ABSENCES AND ILLNESS
AFTER SCHOOL CARE PROGRAMME
SCHOOL BANK ACCOUNT
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
CHANGE OF CLOTHES
CHILDREN LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS
CIVIL DEFENCE KIT
EDUCATION OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR A NEW ENTRANT
FRUIT IN SCHOOLS
HELPING YOUR CHILD AT SCHOOL
HOME & SCHOOL
HEARING AND VISION TESTING
LEAVING THE SCHOOL DURING SCHOOL HOURS
MEETING WITH THE PRINCIPAL
PREPARE FOR SCHOOL
REPORTING TO PARENTS
SCHOOL TRIPS AND ACTIVITIES
STARTING SCHOOL AT 5 YEARS OF AGE
SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD’S LEARNING
For safety reasons the school must be contacted if your child is going to be absent.
Please phone the school office at any time and leave a message – an answer phone operates when the phone is unattended. Please phone every day that your child is away. You can also text the school office on 027-757-0272 to notify an absence. Also you can use the School App to leave an absence message.
The school will check all absentees and will make every effort to contact parents where children are not accounted for. If your child is away and the school haven’t been phoned – the Principal will phone or write to you.
Please advise us in writing if pupils need to take medication during the school day. Records and medication are kept in the office.
Children must leave the school grounds as soon as they are dismissed from class unless accompanied by their parent when they play in the playground. Children are not kept in unless parents have been notified.
There is an After School Care programme for 2020. YMCA, contact person is Tracey Smith and her phone number is 021 08299256, email firstname.lastname@example.org This operates in our school hall. You can contact their office on 568 3252.
There are children in some of our classes who have allergies – we always let you know at the beginning of the year so you are aware and can try to not send your child to school with the foods that can affect a child. Please ensure we know at school if your child has an allergy.
You can download our school App to your mobile phone on iphone, Android, IOS and HTML5. You can order Friday lunches on the school app, you can send in absences, change of contact details, read the latest newsletters and notices, and keep track of upcoming events. SchoolAppsNZ.
School assemblies are held twice a term on Mondays for the whole school at 9.15am. Parents of children are welcome to join us. We celebrate children who are actioning our school values. We inform parents of the dates in our newsletters.
If your child has asthma, an asthma plan needs to be filled out. This is included in the enrolment package. A copy of the plan will be given to the child’s teacher and also a copy will be held at the office.
Each year pupils are tested on their eyesight and hearing. Parents can request their child is seen as can staff. Any concerns are reported to parents.
The school’s bank account number is ASB 123254002777600. You can pay by internet banking. Please make sure you put a reference if paying through the school’s bank. We also have an eftpos machine at the office. This can also be used to pay for camp, lunches and other things, but cannot be used to get cash out.
We do not provide supervision before school until after 8.30am, then the children are able to enter the classrooms. Children arriving before this time should attend YMCA Before School Care. A good time to arrive at school is 8.40am.
09.00am – 10.40am Session 1
10.40am – 11.00am Interval
11.00am – 1.00pm Session 2
1.00pm – 1.10pm Teachers sit with students for lunch
1.10pm – 2.00pm lunch interval
2.00pm – 3.00pm Session 3
It is important that children arrive at school on time.
We are currently on a programme called PB4L (Positive Behaviour For Learning). At Titahi Bay School we promote and focus upon these values: We are kind, we work together in unity, we are respectful, we aspire to achieve. We are KURA (Kindness, Unity, Respect, Achieve). To find out more about being a KURA kid follow this link. You can also contact Miranda McMahon to hear more about this programme. We use the Restorative Practice model in our school.
We believe that children must know the road code and have the skills for safe cycling. We remind parents that the New Zealand Transport Agency and The New Zealand Police recommend the age for cycling to school is 10. All cyclists must wear helmets. All cyclists must walk bikes in and out of school. Bikes are stored in bike racks located around the school.
This is the governing body of the school. It is made up of the Principal, an elected staff representative and five parent representatives. Areas of responsibility include curriculum, finance, personnel, property, policy and consultation. The Board generally meet twice a term at 5.45pm in the school staffroom. Meeting dates and more information can be found on the BOT page of this website and in the school newsletters. Our current BOT Chairperson is Sarah Campbell. The 2020 dates are: 2 March, 6 April, 25 May, 22 June, 17 August, 14 September, 9 November, 7 December. email@example.com
Once a term the Scholastic Book Club send out brochures of books available for children to purchase.
