Newsletter Week 3 Term 4

Titahi Bay Intermediate School November 2022

Upcoming Events

  • School Wide Testing -E-Asttle Reading, Writing and Maths - 7th - 11th November
  • St Johns Weaving Wellbeing Workshops -Thursday 10th/ Friday 11th November
  • EPRO8 - Interschool Challenge - Tuesday 15th November
  • Kotahitanga O Tuauru o Porirua - Thursday 17th November 5.30 - 7.00 pm

Principal's Korero

Welcome to the end of Week 3. The temperature is getting warmer which is enabling our students to be outside during break times.


We ended last week on a high note with the performance of our Siva group at the Intermediate Poly Fest which was held in Masterton at the Trust Stadium. Our group of 25 students represented our school with pride, with both their behaviour and outstanding performance. They looked amazing in their costumes. I would like to thank the following people for their support as well as for giving up their time to prepare our students or drive the vans on the day.

Chaedyn Ngaroi - Siva Tutor

Sammie Roomataaroa - Drumming Lead

Helen Kopa-Tupou - Costume Support

Max Clark - Van Driver

Tim Kaimoana - Van Driver

Social Media and Peer Relationships at School

This week has been a challenging week with Mrs Fourie and myself managing social issues with our students. It is a timely reminder that parents/caregivers need to be monitoring their child's interactions online. We have a number of students who are sharing their logins and passwords for their social media accounts which makes our students more vulnerable, especially on the dark web. Students are also making negative comments about others on social media which is having an impact on the relationships at school. Social media is the responsibility of parents/caregivers and unfortunately, becomes a school issue as relationships break down.

It is also a timely reminder that if there are issues or concerns that your child speaks to you about, please contact me or Mrs Fourie directly. We can only work through these challenges if we are aware of them before they become a bigger issue. Our team will work with our students to manage any issues that are school related. Please do not feel you have to approach students yourself to sort out an issue.

School Uniform

Please support us by ensuring that your child is wearing the correct school uniform to school. We are a uniform school and proud of who we represent which is reflected in the pride we take in wearing our uniform. I am aware that Crocs are making a comeback in fashion, however, due to health and safety regulations our students need to wear a sports shoe to support their feet well. Sports shoes also ensure that their toes and heels are covered especially in the technology rooms.

Attendance and Lateness

Attendance and lateness to school is continuing to be a concern. The School Board and I are focusing on attendance at Titahi Bay Intermediate as this is an area that is of great importance to student achievement. The impact that non-attendance has on the learning progress of students is long term and we are going to further investigate the causes and reasons for non-attendance along with the impact it is having on our students at Titahi Bay Intermediate. We currently have a 75% attendance rate across the school.

The number of students arriving late to school is on the rise. We have an average of 15% of our students arriving after 8.50 a.m. which is our start time. Students who come to school late are affected as they do not like walking into class late, they also miss out on important information and those students who arrive well after 9.00 a.m. or later are missing out on important learning. Please ensure that your child arrives at school on time and if you are having trouble getting them up and moving, I am more than happy to help. Let's work together to improve attendance and/or punctual arrival at school so that our students' learning is enhanced and good habits are maintained as they move on to College.

College Enrolments

A large number of our Year 8 students have not yet enrolled at a college for 2023. I will be sending enrolment packs home for Mana College so that you can get the enrolment process underway. It is essential for subject selection and transition for our students that they are enrolled early as many colleges are holding their Orientation Days soon.

Health and Physical Wellbeing Community Consultation 2022

Every two years schools are required to consult our community to gather information in order to plan for our Health and Physical Education programmes. Please take the time to either fill out the google form or hard copy and return it to the school office. We would like all forms returned by 25th November 2022.

Te Ara Puawai - Afterschool Tutoring

Thank you to everyone who returned permission slips for this great opportunity. Our Te Ara Puawai - Afterschool tutoring has now started. This has been a great opportunity for our students to have extra one-on-one time with our teachers. This runs every Tuesday and Thursday from 3.10 p.m. to 4.00 p.m and focuses on Maths and English. The Tuesday class is now full but there are a few places left for Thursday. Contact Mrs Fourie or Mrs O'Reilly if you would like your child to be part of this programme.

Healthy School Lunches

Thank you to the parents who have updated their child's continued participation in the Healthy School Lunches programme. This will bring down the wastage of kai per day. If you haven't returned your child's form then please do so. This will ensure that Debra has the correct number of lunches arriving and being eaten by our students.

This week our students have received two hot lunches, nachos and mince on Tuesday and lasagna on Thursday. Students were coming back for seconds or asking to take some home, this is great to see.

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During the shaking

New Zealand Shakeout Day

Our students participated in the National Shakeout Day. This was a good reminder for all our students and staff on what our earthquake emergency procedure is and what they are required to do in the event of an earthquake.

Well done to all our staff and students for getting to our meeting point in a safe and timely manner.

A reminder to please contact our office if your address or contact details have changed.

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All out safe

Easy Builds with Koro Max

Last Wednesday our Easy Builds group had their final session with Koro Max and Patsy. The group have been working hard on their wagons and enjoyed being able to take their finished product for a ride at the Lagoon. Koro Max also showed them the Aotea train which he built many years ago. The students have absolutely loved being a part of this group and learning new skills along the way. Thanks to Patsy and Family Works for funding this project as well as Koro Max for giving up his time each week.
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Wednesday Lunch Time Sports

Every Wednesday our Mrs Farrer sets up a new sport that our students all have the opportunity to join in and try if they choose to during lunch time.

Last week she set up the table tennis tables outside on the courts. The students had a lot of fun playing table tennis in the sunshine. Thank you Mrs Farrer.

St Johns Weaving Wellbeing

Our students have been participating in Weaving Wellbeing sessions with Jel Pollock. These sessions have been focusing on understanding positive and negative emotions and helping all our students focus on positive thinking and self-worth. Jel is an energetic facilitator who brings passion, experience and fun to these sessions.

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Intermediate Poly Fest

On Friday our Kapa Siva group travelled to Masterton to participate in the Intermediate Poly Fest at the Trust House Stadium. Intermediate schools from all over the Wellington region gathered to watch each other perform. We are so proud of all our performers and drummers, you were fantastic!

A big thank you to Chaedyn Ngaroi and Helen Kopa for all the time and effort given to our Kapa Siva group. We appreciate all your hard work.

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Student Council

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Paper Plus - North City

Paper Plus at North City is locally owned and has all your back to school needs! They also offer a rebate to schools if you purchase from them. All you need to do is mention Titahi Bay Intermediate. We appreciate you doing this as we can put the rebate towards new books for our library! You can shop instore, online or through click and collect.
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School App and Website

Remember to download our App so that you can keep up to date with what is happening. This will be great for our sports teams. Ensure that you link into the sports team that your child is in so that information can be sent out to these teams.
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