Te Aroha Primary School

Term 3 Week 6 2022

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Kia ora parents and whānau,

The last week of Winter, Spring is with us from Thursday…I imagine we are all looking forward to the warmer weather and longer days.

We have our Totara springs sports camp team heading away tomorrow for a week of sporting challenges and fun. Mrs Paul and myself will be supporting the team along with 2 wonderful parents. This will be the first time for me at the camp, I look forward to sharing our results with you next week.

We held our first Board Of Trustees meeting with our new board last week. We have 2 new members, Maree and Sam, who have joined The TAPS BOT. We thank them for joining us and wish them a happy and successful term governing our awesome kura. We also have Amy, Darren and Dave retaining their places as parent representatives and Megan as the staff rep. We had 2 members stand down, Fiona and Glen. Fiona has been with the TAPS BOT for approximately 12 years, this is an impressive contribution to our school and on behalf of all of us at Te Aroha primary school, past and present, I wish to thank Fiona for her outstanding contribution to the governance of our kura. Thanks goes to Glen also for helping to govern our school through his term that included the dramas of COVID and recruiting a new principal. Glen’s contribution is greatly appreciated and he goes with our best wishes. Thank you Fiona and Glen.

Finally - I had the pleasure of joining our Cross country team at the District Cross Country race which was held at Manawaru school last week. Our students represented TAPS with impressive pride and resilience. We achieved some really good placings and have a team heading to Thames Valley cross country on 6 September. It was also very warming to have so many positive comments from other parents and teachers about how well behaved our students are and what super attitudes they had. Kai pai to our runners.

Have an awesome week everyone!

Justin Bertrand



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

  • 6/9/2022 Thames Valley Cross Country

  • 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: And we are off…..see you all Friday

Thames Valley Cross Country: As I am now away I am unable to deal with this. I got the forms out early but the deadline was today. Thank you to those students who returned their forms on time.

Daffodil Day 2022

Thank you for supporting this very worthwhile cause. TAPS will be donating $227.00 to the Cancer Society.

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.

Students 12+years are to wear a mask on the bus as per Orange setting.


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 will be a voucher to Ninja Valley.

Spare forms are available from the office.

Thank you for supporting the PTA

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Room 1 - Mrs Johnson

We welcome Hunter to Room 1 this week. Mrs Maisey and Miss Forrest will be teaching Room 1 again this week.

Literacy - The phonics work will be the letters h, e, r and we will continue to work on sounding out words and then blending the sounds together to say the word. We are learning to write these CVC words as well.

Maths - We will continue with basic addition to 10 this week.


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

  • Children need a water bottle for school everyday please.

Room 2 – Miss Webb

Welcome to Week 6!

Literacy: Last week we didn’t get the chance to plant our own magic beans so we will do it on Tuesday this week to link to our learning around Jack and the Beanstalk. This week we will move into procedural writing which will be our focus for the next few weeks. In reading this week we will be focussing on really getting to know all of our heart words for instant recall before moving further in the sets.

Maths: Last week I enjoyed doing a lot of one on one maths with all of the children to see where they are at and to assist in planning for our next steps. This week we will be continuing with our focus on number knowledge and strategies


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

  • Please remember to return your poem books

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,

Welcome to Week 6 and this week we are lucky enough to be able to use our new space! The children in Room 3 have been waiting very patiently to explore the new space and we are very excited! We are revisiting routines and expectations in all learning areas and focusing on what it looks like to be a TAPS Learner.

Literacy: In writing we will be looking more closely at sequencing our procedural writing. It has been challenging for Room 3 to remember to write procedures in order. Our sound of the week is ‘ing’ as in king. I am assessing reading groups this week as we come to the end of some decodable reader sets. Homework will be a mix of phonic work and ‘read with me’ readers.

Maths: We are revisiting instant recall of addition and subtraction to 20, working in small groups in our counting collections and problem solving activities. We are Maths Detectives!

Reminders for the week: Please remember everyday

  • Drink bottle

  • Homework book

  • Poem book

  • Book bags

  • Please check at home for School library books. We have had a number of books not returned.

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

Have a fantastic week😊


Room 4 - Mrs Suzette Willis and Team

Kia ora koutou,

Have a great week whanau!


Room 5 - Miss Entwisle

Welcome to Week 6! 😊 We had a great time creating mixed media daffodils last week!

Reading: We continue to look critically at events in fairytales. Sometimes characters aren’t really as ‘bad’ as they seem.

Writing: We have been enjoying getting hands on finding out about what a Tsunami is as part of our explanation writng.

Mathematics: One of the ‘strategies’ that we have been developing has been the use of doubles to solve problems like: 8+9=? by using 8+8+1 or 9+9-1.

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

We had a beautiful Daffodil Day on Friday in Room 6.

This week we will be learning about using multiplication to work out fractions of groups and fractions on the number line in Maths.

We are looking at showing not telling in our writing this week, being descriptive in our writing.

We have started our topic on forces and will be looking more into this over the week - discovering and experimenting to learn about Newton’s Laws.

Remember for homework your child has access to prototec, timestables.co.nz, mathletics and epic at home. Your child should also be reading a book of their choice for 20 minutes each night.

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Room 7 – Mrs Paul

As I am away at Totara Springs this week, Room 7 will be working in Rooms 9 and 10.


Room 8 – Mrs McKenzie

Welcome to week 6! Thank you for the support you have given your children in their speech writing. We will have another workshop this coming week to help them edit and finalise these.

This coming week in literacy, we explore across writing, reading and the sciences to investigate products and chemicals that we put into our environment and how we might improve this. We will explore, create, write and complete a ‘make and design’ process. It will be fun!

We continue fractions in Maths with a focus on common denominators, and also simplifying fractions.

Students are enjoying their digital creations, making comics last week. This week we will be using digital technology in our design processes through literacy.

For homework, students have some Seesaw activities to complete, including speech writing and completion/practice of these. They should also be reading for 30 minutes minimum a night and practising their times tables (This helps incredibly for fractions learning in maths. Thank you for your support in this.

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 .

Here’s to another great week of learning and enjoying the sunshine! Mrs McKenzie

Room 9 – Whaea Armstrong and Mrs Gamble

This week is Totara Springs Camp week! Many Room 9 students will be attending this camp and we wish our school team a very successful week, kia tu, kia toa, kia mau - accept the challenge! Whaea Armstong and myself hope to visit on Thursday to cheer them on.

With many of the senior students away at camp, some Room 7 students will join Room 9. Due to the slightly smaller class size and mix of students we intend to do some “hands on” learning. Cooking, singing and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) activities will be on the cards for this week’s learning. This will be a whole lot of fun and encourage the students to think outside the box, express innovative and creative ideas, collaborate and problem solve with others.

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 - good luck to our Totara Springs Winter Olympics Team.

Kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui!

Thank you to Mrs Paul, Mrs Diprose and Mrs Paetai for making this happen for our students. We look forward to hearing updates on how you are going.

This week, Rm 10 becomes Rm “17” as we welcome students from Rm 7 to work with us while Mrs Paul is at Totara Springs. This will be exciting as we complete learning tasks that involve research, being creative, following instructions, presenting and having some fun.

An awesome week ahead in Rm “17” - 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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We need these firms to keep our school cashflow and community relations going strong. They are generous to us which enables us to benefit your children so I would ask you look at the team of sponsors and where possible, use them as we all gain.

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.