Titahi Bay School

Message from the Principal

August 13 2018
Principal Kerry Delaney

Tena koe, Talofa lava, kia orana, Malo e lelei, Bula vinaka, Fakalofa lahi atu, Taloha ni, fakatalofa atu and greetings.


I will be away for the next two weeks  so if you have a need to contact me can you direct your email or phone call to Jamie Merrick (Years 4-6) , Miranda McMahon (New Entrants) or Mike Laing (Years 1-3) while I am away. I will be back on Friday 31 August.

I stood in the hall the other night just smiling and feeling so blessed that we live in the community we do. The numbers at our Whanau / Pasifika night were the best we have ever had, you came with big smiles and lots of kai. What a wonderful way for our whānau to share kai and korero. I had some really fab conversations with many of you and I loved the idea Josh Twaddle discussed with me - Why don't we have somewhere on our website where we have all our schools waiata, the words, music- Josh great idea and by term 4 it will be there. We are also going to record our Karakia we use at school in Maori , Samoan, Cook Island etc. and we will also ensure that anything we put up will have a document explaining what the words mean.   It was a delight to watch our tamariki perform with pride and respect.  This was a great opportunity for our juniors to perform to a larger audience.

Book Week

On Monday we got to do the first of the four amazing book quizzes. Then ten minutes before lunch time a teacher from a different class came in and read us a book.

On Tuesday we had the second book quiz of the week.

Wednesday was a great day with some tricky questions in the book quiz.

Thursday was such a fun day with the book swap. At the book swap there were some great books by some very famous authors like David Walliams, Andy Griffiths and Enid Blyton. Some people bought in books like the Midnight Gang and the Treehouse books. Well others bought in non fiction books like horrible histories. Everyone had a great time finding books that they would love. Nearly everyone went home with at least one great book to stick their nose into, it was great to see so many children nearly tripping over themselves because they love their book so much. We had the final round of the book quiz - no wait there was more! We had to have a tie breaker as Room 7 were tied with Room 10. Then Room 7 and Room 10 both got 8/10 on the tie breaker! Mr Merrick called it a tie. In the juniors Rooms 4 and 15 also tied.

Friday at last, it was a very fun day with lots of activities including dress up day. It was a day when you got to come along as your favorite book character. We saw people off Narnia, Harry Potter and other amazing costumes. We had a book week parade to show off the costumes before the the winner of the book quiz was revealed. Before lunch we had reading around the rooms to end book week on a high note.

Thank you

Lily and Tully Room 7


We are so very proud of our senior Kura Kids who performed with such great pride last Thursday night at the Kotahitanga Festival. The children were all amazing and portrayed all the Kura values on the night. All that hard work really paid off! We thank Matua Gardner, Whaea Nadia and Whaea Renata for all the great work you have done to bring our Kura Street group up to such a high standard. It was so great to come together and celebrate the schools in the Western Cluster. We'd like to acknowledge the work of Diarne Kaimoana and her team at Titahi Bay Intermediate who did a wonderful job of organising and hosting this wonderful event every year.


We'd like to give a huge SHOUT OUT to the wonderful parents who make time in their week to Manage and Coach our Saturday sport teams.

Hockey YELLOW Liesl Cheyne, Toni Martin and Melanie Fisher

Hockey ORANGE Shariana Clifford and Charlotte Hulme-Moir

Hockey GREEN Alexander Lindsay and Wendy Arnold-Mackie

Netball BLACK Pip Niehorster and Liliane Shepherd

Netball  BLUE  Kim Brosnahan and Renata Marshall

Netball  RED Jacinta Hamer and Sarah Collins

Netball  WHITE Leah Jones and Cheryl Hanrahan

The children love competing and this would not be possible without these people so thank you!


*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



Email: kerry.delaney@titahibay.school.nz

It is week 5 and we are racing into the first term and I can’t believe how much we fit into a school day.
We had a great turn out for parent interviews and we thank you for making your appointment and turning up, it is very important to meet and discuss what is happening for your child in their class. Please contact the class teacher if you have a problem, concern or celebration as they are with them all day and know exactly what is happening.
We are so ready for the school Triathlon this weekend, our fitness level is high and we have had the last few weeks preparing for the day.
We have had beach sprints, beach wading, running and cycling. For our year 4- 6 we have been out on the road with Pedal ready and are feeling very confident.
REMEMBER this is our 9th Triathlon and the money raised goes directly back into our school and this year it will go towards stadium like seating in the hall so when we have a concert or show everyone can see the performers. Our Home and School work so hard for our school and we are so thankful we have them – so it’s not too late to offer your assistance just email homeschool@titahibay.school.nz
I thank our Home and School for paying for the new planter boxes, soil and plants – these are around by the front of the cooking room and will have some plants and herbs to use for cooking. 
What a delight it was to work with the New Entrants last week and make weetbix trifle and what fun we had learning a new skill, they all went home with the recipe and hopefully some will be made in your house. 
Weetbix Trifle
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup unsweetened yogurt
4 Weetbix
½ cup toasted pecans
Using a small saucepan, heat the blueberries and reduce for a couple minutes until thick.  Take a glass (approx 270ml) and start to layer your trifle, starting with ½ crushed weetbix followed by a spoonful of yogurt, then the blueberry mix and pecans.  Repeat once again.  Finish with a layer of the crushed pecan nuts.   Allow to sit for a few minutes to allow the weetbix to soften before eating.
If you want to try something just a little different - transform the trifle into a smoothie by blending all the ingredients with 150ml of reduced fat milk or milk alternative.
Thank you to the Home and School for paying for the beanbags outside the library for children to sit on and read their books.
Our accelerated Literacy group will cook this week and start their own recipe book.  A purpose for writing always motivates our tamariki.  
For electives in Term 2 we have the Heart Foundation and Love Food Hate Waste working in school  to help our tamariki make sound decisions around the food they buy and eat.  
Facts from lovefoodhatewaste.co.nz
*The average family throws away $563 worth of uneaten food per year.  That’s 3 shopping trolleys’ worth of food that goes straight in the bin!
*Each family is tossing 79 kilos of uneaten food per year - it’s like binning 55 size 14 chickens or 888 apples.
Six simple things you can do to reduce your food waste:
*Plan your meals and buy what you need
*Store your bread in the freezer
*Keep potatoes in the dark
*Take your leftovers for lunch
*Stew fruit or make smoothies
*Add leftover chicken to a pizza, in a pie or in a panini
I have noticed some tamariki arriving late each day at school and this isn’t how we want 2017 to roll – I need to see your tamariki in class ready for learning every day.  You can only reach the standards if you are at school and learning.
Pak'n'Save Receipts   
We need lots of these so we can buy new equipment in Te Manawa - as you can imagine this gets so much use that it is important to maintain our resources.
Maths Whizz
We are still waiting for the payment of $10 towards Maths Whizz.  You can pay at the office, on the school APP or by internet banking.  Bank details are ASB Bank  A/c No. 123254002777600
This Saturday is our school triathlon.
Important information for the day:
On arrival please take bikes to the marked area on the Toms Road car park.
Every child will be given a t-shirt on Friday to wear at the event.  We ask that all junior children wear their helmets to the start line for safety and ease of bike transition.  Shoes must be worn for the run and wheels section of the race (and preferably for the swim).  Helmets MUST be worn during the wheels section of the triathlon.
Find your year group on the beach, the teachers to look out for are:
New Entrants / Year 1                           Fi Fitzgerald, Sharon Thompson, Sarah Taylor
Year 2                                                      Kristina Stevens, Rebekah Maskell
Year 3                                                      Grace Mulvihill, Karly Logan
Year 6                                                      Candis Wood, Phil Edgecombe
Year 5                                                      Matt Tan, Sharon Hartley
Year 4                                                       Janelle Reid, Nicky Bell
Open Racers                                          Find the marked table at the finish line.
Races start and finish on Titahi Bay beach.  First race begins at 9a.m. sharp.  Children start according to their year group.  Order of races will be:
9am  NE/Year 1:              250m run, 200m wheels (1 lap), 50m wade
          Year 2:                    300m run, 500m wheels (2 laps), 75m wade
          Year 3:                    500m run, 1km wheels (3 laps), 100m wade
          Open Juniors;        250m run, 200m wheels, 50m swim
Not before 10:10am       Open seniors:         750m run, 1.5km wheels, 150m swim
                                           Year 6:                      750m run, 1.5km wheels, 150m swim
Not before 10:40am        Year 5:                     750m run, 1.5km wheels, 150m swim
                                            Year 4:                     750m run, 1.5km wheels, 150m swim
Not before 11.30am        Open Pre-schoolers:   250m run, 50m wade only
(These are approximate distances & times and will be subject to conditions on the day).
There will be RAFFLES, FOOD and DRINKS available to purchase on the beach EFTPOS will be available.
If you have any queries please contact your child's teacher or miranda.mcmahon@titahibay.school.nz
You can now pay your triathlon donation/sponsorship through our school app. All donation's/sponsorship's in by next Friday 10 March go in the draw to win some prizes.

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