Titirangi Primary School News

Monday, May 16, 2016

From The Principal's Desk

Tēnā koutou katoa,

A busy week ahead, with the promotion of two very important causes in the form of Road Safety Week and Pink Shirt Day, which focuses on encouraging everyone to "Speak up and Stand Together to Stop Bullying".

Tomorrow evening also marks the final meeting of the current Board of Trustees prior to the 2016 Triennial Elections. I think we have been very fortunate to have such a talented team, and I'd like to thank them for their outstanding work together, but also to note a few of the things that I have learned from each of them as individuals.

To Richard, former Board Chair and outgoing trustee, my thanks for being so supportive through my initial steps as a 'First-time Principal', and his willingness to trust me to take the lead in determining priorities for delivering our vision. Richard has taught me a great deal about sustainable financial planning, and the importance of never shying away from asking the difficult questions! To Lisa Girvan, for her passion for teaching & learning and consistently taking the time to focus on the human side of governance, reminding us that, ultimately, our learning community is about people first. To Nic Scampion for his countless hours helping with crucial Policy development, and for lending a legal eye to proceedings, and always paying such close attention to the nuance and the detail. To Chris Haines, (who was co-opted to the Board even before he was a parent at the school), for the value he has added through his considerable expertise and investment of time around property, and for bringing a sense of humour along with his professionalism. To Phil Gore, for his approachable, pragmatic style and for stepping up to offer his outstanding working knowledge of finance, and - last but not least - to Zoe Hawkins, our current Board Chair, for always thinking as a parent first, for helping to define a model of governance that enables us to stay focused on what trusteeship should be all about.

I would also like to thank and acknowledge Terry Withers, our Staff Trustee, for bringing a realistic yet future-focused attitude and teaching perspective on the practical implications in the classroom. I am pleased to announce that Terry has received the unanimous support of her colleagues once again and has been duly re-elected to continue in this role.

For my part, I think it is worth noting that the Board of Trustees is an incredibly rewarding role in many ways, but it can also be one of the most thankless tasks as so much of the work is not always visible. What I can say is that I have greatly enjoyed working with such a talented team, and I would like to express my gratitude to them and to their families on behalf of the whole school community for their contribution.

In all areas, from Property to Finance, Staffing and Teaching & Learning, I feel confident that we have an extremely strong foundation for continuing success as we move the school forward, and that our school is a much better place for their collective contribution.

Ka kite anō au i a koutou

Alan Jackson



Monday 16th May:

  • Road Safety Week
  • Room 18 visit Te Uru

Tuesday 17th May:

  • Room 4 and 5 to Eco Matters New Lynn
  • Year 1 and Year 0 to Auckland Zoo
  • Year 3 NZ Sign Language Sessions
  • Room 22 visit Te Uru
  • BOT meeting, 7pm in the Staffroom

Wednesday 18th May:

  • Room 8 visit Te Uru
  • Pie lunch orders to be in by 9:30am (Spare forms available in the office)
  • Year 1-3 Wheels Day (see poster below)
Thursday 19th May:
  • Whanau Maori Hui
  • Thankyou Thursday Shared Lunch Walking School Bus, School Patrol and Travel Wise Leaders

Friday 20th May:

  • Pink Shirt day (Anti Bullying)
  • School Council Bake Sale
  • Pie Lunches (Spare forms available in the office)
  • Room 6 to Eco Matters New Lynn
  • BOT Elections Nominations Close at 12pm
  • Class Parent Meeting, 2pm in the Staffroom

Notices & Reminders

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Pink Shirt Day!

Pink Shirt Day is this Friday, 20th May. It is a great opportunity to reinforce that everyone has a right to feel safe and that physical or emotional bullying should never be tolerated. The key message is to stand up by asking for help when you need it. Help us to promote the simple "Stop. Walk, Talk" message to reinforce this from home.

Welcome to 0800 What's Up

0800 What's Up is a free counselling service just for kids. So, if you need support or someone to talk to, give us a call – we'd love to chat.

