Pinehill School News

12th May 2021 - Week 2 Term 2


Kia ora tatou,

Since the last newsletter, I have had the privilege of visiting each class throughout the school. My pop in visits have given me a snapshot of teaching and learning as well as an opportunity to check in with our students and their start to Term 2. I’ve been delighted to see how focused and enthusiastic our students are and their engagement in learning continues to be evident throughout the school.

It was great to have parents, family and whanau attend the blessing ceremony for our new and completed shade top last Thursday. The weather remained fine throughout. A big thank you to Matua Jerry Norman who supported us through the process. During the ceremony, our students were a part of the naming for our shade top, which will now be referred to as the Taumaru, which means to shade, shadow, protect. We look forward to using our taumaru throughout the whole year for sports teams practices, team huis, school sport, break time play, concerts and more.

To view the blessing ceremony, please click here

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



On Thursday 13th May, the Year 5/6 team will be hosting a bake sale to raise funds to put towards the EOTC shortfalls. Please come and support this event, and enjoy some treats!

See you on Thursday at the Taumaru.


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.

PINK SHIRT DAY - Friday 21 May, gold coin donation

Aotearoa will be transformed into a sea of māwhero/pink as we stand together to spread aroha,

celebrate diversity and end bullying!

By celebrating Pink Shirt Day and raising money to support the kaupapa. Tauira/students will be part of a powerful movement to spread aroha and kindness and end bullying. Every dollar raised goes towards the Pink Shirt Day kaupapa. Your support enables the Mental Health Foundation to run Pink Shirt Day, raise awareness about bullying prevention and provide resources that promote inclusive schools, workplaces and communities. Bullying is a serious issue for tauira. Aotearoa has the third-highest rate of school bullying out of 36 OECD countries

Click here to view more information


Last day for ordering Scholastic books is tomorrow 13 May. All orders must be done online.

Specialist Education Service Provider: In our school in Week 5 of this term.

Pippa Biggs, a specialist education service provider, living locally, is providing our school community access to specialist services without the wait or the fuss. This is a paid service and should you choose to take this opportunity for your child, you will pay the service provider directly. This company provides a range of services, but for this particular screening session, we are focussing on learning difficulties and/or barriers associated with reading and writing.

Read more about this and register your interest HERE

For more information, see Website:

New Students

Pinehill School would like to welcome the following new students:

Sarah Lin and Soyou Kim

Class Awards

  • Room 1: Adam Hatab
  • Room 2: Jia Tong Zhang
  • Room 3: Jonathan Gui
  • Room 4: Jeon Hoon Han
  • Room 5: Cindy Shen
  • Room 6: Jackson Danks
  • Room 7: Haixiang Liu
  • Room 8: Cici Li
  • Room 9: Zoe Qiu
  • Room 10: Tania Luo
  • Room 11: Joshua Marange
  • Room 13: Oliver Zhang
  • Room 14: Nathan Jin
  • Room 15: Benjamin Fu
  • Room 16: Inha Chang
  • Room 17: Emily Qu
  • Room 18: Jayden Kim
  • Room 19: Ella Leung
  • Room 20: Rena Yang
Winning House: Kawau
Walker of the week: Natalie Qin

Upcoming Events

Thursday 13 May

  • Yr 5/6 Bake Sale @2pm - see notice below

Friday 14 May

  • Snack Food Friday

Monday 17 - 21 May

  • Walking School Bus Week - see details below
  • Dental Van @ Pinehill - please contact Northcross Dental for appointments

Wednesday 19 May

  • Board of Trustees Meeting @ 6pm

Friday 21 May

  • Pink Shirt Day - mufti day

  • Fun Food Friday

Monday 24 May

  • Cross Country - Savaday 25 May

Wednesday 26 May

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

Friday 28 May
  • Snack Food Friday

Board News

Board of Trustees Policies

All school policies are available through School Docs - click here

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password - pinehillway

Sports News

Flippaball Players Wanted

We have 2 spaces available on our Flippaball team for Term 2. Children ideally should be able to confidently swim 25m, and be in Years 4, 5 or 6. This is a new team for 2021 so no experience is necessary.

Games and training are held at AUT Millennium, 17 Antares Place. Training is on Saturdays and the games are played on Sundays.

You are welcome to attend a Saturday practise if you are interested, before signing up!

Fees for Term 2 are $85.

Please contact Jen if you are interested in playing via email:

Yr5/6 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.

Parents are most welcome to come and support our children on the 24th. The first race will be for Yr3 girls, starting at 10.35, followed by Yr3 boys, Yr4 girls and so on. The last race will be for Yr6 boys at approximately 12.15. Each race takes about 15 minutes.

Children should come to school in school uniform and bring appropriate clothing ( shorts, t-shirt ) for running. Shoes are optional.

Thank you for your support.

Player of the Day


Penguins : Nixon Robinson-Lea'aetoa


Pirates : Andre Cui

Pistons : Lucas Staples

Heat : Maxim Pove

Walking to School Week - Next 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.


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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 -

Friends of Pinehill School (FOPS) News - PTA

Snack Food Friday is on this Friday 15 May

We will be selling Juicies, Cookies & Chips in the hall foyer at lunchtime between 12.40pm and 1pm. From the health point of view, we suggest 1-2 snacks and a $5 note is enough for your child. There will be NO sales of these items until 12.40pm when lunch eating time ends!!

Yummy Stickers

We are collecting 'Yummy' stickers from apples, nectarines, peaches and pears, and barcodes from bags of 'Yummy' fruit. This is a year-long promotion, stickers are exchanged for sports equipment for the school. All stickers and barcodes need to be stuck onto the official forms which can be downloaded from Please return forms to the dropbox when you have filled them up.

Pinehill School PTA - Friends of Pinehill

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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