Week 1, Term 1 2021

Tauranga Primary School Newsletter

Principal's Message

Tēnā koutou katoa

Ngā mihi nui, ki a koutou katoa - Warm greetings to you all.

Welcome to the 2021 school year.

I am pleased to share with our TPS families that Jean and Joel Murphy welcomed Finn Hudson Murphy to their family on Wednesday 27th January, weighing 3.08kgs. Finn and Mrs Murphy are both doing well. For our new families, who may not know, Mrs Murphy is a permanent teacher at our school who is currently on maternity leave.

It has been a busy time on the property front over the holiday break:

  • "Taurikura" - the water play area was installed on the Junior Site. This feature was funded jointly by the FOTS (from fundraising events such as discos, Frosty Fridays and pizza lunches), TCC (Match Fund - $5000) and the Board of Trustees.
  • New gate entry system installed for the 6th Avenue Gate.
  • Internal class page and "bell" system installed.
  • General repairs and maintenance jobs completed.

Enrolment Scheme:

At TPS we offer student places based on our enrolment scheme. All students living within our school zone have automatic acceptance to TPS. Providing places for out of zone students, including siblings, must be conducted via the ballot system. Ballot dates for 2021 are 5th March (Term 2 enrolments), 4th June (Term 3 enrolments) and 27th August (Term 4 enrolments). Please enrol siblings early; we encourage you to enrol your pre-schoolers for the 2021 and 2022 school year now, as this greatly assists with our future planning.

The school wide theme for Term 1 is Whanaungatanga (Far-no-na-tongue-ar). Whanaungatanga is about relationships and a sense of family(whanau) connection. It is building a relationship through shared experiences and working together, which in turn provides people with a sense of belonging. All classes will be focussing on developing and strengthening our sense of whanaungatanga across the school. We will also revisit the concept of Tūrangawaewae, which we learnt about last year, by connecting to TPS as 'our place to stand', connecting again to the narrative (history) of our site, our treasured icons (e.g. bell tower, school houses) and important legends of our area (such as Mauao and Taurikura ).

At TPS we incorporate the Mindfulness programme "Pause, Breathe, Smile". It was designed by the NZ Mental Health Foundation for New Zealand children. Mindfulness is the practice of giving your full attention to what is immediately occurring, physically and mentally, within and around you. It’s about being aware of what you’re doing and how you’re feeling in each moment, and being kind to yourself in the process. Practising mindfulness helps us to feel less stressed, anxious and depressed, and more balanced and in tune with what is happening. This helps us feel calmer and clearer, which in turn boosts wellbeing and provides an important foundation for learning. To find out more please look at our Spotlight on learning links on the TPS website or you can make contact with Cathy Ediker, our Deputy Principal dp@tauranga.school.nz, who oversees this programme at TPS .

The weather in February is traditionally very hot. As a sunsmart school, it is very important to us to encourage safe practices in the sun. Please send your child(ren) to school with sunblock applied. There is sunblock available in classrooms for re-application during the day, however it is also good to have a ready supply in school bags and develop the habit of continual application during any summer day. Hats are a compulsory uniform item for Term 1 and Term 4. Any child who forgets their hat must play in the shade in break times. Sunblock is helpful for protection, however wearing a rash shirt will ensure that your child does not get sunburnt when in and around water. We strongly encourage families to send rash shirts with their children especially when there is a significant swimming activity such as Year 5 Waimarino trip or swimming sports.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the FOTS Family Picnic and Setting the Scene evening on Thursday the 18th February 5:00-7:00pm. This is a very important community building and information sharing event and we would like at least one person from all families to attend. Specific details are below.

A very warm TPS welcome to the new students who started this week at our school. Glad to have you and your family as part of our TPS TEAM.

Thank you for your continued support.

Noho ora mai


Fiona Hawes

Principal | Tumuaki


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Setting the scene / Family picnic

Come and join us on Thursday 18th February at 5:00pm-7:00pm for a fun family picnic at school. The Friends Of The School will provide a couple of fun rides for the children and an ice block at the end of the evening.

