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Educating children for their futures, today

Welcome to Te Aroha Primary School where children from Year 1 to 8 are challenged to be the best that they can be in an inclusive learning environment.

Situated in the heart of Te Aroha and nestled under the mountain on a 4.6 hectare campus, our children have a sense of belonging, pride and are valued in their cultural heritage.

We always encourage our children “To Accept The Challenge” which is our school motto. This is the challenge to learn, to explore, to have a go at new opportunities and to have fun.

We invite you to join us on this journey.

Latest Notifications

From the PTA…

Sat Feb 04 05:31pm



Fri Feb 03 10:23am

Kia ora parents and whānau,

Next week we are taking a hardline on hats…NO HAT, NO PLAY.

There have been a number of children without hats this week and we have been a little lenient as it’s the first week and the weather has been average. 

Thankfully the forecast is much improved next week, so we will be enforcing the hat rule from Tuesday. 

In addition Lucy won’t be handing out spares from the office, the children can all be responsible for having a hat to wear or they will be in the shade beside the library. 

Please help set your child up for success by ensuring over the long weekend that they have a hat ready for Tuesday. 

We thank you for your support and understanding.

Justin and the team

Family Fun Night

Thu Feb 02 05:31pm


Date modified *Hockey Big Day Out Wednesday 22 March

Wed Feb 01 04:00pm

Hockey Big Day out forms were sent home today, please return these tomorrow or Friday.

Note – Date *****Wednesday 22nd March*****
Sorry we previously advertised the wrong date we can now confirm Wednesday 22nd March. 

Email – mpaul@tearohaprimary.school.nz for more details 

One sleep to go…

Mon Jan 30 12:48pm

One more sleep to go!
Tomorrow (Tuesday 31 January) is the first day of school and we look forward to seeing our students and beginning the 2023 school year together. A few reminders
– the school office will be open from 8.30am.
– Breakfast Club will be operating in the hall from 8.30 – 8.50am.
– our Lunch In Schools programme will also start tomorrow.
– please make sure your child has a school hat and a named water bottle.
– the swimming pool is open. Please make sure your child has their togs and towel (it is a great idea to make sure these are named)
– the school buses will be operating as per usual
– weather permitting, classes will meet in the quad at 9am to be welcomed back to school by Mr Bertrand. Parents and whānau are welcome to join us. (THIS WILL HAPPEN EITHER WAY, WE CAN USE THE HALL IF WET)
– following this, we also invite parents and whānau to also join Mr Bertrand in the school hall for a cuppa. This is a great way to meet and get to know other parents.
2023 is going to be an awesome year!
Kia tu, kia toa, kia mau – accept the challenge!

Shoes left behind

Thu Jan 26 02:47pm

Kia ora,

Someone who was at school today getting the new uniform has left a cute pair of shoes behind. They are at the office for you to collect.


New School Uniform has arrived

Tue Jan 24 07:01pm

Kia ora parents and whånau, 

Our new school uniform has arrived and is able to be purchased from the school office this Thursday and Friday between 9:00am – 2:00pm and then again from next Tuesday when the new school year begins…exciting!

Pool painting tonight

Fri Jan 20 08:50am

Kia ora TAPS families and whānau,

Our awesome Board of Trustees painted coat one last night, and it looks fantastic. Can we please have 4 volunteers to help get the final coat on tonight…be at school at 7:00pm…thanks

Pool painting

Wed Jan 18 05:08pm

Kia ora parents and whānau, 

Further to the earlier notice, can you please email me at

principal@tearohaprimary.school.nz if you can help…just so we don’t end up with too many people as we only need 4.


