IMPORTANT INFORMATION - 28th February COVID UPDATE
Kia ora koutou parents and caregivers, I am sure that you have heard the announcement from the Government that the whole of Auckland will move from Alert Level 1 to Alert Level 3 for 7 days from 6am this morning. Level 3 means stay home to protect your household bubble. Where possible you should keep your children home from school for this period. We will be open for those of you who have no other options but to send your children to school. We will activate our distance learning plan tomorrow, so your child’s classroom teacher will be in contact then. Our priority is to stay connected to you and your tamariki. We will also distribute school owned devices and hard copy material packs tomorrow. I ask if you could pick these up between 11.00am-12.30pm or 1.30pm-2.30pm. We ask you to follow these procedures when picking up the devices or hard copy materials: avoid large gatherings around the office area those handing out devices will physically distance using good hand hygiene practices anyone who is unwell must stay at home Please complete the following survey to indicate if you need to send your child to school and if you need to borrow a school-owned device. The Secretary of Education has sent information today that this decision was taken for two reasons – first it is not immediately clear how the latest person to test positive got infected and second, that person has visited several large sites while potentially infectious and it will take some time to identify and track down what could be a large number of people. COVID-19 symptoms can vary a lot with each person, so while we are familiar with the following symptoms: a new or worsening cough fever (at least 38˚C) shortness of breath a sore throat sneezing and runny nose temporary loss of smell. Some people may present with less typical symptoms such as only one of the following: muscle pain fever diarrhoea headache nausea/vomiting confusion/irritability. If you or your whānau experience any of these symptoms, please contact your GP or Healthline (0800 358 5453) for advice and get tested if advised to do so. Ngā mihi Julie Lynch Principal
Tēnā koutou katoa, Meet the Teacher Thank you to everyone who attended 'Meet the Teacher' afternoons. It is important that we make those connections with our families early in the year. It was a shame about the weather so we didn't have the opportunity to mix and mingle with the planned picnic and pool opening. But the PTA are busy planning an 'American's Cup Celebration' for the community on Friday 19th March so watch this space... A huge thank you to our PTA members; Andy and Cherry, and volunteer Ian for manning the Sausage Sizzle on Tuesday. The sausages were very popular and sold out in no time! Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2 It has been quite a week. I would like to thank our teachers, students and parents for their adaptability, flexibility and calmness. I was delighted to see everyone back at school today and I appreciate you following the guidelines for drop off and pick up at Alert Level 2. Hopefully, all will be back to normal early next week. If there are any worries or concerns please do let the teachers or myself know. We are here to help and support you as best as we can. Please remember to send a drink bottle to school. We close the drinking fountains at Alert Level 2 and 3. We will ensure that good hygiene practices continue for your children. Historical Pictures of Titirangi and the School I was wondering if any of our families had historical pictures of the school or local area. In our newly refurbished office, I wanted to create a wall of pictures that reflect our local history. I have checked the school archives and we have a limited choice. If you have anything or suggestions please let me know. Thank you! Safety Reminders Thank you to all the families who are walking to school, parking in the village and church, and using the 2-minute drop-off zones correctly. I have had feedback from concerned parents and teachers who have noticed that people are waiting in the drop-off zone longer than 2 minutes, which results in the roundabout exit being blocked. I am asking parents to please adhere to the 2-minute rule so we can ensure the safety of everyone. Please be respectful of driveways if you are parking on Kohu Road. If you notice unsafe driving or a road incident you can report it on the NZ police website. This is an effective way to report concerns. Ka kite anō au i a koutou Julie Lynch Principal
The John Kirwan Foundation has created an app called Mentemia that coaches wellbeing and is free to all New Zealanders. The app gives you small daily steps that can create change for your wellbeing. There are also useful articles and one that is worth sharing is three family rituals that are good for wellbeing: After Work: Having a ritual that helps you transition from work like to home life and reconnects with your family can make a big difference. Something that includes some movement can clear your head and make you feel more relaxed. It could be a quick game of tag or kicking a ball around in the garden, a walk around the block or putting on a song that everybody can dance together. It might only take 5 minutes but can help you move from one phase into the next. At the dinner table Sharing the events of our day with family members can be a great way to unpack things and process what we've experienced. It can also be a chance for parents to get a window into what's going on in their children's world - something that can become increasingly difficult as they move into their teen years. One way to do this is for each person to share: One thing they enjoyed from their day or that they felt proud of themselves for.i One thing that challenged them. One thing that they are excited for our looking forward to in the future. It normalises that every day is full of different emotions but leaves us focussed on something positive. In the evenings Finishing the day by talking about three things you're thankful for can be a good one to do at bedtime. Again, this is a ritual that brings benefits for both adults and children. Regularly practising gratitude is linked with greater happiness and reduced depressive symptoms.
