Pinehill School Newsletter

Wednesday 22nd June 2022

Message from the Principal

Kia ora koutou,

Ngā mihi o Matariki, te tau hou Māori. Happy Matariki everyone!

It was wonderful to start the week with our Pinehill whole school Matariki shared morning tea. Thank you to the many family members who joined us on Monday and also for all your contributions of food to share during our celebration. What a feast we had! This has been the first whole school event we have been able to host in over a year. We didn’t want anyone to miss out, hence our celebration taking place outside as we are still restricted with numbers in the hall during Orange Light setting. It was wonderful to bring everyone together and for our tamariki to share their learning of Matariki, music, singing and for our Kapa Haka group to have the opportunity to perform. A big thank you to Merimoana Kenrick for planning and organising our Pinehill School Matariki whole school morning tea.

Cluster Cross Country

Congratulations to all the runners who represented Pinehill School at the Super Cluster Cross Country last Wednesday. Mr van Beusekom and Mr Mathers attended this event with our runners and came back full of praise. Praise for the effort our runners put in and praise for the wonderful ambassadors our runners were for Pinehill School. We are very proud of all our runners and their efforts at the Cluster Cross Country as well as their display of the Pinehill Way outside the school grounds in our first cluster school event in over a year.


Congratulations to our students who represented Pinehill School at the Inter School Mathex last Wednesday. Mrs Milne and Miss Everett attended this event with our students and there was a buzz of excitement on their return. The students have put a lot of mahi in each week practising challenging math problems leading up to the event. We have had reports come back from teachers and parents who attended regarding the outstanding collaboration, work effort and excellent display of the Pinehill Way from all our Pinehill Mathex representatives. The students told me they were aiming to place in the top 20. We are still waiting for the results. We are very proud of our students and their efforts.

A reminder that this week is a short week with today being the last school day of the week for Pinehill students. The school is closed tomorrow, Thursday 23rd June for an accord Teacher Only Day. Teachers will be engaged in professional learning both onsite and offsite for The Local Curriculum and The Writers Toolbox. School is also closed on Friday 24th June for Matariki Public holiday.

I wish everyone a wonderful Matariki celebration and long weekend 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,

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Empathy is our ability to put ourselves in the shoes of others to feel and see what they do. We practise this through being kind and compassionate towards other people.

When we do acts of kindness for others (no matter how small), a chemical called oxytocin gets released in our brains, making us feel happier. So being kind is a win-win situation: the recipient of the kindness feels good and so does the giver.

In Room 13, they have been thinking about showing kindness through helping others. Our tamariki are never too young to learn about and practise helping others.

Thanks for sharing, Room 13.

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Today you should receive an information letter about our Term 3 swimming programme. Please make sure to send the permission slip back to your child's teacher by Wednesday June 29th.

To help the instructors at The Millennium Institute, parents of Y1 to 4 students are asked to provide some information regarding their child's confidence in water / swimming ability. Please

use this link to complete the survey. All surveys need to be completed by Wednesday June 29th please.

Cross Country - Cluster Day

Thank you to the runners who represented our school at the Super Cluster Cross Country races on Wednesday 15th. We had some outstanding performances and all our runners ran to the best of their ability. Special congratulations to Daisy Yang for a superb run in finishing second in the Y4 Girls' race.

Thanks to all the parents who came and supported the team in the sunshine and the rain, and to Darren Mathers for his tireless devotion to the cause.


At the beginning of each academic year our students in years 4-6 sit national tests for reading comprehension, vocabulary, and maths. Compared to the national averages we are tracking well in all areas which is very pleasing.

You may have seen in the recent school newsletters that there is an election coming up at school to elect parent representatives onto the Board of Trustees. Boards of trustees are responsible for the governance of schools. Our role, as trustees, is to make sure that Pinehill School is run in the best interests of our students and our community. The Board is tasked with strategic planning and providing oversight and accountability for the school. This is a rewarding volunteer position and is usually a 3 year commitment. We have meetings at the school in the evenings with the school's senior leadership team twice per term. We would welcome anyone who would like to know more about the Pinehill School Board of Trustees to contact us via email with any questions, and a number of us will also be at the farewell assembly at the end of term 2 as well if you would like to chat in person.

We are happy to report that the school has made some great progress with the replacement of the new top playground. As per Ministry of Education guidelines, the project has gone out to tender, and a Ministry project manager has been appointed to manage the build. Here is a drawing of the final design

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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


Room 1 - Jia Tong Zhang

Room 2 - Sami Elbeltagi

Room 3 - Tigran Kim

Room 4 - Marcus Yang

Room 5 - Gavin Guo

Room 6 - Levi Brunton

Room 7 - Jisoo Kim

Room 8 - Jeremy Wu

Room 9 - Daniel Tian

Room 10 - Dinel Kurmanbayeva

Room 11 - Irene Park

Room 12 - Melissa Pove

Room 13 - Robinson Lay

Room 14 - Emilia Alrashed

Room 15 - Dany Zhang

Room 16 - Alankrit

Room 17 - Emily Sam

Room 18 - Aarush Khajuria

Room 19 -Ewan Liu

Room 20 - Aiden Cen

Winning House > Waiheke



Year 5 Pinehill Dragons

Emily Ke and Savannah van Biljon

Year 4/5 Pinehill Kiwis

Cecilia Marange

Year 3/4 Pinehill Ferns

Asees Kaur


Festival of Colours Disco 30 June 2022

Disco is just around the corner! Ticket sale starts Monday 27th June. Cash ONLY! For other details about 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 homemade cookies at the disco. This is another way to contribute to this event and fundraise for the school. Your generosity and involvement are greatly appreciated. We need about 100 cookies in total. There is no limitation on ingredients and flavours. Cookies will be sold at $1-2 each. 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 aim to finalise the roster soon, so please contact us by 26 June.

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

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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