Pool painting helpers required

Wed Jan 18 01:35pm

Kia ora parents and whānau,

Exciting news! Our pool is just about ready for our children to use. Our wonderful Caretaker Guy needs 4 keen helpers tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday evening, approximately 7:00pm-9:00pm to help paint the pool. He has everything you need, just turn up if you can help…A massive Thank you in advance to those who can lend a hand, it is greatly appreciated 😊

PTA Christmas Raffle 2022 Results

Wed Dec 14 05:16pm

A massive thank you to, All families for selling tickets and donating items, we couldn’t have done it without your help and sold a whopping 1416 tickets!
Another massive shout out and big thank you to the following for their generous donations:
Farm Source Te Aroha
Williams Hardware Te Aroha
Te Aroha Pharmacy
Sanitarium Weet-Bix

1st Prize – Tash Worsell, Wheelbarrow Hamper
2nd Prize – Chrisanne Sands, Washing basket Hamper
3rd Prize – Jackie Williams, Hamper
4th Prize – Steve Quinlan, Te Aroha Pharmacy Hamper
5th Prize – J.Higgins, Weet-Bix bundle
6th Prize – David, Weet-Bix bundle
7th Prize – Kandis, Weet-Bix bundle
8th Prize – Mitch Clarke, Weet-Bix bundle
9th Prize – Nikki & Harley, Weet-Bix bundle
10th Prize – D.Tasi, Weet-Bix bundle



Wed Dec 14 03:04pm

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Buses are running tomorrow as normal in the morning and will be at school at 12:00pm for pick up in the afternoon.

Prize Giving assembly

Tue Dec 13 05:51pm

Tomorrow, 11:00am. Please be seated by 10:50am. There is seating for Year 8 parents on the stage – see you then 


Mon Dec 12 01:01pm

Kia ora parents and whānau,

Te Aroha Primary School is refreshing our uniform and introducing a new range from 2023. Full details are included in your child’s report on Wednesday. The uniform phases in over 2023 with options for payment. If, when you get the details, it is something you want your children in from the start of next year, please email Lucy on admin@tearohaprimary.school.nz to register your interest. Lucy will be in school from the 26th January and uniforms will be available from then. There has been a lot of work happening in this space over the past 6 months and we are very excited about this launch…we hope you love it too.

Also please note that there is a phasing in period of a year so there is no requirement to have the new uniform until 2024 and year 7 & 8 students in 2023 and 2024 are exempt and don’t need to purchase the new uniform unless they choose to do so.

Full details Wednesday – have a great week everyone

Farewell 2022

Mon Dec 12 08:32am

Kia ora parents and whānau,

Just like that, this is the last newsletter for 2022. I have been at TAPS for 3 terms and am extremely grateful for the opportunity to lead our fantastic kura. The staff, students and our TAPS whānau of parents and community members have been extremely welcoming. It has been really nice coming back to my old home town, rebuilding relationships and forging new ones as well.  I feel very comfortable walking through the playground, I don’t think there’s too many names that I don’t know…next year I can work on meeting more parents and further build those relationships, you’re very important too!

Tonight is our Year 7 & 8 social where we celebrate our seniors, in particular our Year 8 students who are leaving us for a variety of High schools within the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions. I am looking forward to this event and the opportunity to mix them one more time before they depart our school for the final time on Thursday.

We have our End of Year prize giving this Wednesday morning, starting at 11:00am in the hall, please be seated in advance of that time to help us with the smooth running of this event.

Our last day of school for 2022 is this Thursday 15 December. We will be finishing at 12:00pm. Our first day back in 2023 is Tuesday 31 January, with the school office being open 26th and 27th January for all your enrolment, stationery and uniform requirements.

Classroom swap – just to let you know that Mrs J and Miss Swan are swapping classrooms next year. The classroom that is currently Room 1 will become Room 3 and vice versa.

Swimming pool – the swimming pool will be up and running for Day 1 of the new term. All new students to Te Aroha Primary School get a free dry bag for togs and towel on enrolment, everyone else is welcome to purchase one for $10 from the school office.

Have a safe and happy Christmas and an enjoyable New Year. To those leaving – kia hora te marino, kia whakapapa te moana, kia tere te kārohirohi i mua i tōu huarahi – may the calm be widespread, may the ocean glisten as greenstone, may the shimmer of light ever dance across your pathway.

To those that we will welcome back next year – ko the ahurei o te tamaiti arahia o tatou mahi – let the uniqueness of the child guide our work.

kia ora, poroporoaki, ka kite koe i tera tau – Goodbye, farewell. See you all next year.

PTA Grocery Raffle 2022

Mon Dec 12 08:22am

Last chance to get tickets while they are still available! Only $1 a ticket!
All tickets and money has to be returned to the school office by 3pm, Monday 12th December.
Draw is taking place at prize giving Wednesday 14th December 2022! 


Lunch Menu Term 4 Week 9 2022

Sun Dec 11 12:57pm



PTA Grocery Raffle 2022

Fri Dec 09 06:14pm

The PTA would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has donated items for our grocery Christmas raffle.  We are overwhelmed with what we have received and are now able to offer 4 amazing prizes!

A massive shout out to the following:

-Farm Source, Te Aroha for donating the wheelbarrow for 1st prize!
-Williams Hardware Te Aroha for donating the washing basket for 2nd prize!
– Te Aroha Pharmacy for donating a wonderful hamper for 4th prize!

Last chance to get tickets while they are still available! Only $1 a ticket!
All tickets and money has to be returned to the school office by 3pm, Monday 12th December.
Draw is taking place at prize giving Wednesday 14th December 2022! 


PTA Grocery Raffle

Fri Dec 09 08:07am


Thanks to all those who have donated grocery items already. Any last minute grocery items can be dropped off to the school office today. 

All tickets and money need to be returned on Monday. The draw will take place at Prize-giving (Wednesday next week). 


PTA Grocery Raffle

Thu Dec 08 04:42pm


Thanks to all those who have donated grocery items already. Any last minute grocery items can be dropped off to the school office tomorrow. 

All tickets and money need to be returned on Monday. The draw will take place at Prize-giving (Wednesday next week). 


PTA Raffle Reminder

Mon Dec 05 01:05pm

Thank you so much for all the wonderful grocery items that have been sent in so far – please keep them coming in. All items need to be in by this Friday so they can be sorted.

Ticket sales are doing amazing! All tickets and money need to be returned by Monday 12th 🤗

Thank you from the PTA

Lunch Menu Term 4 Week 8 2022

Sun Dec 04 01:23pm



Basketball Draw

Fri Dec 02 07:14pm



REMINDER: All library books are due back tomorrow ready for stocktake.

Thu Dec 01 04:25pm

Students whose books have not been returned or are deemed to be missing at the completion of the stocktake will receive an invoice to cover purchase costs for a replacement book. 

Kapa haka performance

Mon Nov 28 01:06pm

Tena koutou – we are very excited to invite Parents and Whānau to our kapa haka performance this WEDNESDAY, 30 November at 9.45am. This will be in the hall, with seating in the hall extension. We are excited about this performace and look forward to seeing you. Nau mai, haere mai.

Calling all new 5 year olds…

Mon Nov 28 11:09am

Kia ora parents and whānau, 

We are currently working on classes for 2023 and would greatly appreciate knowing who is coming to join the Te Aroha Primary whānau next year.

If you have children joining us in 2023 can you please email 


Thank you in advance, this information makes our planning much more accurate.

Ngā mihi, 

Basketball Draw Y7/8 28/11/2022

Sun Nov 27 09:02pm



Lunch Menu Term 4 Week 7 2022

Sun Nov 27 08:53pm



Basketball Draw 30/11/2022

Sun Nov 27 08:51pm



Rainbows End *Update* – Estimated time of arrival 4:30pm

Fri Nov 25 03:56pm

Rainbows End *Update*

Fri Nov 25 03:14pm

We were late leaving Rainbows End due to the fact some people didn’t manage to find their way back on time. We are still on the motorway in Auckland. If your child has a 5 or 5:30 touch game you may need to have their gear ready to go.

Updated Touch Draw

Thu Nov 24 01:48pm



Touch Rugby

Wed Nov 23 05:54pm

Final week for touch…the same draw, as we missed out on last week. 

Lunch Menu Term 4 Week 6 2022

Mon Nov 21 08:07am



Basketball Draw 21/11/2022

Sun Nov 20 06:01pm



Touch Rugby is off tonight.

