Te Aroha Primary Newsletter

Term 1 Week 11 2021

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This is the last week of term one. The last day of term will be Thursday this week as we have a teacher only day on Friday. Thank you to all of our parents and whanau for their support this term. I hope you have a great holiday with your children. I look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Monday 3 May.

Teacher Only Day

This is a reminder that we will be having a Teacher Only Day on Friday 16 April to continue working on the review and evaluation of our curriculum. This means that there is no school for the children of our school as our teachers get to work on this important development.


This is a reminder that a newsletter was sent home with every child last week regarding the Lunch in Schools programme due to start next term. With the newsletter was a reply slip which has to be completed for every child at our school. Failure to complete a reply slip means that we will not know what dietary requirement to arrange for your child and therefore he/she will not be provided with a lunch. This is a HEALTH AND SAFETY issue so please help us to get these completed by tomorrow Tuesday so that all children will get a lunch at the beginning of term 2.

Yr 7/8 Technology at Te Aroha College

There is no Tech for our Yr 7/8 students this week due to Teacher Only Day. Tech will resume on the first Friday of Term 2.


We appreciate knowing why your child is absent from school, which can be done via text to the school mobile, a message on the school phone or school app or a phone call through to the school office.

It is very important that we know where your child is each day and if he/she is absent we need to be informed. This is a Health and Safety issue as if we can't make contact with you and have not received a message from you we will refer this to the police to follow up as we need to know that your child is safe and that nothing has happened on the way to school.

Please know that we understand that there are many reasons for children being absent from school, such as sickness and bereavements. For students who have been absent for a number of days throughout the term, you will receive a letter in the mail in regard to this.

Achievement is linked to regularly attending school and whilst you may have had the opportunity to talk about this with your child's teacher at Learning Discussions, please feel welcome to make contact with your child's teacher to discuss this further.

Covid 19 / Coronavirus

As always anyone who is unwell should not be at school.

If your child has a cough or a cold they must not be sent to school. They need to be kept at home until they have recovered completely. We are having to phone an increasing number of parents to pick their child up because they are unwell.

If you have a particular concern about your child, you can contact Healthline at 0800 611 116 or their GP for medical advice.


Please download this app to your phone as it will become one of the important parts of our emergency contact procedure should we ever need to use it.


A message from Mrs Paul

This is a reminder that Yr 7/8's have basketball on Mon and Wed.

Year 5/6 can we please have all of your uniforms back by Tuesday and Year 7/8 ASAP


We have lost a number of school track suit tops this year. The problem we face is that children leave their borrowed uniforms lying around and others pick up the wrong top and then return the wrong one.

We cannot afford to replace these sport uniform items.


If your child has been to swimming or hockey and has had the use of a jacket can you please look at home to see if they haven't been returned yet and then send them into school. This will be greatly appreciated.

Ngaa mihi nui

Kevin Johnson

Principal /Tumuaki

Key Term Dates


  1. Ready Set Go Programme 1.40 - 2.30pm - 14 April 2021
  2. PIZZA DAY (Fundraising for Camps) - 14 April 2021
  3. Junior Reports Sent Home - 15 April 2021
  4. School Closes for the holidays - 15 April 2021
  5. TOD ( Teacher Only Day) Friday - 16 April 2021


1. School Opens for term two - 3 May 2021

Classroom Round Ups

Rm 1 Mrs Johnson

Wow! The holidays are almost here. Well done Room 1, you have learnt so much since starting school, you have made new friends and had fun playing and creating, you are ready for your holiday. Welcome to Max who joins the class this week. We will finish off our Letterland work with z, q and x. Our word of the week is went. We will conclude the Term on Thursday with Discovery Time where we visit all the different classes in the Waihou Hub to do activities together. We will add some pictures to Seesaw. Thank you to whanau for their support with reading this term, practise is an essential part of becoming a reader.

We say goodbye to Kaia, Nikylah, Tiana, Poppy and Kupa who are moving into Room 2 after the holidays as they begin the next part of their learning journey.

Rm 2 Miss Green

Week 11 is here, our last week of school before the holidays. Today we welcomed Mr Ronald into Room 2. Thursday we are joining together with room 1 & 3 for a Waihou hub discovery day. We will continue with reading homework this week Tuesday and Wednesday. There is no homework today seeing as I am not in class. If you would like any reading books sent home for the holidays please flick me a message on Seesaw and I will organise for you.

Rm 3 Miss Swan

Kia ora koutou

Wow! Week 11 already! Room 3 has had a fantastic term of learning. This week we are looking forward to another exciting Waihou Hub workshop on Thursday.

Writing: We are continuing to unpack descriptive writing including physical features and personality traits of characters.

