Seesaw or email mswan@tearohaprimary.school.nz or pop in and see me

Have an amazing week whānau 😊


Room 4 - Mrs Suzette Willis and Team

Kia ora koutou,

Welcome to Week 7! We are working on our Art project and are very excited to see it coming together Here’s a sneak preview before our actual display!

Have a great week whanau!

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Room 5 - Miss Entwisle

Welcome to Week 7! 😊

We look forward to exploring our FORCES unit as well as learning some songs and counting for Tonga Langauge Week.

Reading: Our novel, Gruesome Twosome is fast approaching its conclusion.

Writing: We will be completing explanation writing and moving onto opinion writing.

Mathematics: Our maths strategies will continue to be developed as we complete our Addition and Subtraction Unit before moving onto Fractions.

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

This week in Maths we will be finishing off our unit on Fractions, practising using multiplication and division to find the fraction of whole numbers and learning about decimals (which we will be linking to our next learning topic of measurement).

We are going to be completing projects based around pets or zoo animals in Reading. We will be focusing on our school value of ‘Excellence’ and managing our own learning during these projects by making choices from options given by Mrs Bankier for follow up tasks.

In Writing we will be learning to write reports which we will link to our reading topic on animals.

We are looking forward to our hockey session on Tuesday.

Please remember Tuesday is our library day.

Room 7 – Mrs Paul

In Maths this week we will be looking at gathering data using tables and spreadsheets. We will then move on to looking at different types of graphs eg:plot and leaf and stem. We will investigate Venn Diagrams and Carrol Diagrams.

In Spelling we will be looking atthe silent e and how it helps the closest vowel to have along sound.

Reading will see us examining the Myths and Legends of Tonga as we celebrate Tongan Language week. It is a great time to celebrate the multicultural diversity of the people in our school and to look at where they came from as well as some of what they believe. We will be trying to learn a bit of their language as well.


Room 8 – Mrs McKenzie

Mālō e lelei and welcome to week 7!

An exciting week as we share our class speeches on Tuesday and Thursday. I am excited to hear everyone speaking! We also celebrate Tongan Language week and Conservation week which we will enjoy completing some activities based around these special celebrations.

In Maths, we continue our journey with fractions, in particular, decimals from fractions.

For Literacy last week, students enjoyed making a product, including labels and a persuasive advertisement. They did amazing! This week, persuasive writing is still in full force and will be around conservation in NZ with some more hands-on activities. Our text choice this week is around special stones in Tonga, and also about a 19 year old boy who travelled the coast of NZ living off nature alone!

Our Stem activities are always popular in Room 8, and we have another two sessions planned for this week. Looking forward to another fabulous week, and possibly another game of soccer or two with the students.

If you have any questions, please remember I am always happy to chat with you via email, Seesaw or in person. cmckenzie@tearohaprimary.school.nz .

Here’s to another great week of learning and enjoying the sunshine! Mrs McKenzie

Room 9 – Whaea Armstrong and Mrs Gamble

Mālō e lelei!

We are excited to welcome back our Totara Springs students. We thank Room 7 for being such an amazing group, and look forward to having you back in Room 9 in the future.

Literacy - This week we pay special tribute to Tongan Language Week where we will be completing a series of taskboard activities that will help us to learn and understand aspects of Tongan Culture.

Maths - we continue to develop our learning around fractions, decimals and percentages, looking closely at how to convert fractions into decimals and percentages.

Speeches - This week we will be presenting our speeches in class. Students will be given time to finalise and practise their speeches before sharing them with their peers. Our School speech competition is next week.


  • Kapa Haka continues as usual this week (Monday after lunch)

  • On Tuesday we will take part in our first Hockey session. This is an exciting opportunity for our class, and school to be part of. Students will not need to bring anything for this.

  • If you have completed your speech at home, please remember to bring them this week.

Here’s to another awesome week!

If you have any questions please feel free to message us on Seesaw or email lgamble@tearohaprimary.school.nz aarmstrong@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Room 10 – Mrs B

Mālō e lelei - ‘Oua lau e kafo kae lau e lava – Stay positive and count your blessings.

This week, we welcome back our team from Totara Springs and have a focus on SPEECHES! This is in preparation for our school speech competition next week. We are also looking forward to celebrating Tongan Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e lea faka-Tonga with taskboard activities that will help us to explore aspects of Tongan culture.

Maths - we continue to develop our learning with Fractions, Percentages and Ratios

Writing - we all love a good “argument” in our class and this will be the basis of our writing this week as we express opinions and support these with other information in our persuasive writing.

Other notices

  • Thank you to Mrs Paul, Mrs Diprose and Mrs Paetai for making Totara Springs happen for our team this year. An awesome week away for these students.

  • Thank you to Rm 7, who were part of “Rm 26” and “Rm 17” last week. You were awesome - we loved seeing your enthusiasm for learning and getting to know you better.

  • Students enrolling at Te Aroha College next year will be receiving information on dates for this process. Forms will need to be returned ASAP so that booking times can be made.

  • Mrs B will be away on Tuesday at her daughter’s graduation (Mrs Robertson will be Rm 10) and also on Thursday at a course (Mrs Young will be in Rm 10)

Looking forward to being together again and an awesome week ahead in Rm 10 - kia tu, kia toa, kia mau - accept the challenge!

Arohanui - Mrs B dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz

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


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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.

Paeroa Daycamp

School holidays are fast approaching. For those interested in Daycamp, the information can be accessed in the PDF attached below.