Pinehill School Newsletter

Wednesday 3rd August 2022

Message from our Principal

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

Term 3 is proving to be our most exciting term to date this year. We are all looking forward to our Pinehill School Culture Parade and Shared Lunch on Monday. We hope families can join us.

We have further events not to missed this term, and the following is notice of some of our events for you to please mark out on your calendars. You will not want to miss out.

Save the Date - Pinehill School Art Exhibition is coming!

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.

Pinehill School 25th 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.

Below you will find all the details for the confirmed celebration events as well as 25th Silver Jubilee merchandise information. We expect all this information will be up on our school website in the next week.

It's Pinehill School's 25th BIRTHDAY!!!

To celebrate our 25th Anniversary, we have an AWESOME range of Merch for EVERYONE! Grab a reusable coffee cup on the go or a cute little teddy for yourself or as a gift.

Pre-orders NOW open

* Order through Kindo online shop

* Last day for pre-orders Wednesday 10th August

Merch sales are also available at Art Exhibition (19th Sep-21st Sep) and the 25th Anniversary Assembly (Friday 23rd Sep). CASH ONLY

Pricing of items:

● 25th Anniversary Teddy- Special Edition $15 ea

● 25th Silver Jubilee Pen $5 ea

● Reusable Glass cup (350ml) $18 ea

● Mug $15 ea

● Fidget Spinner (Assorted colours) $8

● Yoyo (Assorted colours) $8

If you have any queries, please email

Top Playground

Last year our student house leaders worked hard on a presentation in all classes from Y0-Y6 on a new top playground design. Our playground experts put our children’s voting together into a super flash new playground design. The time has come to put the paper into playground construction. On Monday our top playground closed so that the dismantling of the existing playground (which is 25 years old and ready to retire) can take place and ground work can start in preparation for the installation. The goal is for the new playground to be complete by Monday 19th September so we can have a special opening as part of our 25th birthday week celebrations.

Staff Update

Our lovely Lisa Everett has been offered, and accepted, a position at Nukumea Primary School, starting in Term 4 this year. Nukumea Primary is situated in Orewa, and it is a brand new school, still being built. Lisa will be part of the foundation teaching staff. This is a huge opportunity for Lisa to grow in her career and one that does not come around very often.

The school will farewell Lisa on Friday 30th September at an assembly at 1:45pm. Current Whanau are welcome to join us, as we continue to adhere to Orange Light settings and indoor number limitations. We are so very proud of Lisa and wish her all the very best with her exciting new journey ahead.

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

25th Silver Jubilee Celebrations at Pinehill School

2022 Art Exhibition & 25th Anniversary alumni reunion Tuesday 20th September, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Art Exhibition Wine & Cheese, Tuesday 20th September, 6:00pm

An opportunity for past students, whanau, staff and community members to catch up with others, mix and mingle, view current students' art, Pinehill class photos wall (photos from foundation year to current) and photos over the years. Bring some old photos to reminisce.

At 6:30pm student leaders will take groups for a tour through classrooms and around our school.

25th Anniversary - Top Playground Opening - Thursday 22nd September, 12:00pm

Top Playground Opening Thursday 22nd September, 12:00pm

An opportunity for current students, whanau, staff and community members to celebrate our new ‘Top Playground’ opening. This is a 25th anniversary gift to Pinehill School from the Board of Trustees.

25th Anniversary School Assembly Celebration & Open Hour Friday 23rd September, 11:00am

School Assembly Celebration & Open Hour - Friday 23rd September, 11:00am

  • 11 am Whakatau welcome and ceremony

  • Speeches from all three Principals (Julien, Tracey, Carla)

  • Entertainment performances by our talented students including Kapa Haka, Marimba Group and School band

  • Memories and stories from past students, staff members and community members

  • Time capsule snapshots to current 25 Birthday capsule slideshow

  • Pinehill Way Song

  • Singing Happy Birthday / cutting of the cake (cake to the hall foyer - people can take cake on tour or enjoy after tour with house leaders.

  • 12:00pm - House Leaders to lead tours through the school. Classrooms will be open as part of the tour. Visit your “old room”

  • Photo display memories in hall and foyer

  • Informal group photos

  • Merchandise will be available to purchase or collect if pre-ordered

  • Coffee cart will be available on the day

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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.


本学期第三周 (下个星期) 是步行上学周,学生们可以通过全程步行或者半程步行的方式为自己所在的House获取积分。即使学生们是乘车前往学校,只要在途中的某拐角处或者小路边下车步行到校,都可以获取积分。但如果是在接送停车区 (Spencer Rd lay-by) 下车的学生是无法获得积分的。 所以想要帮助孩子获取积分,请尽量停在学校接送停车区域范围之外, 以便您的孩子能够参与到本活动中。学校的House Leaders会在各入口处等候步行前来的学生们, 并在他们所属的House表格处贴上贴纸以证明参与步行上学活动。



Parent and Family Class Sharing

Term 3 Week 2 is our Culture and Identify celebration at Pinehill School. To celebrate we would like to invite parents into the classroom to share their culture in Week 2, 1st August - 5th August.

