Newsletter Week 5 Term 4

Titahi Bay Intermediate School 18th November 2021

Principal's Korero

Here we are at week 5 already. Our Production cast are working hard rehearsing their lines and various dances. A thanks to Chaedyn Ngaroi who is supporting me with the Production with her great dance choreography and doing rehearsals. We will be able to perform to a live audience with a limit of 100 people in attendance for each performance. Tickets will be available soon.

As you are all aware the mandate of all school staff, volunteers and contractors to be vaccinated who work in a school setting came into effect on Tuesday 16th November 2021. It is great that all of our TBI team are fully vaccinated and contractors or support agencies who are in regular contact with our school have also provided confirmation of their staff members vaccination status.

The challenge for us will be the availability of relievers as our pool has now narrowed even more. Our staff and students have continued to be flexible and adapt to cope when we have a shortage of relievers.

Last week our students completed their end of year testing with pleasing results and students should be proud of their achievements.

A friendly reminder that as we end the year please ensure that your address details are current so that you receive you child's end of year report.

A big thanks to our whānau that supported our Hangi. Thanks to our volunteers and support staff who helped with the preparation and packing of our hangi.

Thanks to Jamie Mill for cutting our pork up, teacher aides, Nicky Roesink-Kelly, Chaedyn Ngaroi, Sammie Roomataaroa, Rachelle Christy, Melvina Martin and Marcus Hewitt for peeling the vegetables, Taliaina Itamura for making the stuffing, Murray Patterson, Te Rangikapurotu Patterson, Te Hana (ex student), Cherie Walsh, Emily Farrer, Taliaina Itamura, Tim Kaimoana for packing the hangi and finally Debra Lobban for helping to wrap and distribute hangi. With all of this help made it a lot easier and faster to prep and cook our hangi.

The feedback has been positive but will look at holding one during Term 1 of 2022. If your child is Year 8 and you would be keen to continue to purchase hangi next year then please let our office know so that we can contact you closer to the time.

Trophy Awards - if your child received a trophy in Term 2 then please return them to the school office in preparation for our end of year Trophy Night.

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Mana College Enrolments and Orientation Morning

We have a number of our Year 8 students who still need to enrol at Mana College. Mana College will be holding their Orientation day on Tuesday 23rd November with a bus arriving to take them down at 9.00 a.m. The bus will return to school at 12.30 p.m. Only those students who have enrolled at Mana College will be able to go down for this morning, so please get them enrolled now. There has been some miscommunication regarding the date of this Orientation morning, but it is definitely next Tuesday.

A reminder that Mana College has an enrolment scheme which means that you must provide proof of your address with your child's enrolment so please have a copy of this ready to hand into the office. If it is easier then get your child to hand their enrolment forms into the office and we will hand them into the office at Mana College.

Comedy Night

Last Friday the TBI Comedy Night was held at TBay Cafe with all tickets being sold. Thanks again to Greg Ellis and Allie Rutherford for their excellent organisational and promotional talents in organising this successful event. I am sure that everyone enjoyed letting their hair down and having a laugh.

A big 'shout out' to our comedians as well as the TBay Cafe for allowing the event to be held there.

EPRO 8 - congratulations to our TBI Team

This week we hosted the EPRO 8 competition in our school hall. Students have been working on our EPro8 challenge since Term 3, starting with an inhouse competition with 16 students competing in four teams of four. From our inhouse competition eight students were selected to represent Titahi Bay Intermediate in the EPro8 Interschool Challenge. The Gearheads (Cameron, Zac, Taylor and Isaac) and the Flying Wingnuts (Coco, Waimihi, Anika and Max). The Gearheads place 3rd out of 12 teams and have made it through to the semifinal, which will be held on Tuesday 23 November 5 - 8 pm at Titahi Bay Intermediate. The Flying Wingnuts placed 9th. We are very proud of all the students who have participated in our EPro8 challenges this year.
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Chocolate Raffle

Just a reminder that we have two baskets full of Whittakers Chocolate being raffled off for $2.00 a ticket. Send your child to the office to purchase a ticket which we will draw during our end of year Trophy Night.
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Donated Books for the Library

Thanks to Max Ellis for donating a range of books for our school library - they are in great condition and I am sure that our current and future students will enjoy issuing them out. Thank you very much Max!

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Trophy Night

As the end of year is fast approaching and the restrictions of Covid 19 continue to have impact on large indoor events, therefore we will be holding our Trophy Night outdoors with our students performing on the outdoor stage.

As we missed Term 3's trophy night we need to get our students performing for the last time, especially with our Year 8 students moving onto College in 2022.

For this night we ask that everyone follows these precautions:

  • scan the QR code or sign in manually on entry to the school grounds
  • stay within your own bubble
  • keep a safe distance of 1 to 2 metres from others
  • wear a face mask while moving around the grounds

Fingers crossed that the weather is good and that the sound of our performance groups is able to overcome the acoustics of performing outdoors.

Upcoming Events

  • Schoolwide testing - Week 4