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Principal’s Update


Tēnā koutou,tēnā koutou tēnā koutou katoa   Welcome back, and to all our new families welcome to TPS. An especially warm welcome to Mr Jamie De La Haye who started this week as Deputy Principal of Tauranga Primary School. It’s fantastic to see everyone back at school, rested and raring to go. Over the holidays maintenance work has been completed across the school site. The sandpit outside Room 19 has been lowered and concreted around the outside, this has certainly tidied up the area and made it more functional. We have also re-surfaced the pool changing room floors, updated the Autex (wall coverings) in Room 12 and completed various ‘touch up’ painting jobs across the site. There have been some staffing changes since our last newsletter: • We farewelled teacher aide Sharon Priest at the end of last year. • Hayley Kearns starts as a teacher aide in the middle and senior school. • Jon Watson began as our IT technician this week. • Johanna Brown is on leave for Term 1 and Ange Haman is replacing her in Room 3 during this time. Over the next few weeks, all classrooms will be setting up their routines and spending time getting to know each other. At TPS we teach the students about the Key Competencies of a learner, referred to as THE TPS WAY. This is about being a good: thinker, communicator, self manager, contributor and team player, we often use these terms with the children eg “Well done you’re being a great self manager remembering to bring your togs” or “ I like the way you listened carefully, and asked a great question, that is what good communicators do”. In 2014 we are adding to this learning by talking with the students about what we value at TPS. The three key themes are:



We value working as a team, collaborating, caring and working together to achieve success for all. Teachers, parents and students, as a learning team, are valued and important.


We take pride in our school. This includes taking pride in our work, environment, uniform, behaviour, our culture and heritage, and traditions.


We value successes, whether that is moving up a reading level, improved skills as a self manager, winning the cross-country or achieving a distinction in an ICAS exam, success as a learner is valued and celebrated.


You can help at home by discussing the above with your children, that way they can see the close link between school and home, and in turn this will reinforce the value we place on TEAMWORK. We are looking forward to working with you all to ensure that all of our learners achieve to their potential in 2014. Hei kõnei rā     Fiona Hawes


Setting the Scene Please diary the following event: SETTING THE SCENE FOR SUCCESS EVENING This is an important opportunity for you to know what is happening this year. We would like to see as many parents there as possible. There will also be time (approximately 30 minutes) to meet your child/ren’s teacher/s who will outline their particular programmes and expectations for the year. WHEN: Wednesday February 12 (5.30pm start) – for all parents/caregivers. WHERE: TPS school hall.

Uniform We take great PRIDE in our school uniform and the way we present ourselves as a school. The following points are ones we are asked about regularly in regards to our uniform: • Sunhats are compulsory in Terms 1 and 4. There are 3 options: Aussie brim, drill flap legionnaire or bucket. • Footwear: Summer: sandals, black, blue or brown. Sneakers are okay - we do ask that these are as neutral in colour as possible. • Any hair ties must be blue, black, hair coloured or white. We request that all shoulder length or longer hair be tied up for health reasons (prevents the spread of head lice). • Jewellery: watches and plain (silver/gold) ear studs are acceptable – any taonga must be worn under clothing. • Please name all clothing; we continue to have a large amount of lost property each year. Postie Plus have sold their School uniform (Schooltex) business to The Warehouse. From the end of February The Warehouse will take over selling our Uniform. When we know further details (ie; which Warehouse store will stock our uniform) we will notify parents. Postie Plus are currently discounting their uniforms to clear stocks, a great time to buy new items. (Please remember to name them).

