Titirangi Primary School News
Monday, 08 December, 2014
From The Principal's Desk
A few items this week that may be of interest. Firstly, I would like to pass on thanks on behalf of the whole school to our outgoing PTA Committee members following the recent PTA Annual General Meeting. I want to thank them for all that they have contributed, both in significant funds raised, but also in the time and energy that they have volunteered for our school. Particular acknowledgement is due to our hardworking Chairperson, Carol Chamley, and Treasurer Maree Oxley. What they have contributed over a number of years goes far beyond a dollar amount, and is something for which they are owed a great deal. Their efforts have made a very real difference to the opportunities that we have been able to provide to the children. I would like to acknowledge them for all the incredible work that they have been a part of and wish them a well-earned rest from life in the hot-seat!
It is also my pleasure to welcome those who will step into the role in 2015, including the formidable talents of Jane Quinn as Chairperson, Warren Tyler as Vice-chair and an outstanding team of capable committee members. As anyone who knows them and has seen the contribution that they make to our learning community will know, there can be no doubt that such an amazing group will continue to deliver the very best for the students of TPS.
On another congratulatory note, I would like to pass on my thanks to our Interschool Athletes, who competed with great determination and skill last week. They represented our school with a perfect combination of sportsmanship and pride, putting in a confident performance that saw them place in the top 5 against intense competition. Turning also to The Arts, a well-deserved mention is due to the TPS Choir and our very own APPA Principal Conductor, Jonathan Lambert, for arranging a beautiful, stirring performance at Auckland Town Hall recently. It was a memorable evening's performance and fantastic to see our school represented by so many talented voices.
Finally, I would like to add a brief note on the subject of the End Of Year Reports that will be on their way home soon. I have the privilege of reading every report, and it is truly rewarding to hear about the individual learning journeys and success stories that they represent. In addition to curriculum and other achievement criteria, each child will receive an Overall Teacher Judgement (or a predicted judgement for some Juniors who have not yet technically completed their 1st, 2nd or 3rd year) in reading, writing and maths, as required by National Standards. While this is useful information for parents in offering a benchmark, I would add that it is nonetheless essential to keep an eye fixed firmly on individual progress when reading your child's report.
As every parent knows, each child's progress, strengths and talents are unique and equally of value. Put simply, in the real world we cannot and should not expect every child to reach the same goal at the same time. For this reason, I hope that you will pay particularly close attention to teacher comments that describe your child's effort and progress. Viewing the standards as a general guide in this light, rather than a 'pass' or 'fail' model, offers far more insight into your child's achievements. I'm sure that everyone would agree that any child who is trying their best and making steady progress in these key curriculum areas - irrespective of standardised benchmarks - is an unqualified success to be celebrated, and that they have achieved something they should be very proud of indeed.
Ka kite anō au i a koutou
- Tuesday 09 December: Interschool Sailing Day.
- Junior school Tabloid Sports 11.00 - 12.00.
- Wednesday 10 December: Parent helpers morning tea in the Staffroom at 10.30 am.
- Thursday 11 December: Syn 3 water pistol fight and shared lunch at 11.00 am.
- Year 4 - 6 Celebration of learning open morning at 11.00 am.
- Choir will be singing carols in Titirangi village at 4.45 pm.
- Friday 12 December: Year 6 Graduation at the Titirangi War Memorial Hall from 12.45 pm.
- Year 6 Disco in the school hall at 7.30 pm.
- Reports go home.
- Sushi lunch.
WELL DONE INTERSCHOOL ATHLETES!
TOUCH RUGBY RESULTS
Some great weather last week meant ideal conditions for some awesome moves on the field. One more game to play this week and some Xmas treats to look forward to. Results for week 5 (Dec 3rd) were:
Y1&2 Titirangi Thundercats: This week’s result was a 0 - 9 loss, Thundercats continue to improve week by week and showed great determination again this week. Our player of the day was Madison due to her relentless chases of the opposition and break-away runs towards the line. Congratulations Madison - go Thundercats!
Y1&2 Titirangi Tuis: The Tuis had another hard game playing much faster and bigger kids but once again it was neck and neck. We traded tries off but unfortunately went down 6-5. Player of the day this week was Leo for some awesome running, a magical try and a wicked side step
Y1&2 Titirangi Takahes: The team worked really hard with Ryan and Lewis scoring tries, they were on fire! There were some awesome touches by Leo, William, Jessica and Leon. We held them in the first half but the Falcon's then gained some extra strength. Travis played really well, and has improved immensely gaining player of the day! Unfortunately we lost 7-3. Well done team!
Y3&4 Titirangi Titans: No results this week
Y3&4 Titirangi Tornadoes: The results for the girls team was 6 tries to 0, the girls all played really well and kept confident for the whole game. Player of the day went to Lexie N and runner up was Grace M.
Y3&4 Titirangi Torpedos: The Torpedoes went down to all girls team Pink Panthers 12 - 2. Player of the day was the ever enthusiastic Mitchell L.
Y3&4 Titirangi Transformers: Results for this week, Transformers 7x 4 comets, Player of the day Luke.
Y5&6 Titirangi Trailblazers: Trailblazers lost 6:7 to the Crusaders. Ruby was player of the day. She scored two runaway tries, and was a demon on defence.
Y5&6 Titirangi Turbos: Turbos lost 6-2 to ICS 5/6. Player of the Day was Calyx R who had a good game in both attack and defence. Well done Calyx! We did it tough this week but we’re proud of you Turbos. Our passing game is improving every week. Keep it up!
Y5&6 Titirangi Tacklers: Tacklers had another outstanding game winning 5-0. Player of the day was Flynn for great team play and consistently being in the right place at the right time.