Titahi Bay School

Frequently Asked Questions

ABSENCES AND ILLNESS
AFTER SCHOOL
AFTER SCHOOL CARE PROGRAMME
ALLERGIES
ASSEMBLIES
ASTHMA PLANS
ACTIVITY FEES
APP
AUDIOMETRIST
SCHOOL BANK ACCOUNT
BAND
BEFORE SCHOOL
BELL TIMES
BEHAVIOUR
BICYCLES
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
BOOK CLUB
BREAKFAST
BUDDY PATROLS
CAR PARK
CELLPHONES
CHANGE OF CLOTHES
CODING CLUB
THE CARETAKER
THE CHARTER
CHILD SAFETY
CHILDREN LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS
CHOIR
CIVIL DEFENCE KIT 
CLASS TRIPS
COMPOSITE CLASSES
COMMUNITY NOTICES
CONCERNS
CURRICULUM
DENTAL CLINIC 
DOGS
DONATION
DYSLEXIA
EARTHQUAKE INFORMATION
EMERGENCY CONTACT
ENVIRO LEADERS
ENROLMENT SCHEME
EDUCATION OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
EFTPOS
THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR A NEW ENTRANT
FIRST AID
FOOTWEAR
FRUIT IN SCHOOLS
G.S.E.
HELPING YOUR CHILD AT SCHOOL
HEADLICE
HOME & SCHOOL
HEALTH NURSE
HEARING AND VISION TESTING
HOCKEY
HOMEWORK
HOUSES
ICT
IMMUNISATION CERTIFICATES
INDOOR FOOTWEAR
INTERNET BANKING
INDIVIDUAL NEEDS
INTERNET SAFETY
JEWELLERY
KAPA HAKA
LEXIA
LOST PROPERTY
LEAVING THE SCHOOL DURING SCHOOL HOURS
LIBRARY
LUNCH TIME
LUNCHES (BOUGHT)
MEDICAL ROOM
MEETING WITH THE PRINCIPAL
MEDICATION
MILK
NEWSLETTERS/NOTICES
NATIONAL STANDARDS
NETBALL
OFFICE
PARENT HELPERS
PERSONAL PROPERTY
PHOTOGRAPHS
POWHIRI
POLICY DOCUMENTS
PREPARE FOR SCHOOL
PRESCHOOLERS
PROHIBITED ITEMS
PB4L
READING RECOVERY
REPORTING TO PARENTS
ROAD PATROL
RTLB
SCHOOL APP
SCHOOL BAND
SCHOOL TRIPS AND ACTIVITIES
SKATEBOARDS/SCOOTERS
SMOKEFREE POLICY
SPELLING
SPORT LEADERS
STARTING SCHOOL AT 5 YEARS OF AGE 
STATIONERY
SUNHATS
SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD’S LEARNING
SURF LIFESAVING
SWIMMING
TE MANAWA
TRAFFIC SAFETY
UNIFORM
VIDEO SURVEILLANCE
VOLUNTARY DONATIONS

ABSENCES AND ILLNESS

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.

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AFTER SCHOOL

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.

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AFTER SCHOOL CARE PROGRAMME

There is an After School Care programme for 2017.  YMCA, contact person is Rebecca White and her phone number is 022 3121978, email rebecca@ymcawellington.org.nz  This operates in our school hall.  You can contact their office on 568 3252.

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ALLERGIES

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.

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APP

You can download our school App to your mobile phone on iphone, Android, IOS and HTML5.  You can order lunches on the school app.  you can send in absences, change of contact details, read the latest newsletters and notices, pay for school fees and trips, book parent interviews, keep track of upcoming events.  Some android phones are not working on the Polipay button.

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ASSEMBLIES

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.

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ASTHMA PLANS

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.

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ACTIVITY FEES

These are paid as shows/trips occur. It is voluntary. If you do not want your child to attend a show or go on a school trip then you do not have to pay.

