Pinehill School Newsletter
Wednesday 24th August 2022
Message from our Principal
Kia ora tatou, Mālō e lele, Ann yeong haseyo, Ni hao, Dzień dobry
Last year our House leaders were tasked with a very important project. They were asked to gather student thoughts and ideas around a new top playground, including equipment they would like, colours, materials and layout. After meeting with Melissa from Park Supplies and Playgrounds the house leaders were able to share a variety of catalogue ideas with the students using key aspects of BOSS - Balance and body control equipment, Overhead strength, Scaling, climbing and sideways movement and Safety. Following the presenting and collecting of ideas from our students, our new top playground was designed on paper. You will have noticed our old playground has been dismantled and the ground has been cleared and filled ready for our new top playground to be installed.
On Monday Mr Weston and I accompanied the house leaders to the Park Supplies and Playgrounds factory. This experience gave our house leaders the opportunity to see how their playground is being made and to have a hands-on experience by screwing in some of the nuts and bolts into the climbing wall frame and preparing some playground rope.
We expect to have the new playground installed by the middle of September. We will have a playground opening on Thursday 22nd September at 12:00pm and invite you all to join us. A huge thank you to the Board of Trustees who have been supportive of this project and are funding the new top playground which will be enjoyed by many for years to come.
Welcome to our new students and whanau who have joined Pinehill School. We have had new enrolments of late across all age groups. To support the transition to our school and how we do things at Pinehill, please refer to school docs where you will find all our school policies and procedures. https://www.schooldocs.co.nz/
I have included the Pinehill School Behaviour Management plan below for easy access as well as our concerns and or complaints process. Any matter concerning your child/pupils coming from parents should in the first instance be directed to the classroom teacher. Please see the process outlined below.
Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini
Success is not the work of one but the work of many.
Ngā mihi nui,
Carla Veldman, Principal
Mrs Veldman, House Leaders, Mr Weston
Gearing up in safety vests, ready to help prepare some nuts and bolts for our new top playground.
Helping bend steel
Much heavier than what we predicted! This is now ready for powder coating.
Team work required to place the climbing grips and prepare nuts and bolts. Tightening and strength test to follow. This is one of the panels for our climbing frame.
Mrs Veldman, House Leaders, Mr Weston
Our New Top Playground Design - Coming soon!
Pinehill School Behaviour Management
Our expectations, procedures and support plan were reviewed by staff, a parent group and BoT in
2021 and now include guidance for parents. Please look at the attached documents which are also available on the school website.
The Pinehill Way outlines the values identified by our community as the foundation for constructive
relationships and behaviour for all. Staff model positive behaviour and set expectations, knowing that
wellbeing is a key element of the foundation for a ‘learning focused’ environment. The Pinehill Way is
displayed in the playground, classrooms, the hall and available on the school website in several
languages. We use Respect and Integrity, aim for Excellence, learn Resilience and to take
Responsibility for actions and choices.
Concerns and Complaints
Matters concerning pupils coming from parents should in the first instance be directed to the classroom teacher.
See SchoolDocs for further information by searching ‘concerns and complaints.’
The Principal endeavours to assist parents to see these as matters of concern rather than as complaints. Often concerns can be cleared up simply with a little discussion. However, it is not always necessary for all matters involving parents to be referred through the principal. In fact, many matters are better handled on an informal basis by teachers.
Whenever a matter is significant, or if a parent feels the matter has not been resolved, it must be referred to the deputy principal or principal. Parents are not permitted to complain, nor to abuse a teacher in front of pupils.
We are protected legally from such actions. Process outlined below (also found in school docs).
KINDO - Upgrade
Personalised accounts on Kindo – temporarily unavailable
We are making some upgrades behind the scenes with your personalised accounts on Kindo.
This means the Fees and Donations option will be unavailable for approximately 5 working days.
This upgrade will begin on the 26th August 2022, to minimise disruption to you.
Our Kindo Shop will still be open, so you will still be able to pay for trips and camps, order lunches and purchase uniform items during this time.
Thanks for your patience with the upgrade, and we will let you know when you can view and make payments on your personalised accounts again.
Empathy is our ability to connect with someone by feeling what they feel and seeing their situation the way they do.
Check out this powerful video to remind you about the positive effects of showing empathy.
In Room 7, we recently discussed why it is important to support others. The rangatahi’s comments reflect a deep understanding of the benefits of helping others for both the recipient as well as themselves as the supporter.
It is good to be reminded of these points as we weave kindness and support into our daily lives.
Walking School Bus
Walking School Bus (WSB)
Good to See You!
Good to see so many kids walking with the Walking School Bus this week!
Pinehill Penguins Route runs from Monday to Friday (morning only). For more details please go to https://pinehill.school.nz/school-information/ and contact the parent for the route you are wanting to join.
We would also like to hear from parents who have children living towards East Coast Road or the eastern end of Spencer Road, who would be interested in being part of a Walking School Bus along Spencer Road. Even if you can only commit to one day a week (Morning/Afternoon) then that is fine. Could any interested parents please contact Mr Rogers at email@example.com
25th Silver Jubilee Birthday Celebrations at Pinehill School - See website for details
Art Exhibition - Save the date!
Save the Date - Pinehill School Art Exhibition is coming! Monday 19th September
Every two years we hold an art exhibition to celebrate the talents and efforts of our students and staff in the area of visual arts. Covid has altered our usual timeline for this. However we are delighted to announce that our Pinehill School Art Exhibition will be going ahead this term. Save the date, Monday 19th September 5pm is our Opening Night and an event not to be missed. Our Kapa Haka group will be opening this special event and your children can show you the masterpieces they have been working on all year which will be on display at the exhibition. You will be absolutely wowed with an incredibly colourful display of art, covering a range of media. More information to come. In the meantime, block out your calendars for this exciting event.
Friends of the school
Jesters Pie Day is EVERY TUESDAY!! Orders close a day prior (Monday) at 11 am.
Fun Food Friday – This Friday, 26th August
It’s Fun Food Friday this week! Online orders close tonight, Wednesday 24th August. Don’t miss out! Please place your orders using the Kindo Online Shop. Lunch will be delivered to your child’s classroom at lunchtime. For every order, we raise $1 for the school. We appreciate your support!
We will be selling snacks in the hall foyer at lunchtime between 12.40 pm and 1 pm. From the health point of view, we suggest 1-2 snacks and a $5 note is enough for your child.
Eat YUMMY apples and collect the stickers for new sports gear for our school! Promotion runs through to the end of the term 3. Please drop off all your collection sheets to the box outside the health room. Thank you for your support!
Pinehill School PTA - Friends of Pinehill School
Room 2 - Devanshi Nair
Room 3 - Iris Jiang
Room 4 - Mishel Alrashed
Room 5 - Roy Wang
Room 6 - Emma Zhang
Room 7 - Ben Fu
Room 8 - Hayley Yu
Room 9 - Cindy Shen
Room 10 - Ryan Brunton
Room 11 - Aiyana Whaanga
Room 12 - Emma Dong
Room 13 - Samantha Tamayo
Room 14 - Emily Zhu
Room 15 - Jayden Kim
Room 16 - Jessica Tian
Room 17 - Artemis Yang
Room 18 - Hannah Su
Room 19 - Wilson Zeng
Room 20 - Kingsley Yang
Winning House - Kawau
NETBALL - Players of the day
Indy Hendricks and Emily Ke
Year 6 Pinehill Ponies