Titahi Bay School

Message from the Principal

October 18 2017
Principal Kerry Delaney

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

It is hard to believe we are so close to the end of 2017.  I realised the other day we have 43 days of teaching left.  In those 43 days we have so much fun and learning to do.

I am back at work part time still and I am healing but concussion does impact on me still.  I will be in school from 9 - 12.30 the next 3 weeks so if I'm not here when you come in just e-mail me.

Our Year 6's go through a happy, sad and anxious time in Term 4.  Happy they know where they are going in 2018, sad that some of their friends wont be with them, anxious about leaving us.  This is always the case and we are really aware of all these feelings and puberty so know we keep a close eye on them.

Term 4 Sunhats

Please, could you  make sure that sunhats  are named as we end up with lots in the playground at the end of the day.  Each class has sunblock and we encourage our children to wear it, if your child has problems with our school sunblock please ensure they are covered at home before school.

Our Nit Busters work in school each week and are here to ensure our children get rid of nits.  You can contact the Nit buster lady (Kayla Hawea) on 021407592.  

You will notice all our gardens are full of beautiful vegetables and herbs and I would be more than happy for you to help yourselves - lovely big green cabbages make a great slaw and also stir fry. There is lots in the garden and our produce is for everyone.

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.

Yasmin will be spending time in classrooms working with teachers and children getting to know us here at TBS.  You can contact Yasmin  at:

Family works
Pember House
16 Hagley Street
Phone: 0276123084
Email: yasmin.silestean@psc.org.nz 

Staffing 2018 & Other Stuff

We have some staffing  changes for 2018.  Nicky Bell is going to go and live in Dunedin with her partner, such a great city to live and we will miss Nicky - she has been with us for 7 years.

Grace Mulvihill will be on leave  in 2018 travelling the world with her partner Kaylem and we wish them all the best on their travels and look forward to her coming back in 2019.

A reminder to check the school website (www.titahibay.school.nz) for newsletters and long term plans.  Ngahere, and Rakau  teams are on  - and Koru's will be on next week.

You will have noticed all the building work going on in Rooms 12/13.  These classes will look so good when completed.  There will be a big, wide deck with a cover over it outside each room.

Our school looks to be the place that a water bore will be accessed for Civil Defence times.  Our BOT are in talks with Cardno on what this might look like.  quite exciting to be part of this development as it will become a learning inquiry for our students.

Pak'n Save receipts

A reminder that we need lots of these so that we can buy new equipment in Te Manawa - as you can imagine this gets used so much that it is important to maintain our resources.

School Fees

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

*Whole School Athletics Day - Thursday 19 October
*Powhiri -Monday 13 November / Monday 11 December
*EPRO8 Challenge - 20 October
*Tokelau week 30  October - 3 November
*School Camp - 31 October - 3 November
*Christmas picnic 4.30-6pm Thursday 7 December
*Fun House day - Friday 8 December
*If you want an end of year interview please email the class teacher.  These will be held on 4 December - 8 December
*Year 6 Leavers  - Wednesday 13 December
*Year 6 pool/rec trip -Thursday 14 December
*Reports go home with new class information - 14 December
*School closes 15 December at 12.30pm

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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Breaking News

School Closes - End of Year

Friday 15 December at 12.30pm.

Year 6 Pool/Rec Trip

Thursday 14 December.

Xmas Picnic

Thursday 7 December 4.30-6pm.

End of Year Interviews

If you would like an end-of-year interview, please email class teacher, these will be 4-8 December.


Reports go home with new class for 2018 on Thursday 14 December.

Year 6 Leavers 

Wednesday 13 December.

End of Term 3

Term 3 finishes 3pm on Friday 29 September.

2018 Term Dates

Term1: 1 Feb - 13 April.   Term 2: 30 April - 6 July.   Term 3: 23 July - 28 Sept. Term 4: 15 October - 14 Dec. Public Holidays: Waitangi Day 6 Feb, Easter Friday 30 March, Easter Monday 2 April, Queens Birthday 4 June, Labour Day 22 October.

BOT Meetings

26 January, 20 February, 27 March, 1 May, 8 June, 3 July, 4 September, 6 November, 4 December.

School Camp

31 October - 3 November 2017.

After Hours Contact

Steve Jackson - 0272410913

School App

Download our school app from App Store for iphones or Play Store for android.

New Board Of Trustees

Sarah Campbell (Chairperson) Scott Hemsley, Lynette Renouf, Ria Tomoana, Gaby Wesley-Smith.

2017 Term Dates

Term1: 2 February - 13 April. Term2:  1 May - 7 July.       Term 3:  24 July - 29 Sept. Term 4:  16 October - 15 Dec.

Dental Clinic

Phone 0800825583, option 1.


9am Monday 25 September, 16 October, 13 November, 11 December.

 Kakano - 2017

Mondays 1.30-3pm

After School Care for 2017

YMCA - Contact Rebecca White , Phone 022 3121978, rebecca@ymcawellington.org.nz


Stationery for 2017

Purchase online from Officemax https://www.myschool.co.nz/titahibay.

KURA Homework Challenge

KURA Homework Challenge celebration.

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