Message from the Principal
August 13 2018
Tena koe, Talofa lava, kia orana, Malo e lelei, Bula vinaka, Fakalofa lahi atu, Taloha ni, fakatalofa atu and greetings.
A REMINDER THAT SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED WEDNESDAY 15 AUGUST FOR STRIKE ACTION BY THE PRIMARY TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS UNION NZEI.
I will be away for the next two weeks so if you have a need to contact me can you direct your email or phone call to Jamie Merrick (Years 4-6) , Miranda McMahon (New Entrants) or Mike Laing (Years 1-3) while I am away. I will be back on Friday 31 August.
I stood in the hall the other night just smiling and feeling so blessed that we live in the community we do. The numbers at our Whanau / Pasifika night were the best we have ever had, you came with big smiles and lots of kai. What a wonderful way for our whānau to share kai and korero. I had some really fab conversations with many of you and I loved the idea Josh Twaddle discussed with me - Why don't we have somewhere on our website where we have all our schools waiata, the words, music- Josh great idea and by term 4 it will be there. We are also going to record our Karakia we use at school in Maori , Samoan, Cook Island etc. and we will also ensure that anything we put up will have a document explaining what the words mean. It was a delight to watch our tamariki perform with pride and respect. This was a great opportunity for our juniors to perform to a larger audience.
On Monday we got to do the first of the four amazing book quizzes. Then ten minutes before lunch time a teacher from a different class came in and read us a book.
On Tuesday we had the second book quiz of the week.
Wednesday was a great day with some tricky questions in the book quiz.
Thursday was such a fun day with the book swap. At the book swap there were some great books by some very famous authors like David Walliams, Andy Griffiths and Enid Blyton. Some people bought in books like the Midnight Gang and the Treehouse books. Well others bought in non fiction books like horrible histories. Everyone had a great time finding books that they would love. Nearly everyone went home with at least one great book to stick their nose into, it was great to see so many children nearly tripping over themselves because they love their book so much. We had the final round of the book quiz - no wait there was more! We had to have a tie breaker as Room 7 were tied with Room 10. Then Room 7 and Room 10 both got 8/10 on the tie breaker! Mr Merrick called it a tie. In the juniors Rooms 4 and 15 also tied.
Friday at last, it was a very fun day with lots of activities including dress up day. It was a day when you got to come along as your favorite book character. We saw people off Narnia, Harry Potter and other amazing costumes. We had a book week parade to show off the costumes before the the winner of the book quiz was revealed. Before lunch we had reading around the rooms to end book week on a high note.
Lily and Tully Room 7
We are so very proud of our senior Kura Kids who performed with such great pride last Thursday night at the Kotahitanga Festival. The children were all amazing and portrayed all the Kura values on the night. All that hard work really paid off! We thank Matua Gardner, Whaea Nadia and Whaea Renata for all the great work you have done to bring our Kura Street group up to such a high standard. It was so great to come together and celebrate the schools in the Western Cluster. We'd like to acknowledge the work of Diarne Kaimoana and her team at Titahi Bay Intermediate who did a wonderful job of organising and hosting this wonderful event every year.
SATURDAY SPORT - COACHES AND MANAGERS
We'd like to give a huge SHOUT OUT to the wonderful parents who make time in their week to Manage and Coach our Saturday sport teams.
Hockey YELLOW Liesl Cheyne, Toni Martin and Melanie Fisher
Hockey ORANGE Shariana Clifford and Charlotte Hulme-Moir
Hockey GREEN Alexander Lindsay and Wendy Arnold-Mackie
Netball BLACK Pip Niehorster and Liliane Shepherd
Netball BLUE Kim Brosnahan and Renata Marshall
Netball RED Jacinta Hamer and Sarah Collins
Netball WHITE Leah Jones and Cheryl Hanrahan
The children love competing and this would not be possible without these people so thank you!
*Pak'n Save receipts - Keep your receipts and hand them into the school office. These are added up and a percentage of the total goes to purchasing resources for Te Manawa.
*YMCA We have worked hard to negotiate a great deal with YMCA for our whānau and you will have seen that before school care is $2 7.30am to 8.30 am and they get breakfast. After school care is $5 and this starts at 3pm to 6pm. Please phone YMCA on 02108299256 to organise this.
*School fees: $40 per child or $60 per family. These donations contribute towards computers, curriculum resources, playground equipment, classroom consumables, paper and photocopying. These can be paid either as a lump sum or term by term. If you wish you can pay by Eftpost (available at the office) or by internet banking or automatic payment. Bank details are: ASB Bank - Account No. 123254002777600.
Remember the Government pays for the basic level of education. All the extras have to be paid for and that is why we have school fees. We don’t like charging parents for these extras but it is a fact of life and all schools charge fees - many considerably more than Titahi Bay School.
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou