Message from the Principal
July 5 2018
Tena koe, Talofa lava, kia orana, Malo e lelei, Bula vinaka, Fakalofa lahi atu, Taloha ni, fakatalofa atu and greetings.
School will close at 3pm on Friday 6 July and reopen on Monday 23 July.
Our staff have really worked hard this term and are in need of a break and some time to get over colds and sore throats. I am sure your children need a break also and I hope you have a wonderful 2 weeks sleeping in and catching up with friends and family. I also look forward to seeing everyone back healthy and well for term 3 which starts on the 23 July.
At our BoT meeting last week it was decided that we will ballot for 10 places in Year 1 in 2019 and this will be in our local paper over the holidays.
We have work being completed in our school over the holidays so there will be contractors trucks in school and Steve, Kevin and Arnie will work through the holidays. If you see anything out of place in the weekends remember Steve's cell phone is 027-241-0913 please don't hesitate to call and let him know.
As you will have heard through Media, NZEI have announced that teachers and Principals will be on strike on 15 August. At this stage it is a 3 hour strike from 1.30pm - 4.30pm. My feeling is that this might go to a full day strike. Our BoT will put out a notice informing you of what happens when there is no staff at school.
Thank you to all the whānau who came to parent interviews over the 3 days this week- this is the highlight of our teaching sitting with you and sharing what your tamariki are doing. We loved hearing all about what they love at school. We also thank you for the feedback on SEESAW our new school APP as this information helps us to define how we will use it more effectively.
We are trying to use the key competencies in our school reports as we do see these as important areas of learning that we need to work with your tamariki on. We are not totally happy with the report but will refine it to suit us for next time.
Our BoT have confirmed the dates for our school to open and close in 2019. We will start school on the 30th January a Wednesday and we will close for the year on the 16th December. We will have 2 TOD next year also. All the dates are on the school website.
- Term 1 - 30 January - 12 April
- Term 2 - 29 April - 5 July
- Term 3 - 22 July - 27 September
- Term 4 - 14 October - 16 December
- Waitangi Day 6 February
- Queen's Birthday 3 June
- Labour weekend 28 october
- Teachers Only Day - 31 May and 29 November
Powhiri will be held on Monday 30 July and Monday 27 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 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.
Dates to Remember
*Kotahitanga concerts at TBI 8/9 August
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou