Titirangi Primary School News

Monday, June 15, 2015

From The Principal's Desk

Dear Parents

I hope that by now you have had an opportunity to view your child's report and gain insight into the successes achieved to date and areas to focus on for their next learning steps.

We always encourage talking to your child about their report to promote dialogue that is focused on learning. Tomorrow's Student-led Conferences offer an ideal opportunity to build upon this further, with the children sharing examples of the goals that they have been working on. Some key questions to encourage your child to actively reflect on are:

  • Which of the values do you think you are really good at using in your learning?
  • Which of the school values should you focus on next?
  • What successes have you had reading, writing, maths and other subjects?
  • What's your next challenge and what do you want to achieve by the end of this year?
  • What will you need to do to achieve your goal, and what might help you to do this?

Even for our youngest learners, these are questions that they can often answer with growing confidence as they take increasing ownership of their progress and achievement at school and develop a 'language of learning'.

Whatever your child's goals, challenges and areas of focus, it can sometimes be difficult as a parent to know how best to support your child's learning at school, and this is also something that you can discuss with your child's teacher.

For children of this age, home learning such as daily reading, basic facts and spelling are the most obvious way that you can continue to support your child, but it is also important to ensure that this is done in a fun way and does not become onerous or time-consuming. Ultimately, the most important contribution that you can make is simply by being involved in their learning goals in order to have meaningful dialogue about their progress towards them and - crucially - celebrate their successes with them along the way.

Educational research consistently provides clear evidence that learning is at its most effective when children, parents and teachers are able to develop a shared understanding of each child's next learning steps. We hope that the recent Mid-Year Report, together with this week's Student-led Conferences, offer an opportunity to help build this further, and we look forward to seeing you there.

Ka kite anō au i a koutou
Alan Jackson

Dogs On School Grounds

We have a number of families who regularly bring their pet dog onto school grounds before or after school. Please help us to ensure a safe and settled environment for the children by noting the following guidelines:

  • Dog owners may only bring their pet onto school grounds with an absolute understanding that their dog has no issues around children, has never displayed any aggression towards children and can be considered safe and fully trustworthy in a school environment
  • All dogs must be kept on a lead at all times, and held by a responsible adult
  • Dogs may be tied securely for short periods, but should not be tied up close to doorways or school entrances where children would have to walk past them directly
  • Dogs should be kept away from all playground areas at all times
  • Dogs are not to be brought into school buildings or classrooms (unless part of a pre-arranged class visit, such as bringing in a new puppy etc)
  • The dog owner takes complete responsibility for cleaning any soiling on school grounds

We understand that dogs are 'part of the family' for many, and good-natured around children, but please be mindful of the fact that other children can be easily intimidated or feel threatened by them. For this reason, appropriate precautions and responsible adult supervision is required at all times within the school environment.

Thank you for your support!


  • Tuesday 16 June: Student Led Conferences from 1.00 - 8.00 pm. SCHOOL CLOSES AT 12.30 pm.
  • BOT Meeting at 7.00 pm in the Staffroom.
  • Thursday 18 June: APPA choir rehearsal at Oratia District school.
  • Friday 19 June: Scholastic Book Club: Issue 4 orders close.
  • PTA pie lunches.
  • Saturday 20 June: PTA Quiz Night at 7.00 at Titirangi War Memorial Hall.


Congratulations to the following people who have reached significant milestones on our Walking School Buses:

Alex Wallace 50 walks

Alek Chamley 50 walks

Alannah Chamley 50 walks

Elise Lucas 50 walks

Kate Ashcroft 100 walks!!!

Fantastic effort folks! In other news... Constable Carl joined our Walking School bus from the library recently and made sure their walk was extra safe! Thank you Constable Carl!

Anyone can join the Walking School Bus. Pick up a form from the office if you are interested or contact Parent Co-ordinator Vicki Moffat 818 9329 / 0274 719 314 / vicandsmoff@xtra.co.nz

Titirangi School has a Safe School Travel Plan that aims to make student’s journeys to school active, social, safe and sustainable. Recently families were emailed a letter regarding this year’s survey. Regular surveys of student’s mode of travel to school are an important part of monitoring the effectiveness of your Safe School Travel Plan.

