Return to nature – Hono ki te taiao Whenua is our connection to the land. It’s soil, plants, animals and people – tangata whenua. It’s the earth through which you are connected to your tūpuna/ancestors. Whenua is a place of belonging and it’s comforting that it is never too far away. Can you return to nature today?
Mental Health Awareness Week - Rediscover everyday wonder
– Whāia ngā mīharotanga o ia rā Wairua is about taking notice and appreciating the beauty around us. It’s about rediscovering things that make us feel awe, hope, strength, unity and connection. For some, wairua is faith or a higher power. Sometimes our wairua isn’t strong and we encourage you to think about what wairua means to you and ways to strengthen it. When your wairua is strong, it’s easier to feel good, cope with challenges and build strong whānau relationships. How do you take notice and rediscover everyday things around you?
The theme is: Each day this week, we can focus on a different aspect of Te Whare Tapa Whā. Recharge with others: Whiria te muka tangata Taha whānau is the people we care about, who recharge us and make us feel we belong. Whānau isn’t just our immediate relatives. It includes our friends, hoamahi/colleagues, iwi or community – the people who are close to our hearts. How can you recharge with others today?
The board invites applications from parents who wish to enrol their children at Titirangi Primary School for 2021. Enrolment at the school is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available from the school office. If you wish to apply in the out of zone ballot, please use the following link. The deadline for receipt of applications for out-of-zone places is 15th October 2020 Parents of students who live within the home zone should also apply by this date to assist the school to plan appropriately for next year. The board has determined that up to 15 (fifteen) out-of-zone places are likely to be available to Year 0 children (those who will turn 5 after April 30th, 2021) next year. The exact number of places will depend on the number of applications received from students who live within the school’s home zone. If a ballot is required, it will be held on 19th of October 2020. Parents will be informed of the outcome of the ballot within three school days of the ballot being held. If you have any questions please contact Suzanne in the school office via email or phone 8178346
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
Thank you to the community who are continuing to take COVID-19 seriously through using the COVID tracer App, staying away if they are sick, seeking medical advice and getting tested if recommended to do so. We appreciate you following the drop off and pick up guidelines. Thank you all, for your efforts. While we are doing the right things, it is important that we continue to pay attention to the right information. Misinformation is designed to create panic, fear and confusion. Check your source. Get the real deal from the Ministry of Health or Unite Against COVID-19 websites. The Ministry of Education also provides information for schools and early learning services including specific information for parents and caregivers. The knowledge surrounding of COVID-19 is developing quickly. But misinformation spreads further and faster. Be part of the solution. Don’t share posts or stories if you’re not sure if they’re true or aren’t from trusted sources like the Ministry of Health or Unite Against COVID-19 websites. Āraia te kino and protect yourself, your whānau and your whakapapa.
We were very excited to open the new junior playground yesterday. Room 23 lead a beautiful karakia to start the ceremony and Elijah, who started school yesterday cut the ribbon to officially open the playground. Rooms 1 and 3 have kindly shared some of their writing reviews of the new playground. Today we sang Tutira Mai Nga Iwi and a junior opened the new play ground. Room 3 was the first to go on and it was amazing. You can pretend you are a spider on the web. Rocco The junior playground has a fantastic shiny slide. And Room 3 got to go on it first. I like the slide because when I came out, they took photos of me! Advika I love the monkey bars because I can skip one bar. Niamh I like the junior play ground because it has a slide and it can go fast and slow. Hunter I like the monkey bars because I wish, I wish I was a monkey. Ayla I was the first to go on the slide! Olivia I love the new playground and the monkey bars was my favourite. I was a little scared of the net. Ariana I like the playground. I crawled through the tunnel and jumped down on the grass. Oliver I went down the slide. I went fast. Aurora I am grateful for the junior playground. I like the slide. I crawl through the tunnel. Mack I love the new playground. I love the slide and I love everything in the playground. Jessie I like the playground. I go down the slide fast. Carter
Thank you to all of our families who came along and supported our book fair at the end of term 2. We sold over $9500 worth of books, a new record for Titirangi School! We were able to put the rewards earned towards purchasing new sets of readers for teachers to use in their reading programmes.
Diversity dress up day this Friday, 18th September 2020
This Friday we are dressing up to celebrate all our different cultures here at Titirangi School. Please bring a gold coin support Monica, Titirangi School’s World Vision child. Thank you to our student council who put this slideshow together.