It is really important for children to have a good breakfast as it is hard for children to concentrate if they are hungry. If your child hasn't had breakfast just let us know and we will give them cereal.
This is a group of Year 6 children voted by their peers. The role of a Buddy Patrol is to help, support and encourage positive play in our playground. To help children decide what game they will play and find friends. This group of children also set up activities on fine days for children to play.
The car park is not to be used to drop off or pick up children after school. It is only to be used if you are picking up a sick or injured child. This is a safety issue for our children.
Children are not allowed to bring cellphones to school. If for any reason they do it must be given to the child’s teacher to look after.
It is always handy to put a spare set of clothes in your child’s bag in case they have an accident and need a change of clothes.
The caretaker is Steve Jackson and he works from 7.30am – 12pm, then 2pm – 5.30pm. You can contact him on 0272410913.
The Charter specifies the goals and objectives of the school and is a legal contact between the Board of Trustees and the Ministry of Education. A copy can be found on the school’s website under BOT.
Please help the school to promote child safety by encouraging them:
- To go to and from school in groups
- To have and know strategies to deal with approaches by strangers, e.g.
- Say ‘NO’
- Note car numbers and colour, etc.
- Walk towards a house where someone is likely to be home
- Report incidents to their parents or teachers
We all have a responsibility towards child safety in our community.
Children are not allowed to leave the school grounds during school hours. If they need to leave early then they must be signed out at the school office by an adult or have had an arrangment with school for them to be signed out.
Each child in the school has a personal kit that is kept at school. This is updated once a year and is passed onto your child’s future teachers.
Each kit is put together by you the parents, and should contain
- A can of food – this needs to be something that your child will eat and can be eaten straight out of the can without cooking.
- Some wrapped long life lollies (e.g. barley sugars)
- Sealed peanut free snacks – muesli/fruit bars.
- Something for your child to play with (crayons, playing cards, knuckle bones).
Each kit needs to be sealed in an ice-cream container labelled with your child’s name, emergency contact details, names of those who have permission to pick your child up in the event of an emergency and any health issues.
You will be given advance notice and we will require consent if going outside Titahi Bay.
Coding Club - this is run by Jamie Merrick.
At Titahi Bay School the decision was made to have composite classes, based on evidence about what makes a positive difference for students.
Academic findings have been mostly positive, some neutral but certainly not negative for students in composite classes. However, there is clear evidence that composites do make a significant difference in and provide affective advantages for students, i.e. they enhance self-esteem, decrease behavioural problems, reduce the impact of labelling, encourage the formation of positive communities and lead to social and academic growth.
The school’s commitment to grouping students according to social as well as academic needs has positive outcomes for all. It is what we all know as parents and teachers – when a student feels positive about school they are more likely to be academically and socially successful.
Each year the composites can change due to the numbers in each cohort.
They go out every fortnight on a Wednesday. This is done digitally. Some extra messages are shared via the school's facebook page or through the school app.
If you have any concerns, you should see your child’s teacher in the first instance. If a resolution cannot be found a team leader or the Principal will become involved. It is the school’s aim to keep concerns/complaints to a minimum by dealing with them promptly. It is advisable to make a specific appointment time for formal discussions.
This follows the National Education Guidelines which form the basis of the school’s programmes of work. A copy of our school curriculum document is on our school website.
Dental therapists are at the front of our school and can be contacted on 0800-825-583 (then press option 1).
Dogs are not permitted on school grounds, whether on a leash or not. If a dog is found on the school grounds the Porirua City Council Pound is phoned immediately to come and take the dog away. The only time dogs are allowed at school is as part of a specialised programme for individuals.
At Titahi Bay School we recognise and celebrate uniqueness of all our students. In 2015 we started to explore the world of the dyslexic child and the implications this has for how we teach. You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If an earthquake occurs while the children are at school, the staff will direct the children about what to do. Each classroom has a poster explaining what to do and we practise what to do if there is an earthquake each term.
In case of emergency (illness or accident) we will telephone you or the emergency number you have given us. Minor accidents can be dealt with by the school staff. If we are unable to contact you we will take your child to the local doctor. It is essential that our office always have your current details.
These are students picked by their peers to think about what our enviroment needs, as well as looking after our worm farms.
