Titahi Bay School

Message from the Principal

May 23 2018
Principal Kerry Delaney

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

What is in the news at the moment? Our school staff were really encouraged this week to hear the results of a new survey showing strong public support for more Government spending on public education. This includes more support for children with additional learning needs and a significant pay rise for teachers to address recruitment and retention issues. Educators have been saying for a long time that to turn around the growing teacher shortage we must make teaching a more appealing career choice. A big part of that is ensuring we have the time and support to teach every child, regardless of their learning needs. Teaching also needs to be a financially viable career option. The findings are a strong indicator of public opinion leading into the May Budget and teacher and principal collective agreement negotiations in the coming months. Like every school, we struggle to balance the budget to provide the resources to support every child’s learning, and that shouldn’t be the case in a wealthy country like New Zealand. It’s simply a matter of priorities. Other key findings of the research were: 

83% believe that teachers need a pay rise and of those, 91% of respondents support at least a "moderate" pay increase - 67% want at least a 10% pay rise for teachers and 29% want more than 20% · Most (82%) agree that a pay rise will improve teacher numbers and address shortages · Widespread agreement that there is a shortage of teachers, both at Primary and Secondary schools (85%) · Very strong agreement (91%) that more support is needed for students with additional learning needs .

So getting all our staff to the Paid Union meetings is very important and that is why we would like you to pick up your children early on 27 June - all our staff need to be at the Arena by 2pm. I would be the only one left at school and this would be a nightmare - so I do appreciate you picking up your child anytime that suits after 1.30 that day.  I will send a notice home closer to 27 June just to find out how many people are picking up their children, who will go to After School Care and who will stay behind with me.

I have just become aware some of our senior boys have been on an on-line game called "Fortnite".  They play this at home as they can't access this at school.  Some of the comments between players is not KURA and are hurtful.  I would love it if you could have a conversation with your children and make sure any on-line stuff being done at home is under your watchful eye and you are aware of what they are saying and doing.


As you know, our BoT and I really look at all the attendance in school and monitor trends.  From the first day of school until now our percentages of attendance are:

Y1 - 91%   
Y2 - 91.8% 
Y3 - 90%
Y4 - 91.2%
Y5 - 92.1%
Y6 - 90.7%

Well done, let's keep working on this as a community.


Matariki is fast approaching and we're really looking forward to the celebrations that are installed for both our school and community.

Matariki breakfast

On Friday 15 June we will be holding a school-wide Matariki breakfast. We would like to invite you and your whānau to this event. 

7.30am- Gather for karakia then we will have a prepared kai for everyone. We will also have tamariki that are willing to share some waiata with us (we'd love you to join in). 

9am- School starts as normal and tamariki will be enjoying the morning in their house groups creating some Matariki craft/art.

Matariki celebrations at Titahi Bay Intermediate

The GROW team have organised another Matariki event to be held on Thursday 14 June 2018. We will be selecting a small group of tamariki to perform at this event between 6.00pm and 7.00pm. These children will be selected from the performance group and will be sent home with a permission slip to confirm whether or not they will be able to attend. 

This event is open to the community. There will be waiata around the fire and a beautiful hīkoi (walk) around the Intermediate gardens.


Our performance group will be performing again at Te Kōtahitanga at TBI this year. This event runs over two nights and we will either be performing on Wednesday 8 or Thursday 9  August (to be confirmed). This is a lovely couple of nights where kura from all over the community come together and share in performing arts including both Kapa Haka and Pasifika.

Tamariki have already signed up to be in this group and due to large numbers there will be a select group that will perform. We will be providing tamariki another opportunity to perform for whānau if they do not perform at this event. 

Grandparents Day

Just a reminder that Te Wana is having a "Grandparents Day" on Tuesday 29 May at 11a.m.  We realize that some children may not have a Grandparent available so they could invite a person special to them, e.g. aunty, neighbour, etc.  The timetable for the morning is as follows:

11.00a.m.  Go to your child's class to participate in activities
11.45a.m. Singing in the hall
12.00p.m. Shared lunch

Could your child please bring a small plate of food to contribute to the shared lunch.

Use our school APP

You can keep up to date with all the happenings at our school,as notices and events are posted on the APP. Absences can be done on the APP, as well as changes of contact details.You can also pay school fees and trips.DOWNLOAD NOW.Go to the APP STORE or the PLAY STORE and download.

Remember the newsletter comes out every fortnight and you get this emailed - so make sure we have your correct details on our school system.  If you want a paper copy please email or phone Lynn Lang on 236-8399 or email lynn.lang@titahibay.school.nz

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.

School Interviews

Parent/teacher interviews will be held in Term 2 on Monday 2 July and Tuesday 3 July.  On both these days school will close at 2pm.    For interviews on Wednesday 4 July School will be as normal  closing at 3pm.   Go to www.schoolinterviews.co.nz type in the code fxvcz.

Please make a time to sit with us to discuss your child's learning this year - we love talking and sharing the stories and getting your perspective on what is happening. If you can't get on the interview site just phone school 042368399 and Christine or Lynn will make a time for you. Last year we got 97% of you to interviews and this year our target is 100%. If you can't make the time we set aside then please contact the class teacher as they will make an alternative time with you.

School Facebook

Go onto Facebook, look for Titahi Bay School, click on "like" and then you will be set up to follow us.

Porirua City Council Submissions

The following children went to PCC to submit a submission for the Long Term Plan:

  • Daisy Niehorster
  • Isabella Macdonald
  • Solenne Taylor
  • Saffron Morrison 
  • Lily Campbell 
  • Tully Stephens
  • Jasmine Newey
  • Gabi Hemsley
  • Alice Hoerara-Hunt
  • Lily Elias
  • Reuben Piper,
  • Theo Gannon
  • Austin Arnold-Mackie
  • Emi Dawson

Dear Porirua City Council

The cycle pathway needs to happen because lots of kids and teens bike to school and college and back.  We need somewhere that is safe for us to run, walk, ride scooters and ride bikes (of course). Those who cycle to college have to do it along Titahi Bay Road.  So it's really important that our kids are provided with a SAFE route when cycling and walking to school.  

I want this to happen along Titahi Bay Road to Wineera Drive (by Whitireia Polytech). I would like it to  happen before 2023. We should do it before 2023 because if you leave it for a long time there will be more damage which means more cost to repair, but if we do it sooner then it may not cost as much.

The reason why we should build the cycle pathway now is because the road is starting to slip away. It is not safe to ride and kids are scared of falling into the rocks and the water. It has grass on the edge of the road and slippery rocks.

It should go on the harbour side not the inland side because when you bike or walk you can see the amazing view, I reckon it would be a bad idea to put the cycle way on the inland side because there is a school right there (Titahi Bay Intermediate)  and there is already a footpath and lots of kids already bike on the harbour side.

I cannot wait for this to happen.

By Emi Dawson

Bike Track by 2020!

Dear Porirua City Council we think it would be a good idea to go on with the bike track plan that goes around the harbour and links up with the track that leads to Takapu Road in Tawa.  We think that it will improve our city and we think it is necessary for the safety of our people. More people would get outside and not stay inside being lazy and more people will come to this city from Tawa. I think that everybody will approve of it and think it’s a good idea. Also it will make it easier for older kids from ‘The Bay’ to get to their schools such as kids cycling to Tawa schools and kids who go to Mana College.

Biking is a good form of exercise and it would be really good to have a bike track alongside the harbour to Porirua City Centre because it would encourage the younger kids to bike outside instead of staying inside playing video games.  Even for the older people it will help their fitness because they could get outside and exercise with their families. It will help people who want to get fit but don't want to bike on the main road so they could bike on a track next to the road safely.  You might even want to walk down the road safely and then you could exercise by walking and biking.

In our opinion, we think it would be a good idea to make the bike track because it would help stop erosion. For instance, the concrete path way will support the dirt and gravel that is slowly disappearing and causing the road to slant and ruin the water (pollution).

We think that the gravel should be removed because people have almost slipped off the side of the road from the loose gravel. People skid and fall when they are biking along the road and brake, some have almost skidded off the side.

Above all, we think it would be good to have the bike track plan go forward, It is a great idea and it would cause less erosion and more people will get fit and not play video games all day. Overall we like the idea and we hope it can be built by 2020!

BY: Reuben Piper, Theo Gannon and Austin Arnold-Mackie.

I am Solenne Taylor and I’m concerned about our harbour. Rubbish from storm water drains is a BIG problem. Enviro Leaders from Titahi Bay School were discussing this the other day and we thought putting nets (Traps) on the bottom of the storm water drains, that let the water get through but not rubbish would be a great idea. I can tell when the harbour is muddy brown that erosion is happening, I suggest planting some natives with strong roots around areas that erosion is happening. Signs saying it's not okay to throw rubbish in the harbour, hurting eels etc. The signs should not be boring they should be more like murals; they should also have the phone number for PCC on it for reporting anything that the signs/murals say not to do. I think that we should change from the black recycling bins to ones with flip lids like Wellington Council, to stop recycling flying away and ending up in our harbour.

You may think where the money is coming from? Well we had an idea that the Enviro Leaders of Titahi Bay School could set up two stalls around Porirua, and we would sell beeswax wrap (an environmentally friendly alternative to Glad Wrap), and baking (wrapped in biodegradable tissues). The enviro leaders were thinking that the leaders do a production. The play would show the two different futures, the one that we look after the environment, and the one we didn’t. It would show our peers to look after the environment. I know you’re working on pipes but these other related causes are important too, and remember the Enviro Leaders of Titahi Bay School are willing to help.

Yours sincerely

Solenne Taylor

Hi Porirua City Council, we’re writing to you to input some ideas on how to make Porirua’s environment a better place. But before we get on to that, let us introduce ourselves. My name is Daisy Niehorster and I’m Isabella Macdonald and we are both 10 years old. We are both Enviro Leaders as well as students at Titahi Bay School.

We have some ideas for our pipes around Porirua. They are old and rusty so we think you should install new ones. We know this will cost a lot of money, but we would be happy to help fundraise by having a school fair, show or selling honey wrap instead of glad wrap. Half of the money would go to our school, and the other half will go towards new pipes.

We also think that you should put signs & murals up in Porirua to help educate people to respect our harbour and to not touch our eels. They can be in bright colours and include educational messages like “Don’t be mean, keep our harbour clean!”.  We also have been thinking about treating storm water by putting special filters in the drains, as we need to keep our harbour clean.

Thank you so much for listening to this important letter, we really appreciate it. Hopefully you can incorporate some of our ideas or get back to us soon.  Thank you.

 From Daisy Niehorster & Isabella Macdonald


We have one 26 inch bike left over from the Triathlon which still has not been claimed.  If you think you are missing your son's or daughter's bike, please contact Miranda McMahon on miranda.mcmahon@titahibay.school.nz  

Dates to remember:

  • School Disco - Friday 25 May
  • Grandparents Day Tuesday 29 May
  • Queen's Birthday 4 June
  • Matariki event -Thursday 14 June.  6pm and 7pm - TBI
  • Matariki breakfast at school 15 June
  • NZEI paid stopwork meeting 27 June school closes 2pm
  • School interviews - Monday 2 July school closes 2pm
    • Tuesday 3 July school closes 2pm
    • Wednesday 4 July school closes 3pm
  • *Regional cross country 3 July
  • *Kotahitanga concerts at TBI 8/9 August


*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 eftpos (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



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
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup unsweetened yogurt
4 Weetbix
½ cup toasted pecans
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.
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
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.
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.

Breaking News

School Health Nurse

Lucy Robinson 0274526861

Grandparent Day

Tuesday 29 May for Rooms 1,2,3,4.  11am and shared lunch.

Wednesday Lunches

Fundraising for all our Year 6 leaders to attend National Young Leaders Day conference.  Each week on Wednesday we will be having a lunch fundraiser.

NZEI Meeting

School closes 1.30pm on Wednesday 27 June for staff to attend paid union meeting.

Matariki House Day Breakfast & Celebration

Friday 15 June 2018.

Regional Cross Country

3 July.


Year 4-6 Term 2 weeks 6-10.  Year 1-3 Term 3 weeks 1-5.

Kotahitanga Concerts

At Titahi Bay Intermediate 8/9 August.

Parent Interviews

School will close 2pm on Monday 2 July and Tuesday 3 July.  Wednesday 4 July school closes as normal at 3pm.  Book online www.schoolinterviews.co.nz code is fxvcz.



Powhiri 2018

9.10am on Monday 25 June.

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, Easter Tuesday 3 April, Queens Birthday 4 June, Labour Day 22 October.

BOT Meetings

2018: 19 February, 12 March, 28 May, 25 June, 13 August, 17 September, 12 November, 3 December.

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.

Dental Clinic

Phone 0800825583, option 1.

 Kakano - 2018

Mondays 1.30-3pm

After School Care for 2018

YMCA - Contact Rebecca White , Phone 022 3121978, rebecca@ymcawellington.org.nz


Stationery for 2018

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

KURA Homework Challenge

KURA Homework Challenge celebration.

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