Te Aroha Primary School

Term 2 Week 4 2022

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Kia ora whānau,

So great to see all the ‘Pink’ at our awesome kura on Friday. Pink shirt day symbolises everyone’s desire and right to be treated with respect and kindness each and every day. Bullying has no place at Te Aroha Primary and we look to our values of Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Excellence and Aroha to guide our actions and interactions with others. I have observed some excellent examples of these values in our classrooms and out in the playground. We have some great ambassadors walking among us.

Last week I got to visit Te moananui-a-kiwa hub to watch some of their cool rotations while learning about the history of Te Aroha. They then shared a slide show of their activities and learnings at our whole school hui. A particular favourite of mine was the recreation of the iconic ‘Lemon and Te Aroha’ carbonated drink.

On Friday we farewelled Maria McGhie from TAPS. Maria heads off to Matamata and takes with her our best wishes and we thank her for her time spent with us, Room 2 will miss you!

Today, we welcome Miss Zoe Webb to TAPS. Zoe takes over from Maria in Room 2. Zoe has a great passion and enthusiasm for teaching and I know the tamariki and Room 2 whānau are going to enjoy Zoe being the kaiako in the classroom.

Week 4 is another busy week here at Te Aroha Primary School. I am out the front of the school most afternoons farewelling the students, feel free to come and say hello and introduce yourself if you see me out there.

Have a fantastic week everyone, stay safe and remember to always ‘accept the challenge!’

Ngā mihi nui,

Justin Bertrand

Pink Shirt Day - NZ wide Anti-bullying Campaign.



  • 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 Year 7/8 girls stepped out for the first time in their smart new jackets. They were very proud of them too.

    A reminder to ALL girls - you need to be at the courts at least 30 minutes before your game to warm up. Even the fittest of the fit does not turn up to play a game minutes before the whistle goes.


    We hope the rain stays away for us to practise this Thursday. We will finalise transport this week.

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    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!

    SWiS - Our Social Worker in School

    We would like to welcome Kerry-Anne Kaiki to our school, who is our new SWiS (Social Worker in School).

    We are very excited to have this valuable service back onsite to support our students and their families.

    Kerry-Anne will be with us every Friday. She is able to support our students and their families in a number of ways

    • social skills, self-esteem and confidence

    • family or peer relationships

    • behaviour issues

    • grief and loss

    • referrals to other agencies.

    Parents and whanau are able to get in touch with our SWiS via the school office (07) 8848803 or email direct Kerry-Anne.Kaiki@fwn.org.nz

    Student Responsibilities

    Awesome to see our students stepping up in roles of responsibility. Often this means carrying out their duties before and after school and during break times. A huge thank you to our Road Wardens and Cool School Mediators - you are doing a fabulous job.

    Waihou Hub 1 Renovation Update

    Our building upgrade work has begun. There is a lot of fencing erected in the Waihou Hub area to keep our students safe while this work is being completed.

    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.



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    Room 1 - Mrs Johnson

    Our Focus on kindness continues as we practice being a “Kindness Ninja” with a focus on paying compliments.

    • Literacy - Our phonics work this week is p,i and n and we are all working on using our spelling fingers to sound out words. This is a very useful tool when solving words in both reading and writing.

    • Math - We are using our number knowledge to play Math games in pairs. The children are loving this and their counting skills and adding skills are improving greatly. It is exciting to see the children enjoying problem solving during Math time and sharing their learning with others. Look out for a board game that will come home in book bags to play this week. Please return it to school the next day.

    A reminder that children need a water bottle at school each day please (we currently have no drinking fountains in the Waihou Block) and book bags and homework books must be at school each day. Thank you.

    Room 1 problem solvers

    Room 2 – Miss Webb

    I am very excited to spend my first week with the wonderful children in Room 2! This week I will spend a lot of time getting to know you all. I have spent some time rearranging the furniture in the classroom and I have also put up our new and exciting behaviour management tool - a rocket!

    Writing: We will be using our senses to help us describe Autumn. We will go for a sensory walk around the school and use this experience to support our writing

    Maths: To help me get to know all the students better we will be discussing our favourite foods, favourite sports and favourite ice cream flavours and using this to create a pictograph which we can display in the classroom.

    History: A new history curriculum has recently been introduced in Aotearoa. We will be learning about our country and Te Aroha, the special place we get to call home.

    Room 3 – Miss Swan

    Kia ora koutou

    Week 4 already and Room 3 have temporarily moved into the library while the Waihou Hub renovations begin! A big adventure for us! We had fun dressing in pink for Pink Shirt day last Friday but more importantly explored what it really means to be kind to other people.

    • Writing: We are learning to add our thoughts and feelings into our writing.

    • Reading: Assessments continue for some groups and rotations carry on as per normal. I really love how Room 3 can work independently on their word work.

    • Maths: Room 3 will be looking at counting collections, problem solving and numbers from 0-100. We will also continue to explore lines of symmetry and geometrical shapes.

    Reminders for the week:

    • 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 a fantastic week whānau 😊


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

    We are looking forward to Debbie, our play therapist, who visits us on a Tuesday. The students enjoy the interaction and engage well. Our theme is “The Beach” and during Music sessions our students listen to the ocean drum that represents sea waves. We learn to take turns.

    Enjoy the week whanau!


    Room 5 - Miss Entwisle

    Welcome to Week 4! 😊

    We are sad to farewell Jaxon, but we wish him and his family save travels as they head off on their next adventure.

    Writing: We will be working on descriptions this week and finding out what their key features are.