Road Safety Week

Help keep kids safe on our roads and get behind Road Safety Week. Click here for tips and advice for parents and families!


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This week is Road Safety Week!

To mark the occasion and draw attention safety on the trip to and from school, Travelwise Leaders have planned two special events!

On Wednesday lunchtime there is a Junior School Wheels Day. See the poster for details.

Thursday is Thank you Thursday. Walking School Bus children and Drivers, Travelwise Leaders and Road Patrollers are invited to bring a plate for a shared lunch in room 9.

We appreciate your dedication to safety and helping others!

An important message from Auckland Transport!

At peak times trains will run every 10 minutes (Monday to Friday between 6am and 9am and from 2.30pm to 7pm).

  • During the day services will run every 20 minutes
  • At other times and on the weekend every 30 minutes.

Please discuss safety at railway crossings with your family.

Please remind students to take extra care when crossing the tracks:

  • to obey the signals - only cross when the crossing bells and lights have STOPPED and there are no trains in either direction
  • to expect a second train – stop and look BOTH directions to check for another train

  • avoid distractions – always remove headphones and put away phones when near railway tracks.

Walking School Bus

Our Walking School Bus is getting full and we urgently need helpers!

Do you walk to the Titirangi Library in the afternoon?

We need a second driver for Tuesday and Thursday afternoons!

We have two children waiting to go on the bus but no Friday driver.

We also need relief drivers for the odd occasion our main driver cannot do their run, this is on a Monday and Tuesday afternoon!

If you think this is something you would be interested in doing please contact Sandra Grammer sycic@xtra.co.nz 021554857

Welcome to Kaumātua Reverend Fred Holloway

We were privileged to welcome our new students at our Powhiri last week, which carried the added significance of welcoming Reverend Fred Holloway to our Learning Community as Kaumātua. Fred spoke very movingly at our Powhiri, and will be working alongside us in a guiding role as we continue to develop tikanga. Fred's considerable expertise will be invaluable in helping us ensure we offer an informed, culturally-responsive environment to all of our learners.


Kia ora koutou,

Matariki is a small cluster of stars that appears in our skies in late May or early June. Traditionally it signalled to Mᾱori that the days would soon begin to get longer and the sun’s warmth would slowly return.

There are many ways that people in Aotearoa New Zealand celebrate Matariki. However showing whᾱnaungatanga (nurturing positive relationships) and reflection are themes of Matariki. Sharing kai and singing are common, as is thinking back on the lastest cycle of life, and contemplating future goals.

Titirangi Primary will celebrate Matariki on Friday June 10th from 4-6pm. There will be a sausage sizzle and Milo to keep everyone warm and cosy, children performing and a chance to catch-up with each-other. We need helpers from 3-7pm for set up, cooking the sausage sizzle, serving the drinks, packing up and any other jobs required. We would appreciate your help!

Below is the link to add your name to our helpers roster


**Please put your phone number beside your name on the roster**


Student Council News


Kia ora katoa, we would like to inform you of an upcoming event organised by the school councillors for all students.

As you may be aware the school councillors like to run events that have been requested by the students, and this term they are going to run a STUDENT MARKET AFTERNOON.

What is a STUDENT MARKET AFTERNOON? This is where students can ‘book’ a spot on the court and sell goods. The goods could range from selling toys they no longer want, making cakes, creating jewellery, inventive items, and any other entrepreneur ideas.

When is STUDENT MARKET AFTERNOON? This is on 10th June from 3-4pm, just before our Matariki event.

Next week we will be sending out further information on how students can book a stall, and how you can help. We do hope that you support us in our first student market afternoon, and we hope to see you all there.

Ka kite ano

Kate and the school councillors.

Titirangi School Council Bake Stall is back

Please support our bake stall. Your generous contribution to this Bake Sale of homemade goods will benefit our ‘project play area equipment’. This project is for purchasing items for the play areas such as a large games to use on the court: hoops, large chess set, connect 4, checkers…

If you can spare some time to bake GREAT,

If not, you can still contribute by getting your child to bring along some change to purchase some goodies…

WHEN: Ramere (Friday) 20th May at morning tea and lunch time.

