Titirangi Primary School News

Monday, Feb 15, 2016

From The Principal's Desk

Tēnā koutou katoa,

With the term now in full swing, it was great to see such a great turnout last Friday when we formally welcomed our new students, families, whanau and staff at our Term 1 Powhiri. This was a great success, and we plan to hold another similar event in Term 3 for all subsequent new enrolments and their families.

Last week, each syndicate also came together for a 'Values Assembly', at which aspects of the school values and bullying prevention messages were reinforced with the children. We are very fortunate at TPS to enjoy an overwhemingly happy, positive culture that we are very proud of, but - as in any walk of life - individuals are not always going to agree, say the right thing or make the most positive choice 100% of the time.

We want the children to be independent problem-solvers, of course. But - while they may show our school values and solve relatively minor problems by themselves most of the time, they also need to know exactly what to do when things don't work out so well.

If they ever find themselves facing serious, upsetting or ongoing problems that they can't solve easily on their own, the key message is that everyone has a right to come to school feeling safe and respected, and that they can ask for help if they need it.

This is summarised in three simple steps for the children, as shown in the image below. It is a message that is well worth time reinforcing from home to help us ensure that every child can feel happy and secure in knowing their rights and responsibilities as members of our learning community.

Ka kite anō au i a koutou

Alan Jackson


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  • Monday 15 Feb: Walking School Bus week.
  • PTA meeting at 7.00 pm in the Staffroom.
  • Thursday 18 Feb: Be Bright, Be Seen Day for Travel Wise.
  • Friday 19 Feb: Sushi Lunches.
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It is Walking School Bus Week!

Be Bright Be Seen! Dress Brightly on Thursday!!

Auckland Transport is running Walking School Bus Week this week (15 – 19 Feb). There are activities and competitions for Walking School Bus children. There is also an AMI “Be Bright Be Seen” day on Thursday 18th for all children! We invite you to participate, and encourage walking safely to school. On that day children can find their brightest, craziest outfit to wear to school! The ‘Brightest’ class will win a prize!

Did You Know?

Generally, a pedestrian dressed in dark clothing is barely recognisable by a driver from a distance of 25 metres while one in bright clothing can be spotted from a distance of 90 metres. The light reflected off reflective material in outerwear is perceptible from a distance of 150 metres. Clothing in white or yellow is ideal.

Scholastic Book Club

The Scholastic’s Book Club flyers are out now. Your children should have brought home the latest Scholastic Book Club flyer.

If you wish to order any books, please order online using LOOP or complete the order forms on the back page of the flyer. There is a Scholastic order box in the office to place your orders in. Orders must be at school by Friday 4th March.

If you wish to order any books as gifts, please put your name, preferred contact number and clearly mark HOLD IN OFFICE. We will notify you when the books arrive and you can collect them at your convenience.

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PMP: Perceptual Motor Programme.

HAVE YOU GOT A SPARE 1 ½ HOURS A TERM OR KNOW OF SOMEONE ELSE WHO CAN HELP PLEASE? (Nanny/Au pair, Neighbour, Friend, Grandparent, Relative…) We need to fill about 65 spaces for this term and are setting up our electronic roster.

If you would love to give back to Titirangi School and can volunteer for 1 or more sessions for the term we need 4 helpers every session to make our PMP programme run successfully with manageable group sizes of about 5 children. This programme is awesome and shows improvement in children with their balance, co-ordination, self-confidence, eye tracking and memory which further enhances their learning.

Where? In the school hall

When? A Tuesday or Thursday morning 8.55-10.30am

Who? Lovely volunteers like yourselves, a teacher and their Year 0-1 class.

Many helpers are working parents and don’t have children involved in the programme.

How do you help? Stand at one station in the school hall, read your activity card and guide and praise the children. (The activity is very simple like crawling, throwing bean bags, jumping in hoops etc) How do you sign up? Go to http://vols.pt/xo2qr6 , click on the month you want to sign up for and please do as many sessions as you can. (Click on save after choosing your spots). It’s really easy! Contact me on the details below if you are having trouble.

Many thanks in advance!!!

Jenny Coyle (021) 918 395 or jdcoy@xtra.co.nz

Merit Awards

Well done to all of this week's Merit Award winners!


A reminder for students who want to enrol for Violin, Piano and Guitar lessons at school with the Music Education Centre must return their forms to the school office by Monday 15th.

After School Pottery Classes with Jenny Coyle:

I belong to Titirangi Pottery Studio and have taught primary school children for more than 10 years. Come and use this opportunity to be creative and have some positive relaxed time for 6 weeks making independent hand built bowls and a wall hanging. We have had 3 very successful terms of classes at school last year. I am setting up a new class as my Thursday class is full and have been getting further requests.

Where? Rm 13 at Titirangi Primary

Who? Class is 8 children maximum. Year 3 and up.

When? Monday afternoon (Come after the school bell, Have a small play outside and eat a provided afternoon tea before the session starts.) Starts around 3.10- 4.30pm. Starting next week 22nd February for 6 wks Cost? $100 which includes clay, glazes and firing.

Places fill quickly: so please email me and the first emails received will be the first places filled.


Children’s Music Centre

Providing quality Music education www.childrensmusiccentre.com

Music tuition, but not as you know it!

Classes lessons and workshops by registered NZ trained music specialist… millions of years of experience! ;-) Music lessons with a difference!

Bound itno Sound (for 5 – 7 yrs)

Guitar Club (for 8 – 9 yrs)

Fun creative yet absolutely thorough music lessons which cover all the aspects of music, including notation, playing by ear, listening, rhythm, performance skills and more!

Weekly classes, 1 hour per week, Titirangi Community House and Oratia School. For more details, check out the brand new website…www.childrensmusiccentre.com, or give me a phone, 0220 712 083.

J Karen Jones

Flyers are available from the office

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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
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