Pinehill School Newsletter

Wednesday 23rd March, 2022

Message from our Principal

Kia ora koutou,

One of our strategic goals in our three-year plan, is to raise student achievement in writing. This is an area of focus across the whole school, and particularly important after a very disruptive two years in Auckland schools with Covid lockdowns and time spent offsite. All teaching staff are engaged in ongoing Professional Learning with a writing programme called ‘The Writers Toolbox’. You can find more information here

This supports our writing programme but doesn’t replace it. All students are writing daily, and on top of this, in Year 4-6, there is an online component of the programme. The students are absolutely loving writing. You may have heard the Writer's Toolbox being talked about at home. It was a great joy for me last Friday, while signing certificates in classrooms to see all our classrooms actively engaged in writing. The students were able to share with me what they were writing, why and what they were focusing on with new learning. In today’s newsletter, we are celebrating writing at Pinehill School. Enjoy the student writing shared with you below from our five year olds to our Year 6 students.

Three-Way Conferences

  • Wednesday 6 April 3.30pm - 6.00pm

  • Thursday 7 April 2:00pm - 7.00pm

The school will close at the normal time of 3.00 pm on 6 April with an early finish of 1.30 pm on 7 April. - Please see student option form below regarding our early finish.

What do 3WC meetings look like?

Each family books in a 15-minute slot online to attend. Your child will talk to you about what they are learning and how well they are achieving the learning, their strengths and weaknesses, their learning goals and how you can help them at home achieve these goals. An important thing to remember during the 3WC meeting is that the focus is on learning and not behaviour. If you have concerns around your child’s behaviour, please email or pop in and see the teacher when the matter arises.

Your Role as a Parent

To be an active participant in the discussion, the questions below may help. If English is your second language, you are welcome to be supported by an interpreter.

Questions you could ask your child to help discuss their learning:

  • What have you been learning?

  • Tell me what you think you are doing well?

  • What helped with this learning?

  • What did you find difficult?

  • What do you need help with?

  • What are your next learning steps?

For these conferences, we use an online booking system. As of 3:00pm today you will be able to make a three way conference appointment.

To make an appointment go to follow the online instructions. Confirmation of your times will be emailed to you. You may change your appointments at any time.

Your child’s class teacher will send you a Zoom link to attend the three way conference. You will be in a Zoom waiting room. Once the teacher has finished with the three way conference (3WC) with the family before you, they will let you into the zoom meeting for your three way conference meeting.

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

Student Option Form for 3WC early finish on the 7th April, 2022.

Please fill in the below link for our early finish on 7th April, 2022

3WC - Early Closing - Student Option Form
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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 will also be 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.

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We are continuing our introduction of The Resilience Project’s GEM. This week is empathy or kindness.

Empathy is our ability to put ourselves in the shoes of others to feel and see what they do. We practise this through being kind and compassionate towards other people.

Brain imaging data shows that being kind to others registers in the brain as more like eating chocolate than like fulfilling an obligation to do what’s right (e.g., eating brussel sprouts)! When we do acts of kindness for others (no matter how small), a chemical called oxytocin gets released in our brains, making us feel happier. So being kind is a win-win situation: the recipient of the kindness feels good and so does the giver.

Research shows that practising empathy, such as performing acts of kindness, taps into our brain’s ‘mirror neurons’, builds compassion and our behaviour becomes more social and community-based.

View Part 3 of the series here - Empathy

Here’s an activity to practise empathy and kindness:

  1. Reflect on someone in your life who could benefit from an act of kindness today. It could be a friend who would love some affirmation about their work, your pet who deserves an extra treat, or a family member who would love a phone call or text message.

  2. Make a plan for who you are going to give an act of kindness to, and what you are going to do.

  3. If you want to add accountability to your plan, share it with someone else and encourage them to do the same thing.

  4. Follow up with each other in a few days time, to ask how it went!

Sources: Psychology Today, UC Berkeley, Greater Good Science

For mental health resources and support information, visit The Resilience Project’s Support Page.

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'ROOTS OF EMPATHY' programme at Pinehill

Our Year 4 classes participate in the ‘Roots of Empathy’ programme.

We are looking for a mum and a baby to be involved with our programme this year.

The baby must be born between December 2021 to February 2022. Do you know a family with a young baby that might be interested?

For 2022, we will be looking at running a new programme that has been designed by Root of Empathy to deal with the challenges that Covid has presented us all, which is called the Recovery programme.

