School Communication

Latest Notifications

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

Newsletter Week 2

Tue Oct 26 02:16pm

Just a reminder all Newsletters can be found within the app. Click on the Newsletter tab on the main screen,

Our Senior students are busy fundraising for Camp – check out the Pie Day Friday.


Lunch Menu Week 2 Term 4 2021

Mon Oct 25 06:46pm



Year 5-6 Basketball Draw Term 4 2021

Mon Oct 25 01:52pm

Primary Basketball starts this week for:
Yr 5/6 on Wednesday 27 October – See draw attached 
Just a reminder no spectators are allowed – sorry due to COVID restrictions.

Yr 7/8 will start next Monday 1 November

Message from Te Aroha Basketball FB Page
For all sessions COVID requirements will mean following these rules to keep everyone safe:
1. Only players, referees, manager of each team and teachers can enter the Events Centre.
2. All adults will need to scan in, sanitise and wear a mask.
3. All children will have their name ticked off at the door and sanitise.
4. No non-playing children can enter the Events Centre.
5. The water fountain is turned off so children will need water bottles.
6. All players need a mouthguard.
Look forward to seeing everyone at the courts

Any questions, see Mrs Paul


Calendar Art – Last minute orders

Mon Oct 25 10:51am

PTA/Fundraising Team

Tuesday 25th October (tomorrow) is the last day for Calendar Art orders.

(All last minute orders)

All money needs to be in for orders to be processed please.

We have a few unpaid orders so please send these in by tomorrow.

Thank you for the awesome support! We hope you love your personalized Calendars.

Touch Rugby starts next Friday

Fri Oct 22 06:05pm

Touch Rugby starts next Friday 29th October.

Please Join the Waihou Junior Touch Rugby Facebook page so you are kept up to date with all information.

The rules for spectators are also on there.

Enjoy the long weekend 🙂

Reminder to Year 7-8 Students CAMP FORM

Thu Oct 21 06:47pm

Dear Year 7-8 Parents and Whanau,

At the end of last term you may have seen our first camp Newsletter, stating our plans for camp and seeking parent help. This is just a reminder that our Year 7-8 Camp to Omokoroa takes place in Week 7, Term 4, from Wednesday 1st December to Friday 3rd December.  

Due to the nature of the past year with Lockdown and the changing Covid levels, we now need to seek permission from our parents for their children to attend camp so we can secure and plan accordingly. Our student numbers are crucial to making sure camp is viable, so we really appreciate your prompt return of the reply slip that was sent home yesterday.

Camp will go ahead in the current Alert Level 2 setting with strict safety and Covid-19 restrictions in place by all of our event holders. If Alert levels change and we are unable to have a camp, we will keep you informed and hopefully be able to arrange an alternative programme.

Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions about Camp.

Kirsty Young
Linda Gamble
Rosé Hodgetts
Holly Brittenden

Pizza Day tomorrow FRIDAY 22nd October

Thu Oct 21 06:40pm

 Our Yr 7/8 students are fundraising for their end of year camp. This is an awesome way to help support them to lower the cost of camp.

Please send in orders tomorrow by 9am in a named envelope. 

Pizza for a Kai Break Snack Attack tomorrow/Friday. YUM! $3.00


Basketball Notice – Managers only allowed on site

Tue Oct 19 09:22am

Further to last nights newsletter-

Basketball starts next week for the yr 5/6 and the week after for yr 7/8.

In keeping with NZ Sport Guidelines, there will be no spectators allowed into the Events Centre.

The only adults allowed in are the Managers I have on my list which will be handed in.

Should a Manager be away then they cannot be replaced and I (Mrs Paul) will take over the team.

The Managers are
Megan Diprose
Mr Hubbard
Grace Te Huia
Denice Taukiri
Michelle Swan
Mr Carey
Sarah van Marrewijk
Cam Melrose
Junior De Young and other College basketballers will be onsite and assist us.

Unfortunately, there will be no spectators allowed at Touch either but details are being worked out.

Thank you for your understanding during these COVID times,


Megan Paul

Face Covering/Masks on School Transport Ages 12+

Mon Oct 18 09:19am

This is some information for parents regarding children who travel on school buses at various times.

