Titirangi Primary School News

Monday, Dec 7, 2015

From The Principal's Desk

Tēnā koutou katoa,

This week is End of Year Reports week, and I always find it rewarding to read through these and gain an overview of the progress and achievements across the school.

A lot of time and effort goes into the reports process, and what we set out to achieve is an open, honest and informative document that focuses on achievement but also gives a picture of individual progress and effort above all else.

When you receive your child's report, I would encourage you to take the opportunity to celebrate successes this year. One of the key goals for us is that every child can recognise and feel proud of their achievements, but also see their next steps as opportunities for further growth. Children - like most adults - have a natural tendency to base their self-esteem on how well they feel they compare with their peers, of course. Because of this, I believe it is essential that, as teachers and parents, we continue to reiterate clear messages that being an 'Achiever' is actually about progress, personal successes, strengths and striving to be the best that you can be. Ultimately, the children need to understand and feel comfortable with the fact that this looks different for each individual learner.

This week, you will receive a reminder and details of how to access the Parent Portal to view recent assessment results, find links on ways to support your child's learning at home and download the End Of Year Report. Please be aware that it is important to download and save a copy of both reports from this year for your records. While they are stored on our school system, they do have an expiry date for published viewing online, so keeping a copy for yourself is essential.

As a tool for accessing assessment data and important documents relating your child's learning, the portal has offered some clear advantages, although we are aware that the system has had some teething problems and not been as straighforward or easy to navigate as we would have hoped for some. We will be reviewing this for 2016 to consider how this might be improved and whether we will continue with the platform, as improvements to the interface are currently in development.

In the meantime, if you do have any difficulty accessing your child's report when your login details are re-issued, please do let us know, and I hope that you enjoy learning more about your child's successes (and challenges) for the 2015 school year.

Ka kite anō au i a koutou

Alan Jackson



  • Monday 7 December: PTA meeting in the Staffroom at 7.00 pm.
  • Tuesday 8 December: Syn 2 Celebration of Learning Day - 9.30 - 10.30.
  • Syn 6 Celebration of Learning Day in the Hall from 11.00 - 12.00.
  • Netball prize giving 12.00 - 12.30 pm in the School Hall.
  • BOT meeting in the Staffroom at 7.00 pm.
  • Wednesday 9 December: Parent helper morning tea in the Staffroom at 10.30 - 11.00 am.
  • Syn 0/1 Celebration of Learning Day - Room 3, 13, 14 & 24. Teachers will advise times.
  • Marzipan Drama Performances in the Hall at 12.30 pm.
  • Thursday 10 December: Year 6 pool day at West Wave Pools, Henderson.
  • Syn 1 Celebration of Learning Day - Rooms 1, 2, 23. Teachers will advise times.
  • Syn 3 Celebration of Learning Day 9.00 - 10.30 am.
  • Syn 3 water fight and shared lunch. 11.00 - 12.30.
  • Syn 4 & 5 Celebration of Learning Day - 11.00 - 12.30.
  • Choir singing carols at Titirangi Pharmacy between 4.45 - 5.30 pm.
  • Friday 11 December: Year 6 Graduation at 12.45 pm at the Titirangi War Memorial Hall.
  • Year 4 Pool day and shared lunch - 11.00 - 12.30.
  • End of year reports go live on the Parent Portal.
  • Year 6 Graduation Disco between 7.00 - 9.00 pm in the School Hall.

Ukulele Festival

Well done to all of our 'Advanced' ukulele players who came along to join in the fun at the 2015 Ukulele Festival. The children have worked hard to learn some challenging songs, but a fantastic day was had by all at the largest massed ukulele orchestra in the world!


There will be a prize giving ceremony for all of this year's netball teams on Tuesday 8 December in the School Hall at 12.00.


Congratulations to all our Merit Award winners this week.


Celebration time for Travelwise Walking School Bus Volunteers and Children!

Recently the Walking School Bus Leaders were treated to a bit of foot pampering along with a delicious morning tea! Organised by Vicki Moffat, the event took place at our local spa, Tonic. Volunteers came away with a spring in their step and colourful Christmas toenails! Many thanks to Tonic and Auckland Transport for this well-deserved treat!

Thank you parents, and organisers Sandra and Vicki, for your dedication and effort in supporting your Walking School Bus!


Last Friday it was time for the children to celebrate! They enjoyed a Christmas morning tea dressed in their Freaky Friday outfits.

Samantha, Grace and Hamish were farewelled, as they are off to Intermediate next year.

Awards and certificates for 50, 100 and 200 walks were presented! That’s a lot of walking, in all weathers! Congratulations Walking School Bus children!

50 Walks Adam Bennett, James Stewart, Olivia Stewart, Louie Owens, Sophia Owens

100 Walks Elise Lucas, Lydia Scott, Awa Yates-Rose

200 Walks Kate Ashcroft, Isla Hudson


Please remember to take the time to look through the lost property this week.

Unclaimed items will be donated to a charity at the end of the school term.


“TPS - Touch Rugby 2015”

Time to say a huge thank you to the Coaches and Managers of all our TPS teams, your time and efforts make the games possible week to week and every parent and child appreciates you! - Results for week 5 (Dec 2nd) were:

TPS Thundercats: This week the Thundercats played Kaurilands. We scored a try and they scored quite a few tries. The Thundercats showed some real improvements around restarts and dummy half action. Kaurilands defence was very good – giving the Thundercats ideas about what to work on! Player of the day was Kylen who played really well even though he had a sore ankle.

TPS Tuis: Results Tuis 0 Vs Soljahs 12, a very hard game this week for the Tuis, each player having a full game on the field. All the Tuis players put a real effort throughout different parts of the game which is great to see. Player of the Day: Hayley C, her best game this year with a fabulous effort put into chasing players and running with the ball.

TPS Takahes: Expansive game this week. Both teams were forced to defend their line on multiple occasions. That final desperate defensive effort combined with speed out wide was the difference on the day. The TPS Takaha’s won 8-3 against the ICS. Player of the day was Harris from his outstanding attack.

TPS Titans: TPS Titans played Tribal Junior and won with 6-0. Player of the day was Lucas H for first intercept try and being a team player!

TPS Torpedos: TPS Torpedoes 7 vs Faclons Touch 1. The team did make a huge improvement. Player of the day was Nikita B for excellent running, quick actions and great role model to girls. Fantastic team work!!!!!

TPS Transformers: Transformers 1 vs NWS Tigers 4, POD was Etoile who played really well that day, in particular her running skills which she used to the best of her abilities by covering the whole field, as well as defending the goal line. She's been an absolute asset to the team since joining and continues to play well at each game. Well done Etoile.

TPS Trailblazers: An exciting game this week with a last try in the last minute of the game meant we came away with a 3-2 win to the Trailblazers. Fantastic stuff. Attack Player of the day went to Finn for our last try and everyone else for the communication and dedication to achieving the win!

With thanks to our Platinum Sponsors

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Barfoot & Thompson Titirangi Platinum Sponsor of Titirangi Primary School
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Titirangi Supervalue Platinum Sponsor of Titirangi Primary School


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