Pinehill School Newsletter

Wednesday 29th June 2022

Message from the Principal

Kia ora koutou,

There is much excitement amongst the students this week as we have our first school Disco in a very long time! The theme is ‘Festival of Colours’ and we look forward to our tamariki turning up in colourful clothing and outfits. Please note the disco is for current students attending Pinehill School only (no pre school or ex students). The Junior Disco (Y0-Y3) is first up at 5:00pm, with a 6:15pm pick up. The doors will open for the Senior Disco (Y4-Y6) at 6:30pm with an 8:00pm pick up. We ask students don’t bring more than $10 to spend on drinks and snacks and that they have something secure to keep their spending money in (jacket zip up pocket, disco zip up handbag that can be worn over the shoulder etc and kept zipped up while students are mixing, mingling and of course dancing). Thank you to our FOPs committee members for your organisation of this event. We can’t wait.

Kapa Haka

There was a recent write up in School News which quoted the following,

'Kapa Haka provides our students with a platform for expression, giving them the opportunity to experience success, gain confidence through performance, and step up as leaders and role models.

Through kapa haka, Māori students are able to experience a holistic way of learning – which is conducive to a sense of well-being (hauora). There are the physical demands requiring stamina, coordination and manipulation of props e.g. poi (te tinana/the body); the cognitive aspect of learning and memorising language (te hinengaro/the mind); the social aspect of coming together (whanaungatanga/relationships) and performing as one (mahi tahi/cooperating); and the spiritual dimension inherent in many waiata and haka (te wairua/the spirit).

It’s not just Māori students who benefit from kapa haka. All New Zealand children can benefit because kapa haka provides a conduit to appreciate the unique role of Māori in shaping the New Zealand identity. This is the reason for the visibility of kapa haka at public events overseas, where Māori excellence is show-cased and Māori culture is proudly shared with the world, as part of the branding of Aotearoa New Zealand – to establish meaningful connections with other nations and peoples.

Through kapa haka in schools, non-Māori students can learn new words and phrases, while developing an appreciation of how Māori express their values. The fact that the students participate as part of a safe, inclusive group helps to reduce individual anxiety and stress. Moreover, kapa haka cognitively challenges them while teaching them about exercising perseverance and self-discipline – through continued recitation, repetition and memorisation.'

Our lovely Merimona Kenrick has guided, taught and led our Pinehill School Kapa Haka group for six years. We are grateful for all she has attributed to this role and will miss her expertise, passion and commitment to Kapa Haka as Meri leaves at the end of the term. We have two passionate teachers, Mr Rogers and Miss Everett who will continue to meet with the Kapa Haka next term. I would also like to do a shout out to our community. Do we have a whanau or community member with experience in Kapa Haka who is available to support us with our Kapa Haka group? Please email me if you can help out

Board of Trustees

You may have noticed in previous newsletters, communication on the Board Elections. Our Board elections are coming up this September and I do encourage you to consider standing for this role. If you are thinking about it and would like to talk with one of our current Board members, there will be an opportunity to do this on the last day of term after Friday’s farewell assembly. Alternatively, please email the board with any questions you may have on

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

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Our TRP sharing this week comes from Room 3. The first photo shows an emotional thermometer. Part of TRP is emotional literacy. This refers to our ability to label our emotions as we experience them. Labeling our emotions helps us to talk about and manage our emotions (soften negative emotions and find positive emotions). The thermometer is a tool to help our tamariki explain how they are feeling and how strong that emotion is depending on the situation.

The second photo is of Room 3’s Kindness tree. This was the result of a class focus on the following aspects of kindness:

  1. Identifying what kindness is

  2. Describing their emotions when they show or receive kindness

  3. Identifying something kind about a classmate

  4. Being able to explain the importance of being kind.

On each leaf on their Kindness tree, the students wrote a kind thing about 2 of their classmates (including Miss Maaka!).

You can see how well The Resilience Project fits with The Pinehill Way.

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Pinehill’s ‘Trees for Survival’ Planting out day

Our ‘Trees For Survival’ seedlings are now ready for planting out on a landowner’s property. This year we will be planting at 63c Field Lane, Waitoki. This is the same property as last year.

‘Planting Out Day’ is Friday 12 August, with a rain back-up date to be Friday 19 August. We are excited to be taking all the students from the Year 5/6 team this year. To help us with this planting session, we need one adult to two or three children for supervision and assistance please. The adult helper may be a grandparent (they must be fit and agile - the area we are planting this year is sloping) or other family relation or friend over the age of 18.

Pinehill will be holding a ‘Green Mufti-Day’ to help raise funds to cover the cost of buses for this planting out day. This will be on the last day of this term. Please see the poster later in this newsletter.

Notices about this day were given out to Year 5/6 students today. Please ask for them. We look forward to the usual high level of support from our Pinehill community so that our planting out day is as successful as ever.

Thank you, Marg Milne

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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 - Jonathan Gui

Room 2 - Nathaniel Zhu

Room 3 - Lucas Huang

Room 4 - Adelaide Long

Room 5 - Sarah Lin

Room 6 - Minugi Wijesinghe Arachchige

Room 7 - Jaxon Grant

Room 8 - Laura Yi

Room 9 - Maisy Yang

Room 10 - Isobel Zhou

Room 11 - Harper Fu

Room 12 - Abdullah Redman

Room 13 - Aubree Huo

Room 14 - Targitai Zaseev

Room 15 - Sion Kim

Room 16 - Cesar Wang

Room 17 - Joshua Zhai

Room 18 - Jayden Lu

Room 19 - Isabella Qiao

Room 20 - Sihyun Jung

Winning House > Waiheke

Football Super Cluster

The boys played well as a team. Showed the Pinehiil Way at all times and fought hard, even when they were down. We will finish a respectable 5th out of 8 schools competing, which is still a great result.
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A reminder swimming forms and permissions slips were due back today. If you have misplaced your permission slip you can find them on our website under the School Information tab then notices, forms and permission slips link.

Friends of Pinehill School News

Festival of Colours Disco 30 June 2022

Our beloved annual disco is here! The ticket sale has started, ticket table is situated in the Hall Foyer at the following times:

- Wed 29th June 2:45 - 3:15 PM

- Thur 30th June 8:30 - 9:00 AM

- Thur door sell at the disco

Don’t miss out, Cash ONLY! For other details about disco night, please refer to the poster. If you have any further questions, please email us at

It’s Snack Food Friday this week

We will be selling snacks in the hall foyer at lunchtime between 12.40 pm and 1 pm.

- Cookies: $1.50 each

- Juicie: $2.50 each

- Chips $2.00 each

From the health point of view, we suggest 1-2 snacks and a $5 note is enough for your child. There will be NO sales of these items until 12.40 pm when lunch eating time ends.

The last Fun Food Friday of this term is next Friday, 8th July. Online orders for the next Fun Food Friday open this Saturday, the 2nd of July.

Pinehill School PTA – Friends of Pinehill School

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Upcoming Events

Thursday 30th June

  • Disco

Friday 1st July

  • Snack Food Friday

Friday 8th July

  • Fun Food Friday
  • Green Mufti Day - Gold Coin Donation
  • Last day of Term 2

Monday 25th July

  • First day of Term 3

Pinehill School Policies

All School policies are available through School Docs – click here

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password – pinehillway

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