Message from the Principal
October 18 2017
Tena koe, Talofa lava, kia orana, Malo e lelei, Bula vinaka, Fakalofa lahi atu, Taloha ni, fakatalofa atu and greetings.
It is hard to believe we are so close to the end of 2017. I realised the other day we have 43 days of teaching left. In those 43 days we have so much fun and learning to do.
I am back at work part time still and I am healing but concussion does impact on me still. I will be in school from 9 - 12.30 the next 3 weeks so if I'm not here when you come in just e-mail me.
Our Year 6's go through a happy, sad and anxious time in Term 4. Happy they know where they are going in 2018, sad that some of their friends wont be with them, anxious about leaving us. This is always the case and we are really aware of all these feelings and puberty so know we keep a close eye on them.
Term 4 Sunhats
Please, could you make sure that sunhats are named as we end up with lots in the playground at the end of the day. Each class has sunblock and we encourage our children to wear it, if your child has problems with our school sunblock please ensure they are covered at home before school.
Our Nit Busters work in school each week and are here to ensure our children get rid of nits. You can contact the Nit buster lady (Kayla Hawea) on 021407592.
You will notice all our gardens are full of beautiful vegetables and herbs and I would be more than happy for you to help yourselves - lovely big green cabbages make a great slaw and also stir fry. There is lots in the garden and our produce is for everyone.
Family Support Worker
Yasmin is our new Family Support Worker here at TBS. Yasmin is a qualified social worker having studied at Te Wananga o Aotearoa for her BSW
(Biculturalism in Practice). She has work experience in ACC, MSD, Challenge
2000, Housing NZ and Work and Income. She is looking forward to meeting parents and whanau to assist in a variety of ways.
Yasmin will be spending time in classrooms working with teachers and children getting to know us here at TBS. You can contact Yasmin at:
Staffing 2018 & Other Stuff
We have some staffing changes for 2018. Nicky Bell is going to go and live in Dunedin with her partner, such a great city to live and we will miss Nicky - she has been with us for 7 years.
Grace Mulvihill will be on leave in 2018 travelling the world with her partner Kaylem and we wish them all the best on their travels and look forward to her coming back in 2019.
A reminder to check the school website (www.titahibay.school.nz) for newsletters and long term plans. Ngahere, and Rakau teams are on - and Koru's will be on next week.
You will have noticed all the building work going on in Rooms 12/13. These classes will look so good when completed. There will be a big, wide deck with a cover over it outside each room.
Our school looks to be the place that a water bore will be accessed for Civil Defence times. Our BOT are in talks with Cardno on what this might look like. quite exciting to be part of this development as it will become a learning inquiry for our students.
Pak'n Save receipts
A reminder that we need lots of these so that we can buy new equipment in Te Manawa - as you can imagine this gets used so much that it is important to maintain our resources.
A big thank you to all whanau who have already paid - it does help us plan activities at school. Also thank you to the whanau who pay extra to cover others.
School fees for 2017 are as follows:
School Donation: (voluntary)
1 child $40 Family $60 The fees have been the same for years now.
This contributes towards computers, curriculum resources, playground equipment, classroom consumables, paper, and photocopying.
The school donation can either be paid as a lump sum or term by term. If you wish, you can pay by Eftpos (available at the office) or by internet banking or automatic payment - the bank account details are:
ASB Bank – Account No. 123254002777600.
If you have difficulty in paying school fees, please contact the Principal.
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.
Dates to remember
*Whole School Athletics Day - Thursday 19 October
*Powhiri -Monday 13 November / Monday 11 December
*EPRO8 Challenge - 20 October
*Tokelau week 30 October - 3 November
*School Camp - 31 October - 3 November
*Christmas picnic 4.30-6pm Thursday 7 December
*Fun House day - Friday 8 December
*If you want an end of year interview please email the class teacher. These will be held on 4 December - 8 December
*Year 6 Leavers - Wednesday 13 December
*Year 6 pool/rec trip -Thursday 14 December
*Reports go home with new class information - 14 December
*School closes 15 December at 12.30pm
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou