Sunday, 24 September 2017

Titoki Team 1 - Term 3 Week 10 ending 29 September 2017

Production Thank you:
Wow what a fabulous job our Titoki and Titoki Iti children did as our yellow characters in the school-wide Production this year. We are so proud of their performances. A huge thank you to everyone who helped out with production this year, from costume prep, learning lines and helping on the night. We couldn’t have done it without you all.

Class Trip – Week 1, Term 4 
We are starting Term 4 off with a Class trip to TAPAC in Western Springs to watch the show Tom’s Marvellous Imagination. This will be on Thursday 19th October.
We will meeting in the Titoki space for the role before heading to the bus at 9.45 am. Children are to bring their brain break and a drink bottle in a named plastic bag. 
We are also in need of Parent Help. If you would like to volunteer to help please email This will be done on ‘first in, first served’. Thank you in advance.
Tom’s Marvellous Imagination is an interactive theatre production taking children and adults into a storybook world full of well-known characters. This will tie in well with our ‘Book Bonanza’ fortnight that we have for the first 2 weeks of the term.

Grandparent, Friends and Family Day
We have our annual Grandparent, Friends and Family Day on Friday 20th October. An invitation will be sent home inviting Grandparents or Special Friends along for a morning of fun. We will be showing off our great learning in Titoki and have guided reading books for donation if you would like to contribute to the schools reading resources.

Book Bonanza – Week 1 and 2, Term 4
The first two weeks of term we will have a focus on ‘Book Bonanza’. This includes our trip to TAPAC, Grandparent, Friends and Family Day, a focus on different authors and children’s’ books as well as our infamous Book Day Parade that will take place on the Friday 27th October. There will be more details about the parade closer to the time.

School Holiday Reading Competition
It is that time again! Over the school holidays we encourage the children to continue reading as much as possible. You will find in your child’s book bag this week the Holiday Reading Challenge sheet, where they write down the stories they have read over the holidays. Please return these completed with their name by Friday week 1 (20th Oct) for the chance to win a dip in the Lucky Treasure Box.
Sun hats are compulsory for all of Term 4. Please ensure these are kept in school bags every day as we have the rule of ‘No hat, no play’. Wide brimmed hats are best as they cover their neck and ears also.
If you wish for your child to wear sun screen, please apply this in the morning before they head to school and teach them how to apply it themselves if they are to put it on at school. Thank you.

Have a safe and (hopefully) sunny holiday!
Kind regards,
Victoria, Lorraine, Ashleigh and Kate

Monday, 11 September 2017

Titoki Team 1 - Term 3 Week 8 ending 15 September

Last Minute Costumes
Please ensure you have brought in your child’s costume in a named plastic bag. We are having a dress rehearsal next week. If you are not sure what to bring, please come see any of us or drop us an email.

Production Helpers on the night
We are in need of helpers on the nights of production to help dress and direct the children. There is a sign-up sheet to write your name on any night(s) that you can help with. This is located on the middle doors of the Titoki space.

Production Information
Production nights are on Tuesday 19, Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 September. Children need to be in Titoki at 6pm ready to get dressed in their costumes.
Please sign in and out when dropping off and picking up your children in our space with one of the adults. This is important as it will be very busy and we need to know where the children are at all times. The show starts at 6.30, if you are watching the show, we request you do not leave half way through to pick up your children. We will provide a movie for the children to watch until after the production has finished.

Book Bonanza – Week 1, Term 4 

This year we are focusing on building up our guided reading resources for yr1-4 and chapter books for yr5-6.
These are our main resource for teaching reading on a daily basis. We want Bayfield to have the most inspirational selection for our children. These will be available to view in the library throughout the Book Bonanza Week.
Our Special Visitors & Grandparents morning is on Friday 20 October.

Vecro Shoes
Lots of children are coming to school in shoes with laces that they are unable to tie up themselves. If your child is unable to tie their laces, please send them to school in velcro/slip on shoes as then they are able to manage putting on their own shoes themselves.