The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete, and you only need to complete one survey per family. Please go to http://tinyurl.com/TitirangiPrimary1537.

All information will be kept strictly confidential. Any information you provide will be securely stored and only be used for this research. If you would like more information, Auckland Transport's privacy policy is available online at Auckland Transport Privacy Policy

We appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey form.

Merit Awards

Congratulations to all of our TPS Merit Award winners this week!


Year 4

Titirangi Kingfishers 1 vs Matipo Thunder 5

This week our Kingfishers girls played Matipo Thunder. Girls played a awesome game and score wasn’t not reflective of the effort on court. P.O.D went to Ella, she played a great game.

Year 5

Titirangi Fantails 6 vs Laingholm 9

We are very proud of the girls for playing really well as a team this week. Though we lost we had a lot more shots at goal – they were all brilliant in moving the ball down the court and in defence. POD goes to Kaelyn who was great at finding space, intercepts and her precise throwing.

Titirangi Kereru’s 5 vs 10 Pt Chev All Stars.

Our 2nd game against the All Stars, hoping again for a win. Kereru’s raced ahead with a 4-1 lead in the first quarter, but the wind slowed them down and Pt Chev picked up their pace to take the win. Girls are certainly improving each week and they managed to find more space on the court to allow them to manoeuvre the ball around. Player of the day went to Tilly who returned after a week away with quick moving and passing in the attacking circle. The Kereru team player went to Caitlin Stoneman who showed good improvement during the game and solid play in defence.

Year 6

Titirangi Keas 12 vs New Lynn 6/2 8

Another strong performance from the girls on court which kept the 4 goals up for most of the game. With the wind extremely strong the girls had to adjust to the conditions their style of play and manoeuvre around some extremely tall girls! Some strong defence displayed on the day as well as accurate shooting. POD went to Anna White who found great positional space on the court and her feeding into the circle.

Titirangi Tuis 7 vs St Pauls Golden 4

The wind was so unbelievably strong, some of our players tipped over! Fear not did our girls, they played on and played well. A great result as the previous contest was a 10 - 5 loss against the same team. Yay. Above all our girls displayed excellent maturity and sportsgirlship on the court. Kate M was our well-deserved POD for jaw dropping goals, all net, yea-yah.

Community Notices

Learn to Skate Classes

Held at The Trusts Stadium (Court 4) every Thursday during school terms.

Beginner sessions at 5.30 – 6.15 pm

$6 per session including skate hire (please bring socks)

For further information please contact Heather 021-1239348

Titirangi Air Cubs/Scout

Amy Picard from room 20 (year 3) is looking for more girls to join her at Titirangi Air Cubs/Scout. You can visit three times and then decide if Cubs/Scouts is for you. We are more than happy to share transport. There are approx 12 boys (Oliver Leach (Rm 20), his brother Jack Leach (Rm 6), James McGaw (Rm 18), Vinnie Brodie (Rm 21) but only 1 girl. We really need more girls to join. Please contact Monica Leach on email stephen.monica@xtra.co.nz for information. Its only a short walk down from Titirangi Primary School on Atkinson Road.

“STAR MUSICIANS - Congratulations to Gracie Grinter; Jasmine Reddy; Ayla Wells-Green; Sabine Gore; Nate Gore; Oscar McIntosh; Charlotte Rogerson; Eden Rogerson and Bethany Cardoza who have received Star Musician Awards for Term 2. If you are interested in enrolling your child for individual flute; violin; keyboard/piano or guitar lessons at school for term 3, contact the Music Education Centre at lessons@musiceducation.co.nz or pick up an enrolment form from the school office."

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With thanks to:

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Barfoot & Thompson Titirangi Platinum Sponsor of Titirangi Primary School
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