Dates to Remember Term 1 2014 Monday 3 February - Thursday 17 April Week 2

Beach Education Week

11 Feb

Mount Surf Life-Saving Club Rms 8,9,10

12 Feb

Setting the Scene - 5:30 pm

Week 3

Beach Education Week

17 Feb

Mount Surf Life-Saving Club Rms 6, 7

17 Feb

Have a go Chess @ lunchtime

18 Feb

Mount Surf Life-Saving Club Rms 3, 4

19 Feb

Mount Surf Life-Saving Club Rms 1, 2, 5

20 Feb

Mount Surf Life-Saving Club Rms 15, 16, 17, 19

20 Feb

BoT meeting @ 7pm

21 Feb

Mount Surf Life-Saving Club Rms 11, 12, 14

Week 4 25 Feb 25 Feb

TPS Duathlon House Spirit Day come dressed in your house colour

1 March

Principal’s Race @ Speedway

Week 5

Beach Education Week

4 March

TPS Swimming sports @ Memorial Pool

7 March

TPS Family Picnic 5:00-7:00pm

Term 1 Assemblies Week 2: Whole schoo l singing 11:40-12:50 Week 3: Syndicate: Jnrs 11:45-12:15 Middle & Snr 12:20-12 :50 Week 4: Sharing: Rm s 2 & 8 11:40 - 12:50 Week 5: Syndicate: Jnrs 11:45-12:15

Middle & Snr 12:20-12 :50 Week 6: Whole schoo l singing 11:40-12:50 Week 7: Syndicate: Jnrs 11:45-12:15 Middle & Snr 12:20-12 :50 Week 8: Sharing: Rm s 5,12,14 11:40-12:50 Week 9: Syndicate: Jnrs 11:45-12:15 Middle & Snr 12:20-12 :50 Week 10: Whole sch ool singing 11:40-12:50


TPS Duathlon On Tuesday 25 February we will have our Duathlon. children will use the TPS pool and grounds for their events. Times:

Snippets The

Middle school - Block 1 (9:05 - 10:00) Senior school - Block 2 (10:20 - 11.:30) Junior school - Block 3 (11:45 - 12:50)

A separate notice regarding this event has been sent home and is also on our website. This will also be our “House Spirit” day. Come dressed in your house colour, there will be challenges at lunchtime and opportunities throughout the day for you to win points for your house.

Friends of the School We would like to extend a warm welcome to you all and invite you to join us at our next meeting on: Tuesday 25th February at 7:00 pm in the staffroom. Supper will be provided.

Lunch Orders Lunch orders are available each day. Please make sure you put the correct change in your envelope. Cafe lunches every day, Pita Pit available Monday only, Sushi available Wednesday only. Menus available from the website or the office. **************************** First Credit Union Dont forget School Banking day is Friday each week. Bank books, envelopes and money need to be put into the mailbox in the office foyer. New enrolment forms can be collected from the office. *****************************

Come along and find out how the TPS Friends of the School group works. Our meetings are held in a casual environment. You will not be pressured into joining or into a job unless you would like to help. Our philosphy is ‘Providing opportunities for our children to build positive and enjoyable memories of their early school years’. It’s not all about fundraising - there are lots of ‘funraising’ activities that we plan as well.

2014 Stationery Sales ❖ Thank you to everyone that came in early to get their stationery. We hope that you found our new system easier, with less waiting time. Our office staff appreciated your assistance. ❖ Anyone that purchased their stationery elsewhere need to tell the office so that we can take it off your account. ❖We would appreciated it if you have not already paid your activity fee that, if possible, you do this as soon as possible as the Beach Education trips over the next two weeks will be the first payment that comes out of this fee. Any problems please contact the office. ❖ Activity fee:

$46.00 $49.50 $50.00

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School Houses This is our inaugural year for TPS School Houses. We have four Houses and families will be allocated a house. Each house has a colour associated with it and at special House events we will encourage students and families to dress in their house colour. The aim of Houses at TPS are to: • Provide leadership opportunities for senior students (House Leaders) • Foster the growth of the key competencies of a 21st century learner. That is, being an effective team player, contributor, self manager, communicator and thinker • Build our school culture, achieved through vertical grouping. Promote a sense of team across all of our school stakeholders. Enhance a sense of belonging to TPS. • Provide a competitive basis for co-curricular activities. • Link to local history, landmarks through the names of Houses. The four houses are: • Takitimu (waka), blue • Puriri (tree planted by the Head Prefects of TPS in 1937), red • Huria (our TPS marae) , yellow • Mauao (our mountain), green Our House Leaders for 2014 are: Anahera Palmer and Charlotte Watson for Takitimu. Hamish Burke and Jylarnie Kennedy for Puriri. Kenza Taele and Luke Stamatakos for Huria. Amelia MacKenzie and Cameron Alers for Mauao.

Our first “House Spirit” day will be on 25th February. Come dressed in your house colour, there will be challenges at lunchtime and opportunities throughout the day for you to win points for your house.

