Te Aroha Primary School

Term 1 Week 9 2022

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Tēnā tātou katoa

Wow - the term is racing to a close - not long now. Wednesday 13th April is the last day for students. At 3pm we say bye for a week or two. Sadly though, I’ll be leaving too. I have had a great stint at this wonderful school and I know your new Principal, Mr Justin Bertrand will be keen and eager to take over.

I’ll miss you, that’s for sure. The enduring legacy of smiles and good nature will remain with me. You are a tough act to follow…

Ka kite ano




  • 14/4/2022 Last day of Term 1

  • 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.

    Other term dates to be advised.


    Hot news…. FIREWOOD available - $100 cubic metre - delivered.

    Well I’ll go to blazes - this is a flaming good bargain.

    Drying for over a year, this wood will work well for you this winter. Beat the cold - bring on the warmth…

    Please contact the office 07 884 8803 for details - delivery address, payment option etc

    SPORTS NEWS - Mrs Paul


    This is just about finalised…


    Well done to all those who played this week. Special mention goes to Brodie who had his first outing now that he is a big Year 5. Well done to his team with Jaylar and Alice - who came through undefeated.

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    PTA NEWS - 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:

    Being Sunsmart at TAPS

    Hats are a required part of our school uniform in Term 1 and in Term 4. Hats need to be our official uniform ones with the school logo on the front. Children not wearing hats will be required to play in shady areas rather than out in the sun. If your child does not have a school hat, please contact Lucy in the office to arrange one.

    Senior School Reporters

    A big THANK YOU to our Senior School Reporters for their photos and interviews.

    For this edition, Taylin, Morgan and Jahnaia have been our reporters, bringing “extra news to our newsletter.”


    The Dental Unit Team

    The mobile dental unit van left our school on Friday and has headed off to Orini School.

    If you have any concerns with your children's teeth, feel free to contact 0800 TALK TEETH to schedule an appointment at your nearest clinic.

    Thanks for having us - we have enjoyed our time at your school.

    The Dental Team


    Students are reminded to have long hair tied back and shoes that cover their feet (no slides please!) Masks are also required to be worn on the bus and in the College Technology classrooms. Roll call is outside Rm 10 at 8.30am. If your child is running late, please take them directly to Te Aroha College on Friday morning.

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    Last week, our Year 7 and 8 students started back at Tech, which is run at Te Aroha College. There are six rotations that students will do throughout the year - Wood, Engineering, Food, Sci-Tech, Digital (robotics) and Dance / Drama. The students were definitely excited and can't wait to go back again this week!


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    Road Wardens:

    Rain, hail or shine, we would like to say a big THANK YOU to our Road Wardens - some of whom have been doing extra duties while we have had students away. This is a really important job. Thank you also to the parents (and grandparents!) who man the road patrol in the mornings.



    Room 1 - Mrs Johnson

    I am away this week and Mrs Gamble and Mrs Maisey will be running the class programme in Room 1. Reading homework books will come home as per usual. I look forward to being back with the class next Monday.

    Room 2 – Mrs McGhie

    It was great to be back in the classroom last week and I enjoyed getting to know the boys from Room 1. This week we will be learning about groupings to 5 and 10 plus we will be working on our number formations. Reading this week will be back to bringing home homework that goes with the book that the children will read in class with me. Thank you to those who have kept up with the homework these past weeks. The children have done some amazing writing while I have been away and I look forward to seeing them continue with this. Have a wonderful week.

    Room 3 – Miss Swan

    Kia ora koutou

    Welcome to week 9! Last week we had a great time learning two new maths games to help us with instant recall of facts to 10. One of the games even involved using Lego and was a big hit! This week's focus for Room 3 is settling back into routines and expectations of being role models of the Waihou Hub.

    Writing: We are learning to underline words we are unsure of and fixing them up by using a wordcard or dictionary.

    Maths: We are continuing on with our small group number units and looking closely at teen and ty numbers.
    Reading: Thank you to caregivers and whānau for working so hard on homework with your children. It really makes a difference to your child’s letter sound knowledge. Books and letter sound work will be coming home during the week.
    Reminders for the week:

    • Please remember your drink bottle, homework books and book bags everyday

    • Library day is on Friday

    You can contact me via Seesaw or email mswan@tearohaprimary.school.nz

    Have an amazing week! 😊


    Room 4 - Mrs Willis and the Goldfields Team

    It's been great to have the Room 4 staff and students back at school with us. They love playing in the school grounds as much as we do!

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    Room 5 - Miss Entwisle

    Our class numbers are looking healthier again as we head in to week 9 . The children are getting back into the swing of things and are enjoying being back at school with their peers. 😊

    Wrriting/Topic: We are finding out about Life Cycles of various plants and animals, and will be using this information to help us write explanations and reports.

    Mathematics: We are starting an Addition and Subtraction unit and will be developing our problem solving strategies.

    Reading: We have been enjoying reading our Big Books, Class Poems, Class Novel and a shared Journal each day. Our group reading will see us focusing on talking about texts and understanding what we are reading.

    Reminders / Online Learning

    Our Spelling words and weekly poem are available on Seesaw for all Room 5 students who are keen to work on them at home. There will be online activities posted on Seesaw for those students who are currently isolating. These will be sent as student posts on their journal pages each day so that families can access them more easily. We will also be doing aspects of this online learning in class so that the students at school are completing similar work to those at home.

    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

    I am looking forward to most of the class being back this week. Last week we welcomed Shanti to TAPS and Room 6, sadly this week we farwell Arya as she moves to a new home - we wish you the best for the future Arya.

