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School Council - Diversity Day
On Friday the 18th of September it is Diversity Day. Bring a gold coin to dress up in clothes that tell us something about your culture. Funds raised will help our sponsored child Monica who is 8 years old and lives In a small village in India. Our funds have gone towards making sure their village water is clean and this is so important with the onset of COVID 19. The School Council thanks you for your support. By Oscar Dellow and Mrs Moffat
Pause Breathe Smile
As part of the Pause, Breathe, Smile programme, we have been thinking about being GRATEFUL and being THANKFUL. We also talked about how we GIVE to others and show KINDNESS. Our amazing caretaker Warren is a man of many talents who is always happy to help others. This term, he gave up many break times and lunch times to train our football teams. The many children involved in the inter-school football, were very grateful for the time, tips, skills and experience that Warren was able to share. Cameron, Eliza, Chloe and Willow from Room 18 decided to show their appreciation! A grand plan was hatched with a card created and signed by all players, a delicious cake and a few decorations. Warren was welcomed by the whole year 5/6 syndicate as a surprise. Sitting in a special seat, he was greeted by beaming smiles and thank you speeches (Hayley, Olympia and Adam) as well as a huge cheer!
Message from Julie
Week 9, Term 3 Tēnā koutou katoa, Wow! It has been an exciting week with all the learning taking place under the concept of Whanaungatanga and celebrating Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori. Māori Language Week has been celebrated each year from 1975 on September 14 and commemorates the presentation of the 1972 Māori language petition to parliament. The chosen theme for 2020 is 'Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’. ‘Kia Kaha’ is well understood in New Zealand English with its meaning of ‘be strong’. We often talk about languages as if they are people – talking about language health, strength, and revitalisation. So when we say ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ we’re saying - ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong'. Te reo Maori is a taonga of Māori, guaranteed under the Treaty of Waitangi. But the Māori Language Act 2016 also makes clear it is for every New Zealander and a valued part of our national identity. We are looking forward to celebrating diversity today by dressing up in something that represents our culture! Other Developments I think many of our Titirangi learners have been inspired over the last few weeks or so with all the amazing machinery that has been on site to enhance our school environment. It has generated much excitement. A very popular window spot in the office has become a place of intense observation as the construction workers install the fire escape piece by piece. The astroturf on the school field is on schedule for the school holidays, and all the drainage is now in place. The field will need some time to recover but we are all looking forward to using the astroturf in Term 4. The junior school playground just looks fabulous, it fits perfectly with our school environment and the children just love it. We have rostered the whole school through the playground this week so everyone has had an opportunity to have a turn. Over the school holidays refurbishment will start in the office area. The reception area should be fully functional at the start of Term 4 but Brigette Helwes, Jacqui Stenson, and I will be based in Room 12...pictures to come! School Values and Learner Profile In consultation with the Board, teaching staff and students we have been reviewing the school values and learner profile. In term 4 I would like to share the progress that has been made and seek feedback from the community through a survey and focus groups as we would love to hear your thoughts too. I was hoping to have this underway this term but plans are constantly changing and adapting...so watch this space! Teacher Only Day 2020 Term 3 ends on Friday 25 September. School holidays are from Saturday 26 September to Sunday 11 October. Titirangi Primary School will be closed on: Friday 23 October – Teacher Only Day – School Closed I would like to say a huge thank you to our school community, this term has been challenging for everyone, the positivity and support you have shown has been deeply appreciated by all the staff. The resilience, engagement I see around the school from our children is a testament to you all. Kia pai tō wiki mutunga | Have a nice weekend Ngā mihi Julie
Message from Julie
Tēnā koutou katoa, Celebration of Learning With the end of term fast approaching, it's a great time to acknowledge the many successes of the year. Reading through the children's end of year reports, it's particularly rewarding to hear the stories of personal and academic growth. Thank you to everyone who came to the Celebration of Learning on Tuesday afternoon. It was wonderful to see our children sharing their learning and successes with their families. There was certainly a sense of pride and accomplishment from the children, with lots of happy faces from everyone. Staffing Update At this time of year, the focus also turns to organisation for next year. We're fortunate to be in a position to attract outstanding teachers to our learning community. I was delighted to announce the teaching staff at the beginning of this term. As a result, we are able once again to look forward to a stellar team of professionals leading the learning next year. With this comes the usual changes, tweaks, and movement. You may have noticed that Hilary Peterson from Room 20 is pregnant. Hilary is taking a year’s parental leave next year. We wish Hilary and Joe all the best and look forward to meeting Baby Peterson in 2021. Katie Allen who joined us Term 2, has secured a permanent position at Mt Albert Primary School. A huge thank you to Katie for ensuring that our new learners have had a great start to school both online and face to face. I have really appreciated all your efforts this year. Courtney Yukich from Room 19 will be undertaking some further study next year but has promised me that she will come and relieve at our school. Jo-Ann Yukich is focusing on the family business and spending time with her grandchildren. I would like to say a huge thank you to Courtney and Jo-Ann for their flexibility and hard work this year. Sue Sedon, teacher aide, who has been with us at Titirangi Primary School for 20 years has decided to leave the school. A big decision for Sue to make and I know she will enjoy her next adventure. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to our learners and school Sue, you will be missed. Congratulations and Warm Welcome for 2020 I would also like to welcome Georgia Reid (Y5/6), Blake Semp (Y5/6), and Mike Chatfield (Deputy Principal) who will be joining the school next year. We are looking forward to having these fabulous teachers as part of our school community. School reports and classroom placements will come home with your children tomorrow. The last day of school is Tuesday 15th December and we will close at the normal time at 2.55 pm. Finally, my best wishes to the families who leave us this year and our graduating Year 6's, who we wish all the very best for the future. I would like to wish all of our families a safe and relaxing holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you before the end of the term or otherwise bright and early on Tuesday 2nd February 2021 - the first day of term 1! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Bring on 2021! Ka kite anō au i a koutou Julie
School Disco - Friday 13th November, Theme **SPACE**
Our School Disco is just two weeks away, save the date in your social calendar! 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. The theme this year is SPACE so please dress up in anything out of this world, wear your weirdest alien outfit and come along for a stellar evening. The teachers will be there to oversee the event and look after your children's needs. TICKETS $8.00 - purchase through Kindo tickets available now . Price includes a chocolate fish and a small bag of potato chips. https://shop.tgcl.co.nz/shop/user_home.shtml WATER WILL BE PROVIDED AT NO COST
NO MONEY PLEASE - we will not be selling any merchandise or food during the Disco this year. We look forward to seeing you there!
Year 6 Graduation, and fun times to come
Yesterday afternoon we held our Year 6 Graduation, the children looked so happy all dressed up and ready to celebrate their successes as they prepare to move onto intermediate school. Always lovely to have their parents here at school as well, however it is sad to say farewell to our TPS whanau, as many of our year 6 families have their youngest child leaving TPS this year. Tonight, they party at the Year 6 Disco, thank you to all the wonderful parents who have been at school today decorating the hall, it looks amazing! Watch this space for more photos to come, and we will see you on the courts Tuesday 2.50pm for our clap out of all our leavers
Māori Language Moment - Tuesday 14th September at 12.00 pm
At Titirangi Primary School, we are celebrating Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori by joining in with the nationwide Māori Language Moment at 12.00 pm on Tuesday 14 September. We have a school Māori Language Moment video clip and we would love to have as many families as possible to play the video at 12.00 pm on Tuesday 14 September so we can say a karakia and sing a waiata together. You may even like to send us a photo of your whānau joining in!
Message from Julie
For the final week of Term 1, I'd like to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the staff, students and parents for such a positive start to the year. It has had its challenges with the two lockdowns but I grateful for the kindness and resilience that everyone has demonstrated during times of sudden change. The concept of 'Hauora|Well being ' has proved to be a perfect line of investigation to set a positive tone for the year, and the hard work and dedication of the teaching team, along with our amazing support staff, has been outstanding. On Friday, we will close the Term in our usual way with an 'Achievers' Assembly. I'd like to say well done to all those children who represented TPS on Tuesday in the Interschool Swimming. It has been a very active term with many different experiences for our children with Interschool Cross Country, Waterwise, learning experiences outside of the classroom with visits to Te Uru, Mt Atkinson, Tiritiri Matangi and so much more. I am delighted with all the different experiences that are on offer at the moment especially at lunchtime with Anton training up sports leaders, Mr Chatfield taking activities for our senior students, Blake Semp and Warren coaching girl and boys soccer teams, the Enviro Team are hard at work with projects around the school and Kasha Klee has been taking choir in preparation for Anzac Day. Next term, we have more initiatives underway with Lego Club starting up at lunchtime, the whole school joining together for a singing assembly and the APPA Choir will start rehearsals for the performance at the town hall scheduled for Thursday 11th November. Please note that Year 3/4's from Room 4 will transfer to Room 11 and Room 6 to Room 12. The new roof will be reinstated so I know the children and teachers are looking forward to being in their new spaces. We will use Room 4 and 6 for new entrant classes that will open later in the year. The Year 0 class will open Monday, May 10th, so a warm welcome to Liz Pollard and Amber Adey who are the teachers of Room 24. I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable break. We look forward to seeing everyone refreshed and ready for learning in Term 2! Ka kite ano au I a koutou Julie Lynch Principal
Excellence in Otago Mathematics Challenge
This year a group of 14 Year 6 children participated in the Mathematics Problem Solving Challenge organised by the University of Otago. The challenge is designed for children who are working at Intermediate levels of achievement and the problems are indeed challenging! We are proud of all of the students who participated, with three students being awarded certificates of Excellence; Daniel, Oscar and Dylan. The other students who participated are Caed, Kaleb, Billie, Adam, Jay, Calan, Ben, Kai, Aubrey, Theo and Oliver. Congratulations to all of these clever thinkers.
Pool Party Raffle
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