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AUDIOMETRIST

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.

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SCHOOL BANK ACCOUNT

The school’s bank account number is ASB 123254002777600. You can pay school fees and trips 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 school fees, shows and trips but cannot be used to get cash out.

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BEFORE SCHOOL

An opening bell at 8.30am allows the children to enter the classrooms. Children arriving before this time wait in the area in front of the hall. If it is wet, children wait in the hall. A good time to arrive at school is 8.40am.

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BELL TIMES

09.00am – 10.40am Session 1

10.40am – 11.00am Interval

11.00am – 12.30pm Session 2

12.30pm – 12.40pm Teachers sit with students for lunch

12.40pm – 1.30pm lunch interval

1.30pm – 3.00pm Session 3

It is important that children arrive at school on time.

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BEHAVIOUR

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.  In 2018 we will be implementing the Restorative Practice model into our school.

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BICYCLES

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 in the school car park.

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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 2018 dates are 19 February, 12 March, 28 May, 25 June, 13 August, 17 September, 12 November, 3 December.  bot@titahibay.school.nz

  

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BOOK CLUB

Once a term the Scholastic Book Club send out brochures of books available for children to purchase.

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BREAKFAST

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.

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BUDDY PATROLS

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.

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CAR PARK

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.

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CELLPHONES

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.

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CHANGE OF CLOTHES

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.

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THE CARETAKER

The caretaker is Steve Jackson and he works from 7.30am – 12pm, then 2pm – 5.30pm. You can contact him on 0272410913.  Kevin Sims is also on our caretaking team.

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THE CHARTER

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.

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CHILD SAFETY

Please help the school to promote child safety by encouraging them:

  1. To go to and from school in groups
  2. 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.

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CHILDREN LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS

Children are not allowed to leave the school grounds during school hours. If they need to leave early then they must sign out at the school office.

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CHOIR

We have a school choir that gets together weekly in Terms 2 and 3. We perform at Artsplash in Wellington each year.  Led by Sharon Hartley.  This is usually in Term 3 each year.

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CIVIL DEFENCE KIT

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.  If you have any questions, please talk with Rebekah Maskell.

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CLASS TRIPS

All class trips are paid for as they happen. If you do not wish your child to participate then you do not have to pay.

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 CODING CLUB

Coding Club - this is run by Matt Tan and Jamie Merrick.

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COMPOSITE CLASSES

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.

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COMMUNITY NOTICES

They go out every fortnight on a Wednesday.  All school newsletters are displayed on the notice boards outside the lunch order room and at the front of the school. If you would like to put something up in our notice board please see Kerry Delaney.

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CONCERNS

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.

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CURRICULUM

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.

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DENTAL CLINIC

Dental therapists are at the front of our school and can be contacted on 0800-825-583 (then press option 1).

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DOGS

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 that dogs are allowed at school is on special Pet days and a notice will be sent home advising this.

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DONATION

The school donation of $40 for 1 child or $60 for a family is voluntary. This contributes towards computers, curriculum resources, playground equipment, classroom consumables, paper and photocopying. This can either be paid as a lump sum or term by term.  You can pay this using our School App, or by eftpos, internet banking or automatic payment. The bank account details are:

ASB Bank – Account No. 123254002777600.

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THE DYSLEXIC LEARNER AT TITAHI BAY SCHOOL

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 tanya.balfour@titahibay.school.nz

More details can be found in this document PDF 845Kb

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EARTHQUAKE INFORMATION


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.  Rebekah Maskell looks after this area.

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EMERGENCY CONTACT

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.

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ENVIRO LEADERS

 These are students picked by their peers to think about what our enviroment needs.

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ENROLMENT SCHEME

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).

This year (2018) we have had a ballot and taken in 5 students..

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

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EDUCATION OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

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.

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EFTPOS

The school has an eftpos machine in the office which can be used to pay for school trips, school fees, or school stationery – it cannot be used to get cash out.