Last month, after conversations with West Maintenance & Property Services, a container of the donated classroom and staffroom furniture was sent to Fiji. Many schools were badly damaged after a tropical cyclone that hit the islands in December. The cleaner contractor, Eric, organised the shipment on behalf of the Titirangi School and other local schools in the Auckland area. The photograph shows the furniture being handed over to the Fijian Minister for Education. The message from Eric - 'God bless you and your team for the great help to our Fijian community school back in the Fiji islands'. We are all delighted that the furniture will help others and we have taken an action of care and kindness - 'Manaakitanga' - to others.
The school works on a subscription basis with SchoolDocs to maintain, update, and review our policies. SchoolDocs provides us with a comprehensive core set of policies, which have been well researched and follow the Ministry of Education National Administration Guidelines. The policies and procedures are tailored to our school, and the school supplies specific information such as our charter, and procedures for behaviour management, reporting to parents, etc. SchoolDocs updates, modifies, or creates policies in response to changes in legislation or Ministry guidelines, significant events, reviews/requests from schools, and regular reviewing from the SchoolDocs team. Our board of trustees has the opportunity to view changes/additions and comment on them before they are implemented. This term 'Homelearning' policy is up for review and you can take part in the review by visiting the site at (note that there's no "www."). Our username is "titirangi" and password "atkinson". Click 'Current Review' tab for instructions. "Copyright: Except where stated, the content on this site is the copyright of SchoolDocs Ltd. It may not be reproduced without written permission from SchoolDocs Ltd."
We need your help! We are seeking volunteers to assist in our Volunteer Tutor Reading Programme. This involves reading with four individual children one to one, giving them extra reading practice on one morning a week from 9.00 – 10.00. It is very rewarding to tutors and the children grow in confidence in their reading. We really need help on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Grandparents, relatives and friends welcome. If you are keen to help or to find out more, please contact Brigette Helwes.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION - 14th February COVID UPDATE
Kia ora koutou parents and caregivers New Zealand has received some big news tonight, if you did not see the announcement at 7.00pm there have been three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Auckland. As a result, the Government announced at 7pm that the whole of Auckland will move from Alert Level 1 to Alert Level 3 for the next 72 hours from midnight tonight. That means that where possible you should keep your children home from school for this period. We will be open for those of you who are essential workers and have no other options but to send your children to school. I am hoping that by the morning that I will have safety precautions in place to look after them. I ask that you complete this survey so I can plan quickly how many children will be onsite and that a school bubble can be put in place. Although this is for a short period, first and foremost we want to stay connected to you and your Tamariki. I have asked teachers to make connections over the next few days to their classroom families and children, and to prepare for distance learning if the lockdown extends. At this stage, we will not be sending out devices. We will start to prepare hard copy learning materials just in case too. COVID-19 continues to be a factor we need to consider, and I assure you we have a robust plan and will do everything we need to for your children and your wider family and whānau. If the situation changes, we will be in touch again. Please contact us if you have any concerns or questions. Stay home and stay safe everyone. Ngā mihi Julie Lynch
Teacher Aide (Grade A position under Support Staff in Schools’ collective agreement) We are seeking a suitable person to work with learners under teacher supervision on a variety of standardised and specified tasks (Early Words programme and Rainbow Reading) Hours of work are 9.00 until 10.30 Monday through to Friday, initially, this special project is fixed-term and will end on Friday 9th July. However, the contract has the potential to extend depending on the need of the learners. We need someone that has initiative, the experience of working with children, can follow direction, is discreet and can work in confidence. Applications close on Friday 19th February. Please apply with a letter of application and CV to Julie Lynch at
Playball is starting afterschool today - They are full for Friday after school sessions, after a fantastic response with 7 children on a waiting list. The team is frantically trying to find a third coach to open another Friday class. They are opening a class on Monday mornings 8.00am - 8.40am - with 4 children enrolled in that at this point.