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2024 Term Dates
In 2024, Term 1 will start with two 'Whānau Days' on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd February. The first full day back in the classroom for all students will be Wednesday 7th February. This will give families a four day Waitangi Weekend - rather than starting Monday, having a holiday on Tuesday and then back to school Wednesday. For Year 2 - 6 students , whānau days will take place on Thursday 1st February and Friday 2nd February. We will set up interview times once 2024 classes are organised (at the end of this year) using our digital booking system. These are days when the teachers will be at school to meet with each family for 15-20 minutes to talk about learners - their interests, strengths, challenges etc. It will be an opportunity for caregivers to share with kaiako and to start building the relationship that we know is pivotal to student success - that of Whānau, Kaiako/Teacher and School. Each Year 1 teacher will have a session with the parents from their classroom to share who they are, and the beginning school information, expectations, classroom routines and plans for the year. This will take place on Thursday 1 February between 9 - 10 am. Later in the term, once the children have settled into 2024 classes, teachers will meet one on one with families. While parents are meeting with the teacher, students will be supervised either on the court or playground. The last day of school for 2024 is Wednesday 18 December.
Sun Hats in Term 4
We are looking forward to having some nicer weather with us as we head into summer. A reminder that throughout the summer terms we require all students to wear sun hats (7cm brim please - no baseball caps) Have a look at home for your school hat, and check your child’s name is still clearly visible If you wish to purchase a new school hat they are available from the school office for $25.00. Or you can pre order one via the school shop on Kind o.
Teacher Only Day 2023 (Term 4)
Please note for your calendar Teacher Only Day, Friday 20th October 2023. Teachers will be taking part in professional development on Cultural Responsiveness with Alana Madgwick. Alana is an experienced in-school facilitator and consultant. She facilitates workshops on a number of topics ranging from: culturally responsive leadership and pedagogy, improving writing in secondary classrooms, improving reading in secondary classrooms, and accelerating Pasifika achievement for teachers. She supports schools in facilitating in-school professional learning. She spearheaded 'Light the Fire' meetings for teachers who are passionate about Pasifika students enjoying success as Pasifika.
We will be holding our Whānau Hui on Wednesday 20th September (the last week of term) at 6pm in the school hall. Students identified as being Māori or as having Māori ancestry have been given an invitation to give to family - this can be parents, step-parents, grandparents, brothers or sisters. If your child did not get an invitation and you would like to come please either email email@example.com or call the school office on 09 8178346. Some students were enrolled but have not had all of their ethnicities added to Hero - just let us know and will will amend this. We will be holding our Fono in Term 4 for Pasifika families and are planning for even more parent evenings next year for some of the other cultural groups we have at school. Ngā mihi nui ki a koe.
School Photos - Class photos, individual and sibling photos
Please check your emails (and spam folders) for an email from Rachel Searson Photography. All parents have been emailed the link to view and order your child’s/children’s photos. Print orders placed by midnight Wednesday September 13th will be delivered back to school. Orders will be delivered back to the school at the beginning of term 4.
Digital files are sent directly to your email at the time of purchase, please make sure you enter your correct email address when ordering.
*Specialty items such as matted prints, framed prints and canvases cannot be included in the free delivery and will need to be delivered to your home address. Any questions please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your child’s full name, room and school as the subject line.
A paper copy of this was also sent home with your child. (Excluding Room 24, your class will be photographed in Term 4 )
Tickets - Production - Back in the Habitat and start time change
If you now have spare tickets or cant make a show for any reason please contact the office, we can on sell your tickets. 1) School Production Tickets - SOLD OUT! 2) Production start time brought forward to 6pm 3) All Year 0, 1 and 2 classes are attending the Matinee performance on Wednesday 6th September at 11:00am 1) We are very sorry if you have missed out - it's always so tricky to manage getting as many people to see the show and working to the venue's requirements.
If you have purchased tickets for an evening show that you cannot attend or have purchased too many tickets - please contact us as soon as possible, so that we can make these available to those who have missed out. Please email email@example.com.However - we will be recording the show for everyone to be able to see that way. 2) The Production will now start at 6pm. We have done this to help manage the students moving around during the show, help with drop off and pick and help with the kids energy levels to get through to Friday night. While the venue itself (the hall) was available for the time we needed it, we were unable to secure the community house (where the students wait/get ready) for the full evening.
We hope that this change is manageable for families. And we do apologise for this change only 2 weeks out from show time.
3) All Year 0, 1 and 2 classes are attending the Matinee performance on Wednesday 6th September at 11:00am there is no cost for the children attending supporting and experiencing a school production.
Production -Drop Off & Pick Up for students in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
Important information regarding start time, Drop Off and Pick Up or students in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 The children have been working hard on their production items and showtime is fast approaching.
Performance Dates and Times - Reminder Wednesday 6 September 11am and 6.00pm Thursday 7 September 6.00pm Friday 8 September 6.00pm All Year 0, 1 and 2 classes are attending the Matinee performance on Wednesday 6th September at 11:00am
Evening Performances - Drop off 5.30pm - Show time 6pm Drop off at 5.30pm at Titirangi Community House Class teachers will have an attendance sheet to check children in Pick up for performers 7pm (After show ends) Class teachers will have an attendance sheet to check as children are picked up Please ensure your child’s teacher knows your child has been collected, so they are not being searched for. Pick up option ONLY FOR “CITY”(R17 & R21) and “RAINFOREST”(R11 & R16) performers The “CITY”(R17 & R21) and “RAINFOREST”(R11 & R16) performers can be collected at 6.30pm from Titirangi Community House However - if you are in the audience - please do not leave during the show. Collect your child at the end of the show. Costumes
Class teachers will organise costumes for their items - please refer to them if you have questions about that. This show is a very large logistical experience and one that we are so glad to be able to give to the students that have missed so much over the past few years. Thank you all for your support for all of the children and teachers. Georgia Reid and the Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 Teachers
Back in the Habitat - School Production
We are excited to announce that this year, the students from syndicate 3/4 and syndicate 5/6 will be involved in our school production - Back in the Habitat! All children will get the chance to perform with their classes in an item that highlights an environment on Earth, as well as showing the human impacts.
