Message from the Principal
May 6 2019
Tēna Koe, Talofa Lava, Kia Orana, Malo e lelei, Bula vinaka, Fakalofa lahi atu, Taloha ni, Fakatalofa atu and warm greetings to you all.
I want to talk about our school and all the things we need to remember- Our KURA kids are ours but also they all come from different whānau with a wide range of values and when they come to school we expect that our KURA values are important and they live them at school. The beginning of a school term is a good time for us all to remember that we are part of a community made up of 421 students from 299 families. This means that at times, your child is mixing with others who have different family values than your own (e.g. bedtimes, behaviour expectations, etc). While we see this as a positive learning experience for our children, helping children to understand different ways of living and values can sometimes be a challenge for parents. Usually children understand when you simply explain that" our family does it differently from another family" and that’s ok. Having said that, in terms of behaviour expectations, swearing and hurting others are not ok and if your child is saying that is happening at school, by all means ask them to let their teacher know. I also respectfully ask that all parents encourage the use of kind words when dealing with situations with other whānau. In my experience after years in Education everyone does their best.
We have had a lot of sick children already this term and sick staff. We have had staff off for a week at a time which is unusual. Please do not send children to school if they are unwell as it is not fair on them or our staff. We have tried really hard to have a teacher in the class when a staff member is sick BUT there are only so many relief teachers available.
$40 per child or $60 per family.
Thank you to all the families that have already paid their school fees. We are already $2000 down year to date so all and any money contributed is greatly appreciated.
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.
I have just been informed that I have had my name published in the Justice of the Peace (JP) Gazette and in 3 weeks this will officially happen in Wellington High Court. So it will be great to help out anyone in our community who needs paperwork signed or advice, it is also great that I am easy to find at school.
I want to thank the BoT who have worked so hard for our school over the last 3 years. The Board work with the priority being our KURA kids. With elections just around the corner I wanted you to know how much all of our staff appreciate them for the work they have completed to ensure Titahi Bay School is effective.
Gaby Wesley- Smith
School Interviews and Reports
Your child's school report will be given to you at your parent-teacher interview.
School finishes at 2pm on Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd July.
These will be held on the following dates
Monday 1st July
Tuesday 2 July
Wednesday 3 July
You can book online at www.schoolinterviews.co.nz code 9e6ah
Currently only 1/4 of interviews have been booked and you need to get on to this now. If you do not have access to the internet please come to the school office or call and we will book for you.
TRAFFIC SAFETY FOR STUDENTS ON OPAPA STREET
Our transport and regulatory teams have been looking at options and are proposing two measures in the first instance including1. Adding “school” signs to the existing “children” warning signs.2. A period of focused enforcement from our parking team to address poor parking behaviour such as drivers parking across driveways. If this doesn’t have an impact we could look at further options which could include painting no stopping lines.Porirua City Council
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