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3 August 2012

Tauranga Primary School Newsletter

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F r o m t h e P r i n c i p a l ‘s P e n

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Dear Parents / Caregivers, What a good response we had for our Learning Conferences yesterday. As a parent the most important thing you can do to help your child’s education is to attend these conferences and discuss their progress with the teacher. We know your children are proud to share their achievements with you and it makes such a difference to their learning when they can share the next learning steps. As it was the first time we have held interviews over the one day and we would like some feedback on the process from our parents. Please either fill out the enclosed slip or send us an e-mail with your comments . We will be discussing the feedback we recieve with staff and using this to help determine whether we adopt the one day interviews as our preferred option to share children’s progress with you. It seems to be that whenever we have an extremely wet period, the problems with parking around the school increase. Please take care when picking up or dropping off children at school. Please also be reminded about not parking over the bus stop on Arundel St. When two buses arrive at the same time they take up the whole bay (even the very ends) and require the full length to pull into so they avoid holding up traffic on Arundel St. It is not acceptable to park in or over the bus bay at any time. Our grounds have been saturated by the recent heavy rain but we are lucky that they dry out very quickly. There will be some days when the children can’t play on the grass as is to be expected during winter but we appreciate their need to run around (between downpours). Some mud spatters on clothing is unavoidable. Today we have farewelled Jeneanne Pittams who has worked at Tauranga Primary School for the last twenty years. During this time Jeneanne has worked with many students and has carried out a range of roles within the school. We hope Jeneanne has an enjoyable and relaxing, well earned holiday in Rarotonga. It is also Whaea Hilary’s last day before taking maternity leave. We wish her all the best for the arrival of “baby Bird”. KOS – Keeping Ourselves Safe: A reminder that the parent meeting for Keeping Ourselves th Safe is to be held on August 14 at 2.30pm. We urge you to attend, especially if you have any concerns regarding this police run programme. Ka kite ano Jenny McNicol

We would welcome some feedback on Thursdays Learning Conferences. Please fill in the form below and return to the office. FEEDBACK ON LEARNING CONFERENCES: a) I liked the one day set aside for conferences because _________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ b) I did not like the one day set aside for conferences because ____________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________

Tauranga Primary School Newsletter Lunchtime helpers required. We would love to have parents involved as role models and coaches in our playground at lunchtimes. If you have free time between 1.10 pm and 1,45pm and an interest in refereeing or playing sport with kids please let us know. Games currently popular in the playground are: • Rugby, we have a very keen group of students who would like to play tackle and require supervision. This group could potentially walk down to Memorial Park and play there at lunchtime. • Netball and basketball - just shooting hoops or coordinating a game. • Soccer • Hand ball - four square time games. If you can help out please let Fiona Hawes know either by phoning the office 578 622 or email

TPS YOUNG TALENT COMPETITION Talent Show Auditions-Reminder. We will be holding auditions from Monday 6th August you are welcome to come along and support your child during their audition (please be aware that this is very informal and that their performance may be cut short due to the time restrictions of our lunch hour). All acts need to be ready to go at 1pm, so their teachers will allow them to eat slightly earlier than usual. Two minutes will be the maximum time limit for the audition in front of our awesome Young Leaders judges . The days of the auditions are... Week 4 Monday 6th August year 0-1 Tuesday 7th August Year 2 Wednesday 8th August year Year 3 Week 5 Monday 13th August year 4 Tuesday 14th August year 5 Wednesday 15th August year 6 Our Talent Final will be on Friday 24th August during assembly time. All finalists will receive a letter to confirm that they are in the final. From the 2012 Young Leaders.


Term Dates for 2012: Term 3: * Monday 16 July - Friday 28 September Term 4: Monday 15 October - Monday -17th December * ***********************

TERM 3 * Monday 16 July - Friday 28 September Week 2  23-29 July

Maori Language Week - Arohatia te Reo Cherish the language; 25th anniversary of the establishment of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori (Maori Language Commission)  27 July-12 Aug Olympic Games - London Week 4  27 July-12 Aug Olympics  30 July-3 Aug Young Leaders Talent Quest  7 August FoTs Meeting @ 7:00 pm  8 August Magician Show Week 5  14 August  16 August  16 August  16 - 17 Aug

Parent KOS Meeting 2:30 pm Staffroom FoTs Disco - Olympics Theme ICAS Maths Yr 3 & 4 Art Gallery Visit

Week 6  19-25 August International Languages Week  21 August South Cluster 7’s  22 August Tauranga Intermediate School Information Parent Evening for 2013: 6:30 pm  24 August Triple P Parenting course Week 7  27-31 August  27-31 August  29 August

 29 August

Keeping Ourselves Safe (KOS) Yr 5/6 First Aid Course Multimedia Information Session at Tauranga Intermediate. 11:00 - 12:00 CWSA Information session at Tauranga Intermediate 12:00 - 1:00

Note: Dates are guides only and are subject to change

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Tauranga Primary School Newsletter Sports Talk with Jo As we all know the Olympics started on the weekend, so it has made it very hard to leave the TV, but also very inspiring to hit the sports fields and arenas ourselves. So, after a well-earned rest our winter sports teams kicked straight back in to action in the 1st week of term 3. All of our teams are having a great season so far. Best of luck for the remainder of your games!! Term 3 is a really busy term for our senior athletes with the 11-a-side hockey tournament next week and then the very exciting South Cluster 7s tournament in week 6 where most of our year 5 and 6 students will be representing the school in netball, hockey, soccer and rugby. Teams should be named next week so we can start practising!! Who could forget the celebrations of the Waikato / BOP Magic team last week. Our year 6 netball team, TPS Magic, were lucky enough to be in the parade and had the opportunity to rub shoulders with the ANZ Netball Champs. Our other netball teams also got to share in the glory of the team as we walked in to town and watched the parade. Such a neat moment to see our budding netballers in awe of their idols. I have posted some photos on the website in case you missed our kids on the 6 o’clock news!! TPS was represented by 7 gymnasts at the Regional Gymsport Festival, “the Best of the Best”, on Monday. Congratulations Jaymee Taylor, Jasmin Murray, Charlotte Watson, Katie Daniels, Makaylah Rae-Potene, Grace Camplin and Michelle Clayton who all made top 8 and therefore were selected to compete in this regional event. All 7 girls preformed brilliantly and an especially big congratulations to Grace Camplin who placed 2nd equal, and Michelle Clayton 6th in the rhythmic gym, Makaylah Rae-Potene who placed 3rd equal and Katie Daniels 5th in the artistic gym. Well done girls!! Jo Taele


Next Meeting - 7th August, 7pm in the staff room, everyone welcome. Term 3 events: • 16th August - School Disco 5-6pm Years 1-3 and 6.15-7.30pm Seniors Years 4-6. The theme is Olympics. • 6th September - Movie Night, 7.30pm at the Rialto, Hope Springs. Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) are a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to spice things up and reconnect with her husband. When she hears of a renowned couple's specialist (Steve Carell) in the small town of Great Hope Springs, she attempts to persuade her skeptical husband, a steadfast man of routine, to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy. Just convincing the stubborn Arnold to go on the retreat is hard enough - the real challenge for both of them comes as they shed their hang-ups and try to re-ignite the spark that caused them to fall for each other in the first place. Tickets will be on sale soon. • Calendar Art - at the end of term parents will have the opportunity to order cards, calendars and diaries with their children’s art. Thank you to those people who have already returned the slip below and offered to help with the disco, any further offers of assistance are gratefully received. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------DISCO helpers If you can help with the following please return the slip to the office: Set Up in the hall - 1-3pm 16th August Selling Drinks and Glowsticks: Junior Disco Senior Disco Clean up crew: 7.30-8pm Security: Junior Disco - checking around the outside of hall area etc. Senior Disco Name: Parent of:


Tauranga Primary School Newsletter You've got the power - Magic Show

South Cluster Sevens Tournament.

