Te Aroha Primary School

Term 1 Week 2 2022

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Kia ora katou

Ko Murray McDonald ahau. Welcome to the first newsletter of 2022. I have been appointed as interim Principal until your new permanent Principal is appointed, at this stage, Term 2.

As I mentioned in my earlier panui, I am delighted to be part of such a great school, the core fabric is robust and supportive and I have already had the pleasure of watching quality teaching and eager learning happening.

I will be looking at promoting leadership opportunities in the school, especially with our Year 8 students as they are the role models for the younger students. There will definitely be accolade and recognition for those who help the school culture to be strong and rich – the Road patrollers, the Librarians, House leaders, Class leaders and many more – watch this space because their efforts are to be celebrated ☺

Repeat of last year’s ask

No parents are permitted on the school grounds except if you are visiting the school office.

If you do come onto the school grounds to visit the office then you are required to wear a mask and to sign in at the office for our contact tracing. Please also scan in using the QR code on the office window.

We need to keep everyone safe.


Sunhats are compulsory items and in sunny weather are to be worn. Aotearoa / New Zealand has some of the fiercest actinics activity in the world. You do burn, your skin gets damaged and there is a limited number of times this can occur before potentially cancers develop. I have had skin cancers removed from sun abuse in my younger days and have more to be looked at. The following may be food for thought.

The American Cancer Society also said that UV light can cause premature aging and signs of damage such as wrinkles, leather skin, liver spots, actinic keratosis and solar elastosis.— Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2020

After a lip sunburn, precancerous inflammation called actinic cheilitis (AC) can develop, and that could lead to squamous cell cancer.— Claire Gillespie, Health.com, 2 July 2020

Loud Shirts

I rarely wear plain shirts – I own one, possibly two ☺ There is a day coming soon – and I will inform you asap called LOUD Shirt Day. I am hearing impaired following an explosion in a foundry where I was working as a 19year-old. We have a number of students who also wear hearing aids or sound amplifying devices and on LOUD Shirt Day I share pizza with those who have impaired hearing (Students and staff) ☺

Great mufti-day – LOUD LOUD clothing worn for a gold coin donation – watch this space ☺


It was disappointing to arrive at school on Friday morning to find the bench seats in the waiting area in the front quad had been smashed by an unknown group of around 6-7 young persons approximately 15-20 years of age. The destruction occurred at around 2.30-3am. Police have a copy of CCTV footage and hope to identify the vandals.

Technology At Te Aroha College

Our Yr 7/8 Students will begin their technology programme THIS Friday morning. Students need to be at school at 8.30am and lined up outside Rm 10.

Long hair needs to be tied up and students will need to wear shoes that cover their feet (eg sneakers)

All students must wear a mask on the bus to Tech and in their Tech class.

A notice with further information will be sent home.

Access to Period Products

We are very pleased to be part of the Ministry of Education's programme to provide free access to period products for students. Using these products is not compulsory and students can continue to bring products from home if they prefer. Mrs B will be organising this, with products being discreetly given to students - a notice has been sent home but you can also get in touch with Mrs B by ringing the school office (07) 8848803 or by sending her an email dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz if you would like your child to receive these products each month. At the moment, we have a range of pad brands available.

Yr 7/8 Immunisations

As per newsletter sent home last week, the Public Health Nurse will be in school on Friday at 11am (Yr 7) and 11.30am (Yr 8) for an information session. If you do not wish for your child to be part of this, please contact your child's teacher via Seesaw or email so that other arrangements can be made during this time.

Key Term Dates


1. School Office Open for New Enrolments and Uniform Sales - Thursday 27 January 2022

9am - 1.00pm

2. School Office Open for New Enrolments and Uniform Sales - Friday 28 January 2022

9am - 1.00pm

3. School Re opens for students at 9.00am on 1 February 2022

Other term dates to be advised.

Classroom Round Ups

Classroom roundups

Room 1 - Mrs Johnson

What a great start to the new school year! Welcome back to Blake, Lucas, Rory and Syriss and a special welcome to Kohen, Stefan, Sidney, Karter and Tyler. In Room 1 our day is a mix of play and learning with the teacher. Our focus at the moment is learning class routines, what it is to be a Room 1 learner and learning to write our names correctly .Our letterland sounds for the week are a, t,and p. In Maths we are learning to group and count sets of objects. A great source of interest at present are the tadpoles in a tank outside our classroom and they have led to interesting discussion. A reminder that we swim everyday weather permitting and that Friday is our library day. Please remember that you can contact me via Seesaw or jjohnson@tearohaprimary.school.nz.

Room 2 – Mrs McGhie

Kia Ora

Welcome to week 2. We are continuing to look at the topic "All about Me". This topic is being explored in our writing and also during maths. Thank you to those that have given me the information for the mihi/pepeha via Seesaw. This week reading books will come home with the children. Please enjoy spending time reading with your children. The children enjoyed swimming last week and I hope that we will get some fine periods this week so that we can still go swimming. Enjoy your week. Maria

Room 3 – Miss Swan

Kia ora koutou. What an amazing first week back at school! Everyone has settled in well and is ready to learn! We have been learning about Room 3’s routines, have made a class treaty and have created some very cool superhero self portraits.

Writing: We are looking closely at rereading our writing to ensure it makes sense and to make changes if we need to.

Maths: We are continuing on with our Statistical Investigations where we sort and gather data. Last week we looked at our favourite animals and sports.

Reading: Reading books will begin to come as of this week as we establish Room 3’s reading groups.

Reminders for the week:

  • During this hot weather please bring along a school sun hat everyday and a named drink bottle.

