Nau Mai, Haere Mai - Welcome to Titahi Bay North School


Covid19 Changes Alert Level

Kia ora Whanau,

On Sunday 14th of February we were informed that we will be moving back to Alert Level 2 due to community transmission of the virus. Our school will operate in accordance of the MOE guidelines. They are:

This information has just arrived from the MOE in light of the developments in South Auckland etc.

Alert Level 2 - All of New Zealand excluding Auckland region

Alert Level 2 applies from midnight tonight for 72 hours.

1. Schools are open to everyone, and all children must attend.

At Alert Level 2 the disease is contained but there is still risk of community transmission. It is safe for children and staff to attend school and for school hostels to be operating as there will be appropriate measures in place, including for children and staff vulnerable to severe illness.

2. Learning will be onsite with distance learning offered in some circumstances.

Distance learning should be provided for those required to self-isolate, those individuals who health authorities have asked to stay away while waiting for a test result, or those choosing to remain at home because they are vulnerable to illness.

3. Schools are not classified as gatherings and a range of events and activities can go ahead.

For most day to day activities at schools, the rules for gatherings do not apply. Under the COVID-19 Public Health Response Order, schools are exempted from physical distancing requirements when people are there to receive, provide, or support education services.

However as soon as your event or activity brings people onsite who are not there for education purposes, including students, parents and caregivers, then the rules for gatherings do apply. This would include performances such as school plays, cultural events and sporting activities.

4. Schools will close for cleaning and contact tracing if there is a confirmed case who was infectious when at school.

Your Director of Education will work closely with you and health authorities should this occur. Please contact your Ministry regional office if you hear of a confirmed case in your school community but haven’t been advised about it by health officials.

5. Face coverings are not required at school or on any school transport.

This includes charter buses hired by the school to transport students and staff. Anyone who chooses to wear a face covering in any setting should be supported to do so.

6. Sick people must stay at home.

They should seek medical advice if they have COVID-like symptoms and get tested if advised to do so. If that person displays relevant symptoms of COVID-19, tests positive for COVID-19, or has been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, they must self-isolate.

7. You must have a contact tracing system in place.

This includes displaying QR code posters at your entrances, your timetable, attendance register and visitor register.

8. Fundamental public health measures continue to apply at every alert level:

Physical distancing (not touching and not breathing on each other at Alert Level 2)

Hand hygiene

Cough and sneeze etiquette

Regularly cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces.

9. Think and plan carefully before you go ahead with any activity that brings a large number of students together and/or spectators are involved.

Some events may need to be cancelled or postponed when we are at Alert Level 2. Inter-regional travel is possible but only where you are confident the appropriate measures will be in place at the host venue, including requirements for gatherings.

Kia ora Whanau,

If you missed my facebook live session today here are the key points.

  • First of all thank you all for your support, help, ideas and feedback during this very challenging year. Thank you to our hard working staff and board.

  • We are involved with PB4L an exciting program from the Ministry of Education. It supports schools with good to strong learning cultures and then supporting them to develop excellent learning culture.

  • Our school is part of the first Wellington Schools Healthy Lunches program. Every child receives a lunch chosen by them delivered to the school and eaten at school.

  • A reminder that students in 2021 will not need to buy stationary as we are using a portion of our MOE Donations fund to ensure that families and whanau are not impacted by this cost at the start of 2021.

  • School starts for the students on the 3rd of February 2021.

Mere Kirimete.

Grant Henderson


  • It is hard to believe that 2020 has come to a close. As a staff, school and community we ask all to remember the values that has enabled our country to deal with covid19. They are:
    Be kind
    Be patient
    Be respectful
    Check on one another
    Be safe.

  • Have a festive holiday break.

  • Remember that your school stationery is being provided under the MOE Donations scheme funding. This money comes from the Wellbeing Budget of 2018.

  • Our school office opens on the 1st of February for enrolments and questions.

  • School will reopen on the 3rd of February 2021.

We have a new absentee text number. It is 02108671045.

Nau mai, piki mai - Welcome to our school.

Titahi Bay North School (TBNS) is a school with a committed staff, a number of whom are long serving with much knowledge about the local bay area and community. Staff work to provide learning experiences that develop student confidence and achievement. TBNS students are encouraged, and able, to display the attributes of being positive tuakana teina and role models.

We also have a lot of fun as you can see...!

The school is organised into two strands

An English medium (Auraki) strand – teaching learning areas from the New Zealand Curriculum.

A Māori Medium strand (Rumaki) in which the students education is based on Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, primarily delivered in Te Reo Maori

Teachers plan cooperatively to develop programmes to meet the needs of students. They share strengths and resources to support each other and the students. The school is involved in regular school wide events e.g. assembly, trips, singing, sports.

Te Whānau o Te Kakano, a reo rumaki whanau began at TBNS over 30 years ago in response to community wishes and aspirations.

We have 5 multilevel ruma auraki (English medium classes). The multi age groupings throughout the school allow for tuakana/teina relationships, role modelling and learning to flourish. For the past 20 years we have catered for Year 7 and 8 students, which also adds to the special character of our school – a whanau whanui ‘country school in town’ feel.

Children are with the same teacher and classmates for several years at TBNS. This creates strong relationships and kotahitanga. Research shows many benefits in having students learn in groups with older and younger peers and the pedagogical advantages of multi-age classrooms where students are with the same teacher for two or more years.

The school's policies and procedures can be found at SchoolDocs. User name is TBN and password is policies.

Kotahitanga i te matauranga: Our future is learning together as one

Check out our school calender under the 'our news' tab at the top of this page

We're proud of our efforts and achievements in curriculum and in activities such as kapa haka, sports participation, the arts and Education Outside of the Classroom activities.

Most years we have a number of our senior students from our Māori Medium class sitting NCEA Level One Māori.

We welcome whanau participation in school life. The best conditions for learning are created when whanau take an active interest in their child's school activities and learning.

Check out the activities and happenings at TBNS on Facebook by finding us there at Titahi Bay North School. Parents and Whanau can request to join our Facebook group.

School Stationary Information.

In 2021 we will be using funds from the MOE Donations Scheme to supply stationary for our students here at Titahi Bay North School. This funding comes from the 2018 Wellbeing Budget.