Pinehill School Newsletter

Wednesday 10th August 2022

Message from our Principal

Kia ora tatou, Mālō e lele, Ann yeong haseyo, Ni hao, Dzień dobry

Last week was Culture Week at Pinehill School. Our students and families are from a multitude of over 38 different ethnicities. Culture Week provides us with an opportunity to discover where we are all from, a little about others’ culture, to learn about each other and to celebrate the rich diversity at Pinehill School.

‘Once you understand and appreciate other people’s cultural backgrounds, then you can also connect with them more.’

A big THANK YOU to the many parents and whanau members who have given time to come into classrooms and share aspects of their culture. Our children have been treated to your cooking, sharing of artefacts, storytelling, language teaching, games, music, art work and more. This home school partnership has enriched the Culture Week learning experiences immensely, providing much authentic learning for all.

Both our Cultural Parade and shared lunch on Monday this week, were a huge success. It was very special to see everyone dressed up in clothing to represent their culture, both modern and traditional. A big Thank You to Alastair Rogers for the Cultural music performances from the Marimba Group and to Alastair and Lisa Everett for their support and organisation with Kapa Haka Group. Both performances were enjoyed by all to open the concert. A big Thank You also to Natalie McAllum for organising the Chinese Dancing Lions (from Northcote College) and Korean Fan Dancers group (from Rangitoto College) to perform at the Parade. This was a huge hit with our students and families and a fitting way to conclude our parade. Many students, as well as staff members, have commented on the food they were able to try and eat during the shared lunch. The overall consensus is that it was the best lunch ever! We had a phenomenal turn out of families at the parade and lunch, over 200! Thank you for celebrating Culture Week with us and for your amazing and continued support.

Cultural Parade

He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata.

What is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.

Maths Week

This week is Maths Week at Pinehill School. And what a fantastic week it started out as! There have been many exciting events and challenges that have taken place so far. On top of the classroom and team Maths Week challenges, there has also been a daily maths problem posted on our TV station. It has been wonderful seeing the students persevere to work out solutions to these problems either individually or in groups. We have also been fortunate to have the maths fairy visit this week. Fairy Veldman is visiting all classrooms with challenging maths problems to be solved and prizes. The children are having to do a lot of thinking and strategising to solve the problems. Fairy Veldman has been very impressed with the maths thinking in all the classrooms visited so far. A big thank you to Marg Milne, Caitlin Blackwell, Kirstin Blanchard and Lisa Everett, Christine Johnston, Wendy Chatterton and Ji Reh Yoo for leading us through Maths Weeks. This is definitely an annual highlight!

Lay By, Pick up at 3:00pm

We have made some slight modifications to our Lay by pick up area process at 3:00pm. We are constantly reviewing our processes and practice to ensure our students safety is our top priority. We have had some students and staff ‘act out’ the pick up process and this video is being shared with classes this week. We encourage everyone to view the video at home as a family and talk about the Lay By pick up process. Key points include:

  • Children being picked up will gather on the grass verge between the two orange cones

  • Parents stay in their cars (no parking or leaving the car)

  • As cars leave, please pull up to the car spaces and move towards the front of the line, to ease congestion

  • Children walk down to your car

  • Please do not stop and park the car right beside where your child is waiting, they will walk down to you

  • Driveways and the other side of the road with yellow lines can not be used to park and pick up your children as per the NZ Road Code

Video link - Pinehill School Drop off and Pick Up Area

We have noticed the heavens open at 3pm quite regularly lately. The rain has been very heavy and the children are often left soaked. If your child has a rain jacket, please support them with getting in the habit of packing this each day. Rain jackets/coats seem to work better than umbrellas, particularly when the wind is blowing the rain sideways. Thank you for supporting us with the Lay By process to keep our children safe.

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


A Snapshot of our Cultural Parade

25th Silver Jubilee Birthday Celebrations at Pinehill School

Our Website is now live

Pinehill School 25 Silver Jubilee Birthday Celebrations

Dates have been confirmed - 20th, 21st, 22nd September 2022

Pinehill School is looking forward to celebrating 25 years of service to our community in 2022.

We are very excited to invite all past learners, teachers, staff, Board members and the wider community to join us in celebrating this milestone achievement with us.

Please visit our website for more information and to register your attendance.

2022 Art Exhibition & 25th Anniversary alumni reunion Tuesday 20th September, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Art Exhibition Wine & Cheese, Tuesday 20th September, 6:00pm

An opportunity for past students, whanau, staff and community members to catch up with others, mix and mingle, view current students' art, Pinehill class photos wall (photos from foundation year to current) and photos over the years. Bring some old photos to reminisce.

At 6:30pm student leaders will take groups for a tour through classrooms and around our school.

25th Anniversary - Top Playground Opening - Thursday 22nd September, 12:00pm

Top Playground Opening Thursday 22nd September, 12:00pm

An opportunity for current students, whanau, staff and community members to celebrate our new ‘Top Playground’ opening. This is a 25th anniversary gift to Pinehill School from the Board of Trustees.