WHERE: outside the school office.

Kind Regards

The School Council

So on Friday (Ramere) leave the kid’s morning tea box empty, and bring along some change to purchase some goodies at the school council’s ‘bake’ sale.

BOT Triennial Elections 2016

Please be reminded that Board of Trustees nominations Close this Friday (May 20th) at 12 Noon. A collection box is available in the school office for your nomination.

PTA Corner

If you have already indicated that you can be a class parent or have thought you might like to be the link between the parents of your child's class, their teacher and the PTA please come to the staffroom on Friday at 2pm. Contact Vicki Moffat vicandsmoff@Xtra. Co.nz or 0274719314

Games & Activities to Support Your Child's Learning on the TPS "eLearning Zone"!

We have been working to add an extensive number of links and activities to help parents support learning at home via our school website, so we'd encourage you to click this link to our recently-updated "eLearning Zone".

The eLearning Zone is designed to give access to numerous online learning-related games and activities. Whatever your child's areas of focus and next learning steps, we are sure you will find plenty of Reading, Writing and Maths activities to keep both Junior and Senior learners engaged with their learning at home!`

Merit Awards

Congratulations to all of our Merit Award winners this week!
Apologies to those who we missed out last week!!!

Sports Results


TPS Netball - 14-5-16

Another gorgeous day for netball, great to see 4 teams out playing this week from year’s 5&6. It was the 2nd grading round. Third and final grading round for these years next Saturday. All the best for years 1-4 – Honeybees, Kakapoes and Kingfishers who have their first round this Thursday 19th May.

Yr 6 Titirangi Keas 8 v Rosebank Warriors 14

The Keas fought hard against aggressive opponents in a very fast-paced game. While it looked as if the team might be able to close up to them after a very strong second and third quarter, the game still ended with a win for the Rosebank Warriors. However, team spirit was high as the players knew that everyone had done well in a difficult game. Grace was Player of the Day for fantastic overall performance and tight marking of her opponents. The Kea bird went to Jett as the most improved player developing in Centre and as a feisty Goalkeeper.

Yr 6 Titirangi Tui's 11 v Kaurilands 6

A fantastic game today everyone played outstanding as a team. We were able to still swap positions around to give the girls opportunities in some different positions. POD this week was a tough decision but went to Lexie for her amazing court work as C, she was everywhere and got some great ball on defence. Our most improved player Tui bird went to Mackenzie Costello for trying hard at WA and being able to make space and feed the shooters. A great start to our season the girls have got a great team and are really working for each other.

Yr 5 Titirangi Kereru’s 4 v Pt Chev Emeralds 7

The team played really well having to step up to a tough opponent. They fought back well in the second half. Player of the day went to Nikita who had a hard battle, got some scrapes and bruises but carried on playing! Great sportsmanhip shown by all the girlsin the challenging circumstances

Yr 5 Titirangi Fantails 7 v Kaurilands Stars 1

Year 5 - Titirangi Fantails vs Kauriland Stars 8-2

This was an awesome first game for the Fantails who had a convincing win against the Kauriland Stars - 8-2. The Fantails demonstrated great team spirit and enthusiasm during the game. They put into practise many of the skills from their pre-season training. Player of the Day was Esme Jack and the Most Improved player was Catherine Lee.

With thanks to our Platinum Sponsors

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Barfoot & Thompson Titirangi Platinum Sponsor of Titirangi Primary School
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Titirangi Supervalue Platinum Sponsor of Titirangi Primary School

Community Notices

Music Education Centre

"Not learning to play a musical instrument is one of life's biggest regrets. Enrol your child now for individual 30 minute piano or guitar lessons at Titirangi School. For further information or to enrol, contact the Music Education Centre on 0800893939 or through our website www.musiceducation.co.nz"

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