Te Aroha Primary Newsletter

Term 2 Week 6 2021

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Kia ora koutou

Welcome to week six. I hope all of our families had a great long weekend despite the rain and the wind. I am looking forward to another awesome week ahead.

This is a very short newsletter this week because of the long weekend.


The NZEI, the union for all teachers in NZ has informed us that they have arranged Paid Union Meetings on Tuesday 6 July starting at 9.30am. This is to discuss the upcoming bargaining for the teachers new Collective Agreement.

There will, therefore, be no school for children on this day but our Learning Conversations will continue as planned starting at 1.00pm when staff will be back at work.

A timetable for booking interview times for the Learning Conversations will be made available shortly.


There will be no Ready Set GO Programme this Wednesday 9 June 2021.


Rippa Rugby

We will leave school at 9am, so can all cars please be at school before this time.

The weather forecast is not good for Wednesday and there is no save day so we need to cross our fingers!


Please remember your shoes EVERY Tuesday. We should not need to make phone calls home for them!


Wednesday 30 June, 6pm @ the Museum.

Official welcome, karakia and then a karanga will call everyone to Future Te Aroha.

Zak Scott from Ngati Tumutumu will be doing a presentation on his impressions of Matariki.

Entertainment by the Te Aroha Primary School Kapa Haka Group.

Followed by light refreshments.

Entry is by way of a gold coin donation.


Ngaa mihi nui

Kevin Johnson

Principal / Tumuaki

Key Term Dates


1. Learning Discussions Mon 5 Jul - 3.30 - 5.30pm

2. Paid Union Meeting on Tuesday morning and Teacher Only Day

Learning Discussions Tues 6 Jul - 1.00 - 6.30pm

3. School Closes for the Holidays 9 July 2021

Classroom Round Ups

Rm 1 Mrs Johnson

It is good to be back ! Today we welcomed Mathias into our class. Our phonics work this week is r,u and l and we are all working on using our spelling fingers to sound out words. This is a very useful tool when solving words in both reading and writing. In Maths we are using our number knowledge to play Maths games in pairs. The children are loving this and their counting skills and adding skills are improving greatly. Look out for a board game to play that will come home in book bags this week. Please return it to school the next day. Thank you.

Rm 2 Miss Green

Week 6 has snuck up on us! I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend despite the crazy weather that we had. Today is World Ocean Day which we will be exploring in our class over the week. We will be looking at our oceans and the devastating effect pollution has had/ is having on them. In writing this week we focus on recording dominant sounds in order. We have been practising using our spelling fingers in writing as we do during our structured literacy lessons. Our phonics sounds this week are v, w, x, y, z. In maths, groups will be practising addition/ subtraction within 10 and 20. Many students continue to practice recording numbers correctly.

Rm 3 Miss Swan

Kia ora koutou.

Writing: We will be working on giving our opinions about a topic in our writing and giving reasons to support these opinions. We are also reminding ourselves to look for resources in class to help us with words we might need, including reading the room.

Reading: Spelling words (wh and ph) and readers continue to come home this week. We are experts in our Daily 5 reading rotations now! Please remember homework notebooks and bookbags need to come to school everyday.

Maths: Room 3 is looking closely at 2d and 3d shapes, double addition and practicing our skip counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.

Reminders for the week: Our library day continues to be Friday. This week I will begin testing so we are lucky enough to have Whaea Adreena in on Thursday and Mrs Ferguson in on Friday. Please remember you can contact me via Seesaw or email

Rm 5 Miss Entwisle

Our Spelling words this week are all about ed and dr. In Writing we are getting closer to completing our individual ‘books’ and can’t wait to see the finished copies. I will be busy doing mid-year testing so we welcome Miss Boyd on Tuesday and Wednesday. Our Spelling words are shared each week via the Seesaw activity section. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me via email at mentwisle@tearohaprimary.school.nz or through the Seesaw message function.

Rm 6 Mrs Bankier

Mrs Bankier will be on medical leave for the rest of the term while her arm heals. Ms Bishop and Mrs Bartram will be taking this class for the rest of the term. Ms Bishop will teach on a Mon - Wed and Mrs Bartram will teach on Thurs and Fri. Please feel free to introduce yourself to both of them so they can get to know our parents if you haven't already done so.

Rm 7 Mrs Paul

This week the children will complete their masks and they will be put on Seesaw for you to see. Please leave your child a message as they love siing them. Those who viewed last weeks video will have seen the concentration that happened in the making of these. I was so proud of their determination and effort. What great kids. They will all choose an area of interest to investigate this week. In Maths we are working hard on developing strategies in Multiplication and heck, these guys are enthusiastic. I love the Maths passion happening in Room 7- when I have children asking....'can we do Maths' then i know they are keen!! We are working hard to incorporate Te Reo into everyday classroom life. The children are always keen to try new things and are courageous in having a go. Simple things like asking and answering questions about the days of the week will be this weeks' focus.

Rm 8 Mrs Young

Mrs Young is away on sick leave and Mrs Hodgetts will be in class for her today.

Rm 9 Mrs Gamble/Mrs Hodgetts.

A short week this week. We hope everyone had a lovely long weekend break.

Literacy: We are loving our class book 'Annual 2’ edited by Kate De Goldi and Susan Paris. This week we will be looking at the story ‘Joy’ by Paul Lloyd Jones. A cleverly written essay on what gives people joy. Guided reading groups will continue on from last week.

Maths: We will continue to develop our multiplication and division facts and develop our strategies to help us solve large numbered problems.

Topic/Inquiry: Everyone did a great job with stomping the farm last week. Many of the weeds that smothered the new native plants have now been cleared or flattened. This week we will begin to develop our ideas for how we would like to care for our school environment. There have been many great ideas shared, all valued and important. Our next step is to think about how we can make these ideas a reality. We will continue to develop our proposal writing skills ready to pitch our ideas.

Homework: Weekly quiz, multiplication and division facts , reading 20 minutes each day.

Have a great week everyone.

Rm 10 Mrs Brittenden

Kia ora koutou. A short week ahead but it is going to be busy! The major focus for students will be inquiring into the project they wish to undertake in order to develop, improve and promote sustainability within the school environment. This will require students to collaborate with a peer or small group they wish to work with and develop a plan on how this project can be developed. Students will be given a guide on how best to do this and the expectation of the work to be achieved. It is important that timeframes are adhered to so this will need some time spent on it at home. Our Inquiry work will have a link to our learning in literacy.

Online Platforms for learning - Code Avengers, Mathletics, Prodigy, Study Ladder, Epic

Maths - we are working through strategies to solve division efficiently and look at how to do this with decimals. Some students are finding this a challenge as they need to have a recall of their times tables in order to be accurate. Practicing these at home is a great idea!

Welcome - Mrs Robertson will be in Rm 10 on Friday.

Here's to a wonderful week.

Arohanui -Mrs B dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz


Below is the lunch menu for week six.
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