Te Aroha Primary School

Term 3 Week 4 2022

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Kia ora parents and whānau,

Last week I was fortunate enough to join a group of principal’s from the Waikato on a study tour of Dunedin and Queenstown. The focus of the study tour was ‘Local curriculum’s’.

With the introduction of the new New Zealand histories curriculum, schools are being tasked with creating meaningful contexts for the children / tamariki of each area to learn about the rich history that Aotearoa has acquired in the short history of our nation so far. There was a strong focus on gold mining in the Queenstown area, something that Te Aroha can definitely relate to. There were also focuses on tourism and agriculture, again areas that Te Aroha has a strong affinity with. Weaving through all those themes was the relationship with iwi and the partnerships that exist between kura and hapu. The trip was exciting and motivating.

I grew up in Te Aroha but I still don’t feel I know all the history and certainly haven't heard all those rich stories that get handed down through the generations. If done right, this will be an extremely positive learning experience for our children and will further deepen their understanding and appreciation for our beautiful small town of Te Aroha. I have already seen this occurring during term 2…we have a great group of teachers here! I look forward to developing this further and sharing with you all in due course.

I am looking forward to seeing our school Cross Country in action on Tuesday (hopefully the weather plays its part) . It will be awesome to see our students out there pushing play. I am a huge advocate for children being involved in sports and exercise, such a great way to keep healthy.

Have an awesome week everyone, I look forward to seeing many of you at the Cross Country this week.

Ngā mihi nui,

Justin Bertrand



  • 16/8/2022 School Cross Country Tuesday 16 August (12:45pm start)

  • 17/8/2022 Ready, Set, Go! Wednesday 17 August 1:40 - 2:40pm

  • 25/8/2022 District Cross Country Thursday 25 August

  • 30/8/2022 - 2/9/2022 Totara Sports Camp (team of Year 7&8 students)

  • 31/8/2022 Ready, Set, Go! Wednesday 31 August 1:40 - 2:40pm

  • 9/9/2022 Disco Friday 9th September - Theme Bright & Colourful

  • 14/9/2022 Ready, Set, Go! Wednesday 14 September 1:40 - 2:40pm

  • 24/9/2022 PTA Duck Race Saturday 24 September

  • 28/9/2022 Ready, Set, Go! Wednesday 28 September 1:40 - 2:40pm

  • 30/9/2022 Last day of Term 3 Friday 30 September

Other term dates to be advised.



Totara Springs: Please be checking you have the stuff you need on your gear list. Let us know if you are short of anything as we have plenty of gear to share!!! We still need a few more cars to get over there and back!

Cross Country: Please, if you are able to help us out by marshalling for our cross country, ring Lucy in the office….we can’t run these days without help. In return you will get lots of laughs and a close up view!

The first race is 12:45pm. For more info - go to our App. Please don’t ring and ask what time your child will race as we will have no idea but the schedule is in the App.

District CrossCountry is the following week on Thursday 25th.

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A big thanks to Lesa Martin for taking Taylin, Taylon, Lana and Alex for some Archery practise and a massive thanks to the Thames Deer Stalking Club for the opportunity.

Te Aroha College Open Evening - Wednesday 24 August at 7pm

Year 8 parents - please put this date in your diary!

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Year 7/8 Technology at Te Aroha College

There is NO Tech this week, due to Te Aroha College having a Teacher Only Day. This means school will run for our Year 7/8 students as per usual with their normal classes.


Duck Day 2022

The Great Duck Race is back for 2022!

Forms were sent home. Each family is asked to please sell 10 tickets. Prize for the family that sells the most.

Spare forms are available from the office.

Thank you for supporting the PTA

PTA Spicecraft Fundraiser

Great gift idea for Fathers Day. The order forms will be coming home shortly.

Key dates: Orders & Payments in by 23rd August 2022

Delivery by 2 Sept (in time for Fathers Day)

For inspiration on how to use the spices, check out the following site: https://www.spicecraft.co.nz/blogs/recipies

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Room 1 - Mrs Johnson

We are very excited that we have reached Week 4 and that it is finally cross country week!

Literacy - This week we are working on the correct letter formation for these letters - s a t p i n m d as well as rhyming strings for - at and -am. We are continuing our work on recording a sentence that makes sense with a capital letter, finger spaces and a full stop. It is exciting to see progress in this regard and to see children being able to talk about whether they have achieved this at the end of a piece of writing.

