Te Aroha Primary School

Term 4 Week 4 2021

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Kia ora koutou

Welcome to week 4.

As many of our parents will already have heard by now, I will be leaving Te Aroha Primary School at the end of term four after 14 years as principal. I will be taking up the position of Senior Adviser at the Ministry of Education based in Hamilton. This wasn't an easy decision for me to make as I have loved every minute of my time at Te Aroha Primary and the relationships I have built up with our families over many years.

We have a great teaching and support staff team at our school and a pro active Board of Trustees. As a team we are already working hard to find a suitable replacement for my position. This will be someone who holds the same values that we all have for our school and our parents, whanau and students.

As time progresses, our Board Chairperson, Darren Diprose will keep the TAPS family informed of the progress in this regard. In the meantime, it is business as usual at TAPS as we continue to do the best for all children and families.

Below is a reminder of what the vaccination requirements will be for all schools after 15 November.

Vaccination Requirements Explained

Everyone who works for a school or kura who may have contact with children or students or will be present at a time when children and students are also present must have had a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 15 November and be fully vaccinated by 1 January 2022. This includes parents and volunteers who want to come onto our school grounds when children are present..

From 1 January 2022, schools and kura must only allow those that are fully vaccinated to provide onsite services.

This includes:

  • principals
  • teachers
  • relief teachers and casual staff
  • administration staff
  • caretakers and cleaners
  • contractors and other tradespeople
  • service managers
  • parents/caregivers and other staff.

This means that both school staff and volunteers who are involved in EOTC and coaching school sports should have had a first vaccination by 15 November and be fully vaccinated by 1 January 2022.

Ngaa mihi nui

Kevin Johnson

Principal / Tumuaki

Parents on School Grounds

No parents are permitted on the school grounds except if you are visiting the school office.

If you do come onto the school grounds to visit the office then you are required to wear a mask and to sign in at the office for our contact tracing. Please also scan in using the QR code on the office window.

Please also wear a face mask in the car park if you are getting out of your car to pick up your child from the front of the school as this is still on school grounds. Thank you for yourhelp with this. We do appreciate your support at this uncertain time.

We need to keep everyone safe.

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Senior School Athletics

A huge thank you to Megan Diprose, Cam Melrose and Sarah van Marrewijk for all their help at athletics last week. Once again Guy Rasmussen delivered the goods and our grounds looked amazing. Your children were fantastic....and we had a great day.

Basketball and Touch

Sometimes games run early(and yes sometimes late!)- can I please ask that you arrive, ready to pick up your children 5-10 mins before the scheduled end of games. 3 nights this week we have been left waiting for parents to arrive so would really appreciate your help with this. We know it is hard when you aren't there to watch, but all draws are on the app and so you can see the scheduled finish times. Thanks.

Class and Individual Photos

This is to remind parents that we will be having class and individual photos on 25 November.

Further information regarding photographs will come home closer to the time.

Key Term Dates


1. School opens for term four - 18 October 2021

2. Class and Individual Portrait photos - 25 November 2021

3. Planned Yr7&8 Camp 1 - 3 December

4. Planned Yr7&8 Social

5. Planned Final Assembly Monday 13 December 10.30am - 12.00pm

Classroom Round Ups

Rm 1 Mrs Johnson

A busy week again this week with Athletics Day on Wednesday, weather permitting. Children will need a drink bottle and a school hat to wear on the day please.

This week our letterland work is i, i and k, these letters all start at the top and go down when being written. Story writing books will come home this week to share with whanau. Please feel free to write a comment to your child in their book, children thrive on positive feedback. Books will need to be returned to school the next day please. Maths groups are working on addition and subtraction and before and after numbers to 10. Our AP & H Show art work is complete and the children have worked very hard on their ocw posters and decorated spoons. Our potatoes are growing well and there is great excitement as to who might have the most potatoes at the end of the term. Lastly, Dolores Maisey will be in the class on Friday again this week as I will be doing end of year assessments with students.

Rm 2 Mrs McGhie

Hickory Dickory Dock was our Nursery Rhyme last week. A Nursery Rhyme that most of the children knew which was awesome. As part of learning the Nursery Rhyme we look at words that rhyme within the ryhme and then come up with more words. The children are amazing at this. It was great to see so many children wearing gumboots on Friday. Thank you for your donations. Athletics will be a highlight of this week for the children. Have a great week. Maria

Rm 3 Miss Swan

Kia ora koutou

Week 4 is a very exciting and busy week! Junior athletics is on Wednesday and the children of Room 3 have been training hard! We also are finishing off our pop up cards ready for the AP and H show this coming Saturday.

Writing: This week we are looking at what makes a good writing recount using a variety of
Reading: Reading books and spelling words will be coming home as per usual this week. A big thank you to whānau of Room 3 with your support with homework! We will also be revisiting all of our long a phonic sounds.

