Message from the Principal
September 11 2018
Tena koe, Talofa lava, kia orana, Malo e lelei, Bula vinaka, Fakalofa lahi atu, Taloha ni, fakatalofa atu and greetings.
We all feel the year is passing us by so fast - It is now week 8 and we have a couple more weeks of this term then the holiday and only 9 weeks next term.
We start a new class in term 4 for our New Entrants and we are very lucky to have employed Annabeth Gunn to run Room 5 from the first day of term 4.
At our last BoT meeting we co-opted Leanne Parsons and Anna McGavin to come onto the BoT to work with us on projects, they bring a fresh face and new voice to our table and we know already we will enjoy working with them.
Over this term there has been so much sickness and we have had large numbers of sick children each day but we are also having sick teachers. As you will be aware it is very hard to find relieving teachers in schools so we feel lucky that we have a supply to call on and haven't had to split classes yet. I do ask you to keep your sick children home as sending them to school is not fair and they feel awful in class and then we only have to ring you to pick them up.
I would like to remind you to please phone school, text, email or use the school app to let us know they are away as we spend sometime ringing you in the mornings to see where absent children are.
We are a fruit in school place and we encourage your children during the day to eat as much fruit as they want - in winter we need to be eating fruit each day. We are also a milk in school place so everyday after lunch a cold box of milk is delivered to class for our children to drink and most of them really like this as they read books after lunch play.
I am looking at dates for KURA on the GREEN for term 4 and as soon as I know what it will be I will let you know. This is a really nice way for us to all come together and just enjoy each others company and share food and entertainment.
There will be no hotdogs to purchase on the last Friday of term 28 September.
Kids Art Works Fundraiser
It’s nearly that time again and these always make for great Christmas cards and gifts!
This term your child has worked really hard to create a piece of artwork that can be made into calendars, cards, notepads, mousepads and diaries. This art will be available for you to view in class during the last week of term until Friday 28th September.
You should receive your order form next week and will need to return this to the school office by the end of the term on Friday 28 September.
Hockey and Netball Prizegiving
Winter sport is coming to an end and to celebrate we are having a Prizegiving at the Trinity Baptist Church (next door to school) on Tuesday 25 September.
Those that played Hockey will be at 1.30 and those that played Netball will be at 2.15pm.
The children who have participated in either Hockey or Netball for the school can bring along a plate to share for their prizegiving. We will have a shared kai and present some awards. Whanau are more than welcome to attend this event.
- 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.
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou