Message from the Principal
Nov 6 2018
Week 4, day 3 and we have 26 more school days left with lots on. Keep going to our website to check notices.
From the time I became a Principal I made sure that our school paid the living wage and I feel this is only right and shows that we value our staff. I didn't know I had to let anyone know to get accreditation - so we now have The Living Wage accreditation paperwork and we are very proud of this. I was also one of the speakers at PCC on this as I feel it is so important for our Porirua people to get paid a decent wage for the work they do.
*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. We are really down on these this year. We use this money to pay for all the extra bits for our KURA Kids. If you haven't paid these and are able to, please do so.
Can I please remind you the importance of coming to school each day. We have had really great success with attendance this year but there are a few cases where the % of being at school are really low for a child and this then impacts on their social engagement and academics at school .
A little scenario to make you think - This is the attendance of a child who I will call George (not his real name). In 2012 George was away from school 7 days In 2013 George was away from school 35.5 days In 2014 George was away from school 31 days In 2015 George was away from school 42 days in 2016 George was away from school 38 days and at the end of term 1 George was away 11.5 days. In the case of George there is also a pattern of mostly being away from school on a Friday and a Monday. In George's time at school he has missed 33 weeks of education - just over 3 terms of schooling. If he continues this absence pattern he will have missed a full year's schooling by the time he leaves Titahi Bay School. Our Board thank you for helping us achieve our goal of high attendance.
School will be closed on November 16 for the NZEI strike. You will have all received an email or a paper notice on this. It is also on our school website.
School Camp 2019
Please can you pay the deposit for camp now. We need to make another payment on this. The cost of camp is $60 and we would like either the full $60 paid or half which is $30 before the end of year.
What a neat job I have listening to our emerging leaders talk about what they would do in 2019 if they became an ENVIRO leader, Sports leader or Buddy Patrol. Such really good, thoughtful thoughts on what is best for our school. Leadership opportunities at a young age are so important - Tayne McMahon and Yasmeen Prescott, both ex KURA kids are Head Boy and Head Girl for Tawa College in 2019. They were leaders in this school and we are so proud of them.
At the end of my news you can see a photo and speeches from our Year 5 leaders who are going to be our Year 6 leaders in 2019 and you will see that our school is in great shape for 2019.
Information from our Public Health Nurse.
It is now free for all children under the age of 13 years to go to the GP. If your child has headlice take them to the GP and ask for ‘dimethicone’. The prescription will be free. Dimethicone works by suffocating the headlice. It is NOT an insecticide. Please follow the instructions on the packaging and use as directed. If you have any further questions regarding headlice and the treatment please contact your School Public Health Nurse through the school.
Dates to Remember:
- Powhiri - Monday 26 November
- Junior School production 13/14 November
- Waikanae Pool Trip 19 November Rooms 6,9,17,19
- Year 6 swimming day - Waikanae Pool 21 November Postponement 28 November
- Pasifika Day - Thursday 22 November
- Regional athletics - 4 December
- Days Bay trip - Wednesday 5 December Rooms 114/15
- KURA on the Green - 6 December
- Year 6 farewell - 12 December 5.30pm
- Last day of school Friday 14 December - school closes 12.30pm
- 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