Face Coverings On School Transport
Students of all ages are encouraged to wear a face-covering on all school transport services under all alert levels.

Providing face coverings is the responsibility of individuals and caregivers. Any student who is unwell should not travel on a school or public bus and should not be sent to school.

Students Aged 12 and Over

Face coverings are required to be worn by students aged 12 and over while on school transport at all alert levels, this includes Tech buses and school bus services for our children in the mornings and afternoons. While school bus drivers are not required to enforce the wearing of masks they may report the child who is breaking the rules to the school for further action.

Lunch Menu Week 1 Term 4 2021

Sun Oct 17 04:13pm




Wed Oct 13 06:36pm

Dear Parents/Whanau

School Photos that were booked for Monday 18th October (first day back) have now been postponed.

Please disregard our earlier alert.

With the recent Lockdowns based in Hamilton, our photographers will now rebook with us for mid-November (Thursday 25th November)

We will advertise the new date on our app and Newsletter closer to the time.

Thank you for your understanding,



Thames Valley Cricket Notice – Super SMASH Hubs

Tue Oct 12 10:29am

Jump on the Thames Valley Cricket Facebook page for more information and direct links.


Super Smash Hubs are back for Term 4 at a hub location near you! Check out the events below for more details and registration links. 🏏

Six week give it a go programme for year 1-4 kids.

Te Aroha Registrations


Join us for fun & inclusive games to develop your cricket throw, catch & strike skills.
Where: Te Aroha College, Te Aroha
When: Wednesdays, 4.30-5.30pm
Wed 27 Oct – Wed 8 Dec
Cost: $60

Super Smash Hubs is a 6 week “give it a go” programme for year 1-4 boys and girls. Through inclusive games and making friends, children develop skills such as throw, catch and strike, join your local Super Smash Hub now. $60 registration includes a participant pack (bat, ball, bag, cap and water bottle) along with a FREE junior Super Smash membership giving free entry to all T20 Super Smash games across NZ for the 21/22 season. Watch the best cricketing starts in action and support your Knights/Sprit hero’s.
Sign up link:

Main sign up link


Thu Sep 30 01:53pm

Please send in any Duck Day forms/tickets back to school tomorrow. This is the last day.

We really appreciate your support.

Duck Day will be on 30th October

Lunch Menu Week 10 Term 3 2021

Mon Sep 27 09:29am




Mon Sep 27 09:22am

Reminder to our TAPS whanau,


Please note that this is the last week for Duck Day forms and money to be returned to school.

We sent out a request for all families to sell 10 tickets, we really need your support with this.

Much appreciated,

TAPS PTA/Fundraising Team

Cricket Muster 2021

Thu Sep 23 04:19pm

Te Aroha Junior Cricket Muster

Tuesday 28th September 23, 2021 4.00-5.30pm

Location: Te Aroha College Cricket Pitch

New and returning players welcome

Any questions please contact


Te Aroha Athletics Club

Tue Sep 21 06:52pm

Check out the latest from Te Aroha Athletics


Basketball Forms for Term 4

Mon Sep 20 12:08pm

Basketball forms for Term 4

Mrs Paul has sent Basketball forms home today,

If you missed a form please email 

Note –
In order for Basketball to go ahead we need parents to be present due to Health and Safety.

Duck Day Postponed

Sat Sep 11 01:58pm

Due to Covid-19 Alert levels, TAPS Duck Day has been postponed.

Our new date is Saturday 30th October 12.30.

All forms and money to be handed back to office by Friday 1st Oct (last day of term 3) or please pay into PTA account and email photo of form to

Back to School at Level 2

Tue Sep 07 01:23pm



Kia ora koutou

It was great news to hear that we will be returning to school at Level 2. We can’t wait to get back to some sort of normality at school and with parents being able to go back to work as usual. 

Thank you once again to all parents who have supported their child’s learning during this period of lockdown.

We do, however, still need to be vigilant and children will need to practice correct social distancing and safe hand sanitising practices.


Our school will open again at Level 2 on Thursday 9 September 2021. 



