Message from the Principal
May 23 2018
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.
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.
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.
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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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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