It was a pleasure to have over 70 children audition for a speaking role, and everyone who gave it a go did a wonderful job. Congratulations to the 14 students selected for a main part, they will be taking us all on an exciting, fun, and touching journey across our world. The production will be happening Week 8 of Term 3 - Wednesday September 6th (11am and 6:00pm), Thursday 7th and Friday 8th (6:00pm) Performance location is The Titirangi War Memorial Hall. Class teachers will be in contact regarding help for their own items, but we would value and appreciate any volunteers who could be available to assist with the overall organisation on the performance evenings. This would involve helping children get from waiting areas to the stage, ensuring props are readily available, and supporting nervous children who are waiting to go on stage. If this is something you could help with, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets for the production are on sale through Kindo. Tickets are now sold out The cost will be $5 per child ticket and $10 per adult ticket. We hope you can come along to enjoy our performances! Georgia Reid & The Syndicate 3/4 and Syndicate 5/6 Teachers
Book Fair and Book Character Parade
Our ANNUAL SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR is taking place in the School Library from Monday 7th August - Friday 11th August. All classes will visit the Book Fair during the week & you are welcome to come to the Fair to browse & purchase books at the following times: 8.30 - 9.30am Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
2.30 - 4pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8.30 - 10 am Friday - Open until the Book Character Parade There will be a wide range of books available and proceeds from the Fair will go towards learning & literacy resources for the school.
Please note, the book fair is NOT open on Monday before school . Sales start from Monday afternoon. Friday 11th August will be BOOK CHARACTER DRESS UP DAY so you may want to start getting your costumes ready over the weekend! There will be a parade on the courts from 10am in the morning, all whānau welcome. See you there!
Matariki Dawn Celebration
Kia ora Titirangi Whānau, This year Matariki falls in the school holidays. Titirangi School will be holding its own celebration on the first Friday back, next term - Friday 21st July at 7am. We will be inviting our community to school to share karakia, performance and kai. Matariki - The Māori New Year. Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in midwinter and for many Māori, it heralds the start of a new year. This is a time of renewal and celebration in New Zealand that begins with the rising of the Matariki star cluster. Iwi across New Zealand understand and celebrate Matariki in different ways and at different times. Some iwi can’t see Matariki because of the landscape, and mark the new year by a different star, Puanga (also known as Rigel). The appearance of Matariki in the morning sky in mid-winter marks the Māori New Year, or Te Mātahi o te Tau. It signals a time to remember those who have passed, celebrate the present and plan for the future. It’s a time to spend with whānau (family) and friends – to enjoy kai (food), waiata (song), tākaro (games) and haka. Our tupuna (ancestors) would look to Matariki for help with their harvesting. When Matariki disappeared in April/May, it was time to preserve crops for the winter season. When it re-appeared in June/July, tupuna would read the stars to predict the upcoming season – clear and bright stars promised a warm and abundant winter while hazy stars warned of a bleak winter. Because Māori follow the Māori the maramataka (lunar calendar), not the Gregorian calendar, the dates for Matariki change every year. This year, Matariki starts on July 14th. The story of Matariki Matariki is a truncated version of the long name ‘Ngā Mata o te Ariki Tawhirimātea’ which translates meaning ‘the eyes of the god Tawhirimātea’. This name originates from the turmoil which occurred soon after the separation of Ranginui and Papatuānuku. Tāwhirimātea (Māori atua of wind and weather) disagreed with his brothers and did not want his parents to be separated. When Tāne Māhuta separated their parents, Tāwhirimātea sought retribution against his brothers, and battled each of them in an epic battle. Following this, Tāwhirimātea decided to flee into the skies, to be with his father. However, before he departed, he plucked out his eyes, crushed them in his hands, and threw them into the sky in a display of rage and contempt. The eyes of Tāwhirimātea stuck to the chest of Ranginui, and there they remain to this day as the Matariki star constellation. Hence, the name ‘Ngā Mata o te Ariki Tawhirimātea’ or ‘Mata Ariki’, which has been shortened even further to Matariki as we know it. ** We would like to acknowledge RCP for sharing the stories and history of Matariki.
Term 3 Friday Lunches
Each Friday we have a lunch option available. This alternates each week between Pita Pit and Sushi. Orders need to be placed through your child's Kindo account. Please note Pita Pit orders close at 9am on the Friday of the Pita lunch day. Sushi orders close at 9am on the Wednesday before the sushi day. Term 2 Pita Weeks are Fridays 21 July, 4 August, 18 August, 1 September and 15 September. Term 2 Sushi weeks are Fridays 28 July, 11 August, 25 August, 8 September and 22 September.
Student Learning Conferences - Online Booking Now Open
Student Learning Conferences are being held to allow parents, students and teachers time to discuss how learners are progressing at the mid-year point. Our new Hero reporting system will be used to support discussions that will cover achievement, learning goals and next learning steps. Tuesday 27 June 3:15 - 6:00 pm and Thursday 29 June 12:15 - 5:30 pm Please note the early finish time of 12pm on Thursday 29 June. Online Bookings are open https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/code/cwjns Online Bookings Close Thursday 22 June 3pm sKids is available from 12pm if you wish to book in for afterschool care. Contact email@example.com or phone 021 247 8828