Week 7, 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.

Next week we are lucky to have Constable Emma coming to school to assist the teachers with the Kia Kaha programme. Kia Kaha means to be strong. The Kia Kaha programme enables students to develop strategies for respectful relationships, where bullying behaviours are not tolerated.

We tend to assume that everyone knows the definition of bullying, but often we hear the term misused. Many of our tamariki use the term bullying when they have disputes with their friends. Whether bullying is physical, verbal, or social/emotional (relational), four widely-accepted factors can be used to identify it:

  • Bullying is usually not a one-off - it is repeated
  • Bullying is deliberate - harming another person intentionally
  • Bullying involves a misuse of power in a relationship
  • Bullying involves behaviour that can cause harm

Bullying can happen anywhere, in person or online (cyberbullying), at any time, and can be verbal, physical or social/emotional (relational). It can be obvious or hidden.

If you would like to know more about the Kia Kaha programme here is the link: Kia Kaha

If you need advice on Cyber safety, we recommend having a look at Netsafe.

Here is the link: Netsafe

Nau mai, haere mai - a very warm welcome to Adarsh Singh, Angus Sievwright, Leo Bingham, Louis Bidois, Ava Macrae, Mason Torien and Felix Shin, who have recently started at TPS. We are glad to have you and your family as part of our TPS TEAM.

Ngā mihi nui,


Cathy Ediker

Acting Principal

Teachers' Paid Union Meeting Thursday July 1st

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

We have been given notification of a Teachers' Paid Union Meeting on Thursday 1st July, in the afternoon. All teachers in the union are entitled to attend. We ask you to assist us on this afternoon by:

  • picking up your child(ren) from 12:30pm. There is no need to notify us beforehand, just sign out your child(ren) with their class teacher on the day.

  • notifying the office if your child(ren) will be staying at school. There will be a skeleton staff available to supervise remaining children until 3:00pm. Either fill in the online form on our TPS website: https://www.tauranga.school.nz/school-shop?art=6073, or notify the office.

Thank you for your continued support,

Cathy Ediker

Acting Principal

Scholastic Book Club

I am so excited to bring back Scholastic Book Club into Tauranga Primary School!

Scholastic Book Club is a great way to get books into the hands of our children especially with the amazing $3.00 books in each issue. This is also a great way in which we keep our TPS library alive with new books as the school gains 20% from all sales to go towards new books and reading resources for our children.

Browse the catalogues with your child(ren) to find out their interests and tell you about some of the books they may have read. You can also view the catalogues online at scholastic.co.nz.

Ordering has never been so easy through the Scholastic Loop on your phone, tablet and laptop. If you are not tech savvy there is a box set up in the office for manual orders which I will process regularly. Orders will be delivered to your children in their classrooms.

Please direct any and all questions to me and I will be more than happy to help you out.

Happy reading

Rachelle Lang – langrachelle@gmail.com (please put Book Club in the subject line)

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Our children enjoyed their recent trips to Ōtanewainuku where they learnt about the work the Kiwi Trust performs to help protect their special environment. If you would like to support the Ōtanewainuku trust in any way, here is the link: https://kiwitrust.org/
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Before School

We are aware that many parents have early work commitments to start their day and this can result in dropping children at school very early in the morning; there is no supervision at this time. As winter is now upon us, the mornings tend to be darker, colder and wetter. We are fortunate to host a before-school and after-school child care facility on site which can help with this need. You can contact Schools' Out to book regular or casual supervision morning sessions from 6:45am with breakfast provided.

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. https://www.education.govt.nz/our-work/changes-in-education/data-for-wellbeing-programme/te-rito-student-information-sharing/


Term 2:

  • 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 - Please pick up between 12:30pm and 1:00pm
  • 2nd July - Teacher Only Day - School closed
  • 9th July - Last day of term- school finishes at the usual time

Mānawatia a Matariki

Matariki is the Māori name for a group of stars that are also known as the Pleiades star cluster.

The physical appearance of Matariki in the sky was traditionally used by a tohunga (a priest or expert) as a forecast of the year ahead. Clear and bright stars signalled warm and productive seasons, and hazy or shimmering clusters meant a cold winter was coming and ground for crops was prepared accordingly.

Each iwi has their own stories and perspectives about Matariki and celebrate Matariki at different times. Some hold festivities when Matariki is first seen in the dawn sky; others celebrate after the rise of the full moon or at the beginning of the next new moon.

Today Matariki is generally seen as an important time to celebrate the earth and show respect for the land. It is also a time to acknowledge those who have passed away and to plan for the year ahead.

Matariki is a good opportunity for all New Zealanders to come together with Māori communities to learn their stories, culture, and language.

From nzcurriculum@tki.org.nz.

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Matariki Celebration

Tauranga Primary School - Māori New Year Celebration

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

When: Friday morning 25th June, 7:30am - 8:30am.

Where: On the Senior site, performances in front of Senior Hub 1

Programme: Performances by TPS Kapa Haka, Choir, Senior band

and a Junior Jump Jam group,

plus storytelling with a guest speaker

Catering: Toast, jam and marmite provided as a light breakfast for all.

We will have gluten free bread and hot chocolate.

For the children: Free hot chocolate and marshmallows - BYO CUP FROM HOME.

For our whānau - hot drinks will be available for purchase from a coffee van.

Parking: Roadside around the school.

Policy Review

We are currently reviewing the Reporting to Parents on Student Progress and Achievement policy. We invite you to visit the school website - Policies at https://tauranga.schooldocs.co.nz (note that there's no "www."), our username is "tauranga" and password "belltower".

We would encourage you to record any feedback you have on this policy on the site so your opinions can be considered as part of the review process.

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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 on Fifth Avenue. We understand that parking can be difficult but this carpark is reserved for those with mobility permits.

Calling all old mobile phones

RE:MOBILE mobile phone recycling scheme collects and recycles old mobile phones and provides rewards, such as sports equipment to the school. It would be great if you could rummage around in your drawers and toy boxes at home and bring into school any unwanted mobile phones. Get mums, dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles to ask around at work and see if anyone has replaced their mobile phone recently and bring them along as well.

Phones collected help reduce waste sent to landfills, save valuable materials and energy, and help look after New Zealand’s waterways.

Please drop any unwanted mobile phones you may have in the collection box in the reception area at School.


School Holiday Acting Classes


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