Titirangi Primary School News

Monday, September 19th 2016

From The Principal's Desk

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Well, our feet seem to have hardly touched the ground as we find ourselves in the final week of Term 3.

Looking back, the focus on performance during this term has been hugely rewarding from a community perspective, with no shortage of opportunities to come together and celebrate the children's learning and creativity across the school.

As ever, I'd like to thank our hardworking staff for all their efforts making the term such an enjoyable and productive one, and also all those parents, family and whanau for their support.

Next term sees an exciting focus on Science, as we introduce our Concept 'Young Einsteins', with a focus on practical scientific exploration that I am sure will have the children similarly enthused and engaged.

We would like to extend an invitation to all families who are new to our school to join our Powhiri at 10am on the first day back (Monday, October 10). This is an important opportunity to welcome new members to our learning community, including children and family members who are equally welcome. The term's learning will (quite literally) start with a 'bang' at 1.30pm (on the courts if fine), when we will be demonstrating some practical experiments to ignite the children's interest, courtesy of our very own science guru Mr Beaumont. Any parents who are around school or available on the day are also welcome to attend.

Other than that, I'd like to wish everyone a restful break and time to focus on family, and we look forward to catching up with you in Term 4!

Ka kite anō au i a koutou

Alan Jackson


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What's On

Wednesday 21st September:

  • International Peace Day
  • Pita Pit Lunch Orders due by 9:30am
  • Red Cross Visit Room 11

Thursday 22nd September September:

  • APPA Choir Rehearsal at Oratia school
  • BOT Meeting 7pm in the Staff Room

Friday 16th September:

  • Pita Pit Lunches
  • Loud Shirt Day (Supporting Hearing Impaired)
  • Whole School Achievers Assembly 2pm - 3pm
  • Young Engineers Lego Programme Demonstration for Parents
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What is Loud Shirt Day?

Be a star on Loud Shirt Day – Friday September 23rd 2016 – and help deaf kids learn to listen and talk like their hearing friends.

Loud Shirt Day is the annual appeal of The Hearing House and the Southern Cochlear Implant Paediatric Programme, two charities dedicated to enabling deaf children with cochlear implant or hearing aids to listen and speak like their hearing peers. Neither charity charges deaf children or their families for their services.

We are wearing Loud Shirts to support this cause, but we will not be collecting donations for this cause at school this year.

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Young Engineers Term 4

Please come on Friday 23rd September to see a demonstration on this exciting new programme.

3pm Room 14

See the below for details - Places will be limited!

PTA Corner

Planning for the big event is well under way with our first class parent meeting well attended and generating great enthusiasm. We appreciate their commitment to our cause and cannot do without their fabulous skills and their time They are such a key to the success of our event. Please support them as much as you can and thank you class parents for giving up your time to assist the PTA.

We are excited to announce the introduction of one of our key activities for the big event

will be....

Harry Potter Experience!

There will be some wizardry and associated activities within a themed room culminating in a book store of children’s books, DVD’s,etc. This is where we need your help. Please start putting aside and bringing to the library your surplus books and children's dvd’s to sell in our amazing stall. There will be a special box outside the school library to collect your books. Thank you to our librarian Susan Wallace for supporting this activity and great big shout out to Katie and Kelli for this amazing project. The box is waiting for your contribution!

Jolly Jars

The children have requested this to remain within the Big Event soo... the school holidays are a great opportunity to put some together. How many do you think you can do??? The challenge has been issued as there will be a prize for the class with the most Jolly Jars. We will be collecting these from next term.

School Holiday Workshop – Mon 3rd and Tuesday 4th October 10am – 4pm

We have set up a workshop to create kids art and craft activities and associated products to sell at our big event. We would love you to come and help us at anytime that suits during this workshop. Please be aware that this is not a holiday programme and children will need to be supervised. Bring your lunch and enthusiasm. This will be held in Room 4. Thank you Miss McCorquindale for supporting the PTA.

Interschool Netball - Te Pai, Henderson Tuesday 13-9-16

On Tuesday last week seven netball teams took part in the Interschool Netball Tournament. It was an extremely busy day in sunny conditions. Some teams played seven games with only short breaks in between. Some of the games were hard and the standard of netball was high.

Throughout the tournament, the Titirangi teams were composed, positive, energetic and supportive of each other. Their respect for the volunteer umpires was evident, and they demonstrated excellent friendship and sportsmanship. We are very proud of all the players!

A huge thank you to our umpires who gave up their day or changed work commitments, to umpire the games in hot and competitive conditions! Thank you also to the parent helpers who managed the teams, providing encouragement and support. A special thank you to Catherine Leach who assisted greatly, both on the day, and in preparation for the event.

Auckland Champion of Champions

Our under Titirangi 50kg Rugby team played in the Auckland Champion of Champions Competition at Marist RFC last Wednesday after winning our West Auckland cluster event back in early June. Our players all demonstrated resilience and skill throughout the day, playing against some of Auckland's most passionate and talented rugby communities. The boys managed a very respectable 7th place. The school is very proud of you. He whetu koutou. You are all stars.

Touch Rugby 2016/2017 season.

The Touch Rugby season is upon us and Titirangi Primary School has been represented in local Touch Rugby modules for the last 5 years. Each year we have up to 70-80 students playing. Games will be played on Wednesday nights between 3.30 - 6pm and are played at Shadbolt Park, Portage Road, New Lynn (Suburbs Rugby Club). The season starts : Wed 2nd November – Wed 7th December 2016. Restarts Wed 8th Feburary – Wed 15th March 2017. All children are welcome to play – from first timers to experienced players!

This year I desperately need someone to take over the volunteer Organiser role and can thoroughly recommend this as an excellent opportunity to get to know the Parents and Students within the school. Support is offered by the TPS and I’m happy to support for the season. For more information please contact Rachel Black on email: malrach@vodafone.co.nz before this Friday, 23rd September.

Walking School Bus

Last Friday the Walking School Bus children celebrated the end of winter walking with a Milo and Muffin morning. Children were treated to a visit from Auckland Transport staff and an actual Walking School Bus!

A walking school bus is an organized group of children walking to and/or from school under the supervision of adults.

Children are collected from stops or a parking spot along a planned route and walk together to the school gate. Along the way they learn road safety, socialize and share stories with friends and neighbours and arrive energized at school. Families in the community get to know each other. What a great way to travel to school!

Walking school buses are run by parents/caregivers/grandparents from the school community with the support of the school and Auckland Transport. Auckland Transport supports and motivates WSB kids and volunteers in many ways. WSB can operate from one to five days a week, depending on volunteer commitment.

Kids can earn merit scheme bag tags 50 walk tag, 100 walk tag, winter walker tag, road safety tag, student leader tag etc. by walking on the walking school bus.

For more information about joining the Walking School Bus group or volunteering to be a driver, please talk to the office staff.


If your child is going to be absent from school for any reason, please advise the school office on office@Titirangi.school.nz or call us on 8178346 ext1 Giving the dates and reason for absence.

If you usually advise the class teacher please include the office on any notifications.

Thank you


Parents please be aware there are two Drop Off Zones, One either side of the school drive way.

Please do not leave your car unattended in either of these areas or park and drop off across the school driveway! This is dangerous and illegal!

Please ensure you park your car with the marked lines, not sticking out into the traffic.

There is often parking available on Atkinson Road at the end of the Drop Off Zone area.

Lost Property

Reminder - Lost Property will be donated to charity at the end of term.

Please take time to have a look through the many items of clothing accumulating.

Lost Property is located under the stair well in the hall.

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Scholastic Book Club

The latest Scholastic’s Book Club flyers are now out and your children should have brought one home.

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 close on Wednesday 21st September.

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.

Friday Icecream Cafe help needed

The Friday Icecream Cafe has become a fun way for parents and children to finish the week with a treat and a chance to catch-up with their school community.

However, we are in need of helpers to keep this fun, social and fundraising event going! We would appreciate your help from 2.45-3.15pm - even if it is just some Fridays. If you can help please add your name to the attached roster on the Fridays you are able to help.


Congratulations to our Merit Award Winners!

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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

Sports Notices

Interschool Net Ball

A double-decker bus was needed to take the 7 teams (5 Girls & 2 Boys teams) - to Te Pai. A big day all round, amazing weather, with awesome participation and spirit from the 62 kids involved. Particulary with some teams short due to sickness and injuries. Teams played from 4-7 games each, most with back to back games!

There were an interesting mix of teams entered in the girls grades A, B & C – with some schools having different interpretation of the criteria for entry to each grade. This lead at times to an extreme range of skill level, height, age, proving for some to be an uneven playing court. This was frustrating and reflected in some of the final scores. There were some good wins when with equally matched teams & also challenging, tough games and some losses. Boys A managed to win 6 out of 7 games. Yr 4 Kingfishers – 4 wins out of their first 4 games. Yr 6 Keas winning against 3 teams thay had lost to in the winter league. Awesome!

