Te Aroha Primary School

Term 4 Week 6 2022

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Kia ora parents and whānau,

Welcome to Week 6, it’s crazy to think that we only have 19 school days left in 2022. We have an awful lot to fit into those days and will be keeping busy over the coming weeks. The teaching staff are all busily finishing up end of year testing and writing reports for your wonderful tamariki. These reports will come home Wednesday 14 December.

Last Friday we had our Amazing Race, it was sooo much fun, the students and staff alike really enjoyed the day. We have identified a few tweaks that we can make in 2023 but overall it was a great event. It was really heartwarming to see our senior students step up into leadership roles and nurture our junior children in their teams. Some of the comments we got from the children were: ‘​​it was fun getting out there and having a go at new things’, ‘we had to buddy up so the little kids knew what to do - That was ok’, ‘some of the little kids were funny’, ‘cool to use whole school grounds’, ‘good amount of stations for small groups - Kids thrived - Teachers loved it’, ‘Friday a great day for this event’, ‘good to get to know other kids’

This Wednesday is our Grandparents and special persons morning. We look forward to welcoming our guests into our school with a mihi whakatau at 9:10am and then moving around classes from there. Please let guests know that they are welcome to move between classrooms if they are visiting more than one person.

We have a team of athletes that have progressed from the District Athletics last week onto the Thames Valley event on Tuesday. We wish these athletes all the very best and hope that they achieve the goals they have set for themselves - Kia Tu Kia Toa Kia Mau - accept the challenge

Thursday sees our prospective road patrol students for 2023 undertake training with Constable Natasha - any parents who would also like to help with Road patrol in 2023 are welcome to join in, contact the office for further information.

Friday sees this year's Road patrol students and Cool School mediators heading to Rainbows End for the day as a thank you from the school. They are travelling by bus, leaving at 8:00am and returning around 4:00pm

This is also the final week to issue library books.

It really is a busy week…

Go well and have an awesome week everyone,

Ngā mihi nui,

The Amazing Race 2022

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  • 22/11/2022 - Thames Valley Athletics
  • 23/11/2022 - ‘Special Person’s Day’
  • 25/11/2022 - Rainbows End Trip for Road Wardens/Mediators
  • 15/12/2022 - School closes for the year

Other term dates to be advised.



Athletics: Well done to all those chosen to represent Te Aroha at the Thames Valley Athletics on Tuesday. We know you will represent us well.

Basketball: The draw is on the app.

School Hats

Hats MUST be worn during term 4. This is NOT optional, it is a health and safety requirement. Year 8 students are allowed to have a dark coloured bucket hat (no advertising on it), everyone else is required to have our school hat on. Any student without a hat will be placed in a shady area to play.

The statistics on skin cancer are very high in New Zealand and we wouldn't be meeting our duty of care if we allowed your precious children to run around without hats.

School hats are available to purchase for $15 from the school office.


  • This is the last week to issue books.
  • All books are due back by Friday next week so that the annual stocktake can take place.
  • Student books that have not been returned or are deemed to be 'missing' after the final stocktake will be issued with an invoice to cover the cost of a replacement book.

Year 7/8 Technology at Te Aroha College

This is our last Tech session for the year. We will have a small group attending due to the Rainbow’s End trip, which is on the same day. Please make sure your child has shoes that cover their feet (NO SLIDES PLEASE) and long hair needs to be tied up. Roll call for the bus at 8.30am outside Rm 10.If your child is running late and misses the bus, please take them straight to the College.



Room 1 - Mrs Johnson

What an awesome time we had at the Amazing Race on Friday. It was so pleasing to see all the Room 1 children giving it a go with the help of our wonderful senior students. It is hard to believe that there are only 4 weeks of the term left! We still have lots to do before the end of the school year.

LITERACY: We are working hard on writing without having to have constant adult support using ideas from stories we have read. Reading homework will continue for the next 2 weeks. Thank you to those parents/whanau who are still supporting reading at home, it makes such an enormous difference for beginner readers. Our Letterland work is v,w, k and y this week and sounding out and recording 3 letter words and our heart words are we and went.

MATHS: In Maths our class focus is the concept of the number before a given number and we will continue to work on addition. The children are loving solving dice sums. This is something that they might like to try at home too.