The NW boundary is Titahi Bay Beach up to Bay Drive, around to Kapiti Cres, left onto Mana Ave, left again onto Dimock Street, turn right up Downes Street and then right again onto Mapplebeck Street, left up Rothwell Street then onto Gloaming Hill, all the way South to Onepoto Road, including all of Onepoto. NE boundary Porirua Harbour to Te Pene Ave. Up Te Pene Ave, left onto Te Puke Street then onto View Road and down to and including all of Tireti Road, then onto Titahi Bay Beach (NW boundary).
At the time of application for enrolment, the address provided must be the student's usual place of residence when the school is open for instruction. This means that if you currently live at an in-zone address but move to an out-of-zone address before your child's first day of attendance at the school, your child will not be entitled to enrol at the school. If you are in the process of building at an in-zone address, your ‘usual’ residence, i.e. the house you are living in on a day to day basis whilst building, is the address counted for enrolment purposes.
The Ministry of Education has advised that parents should also be warned of the possible consequences of deliberately attempting to gain unfair priority in enrolment by knowingly giving a false address or making an in-zone living arrangement which they intend to be only temporary e.g. ● renting accommodation in-zone on a short-term basis; ● arranging temporary board in-zone with a relative or family friend; ● using the in-zone address of a relative or friend as an "address of convenience", with no intention to live there on an ongoing basis. If the board has reasonable grounds for believing that the given in-zone address will not be an ongoing genuine place of residence, the board may withdraw any offer of a place which it may have made on the basis of the given address.
After attendance has begun, if the school learns that a student is no longer living at the in-zone address provided at the time of enrolment and has reasonable grounds to believe that a temporary in-zone residence has been used for the purpose of unfairly gaining priority in enrolment at the school, then the board may review the enrolment. Unless the parents can give a satisfactory explanation within 10 days, the board may annul the enrolment. This course of action is provided for under section 11OA of the Education Act 1989.
On enrolment parents are asked to give proof of residence (proof of residence could be a phone bill, rates bill etc). A copy will be kept on the student’s file and address information will be entered into the Student Management System (ETap) by the Enrolment Officer.
We regularly monitor addresses to ensure they are in-zone and request updates for personal details
Excursions provide an opportunity for first hand experiences that enrich children’s learning. We encourage trips on a regular but selective basis. At times parents are encouraged to give assistance and expertise.
The school has an eftpos machine in the office which can be used to pay for school stationery or any expenses, it cannot be used to get cash out.
To help the first day go smoothly we suggest:
- Leave in plenty of time so you are not rushed. Arrive at school in time to get ready before the bell - about 8.40am.
- Pack some favourite things in your child’s lunch (no sweets or flavoured drinks please). Wrap morning tea separately – show your child what is for morning tea so they don’t eat all their lunch at interval.
- Bring your child to the office first then you can go to the class.
- Stay for a short time to see them settled, explain that the day ends at 3pm.
- Be firm about leaving.
- Try to be positive, relaxed and matter of fact yourself, but be aware you might feel quite emotional about this step in your child’s life.
If a child is hurt at school they will be taken to the medical room where they will be attended to. If it is thought that a child has a broken bone, head injury, or needs to go home, the parents will be phoned and if the parents cannot be contacted an ambulance will be called .
We encourage parents to send their children to school in appropriate footwear so that when they are out in the playground running around they will not trip and hurt themselves.
Our school is lucky enough to be given fruit twice a week for the children to eat during the day. This is supplied by the Ministry of Education.
This is a Ministry agency for special needs. If your child requires extra support you may hear us discuss GSE.
Family and community influences can account for as much as 65% of children’s learning according to research both overseas and in New Zealand (Biddulph and Biddulph, 2003).
The school day is only a part of your child’s education. There are many ways you can help at home.
At school we encourage children to work independently, make decisions and develop responsibility for their own learning. You can encourage this by giving them responsibilities at home.
Praise your child’s efforts and value things they bring home.
If writing things for our child to read, use the printing style used at school. A copy of this will be given to you when your child starts school. Use capital letters only for the beginning of a name or sentence.
Play lots of games with numbers and words.
Read lots of stories and encourage reading and writing.
Set a limit on TV time and encourage your child to be selective in their TV watching.
Help with, but don’t do, homework.
Make sure your child has enough sleep.
Recognise that different children progress at different rates.
Be positive – your attitude affects your child.
Headlice like healthy hair. This school is no different from any other in that headlice can occasionally be a problem. The spread of headlice in a classroom can be controlled and prevented by checking your child’s hair weekly (eggs take about nine days to hatch).
