Titahi Bay School

Message from the Principal

July 26 2017
Principal Kerry Delaney

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

I do hope you had a lot of fun in the school holidays with your children.  I went to the warm weather in  Australia and it was so nice to feel the sun again.  This is what I call our heads down term where we work really hard without too many interruptions.  If you didn't make it to the parent interviews in Term 2 you will get a letter from me asking you to set up a meeting.  Currently we are on 94% of  whanau who attended so well done.

In the holidays our staff had our first Professional Development day on Restorative Practice.  We had facilitators from Waikato University in to work with us.  Restorative Practice sits really well in how we work as a PB4L school.

 Restorative Practice is based on a relational approach, which recognises that human beings exist in a world of relationships and that a person's character is developed through their relationships with others.   The underlying principle of the relational approach is that all people are entitled to enjoy respect, care and dignity.  The conversations we have with our KURA kids are the essence of this.

Take care of our children,
Take care of what they hear,
Take care of what they see,
Take care of what they feel,
For how the children grow, so will the shape of Aotearoa
Dame Whina Cooper

Our Script for talking with our KURA kids when things go wrong:
Tell the story - Tell me what happened?
Explore the harm - Who do you think has been affected?  In what ways?
Repair the harm - What do  you think needs to happen to put things right?
Reach an agreement - If this happens again, what will you do differently?
Plan follow-up - When would be a good time to check in with you and see how you're getting on?I will keep you updated on how we develop this in our school.

Rooms 12 and 13 classrooms will be refurbished.  The start date for this is September.  Big changes will be made  to the classes with a deck out front with an outside cover area.  We are excited to be doing this and Matt Tan and Candis Wood will teach in the library during this time.  We decided the library as it is warmer and has 3 or 4 different quiet areas for our KURA kids to work compared to our hall.  YMCA will work out of our school hall during this time.

On Tuesday 22 August Latu Toomaga from The Brainwave Trust  will be holding a  parent evening at 6.30pm in the school hall.  More information will follow.  www.brainwave.org.nz  Put this on your calendar, come along and hear about this.  Our staff are really interested at learning new information.

Book Club

All book club orders are to be returned to school by Friday 11 August.

Mana College Open Night - get along and see their new learning hub in 'D' block on Wednesday 26 July at 6pm.   Local schools doing wonderful changes.                                                                             

Staff

Rebekah Maskell will be teaching in Room 8 while Ang Strand goes on Maternity leave.  Ang will leave about week 8.

Kotahitanga

Another year that Titahi Bay Intermediate host this amazing opportunity for all the Western Porirua Schools to perform.  Our Kapahaka group will perform on Thursday 10 August at 6.15pm.  If your child is in this group you will have received a letter which was sent home this week.  This is an amazing local cultural night.

2018 year dates

Term 1  1st February - 13 April 
Public holidays are Waitangi Day 6 Feb, Easter Friday 30 March and Monday 2 April

Term  2   30 April - 6 July 
Public holiday is Queen’s Birthday 4 June

Term 3   23 July - 28 September 

Term 4   15 October - 14 December 
Public holiday 22 October Labour weekend

I read this over the holidays and thought it was worth sharing:

Keeping Children Safe On Line

1.  Become your child's "friend" in any social network environment your child creates.

2.  Maintain easy access to your child's profile via their log in ... you will see everything

3.  Ensure that you can always have access to your child's phone to help them stay safe (i.e. it is not a no-go area)...check the quality of how they are communicating with others; talk about how they connect and communicate with friends -  is it consistent with the values of your family?

4.  Educate your children about the importance of protecting family and friends images...teach them to seek permission of another before they send or upload images to the internet.

5.  Try to always maintain open lines of communication with children.  Do not over-react if you see something that alarms you or makes you angry...share your concerns, and always talk about the issues and how they relate to them and their friends safety.

6.  Agree on a time in the evening to stop using the technology within the home...that's everyone.  "Remember, what we model today will either come back and embrace us or bite us tomorrow" - John Parons.

7.  Talk/ask about their friends and social activity as a way to reduce the opportunity for cyber-separation to develop...encourage being open about new friends and what they are up to, and who their parents are.  When in doubt, call the parents and introduce yourself.

8.  Teach your children to protect their online identity, as a way to future proof themselves for employment...we need to nurture and protect them online and teach them how to protect themselves as they engage information technology.