Bring your own food, drink, something to sit on and meet other school families and the teachers in a more informal setting.

During the evening each syndicate will hold a short 20 minute session to give you some information about the coming year. Junior - 5:30pm (Supervision on Junior playground)

Middle -6:00pm

Senior - 6:30pm

Teachers from other syndicates will help supervise children whose parents are in meetings.

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Back to school updates


Safely entering and leaving the school is an ongoing concern for our school. We ask that parents consider the safety of their children and everyone else when dropping off and picking up your child(ren). Parking is limited close to the school so please allow enough time to park and walk to school.

To ease the congestion and increase safety at the school gate (at 3:00pm), we offer a 2:50pm "pick up and go" option for children in Year 1 and 2. Parents are able to pick up their child at 2:50pm, the intention is that they then leave and free up parking close to the school. The 2:50pm pick up is not intended for families staying to play on the school playgrounds. Only children picked up by a parent or caregiver can leave their class at that time, all other children will be supervised until 3:00pm. There are teachers on duty until 3.10pm, if your children are older there are many parking spaces that free up from 3.05pm maybe you could consider a slightly later pick up.

In addition, the Tauranga City Council are also concerned about the safety of our students and have live traffic cameras (CCTV) on 5th and 6th Avenues. These cameras are monitored 24/7 and will be utilised to ticket any illegal parking as well as act as a crime deterrent. We have been informed of the following traffic infringements that will be enforced:

· Parking on broken yellow lines - $60

· Parking behind the kerb - $40

· Mobility space parking - $150

· Double parking - $60

· Parking on or near a pedestrian crossing - $60

· Parked in a prohibited area, i.e yellow hatched lines on Sixth Ave - $40

· Parked on the footpath - $40

· Parked blocking vehicle entrance - $40

· Exceeding P5 parking zone – starts at $12


Summer uniform details:

Items that can be purchased via the school office

Polo shirt - navy with school logo

Navy shorts or skort.

Polar fleece - royal blue with school logo.

School summer hat - navy with school logo

Please note that the check culottes are no longer TPS uniform, 2020 was the last year that these could be worn to school.

The sunhat is compulsory in Terms 1 and 4 and can be purchased through the school (with logo) or other clothing outlets (plain navy, no TPS logo)

Navy – there are three style 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.


Summer: sneakers or sandals. For safety reasons, no jandals permitted.

Any hair ties or other 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 (silver/gold) ear studs are acceptable. Taonga (treasure) of cultural or religious importance can be worn.

Optional school jacket (with TPS logo) can be worn, these are available via the school office.

Term 1 is a 'swimming term'. Please send your child to school with togs, rash shirt and towel daily. 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 this at home.

LASTLY - please name everything clearly, it is impossible to return uniform that is not named or the name has faded beyond recognition.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

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FOTS (Friends of the School)

The first FOTS (Friends of the School) meeting is scheduled for week 2, in the staffroom, on Tuesday night- 9th February 2021, 6:00-7:30pm. We would love to see you there. We will be discussing future events for 2021, especially the organisation for the School family picnic/Setting the scene on the 18th February.
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    • 4th February - Term 1 starts
    • 4th - 26th February - Dental Van on site
    • 8th February - Waitangi Day observed - school closed
    • 9th February - FOTS (Friends of the school) meeting, 6:00pm-7:30pm
    • 10th February - Powhiri to welcome new families 9:00am
    • 16th February - Board of Trustees meeting 7:00pm
    • 18th February - FOTS Family School picnic and Setting the scene meetings
    • Junior- 5:30pm, Middle- 6:00pm, Senior 6:30pm
    • 24th Feb - 10th March - Deep Water Safety - Windermere - See class dates below
    • 4th & 5th March - Year 4 camp and activity day
    • 16th March - TPS Swimming sports
    • 16th March - FOTS (Friends of the school) meeting, 6:00pm-7:30pm
    • 19th March - Teacher only day- no children at school
    • 23rd March - Board of Trustees meeting 7:00pm
    • 31st March - Year 5 Camp- Waimarino
    • 31st March - Year 6 Discovery day
    • 1st April - Year 6 Discovery day
    • 2nd April - Good Friday- No school
    • 5th April - Easter Monday - No school
    • 6th April - Easter Tuesday - No school
    • 12th-16th April - Kids can ride- Seniors
    • 16th April Last day of term- school finishes usual time

