OUR VISION: 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 – 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 43% Maori, 38% Pakeha, 14% Pacific Island and 5% 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 on:
- Numeracy skills
- Aspire to achieve
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, Multi Lit lessons, Lexia Reading 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 are currently in our second year of Positive Behaviour for learning training and this has now become a strength of our school.
We seek to always employ the most effective teachers to join our team with an emphasis on a range of diverse
backgrounds and skills – Our teaching staff are experienced, committed, vibrant, enthusiastic, positive and ready to go the extra mile for our students. Our staff has a range of professional experience and interests and work very collaboratively on all aspects of school development.
All our staff are part of ongoing professional development, particularly in the areas of:
- Reading – ‘Reading together’
- Writing – Learning Media
- Sounds/spelling – Joy Allcock
- Maths- MST maths (.5) and Cognition PD
- Behaviour/wellbeing student – PB4L
Our school wide curriculum reflects THE NEEDS AND INTERESTS OF OUR STUDENTS each year. The staff has a high expectation 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 Taonga. We also recognise the Year 6’s who have reached the highest level in Numeracy, Literacy, Sports, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, contribution to school and role models/Leaders.
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.
A Aspire to achieve
We celebrate that Titahi Bay School uses the KURA anagram as our motto for how we operate at school.
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. Each team has an edible garden to look after in the school grounds.
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 their children. The consultation process includes strategic plans, school reviews, community surveys and reporting to parents. The BOT meets with members of the Maori community and reports to them on the progress of Maori students as a group. In 2013 the school will also have a Pasifika group who will meet termly to focus on student engagement. The school will, in 2013, have an elected student council which will allow students some involvement in school decision making and reporting to our BOT – “students’ voice”. In 2013 we will also work with a Student Achievement Facilitator (SAF) from the Ministry of Education to look at systems in our school that engage our Maori and Pasifika families – we will have representatives from our Leadership Team and community on the Change Team.
A profile (our vision) of a Year 6 student who has spent at least 3 years at Titahi Bay School before leaving us.
*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. Our social play area called ‘Te Manawa’ is used daily by children and a special programme is planned, organised and run by the school SENCO. All special needs are overseen by our SENCO – Sharon Thompson
MAORI & PASIFIKA:
In 2013 this will be a focus by our BOT and Leadership Team. We will continue to work on the development of consultation with Maori and Pacific Island community. We will also continue to develop and target achievement levels of our Maori/Pacific Island children. We want children to lead our powhiri both on the paepae and doing the karanga. We have Murray Patterson working one day a week on Te Reo lessons, extension classes, Kapa Haka training and a boys mentoring programme.
In 2013 this will be a continued school area of development using the skills of our experienced gardening team in at school. Each team in the school will have an area where they nurture and grow vegetables. This will be student led.
The charter drives the operational plan and links with the policies and procedures of the school. The policies and procedures are reviewed on an annual cyclical basis.
Community consultation occurs each year as part of the self-review of curriculum delivery in term 4, reporting on student achievement to the community in newsletters, surveying of new families, random sampling and consultation with our Maori and Pacific Island families.