Pinehill School Newsletter

Wednesday 11th May 2022

Message from our Principal

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

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.

We welcomed back Jodie Oh this week, who is now known as Mrs Kim. Jodie’s wedding was last week and the photos Jodie has shared with the staff of her special day are just stunning. Congratulations Mrs Kim.

This week is ‘Dis Week’ at Pinehill School. We have been focussing on finding things in our day to be grateful for. It’s a way to ‘up the positivity’ in our daily lives. My ‘Dis’ moments have been plentiful so far this week and include…

  • Starting my day with an early morning run. Tuesday morning run in the drizzly rain has been my favourite so far. Very refreshing. ‘Dis’

  • Layby duty after school on Monday in the sunshine talking to our gorgeous students while they wait for parents to pick them up. I have particularly enjoyed hearing how the children spoiled their mums for Mothers Day on Sunday. ‘Dis’

  • Morning tea time in one staff room (not four like last term), coming together as a staff to enjoy coffee, morning tea, stories and laughter. ‘Dis’

  • Our parent helpers. It’s wonderful to have parent helpers back in the school. A particular big ‘Shout out’ to our parents doing a road patrol duty. I’ve loved seeing you each day. This helps us immensely. ‘Dis’

  • Classroom visits. I have particularly enjoyed the students sharing how the sentence trains work and how it has made a difference to their writing. I love how proud they are of their writing. ‘Dis’

  • Assembly in the hall on Tuesday (not on zoom)! Being treated to R14’s learning sharing, certificate awarding, singing inside again! ‘Dis’

  • Our motivated, enthusiastic and committed teachers, staff, students contributing to Pinehill being the amazing place it is. ‘Dis’

Our children have been spending time acknowledging their ‘Dis’ moments. Ask them to share some of these with you. I challenge you to share ‘Dis’ moments as a family at home. Speaking from experience, it is the best dinner table conversation. Always surprises me what my own two teenagers appreciate and share. ‘Dis’

Strategic Planning

Each school is required to have a strategic plan. This is a key planning document which sets out the school’s objectives and targets. The purpose of a strategic plan is to establish the vision, aims, objectives, directions and the targets of the Board/school that will give effect to the Government’s National Education Guidelines and the Board’s priorities.

Why do schools have a strategic plan?


Strive for continuous improvement and to maximise the success of each student

Have a strong vision for the future

Use community consultation response, data and research to analyse our strengths and areas for improvement

Plan and set targets for the success of all students

Account for our impact on student outcomes through regular reporting

Strategic Planning Thank you!

My sincere thanks and appreciation to our staff, students and families for your valuable input into our community consultation last year which formed the beginning of our Strategic Plan drafting process. The senior Leadership team and the Board of Trustees worked alongside The Education group in collating the consultation documentation and putting together our Strategic Plan for 2022-2024. The strategic plan is our key planning document and a living document which we will continue to monitor, track progress in our three big goal areas and update.

It is with great excitement, I share with you Pinehill School’s Strategic Plan for 2022-2024. Please see attached.

Our strategic vision has also in the last week been placed around the school in flash signage. You will see the Strategic Vision as you enter the office, both out in the front garden as well as in the office foyer area. Thank you for all being a part of this. We look forward to the mahi ahead and what we can achieve together.

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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“Dis!” Week is here!

Did you see the sunrise this morning? “Dis!”

You are waiting at an intersection and someone lets you into the stream of traffic … “Dis!”

You pop a segment of mandarin into your mouth and the juiciness is sweet and amazing … “Dis!”

Collecting these little “Dis!” moments in your day, is what it’s all about.

Part of The Resilience Project is building the capacity in our tamariki, our Pinehill staff and our Pinehill whanau for noticing and acknowledging things in our day to be grateful for. It’s a way to ‘up the positivity’ in our daily lives.

This week, all of our classes and staff are spending time each day collecting our “Dis!” moments and sharing them in different ways. It would be lovely if parents could ask their tamariki about their “Dis!” moments and maybe share a few of their own.

Happy “Dis!” Week, everyone.