Deep Water Safety

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TPS will be taking part in Deep Water Safety, at the Windermere Pool, as part of our Health curriculum this term. The programme helps to develop your child’s confidence in deep water and introduces them to strategies to survive in water.

You will receive a letter from your child’s teacher shortly to outline further details.

Above are the dates for each group. We need many parent helpers for this trip to go ahead.

On the day you will need:

  • Togs, rash shirt and towel.

  • Drink and snacks

  • Clothes to swim in – e.g. PJ’s, or tee shirt and shorts

  • Sunblock and hat

  • If your child has a life jacket – this would be very useful, please bring it along clearly labelled so it can be returned.

TAURIKURA - Junior School water play feature

Thank you to the Tauranga City Council - Community Development Match Fund and our very own Friends of the School (FOTS) for your generous support of this wonderful resource for our children. We are waiting on the delivery of a part for the water pump and tap, hopefully this last crucial part of our water play area will be installed soon.
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Hip Hop classes at Tauranga Primary Term 1 2021

Hip Hop with Val is a fun introduction to dance for Year 0 – 8’s with a focus on building self-confidence for the children. Choreography is kept simple so that children of all levels can have a go.

Fees are $50 per child, per term and invoiced directly to the parents. Classes run for 10 weeks which includes 9 classes plus a performance every term. Classes will be held Tuesdays lunch times beginning Week 2 of each term.



Simply click on the link & fill out the online enrolment form.

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New Kebside Rubbish collecting for Tauranga residents

Shortly all residents of Tauranga City will begin receiving their new kerbside rubbish and recycling bins and we have an opportunity for staff and parents to attend information sessions regarding the new service.

The community session in your schools area is on Monday 15 February 2021 3:00pm-6:00pm; ‘New council rubbish, recycling and food scraps collection service begins on 1 July 2021. Do you have questions about the new kerbside service? Come along to the Tauranga City Councils community info session at Greerton Hall, 1263 Cameron Road.’

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The Treaty of Waitangi - He Tiriti Mihinare

At 7:00pm on Sunday 14th February, the Rev Dr Hirini Kaa will be speaking on The Treaty of Waitangi - He Tiriti Mihinare / An Anglican Treaty.

Hirini, of Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu and Rongowhakaata, is an historian and Anglican minister (like family members before him), and kaiārahi (Māori and Pacific Advisor) in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Auckland.)

In this lecture Hirini will explore how, from its beginnings, Maori and Pakeha have had different responses to our founding document: politically, socially, legally, even militarily. However the differing faith perspectives on the Treaty/Te Tiriti are enlightening. We will explore these contrasts, particularly as displayed by Mihinare and Anglicans.

Last year Hirini published “Te Hāhi Mihinare | The Māori Anglican Church” - a ground-breaking book exploring the emergence of Te Hāhi Mihinare – the Māori Anglican Church, from a Maori perspective. In particular he explores the ways in which Mihinare (Māori Anglicans) engaged with the settler Anglican Church in New Zealand and created their own unique Church casts light on the broader question of how Māori interacted with and transformed European culture and institutions.



Fiona Hawes


07 578 6222

Deputy Principal

Cathy Ediker


Assistant Principal

Robyn Caley


Junior Team Leader

Pam Wilkins


Middle Team Leader

Jason Morgan


Senior Team Leader

Jo Howard


International Student enquiries

Cathy Ediker


Business Manager

Susan O'Neill


Office Administrator and Enrolment Officer

Barbara Turley


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