Week 3, Term 2 2021

Tauranga Primary School Newsletter

Principal's Message

Tēnā koutou katoa

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

This week, we had our visits to Ōtanewainuku. As well as learning how we can help to be kaitiaki (guardians) of te ngāhere (bush) at Ōtanewainuku, we are sharing the legend that is special to this area. There are many variations of this legend, as with many legends, this has been passed down through the ages by korero (talking/story telling).

Here is a simple version you can use to discuss with your children:

There was once a hill with no name who lived on the edge of the Hautere forest. This nameless one was a pononga (slave) to the great chiefly mountain, Ōtanewainuku. To the southwest was the shapely form of Puwhenua, a beautiful hill, clothed all in the fine greens of the ferns, shrubs and trees of the forest of Tane. The nameless one was desperately in love with Puwhenua, however her heart already belonged to Ōtanewainuku.

There seemed to be no hope for the lowly slave. In despair, the nameless one decided to end it all by drowning himself in the ocean, Te Moananui a Kiwa. Calling on the patupaiarehe (creatures of the mist), the pononga asked them to plait the ropes with their magic, and then haul him down towards the ocean.

Chanting their song they began to haul the nameless one slowly towards the water, gouging out the valley where the river Waimapu now flows. They followed the channel past Hairini, past Maungatapu and Matapihi and finally past Te Papa, to the water's edge.

By this time it was very close to day break. The sun rose, fixing the nameless one to that place. Being people of the night the patupaiarehe fled back to the shady depths of the Hautere forests, before the light of the sun descended upon them.

The patupaiarehe gave the name Mauao to this mountain, which marks the entrance of Tauranga Moana. Mauao means caught by the morning sun. Mauao is also known as Mt Maunganui.

On Friday (21st) we have pink shirt day; supporting the Mental Health Foundation, with their campaign to 'Speak up, Stand together, Stop bullying'. Students and staff can wear pink on Friday to show their support for this free event. Also on Friday it is our FOTS Pizza lunch day.

An important reminder that we have our Learning Conferences next week - Wednesday 26th May 3:30pm - 6:00pm and Thursday 27th May, 8:00am - 7:00pm. You will have received an email telling you how to book a time slot, and you should also have a hard copy letter, sent home with your child. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Learning Conferences, so we can celebrate your child's achievement so far this year. Your child's report will be emailed to you on Tuesday 25th May.

As usual, we ask that, where possible, all TPS children do not attend school on Thursday 27th May, unless attending their Learning Conference with you.

However, if your child/ren will be attending school, please register your child by going through School Shop, and selecting the Learning Conference option, then completing the questions asked. A separate entry is required for each child.


A reminder that our TPS Cross-country is on Wednesday 2nd of June, at Memorial Park - further information will be sent home soon.

Nau mai, haere mai - a very warm welcome to Trey Mitchell who has recently started at TPS. Glad to have you and your family as part of our TPS TEAM.

Noho ora mai,


Cathy Ediker

Acting Principal

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Literature Quiz

On Monday, 17 May, Devaani Adhikari, Kate Faitl, Kathryn Parker and Lucy Wilde took part in the Bay of Plenty heat for the 2021 Literature Quiz. It was a busy evening with tough competition against teams of Year 6, 7 and 8 students from around the region! Overall, Tauranga Primary scored 14th place out of the 20 teams competing, and scored first place for a primary team. Well done!
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Thank you Health House!

Health House recently donated 48 boxes of tissues for our learners to use in their classes. We appreciate their on-going support in providing these products , especially during these times of increased health concerns. Health House provide quality, natural health products and have a retail store at 1 Whakakake Street, Tauriko, Tauranga.

Te Rito

Tauranga Primary has been invited by the Ministry to upload our standardised Learning Support Register (sLSR) to Te Rito. Te Rito is a national repository of learner data that enables the safe and secure transfer of information between schools. As a result, informed and targeted action can be taken at all levels of the education system. When learners shift between schools, the information that their new school and teachers need to know will travel with them. Important information about learners won’t need to be regathered at every step of their journey. Only authorised users will be given access to Te Rito and will have access only to the data relevant to their role or position. More information about Te Rito is available on the Ministry of Education Website.


Term 2:

  • 21st May - Pink Shirt Day
  • 21st May - FOTS Pizza lunch
  • 26th May - International Students' Learning Conferences
  • 26th May - Learning Conferences - 3:30pm- 6:00pm
  • 27th May - Learning Conferences - 8:00am - 7:30pm
  • 2nd June - Cross Country at Memorial Park - whole school
  • 7th June - Queen's Birthday- School closed
  • 21st - 25th June- Kia Kaha- Anti Bullying Programme
  • 22nd June - BOT meeting, 7:00pm
  • 25th June -Matariki breakfast whole school-7:30am - 8:30am
  • 25th - June - FOTS Pizza Lunch
  • 25th - 28th June - Matariki
  • 30th June - Funky fun day - Year 3 and 4
  • 1st July - Teachers Paid Union Meeting (more details to come)
  • 2nd July - Teacher Only Day - School closed
  • 9th July - Last day of term- school finishes at the usual time


A mobility park is a specially designated car parking space for disabled people. You must have a mobility card to use these. If you do not have a Mobility Parking Permit please do not park in the designated mobility car park next to the pedestrian crossing. We understand that parking can be difficult but this carpark is reserved for those with Mobility permits.


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This hunt is brought to you by Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC), developing our next generation of biosecurity champions. This is very pertinent this week when we are learning about Kaitiakitanga (guardianship) of the natural environment.


Acting 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


Enrolment Officer

Barbara Turley