Titahi Bay School

Message from the Principal

April 12 2017
Principal Kerry Delaney

Tena koe, Talofa lava, kia orana, Malo e lelei, Bula vinaka, Fakalofa lahi atu, Taloha ni, fakatalofa atu and greetings.

We have the Police booked in to work with our staff in Term 2 and in Term 3 they will work in classes and run a parents meeting.  There has been a lot of incidences in the media lately around the safety of children walking to and from school.  We talk to our children regularly about this and know you do also.  

We love seeing our children walking with their friends to and from school.  The time to walk is between 8am - 8.30am  as the roads are full of cars and there are a lot of people walking around the Bay.  At the end of the day we like to see everyone gone from school at 3pm walking home together.   It's really important that all our students leave at 3pm and aren't outside school on their own waiting for someone to pick them up or allowed to stay in the playground to play after school on their own.  

 I know with my own children the conversation we had with them was:

  • Walk to and from school together with the friends around our street
  • The only people who can pick you up are mum/dad,  grandma/grandad
  • Everyday just reassure your children how they are going home from school.

As the Principal of this school it is always a pleasure to work with our KURA kids.  We went to the PCC primary school consultation workshop.  These workshops are to hear the voice of our children.  This year I took Neve, Anzac, Devon and Danni.  I was really interested to hear that the areas they want the Council to work on are - drains, waterways, and roads .  Our KURA kids want the PCC to ensure that Porirua doesn't flood  and that everyone feels safe in our city.  They also don't like how Porirua School floods, they feel sorry for the children.  I really loved hearing their thoughts.  This group, plus Tumanako and Dante, will present to PCC on May 16.

School Gate

The gate being closed in the morning and after school has made a big difference to the cars using our driveway and the safety of our children.  Please realise that KURA kids safety is our first priority.  I thank Anzac and Dante for their role in ensuring our driveway is not a race track.

Tired children and tired staff - it's been a big term with lots on and we are all looking forward to a break.

Cross-Country

It is that time again when we need to get our tamariki out and start training for the school cross-country.  This event will be held Thursday 11 May, which doesn’t give us much time to get running fit.  All groups will be taken down to Onepoto Park for a run through before the end of term, so children will be confident to practice the course over the holidays.  Get out there and give it a go!  Use the holidays to get out and run for training.

We will be needing parent helpers on the day so if you are available to help please contact Jacinta Hamer - jacinta.hamer@titahibay.school.nz

Parent/Teacher Interviews

These will be held on the last week of Term 2.

Monday  3 July           2pm - 8pm
Tuesday 4 July            2pm - 7pm
Wednesday 5 July      3pm - 5.30pm

School will close at 2pm on Monday 3 July and Tuesday 4 July

The interviews will be 30 minutes long.    You can make a booking by going on www.schoolinterviews.co.nz   Code:  pm87m  or you can contact your child's teacher or the school office and they will do that for you.  If you want another time you will need to email the class teacher.

School Fees

Keep the school fees coming in.  School fees for 2017 are as follows:

School Donation (voluntary)

1 child  $40                 Family $60

We appreciate you paying these so early in the year.

News

Our school website is full of information - team newsletters, plans of teaching for the term and general questions you may have.  Every notice goes on our website so if you lose something just go on line or even to our school App - You can download our school app from the App Store (Apple phones) and search for Titahi Bay School or if you have an android phone download from Playstore.  You can also join our Facebook page - go into Facebook - search for Titahi Bay Primary School, click  like.

Book Week

Book week will be 22 - 26 May.  Dress-up day will be Thursday 25 May, house event raising money for Autism.

School Camp

School camp will be at Forest Lakes (31 October - 3 November).  Thank you for those of you who are paying the camp money.  If you can pay it as $100 that is fine or you can pay by term:

Term 1  $50
Term 2  $30
Term 3  $20

Again, a big thank you to whanau who have paid extra for another child.

Sickness

With winter just around the corner it is important that if your child is sick, especially if it's a stomach upset, that you keep them at home until they are well.

Titahi Bay Home and School Committee AGM

Thursday 25th May 7pm

School Staff Room

The Titahi Bay Home and School Committee is a group of parents whose primary functions are:

  • To support the school's teachers and Principal
  • Raise funds for school resources and activities
  • Help build school spirit, and organise fun social activities for the school's children, families and staff.

