Digital technology is an important part of how we connect. From buying groceries to organising get togethers – being online is a big part of how we live. Its impact has been profoundly positive, helping us overcome physical distance and allowing us to share worldwide, but there are risks too. Please make sure you visit Netsafe. They have excellent information for parents including Staying Safe Online Guide helps everyone have better online experiences across many different platforms. While the internet offers a range of benefits and enriching experiences, there are also nuisances and risks, from spam to theft of personal information. And with more people in New Zealand recognising the importance of being safe online and what it means for them and their families, this Staying Safe Online Guide helps people of all ages. This is important as we move towards the school holidays and Christmas, and being aware of what children are doing online and the games that they are playing and who they are interacting with especially with Fortnite, Among Us etc.
This year, we have been reviewing our school values and learner profile. This new version will take us into the future with something that represents us and is interconnected with the place we live. A team was created who worked together to facilitate discussion with teaching staff, students and the Board of Trustees, to obtain what was important for us as learners at Titirangi Primary School. Malcolm White, a very talented local graphic designer, listened to our ideas and made them come alive with designs that we feel truly reflects who we are. It's important that they are meaningful to you and we'd love to know what you think about these draft concepts. A webpage has been created where you can view the designs and includes a short survey so you can quickly provide feedback. If you would like to participate in a deeper discussion please sign up to one of the focus group sessions.
We are getting close to the end of the school year, and what a year it has been. COVID-19 has put a lot of pressure on our community but together, we have risen to the challenge. I want to thank you once more, for all you have done to keep yourselves, your whānau and our community as safe as possible. Through reinforcing good hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, staying away if sick and seeking medical advice, we have kept operating safely, and our tamariki and rangatahi have, importantly, continued to learn. I also extend a specific thank you to all those in our community who have worked in health services and on the frontline to support New Zealand’s defence against COVID-19. They and their families and whānau have sacrificed so much to contribute to our own safety and to support the return home for more than 70,000 New Zealanders. You may not be aware of the extent of the work our frontline community do to keep us all safe including regularly being tested, constantly monitoring for symptoms, keeping a close track of their movements, maintaining physical distancing and holding off hugging loved ones when they get home until they have had a shower and changed clothes. I am sure you will join me in giving a special thank you to those individuals for all they have done for us. Ngā mihi Titirangi Primary School staff
Tēnā koutou katoa, This term is flying past. I cannot believe it is Week 8 next week. There is lots happening so please make sure you read through our current news and check 'What's On' and the school calendar. Athletics The weather was not on our side last week for Y3-6 Athletics. However, everyone displayed resilience and tried their best in a short time frame to get through as many events as possible. This week the teachers have been working hard to make sure all the Y4-6 children have an opportunity to compete in time for the Interschool Athletics competition. Thank you to all the organisation, especially Claire Iszard and Hilary Peterson, our sports coordinators, who started with Plan A, and I think they are now on Plan D! Thank you to all the parents who supported and helped out on the days. Next week, on Tuesday 1st December, is our Junior School (Y1-2) Athletics Day. Fingers crossed for fine weather. Please come along and support the children striving to do their best. Parent Helpers Morning Tea This week we thanked all of our parents who help in different ways within the school. We are fortunate in our community to have so many, who are able to give their time to help us provide rich learning programmes for our children. Thank you for your support. Celebrating all Achievers I would just like to congratulate Claire Iszard, our wonderful Year 3/4 teacher, who after two years who will graduate alongside all the other 'Newly Fully Registered' teachers at Trusts Stadium, West Auckland. Claire has worked extremely hard over the last two years and I have thoroughly appreciated the dedication she has shown to the school and the learners in the class. You are a legend, Claire! In the run-up to Christmas, we get incredibly busy with so much going on and things to do. I encourage everyone to take time to stop, take a deep breath and think about what we are grateful for. Be kind to yourself. Ngā mihi Julie
