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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

Thank You to Our Community

Sun Dec 12 09:00pm

Kia ora Board Members, Staff, Parents, Caregivers and Whanau

I would like to say a massive thank you for the amazing gift  that was presented to me from everyone, at our final assembly on Friday. Thank you also for the many kind words and messages expressed to me by so many over the past few weeks as well. I will definitely enjoy spending the voucher and will use it wisely to purchase something lasting that will always remind me of my time at Te Aroha Primary. Over the weekend I have thought about an appropriate use of this and will probably use it towards a musical instrument that I have wanted for a long time so allowing me the opportunity to learn to play a 4th instrument.

I have been privileged to have worked in an amazing school and community where we have developed a culture of care and concern for each other. I have learned so much from everyone over my time at TAPS and will take these experiences and lessons learned with me into the next phase of my education journey.
I am so pleased that through our commitment to our children’s education that we have crossed paths and that I have got to know and work with so many amazing people over the past 14 years.

Thank you once again to you all.

Have a blessed Christmas and a happy holiday.
Kia ora, kia manaaki te Atua ki a koutou katoa

Ngaa mihi nui
Kevin Johnson

Te Aroha Primary School

2021 Prizegiving Video

Sat Dec 11 06:03pm

Kia ora koutou

As promised we have put a video together of our Year 8 Final Assembly and our Prize Giving.

Thank you to Mrs Hodgetts and Mrs Young for filming this for us. Mrs Hodgetts also blended available footage into one movie (see link below.)

Teachers will also send a link through Seesaw. If you have any problems watching the link please let your child’s teacher know and we can send the link in 3 segments using Youtube/Vimeo. 

Please click this Google Drive link for viewing. 

2021 Prizegiving Link via Google Drive


I hope you enjoy watching it with your children and extended families.

Ngaa mihi nui

Kevin Johnson
Principal / Tumuaki

Dental appointments available next week,

Thu Dec 09 03:51pm

Dental appointments available next week,

Please call 021 356 294 

New Year appointments available 18, 19, 20 & 25, 26, 27, 28 January, as the mobile unit phone won’t be cleared over the Xmas break please call 0800 825 583 to book these times. 
If an urgent appointment is required over the Christmas break please call 0800825583 to be triaged. 
A massive Merry Christmas from the Dental Team 

Thank you 


Angie Varley | Oral Health Therapist| Mobile Community Dental Unit Seven | Waikato District Health Board

M 021 356 294 | P 0800 TALK TEETH | e Angie.Varley@waikatodhb.health.nz 

Waikato DHB vision: Healthy People. Excellent Care


Prizegiving 2021 Video

Thu Dec 09 08:08am

Kia ora Parents and Whanau

Final Assembly and Prize Giving Video

As we are unable to have parents attend our Final Assembly and Prize Giving on Friday, we will be videoing it and we will make a link available to parents via our School App and Seesaw. There will be no live stream of the event.

There will be a link and a password which you will be provided with in order to access the Vimeo video.

I hope that you will take some time to watch it together with you child/children.

Ngaa mihi nui

Kevin JohnsonPrincipal / Tumuaki
Te Aroha Primary School


Wed Dec 08 11:57am



Message from our PTA –

Thank you to all of our families for your ongoing support this year. It has been greatly appreciated and we know it hasn’t been an easy year for our families with COVID.

We hope our TAPS whanau has a fantastic break and we look forward to fundraising for our students again next year. 
Our vision is always to fundraise for our students to have greater resources and opportunities at school.

Thank you to all of our PTA team.

Holiday wishes to all 

Basketball Uniforms DUE BACK ASAP

Wed Dec 08 11:50am

 Kia ora Basketball whanau,

We are still missing 15 Basketball shirts and we really need these back by tomorrow for stocktake.

Thank you

No Basketball Finals tomorrow night

Sun Dec 05 07:50pm

Just reminding our families that there are no Basketball finals for Year 7-8 tomorrow night (Monday 6th Dec) due to Covid Vaccination status that is now required for 12-year-olds.

UNIFORMS – Mrs Paul and Mrs Hazelton would really appreciate a prompt return with all Basketball uniforms. 


