Week 9 Term 2 2019


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Principal's Message

Tēnā koutou katoa

Ngā mihi nui kia koutou katoa - Warm greetings to you all.

It was great that so many parents and whānau were able to attend our Matariki Celebration, and see our learners sharing performances. A very special thank you to these T.P.S. parents: Ainslie Brott, Rachel Crump, Nina Lamberton, Ali Valois, Julie O'Loan, Jacquie McLaughlin, Sabrina Casarini, Peter Attwood, Jonelle Baxter, Kat Tutemahurangi, Anna Bell-Booth; and also our Kāhui Ako team, Kelly Savage, Tracey Gillingham, Jo Howard and Nick Adams, who worked behind the scenes to make this community building event run smoothly.

On Thursday 4th July, 2019 we are having a Whanau Cultural Celebration Day. We encourage all students to come dressed in their own personal ‘cultural dress’ for the day, and to bring a plate of food that has significance to their own culture/family, which they will be able to share with their classmates.

We invite all family members, parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles to come and join us at 12.40pm to share in the lunch.

Last week we had our first meeting for the new Board of Trustees: Aaron Moores (Chair), Claire Wilde, Anna Bell-Booth, Elizabeth Smith and Neil McLaughlin. Over the next few months the BOT will work through an induction phase, as well as working on the development of our next TPS Strategic Plan for 2020-2022. I have asked our board members to think about what the critical factors for a successful school are, and in particular, what would success for TPS look like in three years time? I will also be asking our parent and student body for input into this process.

The Education Review Office (ERO) have been onsite this week, reviewing our teaching and learning programmes, policies, initiatives, learner outcomes and leadership. Thank you to those parents who were able to attend the parent session on Tuesday. We anticipate that the report for our school will be available to us by mid Term 3.

Mr Jake”, one of our caretakers, will be leaving us at the end of this term to start his own carpentry/handyman business. Mr Jake has made a huge contribution to TPS, he has always gone above and beyond to keep our school grounds and buildings in tip top shape. I am sure those parents who have been at TPS for a number of years will agree that the school has never looked better. Mr Jake has fully immersed himself in school life, he especially enjoys working with our students, rumour has it he may be the pirate that sometimes wanders our junior site looking for treasure! Mr Jake has also led sport at lunchtimes, and has even been a volunteer community reader for our school. We will miss you Jake, and sincerely thank you for your service to our school community.

We are anticipating that we will have our school uniform shop up and running in July. Once all details are confirmed, we will advertise this to our school families.

A very warm welcome to Sasen Mirissage, who started recently at our school. Glad to have you and your family as part of our T.P.S TEAM.

The 5th July is the last day for Term 2; Term 3 will commence on the 22nd of July.

Thank you for your continued support.

Hei kõnei rā

Fiona Hawes

Principal | Tumuaki


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Sausage Sizzle - Friday 28th June. Order through the school shop until 12 noon, on Thursday 27th June.

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Housepoint Tokens

Please could you help us - we have some house tokens missing - can you please check pockets and bags, and then encourage your child to return them to school and put them in the House Token boxes, ready for the end of term count up.

Thank you.

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Mufti Day at T.P.S.

The House Leaders have organised for the last day of term (Friday 5th July) to be a Mufti Day, to raise money for Starship Hospital. Students may come in non - uniform clothes, with a gold coin donation if possible.

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Information from the Police:

NZ Police recently launched a new non emergency number, 105. We’ve done this to make it easier to get hold of us in the event of non-urgent situations or "Things which have already Happened", which don’t require Police assistance immediately.

You can call us on 105 for all non emergencies, or you can go online at 105.police.govt.nz to report things like:

- Lost property

- Theft for a public place or car

- Intentional property damage

- Or to get an update or add information to a previous report

In the event of an emergency, always call 111 - "Things that are Happening Now".

Important dates

Friday 28th June - Sausage Sizzle - FOTS fundraiser

Thursday 4th July - Whānau Celebration day.

Friday 5th July - Whole school Mufti Day for Starship Hospital

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ICAS Assessments

If you have been given a letter by your child's teacher, and you have still not decided whether you will enter them for the ICAS assessments, please note that the cut off date is Friday 2nd August, 2019 - week 2 of term 3.

All ICAS assessments are in September.

These are the dates for 2019 ICAS at TPS :

Science - Wednesday 4th September

Writing - Monday 9th September

English - Monday 16th September

Maths - Wednesday 18th September

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Community Notices

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Fiona Hawes


07 578 6222

Acting Deputy Principal

Tracey Kerr-Aim


Acting Assistant Principal - Yr3-6 and Senior Team Leader

Cathy Ediker


Assistant Principal - Yrs 1 - 2

Robyn Caley


Junior Team Leader

Pam Wilkins


Middle Team Leader

Tracey Gillingham


International Student Director

Tracey Kerr-Aim


Executive Officer

Susan O'Neill


Office Administrator and Enrolment Officer

Barbara Turley