Pinehill School Newsletter

Wednesday 4th May, 2022

Message from our Principal

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

A very warm welcome back to Term 2 to all of our students and whānau.

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.

The school has been a buzz over the school holiday break with many contractors in each day to work on the 5YA property projects throughout the school. This has included heat pumps now installed in all our classrooms in time for winter, new grey autex walls in three classroom blocks and finally Tiger Turf part 1 laid on our middle outdoor court. In the words of one of our students, ‘We are looking flash!’

I would like to thank the FoPs (Friends of Pinehill School) for their donation towards two new goal posts on the Tiger Turf courts which will be up in the next couple of weeks. The previous goal posts had been repaired numerous times over the years and had come to an end. Thank you FoPS and parents for your support of the school which has contributed to the new goal posts on this court. The goal posts are adjustable in height which I know our children and sports coaches are particularly excited about.

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, and Matariki.


We had our first whole school assembly in the hall since August last year. This was a welcome change from Zoom assemblies and one of my highlights this week. It was wonderful to come together as a school family again and have R13 share their learning. It was also fantastic to have parents join us at the assembly.

Our assemblies have been booked into our School Community Calendar. School assembly is every Tuesday at 2:15pm in the hall. The learning sharing will continue each week in classroom numerical order. Next week R14 will be sharing their learning, the following week R15 and so on. If your child's class is sharing their learning you are welcome to attend assembly and join us in the learning celebration. Unfortunately we are unable to open this invitation to our whole school community each week as indoor gatherings have a capacity limit of 500 in the Orange Light setting.

A few Term 3 reminders

8:50 am Start

Pinehill School uses a Ministry-approved electronic roll. The roll is taken twice daily at 8:50 am and 1:30 pm. You need to ensure that your child is at school promptly by 8:50 am. Many important notices are also shared at this time. School gates open at 8:15 am. Children arriving at school before 8:15 am must be registered to attend PKC Before School Care as there is no duty teacher before this time to ensure their safety. Arriving by 8:40 am will allow your child to get ready for learning, greet their teacher and mix with their peers, ensuring a positive, stress-free start to the day.

Linewize - Online Computer Safety

Our school is committed to providing safe and educationally focused digital

journeys for our students. To support this, we have partnered with leading online

safety provider, Linewize by Family Zone. Linewize is a world leader in online safety

for schools and communities, supporting over 17,000 schools and more than 9

million students globally. Linewize services help ensure our students use the internet safely and effectively. Teachers have had training this week on how Linewize will work and support our students when they are accessing anything online in learning. Please see the attached flier below with further information on the Linewize programme.


If your child is going to be absent, please notify the school office through the SchoolApp, phone 094780301, or email us at You can also fill in and submit a form under the ‘contact us’ tab on our school website with your child’s name, room number, absence date/dates, and reason.

If your child is not in class at 8:50 am when the bell rings, either you or your child must sign in on the tablet at the office and collect a slip to present to the classroom teacher. If you receive a text to say that your child is not in class, please reply or call the office.

I hope your child/children have had a great start to Term 2.

We are looking forward to a great term ahead.

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

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“What?” we hear you ask. “Dis?”

Yes, “Dis!”

Last term we shared with you the link to Hugh’s video based on the important role gratitude has in our lives. If you didn’t get a chance to watch this video, here is the link again:

During his time working in a school in a remote part of northern India, Hugh met a boy who changed his life. Stanzin took the time everyday to acknowledge the many things in his life he was grateful for, whether it was his bowl of plain rice for lunch, his broken shoes, or his friends as he played. Stanzin would regularly stop, point at whatever he was grateful for and say, “Dis!” (“This!”).

Part of The Resilience Project is building the capacity in our tamariki, our Pinehill staff and our Pinehill whanau for finding things in our day to be grateful for. It’s a way to ‘up the positivity’ in our daily lives.

Next week is “Dis!” Week.

All of our classes and staff will be spending time each day acknowledging our “Dis!” moments and sharing them in different ways. You, as parents and families, might also be asked to contribute to our collection of “Dis!” moments. Stay tuned 😊

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