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25 May 2012 Newsletter TERM

2 / WEEK 5

Tauranga Primary School Newsletter

Dear Parents / Caregivers, F r o m t h e P r i n c i p a l ‘s P e n

What wonderful weather we’ve had this week. We certainly don’t mind the colder mornings if we get such lovely days afterwards. However we are finding that the children are taking polar fleeces off as the day warms up and often leave them lying around. Please help us return clothing by ensuring items are named. It also helps to check the clothing your child is wearing to ensure it is indeed theirs – we have had some mix ups lately. Some reminders: We promote a healthy food policy and remind parents that “Take Aways” such as MacDonalds and KFC should not be brought to school for children’s lunches. There are appropriate items available through our lunch order system and, if for any reason, your child doesn’t have a lunch, we have supplies in the staffroom for an emergency. N.B. Fizzy and sugar drinks such as coke, sprite, etc are not allowed at school. Please keep these at home for special treats. Only water in drink bottles please. If you do wish to have a special lunch with your child you are able to sign them out (at the office) and bring them back in time for the start of afternoon school (1:00 - 1:45pm). Pets/dogs at school: We acknowledge that dogs are members of many of our school families and often come to school, but we ask that these protocols are strictly followed: • They must stay outside, well away from classrooms • They must be kept on a short lease at all times (not to be tied up) • An adult must be in control of the dog – no running around after children • If your dog/puppy is not “people smart” then they stay outside the school grounds We know that children love to pat puppies but we need to keep both the puppy and the child safe. Please discourage any children from rushing up to your pet. TEACHER ONLY DAY: Please ensure that you have made arrangements for your child/ren for the Teacher Only Day next Friday June 1st . If we have not been notified by Monday 28th May you will need to make other arrangements yourself. Kind regards, Jenny McNicol Principal

Official Opening Day for our new Administration block. We would like to invite everyone to join us on Friday 8 June to the official opening of our new administration building at 2:00pm. In the morning each class will have a guided tour of the new administration building. At the official opening, our KapaHaka group will perform, the Friends of the School will present a cheque for $15,000 (for 26 ipads) and we will draw the winner of an ipad 2 (from those that have sponsored $50 or more towards our Blended Classrooms. If the winner is not in attendance they will be notified by phone). Parents will be invited to take a tour through the administration block after the official opening. Afternooon tea will be provided for parents.

Tauranga Primary School Newsletter DATES TO REMEMBER

WHĀNAU HUI: We would like to invite TPS Māori families to attend a whānau hui When: Wednesday 6th June at 5.30pm Where: School Staffroom, children welcome Why: To share some kai (pizza will be provided) and hear your ideas and opinions about how we can cater for your children’s academic, emotional and physical development during their time at TPS. We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on how we can further embed Māori perspectives into our school curriculum. Please don’t hesitate to contact Fiona Hawes (Deputy Principal), Jenny McNicol (Principal) or Ann Marie Morris (Teacher in charge of Māori) if you have any questions or are unable to attend the hui and would like to kōrero at another time So we can cater appropriately ring the office (578 622) or email to confirm attendance

1st JUNE Teacher Only Day please diary this day in. TPS teachers will be at Tauranga Intermediate for the day at an ICT Conference. If any parents cannot make arrangements for their children please notify the school in writing by Monday 28 May so that adequate arrangements can be made.

Term Dates for 2012: Term 2: * Monday 23 April - Friday 29 June Term 3: * Monday 16 July - Friday 28 September Term 4: Monday 15 October - Friday -13th December * ***********************

Week 6  28-29 May  30 May  30 May  31 May  1 June Week 7  4 June

Ruben The Road Safety Bear - Junior School Class & Individual Photos BOP Rippa Rugby Champs - Yr 3-4 team TPS x-country Teacher Only Day - NO SCHOOL

 6 June  8 June

Queens Birthday ICAS Science Whanau Hui - 5:30 pm New Administration Building Opening - 2pm

Week 8  12 June  12 June  13 June  13 June

South Cluster x-country F0Ts meeting @ 7pm South Cluster - Young Einstein Comp BoT meeting @ 7pm

Note: Dates are guides only and are subject to change


Thank you to the parents who helped with the sausage sizzle last Friday, your help is greatly appreciated. The next meeting is 12th June - 7pm in the staffroom. Everyone is welcome, bring a friend and meet some other parents of TPS.

TPS Thinkers Corner This term we have been focusing on the THINKER key competency with our students. Teachers have been using the vocabulary of a thinker (thinkers words) in their daily practice. This gives students the language tools to think about their learning. Examples of the vocabulary of a thinker are: • problem solve • reason In the Junior school the vocabulary might sound like: • give evidence • imagination • I can think up new ideas • perspective • I can learn from experience • hypothesis • I can ask questions • reflect • I am curious • investigate • I can look at something another way. • question How you can help at home…… have conversations about “life’ with your children, using the vocabulary of a thinker. Encourage your children to see different points of view, figure out a solution to a problem or reflect on an event (was it fun? what could we do next time to make it better?). Thinking is the talk inside your head. When you think you talk to yourself - asking and answering questions, agreeing and disagreeing with ideas, making connections with information you already have.