We are always keen to meet enthusiastic parents who would like to get involved giving back to our school.  For more information on how you can help please email homeschool@titahibay.school.nz or come along to the AGM on Thursday 25th May

Piano Lessons

Natalie is a local Titahi Bay piano teacher who believes that learning music should be enjoyable, rewarding and fun! 

Natalie has lesson spaces available for Term 2 and would love to hear from you if you are interested in beginning or continuing your child's musical journey.  Please contact her on meszarosmusic@gmail.com for more information.

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Kerry

Tumuaki/Principal

Email: kerry.delaney@titahibay.school.nz

It is week 5 and we are racing into the first term and I can’t believe how much we fit into a school day.
We had a great turn out for parent interviews and we thank you for making your appointment and turning up, it is very important to meet and discuss what is happening for your child in their class. Please contact the class teacher if you have a problem, concern or celebration as they are with them all day and know exactly what is happening.
We are so ready for the school Triathlon this weekend, our fitness level is high and we have had the last few weeks preparing for the day.
We have had beach sprints, beach wading, running and cycling. For our year 4- 6 we have been out on the road with Pedal ready and are feeling very confident.
REMEMBER this is our 9th Triathlon and the money raised goes directly back into our school and this year it will go towards stadium like seating in the hall so when we have a concert or show everyone can see the performers. Our Home and School work so hard for our school and we are so thankful we have them – so it’s not too late to offer your assistance just email homeschool@titahibay.school.nz
 
I thank our Home and School for paying for the new planter boxes, soil and plants – these are around by the front of the cooking room and will have some plants and herbs to use for cooking. 
What a delight it was to work with the New Entrants last week and make weetbix trifle and what fun we had learning a new skill, they all went home with the recipe and hopefully some will be made in your house. 
Weetbix Trifle
Ingredients:
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup unsweetened yogurt
4 Weetbix
½ cup toasted pecans
Method:
Using a small saucepan, heat the blueberries and reduce for a couple minutes until thick.  Take a glass (approx 270ml) and start to layer your trifle, starting with ½ crushed weetbix followed by a spoonful of yogurt, then the blueberry mix and pecans.  Repeat once again.  Finish with a layer of the crushed pecan nuts.   Allow to sit for a few minutes to allow the weetbix to soften before eating.
Tip:
If you want to try something just a little different - transform the trifle into a smoothie by blending all the ingredients with 150ml of reduced fat milk or milk alternative.
 