Te Aroha Primary students and staff would like to THANK MRS PAUL (and her team of managers) for all her hard work making sport happen this year, it has been very hard working around government Covid restrictions. We know our students have appreciated the efforts you have gone to make sport happen.

Week 8 Lunch Menu Term 4 2021

Sun Dec 05 07:14pm




Fri Dec 03 02:04pm

Kia ora Parents and Whanau,

We have just left Waihi and are due back at school approx 2.45pm.

Thank you to all of our amazing parent helpers and Richard our amazing bus driver.

TAPS Camp team 

FINALS TOUCH (This Friday, draw attached)

Wed Dec 01 07:29pm

Follow the Waihou Junior Touch FB page f

And just like that finals week is here!!
We will be proceeding as we have other weeks under the same restrictions except there will be a larger area for the kids as they enter the field to warm up and hang out.
We have tried to get as many games as possible in view of boundary fences.
Please only enter from the one gate.
If you are one of our managers or coaches please get schools to site your vaccine pass or certificate prior to Friday.
We will not be letting any additional adults in even if you have a vaccine pass, our gate team will be busy enough!

We will be doing prizegiving straight after each age group on the field in view of the carpark so you can sees our referee acknowledgment will be with the U13 prizegiving.

Wendy Duncan will have food again in the Waihou Rugby & Sports Club – Te Aroha, NZ clubrooms and refreshments will also be available if you wish.

The Friday Edition/TFESPORT NZ will be back this week. If you haven’t checked out last weeks pictures you should they were an awesome display of our tamariki showing off there skills!

To our many referees this year 26 in total!! 🙌🙌🙌 thank you all for taking the step to be a referee, it really is great watching as you become more confident each week! To the senior students who come we greatly appreciate you giving your time and helping out – I doubt you realise what great role models you are and what impact you have on our younger students 🙏

Massive thank you to everyone else involved from the club to the bar staff, Wendy, our ever vigilant groundsmen Fraser and Wayne, the ladies on the gate Sarah Van Marrewijk, Tania Gemmell, Margaret Thomas, Cam, Wayne berry our referee coach, our parent referees Matthew Bell, Dayle, Brian Wastney, Darren Diprose, Andrew, the coaches, managers, schools, teachers, the support of parents, aunts and uncles ans grandparents who watch on hot afternoons and our amazing committee.

Lastly to our sponsors you are awesome! Please show your support by supporting them when you get a chance.
Megan Diprose Diprose Miller
Jenny Foote Dayle Foote Builders
Ultimate Bobcat Services Ltd
Stirling Sports Matamata
Aaron Haddon Builders
Matamata Ag Centre Ltd

See you all Friday 🏉

Touch Draw

COVID update from Mr J

Tue Nov 30 07:36pm

Kia ora Parents and Whanau

I have just been informed that a child at our school has been in contact with a family member from Hamilton over the weekend who has tested positive for Covid 19.
This child has not been at school all of this week since his parents learnt of the family members diagnosis over the weekend. The family is isolating at home awaiting their own test results and will not return to school until they are given the all clear

I have been in contact with the Covid Helpline this evening to discuss this situation and of any possible risk to out staff and students.
I have been assured that the risk to our school is minimal to no risk but parents are asked to monitor their children for any flu like symptoms and if these do occur to seek medical advice and to get a test.

We have been given the clearance to continue with our normal school activities and school outings and our Yr 7&8 camp. Should there be any cause for concern in the days ahead then I will be contacted by the Covid Health Unit on our next plan of action.

This notification is to simply keep our community informed and not to cause alarm as at this stage there is no need to be overly concerned.

Ngaa mihi nui

Kevin Johnson
Te Aroha Primary School

Change of Final Prize giving arrangements

Tue Nov 30 03:36pm

Kia ora Parents and Whanau


Change to Prize Giving and Final Assembly Arrangements


After much thought I wish to inform our parents that I have taken the decision to cancel our school Final Assembly and Prize Giving which we were due to hold in the Te Aroha Events Centre on Friday 10 December 2021. 


The aim of having it at the Events Centre was to allow for social distancing and to allow one vaccinated family member of an award winner to attend and still stay within the law for this kind of event.


Instead, we will now hold our school Year Eight Final Assembly and Prize Giving at school for our students only. 


I received information yesterday that if we were to go ahead with our arrangements as planned for the Events Centre then we could possibly have a protest outside of the venue because of unvaccinated adults not being permitted inside the venue. 


I was not prepared to expose our children to this kind of intrusion on their special day and so made the decision to hold the event for children only, on our school grounds.


My intention has always been to do the best for our children and holding it at school will still allow our children to celebrate their achievements together but without interference from outside. 


My priority remains the children of our school.


Ngaa mihi nui



Kevin JohnsonPrincipal / Tumuaki
Te Aroha Primary School

Pools update

Tue Nov 30 10:01am

Dear Parents/Caregivers

It has come to our attention that Waterworld in Hamilton was a Covid 19  place of interest last week.

I have been in contact with them this morning and they assure me that as they operate under Council Covid Regulations, they have sanitized the complex, and no staff were known to be exposed as contacts.

It is a huge well-ventilated facility, which also has an outside area. There are strict scanning procedures in place and all adults poolside need to be wearing masks. 

They have assured us that the risk to our children is minimal.

However, we understand that some of our parents may have concerns about this and if you do, please contact us by the end of the day.

Thanking you

Megan Paul

Hub Leader

Basketball Draws are UP – Year 5-6 1st Dec 2021 and Year 7-8

Sun Nov 28 07:46pm

Check out the Basketball Draws within the Notices App.


Year 5-6 Wednesday 1st Dec


Year 7-8 Monday 29th 


Tikapa Hubs Food DRIVE due in today

Fri Nov 26 07:42am

Tikapa Moana and the Student Volunteer Army

The children of Tikapa Moana are part of a NZ wide project to help other people out. This is called the Student Volunteer Army.

We are collecting food to sort and box up to gift to the Kai Shed.

We have some children playing important roles in sorting and boxing the food up.

If you are able to, we welcome any food items you have to spare to help those less fortunate. These can be put in the box outside the room.

We would appreciate any items handed in before the end of the week.

School Photos are ON today 🙂

Thu Nov 25 08:17am

Waihou Touch Draw FRIDAY 26th

Wed Nov 24 08:13pm

Updated Waihou Touch draw – direct from Waihou Junior Touch Fb page.



Wed Nov 24 02:11pm

Reminder –

All Christmas cookie order forms and money must be in tomorrow no late orders excepted as the order must be placed tomorrow night.

Thank you for supporting our school

School PHOTOS tomorrow (Thursday 25th November)

Wed Nov 24 02:04pm

Dear Parents and Whanau

A reminder that we have our school photos tomorrow,

8.30 am – Sibling Photos 
(Please remember we require vaccinated parents onsite for sibling photos)

Lunch Menu Week 6 Term 4 2021

Mon Nov 22 02:37pm



Fundraising Reminders – COOKIES AND SPICE CRAFT

Mon Nov 22 09:59am

Dear Parents/Whanau

All Christmas cookie orders must be on by this Thursday 25th November (at the latest).

All Spice Craft orders in by Friday 26th November.

Any questions, please phone the office.



Yr 7-8 Basketball Monday 22nd November 2021 Term 4

Sun Nov 21 08:04pm

Year 7-8
Basketball Draw 22nd November

Reminder –

No mouth guard, no play.

All teams have 3 games

Any questions please see Mrs Paul at school.


Waihou Touch Draw Wk 4 19th Nov Term 1 2021

Thu Nov 18 01:21pm

A bit different this week as we juggle to get everyone playing the games needed.

Please note the U9 game on field three.

Please remind players that we have zero tolerance for bad language towards our referees. As hard as it maybe when you are passionate about your game we do require they hold their tongue. Children with bad language can be sent off the field by the referees.

Wendy is back again this week for burgers and sausages for those that need some dinner.

FYI we have one more week after this one of rounds then on the 3rd Dec is finals night 😊

See you all Friday 🏉


2022 Plans – please let us know

Wed Nov 17 07:49pm

Kia ora parents and whanau

If you know that your child won’t be returning to our school next year can you please email this information to:


This will help us to plan our classes for next year.