The main point of difference for this programme

  • it will run for 20 weeks

  • beginning in Term Two

  • connection will be made via Zoom every 2 weeks for a 30 min session instead of visits to the classroom as in the full programme

No teaching skills are required - just a willingness to share and make a difference for our students - the parents of the future.

Our instructors are available to give further information or answer questions.

You can contact Judy Mulder -0201478219

or email Sarah Ward who will phone you back.


We are looking for volunteers who would like to help out on the Hugh Green pedestrian crossing. You would need to be available from 2:40 to 3:10. We need help on Monday, Thursday and Friday afternoons.

Please email with any questions or if you are available.

Thank you to all the parents who currently help us in these roles.


Please click on the Covid Phase 3 form below if your child has tested positive for Covid and fill out the google form link attached to the document.

Pinehill School Policies

All School policies are available through School Docs – click here

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password – pinehillway

Class Awards

  • Room 1 - Hugh Reddish
  • Room 3 - Jocelyn Xu
  • Room 4 - Christina Quezon
  • Room 5 - Olivia Wang
  • Room 6 - Angela Kim
  • Room 7 - Shua Cho
  • Room 8 - Rua Han
  • Room 9 - David Su
  • Room 10 - Riyadh Capati
  • Room 11 - Irene Park
  • Room 12 - Kobe Taylor
  • Room 13 - Charlotte Song
  • Room 14 - Emily Yu
  • Room 15 - Sion Kim
  • Room 16 - Cayden Nunis
  • Room 17 - Daniel Zhou
  • Room 18 - Hannah Su
  • Room 19 - Ji Hoon Han
  • Room 20 - Rex Wang
  • Winning House - Kawau

Board Of Trustees

The Board met for the second time this term last Wednesday evening and here are some of the key highlights from the meeting.

It was great to be able to celebrate Pinehill's 25th birthday this month with some fantastic activities around the school for the students and staff. We are really looking forward to holding some events for the wider school community later in Term 3 when will hopefully all be able to get together to celebrate the successes of the school and acknowledge what a wonderful place it is (and has been) for so many local children over the past 25 years. Look out for more news about birthday events next term.

The Board was excited to see and hear some results of how the new online writing program The Writer's Toolbox has been used by our Year 4-6 students so far this term. We believe it is a great addition to our teaching tools at Pinehill, and helps students with instant feedback on things like sentence length and sentence type. Teachers are then able to formulate a targeted teaching plan to help students progress in focus areas. Our junior teachers and students are also part of this writing development programme in class in the same way without the online component.

Lastly, we are delighted to confirm that the design for the new top playground has been finalised and we are now waiting to confirm when construction can begin. This is going to be an amazing new asset to the School and we can't wait to share the plans with everyone once we have a construction timeline.

Stay safe, look after one another, and we hope to see you back within the school gates very soon.

Sports News


Thank you for expressing an interest in winter netball 2022.

Netball is open to all children from years 2-6. Games are played at Pinehurst school on Saturday mornings through Kidzplay netball.

Fees for the season are approximately $55, Umpire fees are additional. Children will need to wear the Pinehill school red sports T Shirt and a black skirt and netball shoes.

Once the expression of interest has closed off, we will start to organise the teams, if required we will hold a trial to place children in teams. Every effort will be made to place your child in a team, however due to the number of children interested this may not be possible.

Once this process has been completed we will notify parents via email, inviting you to REGISTER and pay through Kindo.

*Teams will only be confirmed to go ahead if we have enough children and parent volunteers for the coach and manager positions, and fees are paid in full.*

Please fill in the expression of interest form and submit by 3.00pm Thursday 24th March.

Click here to fill in the expression of interest form

Friends of Pinehill School News

CookieTime Fundraiser

Thank you to all the families who supported this fundraiser. We raised $170 which will be put towards the development of our new playground. The cookies will be delivered and distributed to your child’s class room on Friday 25th March. If your child is away on Friday, please contact the school office to arrange a time for pick up. Thank you again for your support and generosity

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Your purchase of an Entertainment Membership will not only provide you with great offers for new experiences, but 20% from each membership also supports our fundraising.

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Pinehill School PTA - Friends of Pinehill School

Sun Hats and School App

Sun Hats

A reminder that it is compulsory for all students to wear a hat at break times in Terms 1 & 4. Any sun hat is ok, or you can purchase a school hat from Janbells in Mairangi Bay.


Please remember to update your alert groups for this year. Select your child’s relevant year level, classroom and sports groups if they are registered to play that sport for this year.

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