 
Thank you to the Home and School for paying for the beanbags outside the library for children to sit on and read their books.
Our accelerated Literacy group will cook this week and start their own recipe book.  A purpose for writing always motivates our tamariki.  
For electives in Term 2 we have the Heart Foundation and Love Food Hate Waste working in school  to help our tamariki make sound decisions around the food they buy and eat.  
Facts from lovefoodhatewaste.co.nz
*The average family throws away $563 worth of uneaten food per year.  That’s 3 shopping trolleys’ worth of food that goes straight in the bin!
*Each family is tossing 79 kilos of uneaten food per year - it’s like binning 55 size 14 chickens or 888 apples.
Six simple things you can do to reduce your food waste:
*Plan your meals and buy what you need
*Store your bread in the freezer
*Keep potatoes in the dark
*Take your leftovers for lunch
*Stew fruit or make smoothies
*Add leftover chicken to a pizza, in a pie or in a panini
I have noticed some tamariki arriving late each day at school and this isn’t how we want 2017 to roll – I need to see your tamariki in class ready for learning every day.  You can only reach the standards if you are at school and learning.
Pak'n'Save Receipts   
We need lots of these so we can buy new equipment in Te Manawa - as you can imagine this gets so much use that it is important to maintain our resources.
Maths Whizz
We are still waiting for the payment of $10 towards Maths Whizz.  You can pay at the office, on the school APP or by internet banking.  Bank details are ASB Bank  A/c No. 123254002777600
SCHOOL TRIATHLON
This Saturday is our school triathlon.
Important information for the day:
On arrival please take bikes to the marked area on the Toms Road car park.
PLEASE HAVE BIKES IN THIS ASSIGNED AREA BY 8.45A.M.   Once bikes have been delivered SUPPORTERS MUST STAY OUT of the BIKE ARENA for SAFETY REASONS.
Every child will be given a t-shirt on Friday to wear at the event.  We ask that all junior children wear their helmets to the start line for safety and ease of bike transition.  Shoes must be worn for the run and wheels section of the race (and preferably for the swim).  Helmets MUST be worn during the wheels section of the triathlon.
Find your year group on the beach, the teachers to look out for are:
New Entrants / Year 1                           Fi Fitzgerald, Sharon Thompson, Sarah Taylor
Year 2                                                      Kristina Stevens, Rebekah Maskell
Year 3                                                      Grace Mulvihill, Karly Logan
Year 6                                                      Candis Wood, Phil Edgecombe
Year 5                                                      Matt Tan, Sharon Hartley
Year 4                                                       Janelle Reid, Nicky Bell
Open Racers                                          Find the marked table at the finish line.
Races start and finish on Titahi Bay beach.  First race begins at 9a.m. sharp.  Children start according to their year group.  Order of races will be:
9am  NE/Year 1:              250m run, 200m wheels (1 lap), 50m wade
          Year 2:                    300m run, 500m wheels (2 laps), 75m wade
          Year 3:                    500m run, 1km wheels (3 laps), 100m wade
          Open Juniors;        250m run, 200m wheels, 50m swim
Not before 10:10am       Open seniors:         750m run, 1.5km wheels, 150m swim
                                           Year 6:                      750m run, 1.5km wheels, 150m swim
Not before 10:40am        Year 5:                     750m run, 1.5km wheels, 150m swim
                                            Year 4:                     750m run, 1.5km wheels, 150m swim
Not before 11.30am        Open Pre-schoolers:   250m run, 50m wade only
(These are approximate distances & times and will be subject to conditions on the day).
There will be RAFFLES, FOOD and DRINKS available to purchase on the beach EFTPOS will be available.
If you have any queries please contact your child's teacher or miranda.mcmahon@titahibay.school.nz
You can now pay your triathlon donation/sponsorship through our school app. All donation's/sponsorship's in by next Friday 10 March go in the draw to win some prizes.
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Breaking News

Home & School AGM

Thursday 25 May 7pm in the school staffroom.

Book Week

22 May - 26 May.  Dress Up Day Thursday 25 May, house event raising money for Autism.

Cross-Country

Thursday 11 May, Onepoto Park.

Swimming Year 5/6 and R10 Year 4's

19,20,21,22,26,27,28,29 June. Cost $5, pay through school app or to class teacher.

Last Day Term 1

Term 1 finishes on Thursday 13 April at 3pm.

Parent Interviews

Monday 3 July 2-8pm. Tuesday 3 July 2-7pm. Wednesday 5 July 3-5.30pm. These are 30 minute interviews, book online or phone the school office  www.schoolinterviews.co.nz  code pm87m.  School will close early at 2pm on Monday 3 July and Tuesday 4 July.  

 

BOT Meetings

26 January, 20 February, 27 March, 5 June, 10 July, 28 August, 25 September, 6 November, 4 December.

School Camp

31 October - 3 November 2017.

School Photos

School Photos will be taken on Friday 30 June 2017.

After Hours Contact

Steve Jackson - 0272410913

School App

Download our school app from App Store for iphones or Play Store for android.

New Board Of Trustees

Sarah Campbell (Chairperson) Scott Hemsley, Lynette Renouf, Ria Tomoana, Gaby Wesley-Smith.

2017 Term Dates

Term1: 2 February - 13 April. Term2:  1 May - 7 July.       Term 3:  24 July - 29 Sept. Term 4:  16 October - 15 Dec.

Dental Clinic

Phone 0800825583, option 1.

Powhiri

9am Monday 8 May, Tuesday 6 June.

 Kakano - 2017

Mondays 1.30-3pm

After School Care for 2017

YMCA - Contact Lisa, Phone 027 4149496. 

Stationery for 2017

Purchase online from Officemax https://www.myschool.co.nz/titahibay.

KURA Homework Challenge

KURA Homework Challenge celebration.

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