Titirangi Primary School News

Monday, February 17, 2014

From The Principal's Desk

Dear Parents

Bookings are open for our Term 1 Goal-Setting Conferences, offering an invaluable opportunity for shared dialogue around learning for 2014. We believe that it's important that these meetings are not just for teachers and parents, but that they also involve the students themselves, as one of our strategic goals is to enable students to develop an increasingly active 'agency' over their learning.

A great deal of current research supports the crucial importance of this, as was exemplified in a Ministry of Education report, which found that sustained higher achievement requires:

"approaches that enable students to take charge of their own learning. Such approaches do not leave the students ‘to discover’ in an unstructured environment. Rather, they are highly structured in supporting student agency and sustained and thoughtful engagement. For example, they foster students’ abilities to define their own learning goals, ask questions, anticipate the structure of curriculum experiences..." - Quality Teaching for Diverse Students in Schooling: Best Evidence Synthesis Iteration (BES)

This is by no means a new argument. Over two decades ago, researchers on educational reform Fullan and Stiegelbauer (1991) asked simply "what would happen if we treated the student as someone whose opinion mattered?"

I'd like to think that we've come a long way in answering that question over recent years, but it is important that we continue to explore ways in which we can involve our learners and make their voices an integral and valued part of the TPS Vision.

Ka kite anō au i a koutou
Alan Jackson

What's On

  • Mon, Feb 17:
  • Room 10 to Waterwise at French Bay
  • Tues, Feb 18:
  • New Entrant Parents' Meeting (Staffroom, 9am-10.30am)
  • BOT Meeting (Staffroom, 7.30pm)
  • Wed, Feb 19:
  • Skateboard Programme for Years 3-6
  • Thurs, Feb 20:
  • Online Conference Bookings close
  • Y4 to Arataki
  • Skateboard Programme for Years 3-6
  • Fri, Feb 21:
  • Y4 to Arataki

Rm 9 Sailing at French Bay!


TravelWise Update - Back to School Safety Campaign - Last Thursday our school TravelWise Ambassadors took part in the Back to School Safety Campaign, to highlight the dangers of speeding cars around schools.

Walk or Wheels on Wednesday (WoW) - To promote sustainable and environmentally friendly ways to travel to and from school, every Wednesday we promote students and parents/caregivers to walk, scoot, bus or park and walk (away from school). Any student taking part visits the Walkers’ Tree in the office where our school ambassadors will put your name on the tree. Every 5 WoWs (walk or wheels) gets you into the draw for a spot prize.

Walking School Bus - We currently have three walking school bus routes running and are always looking for more volunteers to drive the busses and students to enrol. More information next week. - Tracey Parker – TravelWise Co-ordinator.

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

CIVS: Are you already, or do you aspire to be a leader in your school and/or community? Do you like to have HEAPS of fun, but learn about important issues such as human rights, and sustainable development at the same time? Would you like to make friends from all over the world? CISV might be for you. CISV International is a unique, non-profit, non-religious volunteer peace organisation whose goal is to build global friendships among youth from all around the world. CISV Auckland is holding it’s first weekend camp of 2014 Piha 21st-23rd February for anyone aged 9+. Come along for all or some of the time and find out more. International Camp opportunities 2014 for 11, 14 and 15 year olds as well as older youth and adult leaders details please contact Jan Llewell on 817 3368 or 021 368935 or Tracey Cumin 360 63 54 or 021 162 5678. View the CISV website www.cisvnz.org" <http://www.cisvnz.org>

German Lessons: Available at the Green Bay Community House every Tuesday 3:30 to 4:45 pm and Tititrangi Community House every Friday 3:30 to 4:45pm. Suitable for bilingual and non-German speaking children (Year 1 -6). If you are interested in signing up your child, please contact Tatjana Jacobi on 950 4304/ 021 188 9777/ email tatjacobi@gmail.com or drop in at the start of a lesson.

Vintage Cars: 12.30 - 2.30pm on Sunday 23rd February Woodlands Park School will play host to 30 Vintage Cars, One Penny Farthing and a local old Fire Engine. This is all part of the 100 Year Celebration of Exhibition Drive. There will be a Sausage Sizzle, High Tea Lunch, Cake Stall, Handmade and Homegrown Stall, and Coffee. Starting at 12.30pm come down and experience a little piece of history."

Suburbs Rugby Club: Play rugby at Suburbs in 2014. All junior grades - see website for details of registrations - www.suburbsrugby.co.nz U5-U7 - Ripper Rugby, U8-U10 Half-field tackle rugby, U11-U13 Full field rugby. See website and click on the 'Junior Info' tab for details or ring James on 0272 817 461.'

Titirangi Potters Open day: Sat 22nd Feb - 10am till 4pm at Titirangi Community House on South Titirangi Rd. Come along and see what goes on through the door on the track down to Park Rd. Purchase a pot (from $2) and glaze it; then can watch it being fired in raku ‘fire’ bins - it is quite dramatic! All proceeds will go to a group doing a 100KM Oxfam Walk. It’s a family friendly event and the metallic glazes make stunning/ unique pieces of art. Kids welcome! Tea, coffee, cakes/ scones etc are provided while people wait to see their pot being fired. See titiangipotters.com

South Titirangi Sustainable Neighbourhood Group Working Bee: On 1 March, meet your neighbours and beautify your street! We’re working on restoring views over Little Muddy Creek. Join us on Saturday 1 March 2014 for a weeding session on the berm outside 681 South Titirangi Road. We’ll be removing Wattle, Blue Morning Glory and ‘Asparagus Fern’. Morning tea provided. Bring: Hats and water if it's hot. Gardening gloves. Tools for digging and trimming. ALL WELCOME.

TPS - Touch Rugby 2014 - Welcome back to Touch 2014! I know last week there were a few players finding it hard to get back into the swing of things but hopefully are now looking forward to their next game. Apologies to those in the 1st round who had issues with their game, I am crossing fingers it will all run smoothly for this week!

Click the image on the right for the full results!

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