Fri Nov 18 04:04pm

Touch Draw *UPDATED*

Thu Nov 17 05:25pm



Amazing Race – Sausage Sizzle

Thu Nov 17 04:15pm


District Athletics – Tomorrow!

Tue Nov 15 04:58pm

A reminder that anyone going to District Athletics tomorrow needs sunscreen, their hat, lots of food and a drink. Please be at school at 8.30am. 

Grandparents and Special persons day + Sausage sizzle

Tue Nov 15 09:45am

Kia ora parents and whānau, Next Wednesday 23 November is our Grandparents and Special persons day. We are expecting a large turnout for this event, which is GREAT!!! The PTA are providing morning tea for this event, however due to the potentially large turnout they have asked that if anyone is willing and able to help provide something for the morning tea they would be very grateful for the help. If this is you, can you please drop off contributions at the office Wednesday morning. Thank you (in advance) 😊 I have also attached the flyer for this weeks sausage sizzle on Friday – this will follow the Amazing Race

Basketball Draw Year 7/8 14/11/2022

Mon Nov 14 04:31pm



Lunch Menu Term 4 Week 5 2022

Sun Nov 13 07:30pm



Touch Rugby – Time Changes

Sun Nov 13 01:49pm

Changes for times tonight:

TAPS Tigers v SA Dragons (Field 1)
TAPS Demons V TAPS Devils (Field 5)

TAPS Terrors v EWS Ninjas (Field 4)
TAPS Rebels v TAPS Rockets (Field 6)

TAPS Tornados v Untouchables (Field 4)
TAPS Devils v EWS WorldBeaters (Field 5)

TAPS Rockets v SA Tigers (Field 4)
TAPS Demons v SA Eels (Field 5)

TAPS Demons v SJ Dragons (Field 3)

Touch Rugby Notice from Mrs Paul

Sat Nov 12 11:05am

As we did not hear of anyone who couldn’t play touch tomorrow by the given time, we have assumed you are all playing and have not withdrawn any teams. See you all tomorrow… please don’t let your team down.


Fri Nov 11 01:56pm

Kia ora parents and whānau, 

Due to the extremely high winds we are unable to safely operate Road Patrol today. Please come to school/ kura and collect your children if possible.

Thank you.


Parent/ whānau consultation and Grandparents and Special persons day.

Fri Nov 11 01:02pm

Kia ora parents and whānau, Thank you to the people who have already taken the time to complete our quick consultation survey…a few more would be great please. I have reattached the link and also attached a flyer giving information about our upcoming Grandparents and Special persons day. Stay dry everyone and have a great day

Parent consultation

Touch Rubgy has been called off for tonight!

Fri Nov 11 09:20am

Games will be played on Sunday from 4pm. Please contact the school office before 2:30pm today to let them know if this suits.

Touch Rugby Draw

Thu Nov 10 03:29pm

NZEI – paid union meeting

Thu Nov 10 02:01pm

Kia ora parents and whānau,

Next Tuesday 15 November there is a paid union meeting for our Te Aroha Primary School staff to attend in our school hall. Our hall is hosting teachers and kaiako from all around our area. The meeting is 1:30pm – 2:30pm.

Your children are allowed to come home after lunch if you are able to come and collect them. If not, there will be myself (the Principal) and the learning assistants here to supervise the students while teachers attend this important meeting.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but it is important that we support our hard working teachers.


Thank you 

Justin Bertrand – on behalf of the BOT

Te Aroha AP&H Show – This Weekend!

Thu Nov 10 09:40am

The show is happening this Saturday 12th November at Boyd Park. 

Our students have entered many great art and craft items in the ‘Junior Section’ of the show. These will be on display in the foyer of the Event Centre. If you are headed to Boyd Park this weekend, don’t forget to check it out. 

Junior Athletics

Wed Nov 09 08:27pm

REMINDER: Junior Athletics will be starting at 9:15am tomorrow, weather permitting. Students need to have sunscreen on, be wearing their school hats and have a named drink bottle. Please bring shorts to compete in. 


Junior Athletcs has been postponed until tomorrow.

Wed Nov 09 08:27am


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