Te Aroha Primary School

Term 4 Week 1 2022

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Kia ora parents and whānau,

Welcome to Term 4, 2022. It is hard to believe that the year is wrapping up already…it has been a bit of an unusual year in many ways and has challenged us all in one way or another. With that in mind, we plan to send the year off in style. We have a number of fun activities planned throughout the term including our ‘Special person’s Day’ on Wednesday 23 November - more information to be provided around this event that will welcome many of you back into our school for the first time in a while.

We also have School Athletics, The Amazing Race, Academic Testing, End of Year reporting and much much more.

Term 4 is a summer term and therefore it is important that children are protected and prepared with sun hats and sunscreen. Please take sun safety seriously, it is often not until it is too late that the long term effects of over exposure to the sun become apparent.

Swimming will begin this term - a reminder that we have swim bags for purchase at the office if you would like one. All New Entrant children and children new to the school get a complimentary one on enrolment at our kura.

There is a lot happening this term and we will endeavour to keep you as up to date as possible with dates of events so that you are able to plan accordingly. PLEASE NOTE The Rainbow’s End trip for Road Wardens, Librarians, Cool School etc is now on FRIDAY 25 NOVEMBER.

I am looking forward to an awesome term ahead - go well everyone and I look forward to seeing you around the school over the coming 8 weeks.

Ngā mihi nui,

Justin Bertrand



  • 17/10/2022 - Term 4 starts
  • 17/10/2022 - 21/10/2022 Zero Waste Facilitator working in classes
  • 17/10/2022 - Year 7/8 Immunisations
  • 24/10/2022 - Labour Day
  • 2/11/2022 - Teacher Only Day
  • 8/11/2022 - Senior Athletics
  • 9/11/2022 - Junior Athletics
  • 16/11/2022 - District Athletics
  • 25/11/2022 - Rainbows End Trip for Road Wardens/Mediators Friday 25th November
  • 15/12/2022 - School closes for the year

Other term dates to be advised.



Touch Starts this Friday - you have all the information you need!! A final letter re behaviour will come home this week. Chn play in school shirts and navy or black shorts. No shoes. Please make sure you have joined the Facebook page and check the app for updated draws. $5 to be paid to the office by the end of this week.

Basketball: Starts next Wednesday for year 5/6 as per Newsletters. $35 dollars to be paid to the office by Wednesday next week.

Welcome to Jaxin Parore who joins us at TAPs this term and straight into Basketball and Touch. We are pleased to have you in our teams.

Year 7/8 Technology at Te Aroha College

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 Room 10. If your child is running late and misses the bus, please take them straight to the College.


PTA Bank Details

The PTA bank account has changed. Please use our new account number which is

TAPS Fundraising Club


PTA Calendar Art information

All Calendar art should be sent home Monday (parents, please check students bags). Orders need to be returned (art work as well as forms) by Wednesday 26th October.



Room 1 - Mrs Johnson

Welcome back everyone. Term 4 is going to be a really busy term. We welcomed Dante into Room 1 today. This week we will be visited by Vicki from Zero Waste and we will learn about litterless lunch boxes. We start athletics training this week so children will need a pair of shorts in their bag if they wear long pants to school please.

Literacy - Our goal for writing as we head to the end of the year is to become less dependent on adult support and to give writing a go using the heart words we know and our letter sound knowledge to record the dominant sounds we can hear in words. We will work on the vowel sounds a,e,o, and u this week and the associated two letter words (VC) that we can blend together am, at, an, in, it, is, on and up. Our goal for reading is “don’t guess the word - decode it.”

Maths - Our unit is about capacity. The activities will give children the opportunity to compare and order objects to find out which holds more or less etc and to develop their maths vocabulary.

Reminders for the week

  • Book Bag

  • Homework Book

  • Drink Bottle

  • Library Day is on Friday.

Room 2 – Miss Webb

Welcome to the final term of Year 1! Everyone has made such great progress this year so I am excited to see where the final term takes us. This week we are lucky to have two Zero Waste lessons with a knowledgeable facilitator.

Literacy: For reading this term we will continue to push through our decodable readers to ensure we are ready for Year 2! We will make sure that we are consolidating all of our phonemic knowledge we have learnt throughout the year. For writing this week we will be doing a holiday recount and publishing this to display in our classroom.

Maths: In maths this week we will be starting a short unit on capacity. We will be doing lots of hands-on activities to ensure we are able to order and compare objects by capacity. Keep an eye on Seesaw to see what we get up to for this!


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

  • Our library day is Friday - please return your library book

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

Welcome to Term 4! I hope you have all had a restful and safe holiday break! This term is jam packed with exciting learning activities and adventures inside and outside of the classroom!

Literacy: We are learning about narrative writing for the first half of this term and this week we will be generating ideas about characters, settings, problems and solutions to our stories. We are reviewing the sound - igh with our weekly poem and other literary activities. Reading groups start up again and we are making new reading goals for the remainder of the school year.

