Pinehill School Newsletter

Wednesday 8th June 2022

Message from the Principal

Kia ora tatou,

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful three day long weekend with their families. It was lovely to see the children arrive at school on Tuesday with many stories about the adventures they had got up to over the weekend and relaxing time also to recharge for the week ahead.

Every morning and afternoon we have dedicated staff and parents help out at the two main entrances in sun, rain, hail, wind or a combination of all, to support students to cross the road via road patrol and to assist students to cars at the lay-by.

Getting children safely to and from school is a priority for us all. However, particularly of late, we are becoming increasingly concerned with some of the dangerous driving, pulling out and parking particularly on Hugh Green Drive. Today’s newsletter is dedicated to Road Safety reminders. Let’s all do our part to ensure our children’s safety.

Road Safety Reminders - Stopping and Parking - NZ Road Code

For your own safety, and the safety and convenience of others, there are certain areas where you must not park. You risk being fined and/or having your vehicle towed away if you park in these areas.

You must not park or stop your vehicle:

  • Where traffic signs say you must not stop or park

  • On the right-hand side of the road, (facing oncoming traffic) except in a one-way street

  • Where it will be in the way of other people using the road or footpath (including pedestrians)

  • Near a corner, curve, hill, traffic island or intersection if it will stop other people from seeing along the road

  • On the road, if you can park off the road without damaging grass or gardens (a controlling authority may have a bylaw and/or signs prohibiting parking on grass verge)

  • On any footpath

  • On a traffic island (whether it is flush or raised)

  • On, or closer than 6 metres to an intersection, unless there are parking spaces or a notice telling you that you can park there

  • On, or closer than 6 metres to the approach side of a pedestrian crossing

  • On a marked bus stop or taxi stand

  • Closer than 6 metres to a bus stop marked only by a sign

  • In front of, or closer than 1 metre to a vehicle entrance

  • Alongside another parked vehicle - that is, you must not double-park in any circumstances

  • On ‘no stopping’ lines (broken yellow lines) marked within 1 metre of the edge of the road, which you may see near pedestrian crossings, intersections, driveways or narrow roads

  • Where a sign says that part of the road is reserved for specified kinds of vehicles (for example, bus, taxi or good service vehicles) - in many cases, this restriction is marked by a broken yellow line more than 1 metre from the kerb

  • In a cycle lane

  • In a bus or transit lane during the hours of operation as indicated by signs on, or closer than 5m to fire hydrant, unless somebody who can move the vehicle stays with it

  • Without due care and consideration for other road users. You must leave sufficient room between your vehicle and any adjacent parked vehicles to allow easy access

Please read carefully below, the different ways children can arrive or get home from school. Let’s all do our part to ensure our children’s safety.

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


Transport at Pinehill

Getting children safely to and from school is a priority for all of us. Our school is situated on two main busy roads, Hugh Green Drive and Spencer Rd. There are times when there is much traffic congestion

and pedestrian activity in this area. This is particularly evident at the beginning and end of the school day. Timing your drive to our school to avoid the peak times can reduce the amount of congestion and keep the traffic moving, especially after school. Other ways parents can assist with reducing traffic include: parking in Arirang Rise, and walking through the back walkway entrance to school or parking in Rathmullen Place and crossing at the road patrol into main entrance of school, carpooling with a neighbour, encouraging your child to catch the bus or to walk to school.

Our school also has a Walking School Bus that families can be part of.

Walking to School

Children walking too and from school do need to use the pedestrian crossings and to take care. Throughout the year road safety is taught within class programmes. You can also help by talking to your children about potential dangers and advising your child on the safest route to get from home to school and back. Adults do need to model a positive road safe message by using the school pedestrian crossing. The pedestrian crossing adjacent to our school gates is manned by our school road patrols from 8.30am - 8:50am in the morning and after school 2:55pm - 3:10pm. Our Year 6 road patrol students are trained by the Police Education Officer and supervised by staff members.

Please ensure you drive slowly in the area outside the school and that you wait until the full crossing is clear before proceeding. Please do not drive over the pedestrian crossing unless the way ahead is clear. Cars stopped on the crossing prevent our road patrol monitors from carrying out their duties. When the road patrol monitors have completed their duties and are coming off patrol, drivers must wait until the crossing is completely clear on both sides before proceeding. Once the road patrols have finished their afternoon duty, the supervising staff member directs any child still waiting back to the hall area with PKC (Premium Kids Care). This ensures your child is safe. Other options for getting too and from our school include the ‘Walking School Bus’, and buses.

Walking School Bus Routes

Walking School Bus

The Walking School Buses (WSB) is a fun, safe and active way for children to travel to and from school with adult supervision. The table below outlines the current WSB routes we have and who to get in contact with for your child to join. There is also further information on the school website


MORNINGS - Pinehill Penguin

Days - Everyday

Time - 8.10am

Location - Leaves from 1 Kilear Cl and 2nd pick up point is 8.30am from 2 Ballymore Drive.

