Message from the Principal
Dec 5 2018
As I write this newsletter I am reflecting on 2018 and all the wonderful leaving experiences our KURA kids have had. It has been a brilliant year for us at school. There are 6½ days left of school and still lots to do.
A big thanks for the support around us postponing KURA on the Green. This is really a term 1 event and only came to Term 4 because we had so much rain last March. Term 4 we are at so many events, school shows , events for senior camp, school trips, reports on assessment etc. etc. I just felt it was too much to ask the staff for another night - so watch the newsletter for Term 1, 2019.
We will have four NE rooms in 2019 and Nadia Collins will teach in Room 20 for the first 4 weeks until she goes on maternity leave. Then our new teacher will start.
School reports come home next Monday so watch out for these. All children on Tuesday at 1.30pm will go to their new class and meet the teacher and their peers. This helps our KURA kids know who they will be with in 2019. We put up the class lists on the window of the old Library on Tuesday also.
A reminder school finishes at 12.30 on 14 December.
The Xmas raffle will be drawn after school on 6 December and we will put the winners names on our school Facebook. There are still tickets available.
There will be no more Friday lunch orders this year.
I would like to remind you about parking outside of school. Porirua City Council and the Police are doing random checks on Kura Street due to unsafe practices. Please remember it is vital that outside of school is safe for our KURA kids. I have also noticed a few of our KURA kids not being picked up on time. School does finish at 3pm and staff have meetings and things to do and arriving 30-40 minutes after school finishes is not on.
DATES TO REMEMBER
5 Dec - Camp Meeting for 2019, 6.30pm for parents staying at camp as helpers
6 Dec - Regional Athletics Otaki - postponement date
10 Dec - Reports come home
11 Dec - KURA kids visit their 2019 Teacher 1.30pm
2019 class lists up on old library window
12 Dec - Year 6 Leavers 5.30pm
14 Dec - School closes 12.30pm
School starts back on 30 January 2019
A reminder that the term dates for 2019 are:
Term 1 - 30 January - 12 April
Term 2 - 29 April - 5 July
Term 3 - 22 July - 27 September
Term 4 - 14 October - 16 December
Teacher Only Days 2019: Friday 31 May and 29 November
As a school we will continue to work on our Strategic Plan that has 3 goals:
2019 we will continue to work on Literacy with Auckland University. We are half way through this work and it has been very successful. We will continue to work on SHINE as this is really moving our Year 1-3 students. I will share the final report when it is sent to me. Our data is really great.
Alongside this is our COL (Community of Learning) Strategic Plan. This is the work Titahi Bay School, Porirua School, Ngati Toa School, Titahi Bay Intermediate, Mana College, Seventh Day Adventist and Viard College are working on collaboratively. Our COL is called Te Puna Māturanga Kāhui Ako
The three Strategic goals are:
1. Identify what is important for our ākonga to know and be able to do.
2. Identify and be able to implement effective pedagogical approaches that suit our akōnga
3. Develop learner profile signposts from ECE to tertiary.
1. Identify the current state of wellbeing across Te Puna Mātauranga Kāhui Ako places of learning and prioritise action.
2. Strengthen SENCO network across the Te Puha Mātauranga Kāhui Ako.
3. Utilise and strengthen services to serve students requiring additional learning support.
1. Identify internal expertise and gaps in knowledge, skills and experience (in relating to goal areas = Pedagogy, resourcing, hauora.
2. Seeking and seizing opportunities for optimising resources, i.e. physical, environmental, personal.
Our school is big and it takes a lot of very special people to make it run as effectively as it does. I would like to personally thank:
*Our Board who support and collaboratively work with us to ensure Titahi Bay school runs effectively and that we keep working on effective teaching.
*The Leadership team of Jamie, Miranda and Mike who ensure this school runs effectively and our KURA Kids are our priority. They are also giving of their time for extra things.
*To all our staff who have worked tirelessly to ensure that they run innovative and effective programmes all year. I know you deserve a long summer holiday.
*To all our support staff who are the backbone of our school and also ensure every KURA Kid becomes their first priority.
*To our Administration staff who do so much to ensure our school runs smoothly and support me as Principal.
*To Steve, Kevin and Sandy who ensure our environment is kept clean and continuously changing.
*To our community, I thank you. You support our school, you care about our staff and you show KURA in our wider community and I thank you so much.
There have been class changes in the last week or so to get ready for 2019. We empty each class to give it a spring-clean and then move a class in.
Rooms 2 and 3 are in the Library
Room 9 is in Room 2 space
Room 6 is in Room 3 space
Room 1 is in Room 9 space
We will still use the 2018 room number until the end of the year, e.g. Room 9 is still Room 9
Room 6 old class will become our school library. We are in the process of setting this up at the moment.
2019 our school will look like this:
2019 STAFF LIST
Principal: Kerry Delaney
Deputy Principal: Jamie Merrick
Deputy Principal: Miranda McMahon
Assistant Principal: Mike Laing
Room 5 Sharon Thompson
Room 6 Fiona Fitzgerald
Room 4 Kristina Stevens
Room 20 Nadia Collins
HUB LEADERS Sharon Thompson Fiona Fitzgerald
Te Whare Piritahi
Years 1 /2
Room 2 Chelsea Renshaw
Room 1 Charlotte Ell
Room 3 Ebony Sushames
Room 19 Emma Collins
HUB LEADER Chelsea Renshaw
Te Whare Hāpai
Ngā Manu o Te Ako
Years 4 / 5
Room 12 Candis Wood
Room 13 Grace Mulvihill
Room 16 Phil Edgecombe
Room 17 Annabeth Gunn
HUB LEADER Candis Wood
Te Whare Māia
Years 5 / 6
Room 7 Sharon Hartley
Room 8 Delwyn Gardner
Room 10 Carly. St.Laurent
Room 11 Janelle Reid
HUB LEADER - Sharon Hartley
In 2019 our Leadership team will have different roles.
Miranda McMahon - will be our PB4L person to deal with any support for behaviour across the school, lead community events, TRI liaison for school.
Jamie Merrick - All curriculum work at school and assessment. He is also the SENCO - special needs co-ordinator across the whole school.
Mike Laing - will run a target teaching program in Room 9 working with our teacher aides. Mike will also be our Reading Recovery teacher.
In 2019 I want to really look at what our school can do around anxiety. We see more of this in our young KURA Kids and I want to bring in support for our KURA Kids and their whānau. I am in talks with the external groups we work with so I hope to come back to you in 2019 with news.
At the end of this year Lynn Lang from our office will be retiring. Lynn has worked here for 22 years and has been our BoT minute secretary also. We know that Lynn and her husband Ewan will love being retired and travelling in their camper. Next year Jodene becomes our office person with Christine.
Nadia Collins will be back in 2019 for 4 weeks in Room 20 and then she will be on maternity leave for the rest of 2019. We will miss Nadia but also can't wait to meet her little baby.
We welcome back Grace Mulvihill to school with open arms and can't wait to have her back on staff.
Deposits for the School Camp for 2019 Year 6 children need to be paid now. You can pay $30 or the total of $60.
*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