Titirangi Primary School News

Monday, February 10, 2014

From The Principal's Desk

Dear Parents


I trust that the first week of Term 1 was a fantastic start to the school year for you and your family. I am certainly extremely impressed by the energy and focus that has been evident in all classes across the school and I'm looking forward to seeing these learning communities continue to grow and develop as the year progresses. Classes are now well underway with our combined social science and health Concept for Term 1, exploring 'Citizenship' in a range of curriculum contexts.


Looking ahead, there's certainly plenty to think about, as we focus on a number of key areas relating to our strategic goals. Among these are; a major focus for professional learning on effective practice in writing; the continued development of extra-curricular programmes to offer increasingly rich and diverse opportunities for the children; raising awareness and expertise to help meet the needs of dyslexic learners; the introduction of a new 'Perceptual Motor Programme' in the Junior School to support younger children with the development of fine and gross motor skills; a new staff appraisal system that allows greater opportunities for teachers to observe and learn from each other as members of a professional learning community; enhanced capability for elearning as we plan the implementation of ultra-fast broadband across the school, along with a number of key property projects and a renewed focus on our current 'non-core' programmes, such as music, Performing Arts and P.E. Alongside all of this, we will continue to work closely with the children to develop our Vision & Values, 'Student Voice' project, Travelwise and Enviro initiatives further.


All in all, a busy and exciting year ahead, and it's great to be involved with initiatives across all aspects of school life that I believe will help us continue to move forward and build upon the dynamic vision that we have for our learning community.


Ka kite anō au i a koutou
Alan Jackson
Principal

What's On

  • Fri, Feb 14:

PMP

PMP ('Perceptual Motor Programme' begins in Junior classes this term to help children develop the basic skills and coordination needed to be confident and ready to learn!

Notices

TravelWise Update: This is a joint venture between schools Auckland wide and Auckland Transport. Each week, our TravelWise Students will publish an update on all things connected to traveling safely and sustainably to and from school, including whole school travel promotions, competitions & themes, alternate methods of travelling, safe parking and driving.


Back to School Safety Campaign - Thurs 13th Feb: The Back to School campaign is a regional advertising campaign to promote the reduction of speed around schools. As a more ambient feature of the campaign we will be creating a more visible presence at our school gate with children holding signs entreating drivers to - Slow Down Around Schools.

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Scholastic Book Club: (Issue 1) - Welcome back to Scholastic’s Book Club 2014 - by now your children should have brought home the latest Scholastic Book Club flyers. (Issue 1)

If you wish to order any books, please complete the order forms on the back page of the flyers. There is a Scholastic order box in the office to place your orders in.


Orders must be at school by Friday 28th February. Payments can be made by credit card (enter your card details on the form), by a cheque made out to Scholastic NZ or by cash.

If you wish to order any books as gifts, please put your name, preferred contact number and clearly mark HOLD IN OFFICE. We will notify you when the books arrive and you can collect at your convenience. There are five different catalogues covering various ages, stages of reading and interests.


If you have not received a catalogue or need more, there are plenty of spares in the office.


Flippaball for Term 1: Flippaball is the kids version of waterpolo, which is played on Sunday afternoons at the Glen Eden Intermediate School pool. The season runs from the 23rd February through to the 20th April.


To play Flippaball you need to be comfortable in the water and be in Year 3 to Year 6. There are no practices during the week so it is just a warm up and the game on the Sunday afternoon. Each game is around 15 minutes long, with us playing against local schools.


Titirangi had a great season last year with our top team coming 2nd in the Western League, but the game is more importantly about having fun.


If you are interested in playing or wish to find out more details then please contact Andrew McKenzie at Andrew.mckenzie@foodstuffs.co.nz . Registration forms need to be completed by Tuesday 18th February.

Lost Property: The Lost Property Monster returns! Unfortunately, if it isn't named or claimed, we can't return it - please ensure that you label your child's clothes (including togs) as we face a mountain of unclaimed items every week!
Extra-Curricular Activities: Click on the image (right) to find out more about clubs, activities available before, during and after school at TPS this Term.

Well Done To Our TPS Merit Award Winners!

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Community Notices

Newsletter Items: If you have community notices that you would like us to include in our next newsletter, please email: sandieo@titirangi.school.nz


Bridging the Gap: is a non-residential weekend course for 8-11 year olds and is being held at Glen Eden Intermediate School in February 2014. The course helps children to reach their full potential at home and at school, covering: Team building, spelling and maths techniques, mindmapping, communication, tools for success and much more in a supportive environment that nurtures self-esteem and offers challenges for growth and increased self-confidence. For more information contact the Discovery Office on 09 376 8267 or check out our younger children’s tab on our website: www.discoveryforteens.org.nz


Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrcial, Tap, Contemporary, Acrobatics: Auckland West Dance Academy - 358 West Coast Rd, Glen Eden - Pre School to Adults, Professional Dance Studios, Annual show – Exams - Competitions - www.awda.co.nz

Phone Kym: 813 5459, 027 264 7287


Brigid Ursula Bisley – Violin Teacher in Titirangi: I am an experienced holistic music teacher offering violin lessons using the Colourstrings method from Finland. This is an internationally recognized system of musical pedagogy which is attractive and interesting to children, as while they are learning instrumental technique in a fun and engaging way, they also learn basic musical skills ie rhythm, singing, pre notation symbols, musical composition, & mental and physical coordination. For enquiries please call me on 8172930


Come Meet The Tennis Coach!!
The club tennis coach, (Victor), and the head coach of the coaching program, Wesley Whitehouse, will be at the Titirangi Tennis and Squash club from 6.30 pm this Thursday, (13th Feb), to introduce themselves to senior members and offer the establishment of ongoing training sessions to suit our players needs.
If you have any interest in getting coaching in tennis, from world class qualified coaches, then come along and meet these guys. They are looking to set up sessions during the week at very competitive rates. If we can get enough interest in various sessions the Wesley Whitehouse Tennis runs a concession card deal that is currently $120 for 10 sessions. You won't find coaching rates like that anywhere else.


If you can't make it on Thursday night, but you are interested in joining a coaching session then let me know (Gordon - ph 021 748 067) and I'll make sure your included in the numbers.

Wes and Victor can also offer some limited one on one coaching, but be prepared for the normal hourly coaching rate for this calibre of coach, (usually more than $60 per hour)
You can also find out more about Wesley Whitehouse Tennis at www.wwtennis.co.nz <http://www.wwtennis.co.nz> - Hope to see you on Thursday.

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