Contact - Call Chang -

AFTERNOONS - Pinehill Penguin

Days - Monday to Thursday only

Time - Leaves 3.10pm

Location - Meet outside Room 5

Contact - Calla Chang

MORNINGS - Spencer Road

Days - Monday to Thursday only

Time - 8.30am

Location - Leaves from 12 Spencer Road

Contact - Kelly Liang


Days - Everday

Time - 8.40am

Location - Leaves from 71 Spencer Road

Contact - Lamia Bouaifel

Parking at Pinehill School


The carpark on the grounds is for use of staff and authorised persons only. Please do not drive into the grounds or park across the gateway, or near the area where the pedestrian crossing is. Students may wait at the two minute drop off area on Hugh Green Drive to be collected in the afternoon. Please do not park and leave your car in this pick up/drop off zone as it will create considerable inconvenience to other parents waiting to collect their children. By keeping these areas free we keep traffic hazards to a minimum and the traffic flowing.

Bikes and Scooters

Students must be Year 4 or older to ride a bike to school. All riders need to wear a helmet. Parents accept full responsibility for their child’s safety to and from school outside of the school grounds

At school, bikes and scooters are kept in racks outside the property managers room, below room 8.

Why not take a weekend ride with your child to develop their skills and confidence and to ensure they know the safest route to and from school.

Matariki morning tea Monday 20th June, 2022 - All Welcome

Kia ora e te whanau,

Matariki is coming up on the 24th of June with this being the first year it will be celebrated as a national holiday. Matariki is the Māori new year. It is an important time to celebrate the earth and show respect for the land. It is about coming together, sharing stories, acknowledging the past and those who have passed away, planning for the future and feasting on the crops that have been harvested.

We are having a whole school Matariki morning tea where our school community are invited on Monday the 20th of June from 10am - 11am. This morning tea will be held under our Taumaru where we celebrate as a whole school.

The idea is that everyone brings a small plate of food to share.

SchooI Board Parent Election 2022

SchooI Board Parent Election 2022

Nomination round

Our school will be undertaking a parent election for 3 School Board vacancies. This process will start with the issuing of nomination papers to our caregiver community by Friday 15th July 2022.

We have employed CES to undertake the election process on our behalf. This year with legislative change, our nomination form and full instruction on how to place your nomination into our own School’s Election website will be emailed to you if we have your email address in our database or you will receive it by post if we don’t have your email in our database.

Nomination papers will also be available at the school office. The school will send those on to CES for processing upon receipt from candidates.

Nominations close on Friday 5th August at 12 noon.

We look forward to your participation in this process.

Wayne Jamieson

Returning Officer


89 Nazareth Avenue | Middleton | Christchurch | PO Box 414 | Christchurch 8140

P (03) 338 4444 | Cell 021 399 744 Web

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Mindfulness is our ability to be calm and present at any given moment. We practise this by slowing down and concentrating on one thing at a time like our breathing.

Mindful colouring

One of the ‘calming’ activities that many classes do is mindful colouring. It is a time of quiet engagement. The students find it restful and satisfying.

These examples are from Room 7.

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Room 1 - Hugh Reddish

Room 3 - Euson Huang

Room 4 - Margarita Sukhorukova

Room 5 - Cody Jiang

Room 6 - Juliet Nizetich/Adam Dollie

Room 7 - Josh Boyle

Room 8 - Laksshyah Gotla

Room 9 - Yi Cheng Tang

Room 10 - Lily - Ann Brady

Room 11 - Kaavya Gounder

Room 12 - Oliver Liu

Room 13 - Smantha Tamayo

Room 14 - Kyson Zhang

Room 15 - Arthur Zhai

Room 16 - Kevin Lay

Room 17 - Stella Tuanau

Room 18 - Anton Zhao

Room 19 - Amber Zhang

Room 20 - Bosco Zhou

Winning House > Kawau


Pinehill Penguins player of the day

29 May - Luke Yu

Luke pulled off an awesome 360, well done Luke!

Basketball - Expressions of Interest for Year 1/2 is full and now closed


It’s Snack Friday this week

We will be selling snacks in the hall foyer at lunchtime between 12.40 pm and 1 pm.

- Cookies: $1.50 each

- Juicie: $2.50 each

- Chips $2.00 each

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 12.40 pm when lunch eating time ends.

Online orders for the next Fun Food Friday open this Saturday, the 11th of June. Next Fun Food Friday is next Friday, 17th June.


Please refer to the poster for details. If you have any questions, please email us at

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Winter - Spare uniform

If your child has come into the office for spare clothes due to getting wet or muddy and used our spare uniform can you please return it to us as soon as possible.

Upcoming Events

Friday 10th June

  • Snack Food Friday

Friday 17th June

  • Fun Food Friday

Thursday 23rd June

  • Teachers Only Day - No School

Friday 24th June

  • Matariki Holiday - No School

Thursday 30th June

  • Disco

Pinehill School Policies

All School policies are available through School Docs – click here

Logon – Pinehill

password – pinehillway

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