  • Our Library day is on Fridays.

  • A Pepeha will be coming home this week and I would really appreciate it being filled and returned so we can learn to introduce ourselves in Te Reo Māori.

  • Thank you to the whānau that have connected with Seesaw. The sign in codes were sent home on the first day of school. Please let me know if you have trouble connecting.

Please remember you can contact me via Seesaw and email mswan@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Have a wonderful week!

Room 5- Miss Entwisle

A special welcome to those parents and students who are new to the class. We spent last week sorting stationery, establishing routines and learning where things are in our class. We are getting to know one another, finding out more about who we are and how we can work together to create a safe, happy and productive learning environment. We have been enjoying our swimming sessions and have had fun learning games that help develop water safety and confidence. Some of us have had our first session using the class Chromebooks. We are learning how to log in and how to log back out again. We will continue to develop our independent work habits as we become more familiar with the class expectations. Well done to those students who have their school hat with them each day. It is great to see people being Sunsmart on these hot, sunny days!

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 (once you have connected with it at home).

Room 6 – Mrs Bankier

Welcome to Room 6 2022! A special welcome to Aston who joined Room 6 last week.

We are learning about strategies to help us in maths, drawing our maths and working with others. We are also learning about having a growth mindset this week.

In reading we are learning how to manage our own learning around independent activities during reading time. We are practising silent reading each day, your child can bring a book from home, the library or choose from the collection I have in class.

We are looking at writing super sentences, these being compound and complex sentences. Also how to set up our books. Room 6 are enjoying having diary writing time, choosing what they want to write about once a week.

Please remember we swim every day so your child needs to have their togs and towel each day.

Our Library day is Tuesday.

I am looking forward to the year ahead with Room 6.

Please feel free to contact me through Seesaw or email kbankier@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Room 7 – Mrs Paul

Hello Everyone- another short week with so much to cover! We are having a lovely time getting to know each other and learning to work together as a team. I am most impressed with the caring and nurturing attitudes that I am seeing in the room. This week we will finish looking at Waitangi Day, its place in NZ history - its impact on us now- and in the future. We will move into looking at our Pepeha and how we connect with the land and each other. Knowing where we come from helps us see where we are going. In Maths, we are looking at addition as well as working on the speed of basic facts. As we look at ourselves, we explore the meaning and origins of our names and share stories with each other. We will complete an abstract self portrait to hang on the wall with our name story. Please make sure togs come to school even if you think the day is a little cooler.

Room 8 – Mrs McKenzie

Kia ora to all,

Wow, what a fabulous week to kick start our year. I have thoroughly enjoyed the beginning of our term with all Room 8 students. Already they have shown an eagerness to be learners, take on extra responsibilities , and be team players. We have an action packed term and year ahead of us and I am really looking forward to getting to know each and every student of Room 8 and helping them become the very best person and outstanding learner they can be.

This term our beginning focus is establishing relationships and routines that we want to maintain for the remainder of the year. In writing, we are using quick writes to help us think of ideas and expand our vocabulary. Maths, we are exploring whole numbers, we are sharing our prior knowledge as a whole class and working hard on problem solving. Love this! Daily swimming has started strong with all students eager to participate. Please remember if your child cannot swim or do P.E., please contact me.

Mrs Giniver has started Friday learning and has introduced a themed block of French Friday. The students have responded well to this and am looking forward to learning from them, alongside the other learning areas they work at.

Please remember, hats are a must for the warmer months.

Once we have had our settling in period, students will have their weekly timetable.

I enjoy communication between families/whānau, whether it is just a hello, special celebrations to share from home and school, or questions and concerns. Always feel free to contact me through Seesaw or my direct school email.

Looking forward to week two!

Warmest regards

Mrs McKenzie

Room 9 – Whaea Armstrong and Mrs Hodgetts

Kia Ora! We hope that you have enjoyed your long weekend and are ready to hit the ground running. This week we will continue to develop our team work skills and start our learning routines.

Literacy: This week we are going to do some quick writes. Keep an eye out for our finished product on seesaw. In reading we still start working in our groups. Journals are our focus this term. We are developing our reading comprehension and inferential skills.

Mathematics: This term we are focused on addition and subtraction. We will begin to delve into our group work and build on last year's knowledge.

Swimming: Please bring togs daily. We are lucky to have a pool and want tamariki to be confident and safe around water.

Hats: Make sure you have a hat. It is essential that we are sunsafe in this hot weather.

Tech: This Friday Tech starts. Please make sure you’re at school before the bell so you can catch the bus.

Homework: 20minutes reading a night. Weekly Quiz.

Room 10 – Mrs B

Kia ora koutou - nau mai, haere mai ki tēnei whare māhana.

What a fantastic start to the term! It has been such a privilege getting to know Rm 10 students over the last week - what an awesome class.

In Rm 10, we are kind, we work hard and try our best. Exciting to see the potential of these students and their willingness to step up as a senior student.

Please always feel welcome to contact me via Seesaw or email if you have any queries or concerns.

Reading - we have begun our class novel and are exploring different comprehension strategies to respond to the text to show our understanding.

Writing - we are using Quick Writes to help us generate ideas and develop our vocabulary.

Maths - we will be exploring large whole numbers and their value this week. We love collaborate group challenges!

Swimming - great to see our students in the pool. Please make sure you contact me if your child is unable to swim for some reason. We go swimming every day.

Hats - please make sure your child has a school hat.

Please be on the look out for a letter about TECH, which starts this Friday at Te Aroha College.

Looking forward to a fantastic week.

Arohanui - Mrs B dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz


Below is the lunch menu for Week 2.
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School Lunches

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