Pinehill School Newsletter

Wednesday 16th November 2022

A message from the Principal

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

Welcome to Week 5! The term is racing by and it’s hard to believe that mid November is upon us! It has been exciting to see the wider curriculum continuing to be honoured and part of our learning programmes, including athletics day for the seniors last week, a ukulele festival and Jump Jam last weekend.

Ukulele Festival

Last Thursday we had 29 of our Year 5/6 students attend an Ukulele festival at Pinehurst School with Mr Rogers and Mrs Milne. Our tamariki played 11 songs in total alongside five other local schools who also attended. There have been many Thursday lunchtime practices as well as class music sessions to learn the tunes leading up to the event which was hosted by Suzy Kato. Thank you Mr Rogers for giving our tamariki this wonderful opportunity. As well as showing off their hard work and ukulele skills, the children had so much fun.

Jump Jam

Our Year 5 and Year 6 Jump Jam teams competed at the Nationals competition in Tauranga last weekend. We had excited students and coaches fill us in with how it all went on Monday morning. We have had many comments on the excellence, respect, sportsmanship and citizenship our students displayed. Both teams performed amazingly in a very tough competition of 13 teams and should be very proud of themselves. Congratulations to the Year 5 team who were given a merit in presentation and excellence in technical execution. Congratulations also to the Year 6 team who were given a merit in both presentation and technical execution. Well done coaches and teams. We are so very proud of you.

Thank you to Ashleigh Maaka, Aimee Bradley and Lisa Everett for their time to coach our Jump Jam students and for giving them this amazing opportunity. A huge thank you also to our parents for your time in supporting your children to be a part of this and attend.

Christmas Concert

We are very excited about our up and coming ‘Pinehill Christmas Concert’, which is taking place in a couple of weeks on Wednesday 30th November from 5pm - 6:30pm. We started 2022 with a Pinehill School Community Picnic and we are really looking forward to celebrating the end of the year with a Pinehill School Christmas Concert Picnic. A celebration of a full year onsite. If you haven’t already, please mark this date in your calendars and keep it free.

At the Christmas Concert, we will be collecting non perishable food items (cans or packages). We encourage families to bring a non perishable food item to drop into our boxes by the court. This will be delivered to our local food bank run by Lifeboat Community Trust.

As we lead up to the Christmas concert FoPs (Friends of Pinehill School) are receiving any sponsorship or donations for raffles to support our school fundraising. If you are able to contribute please contact

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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Our sharing this week is from Room 6.

Gratitude is paying attention to the things that we have right now, and not worrying about what we don’t have. We practise this by noticing the positives that exist around us.

Research shows that practising gratitude rewires our brains to overcome the negativity bias (which can lead to anxiety and depression) and see the many positives in our lives that we can be grateful for.

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Some families regularly share what they are grateful for around the dinner table at night, or share things that have gone well for them that day.

Thanks for sharing some of the things you are grateful for, Room 6.

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Board of Trustees

Kia ora koutou katoa. Ano te ataahua o te rangi mahana! (Hello everyone, how beautiful the warm weather is!)

At our last board meeting, it was our pleasure to be presented with the latest overview of the resilience project. It was beautiful to hear about the programme further from staff representatives Marg Milne and Ashleigh Maaka. The project's support from staff, children, and the community are highlighted in the continuous growth of the project; we look forward to watching it continue to flourish. Nga mihi Marg and Ash for your mahi in leading and supporting us with The Resilience Project.

It is apparent that the wider Auckland, including Pinehill school, is currently enduring a Magpie issue. Please rest assured that we are working with external agencies and a plan to rectify the problem.

Enjoy the week!


Pinehill's Got Talent

Thanks to all the tamariki who have signed up for PGT. We have been blown away by everyone's enthusiasm. We have had over 70 sign-ups!

There will be a very important meeting this Friday at 12:40pm (after lunch eating) in Room 7 for everyone who has signed up. This is to check details and allocate an audition date. Early next week, students will receive a letter with information about next steps, their audition day, time and where the audition will be happening. Exciting times!

Year 6 - Breakfast

Year 6 breakfast will be held at 7.30am on Monday December 12th 2022.

Please put this date in your calendars.


Room 1 - Cali Watson

Room 2 - Ray Li

Room 3 - Heidi Chung

Room 4 - Zoe Qiu

Room 5 - Elaine You

Room 6 - Jake Skudder

Room 7 - Emily Ke

Room 8 - Gordon Huang

Room 9 - Belle Esterhuizen

Room 10 - Troy Hanson

Room 11 - Milla Langford

Room 12 - Renee Liu

Room 13 - Alan Askhatov

Room 14 - Emily Zhu

Room 15 - Patrick Sung

Room 16 - Sasha Movtchan

Room 17 - Luke Antic

Room 18 - Felix Zhao

Room 19 - Ji Hoon Han

Room 20 - Jayden Wang

Winning House - Rakino

Netball - Players of the day

Netball Juniors

Aubree Huo

Eva Tangi

Emily Lou

Maia Skudder

Basketball - Players of the day

Pinehill Juniors

Maia Skudder

Year 3/4 Pinehill Pirates

Allan Bai

Year 3/4 Pinehill Wizards

Alexander Carter

Splash Polo - Player of the day

Pinehill Penguins

Savannah Van Biljon

Friends of Pinehill School

Snack Food Friday this week. The next Fun Food Friday is on 25th November.

Jesters Pie Day is EVERY TUESDAY!! Orders close 1 day prior at 11 am.

Cookie Time Christmas Cookies Fundraiser 2022

Online orders close tonight, don’t miss out! Choose from a variety of flavours and gluten-free options this Christmas!

Jolly Jar Sale at Christmas Concert

We are asking for a Jolly Jar donation from each student. It can be filled with anything non-perishable and will be displayed and sold at the Christmas Concert. It is now the time to bring your beautiful Jolly Jar to school; we cannot wait to see your fabulous creations! Exciting!

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Pinehill School Policies

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