We have an active Home & School Committee that is always seeking extra help in a wide variety of ways. If you are able to help with fundraising or have any funraising ideas, please contact the Committee email: email@example.com
Katie Laporte / Helen Watts (parents) Co-Chair of the Home & School.
The Health Nurse regularly visits the school. If you have concerns about your child’s physical, social or emotional health please contact the school for a referral. Our Health Nurse is Ioana Gaualofa Phone: 04 5872907, Mobile: 027 2425159
At age 5, children have tympanometry, audiometry and vision tested. At age 11, boys have vision and colour vision tested and all children at age 14 have vision tested again through the School Health Service.
We have 2 teams that play winter hockey in Terms 2 and 3. These teams are coached and managed by parents. The teams play in Tawa. Miranda McMahon firstname.lastname@example.org is the teacher in charge of sports.
Some form of homework is given at all levels. The school has a general policy based on the following principles:
- Homework offers some consolidation, revision and practice of skills
- It provides an important liaison between home and school, reinforcing the concept that learning is universal and not confined to classrooms
- It helps establish autonomy and independence in learning
It should be noted that:
- Much of a child’s homework is regular, i.e. reading library books, learning tables and spelling words, reading newspapers and watching the news on television
- Other homework tasks may be set for specific purposes
- No child should find homework a source of stress. Please contact your child’s teacher if you sense that your child is frustrated or unable to cope
- Homework should not stop children from healthy, worthwhile pursuits such as involvement in sports, etc.
Teachers will advise parents of their routines and expectations. The homework page on the website lists the expectations for homework and the guidelines for our compulsory and voluntary homework tasks for each team.
Follow this link to see the homework booklet.
Every child is attached to a house – we ensure that their siblings are in the same house. The houses will be used for all major sports events. Miranda McMahon is the person in charge of houses.
Houses are named a colour:
- Kakariki – green, Whero – red, Kowhai – yellow, Kikorangi – blue, Karaka – orange, Papura – purple.
- We use colours so then the children can come wearing some clothing in their house colour at big events.
ICT is incorporated in all areas of the curriculum and at all levels of our school. All of our classrooms use interactive whiteboards. We have iPads in Koru and Rakau, and one-to-one devices in Ngahere. Jamie Merrick is in charge of ICT.
The school has to keep a register of whether or not a child is immunised. We ask you to show us the immunisation certificate when you enrol your child. You can obtain this from your doctor or in your child’s Plunket book.
During the winter months children are encouraged to bring suitable footwear, e.g. slippers, for indoors. This helps to keep the noise down when children must remain indoors and helps to keep the inside of the school clean.
Friday lunches, stationery, expenses etc. can be paid for by internet banking. The schools bank account is:
ASB Bank account number 123254002777600.
Part time teachers and teacher aides work with individuals and groups of children who have individual needs. These individual needs include E.S.O.L., enrichment and assistance for children with learning difficulties and extension learning. We run Lexia, Early Words, Quick 60, Spring into Maths, Reading Recovery and Te Manawa.
We reinforce internet safety to our students and enable software to block possible unsuitable images/sites on all our computers. Cyber safety and cyber citizenship are included in the Titahi Bay School curriculum.
Information can be found on the Internet Safety page, for parents who wish to find out more about helping their child to stay safe on the internet at home. Jamie Merrick is in charge of this area.
Jewellery, other than ear studs and watches, is not permitted to be worn at school, unless for cultural or religious reasons. Ear studs are the only earrings allowed to be worn, no dangling or sleeper type earrings.
We have Kapa Haka at school every week. The seniors (years 3-6) do Kapa Haka in the hall from 2.15-3pm on a Tuesday. The juniors (year 0-2) do Kapa Haka in the hall from 1.30-3pm on a Monday. The contact person is Del Gardner email@example.com
This is an extra reading programme we run in school. It is computer based. If your child is on this programme you will be contacted.
The Lost Property bin can be inspected at any time, in Te Manawa. Named property is returned to the owner. Property is displayed at various times each term outside the administration area on the wooden tables.
No child leaves the grounds without presenting a note from parents to the teacher. If you are picking your child up early you must sign them out at the office.
The school library has a large collection of books – fiction (including picture books), non-fiction and reference books. All classes regularly use the library and it is also open all day.
Children are seated for at least 10 minutes while they eat their lunch from 12.30 – 12.40. They are dismissed for play when the teacher supervising them is satisfied they have eaten most of their lunch.