    We will be continuing our learning about fractions this week, solving word problems that involve working out a fraction of a set. We will also be learning about compass points as part of our directions tasks.

    In writing we will be writing about life cycles and publishing these as a book or slideshow.

    We are hoping our seeds start to grow this week, we planted mini gardens in ice cream containers on Friday. These will be able to be taken home at the end of the term and grown at home.

    Room 7 – Mrs Paul

    Can’t believe week 9 is here already!

    Last week we happily welcomed back another set of friends who had had 7 days at home!!I Love how happy these guys are to see their friends - it is heart warming.

    This week we will be sharing our writing with you - please take a look and leave your child a comment. We will also share our animated Life cycle slide shows. We have just learnt how to do this and I am so proud of their efforts. If you don’t have google slides, let me know and we may be able to share on Powerpoint. When we share things the children do look to see if they have any comments.

    In Maths we continue to look at Fractions - this week we are looking at Equivalent Fractions and ordering fractions. The other group is looking at clockwise and anti clockwise. Most children have now passed the 2x and 5x tables so we will be moving on to the 10s this week.

    Our instructional reading is well underway and the children are learning to respond well to text - using different types of text- and in a variety of ways.

    This week we will also start some memory work - it was interesting to note that many children could not hold 4 objects in their head - these are also children who struggle to follow instructions when given more than 2 at a time….This will become a daily task for the rest of the term.


    Room 8 – Mrs McKenzie

    Kia Ora Whānau

    What a fabulous week we had last week. There was positivity all around and the learning was humming! This coming week we welcome back those students who have been away. Yolandi is our newest student in Room 8 to join TAPS and she is fitting in so well already. This week we will be doing a mixture of online self-led learning and teacher-led learning as Mrs M will not be in class all week. Maths is a continuation of whole numbers, addition and subtraction starting with refreshing over tidy numbers and compensating strategies, as well as multiplication facts. We are learning about the most efficient strategy for each problem.

    Topic is all about plants and animals this week, where we will be incorporating our reading and writing around this inquiry too. We have been report writing using informational text, taking key words and rewording it into our own sentences. We will learn how to summarise this week in more detail. Students are encouraged to get creative in the showcasing of their research. We continue with our class novel, Gangsta Granny, using reading strategies to question and answer as we go. Swimming is well and truly finished so we will look into using some time instead learning the skills needed for winter sports. We have also been enjoying having Mrs O'Connor from RTLB in each week, working on team building and our Hauora. We are excited to learn more from her and I hope the students are sharing with you each week what they learn and do. Keep well and stay happy!

    Nga mihi

    Mrs McKenzie and Mrs Ginever

    Room 9 – Whaea Armstrong and Mrs Hodgetts

    Kia Ora Koutou!

    It was fantastic to see the return of so many Room 9 students last week and we are excited for another big week ahead, so get your brain caps on ready to learn!

    Maths - This week we will be diving into the world of ‘Decimals’ where we will unpack what a decimal is and how to add them.

    Reading - With Life cycles being the forefront of our topic this term, we will be reading lots of journals about a variety of different organisms, both plants and animals.

    Writing - This week we will produce a writing sample. This sample will be a piece of report writing that we have been learning about from last week. Our focus for this piece will be on ‘Cicadas’.

    Topic - Get your gardening fingers ready because this week we will be learning about the life cycle of plants. We will also get the opportunity to plant our own seeds so we can witness the life cycle in action over the coming weeks.

    As we are nearing the end of a very mucky term, we ask that you continue to show our school values and work hard to keep a positive attitude in the classroom. We know at this time of the term we can start to get ‘tired’ and lose focus of what our purpose for school is. Please keep showing the resilience, kindness and diligence that you have been for the last few weeks so we can end our term on a high!

    Remember Kia Kaha, Kia Māia, Kia Manawanui - Be Strong, Be Brave, Be Steadfast!

    Room 10 – Mrs B

    Kia ora koutou - Mā te kimi ka kite, mā te kite ka mōhio, mā te mōhio ka mārama! Seek and discover, discover and know, know and become enlightened!

    Learning will be a blended experience this week, with online learning opportunities available for students to complete and interact with. Our big focus will be on the Cycle of Life, which will be integrated throughout our Reading, Writing and Inquiry work. If your child is working at home, please remind them to share their work with me.

    Maths - we complete our learning on addition and subtraction with whole and decimal numbers this week. We will be developing our ability to identify the most efficient strategy to use to reach an answer as well as developing our problem solving skills. This will require us to carefully read the problem so that we understand WHAT the problem is asking us to do.

    Cycle of Life - our research projects will be completed this week and we look forward to displaying these on our back wall. We also get practical by growing beans in a variety of ways - observing the germination process and identifying preferred growing conditions and plant needs. We will also be completing an independent writing sample about the life cycle of a bean, which will be an assessment sample for this term.

    Online Presence - we are very careful in Rm 10 about online safety and the choice of platforms we have access to and use with our school accounts. Always a good reminder to check in and talk to your child about the social media sites they have access to at home and what they are using them for.

    Here is to another awesome week in Rm 10 - super proud of the learning that is happening while we navigate teaching and learning in different ways.

    Kia tu, kia toa, kia mau - accept the challenge

    Arohanui - Mrs B



    School Lunches

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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.

    Apology - Miss Entwisle

    The Green Poem in last week's newsletter was actually the work of Brodie Mangin. My apologies for this error.

    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.