Tauranga Primary School Newsletter Sports Talk with Jo

Snippets COLGATE • Thanks to the families that have already sent in their empty Colgate Cartons, keep them coming. YUMMY FRUIT STICKERS • Keep collecting the stickers and send in your full charts. More charts are at the office. LUNCH ORDERS • Don’t forget Sushi is available on Wednesdays. PHOTOLIFE - 30 May • Named envelopes have already gone home (spares available at the office). Sibling envelopes are also available at the office. Please send back, with money asap. Photos with pre-schoolers or with siblings from another school will be taken from 8:30 onwards. Photos with siblings currently at school will be taken during the day. Classroom photos will be taken in priority list during the day. NB: Rippa Rugby players will be absent for their class photos. •

Our Technology Class Block requires a part time person or teacher aide to work four mornings per week for four weeks. If interested contact Tom Smith Ph 578 6222 or email;

BOARD TALK Board By-election Nominations forms were posted out 2 weeks ago. Unfortunately some have been ‘Returned to Sender’. If you did not receive your mail then it will be because we have an incorrect address. Please call into the office and update your details or fill in the form below if any information has been changed. We have received more nominations than vacant positions so will be holding a voting election. All information will be posted out next week to every parent on the school roll. Voting papers can be posted back to the school, or dropped off in the box in the office. ELECTION TIME LINE: from 30th May Voting papers posted

8th June 15 June

Election Day - Polls Close at Noon Results declared Change of details -

please fill in and return to the office

Child’s name:


Details that have changed: e.g. address, phone numbers, contact people etc.

You can still find me in the school library, but I now have some more concrete hours. Tuesday & Friday: Wednesday:

11:30 – 3:30 8:30 – 12:30

If you cannot see me in these times remember that email is my best form of contact. TPS was proudly represented by two fantastic Rippa Rugby teams at the WBOP Rippa Rugby Championship at Blake Park last Friday. We were representing Canada and both our teams performed amazingly!! Year 5/6 team were Runners Up in the Sheild Challenge Year 3/4 were team Runners Up in the Championship Cup. Our Year 3/4 team has now been selected to represent the WBOP in the Baywide Rippa Rugby Championship next week. Congratulations to both teams on your success!! You all performed with commitment, grit and flair!! You did us proud!! Year 3/4 team: Blake Anderson, Corban Crowther, Dean Power, Xavi Taele, Kenza Taele, Charlotte Watson, Campbell Syme, Brooke Poutawera, Joshua Savage, Liam Collett Year 5/6 team: Chaerin Jang, Ekekiel Wallace, Toni Power, Brady Anderson, Kai Murase, Jared Lewitt, Logan Brill, Levi Howarth, Makaylah Rae-Potene, Spencer Wallis

Our School X-Country is next week on Thursday. All of the children are training hard at school, but remember a few extra training runs at home might give you the extra edge!! Please remember to check out our School Website. I have now created links to the Netball, Hockey and Basketball websites for information on draws and results. Plus, there are some awesome photos of our Rippa Rugby players in action at the WBOP Rippa Rugby Championship. Check them out!!!! Jo Taele Sports Co-ordinator

Tauranga Primary School Newsletter TPS Cross Country The TPS Cross Country is on next week! :) Parents please come along and support your child (ren). When: Where: Time: Bring:

Thursday 31st May 2012. Jordan Field, Memorial Park, Tauranga. 9.30am - 12.30pm (this is for all age groups). Sports shoes, Water (no sports drinks!), Students may wear a TPS sports t-shirt or school uniform.

BOP Rippa Rugby Championship. The Year 3 & 4 Rippa Rugby team will be representing WBOP at the above event. Date:! ! Venue:!! Time:! !

Wednesday 30th May 2012 Paengaroa 9.30am - 2.30pm

Unfortunately this is also the class photo day. We have been unable to reschedule these. If you have paid for a class photo, please contact the office.

Explanation Writing about ANZAC from Rm 2 - Yr 3

Community Notice Board Botanical Road Kindergarten is a non-profit kindergarten with a large natural outdoor area catering for 2 ½ - 6 year olds. Our morning sessions are 4 ¼ hours daily for older children and 1.15 – 3.15 Tuesday and Thursday for younger children. For all enquiries please ph 578 4481 or email

WESLEY COLLEGE OPEN DAY Enrolment applications open now. Open day Sunday 27 May 10:30 - 1:30. Boys from Year 9 and Girls from Year 11. Grant applications must be received before 15 July. Wesley College 801 State Highway 22, Paerata. for more information Ph: 09 2370224 or email; Triple P-positive parenting programme is a FREE parenting programme for parents/whanāu with children aged betwn 3yr-12yrs with mild to moderate behaviour concerns. Parents/whanau can join a discussion group, and/or do a series of sessions with a TP practitioner. Please phone or txt 0273112140 or 5710144 for more info. Drawing and Painting tuition with Paula Knight weekend workshops Saturday 9 June 10:00 - 3:00. bring lunch and drink. $65 per child all day. All materials supplied. After School Art classes also available. Phone 542 3455 or email DUNKLEYS GREAT NZ CRAFT SHOW Friday 25 - Sunday 27 May. 10 - 5 daily @ Tauranga TECT arena, Baypark. $8 Adults $7 Senior & Students, School Kids $5, under 5 free.

ANZAC is a public holiday for us to remember people who died in mostly WW1. ANZAC means A-Australia, NZ - New Zealand, AArmy, C-Corps. The reason why ANZAC day is on the 25 April is because thatʼs when the soldiers arrived in Gallipoli. Gallipoli is where they had war. They had war because some countries wanted to take over them. Some countries were allies. Allies were the countries who know who they want to kill. Lots of countries participated. New Zealand is my country and I am very proud. Poppies are very special to wear. I think poppies are a cool symbol. Ella Paterson. The war started because Germany wanted to take over other countries. We wear poppies on ANZAC day to remember the people who died in the wars. ANZAC biscuits were healthy for the people who fought in the wars. It was ANZAC day on 25 April because thatʼs when the soldiers arrived in Gallipoli to fight. Australia and New Zealand joined in with the allies. People get medals for fighting. There were crosses where soldiers were dead. I think they shouldnʼt have a fight. Archi Panchasara

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