Message from the Principal
November 15 2017
Tena koe, Talofa lava, kia orana, Malo e lelei, Bula vinaka, Fakalofa lahi atu, Taloha ni, fakatalofa atu and greetings.
Our school is currently working on our School Curriculum for the next three years and part of this work will be working on developing and promoting student engagement and agency. At the heart of this project are the Key competencies, in particular, managing self, thinking, participating and contributing and relating to others. It is very clear that in order to succeed in an ever changing world our kids will need the ability to deal with change, use initiative and adapt to new situations. It is fantastic to see these attributes and competencies being used in a real context as the staff and students at Titahi Bay school work together to focus on the learning opportunities and demonstrate flexibility and resilience with the changes happening around them.
The New Zealand Curriculum has 5 key competencies woven through it from New Entrants through to Year 13. These Key Competencies (KC's) are the capabilities people have, and need to develop, to live and learn today and in the future. the 5 KC's and indicators of them follow:
5 Key Competencies and Indicators
- Goal Setting - Is able to set realistic goals and self monitor themselves towards those goals.
- Planning - follows/sets up own checkpoints or action plans to achieve outcomes
- Managing time - is able to stay on task to complete a task and makes deadlines when set
- Reliable - is able to carry out task required/sees activity through to the end
- Aims high in all that they do - wants to give of their best/challenge themselves in their development.
- Integrity - is able to stand up for what they believe/a sense of ownership for their learning and actions.
Participating and contributing
- Shows responsibility - understands their actions have consequences and effect other people's lives
- Respects others - understands that everyone is just as important and special as they are
- Understands they are part of community - a keen sense of social justice/understanding their actions have flow on effect
- Truth -In all actions, interactions and decisions they make
- Finds answers to questions - understands the research process/uses different methods
- Uses ICT tools to develop understanding - is capable of using the most efficient ICT to aid learning
- Understands the uses of language and symbols - is confident between reading for meaning and using numbers/equations to gain further understanding/knowledge
Relating to others
- Active listener - is able to listen to instructions and follow directions
- Share ideas - is willing to offer up suggestions/viewpoints/opinions with confidence
- Co-operate with others - works in groups well and understands the need to work as a team
- Mercy - is aware of others needs/show empathy for others situations
- Love -showing it in every aspect of their lives, understands what it means and how to live by it
- Reflects on their learning - takes time to revisit learning and make corrections to their learning direction
- Uses thinking tools - uses different thinking tools to unpack a situation
- Shares prior knowledge - offers up/uses graphics to note information already gained on the subject
- Asks good questions - uses thinking rubrics to understand what a good questions look like
- Challenges ideas - will seeks confirmation on an idea/opinion/information so that it is known to be valid
We incorporate these into all the learning and teaching work we do at Titahi Bay School. More information on the KC's can be found at http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/Key-competences/About
You will all know Amanda who works at the Titahi Bay Chemist - Amanda has informed us that she is more than happy for any child who feels unsure of something at the Whitehouse Road shopping centre, to go into her shop and ask someone for help. Amanda went around all the shop keepers and they all felt the same.
Family Support Worker
Yasmin is our new Family Support Worker here at TBS. Yasmin is a qualified social worker having studied at Te Wananga o Aotearoa for her BSW (Biculturalism in Practice). She has work experience in ACC, MSD, Challenge 2000, Housing NZ and Work and Income. She is looking forward to meeting parents and whanau to assist in a variety of ways.
You can contact Yasmin at:
All bookclub orders are to be returned to the office by Friday 24 November.
Year 6 Leavers Celebration
Please save the date: Wednesday 13 December 6.30pm
Light refreshments will be served.
At this year’s Leavers Celebration we will be presenting 19 cups and 2 korowai. the cups are decided on by all staff, the Korowai for leadership by our tamariki. There are 82 year 6 students. Not all students will receive a cup. All students will receive a certificate and a taonga to celebrate the end of their time with us. The cups are awarded to children who have stood out in particular areas during their time at our school. Many other children are acknowledged throughout the year for their achievements through awards such as the Sir Peter Blake award, Young Leaders awards presented by the council, Otago Problems Challenge awards, Kiwi Competition awards, EPro8 awards, Representing the school at inter-school sporting events, performing as part of the band, performing as part of the choir, being Road Patrol monitors, being a Buddy patrol, being an Enviro monitor, and being a Sports monitor. Though we celebrate a small number of students with cups, we are very proud of all our year 6 students. It would be good to talk to your child before the celebration evening and help them understand that there are considerably more children not receiving cups than there are receiving cups. We are looking forward to a great evening celebrating the culmination of your child’s time with us.
A big thank you to all whanau who have already paid - it does help us plan activities at school. Also thank you to the whanau who pay extra to cover others.
School fees for 2017 are as follows:
School Donation: (voluntary)
1 child $40 Family $60 The fees have been the same for years now.
This contributes towards computers, curriculum resources, playground equipment, classroom consumables, paper, and photocopying. The school donation can either be paid 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 - the bank account details are:
ASB Bank – Account No. 123254002777600.
If you have difficulty in paying school fees, please contact the Principal.
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
- Christmas picnic 4.30 - 6pm Thursday 7 December - (bring along dinner and watch our tamariki on stage)
- Fun House day - Friday 8 December
- If you want an end of year interview please email the class teacher. these will be held 4 December - 8 December
- Year 6 Leavers - Wednesday 13 December 6.30pm
- Year 6 pool/rec trip - Thursday 14 December
- Reports go home with new class information - 14 December
- School closes 15 December at 12.30pm
We've been fortunate to have this service here at Titahi Bay School for the past 2 years with a health champion coming in and checking and treating children re nits. Children who have been helped have really appreciated this (as have parents). Unfortunately KidsCan have announced they are stopping this service throughout NZ at the end of 2017.
KidsCan will continue to help supply some treatment shampoo and nit combs as required but they won't have people visiting schools to check and treat. This will mean it is doubly important for parents to get onto treating and getting rid of these pesky critters at home. Many thanks to KidsCan for this tangible and valuable support at Titahi Bay school for the past two years.
We have 19½ school days left and the days are going too fast. Remember to pack a drink and hat in your child's bag.
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou