3rd April 2020 update

Tauranga Primary School Newsletter

Principal's Message

Tēnā koutou katoa

Ngā mihi nui, kia koutou katoa - Warm greetings to you all.

Kia ora koutou

We are almost at the end of Week 1 of the "lockdown" school holidays. It's been wonderful to see so many families get in behind the House Challenges this week both on Facebook and via email to me. Congratulations to Puriri who are leading the way currently.

Being at home has seen a spike in internet use across the country. While the internet is a great place for learning and fun activities there are some dangers and things that parents and caregivers should remember to be aware of to try and prevent children and young persons from becoming victims and exploited online. Discuss internet safety with children of all ages and agree with them on what they can do online including sites to visit and appropriate behaviours. Some ideas are:

  • Review and approve games and apps before they are downloaded
  • Review privacy settings of sites and applications
  • Check your children’s profiles and what they are posing online and be aware that anything that is posted online with be permanently on the internet
  • Take the time to understand what sites they are visiting and who they are talking with and check in regularly
  • Some social media sites have age restrictions to join, check these before letting your child use them or join
  • Monitor your child’s use of the internet and consider having them use it in an open, common area of the house
  • Make sure your children know to report any activity they don’t feel comfortable with to you straight away.

Remember if your children were going out you would go with them or depending on their age check where they are going. If your children are online you should be with them or check what sites they are visiting.

If you think your child or a child in your care is the victim of online exploitation or abuse, please do not hesitate to report it. If we all work together to make sure children are safe online, we can make the internet a great tool for people of all ages.

Some good news to support you either working at home and/or studying at home - Spark, Vodafone, Vocus/Slingshot, 2Degrees and Trustpower have all advised they have removed their data caps and the possibility of any extra charges based on usage.

As a school we are in the privileged position of having long term personal contact with our school community, therefore we are in a position to offer assistance to school families, if required. If you are struggling with anything at this time, please do make contact with me. Even if we are unable to offer direct assistance to help you, we do have access to a wide range of helping networks that we could put you in contact with.

Take care, stay at home in your bubble as much as possible and keep safe.

Ngā mihi

Fiona Hawes


Key dates reminder

28 March School holidays begin

10 – 14 April Easter including the Tuesday after Easter

15 April Term 2 begins (through distance learning)

22 April Current date for ending of lockdown period

27 April ANZAC Day observed

Information and resources to support wellbeing and support learning at home

Great House spirit this week

Lockdown Challenges ... the House point tally ......so far

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This fact sheet below has lots of information and explains how to access help and assistance.

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Home internet slow - try these suggestions:

For home internet connections
It is important to eliminate performance/speed issues with the home wifi setup first, rather than assuming there is an issue with the connection from the house to the internet. To check this:
  • Run a speed test at www.speedtest.net to establish a baseline, and repeat after making any change below to check for improvement
  • Power off home router every morning, leave off for 30 secs before powering back on (don’t press the reset button this will reset the device settings!)
  • Turn off, or disable Wi-Fi on, unused devices where possible, especially older devices that run at slower Wi-Fi speeds
  • Decrease the physical distance between your device and the Wi-Fi router, line of sight is best
  • Use an Ethernet cable on devices where possible, to reduce Wi-Fi load (especially smart TVs, gaming consoles) – plug these into a spare LAN port on your router

Break in

Unfortunately sometime in the first week of lockdown our caretaker shed was broken into (the one behind Room 11). Fortunately nothing appears to be taken, as we have removed items that were previously stored there and were stolen last Christmas.

The door has been significantly damaged - but we have secured the shed for now.

If you live close to the school and see any damage on the site, please do let me know so we can follow it up. At this stage the Secretary of Education controls all school sites and the only way to enter is to request access and gain special permission.

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Community Notices



Fiona Hawes


07 578 6222

Deputy Principal

Cathy Ediker


Assistant Principal

Robyn Caley


Junior Team Leader

Pam Wilkins


Middle Team Leader

Jason Morgan


Acting Senior Team Leader

Jo Howard


International Student enquiries

Cathy Ediker


Business Manager

Susan O'Neill


Office Administrator and Enrolment Officer

Barbara Turley


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