Reminders for the week -

  • If the outing letter to Swimzone Te Aroha did not come home in your child's book bags last week, please let me know and I will send a new one home. Thank you.

  • Book Bag and Homework Book

  • Sun hat

  • Drink Bottle

  • Library Day is on Friday.

Room 2 – Miss Webb

Room 2 had a blast taking part in the TAPS Amazing Race on Friday! It was a great way to see our younger students take part in a whole school event with children from other hubs.

LITERACY: This week we will continue to use our interest in animals to write exciting stories. We have been focussing on using wow words in our writing to make it more interesting for the reader. With many of our reading groups reaching the ends of their sets we will now focus on consolidating our heart words and sounds. Those groups who have finished a set will not be starting the next set as we are nearing the end of the year.

MATHS: Last week I completed all of the maths assessment for Room 2. It was exciting to see the progress everyone has made over the year and to clearly identify some goals.


  • Please remember your drink bottle, homework book and book bag everyday.

  • Our library day is Friday - please return your library book. This will be our last week to issue books.

  • School Sun hats are needed in Term 4

Please do not hesitate to contact me via Seesaw or email zwebb@tearohaprimary.school.nz. Have a great week!

Room 3 – Miss Swan

Kia ora koutou Room 3 whānau,

The Amazing Race was a very big highlight for Room 3, last week. It was great to see all TAP’s students working so well together in their teams! This week we are looking forward to Special Persons Day on Wednesday and warmly invite whānau into Room 3 for the morning.

LITERACY: We are looking more closely at long a words and how the magic e can change these! Reading groups continue and it is still super important to practise word work at home. It helps immensely covering this work a second time around at home to your child’s letter sound knowledge.

MATHS: We are practising basic facts to 20 with fun activities like Bingo and Solving the Room. We are finishing off our symmetry unit with designing butterflies.

Reminders for the Term:

  • Our Library day is still on a Friday. This is the last week to issue books and they will be all due back next week.

  • Please bring along a drink bottle everyday.

  • Room 3 tamariki need to bring their book bags (and contents) everyday.


Room 4 - Mrs Suzette Willis and Team

Kia ora koutou,

Have a great week whanau!


Room 5 - Miss Entwisle

Welcome to Week 6! 😊 We welcome Mrs Young in today as I will be finishing up our class assessment.

MATHS: We continue to look at a range of 3D shapes, and with be identifying features of those shapes such as face, edge, corner.

READING: We finished reading The Giraffe the Pelly and Me and are hoping to complete one more novel before the end of the year. Our class poems and big books continue to provide us with reading mileage and opportunities to build our fluency when reading aloud.

WRITING: Our picture starters have been a great motivation for us. We are enjoying trying to add pumped up sentences, speech marks, aliteration and similes to our writing along with the 3 items for our challenge.

Reminders / Online Learning - Homework

  • Our Spelling words and weekly poem and other home learning based tasks are available on Seesaw. This work is optional.

  • Students have free access to learning sites such as: Prodigy, Sumdog, Sunshine Classics, Epic! And Mathletics.

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.

Room 6 – Mrs Bankier

Room 6 are getting excited about their special people they are bringing to school on Wednesday morning. I am lookoing forward to meeting these special people in Room 6’s lives too.

MATHS: We will be continuing with learning about geometry this week.

READING: We are learning about a famous New Zealander and creating a poster about our person. We are working independently or as a buddy for this, which was our choice.

WRITING: We will be continuing to describe items for others to work out what they are by using our descriptions. A fun way to learn about adding detail to our writing.

Please remember our Library day is Tuesdays - This week is the last week to issue library books.

Room 7 – Mrs Paul

We are looking forward to welcoming our special people in to do a bit of ‘our work ‘ this week. If your child doesn’t have a special person, that is all good, I will be their person!

In Maths we are filling some gaps as well as having a look at geometry. The Year 5s will be dabbling with the useof protractors.

In Reading we are looking at deeper features of writing. We are using an e-asTTLe test Mr Bertrand got us to trial to see where individual gaps are,and we will be working on these.

Our Passion Project are looking good and we will share these on Seesaw when completed.