Thank you to Miss Walker, Coaches, Managers, Parent helpers who gave up their time with most taking a day off work, particulary those who helped cover other teams. Also to all the umpires - a few who stepped out of their comfort zone to do this for the day Zoe, Halina, Sally, Rachel and Serena. Special thanks to Jane Quin – who gave up her time to umpire Boys B & assist with Year 4 - with none of her own children playing J. We are awaiting results from the organising school.

To add from Warren – Year 4 Manager – ‘I would just like to say how proud both Leigh and I are of the Yr 4 Kingfisher’s both for all their effort and awesome play during season. Also on Tuesday at the Interschool when they won 4 out of 4 games in 1 ½ hours which is truly amazing at their age. Unfortunately the last game they were up against an unmatched team that were more Yr5 & 6’s !

Trampoline night for all Netball Teams 14-9-16

This was held @ Uptown Bounce, Avondale - went well, TPS pretty much took up all of the 70 spaces – A chance for all teams to get together, chill out and bounce with their team mates – celebrating both the end of the Winter season and new friendships. Fun had by all !

End of Season Tournament 17-9-16 – Netball North Harbour.

Entered by both Yr 6 Keas & Yr 6 Tuis. A good opportunity for the 2 teams to get together. An attempt was made by both to take on some mighty teams from the North Shore League in a mini tournament. Great effort all round from TPS – The strength of the other teams entered proved too strong. However the TPS girls spirits were not dampened and they fought to the end even in pelting rain!

Community Notices

Blockhouse Bay Intermediate School

Blockhouse Bay Intermediate School

Out of Zone enrolments

Closes on the 12th October 4pm

Please email office@bhbint.school.nz for a pack.

or contact the school office on 6266414.

Thank you.

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Arataki Visitor Centre - Wealth of free activities

Arataki Visitor Centre at the gateway to the Waitakere Ranges is hosting a wealth of free activities for kids these September school holidays (24 September to 9 October).

Children are invited to become explorers for the day and go on a nature scavenger hunt, make a native seed bomb or craft a nature-inspired air dry clay necklace at the centre. They can also learn about bees and honey and make their own beeswax candle with the “Bee Lady”.

“The spring school holidays can be awkward for families trying to entertain kids. The weather can be unpredictable, making it harder to plan for outings that will both capture their imagination and tire them out with healthy outdoor play,” says Arataki Visitor Centre Manager Glenn Browne.

“We’ve created some great outdoor activities for Auckland children during the holidays and everything is free, plus we have indoor space if the weather is bad,” he says.

Park Rangers will be on hand at the visitor centre to help families make the most of their visit.

“They know the latest track and weather conditions and the directions to the best places in the Park,” says Glenn.

Dedicated school holiday activities are scheduled every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 2pm.

Every day at 10am there will be a musical nature story and rhyme time for the littlies on the deck amongst the trees.

The Bee Lady will visit on Thursday 29th September from 11am to 2.30pm. Terry & Karlene from Earthbound Honey will be at the centre on Tuesday 27th, Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th September from 11am to 2pm to talk about all things bees for Bee Awareness Month.

The Arataki Visitor Centre is at 300 Scenic Drive, Titirangi, at the start of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. The park covers more than 16,000 hectares of native rainforest and coastline, with 250km of walking and tramping tracks that provide access to beaches, breath-taking views, and spectacular rocky outcrops, including the Hillary Trail, black sand beaches, waterfalls and giant kauri trees.


Karekare Surf Club will be commencing our Junior Surf Programme for ages 7-11 and Rookies for ages 12-14 on Sunday 30 October. The programme is designed to teach water safety and surf skills in a fun and engaging way with the main focus on building knowledge and confidence in the surf.

From the age of 12-13 we have a Rookies Programme that focuses on Lifesaving skills and preparing for the Bronze Exam to become a lifeguard which can be sat at the age of 14.

Our programme starts on Sunday 30 October at 10.30am and we operate every second Sunday till 11 December when we take a break for xmas and then we start again 05 February until 19 March. Over that time we will have events on the beach, surf competitions, and pool swim training.

The cost is $30 per child for the season. Initially you are welcome to come along and have a trial to see if the programme is a good fit for you all. To register your child/ren or for further details please contact Teresa Harvey club Administrator at secretary@karekaresurfclub.org.nz.

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