Pinehill School Newsletter

Wednesday 17th August 2022

Message from our Principal

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

We began our week with a whakatau in the hall to welcome our new teacher in Room 12, Maggie Joyce, as well as 17 new students to Pinehill School and their whanau.

It is important to us that your move to our school is as easy as possible. If there is anything you need to know, please do pop in and ask. No question is ever too small.

On Monday we conducted a lockdown drill at Pinehill School. This provided an opportunity to practise what we would do and how we would act in the case of a real lockdown. As you will be aware from recent media reporting, Lockdowns can occur at any time and it is important we know what to do if we are ever faced with this scenario. The senior leadership team were very impressed with how sensible and responsible the students were throughout the drill. Our lockdown advisor also commented on the responsible and safe actions of our students and staff during this time. You would have received notification of the drill through the school app and email. It is timely to download the school app if you haven’t already for future notifications. In a real lockdown situation you will receive an update every 15 minutes.

Trees for Survival

A huge thank you to all our adult supporters, including the Rotary volunteers, Pinehill staff and Parent helpers as well as all our Year 5/6 students who participated in our annual tree planting last Friday. The teamwork of all involved was phenomenal. The collective effort of all resulted in planting over 3,500 plants, which is a new Pinehill School record. Congratulations everyone!

A massive thank you to Shaun Weston and Marg Milne for all their hours of work nurturing our seedlings throughout the year and to Marg for the planning that goes into our planting day. It is a privilege for our community to be involved in such an amazing cause.

Staff update

Over the past few months, the Pinehill School appointments committee has been working through an appointment process for a new Deputy Principal.

It is with great delight that I can inform the community, Kirstin Blanchard has been appointed. Congratulations Kirstin!
Kirstin brings a strong skill set and experience to the role and has been in the role of Acting DP since the beginning of Term 3. As well as Literacy and Local curriculum strengths and leading the school in this, Kirstin will continue as Year 1 Learning Leader, Senco and pastoral care of Years 1,3,5 students. Mrs Ward will continue with Senco and pastoral care of Years 2,4,6.

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

Art Exhibition - Save the date!

Save the Date - Pinehill School Art Exhibition is coming! Monday 19th September

Every two years we hold an art exhibition to celebrate the talents and efforts of our students and staff in the area of visual arts. Covid has altered our usual timeline for this. However we are delighted to announce that our Pinehill School Art Exhibition will be going ahead this term. Save the date, Monday 19th September 5pm is our Opening Night and an event not to be missed. Our Kapa Haka group will be opening this special event and your children can show you the masterpieces they have been working on all year which will be on display at the exhibition. You will be absolutely wowed with an incredibly colourful display of art, covering a range of media. More information to come. In the meantime, block out your calendars for this exciting event.

Returning to school following illness

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that the guidance for returning to schools following vomiting or diarrhoea has not changed. If a child is free of those symptoms for 48 hours, they can attend school again. Please see the winter wellness guidance for parents, caregivers and whānau to reflect the following points:

  • If a child has been unwell with a respiratory illness other than COVID-19, they can return to school 24 hours after they have significantly improved and are behaving/eating normally.

  • Following vomiting or diarrhoea, a child should be symptom free for 48 hours before they can return.

  • If they still have a runny nose or dry cough without any other symptoms such as a fever, vomiting or diarrhoea, then they are unlikely to be infectious and can be considered well enough to attend school.

To read the winter wellness advice go to:

Winter wellness guide for tamariki [DOCX, 22.0 KB]

25th Silver Jubilee Birthday Celebrations at Pinehill School

Our Website is now live

Pinehill School 25 Silver Jubilee Birthday Celebrations

Dates have been confirmed - 20th, 21st, 22nd September 2022

Pinehill School is looking forward to celebrating 25 years of service to our community in 2022.

We are very excited to invite all past learners, teachers, staff, Board members and the wider community to join us in celebrating this milestone achievement with us.

Please visit our website for more information and to register your attendance.

Message from The Board

The Board met for our first meeting of the term last Wednesday 10th August. We are very excited to see plans to celebrate the schools' 25th Jubilee well underway. There is a fabulous range of events planned for our community to celebrate this major milestone. We look forward to celebrating with both current and past students, parents and staff during the week of September 24th. Please keep an eye on the weekly newsletter for more information as we get closer to the Jubilee week.

Nominations have now closed for the Board of Trustees election. We are lucky to have a number of great candidates this year and we encourage everyone to check your inbox for an email giving you the opportunity to read about each of our candidates, and more importantly, to vote. The Board represents the whole school community and we are your voice in governing Pinehill School, so please take 10 minutes from your day and vote.

Trees for Survival Update

Trees for Survival update

A HUGE THANK YOU to all the students and adults who participated in our planting out day last Friday. We had a very successful day with approximately 3,600 native plants finding their new home. Kia Kaha, everyone. Gail from TFS said in an email to us, "Planting with Pinehill is a highlight of the season."

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Room 1 -

Room 2 - Roi Kim

Room 3 - Zoya Qiu

Room 4 - Ehani Huang

Room 5 - Momona Chen

Room 6 - Thimoth Dadigamuwa

Room 7 - Will Gui

Room 8 - Esther Gan

Room 9 - Winston Zheng

Room 10 - Max Xu

Room 11 - Adam Hatab

Room 12 - Gillian Guo

Room 13 - Evan Lu

Room 14 - Lincoln Robinson - Lea'aetoa

Room 15 - Claire Kuo

Room 16 - Achilles Guo

Room 17 - Emily Sam

Room 18 - Michelle Deng

Room 19 - Avniel Kumar

Room 20 - Olivia Song

Winning House - Waiheke

NETBALL - Players of the day

Year 5 Pinehill Dragons

Olivia Haycock and Savannah van Biljon

Year 4/5 Pinehill Kiwis

Amy Kim

Year 3/4 Pinehill Ferns

Olivia Brown (who scored 8 goals in the game!).

Basket Ball - Players of the day

Basketball Juniors -

Louis Liu

Year 3/4 Pinehill Wizards -

Oliver Zhang.

Year3/4 Pinehill Pirates -

4th Aug Allen Bai - 11th Aug - Winston Zheng

Year 5/6 Pinehill Heat -

Adam Sng

Year 5/6 Pinehill Pistons -

4th Aug - Jackson Danks 11th Aug - Savannah van Biljon

Friends of Pinehill School

Jesters Pie Day is EVERY TUESDAY!! Orders close a day prior

(Monday) at 11 am.

It’s Snack Friday this week

We will be selling snacks in the hall foyer between 12:40 pm and 1 pm. From the health

point of view, we suggest 1-2 snacks and a $5 note is enough for your child. Lunch eating

time ends at 12:40. There will be NO sales before this time.

Fun Food Friday is next week, 26 August. Online orders open this Saturday, 20

August; you can place your order through Kindo Online Shop. Children love their

yummy pizza and dim sum, don’t miss out! For every order, we raise $1 for the

school. Thank you for your support!

Entertainment Membership - Tap for prizes

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Pinehill School PTA - Friends of Pinehill School

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Upcoming Events

Thursday 18th August

  • Year 6s Visit Murrays Bay Intermediate

Friday 19th August

  • Snack Food Friday

Friday 26th August

  • Fun Food Friday

Pinehill School Policies

All School policies are available through School Docs – click here

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password – pinehillway

Kāhui Ako Cyber Safety Evening that will be held at Rangitoto College Auditorium on 29th September (7pm-9pm). Tickets are $10. Available from

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We Chat

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