TAURANGA PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWSLETTER STAFF PROFILE Jamie De La Haye - Deputy Principal Kia ora, my name is Jamie De La Haye and I am the new Deputy Principal.

The Year 5 camp will be on 20 - 21 March 2014 at Waimarino. The cost will be $75.00.

My family and I arrived back in New Zealand at the end of December and have spent the summer getting settled back in and catching up with friends and family. Also unpacking lots of boxes!!

The Year 6 camp will be on the 3 - 5 December 2014 at Tui Ridge in Rotorua. The cost of the camp will be approximately $180.00.

My teaching career has seen me teach New Entrants right through to Year 8 and I have enjoyed every year level I have taught. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first few days at TPS getting to know the staff, children and also parents that I have met so far. My wife, Johnelle, and I have three wonderful children: Daisy, Charlie and Freya. During family time we enjoy spending lots of time at the beach and are looking forward to exploring what the Bay of Plenty has to offer.

Board of Trustees Update Happy New Year. We trust you all had an enjoyable summer holiday. A warm welcome back from your Board of Trustees to our returning students and families. Welcome aboard to all our new families and a special welcome to Mr Jamie De La Haye who joins us as Deputy Principal. One of our aims as board members is to be visible and accessible to our school community. We look forward to the opportunity of meeting you in the playground one day soon. At our first meeting 20 February, we will be electing our 2014 chairperson. This happens each year at the first meeting back. The chairperson is the leader of the board and their role is to oversee all board activities and to act as spokesperson for the board. By the end of last year your board had ensured that we had a future focused Strategic Plan. At the next meeting we will be approving the Annual Plan, approving Budget, completing an Analysis of Variance, approving the schools Charter, and conducting a Board Self Review. Thank you for allowing us to be guardians of your children. Lisa Camplin Chairperson, BOT

Year 5 & 6 camps for 2014

If you would like to begin making contributions toward the camp costs this can be arranged through the school office, or internet payments can be made directly to the school camp account, number: 12-3440-0009600-51 (include as reference your Child’s name and which Year level camp).

LIQUID GOLD Liquid Gold, a product of Hill Nurseries Ltd, is a liquid fertilzer, particularly suitable for indoor and outdoor pot plants, all seedlings, vegetables, grasses, and most trees. Liquid Gold is a carefully balanced blend of macro- and micro- nutrients which is delivered directly into the soil, ensuring cell growth in the plants. It is a concentrated liquid, and when mixed correctly makes up to 10 litres. Our Year 6 pupils will be selling Liquid Gold over the next four weeks to raise money towards attending the National Young Leaders Conference in June. Liquid Gold sachets will be sold outside the office before school. They cost $4 each

TAURANGA PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWSLETTER Jo’s Sports Talk As the beautiful weather continues the summer sports for Term 1 begin. Our budding TPS sports stars have the choice of playing Flippaball, Rippa Rugby, Volleyball, Softball, TBall and Cricket this term. You should have all returned your sports registration forms, with payment, to the school office by now, however I may be able to squeeze a few more players in if you get your form in on Monday. Players will be advised of their teams early next week. The Weetbix Tryathlon is the first event on our sports calendar on Sunday 23rd February. Entries through the school have now closed, but you can still enter at home by simply going to the Weetbix Tryathlon website Check out the website too for a ‘TryTrainer’ programme to get your training started. On Wednesday next week we will have a couple of “Have a Go” sessions at lunch time. Any students on the ‘big side’ can partake in the Martial Arts activities which will be set up on the field run by the Tauranga Martial Arts Academy. BOP Cricket will also be on the field for the 1st session of their 5 week Go Girls Cricket Skills Programme for Year 5&6 girls only. If you are interested in being selected for the TPS Go Girls Rainbow WC Cricket team, which will play in a tournament in March, you need to attend these sessions. On the following Monday, the Tauranga Chess Club will be at school during lunch time. If you are keen to check out the game of Chess, listen up to see where they will be set up. Attention all Golfers!! The BOP Primary School Golf Champs is on the 11th March. If you have a current golf handicap and are interested in playing contact me for more information. Be sure to mark the following Term 1 Sports Events in your diaries. Team trials will take place during school hours where necessary, so kids, keep your ears posted. Some events are based on qualification rounds. Parental support is often needed and always appreciated. If your child is interested in participating, you can provide parental support or have any questions, contact me via email. TPS Duathlon - 25th February TPS Swimming Sports - 4th March WBOP Go Girls Cricket Rainbow WC - 13th March BOP Surfing Championships - Friday 14th March Top Schools and Cheerleading - 16th March Pahoia Inter-school Triathlon - 23rd March South Cluster Swimming Champs - 25th March Future Champions - 2nd April WBOP Swimming Champs - 11th April My hours for 2014 have changed. Monday: 1:00 - 3:00pm, Tuesday: 12:00 - 3:00pm, Wednesday: 9:00 - 3:00pm Thursday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Friday: 12:30 - 3:00pm Pop in and see me in my office next to Room 12. Best of luck to all our athletes this term. Remember to play hard but play fair! The TPS Way! Jo Taele Sports Co-Ordinator