Ngahere Term 3 Inquiry Topic - Our tamariki decided on this Inquiry.

Our Term 3 Inquiry topic is "The Ancients." Each class will select and research the time period they are most interested in from the following three choices: The Egyptians, Greeks or the Romans.

The big questions that children will investigate are: How do we learn about the past? What evidence is there today that tells us this civilization existed? What did  the ancients leave behind? What did they teach us? Is it important to conserve evidence from the past? Why do we do it? What will our generation leave behind? 

If you have visited either Egypt, Greece or Rome it would be great if you could share your experiences with our tamariki. Please do get in touch with your child's class teacher as you would be a great source of knowledge for our Inquiry.

Keeping Ourselves Safe

For the first few weeks our whole school will be covering the "Keeping Ourselves Safe" programme.   KOS is a child protection programme in which children and young people learn and apply a range of safety skills that they can use when interacting with others.

This is where you can get more info for parents as well view the lessons your child will be taking part in:

http://www.police.govt.nz/advice/personal-and-community-advice/school-portal/resources/successful-relationships/keeping?nondesktop 

Class teachers deliver the programme as they have a relationship with the children in their classes. There is also some input from an education police officer. Please be aware that your child may return home and want to ask you a few questions. Anything not connected to the lesson that your child may ask we will redirect back to you.   Thank  you to the parents who attended one of the Police Information meetings.

SUPAkidz 

This is a lunchtime club being held for 6 Thursdays  in the school hall . SUPAkidz is designed to encourage children to think about the way they live and to help them explore values and beliefs from a Christian perspective. We run an interactive programme that usually includes games, stories, drama, prayer, arts and crafts. This term they will be looking at diversity - celebrating the differences that make us unique and valuable - and we will do this by exploring the story of Peter who was a friend of Jesus.   We hope to run our first session at lunchtime on Thursday 17 August in the Hall.

Attendance at  SUPAkidz is dependent on parental permission (permission slips available at the school office that need to be completed and returned by parents/guardians before child can attend) and of course the motivation of the child to come during their lunchtime. You are welcome to come and check us out. For further information or any questions please do not hesitate to contact Anna Gillon on 236 7100 or  021 139 1822 or anna@hotpress.co.nz 

Free NED show - Monday 7 August at 9.15am - a character education programme that centres around three important messages that have life long relevance.

Never give up   *    Encourage Others     *   Do your best

During the assembly, students will learn about NED's three messages while enjoying storytelling, magic, humour and yo-yo tricks.   Yo-yos will be available to purchase that week from the hall.

What's On This Term

School Hot dogs - every Friday
Gymnastics - Years 0 - 3 starts Week 1 - 7 Thursdays/Fridays
St Johns working with all classes - week 2 - Monday 31 July / Tuesday 1 August
Powhiri Dates -  9am Monday 31 July, Monday 28 August, Monday 25 September
Matariki Kai Night - Wednesday 2 August 6pm - 7.30pm
Free NED show - Monday 7 August at 9.15am 
Matariki House Day - 8 August 11am - 12.30pm
Kotahitanga at Titahi Bay Intermediate -  10 August 6.15pm
Assembly Whole School - 4 September 9 am
Artsplash Choir - Monday 18 September

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

Free NED Show

Monday 7 August at 9.15am.

Artsplash Choir

Monday 18 September 5.15pm at Michael Fowler Centre. Tickets $5 from the school office.

Matariki House Day

Tuesday 8 August 11-12.30pm

Bookclub

All orders due back to school office by Friday 11 August.

Brainwave Trust Parent Meeting

Tuesday 22 August 6.30pm in the school hall. www.brainwave.org.nz

 

2018 Term Dates

Term1: 1 Feb - 13 April.   Term 2: 30 April - 6 July.   Term 3: 23 July - 28 Sept. Term 4: 15 October - 14 Dec. Public Holidays: Waitangi Day 6 Feb, Easter Friday 30 March, Easter Monday 2 April, Queens Birthday 4 June, Labour Day 22 October.

Kotahitanga o Tuauru o Porirua

Thursday 10 August 6pm at Titahi Bay Intermediate School Hall.

Matariki  Kai Night

Wednesday 2 August 6pm-7.30pm.

BOT Meetings

26 January, 20 February, 27 March, 1 May, 8 June, 3 July, 28 August, 25 September, 6 November, 4 December.

School Camp

31 October - 3 November 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 31 July, 28 August, 25 September.

 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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