Please drop your children outside the school gates and they are to walk into school on their own.
No parents are allowed on school grounds at level 2.
We will have teachers at the front of the school and at  the Ema Street entrance to welcome children to school each day. 
Children will need to sanitise their hands as soon as they enter the school gates.


There is no requirement for children to wear masks to school. 
Children of 12 years old and older are encouraged to wear a mask under new Covid Delta rules but this is not compulsory for these children at this stage.


Any devices loaned to some of our children during lockdown must be returned to the school office on Thursday morning 9 September, with their charger to be checked for any damage and to be cleaned before they can go back to the classes.


At the end of the school day children being picked up at the front of the school will be walked to the carpark by teachers and exit the school at Gate Four, which is the gate closest to the swimming pool.
Children will gather on the grass with their teachers.
Please don’t call your child to the car and to run through the car park, we need to keep all children safe.


Children will be expected to sanitise their hands before getting onto the school buses. Buses will run as normal from Thursday.
Face masks are not required to be worn on school buses but children can if they would like to.


As teachers will be at school on Wednesday preparing classes to welcome children back on Thursday, there will be no online learning for children. 
There might, however, be activities that they can complete themselves without teacher support. 


I have confirmation from our supplier that whole school lunches will start up again on Thursday for all children in the school.


The school drinking fountains will be turned off at Level 2. 
Each child is to bring their own named drink bottle to school each day. 
They can refill these in their classroom.


These classes will take place as usual starting this coming Friday at Te Aroha College

If you are concerned about anything or need clarity on any issue please contact your child’s teacher or you are welcome to contact the school office.

We are looking forward to welcoming all students back to school on Thursday.

Ngaa mihi nui

Kevin Johnson





Covid Update from Mr J 6th September 2021

Mon Sep 06 07:56pm

Covid Update from Mr Johnson


Click to read 


TAPS Whanau – A message from Mr J 3/9/21

Fri Sep 03 01:51pm

Friday 3rd September 2021

Check out the latest from Mr J 

Click to watch the video

Message from Mr Johnson

Covid Letter Alert Level 3

Tue Aug 31 09:31am


31 August 2021

Kia ora koutou

Firstly, let me start by saying a huge thank you to our parents and caregivers for the support you have shown your children and to our TAPS teaching staff. At a time like this it is much appreciated. 

Thank you to all of the parents who came to school on Monday morning for a contactless pick up of learning packs for their children. This is also greatly appreciated by our teachers.


From 11.59pm on Tuesday night we drop from Level 4 to Level 3. 

Thank you to our parents, who are essential workers, for completing the survey regarding student attendance at Level 3. This information enabled us to make important decisions for our school during Level 3.

Our school will remain closed at Level 3 with children learning from home and teachers providing online learning. 

This also means that the grounds and playgrounds are closed to families and the public.

I would like to encourage children to read daily, attend their class zoom meetings if they are able to access it, in order to remain connected with their classmates and their teacher. They are encouraged to try their best with their learning packs and the online learning prepared by their teachers.

Parents often worry about their children ‘falling behind’ with their learning but please be reminded that all children across New Zealand are in the same boat at present. Also, learning from home is not the same as learning at school. 

I, like you, I am sure, can’t wait to be back at school at Level 2 whenever that might happen. Please keep connected with your child’s teacher in the meantime and enjoy time as a family.

Ngaa mihi nui

Kevin Johnson


Work Pack Collection from school TODAY 10-11 am Monday 30th August 2021

Mon Aug 30 10:00am

Please read the information regarding work pack collection for today – Monday 30th August.



Seesaw is a platform for student engagement that inspires students of all ages to do their best, and saves teachers time! Students use creative tools to take pictures, draw, record videos and more to capture learning in a portfolio. Teachers find or create activities to share with students.The Seesaw platform is used for homework activities as well as in class work.

Parents are also notified by the class teacher about classroom and school activities and events via the Seesaw platform. Parents can also Seesaw their child’s teacher.


Families only have access to their child’s journal. This means you will see student work tagged with your child’s name and posts the teacher tags with ‘Everyone’. Families will also be able to see any comment made by another user on their child’s journal posts.

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Our School App is what we use for general School Wide communication. You can download the School App to receive Alert Notifications, read the latest newsletter, view upcoming events, submit and absence and more.

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