Te Aroha Primary School

Term 3 Week 8 2021

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Kia ora koutou

Welcome to week 8 and a start of another fantastic week at TAPS. We are into the last three weeks of the third term and teachers and students will be working hard to try and consolidate their teaching and learning.

This week is Maori Language Week across all of New Zealand.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week has been celebrated in New Zealand since 1975. It acknowledges and celebrates the Māori language as a unique cultural treasure for all New Zealanders.

Each year sets a theme for the week, and a range of activities, promotions, and events encouraging the use of te reo Māori take place around the country.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week 2021

In 2021, Te Wiki o te Reo Māori will run from 13 ki 19 Mahuru (13 to 19 September).

The theme is:

Kia Kaha te Reo Māori - Let's make the Māori language strong

Enjoy giving Te Reo a go this week!

Ngaa mihi nui

Kevin Johnson

Principal / Tumuaki

Key Term Dates


1. HPV 2nd Vaccination 21 September

2. Ready Set Go Programme - 22 September

3. School Closes for the Holidays - 1 October 2021

Classroom Round Ups

Rm 1 Mrs Johnson

It is so good to be back at school. The children have loved catching up with each other and a special welcome to Bayley who has joined our class. This week is Te Wiki o te Reo Maori - Maori Language Week. We will celebrate this in our class with waiata, stories, art and we hope to be expert with our colours and counting in Te Reo by the end of this week. Learning will be shared with whanau on Seesaw. We are back into the swing of things with our learning. Reading homework comes home today. As many children have made good progress with the recording of their cvc words from Stage 1 our special focus is now on reading these words - saying the sounds and then blending the words together. Children need to practise this until they can do it with ease so these words will come home often. In Maths new students are developing number knowledge to 10 and other students are working on addition sums to 10.

Rm 2 Miss Green

Week 8 has snuck up on us! We have a lot going on in the next 3 weeks. Big thanks to everyone who completed work packs and online learning throughout lockdown. This has helped kids settle back into routine and school work with ease. A big welcome to Hayleigh and Hannah who have joined Room 2 for the rest of the year. This week is Maori language week and we will be celebrating this in class over the week. We will update our learning through seesaw. In writing we continue report writing practice and independently record all sounds we can hear in words. We are focusing on rereading when we have finished to check that our writing makes sense. In maths each group is working on different skills such as using a number line to solve addition and subtraction problems and solving addition and subtraction problems using count all strategy. We will practice correctly recording sums. Some reading groups will have new sounds and books this week. Some children may have a new book each day to practice and some only a new book every couple of days. A reminder that all children are to be collected from the grass area in the front carpark by parents, they cannot cross the carpark alone.

Rm 3 Miss Swan

Kia ora koutou,

Welcome back into the classroom Room 3! I have been super proud of our Room 3 tamariki and all their learning during Level 4 lockdown. Ka mau te wehi! Also a big thank you to whānau for your support during this time. It has been much appreciated! Week 8 brings us back into routines and daily classroom tasks.
Writing: We are looking closely at sunflowers this week and using descriptive language in our writing. We even get to plant our very own!

Reading: Our regular reading programme will start up again this week, with reading books coming home from Monday to Thursday. Spelling words will be coming home this week too and our phonic sound of the week is ue.
Maths: We are picking up where we left off and are continuing to look at numbers from 0-100.
Reminders for the week:

  • Whaea Armstrong will be in class on Friday.

  • Please bring along drink bottles everyday.

  • Library day on Friday.

  • Homework for the week: Spelling, Maths worksheet 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

I hope you all have a fantastic week!

Rm 5 Miss Entwisle

We are excited to be back at school with our friends. Our Spelling words this week are all about ank and sp. For those wishing to learn their words at home, a spelling list is available each week on Seesaw, along with a copy of our weekly class poem. In Mathematics we are continuing to develop our Number Knowledge. In Writing we will be revisiting the speeches that we started earlier in the term as well as working on our persuasive writing. We will be working on our Calendar Art in class. If you have any queries or concerns please feel free to get in contact via the Seesaw message function or through email mentwisle@tearohaprimary.school.nz.

Rm 6 Mrs Bankier

It was great to be back at school last week. I would like to thank you all for the effort you put into your children's learning and life experiences over lockdown. The class were excited to get back into their learning.

This week we welcome Mrs Bartram back on Wednesday as I am working 4 days this week and next.

We will be learning how to tell the time on both a digital and analogue clock, moving into how to work out how much time has passed. We will also be working on the Mathletics and Study Ladder website to practise our maths skills.

