Newsletter Week 7 Term 2

Titahi Bay Intermediate School 17th June 2022

Principal's Korero

We are now heading into the second half of the term with the weather and illnesses making things just a little bit more challenging.

Our students have been working hard in all of the curriculum areas, with some great work going on in English through the student inquiry model. "Do all heroes wear capes?" is the overarching question. Students are broadening their knowledge and understanding of the skills that a range of heroes have along with the difference between 'super heroes' and 'everyday heroes'. We are looking forward to their continued next steps as this theme moves into Term 3.

Our attendance rates at school have been dropping with an average of 70% of our students attending each day. There is a concern that we have 10% of our students who have been recorded as truant due to no explanations being provided for their absence. It is very important that we are aware of why your child is absent from school as our attendance information is provided to the Ministry of Education each term with comparisons made with similar schools across the country.

I would like to thank parents, caregivers and whānau who do respond to texts sent out or who make contact with the school, this is much appreciated. Attendance and lateness have a big impact on the learning outcomes of our students. Both students and teachers are continuously working hard to try and catch students up on work that they have missed out on due to being absent as well as those who arrive late into the classroom.

Our building work is going along well with some big changes happening in the administration and hall area. The re-pitching of the roof is looking great along with the addition of an office space for the Principal and Deputy Principal to free up a space for our Whānau Hui room.

Due to the building work continuing through the holidays, the hall will be out of action for the remainder of the term. This means that we will need to cancel our Term 2 Trophy Night as well as postpone our Open Evening until next term. Thank you for your understanding.

We have a number of students who are consuming energy drinks and fizzy drinks on their way to school. Students are also bringing to school chewing gum and sharing it with others, this is a daily challenge that we were facing. We need your support to remind your child that chewing gum does not meet our school expectations. Unfortunately, our students are disposing of their used chewing gum in the wrong places, such as on our classroom carpets and under our tables and chairs.

Student Council Awards

Congratulations to these students who all received a Student Council Award. These awards were all nominated by the student councillors. Miss Gorman (Room 6 teacher) was nominated this week to receive the teacher of the week award for being kind and keeping students engaged and interested in Science.
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School Board Elections

This year schools will be holding their triennial school elections. It is important that we have your most up-to-date email and home addresses as voting papers will be sent out to these addresses.

If you are interested in being part of the School Board or want to know what it involves then please feel free to contact our Presiding Member - Greg Ellis through the following email:

More information will come out soon.

Upcoming Events

  • BOT Meeting - Monday 20th June 2022 6.00 p.m.
  • Students First Aid Training - 21st - 23rd June 2022
  • Matariki National Celebration - Friday 24th June (No School)

Saturday Netball Games 18th June 2022

TBI Kahurangi - 12.00 on Court 9

TBI Kowhai - 2.00 p.m. on Court 3

Do All Heroe's Wear Capes?

In Room 1, students have been working on their own set of Hero Fact Cards. Each student has decided on their own list of criteria that describes a hero. In this set of Hero Fact Cards created by Kahurangi, he measures them against his criteria and gives evidence to back it up. From here students are going to analyse their own set of Hero Fact Cards. Stay tuned to see our next steps!
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Are you missing a bike?

Has your child returned home without their bike? There was a mountain bike left behind in the school bike rack approximately 3 weeks ago and the owner has not come to collect it. Please let me know if you think this is your child's bike, along with a description so that it can be returned to its correct home.

Nancy Wake

What do you think about when you hear, World War 2? I bet you're thinking about men with guns in trenches. Well, Nancy Wake was a New Zealander who was a spy and she was a woman. It is normal to be a spy woman now, but it certainly wasn't normal in 1940. Nancy was a journalist, a spy and an important part of the French resistance.

Nancy once reused an old van as a makeshift ambulance to carry wounded allied soldiers to safety. She bombed a Nazi train and once jumped from a train to escape Nazi soldiers. She parachuted from a plane to supply the French resistance with weapons and people said she was like five soldiers in one. Nancy was the perfect spy because nobody expected a woman to be a soldier.

Nancy Wake has saved the life of many people and her work will be forever remembered around the globe. Nancy was an important part in the French resistance (fighting the Nazis) and helped people escape to Spain through mountains and tough terrain. She and the rest of the French resistance army helped defeat the German army. Without Nancy's valiant efforts the world would be a different place.

A piece of writing by one of the students in Room 2

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We would love your unwanted Cotton Material

We are starting our second Technology classes soon and are looking for more cotton material that would be suitable for making pyjama shorts. We are looking for non-stretchy cotton material with any design or theme. If you have any unused top bed-sheets at home taking up space, or have a stash of material that you no longer need, please send it to the school office.

Thank you to the whānau who have donated some material for our students to use.

Mana College Open Evening

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Research Assistance Request

Parent/caregiver’s experiences of managing children’s school refusal

Do you have trouble with your child attending school?

Kia ora,

My name is Alison Koeck, and I am a student studying in the Master of Educational Psychology programme at Te Herenga Waka- Victoria University of Wellington. I am conducting research on parent/caregiver’s experiences of student school refusal.

School refusal (school avoidance) is when children or teenagers become extremely upset and emotionally or physically distressed at the idea of going to school. They often miss some or all of the school day and this is a reoccurring issue. It is different from ‘wagging’ and truancy and is often related to worry or anxiety-related issues about going to school. While not uncommon, school refusal is a complex issue, that can begin gradually or happen suddenly and can affect the whole family/whānau.

I would like to interview you if you have a child or teenager (8-15 years of age):

  • who becomes extremely upset, distressed, anxious or even physically ill when faced with the idea of going to school;

  • has refused to go to school and has regularly missed attending school or had prolonged or reoccurring absences from school;

  • and you have tried to support or encourage them to attend or re-engage.

The information and findings from this research will help us to better understand:

  • What happens when students refuse to go to school

  • What strategies parents use to help with their children’s transition back to school

  • What strategies work and don’t work and why.

  • What support parents/caregivers receive or need to help them get their children back to school

The findings will be used in a final research report but may also be used to help improve resources for, education and training for parents, and professional development for teachers and educational psychologists who are supporting children/students and their families/whānau.

If you are interested in taking part in this study and being interviewed or have any questions, please contact:

Researcher Supervisor

Alison Koeck Dr Chris Bowden

Student Lecturer

School of Education School of Education

Victoria University of Wellington Victoria University of Wellington Phone: 04 463 5175

Human Ethics Committee Information

This project has been approved by the Victoria University of Wellington Human Ethics Committee [HEC approval number 30269]. If you have any concerns about the ethical conduct of the research you may contact the Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington HEC Convenor, Associate Professor Rhonda Shaw, by emailing

School App and Website

Remember to download our App so that you can keep up to date with what is happening. This will be great for our sports teams. Ensure that you link into the sports team that your child is in so that information can be sent out to these teams.
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