Titirangi Primary School News
Monday, May 2, 2016
From The Principal's Desk
Tēnā koutou katoa,
A warm welcome to Term 2! I trust you had an enjoyable break from routines and are ready to get back into the learning for another term. It was great to see so many families around the village for Anzac Day, and my thanks to those choir members who were able to attend.
This term, we farewell the one and only Jane Quin from her role as PTA Chair. I am sure I am not alone in wanting to pass on my sincere thanks on behalf of the whole school to Jane for her stellar work helping raise considerable funds, but also for her focus on community-building. Jane leaves formidable shoes to fill, but I am sure that our incoming PTA Chair, Warren Tyler, who I would like to warmly welcome to the role, will be more than up to the challenge!
In the classroom, the children will be getting hands on with our Technology focus, based around the Concept of "Design", planning, designing, testing, and producing items for a specific purpose. You will no doubt see this interpeted in a range of engaging cross-curricular contexts around the school. It is perhaps timely given the media focus in relation to National Standards achievement in reading, writing and maths that got underway today with the breathless enthusiasm of headlines such as "Are Primary Schools Failing Our Kids?".
My view continues to be that National Standards have had some benefits in terms of keeping parents informed and maintaining a clear focus on student achievement. What is increasingly clear, however, is that it is teachers - not standards - that actually make any discernible difference at all. Ultimately, it is a reminder that a 'one-size-fits-all' model of student achievement has inherent limitations and potential pitfalls. As Professor John Hattie, a pre-eminent educational academic and researcher puts it:
"...in any education system with standards that are set ‘just above the average’, it is highly unlikely that all students will gain the standard, as it is not possible for all students to be ‘above the average’. Hence, the politics of standards and high achievement have an in-built failure system that results in many believing that, despite increased resources, the schools and teachers have still not delivered."
- Professor John Hattie The Politics of Distraction, 2015
As you can see on the following table we work hard to achieve outstanding results. While we must of course continue to focus on accelerating achievement and realising potential in every child, however, we also must maintain a balanced perspective and understand that every child's learning journey is unique to them. What is equally clear is that our job continues to be to help and encourage our students as individual learners every step of the way, something I am very proud to say our teachers do a fantastic job of.
Ka kite anō au i a koutou
Notices & Reminders
TPS BOOK WEEK!
Book Character Parade this Friday 6th May, 10.15 am.
Prizes for the best costumes!
The school is a New Zealand Book Awards Judge School: Children’s Choice, Picture book category.
As part of Book Week, the children will be reading shortlisted picture books (selected from a national list by a panel of our senior students) and then next week every student will vote towards the nationally selected winner.
Park Safely and Keep Our Kids Safe
This year our school is participating in Auckland Transport’s ‘Safety at the School Gate’ programme. Drivers who stop in the wrong place to drop off passengers put the safety of children at risk. Parking officers will be on patrol outside the school this year and will be issuing tickets to drivers who park illegally.
The agreed approach is ‘zero tolerance’ – There will be no warnings issued, you will receive a ticket if you are double parked, parked on yellow lines, or over someone’s driveway – or for any other vehicle safety offence.
Please park legally to keep our children safe and to avoid being ticketed.
Yarn Bombing at TPS
Do we have any knitters out there or those keen on crochet?
With winter coming, the tree by the Music Room needs a splash of colour. We have decided to yarn bomb the tree and we want your help in making it the best we can. (For those who are unsure Yarn bombing is wrapping yarn or knitting around public items including trees, parking meters and sculptures.)
Please see Susan Wallace, our librarian if you would like to be involved, have any questions or have something you think would look great on our tree. E-mail: email@example.com
At our last meeting we farewelled our fabulous Chairperson Jane Quin who resigned from her position. We thanked Jane for her commitment and selfless generosity to the school. She has been such an asset to the PTA and Titirangi Primary especially when it looked as though the PTA would cease to function. We wish her well in her endeavours.
Congratulations to Warren Tyler who was voted in as new chair and Vicki Moffat was elected as Vice. Cath Davies takes on the secretary role. Our first meeting this term is on Monday 16 May at 7pm in the staffroom and you would be more than welcome to attend. It is a great way to be involved with developing our school community.
As you may have heard, the PTA has decided against holding ‘Art on Atkinson’ as the costs involved with getting such an event up and running were a risk too big to carry so some of these ideas will be integrated into our big fundraiser for the year in Nov – The Big Event. This will be replacing the gala as a food and fun festival incorporating a smaller art auction and the like. We are always on the look out for support and if you have any ideas or can offer some help lease don’t hesitate to get in touch. It will definitely be something our school and wider community can look forward to.
Upcoming events this term:
Fri 10th June Evening Matariki Celebration Sat 2 July Quiz Night
Warren Tyler 021 265 8939 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vicki Moffat 0274 719 314 email@example.com
With thanks to our Platinum Sponsors
Is your child shy? Do they feel intimidated by the idea of public speaking and performance? Do they sometimes find it difficult to make eye contact? Do they just need 45 minutes a week to take part in organised craziness?! Come and join Marrzipan! We run awesome drama classes which focus on key life skills and confidence in room 20 before school for seniors 8.10-8.55am and at morning tea for juniors 10.30-11.15am, both on Thursdays ! We play fun engaging games and perform at the end of term once to parents and once to the school. All scripts are original, engaging, educational and HILARIOUS. All children receive an end of term progress report too, along with a certificate to remind them they are awesome! Give me a call to come along for a non-obligatory trial, or just a chat to discuss how our classes can benefit your child's development. Contact Lana on 0210455839 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
LUNCH TIME JAZZ and BALLET CLASSES
Titirangi Primary Jazz on Mondays and Ballet on Fridays.
Contact Helen directly email@example.com for all information and enrolment details.
Feel free to phone for a chat on 816 8815. Visit the website at www.rhythmnsteps.co.nz or LIKE us on Facebook for regular updates. We have had a huge up take in Term 1 and it would be lovely to see more joining this term in the Winter term. Helen Anderson - Rhythm n Steps Dance Academy.
VAL'S AFTERSCHOOL ART CLASSES
“ Val’s After School art classes restart this Monday 2nd May from 3.15 - 5 pm for years 3 - 6.
We’ll continue with the Surrealism concept working in mixed media, watercolour and pastels. As usual there will be some drawing exercises and visits to the gallery. Price is $ 20 per session per child including snacks but please bring along an A4 spiral bound sketchbook. Venue as before in room 14. Contact Val on 021 270 6050 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info."
Claymation and Lego Animation
Join at any stage, classes start May 5th
Term 2 is 8 classes each class 90 minutes long
Thursday: Class 3:30pm - 5:00pm May 5th
Video Game Class 5:30pm - 7:00pm May 5th
Friday: Cartooning and Animation Class Fridays 3:30pm - 5:00pm May 6th
Phone: 021 622 567
ORPHEUS SEA SCOUT GROUP
SCOUTS AGED 10 ½ to 15 YEARS. OUR DEN IS AT MOTU MOANA CAMPSITE-GREEN BAY
IF INTERESTED- CONTACT MARGITA WELLS-GREEN for this TERMS PROGRAMME/INFO
PH 09 8176139 or MOB 0210373312 EMAIL: email@example.com
5 - 11 years (accompanied). St Francis' Anglican Church. Corner Titirangi Beach and Park Roads, Titirangi.
Our Next Mostly Craft Day will be on:
Saturday 7th May 2016 - 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Enquiries: Donna 817 5412
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