Maths - We are working on joining sets and recording the number while other students who are ready for the next challenge in their learning are working on basic addition to 10.


  • Please remember to bring book bags and homework books to school everyday.

  • Children need a water bottle for school everyday please.

  • Cross country takes place on Tuesday starting at 12.45. Children will need a change of clothes to run in and a water bottle please.

Room 2 – Miss Webb

Week 4 is here and we have another busy week ahead with our cross country on Tuesday.

Literacy: This week our focus for phonics is the /ll/ and /ff/ sounds. We will be reading and writing about The Gingerbread Man this week and on Friday we will be decorating our own gingerbread men!

Maths: This week we are continuing with our focus on place value. We will be learning how to use a number line to solve maths problems.


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

  • Please remember to return your poem books

  • We have had lots of coughs and sniffles last week so please do keep your child at home if they are unwell.

  • Your child will need a change of clothes and a water bottle for cross country on Tuesday

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,

How is it Week 4 already?! The days are flying by! Room 3 is starting to look like a classroom again and we have been busy training for Cross Country and finishing off artwork to redecorate our classroom. We have had many children unwell this week with colds,coughs and sniffles. Please remember to stay wrapped up warm at home if you are unwell

Literacy: In writing this week we are beginning to look at writing instructions. Our focus for this is to be specific with our instructions and have them in order. Our sound of the week is ‘ur’ as in turtle and our literacy activities will consolidate this. Reading books and phonic work continue to come home this week. As our books and sounds become more complex you will notice that more homework practice of our letter sounds will come home. The children are working hard on these and thank you for your support at home.

Maths: We are continuing on with our problem solving activities this week. The time we spend on these kinds of activities is really valuable and gives children an opportunity to justify their thinking.

Reminders for the week:

  • Please remember your homework books, Poem book and book bags everyday!

  • Cross Country is on Tuesday. Please bring along some extra clothes for running and a water bottle.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me via Seesaw or email mswan@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Have an amazing week😊


Room 4 - Mrs Suzette Willis, Mrs Donna Taylor-Erutoe and Team

Kia ora whanau!

Please have a look on our Story Park App on Friday to see how lovely the students engage in our classroom activities! We are following each student’s IEP goal and it is so good to see how they are engaging, responding and participating! Friday’s are our fun day and we are working on our Art project for the Art exhibition. We are having heaps of fun painting, and decorating our Art work. Some of our students attend our Kapa Haka practices on Thursdays.

Have a great week!


Room 5 - Miss Entwisle

Welcome to Week 4! 😊

Reading: We are closing in on the final chapters of the Gruesome Twosome. Will there be a happily ever after for Fatima and Cutherbert?

Writing: Last week we started a new explanation writing piece about ‘Toasters’. It was fun making toast as part of our research for this.

Mathematics: We are becoming more confident in our use of adding and subtracting with 10’s and ones. We have also been working on word problems that help us identify numbers and what we need to do with them.

Physical Education: We look forward to putting our training into action for Cross Country this week.

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

Mrs Bartram will be in on Monday while I will be on my CRT.

Cross Country is on Tuesday, I would love to see all of Room 6 participating in some way. I have been so proud of their efforts during practice.

We have been having fun using Kahoots to practice our maths essential skills - which we will continue as Room 6 are really loving the friendly and fun competition. We have been focusing on understanding just what fractions are, our place value and number knowledge. We will be continuing to learn strategies to solve fraction number problems drawing our teaching sessions.

We will be continuing to learn about persuasive writing and especially that others can have different points of view. How to communicate our ideas and accept ideas of others.

We are also busy working on our creations for the AP&H show at the beginning of next term.

Room 7 – Mrs Paul

In Language this week we are looking at the s blends. Our revision will be open and closed syllables which we need to revisit often to help us Words remain online for the week if anyone forgets their notebook.

In Reading we are looking at making connections to the text we read. This helps us to understand at a different level. Inference and predictions are also being revisited this week. The group reading a Chapter book is making great progress and enjoying what they are reading. They are high flyers!!

In Maths we continue looking at fractions- fractions of numbers can be tricky but once you get it- it sticks. The group working on equivalent fractions is finding this easier with equipment.

Some of us are looking forward to Cross Country- others not so much but we all do it with a smile on our faces-mostly!!! I remember the days of dreading cross country so I do understand!