As we are coming into spring, wearing sun hats during outside play times is becoming more important. It would be great if children could start to bring their named hats in their bags to wear during these times. In Term 4, wearing hats during breaks is compulsory.

Lost property
School wide lost property has now been moved to outside the office. Please check in our Titoki black lost property box first, before looking upstairs.

Kind regards,
Kate, Victoria, Lorraine and Ashleigh

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Titoki Team 1 - Term 3 week 6 ending 1 September

Welcome to our new children

We wish a very big welcome to these children who have joined us this term in Titoki Iti.

Emily Du, Tilly Moore, Mila Pereira, Matthew Boddy, Veer Devnani, Jesse Heads and Jackson Pipe.

Production Helpers – WE NEED YOU!
Our school production is rapidly approaching. We would really appreciate any help with costumes and props! If you are crafty in any way and can sew, cut, glue etc we need you! Please come in to see any of us if you think you can help out in any way.

Willo Walk
The Willo Fund has been set up by one of Bayfield’s grandfathers, Willo Stear who is embarking on an epic hike, The Eden To Addo Trail, in South Africa beginning on September 1st. This challenging walk is a twenty day guided trail traversing seven mountain ranges, six national parks and nature reserves and five biomes through the East Cape of South Africa’s wildest and most beautiful landscapes. It is likely Willo and the other hikers will encounter five (‘of the Big 7) animals including buffalo, rhino and elephants. See
As part of this walk Willo is seeking sponsorship to establish a fund for special needs students at Bayfield School. Willo’s wish is that the educational fund we are establishing at Bayfield will be used specifically for special needs children who are not receiving government funding (or only partial funding), and whose parents are not in a financial position to provide the focussed and individualised support they require in order for such children to benefit from a main stream school environment. The Board of Trustees encourage the Bayfield community to support the fund and help it grow. Donations can be made via the school bank account with ‘Willo Fund’ as the reference.

Did you leave a pair of Sunglasses in Titoki?

We have a very nice pair of Stolen Girlfriend’s Club sunglasses that were left in the Titoki Space. We didn’t want to put these in the general lost property, so if you think these might be yours please come see us.

Titoki are on the hunt for some magazines to use for a special project. Thin magazines would be best for this project. If you have any at home, please bring them in!

Dance Students
We have thoroughly enjoyed having the University of Auckland dance students come to work with our children for the last couple of weeks. The children have worked beautifully in their groups collaborating and choreographing their dances. Their performances in the hall were filmed and you can view these on See-Saw.

Kind regards,
Ashleigh, Kate, Victoria and Lorraine

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Titoki Term 3 Week 3 ending 11 August

University of Auckland student dance
We are very lucky to have 6 dance students come in and teach our children elements of dance for the next two weeks. They are working with the theme ‘diversity’.   

Mini Art Exhibition
Your children each have a fantastic piece of art displayed in mini art exhibition. Please come and have a look at all the amazing artworks in the hall either before or after school.

Self-managing Sharks
We are continuing to talk about our children becoming ‘self-managing sharks’.
Part of this is being responsible themselves for bringing in their book bags Monday –Thursday as well as bringing in their library bag and poem folder on Friday. We have noticed that there are a large group of students that have been forgetting these.

Do you have these items?
Titoki Iti are on the hunt for paper towel tubes and brightly coloured wool. If you have any at home please bring them into Lorraine in Titoki Iti so they can use the for an exciting art project. Thank you!

Kind regards,
Victoria, Kate, Lorraine and Ashleigh

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Titoki Team 1 - Term 3 Week 1 ending 28 July

We hope everyone had a fun and relaxing holiday and the children are ready to get back into learning. Please remember to bring in the Holiday Reading Challenge sheets to be into win a prize! This will be drawn at the end of week 1.