Ngaa mihi

Kevin Johnson

Reminder – Basketball Draws are on the app in Notices Section

Mon Nov 15 04:38pm

Basketball Draws can be located in the Notices section

Te Aroha Basketball Association Facebook page also publishes draws



Christmas Cookies Fundraiser

Mon Nov 15 02:20pm

The PTA is running a final fundraiser for 2021

We have people interested in the Christmas cookies and want everyone to have a chance to buy if they want to.

Please have orders and money back by Thursday 25th November

Money can be paid into
Te Aroha Primary School PTA account
02-0436-0071387-000 with child’s name and Cookies as reference.

Any questions contact Cam 0278732964

This information has been sent home with the school newsletter along with an order form.



Mon Nov 15 02:06pm

Reminder we are having another Juicie Tuesday tomorrow (16/11)



Parents/Whanau – Principal feedback/suggestion short form

Sat Nov 13 10:48am

Kia ora Parents and Whanau

The Board is giving our parents the opportunity to contribute to the list of attributes that they would like in a new principal of our school. We do hope that you take the opportunity to be part of this process.

Please click on the link below and it will take you to a form where you can add your contribution.

Google Form link for Contribution/Feedback

Ngaa mihi nui

Kevin Johnson
Te Aroha Primary School

Covid Message from Mr J – Please read

Fri Nov 12 12:10pm

Kia ora Parents and Whanau

With the slight drop in levels in Hamilton to Level 3.2 it has allowed shops to open with strict conditions in place. However, please be reminded that it doesn’t allow people from an alert Level 2 area such as Te Aroha and Morrinsville to cross the border for shopping in Hamilton.

This practice would be highly dangerous as far as exposing each other to the Covid virus is concerned if we have families shopping in Hamilton this weekend in particular. We still have case numbers on the rise and the outbreak is in no way contained.

We have become aware of some children saying that they will be going to Hamilton this weekend. Whether or not this is fact or not I thought I would send out a reminder to our community regarding staying within our alert levels.

Should we become aware that children have been in a level three area, we would have no option but to ask children to remain at home and to be tested. They would be required to remain at home until we have the evidence of a negative test.

Please help us to keep our staff and students safe at this uncertain time.

Have a great weekend.

Noho haumaru, kia maumahara kia atawhai ki a koe ano me etahi atu

Stay safe, and remember be kind to yourself and others

Kevin Johnson
Te Aroha Primary School

Spicecraft Fundraiser – TAPS PTA

Thu Nov 11 02:33pm

Spicecraft Fundraiser – Order and payment by 26th November.

Note – There is no pressure to purchase, we have just had a request pre-Christmas to run a quick fundraiser for gift ideas.

Check out the flyers in the Notices section for more info.


Notices– Check out the SpiceCraft Notice 

Year 7-8 Basketball 15 November Term 4

Wed Nov 10 02:02pm

Remember to check out the Notices Section within the app for Basketball Draws. Also, follow the Te Aroha Basketball Association on FB.


Waihou Touch Draw Wk 3 – 12th November

Wed Nov 10 08:14am

Waihou Junior Touch Rugby Draw Week 3
12th November

Can the referees in round 1 at 5 pm on fields 1,2 and 3 please come and see me prior to starting.

Don’t forget Wendy Duncan will be making burgers and sausages for any hungry spectators or players. You can pre-order but not essential. Wendy can be found in the Waihou club rooms


Mr J Farewell Koha

Tue Nov 09 11:18am

To the Te Aroha Primary School Community

As you are aware, Mr Kevin Johnson has resigned from our school to take up an exciting position with the Ministry of Education.

Please read the attached letter from the BOT chair,



Tue Nov 09 07:13am

 Senior Camp Fundraising

Today is Juicie Tuesday $2 (9/11)

Our senior students will visit each class and take orders.


Tonights Basketball (8/11) is running ahead of time

Mon Nov 08 06:40pm

Basketball whanau,


Mrs Paul wanted to let all parents know that Basketball tonight is running at least 15 minutes ahead of time.



Basketball Draws

Sun Nov 07 06:24pm

Kia ora Basketball whanau

All current draws are loaded on the app within the ‘Notices‘ section.

Remember to also follow the Te Aroha Basketball Association Facebook page.

Enjoy the season.



GUMBOOT FRIDAY – Gold coin donation

Fri Nov 05 08:05am

WHEN – TODAY FRIDAY (5 November, 2021)

WHAT – Boot Up and wear your gumboots to school



Pie Day Friday

Fri Nov 05 08:02am

Pie Day Friday – Our last hot kai break fundraiser 

Yum! Pies are back on the menu today  for a Kai Break Snack attack.

Flavours are Mince and Cheese and Mince $3.

Please place orders in the lunch order box in the school office. Early orders are much appreciated!


Touch Draw Friday 5th November

Wed Nov 03 06:19pm

Direct from Waihou Junior Touch Page

Updated draw with changes to only referees.

Also, Wendy is back so get your orders in if you’re wanting some burgers or sausages or pop in on arrival and order for when suits. 

See you all Friday


A message from Mr J

Wed Nov 03 02:30pm

Dear Parents, Caregivers and whanau


I wish to inform you that after much soul searching, I have informed the Board of Trustees today of my decision to resign my position as Principal of Te Aroha Primary School.

This will be effective from the end of term four 2021.

I have accepted a position as a Senior Adviser at the Ministry of Education based in Hamilton and this position will be a different but exciting opportunity in my career.


I have been principal of Te Aroha Primary for just over 14 years and have had great support from everyone during this time enabling our school to grow and develop in so many ways.

I would like to thank everyone for their support and friendship during this time which has meant so much to me.

We have a very committed Board of Trustees whose task it will now be to find my replacement and I have full confidence that they will make the correct choice.

In the mean time I will continue to work with the staff and Board to ensure that our school is well placed to have a great start to 2022

Ngaa mihi nui


Kevin Johnson




Notice from Mr J

Wed Nov 03 02:09pm

Please read


Basketball Draw Year 5 6 Wednesday 3rd November 2021 Term 4

Tue Nov 02 12:21pm

Year 5-6 Basketball Draw (3/11)


Yr 7-8 Basketball

Mon Nov 01 03:23pm

Reminders for Basketball tonight

!) Appropriate shorts 

2) Mouth Guard



Lunch Menu Week 3 Term 4 2021

Sun Oct 31 10:34am



The GREAT DUCK DAY RACE is on today

Sat Oct 30 08:30am

Finally the Great Duck Race is here, starts at 12.30 today. finishline is Herries Park.

Adults please wear masks and follow the social distancing guidelines.

Thank you,

PTA/Fundraising team 

Waihou Touch Tournament Week 1 -Friday 29 October 2021

Fri Oct 29 09:28am

Kia ora Parents/Whanau

Please follow the Waihou Junior Touch Rugby Facebook page for updates. Any cancellations will be made on this page.

Remember unfortunately no spectators due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Please remind your child/ren that joining a team is a commitment to all of the other players in the team and also to all of our amazing organisers who spent hours making sure sport can happen for our kids. In these times we are lucky to be doing anything 🙂


Pie Day Friday Orders – last minute orders welcome

Fri Oct 29 07:47am

Reminder to get your orders in for our PIE DAY FRIDAY,

$3 for Mince or Mince and Cheese,


Thank you for supporting Senior Camp fundraising



Thu Oct 28 10:07am

Yay! Another term 4 sport kicks off

Just a reminder that touch starts tomorrow night (29/10)

Please remember to send in your $5 to the school office before 3 pm tomorrow. This would be greatly appreciated.

If you are not at school on Friday please do not turn up to play.

A reminder that there are no spectators allowed in due to Covid-19 restrictions, 

Thank you for your understanding with this.

Basketball Parents/Whanau

Thu Oct 28 09:53am

Basketball Parents/Whanau

Can our families please register their children/players with BBNZ.

If you have multiple children they can all be registered at once.

Follow the link to register 

Basketball Register Link


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