Pinehill School Newsletter

Wednesday 1st June 2022

Message from our Principal

Kia ora tatou,

We started the week with a beautiful Mihi Whakatau to welcome our 16 new students to Pinehill School, their families and the 6 student teachers we have with us this term. This is the first whakatau we have been able to have in almost one year due to previous restrictions and settings. I was very proud of our Pinehill students who sang with great enthusiasm and our Kapa Haka Group who have only come together this term and were a delight to listen to and watch with their singing and dancing.

To our new families and students, welcome to Pinehill School.

Medicines Policy

As the cooler weather sets in we are noticing some students bringing medication to school. Please note that the school will only administer prescription medication to students whose parents have made a formal request. Parents/caregivers need to complete a medicine authority form.

Please see our medicines policy which can be found alongside all our school policies on

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Staff Update

Our lovely Rochelle Mabon has resigned and will not be returning to Pinehill following her term 2 refreshment leave. She has decided to leave the teaching profession to pursue other endeavours.

Although for us this is sad, and we will miss Rochelle, I commend her for taking a risk, using and developing her skills in a new pursuit. I can't wait to hear about her journey and we wish her all the best.

We will hold a farewell assembly for both Meri Kenrick and Rochelle Mabon on the last day of term, Friday 8th July at 1:45pm. We invite parents and the community to join us to say goodby and to wish both Meri and Rochelle all the very best ahead.

Long Weekend Ahead

Next week is a short school week with Monday 6th June being the Queen's birthday public holiday. We hope you all enjoy the long weekend ahead and look forward to seeing the children again on Tuesday 7th June.

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

SchooI Board Parent Election 2022

SchooI Board Parent Election 2022

Nomination round

Our school will be undertaking a parent election for 3 School Board vacancies. This process will start with the issuing of nomination papers to our caregiver community by Friday 15th July 2022.

We have employed CES to undertake the election process on our behalf. This year with legislative change, our nomination form and full instruction on how to place your nomination into our own School’s Election website will be emailed to you if we have your email address in our database or you will receive it by post if we don’t have your email in our database.

Nomination papers will also be available at the school office. The school will send those on to CES for processing upon receipt from candidates.

Nominations close on Friday 5th August at 12 noon.

We look forward to your participation in this process.

Wayne Jamieson

Returning Officer


89 Nazareth Avenue | Middleton | Christchurch | PO Box 414 | Christchurch 8140

P (03) 338 4444 | Cell 021 399 744 Web

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Recently, Room 10’s learning through The Resilience Project has been about how empathy helps to build positive relationships.


Learning Intention:

We are learning to: Demonstrate how empathy/ngākau aroha can

build positive relationships.

Success Criteria:

  • I can explain how empathetic behaviours can

build positive relationships.

  • I can think of ways to show empathy/ngākau

aroha for others.

Below are 2 copies of follow-up reflection after their class lesson.

Thanks to Room 10 for sharing.

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Photos - Cross Country Years 1 and 2


The WSB mascot visited us on Tuesday. Our WSB kids enjoyed hot milo and yummy cookies, and had a lot of fun playing with the mascot!

A walking school bus is just like a school bus except children walk to and from school under the supervision of adult volunteers (often parents).

If your child is interested in joining the walking school bus, please talk to the school office and fill out the consent form.

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, that is fine. Could any interested parents please contact Mr Rogers at

Happy Walking!


Room 1 - Marie Esterhuizen

Room 3 - Ailsa Zhang

Room 4 - Mishel Alrashed

Room 5 - Cameron Kyaw

Room 6 - Jake Skudder

Room 7 - Eddie Liu

Room 8 - Ella Shen

Room 9 - Deekhsha Viswanath

Room 10 - Darine Ahmed

Room 11 - Nathan Jin

Room 12 - George Liu

Room 13 - Amy Nguyen

Room 14 - Emily Wang

Room 15 - Charlotte Penny

Room 16 - Tiffany Moore

Room 17 - Erinn Cheng

Room 18 - Miya Zhao

Room 19 - Lily Staples

Room 20 - Taylor Yuen Trivisawavate

Winning House > Waiheke


Congratulations to the following players


Year 3/4 Pinehill Ferns Player of the day

Ella Shen.

Year 4/5 Pinehill Kiwis Player of the day

Luna Zhang

Year 5 Pinehill Dragons Player of the day

21st May - Talyah Heidar

28th May - Olivia Haycock and Emily Ke

Basketball - Expressions of Interest for Year 5/6 is full and now closed

Year 1/2 Breakers Basketball Expression of Interest Open

Please click on the below link for registration of interest

Year 1/2 Breakers Basketball Expressions of Interest Semester 2


Fun Food Friday This Friday, 3rd June

It’s Fun Food Friday this week! Online orders close tonight, Wednesday 1st June. Fried rice, fried noodles, shumai and BBQ pork buns from Jin’s Dim Sum are added to the menu. Don’t miss out! All orders are to be placed online 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. Thank you for your support!

We will be selling snacks in the hall foyer at lunchtime between 12.40 pm and 1 pm. Please let your child know there is an increase in the prices. Cookies are $1.50 each, Juicie is $2.50 each, and chips are $2.00 each. From the health point of view, we suggest 1-2 snacks, and a $5 note is enough for your child.

There will be NO sales of these items until 12.40 pm, when lunch eating time ends.

Friends of Pinehill School (FOPS) Presents

Festival of Colours Disco

Date 30 June 2022

Junior (1-3yr) 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

Senior (4-6yr) 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Pizza Slice $2, Popsicle $1, Lolly Bag $1.5, Drink $1.5, Cookies $1-$2, Potato Chips $2

Face Painting $3-$5, Hair Braiding $3, Photo Booth $5, Glow Items $1-$5, Water Free


$5 (Disco ticket only)

$10 Package (Includes 1 disco ticket, 1 soft drink and 2 glow sticks + free photo booth!!!)*


Tickets are on sale in Hall Foyer from:

Monday 27th June to Wednesday 29th June, 8:30-9.00 AM and 2:45-3:15 PM.

Thursday 30th June 8:30-9 AM only and door sale at the Disco.

*Note: the package deal includes a FREE photo. Please encourage your child to take their photo before heading to the dance floor. We will also put reminders upon arrival.

Unfortunately, a refund will not be given if your child decides not to take this photo.

Pinehill School PTA – Friends of Pinehill School

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Upcoming Events

Friday 3rd June

  • Fun Food Friday

Monday 6th June

  • Queens Birthday Weekend - No school

Friday 10th June

  • Snack Food Friday

Friday 17th June

  • Fun Food Friday

Thursday 23rd June

  • Teachers Only Day - No School

Friday 24th June

  • Matariki Holiday - No School

Thursday 30th June

  • Disco

Pinehill School Policies

All School policies are available through School Docs – click here

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