    Mathematics: We continue our Number Unit. We are looking at adding and subtracting using tens.

    Reading: We were sad to finish reading our class novel, The Good, The Bad and Everything Else, but it was fun making 'worm sandwiches' to go with events from the story. We are excited to find out what our new novel will be.

    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.

    Some of Room 5 'enjoying' their 'worm sandwiches' on Pink Shirt Day.

    Room 6 – Mrs Bankier

    This week we farewell Cooper as they are part of the great New Zealand Gypsy Day, farm moving. We wish Cooper and his family all the very best.

    Last week we learnt so much about respecting others and ‘Anti Bullying’ and being inclusive. This week we will be continuing with NZ History.

    In reading this week will continue with extending our comprehension of texts. Our spelling is learning about Y/EY can sound like the long vowel sound /e/.

    Last week in Maths we were finding the factors of 24 making rectangles, we also learnt about factors and square numbers. We will be continuing with rich tasks to learn our times tables and multiplication.

    We will be continuing our character description writing this week, particularly looking at using a range of sentence starters.

    Room 7 – Mrs Paul

    What an amazing week we had last week doing ‘ Anti Bullying ‘ tasks.The discussions we had showed great compasssion and soulsearching.

    This week our reading tasks will be based around NZ music month as we look closely at some of NZ's leading musicians. This is a great chance for us to use our research skills to acquire new information, and then present it in new and interesting ways.

    In Maths we will be finishing multiplication and addition and putting our knowledge into use by completing Maths Rich tasks which require us to think about many solutions.

    In spelling we will continue for another week on open and closed syllables and pay particular attention to using these syllables to ‘robot’ words.

    I will be out of the room for part of the week as my daughter has surgery on Wednesday. I am sure your children will fill you in!


    TMAK / Hub 3 Workshops

    Te Moananui A Kiwa (TMAK) Hub 3 students had an awesome time last week completing six workshops that explored an aspect of our local history for their Inquiry Topic - What happened here?

    For the workshops, Te Moananui students were mixed into three groups and rotated around a learning task with each of our Hub teachers. Students really enjoyed learning in this way and getting to work with other students and teachers. They shared their learning with the school at assembly.

    Room 8 – Mrs McKenzie

    Kia ora whānau and families,

    In maths this week we are continuing on with some of the fantastic learning activities we did while Mrs Mac visited. We continue with our strategies for working out large number multiplication and division. Students should also be practising their 1-12 times tables at home. They have been reminded.

    Literacy is still linked through our histories curriculum and our inquiry topic. We are finishing up our historic recount then looking through the lens of more local events (What happened here). This will help support our students with recount writing and paragraph writing in detail.

    They absolutely loved the workshops within the senior hub last week, which will be a huge benefit in helping them, and making connections through reading and writing this week.

    Students will be sharing more of their class work via Seesaw this week so please keep an eye out for the extra posts coming through. We are loving having the parents connect through this platform too, it is wonderful to see the students have positive comments coming through. There will be continual expectations for home learning this term where students need to work on their maths skills, wellbeing/kindness, and daily reading.

    Looking forward to a busy, enjoyable and awesome week 4!!!

    Room 9 – Whaea Armstrong and Mrs Gamble

    Kia ora Room 9 family and friends

    What a great week we had last week. It was awesome to see all students in hub Te Moananui A Kiwa learning alongside each other through some pretty awesome thought provoking and engaging workshops.

    Math: We have made a great start in learning all our multiplication and division facts. It is encouraging to hear that these are being practised at home. Keep up the mahi team! For math this week we will continue to look at learning our multiplication strategies, focusing on standard partitioning and written form (algorithms)

    Literacy: In reading this week we will continue to look at developing our reading

    strategies, focusing on identifying key words/phrases and summarizing what we comprehend from the text.

    In writing we will finish our biographies on a class or family member.

    Inquiry: Our inquiry journey into New Zealand history continues. This week we will look at Maori Pā, identifying their purpose and key features. Later on in the week Room 9 students will have the opportunity to construct their own pā, so if you have any materials at home we could use for this, can these please be brought to school on Tuesday.

    Seesaw: Check out our amazing learning, our workshops on local history and our coding work (designing a webpage) for Tech Week last week. We have some very talented coders in the making!!

    Have a great week everyone!

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

    aarmstrong@tearohaprimary.school.nz and lgmable@tearohaprimary.school.nz

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    Room 10 – Mrs B

    Kia ora koutou - I orea te tuatara ka puta ki waho - A problem is solved by continuing to find solutions.

    We loved having Mrs Mac back with us last week. This session highlighted the need for us to be “multipliers” (a good reminder that some of us need to know our times tables!!!) and that there is more than one way to solve and approach a problem.

    Maths - we continue to develop efficient strategies to solve multiplication with large numbers.

    Literacy - our reading and writing work will continue to be linked to our Inquiry Topic - What happened here? We are really enjoying exploring aspects of our New Zealand History. We use our comprehension skills to have a deep understanding of the text, which is then transferred into our writing, with the support of information from a secondary source. Well done Rm 10 - I am impressed!

    Topic Inquiry - Our workshops last week were amazing! We had so much fun This week, we investigate the features and purpose of Maori pā. This will help us with our Inquiry work as we delve into the Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Curriculum in the coming weeks with learning around the Struggle for Land and Sovereignty - Tino rangatiratanga me te kāwanatanga.

    Seesaw - we are really enjoying sharing our learning on this platform and love it when parents and whānau comment.

    Looking forward to an awesome week.

    Arohanui - Mrs B dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz

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    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.