25th Anniversary School Assembly Celebration & Open Hour Friday 23rd September, 11:00am

School Assembly Celebration & Open Hour - Friday 23rd September, 11:00am

  • 11 am Whakatau welcome and ceremony

  • Speeches from all three Principals (Julien, Tracey, Carla)

  • Entertainment performances by our talented students including Kapa Haka, Marimba Group and School band

  • Memories and stories from past students, staff members and community members

  • Time capsule snapshots to current 25 Birthday capsule slideshow

  • Pinehill Way Song

  • Singing Happy Birthday / cutting of the cake (cake to the hall foyer - people can take cake on tour or enjoy after tour with house leaders.

  • 12:00pm - House Leaders to lead tours through the school. Classrooms will be open as part of the tour. Visit your “old room”

  • Photo display memories in hall and foyer

  • Informal group photos

  • Merchandise will be available to purchase or collect if pre-ordered

  • Coffee cart will be available on the day

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Our sharing this week comes from Room 6. They have been reminding themselves that we all can feel red zone emotions sometimes and that this is normal. The important thing is to realise when you are in the red zone, and actively do something to calm yourself and reset. This is great advice for everyone.

Below are some ways that Alice, Angela and Lillian reset themselves so they move back into a green zone emotion. Thanks for sharing, girls.

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What are some of your ways to reset? Share some with your whanau so they can see that even adults need ways to reset their emotions and that we all have different ways.

Room 17 - Year 4 - Sharing Their Learning

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Room 13 had Dahamlee's Mum come in to talk to us about Sri Lanka. Here are the stories that we wrote afterwards.

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Trees for Survival Planting out day

Pinehill’s ‘Trees for Survival’ Planting out day

Trees For Survival update

Our planting out day is scheduled for Friday 12 August. We are very grateful for the parent support we have received to make this day happen. There will be an information and safety briefing in the hall at 8:30am in the morning before we leave. We would really appreciate all adult helpers attending this meeting. We can organise carpooling at this meeting too.

Gear lists can be found on the school website under school information, notices if you have misplaced your paper copy.

Exciting times!


Room 1 - Cali Watson

Room 2 - Lucas Yip

Room 3 - Andrew Kuo

Room 4 - Lusia Naufahu

Room 5 - Elaine You

Room 6 - Savannah van Biljon

Room 7 - Amarnee Tapu

Room 8 - Melody Wu

Room 9 - Preesha Pradeep Raj Arthishree

Room 10 - Suraya Moharam

Room 11 - Melissa Chong

Room 12 - Rocco Robinson - Lea'aetoa

Room 13 - Victoria Meshkova

Room 14 - Seven Cao

Room 15 - Robin Huang

Room 16 - Bianca Mendes Conceica

Room 17 - Ahmed Alhammadi

Room 18 - Charlie Haycock

Room 19 - Aksel Machouche

Room 20 - Rex Wang

Winning House - Kawau

NETBALL - Players of the day

Year 5 Pinehill Dragons

Talyah Heidar

Michelle Deng

Year 4/5 Pinehill Kiwis

Luna Zhang

Year 3/4 Pinehill Ferns

30th July - Olivia Brown

6th August - Cindy Shen

Basket Ball - Players of the day

Basketball Juniors - Sami Elbetagi

Pinehill Heat - Nixon Robinson

Splash Polo - Player of the day

Pinehill Penguins - Bogyeom Kim

Friends of Pinehill School

No Fun Food Friday or Snack Food Friday this week due to Year 5/6 Trees for Survival


Jesters Pie Day is EVERY TUESDAY!! Orders close the day before (Monday) at

11 am.

It's Pinehill Schools 25th BIRTHDAY!!!

To celebrate our 25th Anniversary, we have an AWESOME range of Merch for

EVERYONE! Grab a reusable coffee cup on the go or a cute little teddy for yourself

or as a gift.

Merch Kindo Pre-orders close tonight Wednesday, 10 August. Merch Sales are also

available at Art Exhibition (19 - 21 September) and the 25th Anniversary Assembly (Friday,

23 September). CASH ONLY!

Pricing of items:

● 25th Anniversary Teddy - Special Edition $15 ea

● 25th Silver Jubilee Pen $5 ea

● Reusable Glass Cup (350ml) $18 ea

● Mug $15 ea

● Yoyo (House colours) $8

If you have any queries, please email

Yummy Stickers

It’s time. Please drop off all your collection sheets to the box outside the health room. Term

3 is the last term of collecting for this year. Collection will restart Term 1 2023. In the

meantime, you can still keep collecting. Thank you for your support!

Pinehill School PTA - Friends of Pinehill School

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Upcoming Events

Friday 12th August

  • Trees for Survival Planting Out Day

Monday 8th to Friday 12th August

  • Walking to School Week

Monday 15th August

  • Whakatau - Welcome to all new families

Pinehill School Policies

All School policies are available through School Docs – click here

Logon – Pinehill

password – pinehillway

Kāhui Ako Cyber Safety Evening that will be held at Rangitoto College Auditorium on 29th September (7pm-9pm). Tickets are $10. Available from

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We Chat

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