Titirangi Primary School News

Monday, Oct 12, 2015

From The Principal's Desk

Tēnā koutou katoa,

A warm welcome to Term 4, which gets underway with the usual busy menu of learning experiences and events for the children, the details of which will be on their way home on our Term 4 'Fridge List'. As ever, it was fantastic to see the whole school back together at our welcome assembly this morning, with plenty of energy and smiles on display to help set a positive tone for the weeks ahead.

High on the agenda this term is, of course, the annual TPS Gala, which is a fantastic opportunity to bring the whole community together in support of our school. It is always an amazing day to be a part of, and the Gala team are working hard to ensure another memorable and successful event on Saturday, November 14.

The learning gets underway this term with our Concept of "Communication". This will have a strong focus on writing, and particularly on exploring ways in which ideas can be conveyed to create meaning and have an effect on an audience. The essential questions the children will be reflecting on during their inquiry into the Concept include:

  • How do we communicate with others?
  • Why do we communicate?
  • What makes communication effective?

Highlights this term to look out for include the Kapa Haka Wānanga Day, Interschool Football, Year 6 Waterwise, the 2015 APPA Choir Concert at Auckland Town Hall, Ukulele Festival, Junior and Interschool Athletics days, Year 6 end of year Graduation and the popular 'Celebration of Learning' open days across the school. Congratulations are also in order for an excellent performance from our National Chess Team Finalists during the break and also a significant success for Luke, Eero, Christian and Scott's Year 6 'Future Problem Solving' team, who have made it through to the National NZ FPS Finals.

And so, with plenty ahead to look forward to, I'd like to welcome you back once again and wish you a happy and productive final term of 2015.

Ka kite anō au i a koutou

Alan Jackson



  • Monday 12 October: Term 4 begins
  • Thursday 15 October: National 'Shake Out' Earthquake Drill (9.15 am)
  • Friday 16 October: Pita Pit lunch
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HAVE YOU GOT A SPARE 3 HOURS A TERM OR KNOW OF SOMEONE ELSE WHO CAN HELP PLEASE? (Nanny/Au pair, Neighbour, Grandparent, Relative…) We need to fill about 50 spaces for this term and urgently need to get a roster set up starting tomorrow.

If you would love to give back to Titirangi School and can volunteer for 1 or more sessions for the term we need 4 helpers every session to make our PMP programme run successfully with manageable group sizes of about 5 children. This programme is awesome and shows improvement in children with their balance, co-ordination, self-confidence, eye tracking and memory through using this programme which further enhances their learning. These skills are crucial to setting up children with great skills for starting school and learning.

Where? In the school hall

When? Tuesday and Thursday mornings 8.55-11.45am

Who? Lovely volunteers like yourselves, a teacher and their Year 0-1 class.

Many helpers are working parents and don’t have children involved in the programme.

How do you help? Stand at one station in the school hall, read your activity card and guide and praise the children. (The activity is very simple like crawling, throwing bean bags, jumping in hoops etc)

How do you sign up? Go to http://vols.pt/xo2qr6 , click on the month you want to sign up for and please do as many sessions as you can. Click on save after choosing your spots. It’s really easy! Contact me on the details below if you are having trouble.

Jenny Coyle (021) 918 395 or jdcoy@xtra.co.nz


A big shout out for any parent who could lend the school a large BBQ for the Gala. We need 3 in total. Also, any large gazebos and sturdy trestle tables. We need about 8 of each.

We are collecting Jolly Jars, full bottles of any kind for the Bottle Auction and grocery items for the Trolley Raffle.

Thanks everyone for all the support you are giving us and the School.


Gala Co-ordinator.


Congratulations to all of our TPS Merit Award winners!


Titirangi Primary School – Touch Rugby Season 2015 /2016

A reminder that Registration forms for the Titirangi Primary School teams

- 2015 / 2016 season – are due this Friday.

Where: Games will be played on Wednesday nights from between 4-6pm approx. at Shadbolt Park, the Suburbs Rugby Club, Portage Road.

When: Term 4 2015 4th November – 9th December (6 games) and the competition continues into Term 1 2016 9th February – 16th March (6 games).

Registration is handled on behalf of TPS through the School Office – forms are due by Friday 16th October (week 1 Term 4). Registration forms were sent home last term with your child/ren shortly, copies ae available from the school office, and teams will be allocated according to their school year. $30.00 per player.

All children are welcome to play – from first timers wanting to give it a go to our experienced players who can’t wait to get back on to the field!

For any questions or more information contact Rachel Black on email: malrach@vodafone.co.nz or 027 4193437

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Hi there all,

Welcome to Titirangi Tennis Club ... Summer is almost here and what a great way for the kids and their families to get fit whilst having loads of fun in a great, social club with a large number of very strong players! We would love to see you :-) We have a great Junior Afternoon on a Monday - details below:


3.30 - 4.30 pm 5 to 8 year olds

4.30 - 5.30 pm 9yrs +

5.30 -6.30 pm Interclub and advanced (i.e. competent at serving) players

Membership + Coaching $227
(Includes 2 terms of coaching, interclub competition play (depending on ability) & yearly membership (access to courts and clubhouse via a security swipe card).

Membership only $127 (excludes coaching) Junior membership is free for each full paying parent who takes out a senior membership (excludes coaching). Enquires to the secretary on 817 6394 or email ttsrc@xtra.co.nz
* All juniors must bring their own tennis racket. Junior membership enquiries: club secretary on 817 6394

Tennis Coach: David North 022 6783399 - Former Belgian Tennis Coach
Junior club contacts: Mark Grover 021 683434.

Junior Interclub are entered as teams of children in age groups depending on their abilities and experience. Any parents or kids interested in representing the club in an interclub team should make enquiries to David during coaching or by phone. Interclub to recommence at the beginning of Term 4 2015. Competitions run separately as pre and post Christmas, so there is an opportunity for children to improve their skills and be guided by the coach(es) to develop the ability to play competitive singles and doubles. Juniors will also be invited to play club championships later in the season. Please feel free to contact us should you have any queries and we hope to see you at the best little Tennis club :-)

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
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