About Titahi Bay School
Learning For Life He Manu hou ahau, he pi ka rere
To promote achievement and self-worth and provide challenging opportunities for all our students and staff.
We celebrate our dual heritage, and today’s multi-cultural school community, respecting and valuing diversity, and have high expectations, inclusiveness and care for ourselves, others and our environment.
Who We Are:
Titahi Bay School is nestled in the heart of Titahi Bay, a short distance to our beach and harbour. We have New Entrants to Year 6 children and we are very proud of our achievements. We are a vibrant, big school which embraces the cultural traditions found within our diverse group of students. We currently have 44.5% Maori, 45.6% Pakeha, 9.1% Pasifika, and 0.8% Other in our school.
We have a very effective staff with a lot of experience who deliver innovative programmes across our school. We believe that the foundations to an effective education come about through a very focused teaching and learning programme in: Reading, Writing and Sound/ Spelling – Literacy focus. Numeracy skills are the other main focus.
We offer a wide range of initiatives to ensure all our students are challenged and reach their expected level of achievement. We provide Reading Recovery, Lexia Reading, Reading Eggs. Maths-Whizz and extra lessons for students who need a little extra help. We are very proud of our special needs programme in our school and our Te Manawa area. We have been developing our teaching skills in Writing, Maths and Spelling over the last two years and have raised the level of achievement across the school.
We seek to always employ the most effective teachers to join our team with an emphasis on a range of diverse
Our teaching staff are experienced, committed, vibrant, enthusiastic, positive and ready to go the extra mile for our students. Our staff have a range of professional experience and interests and work very collaboratively on all aspects of school development.
All our staff are part of on-going professional development, particularly in the areas of:Literacy , Numeracy and the well-being of our students. Our school wide curriculum reflects THE NEEDS AND INTERESTS OF OUR STUDENTS each year. The staff have high expectations on achievement but also that all our learning community work harmoniously together.
We have a reputation in the performing arts and kapa haka. Our school shows are legendary and always involve the whole school. We celebrate our new 5 year olds coming into our school through Springbulbs and we hold a very special graduation night at the end of Year 6 – where each child receives a pounamu. We also recognize the Year 6’s who have reached the highest level in Numeracy, Literacy, Sports, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, contribution to school and role models. We are a very sporty school and have Saturday netball and hockey and we also compete in a range of sporting events locally and regionally. All new children and staff are welcomed into our school with a Powhiri. The Powhiri team is made of students – the karanga and speaker on the paepae are students.
We are on big grounds with two large grass areas. Our buildings, hall and playgrounds are well maintained. We have shaded areas for children. Our school celebrates enviro education through our edible garden, worm farms and recycling and we encourage students to take pride in their environment.
Our community totally supports our school and is very approachable and keen to help us. Our community enjoy coming to all our celebrations, especially when their children are showcasing their talents. We celebrate Academics, The Arts, Sports and our Values programme. We have very supportive parents who work with the school on any new initiative.
Parents, teachers and the community hold high expectations for student achievement:
- Students will become self-motivated, independent and confident
- Parents and teachers will do everything they can to overcome the barriers to learning that some children encounter
- Children will achieve the fundamentals of a good education and in doing so will have fun and discover and experience new and exciting things.
Titahi Bay School consults regularly with our parents and caregivers over matters which affect the education of the children. The consultation process includes strategic plans, school reviews and community surveys and reporting to parents. We also survey our students to get their take on their education and to identify areas for improvement.
A profile (our vision) of a Year 6 student who has spent at least 3 years at Titahi Bay School before leaving:
- Be at the expected National Standards level in Reading, Writing and Maths. To be achieving at the expected level and have the necessary skills to be moving onto Year 7/8.
- Proud of his/her achievements, school and community
- Confident (motivated and happy)
- Organised (responsible for self)
- Able to persevere (set goals and work hard)
- Able to get along with others (friendly and fair), show gratitude
- Resilient (able to handle setbacks and conflict)
- Able to think for him/her self and take responsibility
- Able to read, write, communicate and use maths skills – to his/her potential
- Creative, healthy and active
- Excited about learning and future opportunities
Inclusion and Equity:
At Titahi Bay school we celebrate difference and value people as individuals. The strictest confidentiality will be adhered to in accordance with the Privacy Act 1993. The needs of all our children will be catered for regardless of gender, ethnicity, culture, physical, social and academic abilities. We welcome all children to our school and will work with families to ensure their child receives the correct funding and programmes. We are lucky enough to have Clare Oram (a specialist teacher from Mahinawa Specialist School) helping our teachers to plan programmes for our children with the highest needs.
We have a Whanau Group who advocate for the interests of our Maori students. This group has worked hard to create a visual strategy for our Maori students that will soon be up around our school. They have also written our new school waiata ‘Te Tikanga’. Children help lead our powhiri both by speaking on the paepae and doing the karanga. We have a specialist teacher once a week who works with children, teaching them reo and tikanga Maori.
We have a Pasifika Parents Group who advocate for the interests of our Pasifika students. This group has worked hard to create a visual strategy for our Pasifika students that will soon be up around our school. They also work hard each year to organise a celebration evening of the Pasifika heritage and cultures of our students. We have a specialist Pasifika tutor who works in our school each week.
2015 was a big year for Enviro education in our school. In Term 3 our whole school inquiry was investigating what waste we produce as a school and ways we can Reduce this by Reusing and Recycling. We continue to use a large bin for recycling paper, two wheelie bins for all other recyclables, and another big bin for rubbish destined for the landfill. Most food scraps go to our worm farms and we have also started to do some composting of scraps not suitable for worms. After our waste audit in 2015 we are even more mindful of the rubbish we send to the landfill. In 2015 Kidscan donated a considerable number of fruit trees to the school for us to create a Kidscan Orchard. It will be wonderful to grow our own fruit in years to come.We have Kevin Sims working in our school on our gardens and he works hard to include children in the gardening. Our tamariki can join him every lunch time to tend to the gardens. The worm farms have recently been relocated to make way for the new cooking room which will be built onto the hall. They are now situated by the fence in the car park area.