Pinehill School Newsletter

Wednesday 9th March 2022

Message from our Principal

Kia ora koutou,

Pinehill School Celebrates Turning 25!

It has been a very special week so far, as we celebrate Pinehill School turning 25!

Celebrations started on Monday. The students were very excited to wear mufti and it’s fair to say we were a sea of bright, beautiful colour!

On Tuesday morning at 10:00am, we had a tree planting ceremony on the school field. Meri Kenrick led us through a blessing ceremony, during which we planted a beautiful yellow flowering pohutukawa tree to commemorate our 25th birthday.

Later on in the day we dedicated our Zoom assembly to our 25th birthday! We were treated to Room 7’s learning sharing, got to meet our 2022 house leaders online and we even had a special guest speaker, Julien Le Sueur attend assembly. Julian was the foundation principal of Pinehill School. It was wonderful to have Julien as part of our assembly and to hear his special memories of our special school.

We look forward to further celebrating 25 years with the wider community in Term 3.

Towards the end of last year, we came across an archive box which was full of treasure, including a time capsule, cards, posters and writings from Pinehill School’s foundation students. The archive box has been making its way through classrooms and students have been able to view and read the many messages. Many of our classes are adding to the archive box and working hard on creating cards, posters and writings to create new memories and descriptions of our time and place right now at 25 to add to the box, and for future celebrations and occasions.

House Leaders

Our 2022 house leaders were awarded their house badges during our assembly yesterday. Mr Mathers and Mr Yoo will continue to work closely with the leaders as their initiatives are planned out and put into place, as well as broadening their leadership opportunities within the school.

Meet my Teacher and Classmates online day

Thank you to the many families who attended the ‘Meet my Teacher and Classmates online day’. We had a great attendance at these zoom sessions. I know the students enjoyed sharing their learning, friends and classroom with you.

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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Pinehill School Behaviour Management

Our expectations, procedures and support plan were reviewed by staff, a parent group and BoT in 2021 and now include guidance for parents. Please look at the attached documents which will also be available on the school website.

The Pinehill Way outlines the values identified by our community as the foundation for constructive relationships and behaviour for all. Staff model positive behaviour and set expectations, knowing that wellbeing is a key element of the foundation for a ‘learning focused’ environment. The Pinehill Way is displayed in the playground, classrooms, the hall and available on the school website in several languages. We use Respect and Integrity, aim for Excellence, learn Resilience and to take Responsibility for actions and choices.

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This week’s presentation from The Resilience Project focuses on Gratitude.

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 world for what we are thankful for. It is also shown to broaden thinking, and increase physical health through improved sleep and attitude to exercise.

View Part 2 of the series here - Gratitude

There are many ways in which you can practise gratitude, including starting a Wellbeing Journal. In the image below are a few ideas to get started.

Source: Psychology Today

For mental health resources and support information, visit The Resilience Project’s Support Page.

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Class Awards

  • Room 1 - Jun Goh
  • Room 3 - Tess Bateup
  • Room 4 - Lucas Staples
  • Room 5 - Elaine You
  • Room 6 - Sean Lee
  • Room 7 - Charles Buenaventura
  • Room 8 - Davika My
  • Room 9 - Elgan Wongso
  • Room 10 - Chloe Tang
  • Room 11 - Xaniwa Pritchard
  • Room 12 - Jayden Sue
  • Room 13 - Samantha Tam
  • Room 14 -
  • Room 15 - Danny Zhang
  • Room 16 - Rachael Song
  • Room 17 - Hazel Harrison
  • Room 18 - Shirley Dai
  • Room 19 - Wilson Zeng
  • Room 20 - Hayley Lee
  • Winning House - Rakino

Sports News


Thank you for expressing an interest in winter netball 2022.

Netball is open to all children from years 2-6. Games are played at Pinehurst school on Saturday mornings through Kidzplay netball.

Fees for the season are approximately $55, Umpire fees are additional. Children will need to wear the Pinehill school red sports T Shirt and a black skirt and netball shoes.

Once the expression of interest has closed off, we will start to organise the teams, if required we will hold a trial to place children in teams. Every effort will be made to place your child in a team, however due to the number of children interested this may not be possible.

Once this process has been completed we will notify parents via email, inviting you to REGISTER and pay through Kindo.

*Teams will only be confirmed to go ahead if we have enough children and parent volunteers for the coach and manager positions, and fees are paid in full.*

Please fill in the expression of interest form and submit by 3.00pm Thursday 24th March.

Click here to fill in the expression of interest form

Friends of Pinehill School

Welcome to the CookieTime Fundraiser 2022!

Purchase New Zealand’s favourite cookies - Original Chocolate Chunk Cookie Package TODAY!

Individually wrapped 25g Rookie Cookies (20 per pack). Each pack is selling at $17 with $5 contributing to our school fundraising towards new playground.

- Order through Kindo online shop

- Last day for orders Wednesday 16th March

- Delivery to school by Friday 25th March

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Your purchase of an Entertainment Membership will not only provide you with great offers for new experiences, but 20% from each membership also supports our fundraising.

Hurry, the Everyone's a Winner BONUS offers ends on the 21st March!

Purchase now by clicking on the link.

Pinehill School PTA - Friends of Pinehill School

Sun Hats and School App

Sun Hats

A reminder that it is compulsory for all students to wear a hat at break times in Terms 1 & 4. Any sun hat is ok, or you can purchase a school hat from Janbells in Mairangi Bay.


Please remember to update your alert groups for this year. Select your child’s relevant year level, classroom and sports groups if they are registered to play that sport for this year.

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