Some suggestions are

  • read a story in your home language to the class or small group

  • share pictures/photos, teach our children a game

  • share a dance from your culture

  • play a musical instrument etc.

Please email your child’s teacher about what you would like to share and when you are available.


As part of our Cultural Celebration we are holding a Celebration Parade on

Monday 8th August at 11.30am.

You are very welcome to come and watch or take part in the parade, we would love to see as many parents and caregivers there as possible. Please see the school map below displaying the trail we will walk for the parade. Some of our cultural groups will be performing and we have a special surprise, depending on the weather!

Our children will have the option to dress in their cultural dress and march around the school with the country’s flag of choice.

We understand that children and families may identify with more than one country. For them to be able to express their ethnicity we are asking parents to talk with their child about their family ethnicity. Rather than teachers directing children to a country, children can parade carrying two flags that symbolise the country they identify with and the one where they were born. Please talk to your child/ren about this so they are able to communicate with their teacher which flag group they will be walking with during the parade. We hope that in this way everyone’s ethnicity can be shared and celebrated.

Shared lunch

After our Parade on Monday 8th August we are having a shared lunch in classrooms.

You are invited to send your child in with a small plate of food to share from your culture. Please be aware we will not be able to reheat food, cut up or provide cutlery. Food will need to be pre prepared and ready to eat and enjoy.

Please be mindful that there are children in the school with peanut allergies and would appreciate peanuts not being in food sent to school. All food must have an ingredient list so children can pick what they are able to eat. We will be encouraging them to try something different.

A big thank you for your ongoing support.

All parents attending are asked to sign in through the SchoolApp.

Pinehill Staff

Room 13

Room 13 celebrated 100 days of school on Thursday. We wrote a story about what we would do if we were 100.
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Scholastic Book Club orders must be completed online, the last day being 11 August.


Room 1 - Ella Zhang

Room 2 - Megan Moyle

Room 3 - Chloe Kim

Room 4 - Zoe Qiu

Room 5 - Olivia Wang

Room 6 - Lillian Wang

Room 7 - Olivia Haycock

Room 8 - Matthew Xu

Room 9 - Marcus Zhang

Room 10 - Niu Niu Dang

Room 11 -

Room 12 -

Room 13 - Lucas Zhou

Room 14 - Emilia Alrashed

Room 15 - Jason Tse

Room 16 - Zoe Zhou

Room 17 - Archer Ying

Room 18 - Ellie Zhu

Room 19 - Aditri Nakkala

Room 20 - Louis Liu

Winning House - Kawau

Basketball - Pinehill Juniors

Pinehill Juniors had their first game this week.
They did really well it was our teams first go at playing and most teams have been in the league for the year or subsequent years .


NETBALL - Players of the day

Year 5 Pinehill Dragons

Indy Hendricks and Amarnee Tapu

Year 4/5 Pinehill Kiwis

Jaehee Noh

Friends of Pinehill School

First Fun Food Friday of Term 32 – This Friday, 5th August

It’s Fun Food Friday this week! Online orders close tonight, Wednesday 3rd August. Don’t

miss out! Please place your orders 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. We

appreciate 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 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.

Jesters Pie Day is BACK this term, and it’s on EVERY TUESDAY!! Orders close

1 day prior at 11 am.

Due to increased costs, new prices for term 3 are:

● Pies $6.30

● GF Pies $7.90 (suspended temporarily due to shortage of ingredients, we

apologise for any inconveniences caused)

● A new price for sausage rolls will be available in Kindo.

The school will receive $1.50 back from every order you place. Thank you so much

for your support!

Upcoming Events

Friday 5th August

  • Fun Food Friday

Cultural Week

  • Monday 1st to Friday 5th August

Monday 8th August

  • Cultural Parade

Monday 8th to Friday 12th

  • Walking to School Week

Conversations In The English Language

Do you want to get better at speaking and understanding

English? If yes, we invite you to join us to come and talk in

English with friendly New Zealanders over a cup of tea. We

meet between 1pm and 2.30pm on Wednesdays during the

school term at Mairangi Bay Presbyterian Church.

Come and connect with us. We are an informal and very friendly

group with a lot of good humour. We have people who have

come to New Zealand from many different countries including

China, Korea and Ukraine. Vehicle entry 10 Penzance Road

Mairangi Bay. There is no charge.

Just turn up or ring Grace Liu 021 048 7978 or Stewart Milne

027 293 8499





Mairangi Presbyterian Church会面。





Pinehill School Policies

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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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