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THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR A NEW ENTRANT

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.

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FIRST AID

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 .

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FOOTWEAR

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.

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FRUIT IN SCHOOLS

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.

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G.S.E.

This is a Ministry agency for special needs. If your child requires extra support you may hear us discuss GSE.  

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HELPING YOUR CHILD AT SCHOOL

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.

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HEADLICE

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).

 

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HOME & SCHOOL

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: homeschool@titahibay.school.nz

Michelle Sutton (parent) is the Chairperson of the Home & School.

 

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HEALTH NURSE

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. Please refer to the table at the back of this booklet for infectious disease information. Our school Health Nurse is Diane Murdoch and she can be contacted on 237-8521 or 027-227-8091.

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HEARING AND VISION TESTING

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.

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HOCKEY

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 miranda.mcmahon@titahibay.school.nz is the teacher in charge of sports.

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HOMEWORK

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.

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HOUSES

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.

houses-T1-2013

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ICT

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.   Mike Laing is in charge of ICT.

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IMMUNISATION CERTIFICATES

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.

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INDOOR FOOTWEAR

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.

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INTERNET BANKING

School fees, trips, etc. can be paid for by internet banking. The schools bank account is:

ASB Bank account number 123254002777600.

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INDIVIDUAL NEEDS

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, Multi Lit, Reading Recovery and Te Manawa.

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INTERNET SAFETY

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. Mike Laing is in charge of this area.

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JEWELLERY

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.

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KAPA HAKA

We have a school Kapa Haka group. All children are in this group and we all learn together. Our Year 6 girls do the Karanga in our school and our Years 5/6 boys speak on the paepae.   Delwyn Gardner delwyn.gardner@titahibay.school.nz is the teacher in charge of this area.

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LEXIA

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.

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LOST PROPERTY

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.

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LEAVING THE SCHOOL DURING SCHOOL HOURS

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.

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LIBRARY

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. Our school Librarian is Jodene Gooch.

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LUNCH TIME

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.

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LUNCHES (BOUGHT)

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.

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MEDICAL ROOM

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.

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MEETING WITH THE PRINCIPAL

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. office@titahibay.school.nz

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MEDICATION

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.

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MILK

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.

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NEWSLETTERS/NOTICES

Each fortnight, on a Wednesday, a newsletter is sent home to every family by email or a hard copy (if you do not have an email address) to the eldest child. 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. A copy is also put on the school website on our newsletter page.

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NATIONAL STANDARDS

Information regarding the Government’s National Standards initiative can be found on the “National Standards” on the website. We also give out this information at the 3-way interviews in Term 1 each year.

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NETBALL

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 miranda.mcmahon@titahibay.school.nz  is the teachers in charge of sport.

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OFFICE

Our school office is open from 8.30am – 3.15pm. Our Office Managers are Christine King and Lynn Lang. If you need to contact them you can email them on:

Christine - office@titahibay.school.nz or Lynn – lynn.lang@titahibay.school.nz

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PARENT HELPERS

We encourage parents to help in any way they can around the school, e.g. with the garden, reading, etc.

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PERSONAL PROPERTY

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.

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PHOTOGRAPHS

Class photographs are taken every year.  School photos will be taken on Friday 11 May 2018.

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POWHIRI

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.  

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POLICY DOCUMENTS

The BOT have reviewed all our policies and procedures in 2017, the policies are now in the BOT part of the school website under BOT.

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PREPARE FOR SCHOOL

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

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PRESCHOOLERS

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.

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PROHIBITED ITEMS

Children may not bring the following items to school:

  • Radios/ipods/walkmans
  • Hand-held video games
  • Matches
  • Solvents – chemicals
  • Jewellery other than studs and watches
  • Roller blades or roller skates – unless it is stated
  • Cigarettes/tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Chewing gum
  • Sweets
  • Pocket knives
  • Mobile phones – can be given to teachers

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PB4L

POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR FOR LEARNING

Six 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

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READING RECOVERY

When your child is 6 they 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.  mike.laing@titahibay.school.nz

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REPORTING TO PARENTS

The teachers report formally on two occasions:

Term 1 – a ten minute interview with the teacher to discuss the plan for 2017.

