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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also fill in and submit a form under the ‘contact us’ tab on our school website www.pinehill.school.nz 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SchooI Board Parent Election 2022
SchooI Board Parent Election 2022
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.
89 Nazareth Avenue | Middleton | Christchurch | PO Box 414 | Christchurch 8140
P (03) 338 4444 | Cell 021 399 744 Web www.cessl.org.nz
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
Friday 29th July
- Snack Food Friday
Friday 5th August
- Fun Food Friday
- 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 email@example.com. 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。