Pinehill School Newsletter

Wednesday 15th June 2022

Message from the Principal

Kia ora tatou,

This week is full of fabulous learning opportunities and experiences for our students outside of the classroom. This includes the Cluster Cross Country Event and the Mathex Inter school Competition. This is the first time in well over a year that cluster and inter school competitions have been able to take place and go ahead. Our students representing Pinehill School have put in so much mahi and practice leading up to this week. We wish our students all the very best at these events.


Matariki is coming up. This year in New Zealand nationwide, Matariki will be acknowledged and celebrated as a public holiday on Friday 24th June. Matariki is the Maori New Year. It is an important time to celebrate the earth and show respect for the land. It is about coming together, sharing stories, acknowledging the past and those who have passed away, planning for the future, and feasting on the crops they have harvested.

What are we doing?

At Pinehill School, we are honouring the tradition of Matariki in classroom teaching sessions, as well as inviting everyone to a Matariki whole school morning tea.

How will we come together at Pinehill School?

As our Matariki morning tea was such a success last year, we will have a Pinehill School Matariki morning tea again this year. Next Monday 20th June we invite you all to join us from 10am -11am to celebrate Matariki. We will meet under the Taumaru - shade shelter, over the bottom court on the field. Everybody will need to bring warm layers of clothing to wear, as well as a plate of breakfast/morning tea food. This might be something like croissants, yoghurt, fruit etc. Everybody will be welcome to try different foods and join us for Matariki morning tea.

The Kapa Haka group will open our Matariki breakfast. A big thank you to Merimoana Kenrick for planning and organising our whole school Matariki morning tea.

As the weather grows colder, we are noticing students arriving at school with layers of clothing to keep warm. Please ensure our students are wearing the school uniform. I have attached the

school uniform policy for your quick reference. We have a large amount of school uniform items in the lost property box, including unnamed polar fleeces. Please check all your child’s uniform items are named to support us with returning any items that end up in lost property. Students will need their warm layers for the cooler weather that is predicted ahead for the next couple of weeks as well as for the Matariki morning tea.

Teacher Only Day

Next week is a short week. The last day for the students next week will be Wednesday 22nd June. The school is closed on Thursday 23rd June. This is an accord Teacher Only Day. Throughout the Teacher Only Day, staff will be in professional learning both onsite and offsite for The Local Curriculum and The Writers Toolbox. A reminder that school is also closed on Friday 24th June for Matariki Public holiday.

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


Matariki morning tea Monday 20th June, 2022 - All Welcome

Matariki is coming up from 24th of July with this being the first year it will be celebrated as a national holiday. Matariki is the Māori new year. It is an important time to celebrate the earth and show respect for the land. It is about coming together, sharing stories, acknowledging the past and those who have passed away, planning for the future and feasting on the crops that have been harvested.

As last year was such a success, this year we will be continuing to celebrate Matariki as a whole school.

We will be having a Matariki morning tea on Monday the 20th of June from 10am - 11am . This morning tea will be held under our Taumaru.

We would like to formally invite you to share in our Matariki celebration and we would absolutely love you all to join us! Everybody will need to bring a plate of breakfast/morning tea food. This might be something like croissants, yogurt, fruit etc and everybody will be welcome to try different foods and have some morning tea.

The countdown is on, ONLY 5 DAYS TO GO! SEE YOU ALL THERE! :)

SchooI Board Parent Election 2022

SchooI Board Parent Election 2022

Nomination round

Our school will be undertaking a parent election for 3 School Board vacancies. This process will start with the issuing of nomination papers to our caregiver community by Friday 15th July 2022.

We have employed CES to undertake the election process on our behalf. This year with legislative change, our nomination form and full instruction on how to place your nomination into our own School’s Election website will be emailed to you if we have your email address in our database or you will receive it by post if we don’t have your email in our database.

Nomination papers will also be available at the school office. The school will send those on to CES for processing upon receipt from candidates.

Nominations close on Friday 5th August at 12 noon.

We look forward to your participation in this process.

Wayne Jamieson

Returning Officer


89 Nazareth Avenue | Middleton | Christchurch | PO Box 414 | Christchurch 8140

P (03) 338 4444 | Cell 021 399 744 Web

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This week’s TRP sharing comes from Room 17. Their lesson was a combination of emotional literacy and empathy. They made emoji masks and created role plays based on scenarios where one group member was feeling a ‘red zone’ emotion, and the other group members came up with solutions using the other characters/emotions they had to show empathy to solve the problem.

Thanks for sharing your experience with us, Room 17.

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Today we took a team of students to Mathex - Results are unknown at this stage but Mrs Milne and Miss Everett are super proud of these students. It was a fun morning!
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Room 1 - Michael Zhu

Room 3 - Derek Song

Room 4 - Christina Quezon

Room 5 - Luis Capati

Room 6 - Lillian Wang

Room 7 - Serina Gholami Ke

Room 8 - Emma Jin

Room 9 - Nushel Khanapur

Room 10 - Summer Wang

Room 11 - Ian Park

Room 12 - Juseong Im and Ella Leung

Room 13 - Luiz Nunis

Room 14 - Marcus Lu

Room 15 - Yumi Yan

Room 16 - Matthew Carter

Room 17 - Cici Li

Room 18 - Stepan Pirozhenko

Room 19 - Jun Hur

Room 20 - Melvis Chong

Winning House > Motuihe



Year 5 Pinehill Dragons

Michelle Deng and Amarnee Tapu

Year 4/5 Pinehill Kiwis

Dany Zhang.

Year 3/4 Pinehill Ferns

Heidi Chung - She played a tough game in GK for a 17-0 loss


Fun Food Friday This Friday, 19th June

It’s Fun Food Friday this week! Online orders close tonight, Wednesday 15th June. Don’t miss out! All orders are to be placed online using the Kindo Online Shop. Lunch will be delivered to your child’s classroom at lunchtime. For every order, we raise $1 for the school. Thank you for your support!

We will be selling snacks in the hall foyer at lunchtime 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. We encourage children only to buy snacks for their own consumption. Please let your child know that the parent helpers may turn them away if they spend more than $5 per purchase and/or buy for their friends.

Festival of Colours Disco 30 June 2022

Details of ticket sale and disco night, please refer to the poster. If you have any questions, please email us at

Disco Cookies

Last year we were super impressed by your gorgeous cookies at the bake sale. Children loved them so much! This time we would like to sell your yummy cookies at the disco. We need about 100 cookies in total. If you can donate cookies, please email us at Children will be thrilled. We are super excited!

Helpers needed

We are seeking helpers for the night of the Pinehill Festival of Colours Disco on 30th June.

If you can give us a hand, please email, and we will get in touch with you. We appreciate your support!

We need helpers for both Junior and Senior discos with:

- Glow sticks and glow items selling

- Food and drink sales and queues

- Face painting

- Hair braiding

- Helping out around the disco

- Clean up after each session

Pinehill School PTA – Friends of Pinehill School

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Winter - Spare uniform

If your child has come into the office for spare clothes due to getting wet or muddy and used our spare uniform can you please return it to us as soon as possible.

Upcoming Events

Friday 17th June

  • Fun Food Friday

Thursday 23rd June

  • Teachers Only Day - No School

Friday 24th June

  • Matariki Holiday - No School

Thursday 30th June

  • Disco
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Pinehill School Policies

All School policies are available through School Docs – click here

Logon – Pinehill

password – pinehillway

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We Chat

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