Newsletter Week 2 Term 1 2023

Titahi Bay Intermediate School February 2023

Upcoming Events

  • Whanau B.B.Q - 15th February 5.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.
  • Big Day Out - 16th February (During school time)
  • Immunization Information - 23rd February 11.00 a.m

Principal's Korero

Tēna koutou kātoa and a big, warm welcome to you all as we start the 2023 school year. We were lucky enough this year to have a Mihi whakatau as last year we were unable to have any powhiri or welcome for our new students due to Covid-19 restrictions. We would like to thank our new whānau for supporting our students on the first day of school by joining us for the Mihi whakatau, our hall was full and there was a great feeling.

This year we welcome some new staff members to our Titahi Bay Intermediate Whānau. In Room 1 we welcome back Ms Amy Cole who is returning from maternity leave. Ms Cole is our Assistant Principal. We would also like to welcome Miss Jennifer Clark in Room 3.

As we have had lovely hot weather lately we would recommend that students bring a water bottle to school as well as a sun hat. Let's be sun-wise.

You all may have heard that we have had a significant roll increase this year with enrolments still coming in this week. It is great to see our community choosing their local Intermediate, Titahi Bay Intermediate as their school of choice. Jessica Fourie has worked extremely hard sorting the class lists for 2023 with a focus on combinations of students, the best fit teacher for our students as well as ensuring there is a balance of male and female students along with a mixture of Year 7 and 8 students. I would like to thank her very much for doing this hard task.

As our students are settling into the culture and expectations of Titahi Bay Intermediate, I would like to thank the support of parents who we have spoken to or those who have come in to have a korero with teachers all ready. The more we work together the better for our students.

Introducing our Titahi Bay Intermediate Team

Room 1 - Ms Amy Cole

Room 2 - Mrs Cherie Walsh

Room 3 - Miss Jennifer Clark

Room 4 - Mrs Emma O'Reilly

Room 5 - Mrs Emily Farrer

Room 6 - Miss Olivia Gorman

Room 7 - Mr Jared King

Assistant Principal - Ms Amy Cole

Deputy Principal - Mrs Jessica Fourie

Principal - Mrs Dairne Kaimoana

Languages - Mr Lucho Arca

Technology - Mrs Sarah Schofield

Music - Mrs Heather Rhodes-Robinson

Teacher Aide - Mr Sammie Roomataaroa

Office Administrator - Miss Natasha Clark

Teacher Aide/Office Assistant- Miss Chaedyn Ngaroi

Office Administrator - Miss Debra Lobban

Property - Miss Raewyn Andrell

Property - Mr Samuela Roomataaroa

Siva Tutor - Miss Chaedyn Ngaroi

Kapa Haka Tutor - Todd Parata

Big picture

Titahi Bay Intermediate School Vision and Values

Our Titahi Bay Intermediate School Vision is the foundation for all that we do at our school.

FIND THE WAY - KNOW THE WAY - LEAD THE WAY - reflects the journey that our students are taking as they enter the 'middle years' finding their way (holistically), they then know their way over the two years and then continue leading the way into their future journey.

Our school values of TE ARA also means pathway, which weaves through our school vision of the learning journey our students are on.

TE ARA is the PB4LSW (Positive Behaviour for Learning School Wide) acronym for our school values.

TIKANGA - actively participating in developing a positive school culture where we do the right thing for ourselves and others, which also contributes to the well-being of our community.

EMPATHY - to have the ability and skill to identify, sense and respond appropriately to the needs of others.

AKO - to understand that there is mana and wealth in having knowledge and that we can share knowledge and learning from each other.

RANGATIRATANGA - to make a positive difference through role modelling and encouraging others.

AMBITION - to understand that success is possible, what it might look like for ourselves and others and how to achieve it.

Our School Emblem is a symbol of our school values and strategic goals. Our heron was originally chosen to reflect the abundance of Blue Heron that occupied the school grounds. Our school heron has changed shape over the years from a standing heron to a heron in flight. As we re-designed our school branding the blue heron has now returned to its original standing position with various parts of its makeup reflecting our strategic goals.

Wings of our Heron: Symbolism is the Poutama which is representing the steps and growth of knowledge for all associated with our school - student, teachers, support staff, whānau and community.

Body of our Heron: Symbolism is the whare representing our connection with whānau, the coming together to nurture, share and support the journey for all.

Head of our Heron: Symbolism is the koru, representing new growth, the unfolding of knowledge/growth, nurturing of all (well-being) and connectedness.

All of the above explains who we are at Titahi Bay Intermediate and what we (collectively) represent - Whānau working together for the future of our students, whānau and community.

Positive Behaviour for Learning School Wide

We have been a Positive Behaviour for Learning School Wide school for many years now. This means that we have a schoolwide system in place for all so there is consistency and a clear understanding of our reward systems.


Our Blue Card system enables students to be recognised for their positive behaviour and shows our TE ARA values. Students are given a Blue Card with the value that has been displayed. If your child receives one they will bring it home for you to see and sign. Students then return it to school and place it in the TE ARA blue bin which is located in our school office. When we have assemblies 5 students are drawn from the blue bin and will receive a small reward. The final name to be drawn will receive a lunch/iceblock voucher.


All students will be assigned a house group. Our house groups are Kowhai, Rimu, Totara and Rata. All students can receive house points awarded by all staff in our school. At the end of each term, the winning house group will receive a small treat as well as having their House Flag flown on our flag pole.

Ka Ora, Ka Ako - Healthy School Lunches Programme

We are fortunate enough to be able to provide free healthy school lunches to our students. Our lunches are provided by Kapura who provide lunches for schools across the wider Wellington Region.

Your child would have brought a form home last week to confirm their participation in this programme as well as any dietary requirements. We allow students to opt-out as it was hard to see kai go to waste last year when students wouldn't eat what was presented.

If you can please remind your child to return their form to the school office as we have to place our confirmed orders for the following week.

Noho Marae 2023

We have booked Maraeroa Marae for our Noho Marae in Term 2, 20th - 23rd June 2023. This will be the first time for a number of years that we will be able to take our students on this experience.

More information will come out next term.

School Procedures

We have a few procedures that you may not know about and would like to know about.

Cell Phones

Students can bring their cell phones to school, but on arrival at school, students need to hand them in at the school office where they will be put into their named bag and it will be stored away in the safe for the day. Students can collect their phones at the end of the school day. This is to ensure that our students are kept safe without images being taken and shared unknowingly. We thank you for your support with this.


If your child is absent or late for school, then please let the school office know. You can ring our school number and leave your child's name and reason for absence on the absent line or email the office directly.

If your child is late to school, they will need to come into the office to sign in and get a late pass to hand to their Home Room teacher. Any lateness is recorded and monitored.

School App

We encourage all parents to sign up for the School App. The instructions are below. We use the School App to communicate notices or changes in events that might need to get out to parents quickly.
Big picture
Big picture

What's On Term 1 2023

Please find below our What's On for Term 1 of 2023. These are the events and important dates for Term 1.

If dates and events are changed the school will communicate this with you via the School App, notices, our School Website or on Facebook.

Big picture


Our students have had the opportunity to have swimming lessons over the course of this week. It has been wonderful to see how our students have become more confident in the water and how their skills have developed over the four-day programme.

We would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who helped us transport our students down to the pools and back to school: Santana Loudon, Jasmine Kenning, Rita Hodgson, Kathryn Akanoa, Tane Rangihuna, Rose Sawaya, Heather Rhodes-Robbinson and Sandy Bray. I would also like to acknowledge our Titahi Bay Intermediate staff for also transporting our students to and from the pool.



We are getting ourselves organised for another jam-packed year of Netball and are on the hunt for Netball coaches. If you can help in any way, even as a manager or umpire please call the office at (04) 236 8588 or email Emily Farrer at We are looking forward to another great season.

Teacher's Corner

A hearty welcome from all of our teachers and current students to all our new enrolments. Our seven passionate teachers have spent the last two weeks orientating our new students to the expectations and routines at Titahi Bay Intermediate. We have had many discussions about our school values and how we can best model them.

The past two weeks have also been filled with fun activities outdoors and indoors. We encourage all our students to give everything a go with a can-do attitude and this has been visible around the school during the different lessons and at our swimming lessons.

We look forward to sharing many more snapshots of our students at work throughout the year.

-Mrs Fourie (Deputy Principal).

Student Spotlight


In this corner of the newsletter, we celebrate our students' achievements outside of school. We know that the students at Titahi Bay Intermediate take part in so much more than what is available at school. So if your child has achieved in any area outside of the school environment or your child has taken part in an exciting initiative, please email Mrs Fourie at with a description of the achievement and a photo (if possible) to accompany their description.

We are looking forward to seeing all the exciting extras our students are involved in this year!

2023 Term Dates

Term 1 2023: Tuesday 31st January - Thursday 6th April

Term 2 2023: Wednesday 26th April - Friday 30th June

Term 3 2023: Monday 17th July - Friday 22nd September

Term 4 2023: Monday 9th October - Thursday 14th December

School Bank Account Details

Titahi Bay Intermediate

Bank Name: ASB Bank

Bank Account Number: 12-3223-0154502-00