Pinehill School Newsletter

Wednesday 9th February 2022

Message from our Principal

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

Welcome back to the 2022 school year! Due to red light settings, we have started our welcome process differently this year. Instead of a powhiri in the hall, we had a TV station online welcome assembly on Thursday morning to welcome our students back as well as our new students and staff members. Teachers played this in their classrooms to all students. Here is the link for you to view:

A special welcome to our new students and families. It is important to us that your move to our school is as easy as possible. If there is anything you need to know, please do ask. No question is ever too small.

We had a 90 % attendance rate in the first week back and are delighted to see our tamariki back onsite again. We missed the children during the holiday break and have loved seeing their smiling faces and hearing about their holiday adventures.

Sadly, we farewelled our lovely Jane Feltham at the end of last year after 15 years at Pinehill School.

We welcome back Wendy Chatterton who is teaching a Year 1 class in Room 20. It is fabulous to have Wendy rejoin the Pinehill School family for 2022.

Chloe Warwick is taking extended maternity leave to spend more time with her daughter. Ashleigh Shearer is teaching in Room 19 full-time. Ashleigh is well known to our students and families and we are fortunate to have Ashleigh’s nurturing and experience in the Year 1 team.

The teachers have worked hard to get classrooms and programmes ready, as well as requirements for school in the Red Light setting. A big thank you also to our Property Manager, Shaun Weston, who has maintained the grounds over the holiday break, continuing to make them a wonderful environment. You may have noticed while driving past the school grounds over the holiday break, a full cark. We have had a team of painters at school during the break working on the annual cycle of painting maintenance of some parts of the school.

We have also had new carpet laid in all our classroom spaces and heat pumps are currently being installed throughout the school. Our school is looking fabulous, and it is wonderful to have clean, fresh, renovated spaces for our children to learn in.

We feel fortunate we can start the new school year together and onsite. In Red Light setting school is open to all. As a school, we have given reminders to all of the students on Red Light rules, including:

  • Reinforced the importance and modelled good hand washing and drying

  • Reinforced good cough and sneeze etiquette

  • Reminded students to remain at home if they are unwell

  • Reminded Year 4-6 students that they are required to wear masks. The school does not have spare masks to supply students every day, please ensure your child has a spare mask or two in their school bags each day.

For our parents in Red Light setting we ask:

  • Parents not to come on-site unless it is essential (arrange through the office). Parents must sign in using the QR code.

  • Students arrive at school between 8:30 am -8:50 am (not before this time)

  • Departure times are staggered (Y0-Y3 no siblings pick up at 2:45 pm / Y4-Y6 with younger siblings collect from their classroom and depart at 3:00 pm)

On another note, Term 1 is a Summer term, and students are required to wear a hat when they are outside at all times. Please check your child has their name in their hat.

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Waitangi Day observed on Monday and spent some time reflecting on why this day is so important for us as New Zealanders. I also wish you all a very happy Chinese New Year, as we commence the Year of the Tiger.

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

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.

Road Patrol

On Friday the 11th February Constable Tania Wansink will be training the Year 6 road patrollers for 2022. An email (via Google Forms) was sent to all Year 6 families on Tuesday. If you have any questions or didn't receive the email please contact Rochelle Mabon

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