Newsletter Week 1 Term 2

Pinehill School 5th May 2021


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

We have started the new term with a new website and newsletter format. We hope you like the updated version. The idea is to align our website, newsletters, school app to make communication aligned, appealing, easy to follow and more accessible for all.

A very warm welcome back to Term 2 to all of our students and whānau. We have 11 new students starting their journey at Pinehill School with us this term and it was wonderful to be able to welcome all our new students and their families with a whakatau on our first day back in the hall. We have had a fantastic start to the week and the children have come back motivated, engaged and ready for an exciting Term 2 ahead.

This term we have many exciting events, and we will continue to update you with dates and further information closer to the time of these events. A snapshot of events coming up includes Pink Shirt Day, Cross Country, Inter-School Mathex competition, Trees for Survival Planting, and a highlight for many, our school disco which will be held in week 5 (Thursday 3rd June).

I am sure that you have noticed the dynamic new shade structure over our roadside netball court. It has been fascinating for us as a school, as well as the community to watch the process of the structure being built to its completion. Our structure has had the final check-off and is now complete! This area will provide shelter and shade throughout the whole year for sports teams practices, team huis, school sport, break time play, concerts and more.

We would like to invite you to attend a Blessing Ceremony tomorrow, Thursday 6th May at 2 pm. The ceremony will involve a karakia, Kapa Haka waiata, and an opening speech. Students will be seated in their class groups under the structure.

We hope you and join us and look forward to seeing you there.

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



Class and Portrait photos will be taken on Wednesday 26 May. Please come to the office to fill out a sibling form if you would like a sibling photo taken on the day.

New Students

Pinehill School would like to welcome the following new students:

Ella Gao, Jun Goh, Kevin Jin, Soyi Kim, Avriel Kumar, Yan Li, Emily Lou, Bianca Mendes Conceição, Serena Morgan, Alisa Zhang, Kingsley Zhang

Class Awards

  • Room 1: Hayule Kim
  • Room 2: Cameron Kyaw
  • Room 3: Maia Skudder
  • Room 4: Taylor van der Walt
  • Room 5: Jack Zhang
  • Room 6: Olivia Tse
  • Room 7: Tiffany Moore
  • Room 8: Adam Nasr
  • Room 9: Stepan Pirozhenko
  • Room 10: Mishel Alrashed
  • Room 11: Erica Kim
  • Room 13: Coco Li
  • Room 14: Milla Langford
  • Room 15: Jayden Lu
  • Room 16: Eman Surhio
  • Room 17: Bella Morunga
  • Room 18: Annie Deng
  • Room 19: Anna Zhu
  • Room 20: Tess Bateup
Winning House: Kawau
Walker of the week: Jojo Zhou

Upcoming Events

Friday 7 May

  • Fun Food Friday

Monday 10 May

  • FOPS Meeting @ 8.30am - all welcome
Thursday 13 May

  • Yr 5/6 Bake Sale

Friday 14 May

  • Fun Food Friday

Monday 17 - 21 May

  • Walking School Bus Week - see details below

Wednesday 19 May

  • Board of Trustees Meeting @ 6pm

Friday 21 May

  • Pink Shirt Day - mufti day

Monday 24 May

  • Cross Country - Savaday 25 May

Wednesday 26 May

  • Class and Portrait Photos - Sibling forms available from the office

Friday 28 May
  • Fun Food Friday

Board News

Board of Trustees Policies

All school policies are available through School Docs - click here

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Sports News

Y5/6 Cross Country Training

The school cross country event will be held on Monday 24th May (savaday 25th). Inter-school races will be held on Tuesday 8 June ( savaday 10th).

All children are expected to bring suitable clothes for running. Training shoes may be worn, or bare feet. School shoes are unsuitable.

Cross country training will be at 12.05 every day except Fridays. We have a short lead-in time to our school cross country day so it is important that children are properly prepared and put the effort into training. The office is not able to provide a change of uniform if children get muddy. The change of clothing is therefore very important.

Walking School Bus Week

We will have a Walking to School Week in Week 3. Students can earn points by walking all of the way or part of the way to school. This means that even students who come in cars can earn house points as long as they get dropped off around a corner or on a side road and walk from there.

However, students who use the drop-off zone will not earn house points. So, if you are driving your children to school, please try dropping them off somewhere other than the drop-off zone so that they can participate. They will be met close to the gates by House Leaders who will give them stickers to add to their house chart.

Walking to school is a great way for students to get fit, talk with their friends and earn points for their houses. It will also free up the streets around the school by taking some cars off the road which will improve the environment for all of our regular walkers.


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 -

Friends of Pinehill School (FOPS) News - PTA

Fun Food Friday This Friday 7th May

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 today, Wednesday 5th May. Children love their yummy sushi and pizza, don’t miss out!

Entertainment Mothers Day Special

Hurry! LAST DAYS! Entertainment is offering a one-off special this Mother’s Day. Get your digital membership using this link, and receive a gift card worth $20 or $40. For every membership purchased using the above link, 20% will be donated to the school.

Entertainment Memberships can start anytime and are packed with thousands of substantial savings on dining, travel and fun family activities. The official digital membership app will give you unlimited access to these offers anywhere, anytime year round

Friends of Pinehill School - About Us

FOPS is a fundraising and support network of parents and teachers assisting Pinehill School to connect with our community. It is a great way to get involved and meet other fun enthusiastic parents. Each member brings something unique and special to our group. Kia ora rawa atu thank you!

The next FOPS committee meeting will be held at 8.30am on Monday 10 May in the staff room in the administration block. All welcome! If you have any questions or would like to join this amazing force, please email We look forward to meeting you

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