Keeping Ourselves Safe is a programme developed by New Zealand Police that is designed to teach children how to keep safe in different situations and what to do if they need to ask for help. We will be teaching this programme during Term 2. Parents and whānau are invited to attend a meeting at school, led by Senior Constable Tania Wansink, to explain more about Keeping Ourselves Safe. This meeting will be held in the staff room on Thursday 19th May at 9am

Walking to School Week / Te wiki o te hikoi ki te kura

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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Join us on Friday 20 May, 2022 as we Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying!

Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007. In Aotearoa, Pink Shirt Day works to create schools, workplaces, communities and whānau where everyone feels safe, valued and respected. We will be holding a mufti day on Friday 20th May. Children can come to school wearing something pink as part of their outfit. This could be a pink shirt, pink hair tie, pink skirt, pink hat, pink socks or anything else you can think of.


On Monday 23rd May we will be having our annual cross country event on the main field (savaday is the 24th). Parents are welcome to come and support their children during this event. Due to the changeable weather, and that this is a sporting event, we ask that students wear appropriate clothing (House colours are being encouraged), and running shoes for the event (shoes are optional for Y3-6). Children must change back into their school uniforms after all races have been completed.

The Year 0 - 2 event will begin with classes moving to the field at 9am followed by a welcome from Mrs Veldman. We will start with our Year 2 boys racing at approximately 9am followed by the Year 2 girls and then the Year 0/1 boys and the Year 0/1 girls. These children will then head back to class. The first race for older children is for Year 3 girls at about 10.35, then Year 3 boys and so on up to the last race which will be for Y6 boys. Each of the senior races takes about 15 minutes from start to finish, including running time and organisation time. The year 6 girls race usually starts around 12, and the boys about 12.15. We are looking forward to a great day of racing and to seeing lots of parents and supporters encouraging our runners.


Room 1 - Jun Goh

Room 3 - Ariel Guo

Room 4 - Nevaeh Wickes

Room 5 - Xixi Xu

Room 6 - Alice Kim

Room 7 - Jae Bruce

Room 8 - Olivia Lim

Room 9 - Lucas Wang

Room 10 - Troy Hanson

Room 11 - Maia Skudder

Room 12 - Daniel Harrow

Room 13 - Jayden Kim and Dahamlee Lekamge

Room 14 - Henry Wu

Room 15 - Connie Lan

Room 16 - Wota Li

Room 17 - Casper Guo

Room 18 - Wateen Alhammadi

Room 19 - Chase Zhao

Room 20 - Ella Guo

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday 18th May
  • Board of Trustees meeting

Thursday 19th May

  • Keeping Ourselves Safe Meeting 9am

Friday 20th May

  • Pink Shirt Day - Gold Coin Donation.
  • Fun Food Friday

Monday 23rd May

  • Cross Country Day (Saver day Tuesday 24th)

Wednesday 25th May

  • Photolife

Friday 27th May

  • Snack Food Friday

Pinehill School Policies

All School policies are available through School Docs – click here

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Fun Food Friday & Snack Friday are back, yay!

First Fun Food Friday is next week, 20 May. Online orders open this Saturday, 14 May; you can place your order through Kindo Online Shop. Children love their yummy pizza, don’t miss out! For every order, we raise $1 for the school. Thank you for your support!

Upcoming Disco 30 June

This year we will go with the theme “Festival of Colours”. More details will be posted soon. We are super excited!

Second-Hand Uniforms

If you have spare uniforms that your child no longer wears, please donate them for us to sell at our second-hand uniforms online store. We accept uniforms in any condition. However, we ask them to be in a clean and resalable state. Please hand in your donation to the school office. Thank you very much for your generosity!

FOPS volunteers operate this online store to raise money for the school. The volunteers gave up their time to make this possible. Therefore, the store does not have set opening hours. We try to fulfil orders within three working days; however, it can take longer. We thank you for your patience and understanding. If you require your order urgently, please email us at

Hot Cross Buns Fundraiser raised $106, thank you for your support!

Pinehill School PTA - Friends of Pinehill School

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