Subway orders are taken at the school office on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Price changes, though rare, are published in the school newsletter and will be updated on this site.
The Medical Room is in the administration area. If a child is sick or injured they are brought to the medical room for the office staff to administer plasters, etc. If the child is badly hurt or needs to go home, the parents are phoned.
Prospective parents and pupils are most welcome to visit to view the school. Please contact the office to make an appointment if you wish to meet the Principal. She welcomes the opportunity to speak with parents. firstname.lastname@example.org
Please advise us in writing if pupils need to take medication during the school day. Records and medication are kept in the office. If your child needs an asthma inhaler kept at school please let the office know as this will be kept in the child’s own container in the office.
Our school is part of the Milk for Schools programme. Children are supplied with a 200ml carton of chilled Anchor Lite UHT milk around 1.30pm each day. If you don't want your child to be given milk please contact Miranda McMahon. The milk is supplied by Fonterra.
The school newsletter goes out every second Wednesday via email, on the website or via the Titahi Bay School App, and is also on the school's facebook page. The newsletter keeps you informed of coming events, school policy changes and matters concerning the everyday running of the school. Please read newsletters carefully and return any slips promptly.
We have 2 teams who play Saturday netball during terms 2 and 3 at Ngati Toa Domain.
These teams are coached and managed by parents. Miranda McMahon email@example.com is the teachers in charge of sport.
Our school office is open from 8.30am – 3.15pm. Our Office Managers are Christine King and Jodene Gooch. If you need to contact them you can email them on:
We encourage parents to help in any way they can around the school, e.g. with the garden, reading, etc.
Children are discouraged from bringing to school any toys, jewellery or any belongings irrelevant to teaching and learning. Most jewellery is not suitable in terms of safety in sport and play. The school can take no responsibility for any such items if they go missing or are damaged.
Class photographs are taken every year. School photos will be taken on Tuesday 26 May 2020.
A powhiri is a welcome into our school. All new children and staff will be welcomed into our school at the next/nearest powhiri. The dates for the powhiri are put in the school’s newsletter each term. You can also find Powhiri dates in Year 1 newsletters, and on the breaking news on our website.
The BOT have reviewed all our policies and procedures in 2019, the policies are now in the BOT part of the school website under BOT.
Please prepare your child positively and realistically for school. Independence and social skills are more important than intellectual skills and a good attitude is even more important than skills. It is more beneficial that your child comes to school curious and with a willingness to try things out, than having mastered certain skills. However it does help if your child…
- Can sit and listen to a story
- Can follow simple instructions
- Can take turns, co-operate, play and share with others
- Can cope with a degree of success and failure
- Can dress and undress him/herself with little assistance including doing up shoes
- Can toilet him/herself, wash hands and flush the toilet without assistance
- Can look after his/her own things and put them away
- Has had lots of experience with scissors, paper, crayons, etc.
- Can recognise his/her own name
You can also help by:
- Providing a wide range of experiences
- Reading to him/her and fostering a love of books
- Familiarising your child with the school grounds by walking through them and playing in them at the weekend
- Practising eating school lunches
- Giving your child opportunities to be independent and responsible – to do things for themselves
- Listening and talking to your child frequently
If you are intending to send your child to Titahi Bay School it is a good idea to put your name down at the office up to a year ahead. Prior to starting school you will be asked to show a copy of your child’s birth certificate and immunisation certificate. Fiona Fitzgerald or Sharon Thompson will be in contact with you once your enrolment form is in.
Children may not bring the following items to school:
- Hand-held video games
- Solvents – chemicals
- Jewellery other than studs and watches
- Roller blades or roller skates – unless it is stated
- Chewing gum
- Pocket knives
- Mobile phones – can be given to teachers
POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR FOR LEARNING
Eight years ago Titahi Bay School started on a journey known as PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning). We identified that we needed to revise our school behaviour rules and develop a school wide system that could be fitted into every aspect of school life. Whilst we have always had rules at Titahi Bay School, every classroom had a different set of rules and although they were based on the same values, they used different language. A team was developed to attend PB4L workshops which supported and guided us in devleoping four clear values that could be applied to every classroom, every child, every teacher, every whanau, and in every school setting. Those four values are now entrenched in everything we do at Titahi Bay School and every child is able to explain what being a "KURA kid" means:
K: Kindness - Manaakitanga
U: Unity - Kotahitanga
R: Respect - Whakarangatiratanga
A: Achievement - Kia tutuki ai
When your child is 6 they may have a 6-year-net assessment. If they need to be on an intervention programme then Reading Recovery is available. A teacher works one-to-one with a child for up to 25 weeks – we currently have one Reading Recovery teacher. firstname.lastname@example.org
The teachers report formally on two occasions:
Term 1 – a ten minute interview with the teacher to discuss the plan for 2020.
