Pinehill School News

16 June 2021 - Week 7, Term 2

Message from our Principal

Kia ora tatou,

Cluster Cross Country

Congratulations to all the runners who represented Pinehill School at the Super Cluster Cross Country last Friday. Mr van Beusekom and Mr Mathers attended this event with our runners and came back full of praise. Praise for the effort our runners put in and praise for the wonderful ambassadors our runners were for Pinehill School. Special mention to Reed Anderson who placed 1st in the Year 6 girls event. Also a special mention to Sean Lee who was singled out by one of the marshals, who made mention that out of the 450 students that attended the cross country event, Sean was the most respectful and polite student. We are very proud of all our runners and their display of the Pinehill Way outside the school grounds.

Uniform polar fleeces and sweatshirts

With the cooler temperatures, students are wearing polar fleeces and sweatshirts to school. Our classrooms are heated and students are delayering during the day. Please check that your child’s polar fleece or sweatshirt is clearly named. We have a lost property mountain forming and are finding many items of clothing with no name, or name of a previous student, or an unreadable name so we are unable to return the clothing to student.

Parent Catch Up with Principal - Tuesday 22nd June (9am-10:30am)

You are invited to come along to a meeting in the staffroom to connect, catch up and chat. Topics discussed at this catch-up include The Pinehill Way, Learning Language, ESOL requirements, Understanding your child's school report as well as our process for any concerns you may have. This is a great opportunity to meet the Principal and ESOL staff (available to support with translation) in an informal meeting to answer questions and get to know each other. Morning tea will be provided.

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

New Students

Pinehill School would like to welcome the following new students: Marcus Lu, Lily Staples


Matariki is coming up from 19th June to 11th July. Matariki is the Maori New Year. It is an important time to celebrate the earth and show respect for the land. It is about coming together, sharing stories, acknowledging the past and those who have passed away, planning for the future, and feasting on the crops they have harvested.

This year we are trying out something new to celebrate Matariki. We are going to have a Matariki morning tea on Friday 9th July (last day of Term 2) from 10am - 11am. We are going to have the morning tea under our Taumaru - shade shelter over the bottom court on the field.

We would love to invite you all to join us! Everybody will need to bring a plate of breakfast/morning tea food. This might be something like croissants, yoghurt, fruit etc and everybody will be welcome to try different foods and have some morning tea.



Just a reminder to keep your SchoolApp updated as they are improving/updating the app on a regular basis.

Paid Union Meeting - 22nd-24th June

The first round of paid union meetings are coming up. Teachers are entitled to attend two paid union meetings a year. The school will not be closing on these dates. Some classes may have a different teacher for one afternoon, however we are working hard to ensure minimal disruption.

New Enrolments

Enrolments are now being taken at the office. If you have a younger child starting school this year, please let the office know asap. If you know of any families who have a 4 year old who will be starting school this year, and live in the Pinehill School zone, please encourage them to contact the office regarding their child’s enrolment. Please see the school website for zoning and enrolment criteria details.

Class Awards

  • Room 1: Dahamlee Lekamge
  • Room 2: Emily Lou
  • Room 3: Xixi Xu
  • Room 4: Alec Uramete
  • Room 5: Joshua Zhai
  • Room 6: Daeun Oh
  • Room 7:
  • Room 8: Harym Kim
  • Room 9: Lucas Staples
  • Room 10: Chloe Leung
  • Room 11: Jayden Su
  • Room 13: Alina Liu
  • Room 14:
  • Room 15:
  • Room 16: Alexis Leef
  • Room 17: Maaz Mohamed
  • Room 18: Aarush Khajuria
  • Room 19: Euson Huang
  • Room 20: Cynthia Zhang
Winning House: Kawau
Walker of the week: Isabella Bedoya-Lopez

Upcoming Events

Wednesday 16 June

  • Board of Trustees Meeting @ 6pm

Friday 18 June

  • Fun Food Friday

Tuesday 22 June

  • Parent Catchup with the Principal @9am
  • Cluster Football Tournament

Wednesday 23 June

  • Year 0-2 EOTC Day

Friday 25 June

  • Trees for Survival Planting Day
  • Snack Food Friday

Board News

Board of Trustees Policies

All school policies are available through School Docs - click here

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Sports News

Cross Country

Thanks to all our cluster cross country runners for the effort you put into your races at Sunnynook Park last Thursday. Congratulations to Reed Anderson for running an outstanding race to become the Year 6 Girls Champion. What a tremendous achievement, and well deserved. Thanks to our wonderful parent helpers for supporting the team and assisting with managing the course.

Player of the Day


Penguins: Jake Skudder


Pistons: Savannah van Biljon


Ferns: Gordon Huang

Ponies: Naomi Yu & Lusia Naufahu

Dragons: Zané Van Heerden

Diamonds: Caitlyn Brown

Friends of Pinehill School (FOPS)

Fun Food Friday This Friday 18th June

It’s Fun Food Friday again this week! All pizza and sushi orders are to be placed online using the Kindo Online Shop by the end of Wednesday 16th June. Children love their yummy sushi and pizza, don't miss out!

Jesters Pie Day Fundraiser

  • Online orders open now and close on Sunday 27th 11.00am. All orders will need to be placed via Kindo before the cut off.
  • Freshly baked and delivered warm on the day ( Monday 28th June)
  • $2 will be donated to our school from every Jesters Pie purchased for $5.80!

All proceeds will go towards our school playground replacement.

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Pinehill Penguins

Morning: Mon-Fri

Leaves from 1 Kilear Cl at 8:10 am. Another pickup point at 8.30 am from 2 Ballymore Dr

Afternoon: Thurs and Friday

Meeting outside Room 5. Leaves school at 3.10 pm (arrives at 2 Ballymore Dr)

Contact: Calla Cheng -



Contact: Lamia Bouaifel -

Spencer Rd

Morning ONLY Mon - Thursday

Leaves from 12 Spencer Rd at 8:30 am

Contact: Kelly Liang -

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