Keeping ourselves safe
For the next two weeks, we will be teaching the health unit of ‘Keeping ourselves safe’ alongside Constable Rob. This programme has been designed to give children the skills to cope in situations involving abuse. It has three main aims:
-         To develop and strengthen children’s skills to keep themselves safe with other people.
-         To support and encourage abused children to get help from caring adults.
-         To make teachers and parents more aware of the need to keep children safe from abuse by adults or other children.
It is important that you participate as much as possible and talk to your child about what they have been learning. This will help reinforce the messages we are teaching at school and help your child to use their new skills with confidence.
If you could please talk with your children about where they live (address) and home contact number prior to our lessons with Constable Rob that would be much appreciated as we will be discussing where we live.

Oral language
This term we are focusing on the elements of drama and our oral language will focus on memorising a short poem by heart. You can help your child by selecting a poem together (think about appropriate length, poem subject etc), getting them to practice memorising and saying the poem aloud with good volume, pace and expression.
We ask that this term parents avoid coming to watch their child do their oral language as we have found the children can become distracted and even though these performances are always on Thursday, there is no specific time set.

School Production
We have a big focus on the production this term and our inquiry focuses on ‘Showtime’. The school-wide production will be kept under wraps to build anticipation and we appreciate your support with this. We will keep you updated regarding parent help for costumes etc.  

Learning Conferences – Week 2, Monday 31st July and Wednesday 2nd August
School will close at lunchtime (12.40pm) on Monday 31st of July for Learning Conferences. Please pick your child up from their classroom.
School will finish at the usual time on Wednesday.
These are the only days and times available so please, Year 1 Titoki parents, sign up for an allocated slot online. 
If your child is in Titoki Iti, you will be contacted if you are due for a 6 week check meeting.

Mini Art Exhibition
We would LOVE to have any volunteers who can help us frame and name the art pieces that will be going up to the hall for the art exhibition. If you are able to help at any time, please come see one of us as we can show you what to do. 
The art exhibition will be held in the hall during week 3, please visit the hall before or after school to have a look.  

Does anyone have any finger or hand puppets at home that we could borrow for the term to have in our mini puppet theatre as part of our inquiry?
These will be kept is a safe place in the classroom.

Kind regards,
Victoria, Kate, Lorraine and Ashleigh

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Titoki Team 1 – Term 2 Week 10 ending 7 July

Wow! What an eventful term! We have really enjoyed sinking our teeth into our Space inquiry and have been astounded by the facts and knowledge that the children have displayed this term.

Please keep up reading over the holidays, as well as Reading Eggs and Mathletics.

We have a reading challenge going home today that is a great motivational tool to get your child to read over the holidays. Please bring the reading challenge back in the first week of term and 5 lucky children will win a prize!

If you are away on holiday, writing a daily journal or diary is a great way to document your trip as well as a meaningful way to practice writing.

If your child will be away at the start of next term, please email us to let us know (if we haven’t been notified already).

Have a safe, warm and fun break!

Kind regards,
Victoria, Kate, Lorraine and Ashleigh

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Titoki Team 1 - Term 2 Week 8 ending 23 June

We have lots of exciting events coming up before the holidays!

Skip-a-thon – Wednesday 28th June
9:10 – 9:45am
There will be performances and demonstrations by the Year Groups to showcase their skipping skills. This will be held outside the Year 3 classrooms on the top court. Parents are welcome to sit/stand along the grass bank of the field, or stand behind the children who will sit outside Room 14.

Black out day – Friday 23rd June

To support the All Blacks vs Lions this Saturday, children can come to school this Friday (23rd June) dressed in all black clothes. Please bring a gold coin donation to support KidsCan.

Jammies in June – Friday 30th June
We have our Pyjama and House Day on the Friday of Week 9, 30th June. As the children will be outside, it would be best if Pyjamas are warm as well as shoes that are appropriate for sporty activities.

Sausage Sizzle – this Friday 23rd June
Please place orders via Wrap it Up by 9:15am on Friday
NB:  Popcorn is no longer available

Kind regards,
Victoria, Kate, Lorraine and Ashleigh