This week in writing we are going to look at opinion writing again as we didn't quite finish this before lockdown.

This week is Maori Language week so we will be focusing on that as our afternoon topic.

Thank you for the milk bottles coming in, we will have to get busy creating our pieces for the A and P show.

Have a great week,

Trina Bankier kbankier@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Rm 7 Mrs Paul

Welcome back to school and to Week 8 after a few weeks away. Firstly, thank you to all those of you who supported your children's work so well while we were in lockdown. It was lovely to have so many of you join us on Zoom to play games. We have gone through any areas of lockdown work which may have been a bit tricky and ironed these out. Should we ever need another, we should be sorted!! This week is Maori Language week and so our reading activites will be focused around Maori Myths and Legends. I have tried to choose ones that may not be so familiar. In Language we will be delivering our speeches which were a Lockdown task. We will also be doing some retelling of the myths and Legends. In Maths we will try to get back to fractions and decimals. Some children carried this on in Lockdown so for them it should be easy to pick up where we left off. We will do our best to get back to where we were before the country went crazy again!!

Rm 8 Mrs Young

Thank you to all of our families for the hard mahi throughout lockdown. It is awesome to be back.

Speeches are our priority this week so please let me know if you need any help.

We also celebrate Maori Language Week so watch out for some neat activities throughout the week.

Maths/Fractions. Please continue to practice your tables at home.

Term 3 Inquiry - Let’s Talk - We will continue with this mini unit…Written Postcards/ Letters / Storybooks /Cooking / Communication through different languages.

Literacy - Our chapter book is - The Boy in the Tower. Log into Google classroom to see the tasks due this 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

Email- kyoung@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Rm 9 Mrs Gamble/Mrs Hodgetts.

Welcome back. It is so nice to see everyone back at school again.

This week we will ease our way back into school life, continuing with some online tasks.

Literacy: This week we will look at finishing writing our speeches.

Maths: We will continue on with some of our online learning as well as developing our knowledge of fractions, decimals, and percentages (picking up from where we left off in week 4).

Topic: This week it is Maori language week. We will learn and use more Te Reo Maori in class. We will also be taking part in the Maori Language Moment on Tuesday 14th September at 12 pm.

EPRO 8: Due to popular demand, we will be constructing a ‘Bake Bean Bridge' out of just one ream of paper and a roll of sellotape.

Homework: Spelling - we will begin our spelling again. Weekly quiz, mathletics tasks and reading 20-30 minutes each evening.

Have a great week everyone.

Rm 10 Mrs Brittenden

Kia ora - it is awesome to be back together and it was exciting to see each other and catch up last week. Thank you for supporting your child with their home learning over lockdown - this is much appreciated.

This week, we look forward to celebrating TE WIKI O TE REO MAORI and will help to set the world record for people speaking and celebrating Te Reo Maori by taking part in the Te Reo Maori Moment on Tuesday at 12pm. If parents and whanau would like to take part, sign up at https://www.reomaori.co.nz/

Rm 10 will also be working through a task board, dedicated to exploring and learning te reo Maori! KA MAU TE WEHI!

Maths - we will be exploring geometry concepts for the remainder of this term. We will be learning about angles, lines and the properties of 2d and 3d shapes.

Writing -we will be reviewing persuasive language features to support us to develop an independent writing sample for moderation this week.

Speeches - all students should have a completed speech, which we will start presenting in front of the class this week.

An awesome week ahead - please feel free to get in touch if you have any queries dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz or via Seesaw.

Arohanui - Mrs B

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. This means we are able to order period products for young people to use for their whole cycle, based on an average of 20 items per young person per month. There will be a mix of brands. Using these products is not compulsory. Young people are free to make their own choices about what they use and can continue to bring products from home if they prefer.

Mrs B will be organising this, with products being discreetly given to students - you can get in touch with her by sending her an email dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz sending a note or coming in to see her to let her know that you would like your child to receive free period products each month. At the moment, we have a range of pad brands available.

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Technology At Te Aroha College for Yr 7/8 Students

Tech is on Friday mornings. Students are reminded to be ready for the bus by 8.35am by Rm 10. Shoes that cover feet are to be worn and long hair needs to be tied up. We begin our next Tech rotation this week.

Room Five Lockdown Challenge Activities


Year 8 students will be given information on how you can enrol your child at Te Aroha College for next year. There are several ways that you can enrol your child this year. You will need your child's birth certificate and immunisation certificate in order to complete this process.


Below is the lunch menu for week eight.
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