Point View School

Newsletter 14 May 2021


Book Week provided many fantastic learning opportunities, and the final parade was a fabulous affair. Enjoy the photos included in this Newsletter.

For the past two years I have been privileged to lead our local cluster of schools – the Waipaparoa Kāhui Ako. There is a well-trodden pathway from early childhood centres, through our primary schools and Somerville Intermediate to Botany Downs Secondary College and Howick College in this area. It makes absolute sense that through close collaboration, we should create a coherent pathway for our students that helps them travel this route with greater confidence and success. It is time for me to hand the leadership role to someone else and I am very pleased to let you know that Kerrie Holmes, DP at BDSC, has been appointed as my successor. Kerrie has plenty of relevant experience and BDSC have created the space for her to devote the time that this role demands. I will continue to provide support and on behalf of the Point View Community, I wish her every success.

The parent information evening held on 10th May was well attended. Thank you for your support. We aimed to provide information and gather feedback from parents regarding assessment and reporting on student progress and achievement. We have made a video of the information we presented which we hope will help share the message. Please take a look in preparation for Mid-Year reports which will be available from 21 June.

The upgrade of 4 sets of toilets around the school is now complete. In the spirit of ‘working together to get the best for our children’, I would like to ask for your support. Please help us to teach our children, especially the boys, to use these facilities in the same way they would use their bathroom at home. We have installed toilets of a normal design but child-size. Boys should raise the seat and take care when urinating. At present some are not doing this despite our efforts to teach correct behaviour. Our property staff are having to mop the floor two or three times per day. This is unacceptable, but I am confident that if we all work together, we can greatly improve the situation.

Robin Kirkham


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Welcome to our new students

Ariel, Carter, Curtis, Ryan, Lisa, Ameya, Serena, Shenali, Shane, Charlotte, Indiana, Charlie, Chloe, Nathan, Saba, Toby, Sepanta, Mohinder, Charlie, Victoria and Lucas.

Tamsin Worsley entertaining our students during Book Week

Road Patrol Help Still Needed

We urgently need help with the crossing on Kilkenny Drive on Tuesday mornings from 8:20am till 8:50am, and and Wednesday afternoons from 2:55pm till 3:15pm.

We have no parents help to supervise the crossing at the moment. If you can help please contact us in the office admin@pointview.school.nz. This is a very important role as it involves the safety of all our students.

Traffic Safety Outside the School

We need all our families who bring their children to school by car to help us in leading by example when it comes to safety around traffic. We know that before and after school are pressure times but we are seeing driver behaviour that is endangering the safety of both children and adults.

  • All children should be getting out of vehicles on the pavement side of the car, not onto the road in the way of oncoming traffic.
  • No vehicle should ever stop on the pedestrian crossing to let passengers out.
  • The school driveway is not to be used as a drop of or pick area.
  • All road rules should be followed including stopping at the red light on the pedestrian crossing, no parking in our neighbours driveways - even for 'a few minutes'; no parking on dotted yellow lines.

Our priority is always the safety of our children so thank you to all the drivers who do the right thing.

From The Enviro Team

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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) News

The year 5 and 6 groups are learning all about bridges. We watched Mystery Science to learn about the different types of bridges and what makes bridges so strong.

We worked in pairs with only paper and books to design the strongest bridge that would hold the most weight.

We found that the truss bridge was one of the strongest as it uses triangles. Did you know that the triangle is the strongest shape for building?

Happy bridge building!

Mrs Kingston

Some Pictures from the Football Field Day held on Tuesday 11 May 2021

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday 19 May - community swimming for rooms 12, 13 and 15
  • Thursday 20 May - Jesters Pie Day
  • Friday 21 May - community swimming for rooms 11, 14, 16, 29, 30 and 31
  • Friday 21 May - full school assembly at 9am in the hall - everyone is welcome to attend
  • Sunday 23 May - Scholastics orders close - don't forget to order
  • Tuesday 25 May - Museum visit for rooms 1, 2, 4 and 6
  • Tuesday 25 May - BOT meeting in the staffroom at 7pm
  • Wednesday 26 May - Museum visit for rooms 5, 7 ,8 and 9
  • Wednesday 26 May - community swimming for rooms 12, 13 and 15
  • Thursday 27 May - Museum visit for rooms 3 and 10
  • Friday 28 May - community swimming for rooms 11, 14, 16, 29, 30 and 31
  • Friday 28 May - junior school assembly at 9am in the hall - everyone is welcome to attend


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