Do not miss the Pool Party Raffle! While the kids are having heaps of fun in the pool, you can be checking out the awesome raffle prizes that our community have so generously donated! At $5 per ticket you will want to snap some of these up. Tickets will be sold at the pool party but also prior through Kindo. We will also be looking for people that would like to take a book of 10 tickets home to sell to your family and neighbours, these will be available next to the ice cream stand after school on Friday. The raffle is open to the community so if your neighbour three doors away wins the prize you will just have to hope they like to share! Our raffle prizes have been sourced locally so you really are supporting local when you buy a ticket, not only raising the profile of these generous people but also by helping us raise money for our pool sun shade. Raffle prize 1 is a collection of 24 children and adult books kindly donated by local authors and publishers. Raffle prize 2 is a goodie basket filled with treats, supplies, and vouchers to see you through the holidays. See Kindo for a full list of the prize contents and the very generous donors. With the pool party quickly approaching (Just over a week to go!) make sure you head to Kindo to buy your tickets. We are really looking forward to getting together for some good old fashioned beach games (…who will win those chocolate fish?!) and catching up with you all. 3-6pm Friday 3rd December – see you there! PTA
Introducing Liam (photo) and Kavel, our pool attendants who are looking forward to working with the school community to ensure everyone is safe and having fun in the school pool. The school pool is available for use at the following times: Monday – Friday: 3.00 pm–6.00 pm Weekends and holidays: 12.00 pm–6.00 pm Running a school pool is extremely costly so the school will operate a concession card system to help fund the use of chemicals etc. The concession card will be checked by the pool attendants on entry. · The concession card is $20.50. $2 for every swimmer. Buy 10 and 11th entry is free. 50c admin charge included · Concession cards can be purchased through Kindo and picked up at the office Spectators enter for free and please note strictly no cash can be taken by the pool attendants. We really appreciate all the support from Sports Waitākere who have enabled us to open the pool by funding the pool attendants and supplying all the signage.
Ministry of Education has shared this important information: These last two years have highlighted the need to ensure our whānau and communities are safe from infectious diseases. Measles is about 8 times more contagious than COVID-19, and last year’s outbreak is a reminder of just how quickly it can spread among unimmunised people. While we can’t vaccinate against COVID-19 yet, we can protect against other infectious diseases like measles by being immunised. Teenagers and young adults aged 15-30 are at greater risk of catching and spreading measles, as they are less likely to have been immunised as children. District health boards (DHB) are leading a campaign targeting this age group for their free Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Find out more about measles at ProtectAgainstMeasles.org.nz Download the campaign factsheet, posters and content for your website or school newsletter Students aged 16 or over can give consent themselves.
We had Constable Carl at school this morning to train our 2021 road patrollers. They had superb conditions up on the crossing this morning, it was sunny and warm, and they lots of patient drivers going slowly. Thank you Titirangi, we appreciate your consideration with our patrollers in training.
Its time to dust off the goggles and find the togs! Friday 4th December is the Titirangi Primary School Kiwiana Beach Pool Party. Cool off after school with a dip in the pool, grab a bite to eat from our fab food stalls then head to the field to race your friends in the egg and spoon race, team up with them in the three-legged race and beat your parents in the sack race! The pool will be open until 6pm for splashing fun and water-based games to cool you down! The party starts at 3pm and the pool closes at 6pm, but no need to rush off, grab some dinner and picnic on the field! We have some amazing raffle prize packs, including local Titirangi treats and amazing book bundles – you will definitely want a couple of these tickets! This year has been tough on getting our school community together, so come and join us - we can’t wait to catch up $5 per child, parents & pre-schoolers free – tickets through Kindo. If you are interested in lending a hand even for just an hour, please complete the attached a sign-up sheet if you are able to volunteer.
Disco tonight - Looking forward to seeing you tonight
Thank you to Sonya and her hard working team, the school hall is looking fantastic and ready for the arrival of the students tonight. Please drop your children off at the hall foyer (downstairs entrance) and collect them at the end of the night by using the doors at the back of the hall. Years 0, 1 and 2 from 5.30 to 6.30pm Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 from 7pm to 8pm Children must be collected by an adult at the end of their disco. The school library is open for parents and caregivers to wait during the disco if you would like.
Junior Disco Years 0, 1 and 2 from 5.30pm - 6.30pm Senior Disco Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 from 7.00pm - 8.00pm. Disco tickets are available for sale on Kindo or in the school office with Eftpos Tickets $8.00 Price includes a chocolate fish and a small bag of potato chips. Water available at no charge. No money on the night - we are not be selling any merchandise or food during the Disco this year. Parents please drop children off at the hall foyer (downstairs entrance) and collect your children from the back of the hall at the end of their disco. Children will not be able to leave the hall without their allocated parent or caregiver. The school library will be open for any parents who would like to wait at school.