Term 2 - a written report against the national standards showing the OTJ and setting goals for the rest of the year. Time will be set aside to meet for school interviews.
Term 3 - Open day at school for children to share assessment/profiles
Term 4 - Reports written – evaluating if your child has met National Standards
Traffic wardens operate at the school gates each morning from 8.30am to 8.55am and from 3.00pm to 3.10pm. Parents supervise road patrol in the mornings. Parents are requested not to bring cars up the drive onto the school property and to observe rules relating to double parking and yellow lines. We are always looking for parents to help us supervise the pedestrian crossing. Jamie Merrick is the teacher in charge of road patrols.
This means Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour. We currently have RTLBs working with children in our school. Our RTLB liasion is Jeff Churchill.
The children are involved in a variety of trips and activities during the year which compliment the school curriculum. You can choose what you want your child to go to. Copies of trip notices are available from the classroom teachers, school office and all trip notices will be available through our school website and school app.
Murray Patterson & Delwyn Gardner are the teachers in charge of the school band.
There are times in the year when we allow children to bring these to school and you will be informed of these dates.
The Smoke-Free Environments Amendment Act 2003, requires that the buildings and grounds of schools and early childhood centres are Smoke Free at all times.
For information regarding the Spelling Homework for each team – see beginning of the year team newsletter.
These students are picked to lead sports events in our school.
Starting school is an important milestone in the life of a child. It is a time of change and adjustment both on the part of the child and his/her parents. However you can overstress its importance. Some children have such a build-up they become unnecessarily concerned and fearful – others develop unrealistic expectations and are disappointed. Your child may be tired for the first few weeks and some behaviours may regress but they will adjust. All children go home at 3pm but if your child is over tired you can take them home at 2pm for the first 4 weeks.
Spring Bulbs is for 4 year olds starting our school. Every Wednesday afternoon from 2.10-2.50pm. It is recommended that children have up to 3 school visits before their 5th birthday.
Stationery may be ordered online at www.myschool.co.nz. During the first week of each year class packs of stationery are sold through the school. Throughout the year individual items of stationery may be purchased from the school office. Click here to go to our stationery page.
As part of the requirements in our Sunsafe Policy, regulation sunhats are to be worn in Terms 1 and 4.
As whanau you play a big part in your child’s learning every day and you can support and build on what they learn at school too. On our website is a National Standards – “Supporting your child’s learning” page on the Ministry of Education website.
This section has information and tips on getting involved in your child’s reading, writing and mathematics learning while they are in years 1-8 at school. There is a page for each year level to help you understand the National Standards and how you can support your child’s learning at home.
You will also get many ideas at the 3-way parent interview.
Follow this link to see some cool websites to support your child's learning.
In the time your child is in Year 1 and 2 they will have had two sessions of training.
In the time your child is in Year 3-6 they will have 8 swimming lessons each year at the arena pool. This is paid for from our Kiwi sports funding and a small cost from whanau.
Te Manawa is a creative play area that has been built for the purpose of providing experiences for children to learn through hands-on play and exploration. There are many aspects of creative play that promote learning and development in children. It is important for children to express themselves in many different ways; creative play is an important part of this.
Te Manawa provides the ideal opportunity for teachers and students to develop relationships. Creative play encourages many of the key competencies and values of the New Zealand Curriculum (Innovation, Inquiry, Curiosity, Thinking, Managing self, Relating to others, Participating and contributing). Some of the many activities that are offered in Te Manawa are: microscopes and magnets, woodwork and construction, playdough, roleplay, painting and craft, musical instruments, building blocks and lego, cooking and waterplay.
Traffic wardens operate at the school gates on our crossing each morning from 8.30am to 8.50am and from 3.00pm to 3.15pm. Parents supervise road patrol in the mornings. Parents are requested not to bring cars up the drive onto the school property and to observe rules relating to double parking and yellow lines. Please do not do U-Turns, or double-park along the stretch of road that our warden’s patrol, as this obstructs their view while they are establishing safe times for our students to cross the road.
School Hoodies are available for purchase at the school office for $45.00.
The grounds of Titahi Bay School are under video surveillance after hours.