Reading: Reading books continue to go home this week along with word cards. Room 3 is making fantastic progress with their reading and the key to this has been reading often. We have a variety of small chapter books in our class library which have been a huge hit! Keep it up over the holidays, Room 3!

Maths: We are working hard on our subtraction concepts, skip counting and the difference between ty and teen number this week.

Reminders for the week: Please remember you can contact me through mswan@tearohaprimary.school.nz or via Seesaw. It was lovely to meet so many of you in our learning discussions in Week 9. I hope you all have a safe school holiday break and I look forward to seeing you all in Term 2.

Rm 5 Miss Entwisle

In Writing we are looking at moments in time. We are using our imaginations to record sentences with descriptive details. In Mathematics we are developing our addition and subtraction strategies. In Art we have been using paint, paper and felts to decorate mini cardboard cutouts of ourselves. We are learning our sign language alphabet and will be working on how to sign our names. 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.

Rm 6 Mrs Bankier

Mrs Bankier is still off sick so Mrs Fergusson is back in class witgh Room 6 for this week.

Rm 7 Mrs Paul

And just like that the last week of school is upon us!

Because ANZAC Day falls in the holidays, we will be basing all our work this week around ANZAC Day. It will give the children a chance to show some Learner Agency as they take on organising themselves and their learning for the week. It has been interesting to see how much children forget thighs over time. Some of the things we looked at down in Room 3, the children have no recollection of. This shows that every year we do need to look at these special events and build on them. Ask your child each day what they have learned- you may learn something to!!!

In Maths we will be finishing off our work on Fractions- and looking at fractional parts of a set.

Rm 8 Mrs Young

Room 8 is looking forward to our Pizza fundraiser this Wednesday all profits towards Senior Camp.

Landform Projects - This week students will choose an area of interest to research, explore and present. Due this Thursday. Home and School project.

Maths - Financial Literacy Mrs B’s It’s all about the Money Financial Literacy task board.

Addition and Subtraction. Focus - Tidy Numbers, Doubling and Halving and Partitioning.

Literacy - The Wild Robot Returns - Task board to celebrate the LAST WEEK!

Online interactive quiz with detailed answers. Please login via https://socrative.com/ Click on Student Login and enter TAPSROOM82021. Whanau can also take part every week!

Home Learning - Library Books + EPIC Reading. Mathletics + Prototec + Weekly Quiz + Landforms Research Project (info sent home today).

This Thursday our Hub will get together for HUB Competitions and lunch


Email- kyoung@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Rm 9 Gamble.

Last week of the term and there is much work to finish off.

Maths: Revision week this week. Room 9 will revise the number knowledge and strategies they have learnt this term.

Literacy: We have come to an end of our class novel. This week we will complete a few post reading activities to reflect and give our reviews on the story. We will also be writing a character description of Aunt Ada outlining what we have learnt about her.

Topic/Inquiry: We will continue to research our chosen landform and will be presenting our findings in a poster. This will need to be finished on Thursday.

Banqer: Last week we looked at interest and return and what these two words mean. This week we will continue to look at interest and how it can compound.

Homework: Weekly quiz, (this is available online or hard copy) - reading (20 minutes each night).

Reminder: Notices for school lunches/dietary requirements need to be in today. There is a teacher only day this Friday so there will be no school on this day.

We hope you have a great week and enjoy a well deserved holiday.

Rm 10 Mrs Brittenden

Kia ora koutou - Kei te puku mahi - kia u te angitu (work hard to succeed)

It has been a fabulous term and I am very proud of the effort, work and achievements of Rm10. it has been awesome to see our class come together to cooperate, collaborate and work together.

Reading - we will be finishing our class novel this week and we have certainly enjoyed reading this and following the journey of the two characters, River and Huia. Will they survive?

Maths - we look at addition and subtraction strategies to use when working with decimal numbers. We will also be using these strategies to reach a solution in problem solving.

Topic - Landforms Research Task - this will be a major focus for our class this week. This research task will need to be completed by Thursday and students are encouraged to work on this at home.

Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday whanau. Looking forward to seeing you in Term 2.

Arohanui - Mrs B dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz

TAPS Pizza Day - Fundraising for Senior Camps

Yum -a perfect way to end the term, Wednesday (14/04) with a PIZZA lunch! $3 for a quarter of a pizza.

The details -

Please place your child’s order in a named envelope with their room number on it in the box outside the office before school (9am) on Wednesday 14th April. Seniors and Mrs Young will be available to help with the orders.

Flavours -

  • Hawaiian / Cheese / Pepperoni /
  • Gluten-Free Pepperoni or Gluten-Free Hawaiian
  • VEGAN - Vegan Plant-based beef and onion/ Vegan Vegorama
Poster designed by Emilie Rm 8
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