Week 1, 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.

What a great start to term 2 we have had this week. It is lovely to see so many students smiling and happy to start their learning for term 2.

This term we will be focusing on the Living World - which will involve a visit to Ōtanewainuku for all students. We will learn about Kaitiakitanga - managing the environment, guardianship and protection - as well as developing an understanding of how living things interact with each other and their environment. Our emphasis will be on the biology and sustainability of New Zealand life-forms.

We will also be focusing on Manaakitanga. Manaakitanga means to extend aroha (love),

respect, hospitality, generosity and compassion to others. It is found in acts such as helping each other, encouraging one another, or even supporting a complete stranger. Manaakitanga is one of the most important concepts to Māori, as it secures the strength of our whānau (families) and communities.

We also look forward to teaching the New Zealand police unit "Kia Kaha". Kia Kaha enables students to develop strategies for respectful relationships, where bullying behaviours are not tolerated.

Learning Conferences are in week 4 - Wednesday 26th May after school and Thursday 27th May, during the day. 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.

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.


In week 2, Whaea Kat will be leaving T.P.S. to take up a new teaching position at Gate Pa School. The teacher replacing Kat is Joy Beattie, who will attend Whaea Kat's class's learning conferences on Wednesday 12th May (slightly earlier than the rest of the school) to meet parents and whānau. We welcome Joy, and at the same time we thank Kat for the huge contribution she has made to Tauranga Primary school over the last six years. We will all miss you Kat, and wish you all the best for the future.

Just a reminder of TPS uniform expectations:

Items that can be purchased in the school office:

  • Polo shirt - navy with school logo
  • Navy shorts or skort - navy with school logo
  • Polar fleece - royal blue with school logo.
  • School Jacket - optional
  • School Beanie - optional

Items to be purchased independent of school supply:

  • Footwear - sneakers or sandals. For safety reasons, jandals are discouraged.
  • Socks - plain white, navy, grey or black, any length.
  • Tracksuit pants - on the colder days children can wear navy tracksuit pants. These should be plain navy pants with no logos or writing.
  • Navy tights can be worn under shorts or skorts. As a tip, we have found that navy leggings with socks work best. Tights can be tricky to take on and off for some children and the feet of full tights get ruined easily.
  • Plain navy or black thermals can also be worn under the school polo.

Any hair ties or other accessories must be plain royal blue, navy, black, hair coloured or white. All hair shoulder length or longer is to be tied up, this helps prevent the spread of headlice.

Jewellery: watches and plain (silver/gold) ear studs are acceptable. Taonga (treasure) of cultural or religious importance can be worn.

Please name everything clearly. It is impossible to return uniform that is not named or the name has faded beyond recognition. Every term we have a very large amount of unclaimed and unnamed uniform items.

Nau mai, haere mai - a very warm welcome to Mauritz Muller, Emanuella De Souza Tavares, Johann Broadbent Orellana, Hunter Lawson, Brenton Ross, Tyler Ropiha, Harry Shand, Harper-Jayne Spencer, Estella Hayes, Beatrice Stefan, Jack Preston, Magnus Laing, Brock Hodge, Janco Ellis, Arwen Bustos Rees-George, and Theo Barnes who have 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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Whanau / Family Meetings about Digital Safety

What does it mean to be ‘safe on-line?’

How much do you really know about your child’s ‘digital safety?’

John Parsons, On-line Safety Specialist, will be presenting two parent seminars at Tauranga Intermediate. This is a ‘must’ for all parents and caregivers and for anyone wanting to know more about their on-line safety.

Thursday 13 May 7:00pm - 8:00 pm Tauranga Intermediate, Ivan

Aitken Hall.

Friday 14 May 2:00pm - 3:00 pm Tauranga Intermediate,


John provides specialist advice and direction on the safe and ethical use of Digital Communication Technology. He is a published author of Keeping Your Children Safe On-line

and is a social commentator who works throughout New Zealand and Internationally.

Term 2:

  • 17th May -Ōtanewainuku, Year 5/6, x 3 classes - whānau Howard, Medley and Beattie
  • 18th May -Ōtanewainuku, Year 5/6, x3 classes - whānau Thorne, Mahler and Van Staden
  • 18th May - BOT meeting, 7:00pm
  • 19th May - Otanewainuku, Year 0/1/2
  • 20th May - Otanewainuku, Year 3/4
  • 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 - Queens 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
  • 2nd July - Teacher Only Day - School closed
  • 9th July - Last day of term- school finishes at the usual time

Donations on School Shop

Donations on School Shop

School Shop provides receipts for single transactions as well as summary donation receipts – these are available online for school families for each financial year. This will make it easier to claim an IRD donation rebate.

School Shop emails donation receipt PDFs with each donation payment. Summary receipts can be downloaded for IRD tax returns through the transaction history page on your School Shop account.

To obtain your receipt:

  1. Log on to your School Shop account and go to My Orders.

  2. Choose record type Donation Receipts

  3. Select date range required and

Then Download Summary for IRD tax return.

Managing Anxiety in School Aged Children

The Institute of Educational and Developmental Psychology is hosting an online panel discussion about how to manage anxiety in school-aged children. All the panelists will be registered educational psychologists with one clinical psychologist. The intended audience is parents and teachers. If you are interested in this Zoom presentation use the link below. The event is free and will be held on 10th May from 7:30 pm-8:30 pm on Zoom. Participants will be able to ask questions in advance and also live.


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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


Enrolment Officer

Barbara Turley


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