Week 9, Term 1 2021

Tauranga Primary School Newsletter

Principal's Message

Tēnā koutou katoa

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

Seesaw is an online application that we use across the school to share learning at school with school families, it is not accessible by the public.

TPS teachers have shared the QR codes and instructions about how to access the app. (can be accessed on phones and computers) with all TPS families.

Parents with the Seesaw app. can get push notifications when there have been items uploaded for your child. The notifications could just be for your child and family, or a class/whānau group or a whole team eg the senior team.

As we progress with developing our Structured Literacy teaching approach we will post videos and suggestions about ways you can assist your child at home. Having and using the Seesaw app. will definitely be an advantage.

Recently Mr Nick Adams (Matua) has been appointed as the new principal of Matawai School, a kura in Tairāwhiti, just out of Gisborne. He will commence his principalship in Term 2. We will certainly miss Nick's skills and expertise at TPS. I am sure you will all agree that this is fabulous career opportunity for him and his whānau, and wish him well in his next job.

We are currently advertising nationwide for a new teacher.

Nau mai, haere mai. A very warm welcome to Jaycee, in Room19, who recently started at TPS. Glad to have you and your family as part of our TPS TEAM.

Thank you for your continued support.

Noho ora mai


Fiona Hawes

Principal | Tumuaki



Holi is one of the most significant Hindu festivals in India and is known as the 'festival of colours'. Holi is also called the Spring Festival, as it marks the arrival of spring in the northern hemisphere. People visit family and friends. They come together to throw coloured powders on each other, laugh and gossip, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks. A day before Holi, people make a huge community bonfire known as Holika Dahan. This year, Holika Dahan was observed on Sunday, March 28, 2021. Delicious gujiyas and a serving of 'bhang' are also integral parts of Holi celebrations in India.

To all our TPS families that celebrate holi, we wish you and your family all the success and prosperity this Holi!

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The Great Tauranga Duck Race

Parents of junior children, thanks for your help with selling Duck Race tickets - the response has been fantastic. Could you return any money, ticket stubs or unsold tickets to school as soon as possible please. There are still a few tickets available at the office if you wish to purchase or take some to sell.

Thank you again

TPS Friends of the School


GOOD FRIDAY - 2nd April



School is closed these three days.

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Safety at the school gate is a top priority @ TPS

The safety of all students leaving our school site each day is a top priority.

We understand that car parks close to the school are limited, it does require some planning and patience from everyone to keep the roads, paths and crossing points safe for our children.

With 440 children exiting the school everyday there will be congestion and limited car parking spaces, from 2.45 - 3.05pm. This is why we have instigated the 2.50pm pick up and go option for the junior school, which has significantly reduced traffic and has also created many more available car parks close to the school by 3.05pm.

Children on the junior site do have an optional pick up time from 2.50pm. They can be collected directly from their class. This is a pick up and go option only, please do not stay and play. The school playgrounds and sandpits are closed until after 3pm.

The 2.50pm pick up and go option is a safety measure intended to reduce congestion at the school gate and increase the safety for children exiting the school site. Junior school (Year 1-2) children who are not picked up at 2.50pm will be supervised and released at 3pm with the remainder of the school.

The 5th Ave Doctors Practice car park is a private car park for patients attending appointments only. The school has recently received a complaint about parents parking in this space to pick up children.

A few parents are also choosing to park in the mobility car park on 5th Avenue to pick up or drop off children. This park is designated for those who have a Mobility Parking Permit and a genuine need to access this park, please respect this.

We also ask that parents use the designated crossing points (zebra crossings) at pick up and drop off times. We want children to use the crossings at all times, as it is the safest option when crossing the road. If parents role model crossing anywhere on the street then children will follow this lead.

Our top priority, is the safety of all children. Leaving the school site at the end of the day is one of the biggest health and safety risk factors we have at our school and we appreciate your support to ensure that everyone makes it home safely everyday.

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Term 1:

  • 2nd April - Good Friday- School Closed
  • 5th April - Easter Monday - School Closed
  • 6th April - Easter Tuesday - School Closed
  • 8th - 16th April- RSA Poppy appeal - Gold coin donation
  • 12th-16th April - Kids can ride- Seniors
  • 16th April Last day of term- school finishes usual time

Term 2:

  • 3rd May - First day Term 2
  • 18th May - BOT meeting, 7pm
  • 21st May - FOTS Pizza lunch
  • 26th May - International Student's 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
  • 7th June - Queens Birthday- School closed
  • 21st - 25th June- Kia Kaha- Anti Bullying Programme, in association with NZ Police
  • 22nd June - BOT meeting, 7pm
  • 25th - June - FOTS Pizza Lunch
  • 25th - 28th June - Matariki
  • 30th June - Funky Dun Day - Year 3 and 4
  • 2nd July - Teacher Only Day, School closed
  • 9th July - Last day of term- school finishes usual time

Worries or concerns

At times, as parents, you may have a worry or a concern about your child's learning or behaviour or perhaps how the behaviour of another child is affecting your child.
Please share these worries or concerns early. Your key points of contact are as follows.

  1. In the first instant make contact with your child's teacher to discuss. You can do this either via email or making a time to meet the teacher.
  2. If you are not comfortable talking to your child's teacher please make contact with either the Team Leader of the team your child is in (our Team Leaders are Junior School – Pam Wilkins, Middle School – Jason Morgan, Senior School – Jo Howard).
  3. If you believe your worry or concern to be of a very serious nature, please make contact with Robyn Caley (Assistant Principal with overview of the junior school) or Cathy Ediker (Deputy Principal with overview of the middle and senior school).

Contact Details

Please notify the office if your phone number, email, address or emergency contact details have changed recently: office@tauranga.school.nz

It is essential that we are able to make contact with every family.

Email is our most common way of communication - you are able to have up to two email addresses listed to receive newsletters and direct correspondence from the school.

Don't worry if you have moved outside of our school zone, once your child has started at TPS their place is secure.


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Fiona Hawes


07 578 6222

Deputy 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


Office Administrator and Enrolment Officer

Barbara Turley


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