On the 8th of August TPS students will all be entertained by the Magician Elgregoe. Using tricks, puppets, ventriloquism, music, song, stories and amazing props (including live birds), the important messages are conveyed to the children in a fun, fastpaced show. You’ve got the power teaches students that they have got the power to make the right choices and lets them know that they can feel good about doing the right thing at school.

We are currently putting together Year 5 and Year 6 teams in Rugby, Netball, Hockey, Basketball and Soccer to compete in this annual event. Once teams have been finalised, pupils will bring a notice home informing parents of the requirements etc. This is advanced notice of the date, time and various venues.

The show empowers students to care for and accept each other and it reinforces the golden rule of treating others how you want to be treated. Children are taught strategies to overcome bullying – strategies which can be used whether an individual child is a bully, a victim or a witness to bullying. With a very strong anti bullying message, the You’ve Got the Power show complements the school health curriculum with a focus on key competencies and works with already existing values, virtues and police school programmes. The cost of this performance is covered in the annual activity fee. Please see the office if you have any queries about this.

Date: Tuesday 21st August 2012 (postponement date Thu 23/8/12) Time: 9.30am - 2.30pm Venues: Rugby - Mount Rugby Club, Blake Park. Netball - Harbourside Netball, Blake Park. Hockey - Tauranga Turf - Blake Park. Basketball - QEII, Memorial Park. Soccer - Waipuna Park, Welcome Bay. Approximately 90 children will be involved in representing our school on this day. We will travel to and from the events by bus. We look forward to seeing many of you on the day. Mr MaguirePS YOUNG TALENT COMPETITION

COMMUNITY NOTICES • “A New Idea for Dealing with OCD, ADD, ADHD & Autism class 1st September in Rotorua – This class is run by Diva Diaz who is on the spectrum of all of these and she will share tools she uses to assist herself and others to function in society with more ease. For more info see or call Michelle 027-270-1948. Suitable for parents, teachers and people on the spectrums.” • SPEECH AND DRAMA WITH BARBARA GRAY ATCL LTCL ATCL TEACHING, LTCL PERFORMING, TRINITY COLLEGE GUILDHALL LONDON Speech and Drama is FUN for children 7+. Trinity Guildhall offers an inspiring syllabus recognized worldwide. Focus is excellent communication skills, confidence and creativity in a stimulating, fun environment! Classes each Wednesday afternoon 3.15 – 4.15pm at Tauranga Primary. Fee $100 for ten weeks. Classes begin Wed 25 July. Contact Ph 575 0266. • Learn Guitar or Ukulele in Term 3, contact Alex Price now, Phone: 0275609908. Email: I am a musician & have a degree in Media Arts and Commercial Music from the Waiktao Institute of Technology and I'm passionate about sharing skills and experience with students and watching their talents & knowledge grow. For more information head to - • RADKIDZ (Radical Fitness) Fabulous reasons to get your kidz in RADKIDZ. Educate Kidz on how to be fit and have fun, Affordable and flexible. Mon, Wed & Fri; 3:30 - 4:15 for boys and girls 5 - 9 years. Loads of fun. Trampolines, hula hoops, boxing bags, games and loads more. Move Fitness. 241/4 Fraser Street (beside Katmandu) Ph: 577 0887 Positive Parenting Programme • TRIPLE P : Presents… Managing Fighting & Aggression A FREE 2hr discussion group for any parents/caregivers with children aged from 3yr-7yr+(up to 12yr) to discuss; managing fighting and aggression, and strategies to support you as a parent. Where: Tauranga Primary School 31 Fifth Avenue, Tauranga When: Friday, 24th August 2012 Time: 9am – 11am RSVP: Confirm registration to:- Tauranga Primary School – 578 6222 or Kaitiaki Nursing Services - Triple P Ph: 571 0144 or txt 027 3112140

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