Room 8 – Mrs McKenzie

Week 6 is here! Another busy week for Room 8 as we dive into some interesting activities to keep the motivation levels up. On top of our learning, we have some exciting things happening. We will welcome guests into class during Special Person Day on Wednesday, which will see us sharing some of our passions including some crafts and games we enjoy. And on Friday, those students who have contributed as peer mediators and road patrollers are heading off to Auckland to have fun at Rainbows End! They have earnt this by providing such valuable service to TAPS.

LITERACY - We unfold some of our comprehension strategies through researching future career options, digging into some financial literacy, and completing some character writing.

MATHS - We will be looking at geometry, then getting hands-on with some shapes to create some interesting extra- curricula activities for our class.

ART - Room 8 students are very creative and love their art, so this week, we will look at designing some mythical creature artwork that involves origami.

I also want to say a huge WELL DONE to Room 8 students for being such great role models within their groups during the Amazing Race on Friday. It was so cool to see all students working together and supporting each other. Keep it up. Our phrase for this week is “Wehi nā” - Awesome.

If you have any questions, please remember I am always happy to chat with you via email, Seesaw or in person. cmckenzie@tearohaprimary.school.nz . Have a great week everyone!

Mrs McKenzie

Room 9 – Whaea Armstrong and Mrs Gamble

Wow, what a wonderful time we had at the Amazing Race last Friday. It was awesome to see our school whanau come together and compete in house groups. All activities provided a fun challenge for our teams and it was lovely to see how our tamariki worked and supported each other. A truly awesome day.

Another busy week ahead as we inch closer to the end of the term and the 2022 school year.

This Wednesday we have Special Person Day. I can’t wait to meet the special people in Room 9’s lives. On Thursday we have road patrol training for those who have expressed an interest in becoming a road warden next year. Also, let's not forget our Rainbows End trip this Friday for our road wardens and peer mediators who have provided such an amazing service for our school.

LITERACY: This week we will continue to work on our Passion Projects. Our focus will be to identify what our passions are, selecting one and planning a presentation on this.

In reading we will look at examples of passions other people have and how they developed these.

MATHS: We are wrapping up our statistical investigations this week and will begin looking at probability.

Reminders: All Students are to bring their school hats and drink bottles please.

Ngā Mihi,

Whaea Armstrong and Mrs Gamble

If you have any questions please feel free to message us on Seesaw or email lgamble@tearohaprimary.school.nz aarmstrong@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Room 10 – Mrs B

Kia ora koutou -

Mā te tuakana e tika ai te teina, mā te teina e tika ai te tuakana Through relationships and respect we can find the way forward.

Truly awesome to see Rm 10 supporting younger students during the Amazing Race last Friday - such a great opportunity for Tuakana Teina and putting our leadership capabilities to the test. As we come close to the end of the term, there are lots of interruptions and changes to our usual programme as we participate in events and special activities.

MATHS - this week, we complete our statistics tasks and begin exploring probability by measuring the likelihood of something occurring and exploring possible outcomes. This is always fun!

TAPS TALK - Literacy Link - we enjoyed unpacking Ted Talks last week to determine the theme and purpose of the talk. We will explore a few others and then begin to plan our own TAPS Talk, using a TED Talk format. This will include the use of slides to support our message.

CHARACTERISATION - we are developing our own character online after looking at the traits and attributes of characters that appeal to us. These are starting to look amazing.

We look forward to welcoming the Special People of Rm 10 to our class on Wednesday. Nau mai, haere mai.

Looking forward to an awesome week.

Arohanui - Mrs B dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz

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 co-ordinates this, with products being discreetly given to students. If you would like your child to start receiving these products, please get in touch with Mrs B - by ringing the school office (07) 8848803 or via email dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz


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School Policies and Procedures

School Policies and Procedures

SchoolDocs is the tool we use for our school policies. These are kept updated with the SchoolDocs team ensuring legal and compliance matters are always up-to-date.

To access SchoolDocs simply :

1. Go to schooldocs.co.nz

2. Click Search for your school.

3. Start typing the school’s name and select it from the dropdown list.

4. Enter the community username tearohaprimary and password school

From there it is simply a matter of navigating to areas you wish to look at - enjoy the read.

School App, Facebook, Seesaw and our School Website

Please use these tools we provide - we use them to alert, inform and effectively communicate with parents.

Check it out - there is plenty for you to find out.

If in doubt please ask your child’s teacher as we will be using these platforms on a regular basis to keep our parent community informed and up to date.