Pinehill School News 7 July

7 July 2021 - Week 10, Term 2

Message from our Principal

Kia ora tatou,

Ngā mihi o Matariki, te tau hou Māori. Happy Matariki everyone!

Matariki is a specific celebration in Aotearoa New Zealand and honours our season of winter under our stars.

Matariki is not one specific day, it is a season heralded by the rise of the Matariki cluster in the eastern sky in winter. Next year Matariki will be an official public holiday in NZ and it has been confirmed this will take place on 24th June 2022.

At Pinehill School, we have honoured the tradition of Matariki in classroom teaching sessions, as well as holding our very first Matariki whole school shared breakfast which is this Friday 9th July. All children are asked to bring a small plate of food to be shared with their class. Please can you ensure that all ingredients are labelled due to some children having food allergies. We will gather under the taumaru (field courts shade top) at 10:00 am and hope many of you can join us.

The Kapa Haka group will open our Matariki breakfast and house leaders will have speaking parts to guide us through the breakfast. A big thank you to Ashleigh Maaka for planning and organising our first Pinehill School Matariki whole school shared breakfast.

The Resilience Project

All of our classrooms are participating in The Resilience Project teaching and learning sessions. The lessons are based on Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness. We recently held an informative parent afternoon on The Resilience Project and how this can also filter through to home.

Please see the below parent and community information forwarded on for us to share as we near closer to the holiday break.

The Resilience Project Information for Parents:

To continue supporting your parent and carer community over this holiday period, Martin Heppell has created a short clip about the importance of sleep to support students to come back to school well-rested and ready to learn!. To view the clip please Click here.

For more information on sleep & device management please click through to our latest blog “Reclaiming control of your electronic devices”

Enjoy the school holiday break coming up. We look forward to seeing everyone back for Term 3, Monday 26th July. We will welcome our new students and families to Pinehill School with a whakatau on the first day back at 9:00 am in the hall. You are all welcome to attend.

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


Our swimming programme for 2021 begins in the first week of term 3 at the Millennium Institute. Each class will have a 30 minute swimming session every week for six weeks finishing the week of 6 September.

  • Yrs 3 and 4 on Tuesdays
  • Yrs 1, 2, 5 and 6 on Wednesdays

The Millennium Institute will provide qualified instructors to work with your child in their purpose-built learner pool.

Swimming is part of our Physical Education programme and it is expected that all students take part. If for reasons of illness your child cannot participate, please send a note to your child’s teacher. It is important to remember that payment for these lessons comes out of your activity fee.

We would appreciate your activity fee being paid prior to the start of this programme.

Please ensure all swimming gear comes to school on the correct days and is named and stored in its own bag. Please bring goggles. Long hair MUST be tied back.

We would appreciate it if parents were able to set up routines to ensure that swimming gear comes to school on the correct day, the timetables can be found on the school website, click here. Children will not be able to ring home from the office to request that swimming gear be brought to school. Let’s work together to continue to develop responsibility in our children.

Being a Bilingual Student in a NZ School

Being a Bilingual Student in a NZ School (Parents) 作为新西兰学校的双语学生(家长)

Our Kāhui Ako is interested in your experiences as a parent of a bilingual student in our schools. Please answer these questions with as much information as you want to. Short Survey for parents

Class Awards

  • Room 1: Elaine You
  • Room 2: Jack Young
  • Room 3: Roy Wang
  • Room 4: Louie Lee
  • Room 5: Leise Dillon
  • Room 6: Adele Tapu
  • Room 7: Tatum Joseph
  • Room 8: Joy Lin
  • Room 9: Dana Yang and Oliver Maurovich
  • Room 10: Gavin Wang
  • Room 11: Davika My
  • Room 13: Jocelyn Xu
  • Room 14: Charlotte Song
  • Room 15: Sara Jeon
  • Room 16: Shua Cho
  • Room 17: Imogen Reddish
  • Room 18: David Maher
  • Room 19: Ersheen Dhanesar
  • Room 20: Jasmine Diano-Singh
Winning House: Motuihe
Walker of the week: Shirley Dai

Upcoming Events

Friday 9 July

  • Snack Food Friday
  • Last day of Term 2

Monday 26 July

  • Start of Term 3

Tuesday 27 July

  • Yr 3 & 4 Swimming - weekly until the 7 September (excluding 17 August)

Wednesday 28 July

  • Yr 1, 2, 5 & 6 Swimming - weekly until the 8 September (excluding 11 August)

Friday 30 July

  • Snack Food Friday


Tuesdays - Yr 3 & 4 Swimming - every Tuesday until 7 September (excluding 17 August)

Wednesdays - Yr 1, 2, 5 & 6 Swimming - every Wednesday until 8 September (excluding 11 August)

Board News

Board of Trustees Policies

All school policies are available through School Docs - click here

Logon - pinehill

password - pinehillway

Player of the Day


Penguins: Leah Arvidson


Heat : Natasha Murray


Ferns: Zaria Cheng

Ponies: Luna Zhang / Naomi Yu

Dragons: Artemis Yang

Diamonds: Karina Ke


WSB name

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 9th July

We will be selling Juicies ($2.50ea), Cookies ($1ea) & Chips ($2ea) in the hall foyer at lunch time 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!!

Term 3 Fun Food Friday update

New hot food items are added to the Term 3 Fun Food Friday menu:

  • Steamed BBQ pork buns (pack of 2) $5
  • Jumbo size pork shrimp and mushroom siu mai (pack of 3) $6
  • Vegetarian fried noodles $5
  • Shrimp and egg fried rice $5

More Fun Food Friday items and healthy snacks will be introduced and trialed in Term 3, watch this space!

Due to decreasing demand in winter months, sushi is suspended next term and will return in Term 4.

Second Hand Uniforms

Second Hand Uniform Online Shop on Kindo closes tonight and will reopen on Saturday 24th July. Thank you and if you have any query, please feel free to email us.

Yummy Stickers

This school holidays, please keep 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 drop box when you have filled them up

About Us - Friends of Pinehill School (FOPS)

FOPS is a fundraising and support network of parents and teachers assisting Pinehill school to connect 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 26th July at the staff room allocated 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!

We hope you have a safe and great school holiday. Thank you for your ongoing support and see you in Term 3.

Pinehill School PTA - Friends of Pinehill School

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