Newsletter Week 5 Term 3

Titahi Bay Intermediate School August 2022

Upcoming Events

  • T.B.I Open Evening - Wednesday 14the September - 5.30pm
  • T.B.I Open Morning - Friday 16th September - 9.30am - 11.30am

Principal's Korero

Kia ora koutou, apologies for this being the first newsletter of the term. With the building work going on and a few staff away we have had to juggle a number of things at once. Fingers crossed most of the building work should be completed by the end of the term. We are hoping to have our hall back ready for our up-and-coming Open Night as we have delayed this a few times already.

I hope that you are all surviving this wet weather that we are having, I know that our students are finding it hard being indoors during their break times, bring on Spring and then Summer.

We have held our mid-year Te Ara Korereo with a number of whānau either attending in person or online to discuss your child's mid-year reports. Out of our 180 students our booking system recorded 93 bookings with a few parents having to make a time out of these dates. Those parents who were unable to attend will have their child's report posted home with information on the Curriculum Levels which include the explanation for the levels for Te Reo Māori and Languages. If you need to discuss your child's report then please make contact with their Home Room teacher.

As a staff, we have reviewed how these two nights operated with one being 'in-person' and the other being 'online'. The team would like to use a combination of 'in-person' or 'online' over both nights as they will be able to move between the two platforms. We will trial this for next year's whānau conferences.

Miss Gardiner has been fortunate enough to experience travelling to London over the past few weeks as her partner competes in the Waka Ama World Champs. We have managed to have Mr Arca, Mrs Fourie and myself cover her classes for stability. We will see her back towards the end of next week.

As you are all aware it is extremely hard to source relievers when a teacher is away, so at times classes have been split. With a large number of students absent, we have been able to cater for this comfortably. I would like to thank our teaching team and students for their patience and flexibility during this time.

Social Media - students engagement

We have had to manage a few issues with students and the decisions they are making on social media platforms, such as Tik Tok. Please monitor what your child is doing and sharing with the world. This is also a good time to check who they are following online as there are some influencers who may not share the same values and morals as your whānau.

Mask Wearing

We would like to thank our students, staff and whānau for their support with the wearing of masks over the past 4 weeks. This has definitely assisted in keeping our students and staff safe from the spread of illnesses. Our Titahi Bay Intermediate School team have decided to remove the expectation of mask-wearing while in our school, we will also continue to support those who continue to wear face masks.

Afterschool Basketball

Our students have been participating in the afterschool Basketball competition being held at Tawa College on Thursday nights. I would like to acknowledge Mrs Emily Farrer who has taken the lead on this to ensure that our students are able to participate in this competition as they represent Titahi Bay Intermediate on the court. Her time and enthusiasm is much appreciated.

It is also a timely reminder to our students and whānau that the purpose for our students to play any sport is for participation, enjoyment and experience. We expect our students to show Manaakitanga towards both the opposition as well as their own peers, both on and off the court. We would also expect whānau to support our teams as we all do like to win, but it is participation, enjoyment and development that count at the end of a game.

If you do have any questions or are unhappy with our kaupapa then please contact me directly to discuss. Thank you for your support with Mrs Emily Farrer and our two basketball teams.

Saturday Netball

Saturday Netball is coming to an end with only a few more games left. I would like to acknowledge the commitment from our players who have continued to attend, even when the weather has been crazy. We also need to acknowledge our coaches Marama Phillips and Jaylah Etimani-Marwood who have given up their time to coach our teams. We have also been fortunate enough to have Jade Bailey and Jahlia umpire the games on a Saturday - a big thanks from us all. Our final thanks go to our sideline support with a number of whānau who are there every Saturday supporting our teams.

Boys Netball Tournament

Brandon Intermediate organised a Boy's Netball Tournament earlier this term with a great day had by all. It gave our boys an opportunity to play as a team against other teams across Porirua. Again I would like to thank Mrs Emily Farrer for taking on this responsibility and managing the team for the day. Well done.

100% Attendance

Congratulations to the following students who had 100% attendance:

Term 1

Alisha Thepsurin, Tane Mill, Te Paea Pohatu, Tessa Hanrahan, Kahurangi Waa, Aeishana Robertson-Roache, Paxton Lees, Andvari Kirk Marsters, Matthew Fernie, Huhu Rei, Kayden Kaimoana

Term 2

Puketapu Gilbert-Kampjes, Tania Rinchom-Paull, Andvari Kirk Marsters, Milan Rabson, Sariah Laavasa, Maxwell Ellis, Tiare McMahon

Porirua Future Leaders Awards

The Rotary Clubs of Porirua in conjunction with Porirua City Council hold an annual Porirua Future Leaders award event.

We would like to congratulate Jessica Kay and Zac Hanrahan who were selected by our teaching team to receive this great leadership award. Congratulations Jessica and Zac.

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Term 3 Te Ara Certificates

Congratulations to the following students for showing "Rangatiratanga" throughout term 2 :

Riley Atkinson, Emiliia Laavasa, Puketapu Gilbert-Kapjes, Kayden Kaimonana, Adyn Iti, Tiare McMahon, Jack Granger, Milan Rabson, Zakya Wichman-Grant, Ian Dariagan-Johns, NIkayla Bishop, Madison Steffert, Te Paea Pohatu, Jasmine Keith, Mason Rongo, Isla Weir, Whata Matenga, Andvari Kirk-Marsters, Kaylee Paea, Harlem Akavi-Denyer, Rita Anderson, TK Ape-Tuputala,

School Board Elections

Our triennial School Board elections were held. Please see our newly elected School Board for the next three years. Congratulations to our elected Staff Representative Cherie Walsh.
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School Board Matters - Change of Constitution

Our School Board would like to inform our community that the School Board will be voting on making a change to our constitution. Specifically, we are looking at changing the number of community representatives from 5 to 3. This is because of low candidate interest over the last few elections.

The vote will be held at our next School Board meeting on Monday 19th September 2022. This meeting will be open to the public.

NZAIMS Research

The NZ Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools have contracted Victoria University of Wellington to carryout a research looking at 'Exploring the experiences and perceptions of Intermediate and Middle Schooling communities.

Our teachers and a selected group of Year 8 students have been given the opportunity to participate in this research programme. I would like to thank our teachers and whānau for taking the time to complete this survey as it would give a great in-sight into the perceptions held throughout Aotearoa.

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Nga Manu Nature Reserve is giving kids the opportunity to get up close with bugs and grubs and learn to build their own bio-dome during Conservation Week. Conservation Club will complrise of four-one hour sessions after school from September 6th to 9th. If you are interested please find more details below in their newsletter.

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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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If your child loves doing cartwheels, handstands, trampolining, flips, or parkour moves, then they will thrive at Bigair Gym!

Bigair Gym classes are excellent for fun, focus and fitness! Children learn new skills and develop personal confidence and self-achievement! Strong focus is given to safety and technique, ranging from fundamentals to advanced skills. The structured classes follow a Bigair Badge Programme, which creates focused learning, and allows children to achieve and feel personal progression!

Bigair classes include GYMNASTICS, TRAMPOLINING, TUMBLING, FREE RUNNING (that’s parkour with flips) & CHEERLEADING! Inquire about Bigair BIRTHDAY PARTIES too!

GET IN QUICK FOR TERM 3 GYM CLASSES & BIGAIRS POPULAR HOLIDAY PROGRAMME! Bookings open Mon 27th June. Booking in is easy online at or contact your local Bigair Gym office today.

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