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

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ROAD PATROL

Traffic wardens operate at the school gates 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. We are always looking for parents to help us supervise the pedestrian crossing.  Jamie Merrick is the teacher in charge of road patrols.

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RTLB

This means Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour. We currently have RTLBs working with children in our school. Our RTLB liasion is Jeff Churchill.

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SCHOOL TRIPS AND ACTIVITIES

The children are involved in a variety of trips and activities during the year which compliment the school curriculum. These are paid for as trips/shows come up. You can choose what you want your child to go to.  Copies of trip notices are available from the classroom teachers, school office and most trip notices will be available through our school website and school app.

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 SCHOOL BAND

Matt Tan is the teacher in charge of the school band.

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SKATEBOARDS/SCOOTERS

There are times in the year when we allow children to bring these to school and you will be informed of these dates.

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SMOKEFREE POLICY

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.

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SPELLING

For information regarding the Spelling Homework for each team – see beginning of the year team newsletter.

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SPORT LEADERS

These students are picked to lead sports events in our school.

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STARTING SCHOOL AT 5 YEARS OF AGE / KAKANO

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.

Kakano is for 4 year olds starting our school. Every Monday afternoon from 1.30-3pm.  It is recommended that children have up to 6 school visits before their 5th birthday.

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STATIONERY

Stationery may be ordered online at www.myschool.co.nz. During the first week of each year class packs of stat ionery are sold through the school. Throughout the year individual items of stationery may be purchased from the school office between 8.30am and 8.50am. Click here to go to our stationery page.

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SUNHATS

As part of the requirements in our Sunsafe Policy, regulation sunhats are to be worn in Terms 1 and 4.

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SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD’S LEARNING

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.

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SURF LIFESAVING

In the time your child is in Year 1 and 2 they will have had two sessions of training.

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SWIMMING

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.

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TE MANAWA

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.

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TRAFFIC SAFETY

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.

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UNIFORM

School Hoodies are available for purchase at the school office for $45.00.  Students are encouraged to wear our school T-Shirt and we ask for your support in this regard – you can purchase this for $25 from the school office.

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VIDEO SURVEILLANCE

The grounds of Titahi Bay School are under video surveillance after hours.

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VOLUNTARY DONATIONS

Each year the Board of Trustees asks for voluntary donations to supplement the school’s budget. These donations are essential to support and enhance many aspects of the school curriculum and activities. The donations, ($40 per child or $60 per family) may be made each term or as one annual payment.

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Learn More

Breaking News

School Photo Day 2018

Friday 11 May 2018

Triathlon 2018

Saturday 24 March 2018

Beach Education

Wednesday 6 December at Titahi Bay Beach. Postponement date Wednesday 13 December.

Ballot

5 places available for out of zone year 1 children in 2018.  Advert will be in Kapi Mana week of 20 November.  Deadline for applications is 3pm Friday 1 December.  If ballot required it will be on Friday 8 December.  Parents informed of outcome of ballot by Monday 11 December 2017.

Fun House Day

Friday 8 December.

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

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

Year 6 Leavers 

Wednesday 13 December.

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, Easter Tuesday 3 April, Queens Birthday 4 June, Labour Day 22 October.

BOT Meetings

2017: 26 January, 20 February, 27 March, 1 May, 8 June, 3 July, 4 September, 6 November, 4 December.

2018: 19 February, 12 March, 28 May, 25 June, 13 August, 17 September, 12 November, 3 December.

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.

Dental Clinic

Phone 0800825583, option 1.

Powhiri

9am Monday 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 2018

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

KURA Homework Challenge

KURA Homework Challenge celebration.

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