Approaching life and communicating with confidence and creativity is a huge advantage. It is exciting to see positive changes in children through Speech and Drama. Trinity College has an inspiring syllabus to foster performance skills and develop a ‘point of difference’ as confident, assured communicators. The environment is nurturing, stimulating and FUN for children 7+. Fee $120 for 10 weeks. Contact Ph 575 0266. Enquire now! Classes begin Wednesday 12 Feb 2014 3.15 – 4.15pm at Tauranga Primary School Hall. Poetry Mime Improvisation Small scripts Drama Games French Lessons Anne Boezennec is again holding French classes in the library from 3:00 to 4:00pm starting on Monday 10 February. To book contact Anne: 544 5932. MUSIC LESSONS AVAILABLE Contact Katy at Technics Music Academy. We offer quality affordable lessons after school. You can choose from Piano, Keyboard or Organ. To enrol contact Katy 577 0450 or email UNDERWATER HOCKEY An exciting game played on the bottom of the pool with a lead or plastic puck and short stick. Players need to be comfortable swimmers and ideally confident with a face-mask, snorkel and fins. The league will be at Otumoetai Swimming pool over 4 sunday afterrnoons; 20, 27 October and 3, 10 November. Club gear is available. Contact Tom Smith in our Technology Rooms, or Lance Potaka on 5787 573 and 027 287 4731 Guitar/Ukulele Lessons available at school. Tutors are coming to the school teaching the Musiqhub program. Guitar and Ukulele lessons are offered. For enquiries, please call Ryan: 021 951 177 Or email:

Paul’s Music 22 Briarley Street, Tauranga Phone Paul: 021 884 021 Private Lessons with Experienced Teacher. Piano, Guitar, Acoustic or Electric Bass. AFTER SCHOOL ART and/or WRITING SKILLS WITH KAT Children have fun learning pottery, sculpture, writing skills and more. 4:15 - 5:30 weekdays with Kat (a registered teacher). Small classes, reasonable rates. contat or phone 578 4018 After School Science The House of Science also offers after school and holiday programmes for students from 7 yrs. After school Science starts on Feb 18th and runs for 8 weeks, every Tuesday from 3:30 – 5:30pm at the House of Science facility at Sulphur Point. The cost is $110 for the 8 sessions. Students will work alongside local scientists, do lots of hands-on activities and bring home projects. The theme for term one is Marine Science. For more information and to book a place, see the website: Flower Fairy Musical is creating exciting and fun opportunities for children! Dancers will perform on stage, musicians (guitar, keyboard, flute, drums, singers etc) will be part of a band on stage, and artists will create the backdrops and props. If you have any one or more of the above talents and would like the chance to shine please call 575 2911, or email WELCOME BAY JUNIOR RUGBY CLUB Under 6s to Under 13s. Weigh in 11th & 13th March 5:00 - 7:00 pm and Sunday 16 March 1:00 - 3:00 pm @ Waipuna Park Clubrooms. Subs $30 and $15 for each extra child. $10 club socks for boot grades. For more info contact Royce; or 027 5079999. TAURANGA SPORTS JUNIOR RUGBY CLUB Tauranga Domain, Cameron Road. Junior registrations: Monday 24 Feb 6:00 - 7:30pm and Sunday 2 March 3:30 - 5:00pm. Under 6’s to Under 13’s. For more information go to the website: tgasportsjuniorrugby


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