Maths: Room 3 will be beginning our unit on Geometry and Measurement this week, with a focus on mass by comparing classroom objects. We also continue with our small groups maths workshops and revise instant recall of addition and subtraction facts to 20 and place value knowledge.

Reminders for the Term:

  • Our Library day is still on a Friday. Please bring back your library books each week.

  • Summer is coming! A drink bottle, school sunhat and wearing sunblock is needed.

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

It is going to be a very busy and exciting term! Have an amazing week!

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


Room 4 - Mrs Suzette Willis and Team

Kia ora koutou,

Have a great week!


Room 5 - Miss Entwisle

Welcome to Week 1 of Term 4! We look forward to another super busy term. We will be preparing for the upcoming athletics.

Reading: We will be continuing with the novel that we started at the end of last term as well as enjoying new big books each week.

Writing: We will be writing postcards this week and exploring narratives. We are hoping to revisit some of the other styles of writing that we have looked at throughout the year (explanations, reports, persuasive writing).

Mathematics: Our number knowledge is coming along. We will be looking at Geometry Units on Time and Measurement to link in with our athletics training.

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

Welcome back to Term 4! We have a busy term, with school events and end of year testing to be completed.

This week and next week we will be looking at Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights for Weeks 1 and 2. We will also be making some creations using wood for the AP&H show. We will also be looking at sun safety, learning about why the sun is important but also why we need to stay safe in the sun.

We have three zero waste sessions this week also.

We will be beginning our Athletics training also as Athletics Day is not far way.

Our reading will include looking at plays, learning a play and presenting this as a group to an audience.

We begin the term with reviewing our addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills and strategies.

Please remember our Library day is Tuesdays.

Room 7 – Mrs Paul

This term the Leadership Team are doing things a little differently- instead of Fridays we will be meeting on a Monday morning till lunchtime. During this time Ms Marshall will be teaching Room 7 following our programme.

We really need to complete the FORCE unit we didn’t get done last term so we will be having a week of this!!!

We also start our Term off with the Zero Waste facilitator in our room. It will be good to see how we can improve the environment in which we live daily.

Term 4 is athletics so we will start training for this as soon as we can! We hope for nice weather as this makes it much more enjoyable.


Room 8 – Mrs McKenzie

Welcome to Term 4! I do hope you have all managed to rest and enjoy some downtime. It is exciting to know we have a great term of learning ahead of us. With Athletics coming up, training will see us outdoors practising our skills almost daily. We also have the Zero Waste facilitator in for 4 sessions to help us individually and collectively improve the environment.

In Art, we will be working on our AP&H entries alongside our talented and skilled craftsperson Clarissa. Literacy continues looking into character descriptions for Writing, but in a narrative context. Narratives are a great way for students to get creative when writing about a character having a problem or experience (plot) with a beginning, middle and end sequence. Reading explores strategies such as inferring, skimming and scanning while also working on building self confidence and goal setting.

Maths this term will be all about Statistics, measurement and geometry. Lots to fit in, but Room 8 are mathematicians and enjoy challenging themselves with problem solving!

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

Woohoo! Term 4 is here! We are super excited to have you all back in the classroom, ready and raring to go. We have a jam packed Term 4 ahead so we hope you have all rested well over the holidays!

To start off the term we have Vicki from Zero Waste joining us this week. She will be in on Monday - Thursday from 12:40 onwards and will be teaching us all about how we can improve our environment.

Maths: This week is all about Geometry and measurement where we learn how to find the area, perimeter and volume of Polygon shapes and circles.

Reading: As a class we continue to work on our reading comprehension strategies. This week we learn how to Synthesise information to create new thinking and ideas.

Writing: Purpose and audience are key when writing. This week we wrap up our learning from last term, looking at a persuasive letter/email to Mr Bertrand around our current school bell.

Given the busy nature of our final term for the year, self management is key to ensuring we meet specific deadlines and quality in our learning. With only 8 and a half weeks to go, we want to end our year on a high, making memories whilst having fun along the way.

Have a great week everyone!

Mrs Gamble and Whaea Armstrong

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 - welcome to Term 4.

Kāhore taku toa i te toa takitahi, he toa takitini - We cannot succeed without the support of those around us.

This term, we have 8 ½ weeks together before we reach the destination with our current learning journey, using this to carve pathways to prepare for the new learning journey ahead as a Year 9. We will be working hard, exercising our self management skills and independence with our learning, having some fun along the way and making memories.

Maths - we begin this term exploring Geometry and Measurement (please make sure your child has a protractor and compass at school)

Reading - given the busy nature of the next few weeks, students will be assigned journal contracts to complete. These will be linked to the Aotearoa New Zealand Histories curriculum and will challenge students to use different comprehension strategies to show their understanding.

Writing - we explore the features and structure of narratives and plan a piece of writing in response to a picture prompt.

Zero Waste - we welcome Vicki to Rm 10 this week, who will be working with us to complete Zero Waste workshops.

We welcome Mrs Gamble to Rm 10 for the next six Monday mornings. 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.