Pinehill School Newsletter

Wednesday 27th July 2022

Message from our Principal

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

A very warm welcome back to Term 3 to all of our students and whānau. We have 7 new students starting their journey at Pinehill School with us this week and another 5 students over the next couple of weeks. We look forward to formally welcoming all our new students and their families at our school whakatau on Monday 15th August at 9:00am.

I am delighted with our attendance rate which has averaged at 94% this week. We have had a fantastic start to the week and the children have come back motivated, engaged and ready for an exciting Term 3 ahead.

This term we have many exciting events, and we will continue to update you with dates and further information closer to the time of these events. Here is a snapshot of what this term brings.

All classes are starting the term with the teaching theme and unit of ‘Culture and Identity’. This was part of our collaborative team planning during our last Teacher Only Day with our In School leader and Ministry facilitator. Everyone is looking forward to bringing this into the classroom context for the first couple of weeks. This will be a great lead in before our school wide ‘Culture Parade and Shared lunch’ on Monday 8th August. (Please see detailed information on this below).

We have Maths Week in Week 3 and the Maths Week Fairy has some challenging maths problem solving questions for the students to solve during classroom visits. We are also excited about Maori Language Week in Week 8. We look forward to our swimming sessions at the Millenium for Years 1-6 age groups and our Pinehill School Art Exhibition which will link in as part of our 25th onsite Pinehill School Birthday celebration in Week 9 (Monday 19th September - Friday 23rd September).

A few Term 3 reminders

8:50 am Start

Pinehill School uses a Ministry-approved electronic roll. The roll is taken twice daily at 8:50 am and 1:30 pm. You need to ensure that your child is at school promptly by 8:50 am. Many important notices are also shared at this time. School gates open at 8:15 am. Children arriving at school before 8:15 am must be registered to attend PKC Before School Care as there is no duty teacher before this time to ensure their safety. Arriving by 8:40 am will allow your child to get ready for learning, greet their teacher and mix with their peers, ensuring a positive, stress-free start to the day.


If your child is going to be absent, please notify the school office through the SchoolApp, phone 094780301, or email us at You can also fill in and submit a form under the ‘contact us’ tab on our school website with your child’s name, room number, absence date/dates, and reason.

If your child is not in class at 8:50 am when the bell rings, either you or your child must sign in on the tablet at the office and collect a slip to present to the classroom teacher. If you receive a text to say that your child is not in class, please reply or call the office.

I hope your child/children have had a great start to Term 3.

We are looking forward to a great term 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

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Resilience Project

One of the key messages of the ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’ programme that was covered at Pinehill last term is to tell someone when things happen that make you feel scared or uncomfortable. This is the same message that comes through the emotional literacy lessons of The Resilience Project.

During term 3, our Pinehill students will continue to have opportunities to practise sharing how they are feeling and talking about ways to move themselves from red zone (negative) emotions to green zone (or more positive emotions). Talking to people we trust is an important part of managing our emotions and dealing with issues, in an appropriate way, that can crop up in our lives. This is a vital message for young people (and adults) today.

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Below are some of the reasons Room 7 have come up with to encourage themselves and others to talk with people they trust about things that are going on with them in their lives.

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Earlier in the year, our Year 4-6 students took part in a survey. One of the questions on the survey was:

I can talk about things if they upset me.

The data collected from Pinehill students regarding this question was 38% of our girls feel they can talk about things that upset them and 43% of our boys feel that they can talk about things that upset them. This data is below the NZ average of 49% for girls and 47% for boys. This is of real concern to us as staff and definitely encourages us even more to give our tamariki opportunities to talk about how they feel about their experiences.

We hope that you share our concerns about this data and can reassure your children at home that they can talk to you or their teachers to com[pliment the teaching and learning we are doing around this at Pinehill.

Pinehill’s ‘Trees for Survival’ Planting out day

Trees For Survival update

Firstly, a huge thank you to our Pinehill community for supporting our Green Mufti-day last term. Together we raised $479.50 to go towards our bus costs. Awesome!

Our planting out day is scheduled for Friday 12 August. We are very grateful for the parent support we have received to make this day happen. There will be an information and safety briefing in the hall at 8:30am in the morning before we leave. We would really appreciate all adult helpers attending this meeting. We can organise carpooling at this meeting too.

Gear lists can be found on the school website under school information, notices if you have misplaced your paper copy.

Exciting times!


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


If you have ordered school photos they have arrived and should be delivered to your child today to bring home.

If your child did not receive their photos please contact 0800 501 040 and speak with Photolife direct.

You can still order photo's using your unique code directly through Photolife website.


Scholastic Book Club orders must be completed online, the last day being 11 August.

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 - Keren Tubac

Room 2 - Jordan Penny

Room 3 - Heidi Chung

Room 4 - Nixon Robinson - Lea'aetoa

Room 5 - Eva Tangi

Room 6 - Eugene Huang

Room 7 - Lace Patuki

Room 8 - Yuri Hur

Room 9 - Imogen Reddish

Room 10 - Tommy Tong

Room 11 - Xaniwa Pritchard

Room 12 - Olivia Brown

Room 13 - Hayule Kim

Room 14 - Soyi Kim

Room 15 - Mason Zhang

Room 16 - Joshua Lim

Room 17 - Daaron Oberoi

Room 18 - Yun Hur

Room 19 - Aria You

Room 20 - Jayden Wang

Winning House - Rakino

Upcoming Events

Friday 29th July

  • Snack Food Friday

Friday 5th August

  • Fun Food Friday

Cultural Week

  • Monday 1st to Friday 5th August

Monday 8th August

  • Cultural Parade

Friends of Pinehill School

It’s Snack Friday this week

We will be selling snacks in the hall foyer 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. Lunch eating time ends at 12:40. There will be NO sales before this time.

First Fun Food Friday for Term 3 is next week, 5th August. Online orders open this

Saturday, 30th July; you can place your order through Kindo Online Shop. Children

love their yummy pizza and dim sum, don’t miss out! For every order, we raise $1 for

the school. Thank you for your support!

About Us - Friends of Pinehill School

FOPS is a fundraising and support network of parents and teachers assisting Pinehill School

to connect our community. It is a great way to get involved and meet other fun enthusiastic

parents. Each member brings something unique and special to our group. Kia ora rawa atu

thank you! The next FOPS meeting will be held at 8:30 am on Monday 1st August in the staff

room located in the administration block. All welcome! If you would like to attend the

meeting, please email We look forward to meeting you!

Pinehill School PTA - Friends of Pinehill School

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。





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