Pinehill School Newsletter

Wednesday 2nd November 2022

A message from the Principal

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

Whakatau welcome

We have had 18 new students start their journey at Pinehill School over the last few weeks. We look forward to welcoming our new students and their families on Monday at 9:00am in the hall with a school whakatau. All are welcome to join.

‘NZ Shake Out’

We continue to keep up to date with our emergency procedures and drills. These are practiced each term and reviewed thoroughly. Last Thursday along with many other schools and businesses across NZ, Pinehill School participated in the ‘NZ Shake Out’, which is our national earthquake drill. We played the audio announcement over our loud speaker system and classes all practiced the ‘drop, cover and hold’ actions. We were very impressed with how diligent and responsible the children were throughout the drill.


With the weather getting warmer, our students need to wear a hat each day. Hats are compulsory for Term 4. If students are not wearing hats at lunch time, they are directed to play under the trees or in the shaded areas. We also recommend that you make sure your child has sunscreen applied each morning so that they are protected during the day.


At Pinehill School, we are working with ERO under their new operating model. This model has replaced their traditional reviews held every 2-5 years. We are looking forward to working collaboratively with our ERO partner, Kay Lowe around our goals. Kay will have an ongoing relationship with us and will work with our school over time. The evaluation process will be collaborative and respond to the context of our school. We look forward to welcoming Kay to Pinehill School at our whakatau on Monday.

Here is what ERO is aiming for with us:

  • A collaborative approach - ERO will work with each school to strengthen its systems, plans and practices through evaluation.

  • A tailored approach - Understanding each school’s individual contexts, culture, strengths and needs.

  • A flexible approach - ERO will work with each school to ensure the way the model works is practical and can be refined and improved over time.

  • A targeted approach - To allow us to direct more resources into working with the schools that will benefit most and to focus more on system evaluation and improvement.

  • An evidence-informed approach - that focuses on the things that we know from research and practice make the biggest difference, and that ensures schools are better supported to monitor and assess the impacts.

I have attached for your information - ERO newsletter 'Sharing the Mahi'

A lot has changed at Pinehill School since the last onsite ERO review which was over 5 years ago in 2016 and we are really looking forward to working with ERO under this new model.

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

My Kindo - Payments

Kindo Shop

We are very excited to introduce our new online Kindo school shop. This order and payment system is for ALL your child's school needs:

- School payment contributions

- Sport Fees

- All Stationery Packs for 2023

- Lunches

- School Activities

As this is the school's method of payment it is important that you are registered so you are able to place orders (including 2023 stationery) and payments moving forward.

Don’t yet have a myKindo account? You can easily register – it only takes a couple of minutes!

- Please Click here to register .

- Enter the email address Pinehill School has on file for you.

- Check your inbox for an email from Kindo with a link to set-up your password.

Your myKindo account is now set-up!

Please contact the school if you have any questions or require further assistance.

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Part of The Resilience Project programme is encouraging students to name how they are feeling, why they are feeling that way, and how to help themselves or seek help if they need it.

In Room 11, the Year 2 students have been discussing what a worry is and what some of the things are that do worry them. The intention was for them to recognise that we can control some of our worries.

Through discussion, they started to sort these worries into 2 types: worries they can control and worries that they can’t control. They discussed options for dealing with different worries, as well as adults who could help them with their worries.

Thanks for sharing, Room 11.

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Room 1 - Serena Morgan

Room 2 - Aisen Krivoshapkin

Room 3 - Xinyi Yeh

Room 4 - Luke Chung

Room 5 - Xixi Xu

Room 6 - Gavin Wang

Room 7 - Max Pove

Room 8 - Adam Lim

Room 9 - Maisy Yang

Room 10 - Gina Huang

Room 11 - Melisa Chong

Room 12 - June Lau

Room 13 - Luiz Nunis

Room 14 - Yi He

Room 15 - Yumi Yan

Room 16 - Gabrielle Brooks

Room 17 - Zahri Pritchard

Room 18 - Michelle Dang

Room 19 -Amber Zhang

Room 20 - Ananyah Gotla

Winning House - Waiheke

Athletics Day - Year 4-6

Year 4-6 Athletics day will be held next Wednesday 9th November starting at 9am.

All parents are welcome to come along and support.

Basketball - Players of the day

Pinehill Juniors

Hugh Reddish and Louis Liu

Year 3/4 Pinehill Wizards

Zahri Pritchard

Year 3/4 Pinehill Pirates

21/10 - Hannah Zhang

Year 5/6 Pinehill Heat

20/10 - Thimoth SD

Lucas Staples

Year 5/6 Pinehill Pistons

Eddie Liu

Splash Polo - Player of the day

Pinehill Penguins

Kobe Taylor

North Harbour Softball








Kelly Sports

Hi Pinehill,

Book now for Kelly Sports Pinehill Programme where kids will be able to have a go at Running, Touch Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee and Fun Games. Every Wednesday after school 310pm-410pm at the basketball court. Go to to secure your child's space!

Kind regards,

Upper Harbour Kelly Sports

Scholastic Book Orders - Last Day

A reminder that book orders need to be in by Thursday 3rd November.

Friends of Pinehill School


The KIDS ART WORKS is a FOPS fundraiser to raise money towards environmental improvement at school. The students have been busy creating artwork that can be made into beautiful Calendars, Cards, Diaries, Mouse Mats and Sketch Pads which you will be able to purchase. These are easy to post and make perfect Christmas gifts.

Online orders open NOW and close Wednesday 9th November MIDNIGHT

Artworks are available for parents to view on Seesaw during the ordering period.

Follow these instructions to place your order online:

1. Go to

2. Use the Entrance Code: KZ3191

3. Enter your child's room & name when prompted

Payment can be made over the website via credit card or account2account.

Pricing of items:

  • Calendars and Packs of 8 cards are $18
  • Diaries are $20
  • Mouse Mats are $18
  • Sketch Pads are $18

Any queries, please email

Snack Food Friday this week

Next Fun Food Friday is on 11 November, and online orders open Saturday 5 November

New snack options will be added soon.

Cookie Time Christmas Cookies Fundraiser 2022

Order the Festive Christmas Cookies TODAY!

Every bucket purchased contributes $2.50 to our fundraising.

  • Order through Kindo online shop
  • Last day for orders Wednesday 16 November
  • Delivery to school by Monday 5 December
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