Our value is Excellence which we work on all the time.


Room 8 – Mrs McKenzie

Kia ora Whānau and families. Week four already! Wow! Super exciting to have Cross Country this week. Even the not so keen runners of Room 8 have been putting in a solid effort towards their endurance and distance running. It will be a great day seeing all of their efforts come to fruition and some good competition for placings. Please ensure your child has a spare change of clothes for Tuesday, including a named drink bottle for the field.

  • In Maths this week, we continue our journey with fractions. We are concentrating on word problems this week. Having multiplication and division knowledge is so crucial. Please encourage the continuation of practising at home.
  • For Literacy, students have done incredibly well so far with persuasive writing and learning the language. This week they will get to try their hand at writing a persuasive advertisement following on from Friday’s task of designing a product to sell. Reading ties in nicely with speeches this week as they look at some stories of characters doing their own speeches. Some students have shared their partly written speeches already and I am super amazed at the personality shining through each one. Ka pai!
  • Topic Inquiry is going to be a hands-on experimental session with students looking at different types of forces. Workshops across our hub start next week.
  • Last week in Art, we explored silhouette art, and Picasso. Students are beginning to see that art can be quite different and expensive. The Picasso inspired art they did in particular looks incredible! Look out for the Seesaw post. This week we will move onto some Graffiti art which I think will really excite some.

Here’s to a wonderful week 4 team. Let’s strive for excellence and go for gold!

Mrs McKenzie cmckenzie@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Room 9 – Whaea Armstrong and Mrs Gamble

READY, SET, GO! Cross country this week. Room 9 has shown great commitment and perseverance in their training sessions in the lead up to this event and we wish all runners (competitive and non- competitive) the very best onTuesday, we know everyone will give it their best.

Maths: NZ Maths Week was a hit in Room 9 last week, we enjoyed working together and sharing our mathematical thinking to solve some very tricky problems. This week we will continue our work on fractions, decimals and percentages along with more class and group problem solving activities.

Reading: We will continue to read our class novel The Lion Above The Door by Onjali Q. Rauf and discover more about the mysterious Leo Kai Lim DFC. Room 9 students have been enjoying the hands-on activities which accompany our learning for this novel.

Writing: We will be using our writing skill to complete a persuasive piece of writing. We will be focusing on providing strong evidence to support our stance on a given topic.

Art: With a little more time up our sleeves this week we hope to finish our Cook Islands Tivaevae cardboard printing blocks, ready for printing and presenting. All going well, our final prints will be ready to share on Seesaw by the end of this week.

Reminder Notices

  • Speeches - Hopefully all students have decided on a topic for their speeches by now. We will be checking in on everyone this week to provide feedback and support (if needed). Students will need to have their speeches completed by week 5 (especially those students who are going to Totara Camp).

  • No Tech this Friday.

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

Have a great week everyone, Mrs Gamble and Whaea Armstrong

Room 10 – Mrs B

Kia ora koutou,

He moana pukepuke e ekengia e te waka’ ‘A choppy sea can be navigated - Even the toughest challenges can be worked through”

This week we have the Cross Country Challenge. Students have really trained hard and this should be an exciting event on Tuesday. We hope that all students in Rm 10 are able to take part (if your child is unable to run then they can enter the Non-Competitive event and earn house points - GO KOWHAI!) Please let me know if your child is unable to take part.

  • Maths - we had such fun taking part in Maths Week and enjoyed the daily challenges and problem solving activities. Such a great opportunity to explore maths across the strands. This week, we focus on our proportional thinking with Fractions, Decimals and Percentages. In Rm 10, we need to be MULTIPLIERS!
  • Literacy - we will be using our research and writing skills to prepare a persuasive piece of writing this week. We have proved to be rather passionate with our debating discussions so our writing will be just as exciting!
  • Topic - MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU! What is a force? We will be completing a think tank and sharing ideas on forces this week, before our Hub Workshops in Week 5. Get your thinking caps on Rm 10!
  • Speeches - awesome to see the start students have made on their speeches. This task will now be completed at home and needs to be finished by Friday Wk 5. Students will be able to book a conference with me to check or help them with their speeches.

NO TECH ON FRIDAY - class as per usual (will be lovely to teach Rm 10 first block Friday!)

Another awesome week ahead in Rm 10 - kia tu, kia toa, kia mau - accept the challenge!

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

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2. Click Search for your school.

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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.