Titirangi Primary School News

Monday, May 9, 2016

From The Principal's Desk

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Huge thanks to our Librarian, Mrs Wallace, for her Book Week organisation. It was great to see all the smiles and amazing costumes, and of course a fantastic way to promote reading for pleasure. If you were not able to make it, check out the gallery below and see if you can spot me!

This week, I'd like to let you know about a few changes that take effect this term that you may need to be aware of, including key points of contact and related email addresses for aspects of school administration.

The changes will help clarify the organisation and structures in the office and support the invaluable work they do.

Executive Officer:

Christine Landers email: (christinela@titirangi.school.nz)

Areas of Responsibility:

Office Management, Finance & HR, Principal's Secretary

School Secretary:

Suzanne Morgan (Mon-Thurs) email: (secretary@titirangi.school.nz)

Areas of Responsibility:

Reception, Enrolments, Community Liaison & School Communications, Senior Leadership Team Secretary, Board of Trustees Secretary

Office Administrator/Student Services:

Sandie O'Gorman (Mon, Tues & Fri) email: (office@titirangi.school.nz)

Allison Aikman (Wed, Thurs & Fri) email: (office@titirangi.school.nz)

Areas of Responsibility:

Student Services, Absences & Attendance, Sick Bay, Trips & Activities, Office Administration, Payments & Receipts

As you can see from the summary above, Christine will be taking on a new Office Manager role alongside her Finance responsibilities from this term, with Allison and Sandie entering a job-share arrangement focused on Student Services. I'd also like to congratulate Suzanne on stepping up to her new Secretarial role.

As we transition, please be aware that enquiries may be re-directed to the appropriate member of the team, so it would be worthwhile being aware of the areas of responsibility above so that you know who to get in touch with directly. Please also note that Allison and Sandie's individual email addresses will be eventually phased out as part of the new arrangements and replaced with the shared office email address.

I am sure you will join in supporting the team as they settle in and establish new routines around the office.

I am also delighted to announce that this week also sees a very distinguished addition to our learning community. At our Wednesday Powhiri, we will formally introduce and welcome Reverend Fred Holloway, who will join us alongside some of our our newest learners, as TPS Kaumātua. Fred is held in the highest regard and brings a tremendous wealth of experience, wisdom and mana to our school. We are privileged to have his involvement as our esteemed guide in strengthening and developing our tikanga and whanaungatanga as a school. I am sure that you will join me in extending the warmest of welcomes to Fred and to all those children and families who join us this term.

Ka kite anō au i a koutou

Alan Jackson


Powhiri This Wednesday

An open invitation to our Powhiri this Wednesday at 9.30am. This is a special event for our school and an opportunity to formally welcome new families, children and individuals to our learning community. Existing parents who would like to attend are invited to stand with the current staff and students during the ceremony.

Children who have joined us since our last Powhiri are welcome to join our invited guests if they would like to participate.


What a wonderful turnout we had on Friday at our Book Character Parade.

Notices & Reminders


Monday 9th May:

  • NZSL Week!

Wednesday 11th May:

  • Powhiri 9.30am
  • Syndicate 3 Visit to Waitakere Refuse & Recycling Centre
  • Sushi lunch orders to be in by 9:30am
Thursday 12th May:
  • Syndicate 3 Visit to Waitakere Refuse & Recycling Centre
  • PTA Meeting 'The Big Event' Planning in the Staffroom, 7pm (Change of advertised date)

Friday 13th May:

  • Sushi lunches (Spare forms available in the office)

Learn to Sign for NZSL Week!

Sign language national anthem
Sign language learning
Sign language netball
Sign language numbers
Sign language days of weeks

BOT Triennial Elections 2016

Nomination forms have been posted last week. Please let the office know if you have not received your nomination form.

Nominations Close 20th May 2016 at 12 Noon.

A collection box is available in the school office for your nomination.

PTA Corner

Quiz night – Saturday 2nd July ‘T'Quiz’

Tickets are on sale from TODAY through the school office $25 each, or a table of 8 for $200.

Individual tickets must be paid for in full to secure your booking, whole tables require a $50 deposit. (last date to pay full payment of tickets is 17th June).

Please note that no tables can be booked without a deposit having been paid. Payment accepted through EFTPOS, cash, online banking etc, but no IOUs! Deposits non-refundable.

Get in quick to secure a table for you and your team, they sell out really quickly!

Fancy dress can be anything within the theme 'T'. Let your imaginations run wild and get ready for the biggest night in the Titirangi Social Calendar!

Term 2 Chess Tuition

We are now taking enrolments for Term 2 Chess Tuition.

To enrol follow the link and complete the Google form: http://goo.gl/forms/I4EYmCrOct

Sessions will be :

Friday 27 May @ 8am

Friday 10 June @ 8am

Friday 24 June @ 8am

Friday 8 July @ 8am

Cost: $40.00

*Places note that places are limited (max 23 players) so enrol today.

40 Hour Famine

One Weekend One Backpack Appeal

Last week sponsorship booklets and a letter outlining this year's appeal went home to Y5-6 students, Booklets are also available for any student wishing to participate. Please ask your teacher for a booklet. We would really like to support the appeal again this year, and ask children and parents to consider signing up to get involved.

Lets help the refugees in Syria!

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

Community Notices

TPS Netball

Come and be part of a team sport, make new friends and learn some new skills.

We are still looking for Netball Players for the TPS Netball Season – year 4,5,6 – beginners & experienced players welcome. Boys & Girls Welome

Practise night Friday 3-4pm @ School. Games in the Netball Waitakere League Saturday Mornings - May – mid August 2016.

Please contact Rachel malrach@vodafone.co.nz 027 419 3437/ Catherine Leach physiodirect@xtra.co.nz / 021 273 6828


The TPS Netball season is underway with the first grading game held Saturday 7 May for year 5 & 6 teams. the weather was fantastic warm & sunny– long may it last through the Winter! 2 Grading games each ahead next weekend.

Year 6 - Titirangi Keas v MVS Killer Whales 16-0

In their first grading game of the season, the Titirangi Keas scored a quick 9 goals in the first quarter. Backed by such comfortable advantage, the girls were given the chance to move around within the team and play in different positions for each of the remaining 3 quarters of the game. They enjoyed the challenge of this variation, which occasionally found them wearing bibs they would hardly ever have worn before. Unperturbed, they gave their best wherever they were placed, showing impressive passing skills and footwork. With four players away this week, all girls there got the chance to play a whole game. A special thanks to Mackenzie Costello (Tui) and Amalia Anderson (Kereru) for stepping in as the Kea’s were one player short you were awesome! Player of the day was Maja Kosleck for her fantastic performance in 4 different positions all across the court. The Kea went to Mackenzie Costello as best team player

Year 6 -Titirangi Tui's 3 vs Laingholm 3

A good start to the season and a big welcome to Mackenzie Mabey and Billie who both did a fantastic job for their first game. A few work on's for training on Monday but overall it was good to see the girls out there and enjoying playing with each other. POD went to Yana for her awesome defense across the court with some great intercepts. Our Tui most improved player went to Mackenzie Mabey.

Year 5 – Titirangi Kereru’s v Tiri Wildcats 5-9

The Kereru’s had a great first game of the season, against tough opposition, the Tiri Wildcats, score was 5-9. They all played hard till the end and there was some excellent interceptions and hard defence. Te Kari Mataiti got player of the day for finding space and making a difference on the court – well done Kererus!


F4 Fit Schools’ Fun, Fitness n’ Food parent role-modeling sessions are going to be at a new time this term. They are still on Thursdays but they will be after school at 3.10pm.

If you are a parent and you are waiting around for your child doing their Kelly Sports’ program, why not engage in a little exercise yourself and fundraise for the school at the same time. Your help would be much appreciated and what an example you are setting for your children!

Come and join us, all adults are welcome.

Contact Mike on 0211459053 for info.

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