Maths: Our maths groups continue to work with numbers 0-100 and solving subtraction problems by counting back.

Reminders for the week

  • This week assessments will continue and Whaea Armstrong will be in class while I am testing.

  • Athletics day for Waihou hub is on Wednesday.

  • Please bring along a drink bottle everyday. This is super important as the weather warms up and with Athletics training.

  • With the weather warming up please bring along your school sunhat each day.

  • Library day on Friday.

  • Homework for the week: Maths worksheet, spelling and daily reading book.

  • Please remember to bring along book bags and homework notebooks everyday. Room 3 needs their notebooks for word work during class times.

Please remember you can contact me via Seesaw and email mswan@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Have a fabulous week!

Rm 5 Miss Entwisle

Miss Entwisle will be busy with testing, so we welcome Mrs Maisey in on Monday and Tuesday. Our Spelling words this week are all about ink and wr. We are super proud of how we did at last week’s athletics. In Mathematics we are looking at Geometry, with a focus on lines and shapes. We are excited for the AP&H Show that is happening this weekend. We hope that our entries do well. For those children who are motivated to do extra learning at home, our Spelling words, Weekly Poem and other Home Learning based tasks 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

I can't believe it's week four already. This week I will be continuing with testing, Mrs Bartram will be in on Tuesday for my release day.

The AP&H Show - art and craft entries are nearly ready to be sent off. Room 6 have worked hard on the different entries we have, from wooden spoons creations, card making, recycled craft and shell models.

Please start looking for any missing library books or class readers that may be hiding around the house.

Pause, Breathe, Smile continues this week. We have been learning about being grateful and mindful breathing.

Have a great week, Trina Bankier. kbankier@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Rm 7 Mrs Paul

With our testing all finished it is back to work we go!!!

In Reading this week we will be looking at some famous New Zealanders and how thye became famous. This si a great chance to use our skimming and scanning skills.

In numeracy we will be looking at; decimals, mental strategy and 3 digit addition, depending on which group you are in. I was so happy with the Maths testing last big and saw some huge gains.

In writing we will be finishing our writing assessment with an explanation on the life cycle of the butterfly.


A huge thank you to Megan Diprose, Cam Melrose and Sarah van Marrewijk for all their help at athletics last week. Once again Guy Rasmusssen delivered the goods and our grounds looked amazing. Your children were fantastic....and we had a great day.

Rm 8 Mrs Young

Assessment Week - We are busy with testing this week :) ready for reports.

Yr 7-8 Camp update - Newsletter number 3 will be out this week.

Yr 6 End of Year Fun Day - extra forms were sent home, thank you for your prompt return with this,

Maths. Measurement - Area and Perimeter. We have mini mathletics workbooks we are busy completing.

Writing - We are unpacking Character traits, for our character writing.

Reading - Our book this term is a Kind of Spark, this will focus on Comprehension as well as many hand on activities.

Kapa Haka is on Monday with Mrs B and Matua.

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

Email- kyoung@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Rm 9 Mrs Gamble/Mrs Hodgetts.Well done to all those who competed in last week's school athletics. It was great to see everyone giving the events a go and enjoying themselves, ka pai. This week we have another week of testing. So far this has been going well and results have been pleasing.

Literacy: We are coming to the end of our Chapter Chat novel, Crater Lake by Jennifer Killick. We will continue on with last week's tasks which we didn’t finish.

Mathematics: This week we will begin our strand on statistics, looking at how to plan and conduct statistical investigations. We will also look at how we can collect and display information.

Art: A P and H show art is almost completed, just a few finishing touches to add before Wednesday.

Camp: Please keep an eye out for newsletters.

Reminders: Juicy Tuesday- bring $2 if you wish to buy a juicy. Also, bring a drink bottle as the fountains aren’t on at level 2.

Homework:Spelling, weekly quiz, mathletics tasks, and reading 20-30 minutes each evening.

Have a great week everyone.

Rm 10 Mrs Brittenden

Kia ora koutou,

This week, Mrs B will have a focus on reading and maths testing - it has been exciting to see the progress and achievement of RM 10 so far. Congratulations on a fabulous athletics sports last week - some wonderful results and competitive events.

Literacy - we have a focus on vocab this week as we develop character writing features. We will also be researching people that inspire us through their actions and achievements.

Maths - we will start looking into statistics and the collating and display of data.

Other - we will be making sure we have completed our entries for the AP and H show and also continue our learning through our Spanish modules (we will be able to have a basic conversation)

Enrolment at Te Aroha College - if your child is attending Te Aroha College next year and HAS NOT been enrolled, you can book an enrolment appointment by phone (07) 8848625 or email office@tacol.nz

Camp - be on the look out for a newsletter this week. This will have important information. I will also share this via Seesaw. Thank you for your support of our Friday Pie Day and Tuesday Juicies.

Looking forward to an awesome week.

Arohanui - Mrs B dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz


Below is the lunch menu for week four.
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