Pinehill School News - 11 August

11 August 2021 - Week 3, Term 3

Message from our Principal

Kia ora tatou,

Maths Week

This week is Maths Week at Pinehill School. And what a fantastic week it started out as! There have been many exciting events and challenges that have taken place so far. On top of the classroom and team Maths Week challenges, there has also been a daily maths problem posted on our TV station. It has been wonderful seeing the students persevere to work out solutions to these problems either individually or in groups. We have also been fortunate to have maths fairies visit this week. Fairy Veldman, Fairy Mabon and Fairy Ward are visiting all classrooms with challenging maths problems and prizes. The children are having to do a lot of thinking and strategising to solve the problems. The fairies have been very impressed with the maths thinking in all the classrooms they have visited so far. A big thank you to Marg Milne and Caitlin Blackwell for leading us through Maths Week. This is definitely an annual highlight!

Maths questions to work on at home

Please find the Maths questions at the end of this week's newsletter for students to work on at home. All answers are due back by Friday.

Congratulations Chloe Warwick

Congratulations to Chloe Warwick, Room 19 class teacher, who is expecting a baby in November. We are absolutely delighted with this exciting news. Chloe will take maternity leave from the beginning of term 4. Sarah Stubbs, who is well known and respected at Pinehill School, will return from maternity leave and teach in Room 19 for the remainder of the year. We are in the planning stages for this now and know this will be a smooth transition for our students.

Jump Jam

The whole school was treated to a stunning Jump Jam Performance at last week's assembly from our Yr 3/4 and Year 5/6 teams. The audience were wowed by the coordination, rhythm, skill, endurance, passion and pizzazz our students demonstrated. Over the weekend I had the privilege of being an audience spectator and supporting and cheering on our Pinehill Jump Jam Teams at the competition run at Torbay Primary School. I was a very proud principal and commend both teams for outstanding performances. Congratulations to the Year 4 Pinehill Army team who placed 2nd overall with a merit in technical execution and presentation. They also received the sportsmanship award which is only given out to one school. Congratulations to the Year 6 Absolutely Pinehill team who placed 3rd overall with an excellence in technical execution and presentation. Thank you to Calla Cheng and Emily Thomson who have helped coach. A special mention to Lisa Everett who has made this happen and taken on this initiative for our students. Lisa has provided a fantastic opportunity for our students. Thank you Lisa!

The Resilience Project

This year we have taken on The Resilience Project as a way to support our students in their wellbeing. All classrooms use The Resilience Project resources. In our recent Health and PE Curriculum survey to the community, it was highlighted that our families who were not able to make the information afternoon on The Resilience Project would like to know more about it. The following link will take you to the The Resilience Project Project homepage.

We have already conducted a survey of our Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 students to gather some baseline data so that we can measure how well the programme is working for our tamariki. We will take an end of year survey to measure the effect on well being that has occurred for our students.

The youtube clip below gives you an outline of the origins of the programme from its founder Hugh van Cuylenburg.

Raising Resilient Kids

I would like to acknowledge all the staff for the work they do with all our students. We are fortunate to have wonderful teachers, fantastic support staff and great office staff.

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,



A reminder about our Term 3 swimming programme:

Pinehill School Swimming Timetable 2021

Y5/6 and Y1/Y2

Wednesdays Y5/6 - 28 July, then 4, 11 (Y1/2 only ) 18 ( Y5/6 only), 25 August and 1, 8 September

(N.B. no lessons on 11/08 for Y5/6, no lessons on 18/08 for Y1/2)

Pinehill School Swimming Timetable 2021

Y3 and 4

Tuesdays - 27 July, then 3, 10, 24, 31 August then 7 September (N.B. no lessons on 17/08)

Cantonese, Mandarin and Korean Speech Competitions

On Monday and Tuesday we held our Cantonese, Mandarin and Korean speech competitions.

We would like to thank Mr Qin and Mrs Wong for being our Judges for the Cantonese speeches.

The winner was Karina Ke.

Children who also presented a speech were: Will Gui, Eugene Huang and Lucas Wu.

For our Korean Speech Competition, we would like to thank Mrs Chun and Mrs Kim for being our Judges.

The winner was Luke Chung.

Children who also presented a speech were: Taeyun Kim, Andy Hwang and Jayden Kim.

We would like to thank Mrs Cheng and Mrs Hsu for being our Mandarin speech judges.

The winner was Sophie Du.

Children who also presented a speech were: Nina Ye, Serina Gholami Ke, Samuel Shi, Chelsey Zhang, and Amanda Yao.

Congratulations to all of our Speech Competition participants, you made it a very hard task for our judges to award a winner.

Class Awards

  • Room 1: Dahamlee Lekamge
  • Room 2: Rebecca Chen
  • Room 3: Reggie Ma
  • Room 4: Luke Chung
  • Room 5: Stella Tuanau
  • Room 6: Jake Skudder
  • Room 7: Nathan Talosig
  • Room 8: Emily Sam
  • Room 9: Noah Wright
  • Room 10: Michelle Deng
  • Room 11: Milly Song
  • Room 12: Emily Zhu
  • Room 13: Beauden Alofaki
  • Room 14: Milla Langford
  • Room 15: Ivan Xu
  • Room 16: Andy Hwang
  • Room 17: Jonathan Qiao
  • Room 18: Coby le Bourque
  • Room 19: Jason Yang
  • Room 20: Olivia Brown
Winning House: Waiheke
Walker of the week: Paz Cardale

Upcoming Events

Thursday 12 August

  • Year 6 Murrays Bay Visit
  • Year 1 Botanic Gardens Visit
Friday 13 August
  • Snack Food Friday
Tuesday 17 August
  • Year 2 Botanic Garden Visit
Wednesday 18 August
  • Year 5/6 Swimming

Board News

Board of Trustees Policies

All school policies are available through School Docs - click here

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Player of the Day

Splash Polo

Penguins: Nixon Robinson-Lea'aetoa


Pirates: Winston Zheng

Heat : Timoth Dadigamuwa

Pistons: Cesar Wang

Panthers: George Liu


Ferns : Melody Wu

Ponies: Sara Jeon

Dragons: Savannah van Biljon

Diamonds: Apriliia Wickes (31/07)

Diamonds: Taylor van Der Walt


WSB name

Pinehill Penguins

Morning: Mon-Fri

Leaves from 1 Kilear Cl at 8:10 am. Another pickup point at 8.30 am from 2 Ballymore Dr

Afternoon: Thurs and Friday

Meeting outside Room 5. Leaves school at 3.10 pm (arrives at 2 Ballymore Dr)

Contact: Calla Cheng -



Contact: Lamia Bouaifel -

Spencer Rd

Morning ONLY Mon - Thursday

Leaves from 12 Spencer Rd at 8:30 am

Contact: Kelly Liang -

Friends of Pinehill School (FOPS) News - PTA

Snack Food Friday is on this Friday 13th August

We will be selling Juicies ($2.50ea), Cookies ($1ea) & Chips ($2ea) in the hall foyer at lunch time between 12.40pm and 1pm. 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 12.40pm when lunch eating time ends!!

Students are asked to eat their snack in the hall and dispose of any rubbish in the bin provided. Thank you for your help and cooperation!

Next Fun Food Friday is 20th August, online orders open Saturday 14th August.

Second Hand Uniforms

Second Hand Uniforms

● Is your child leaving Pinehill School?

● Do you have Pinehill School uniforms that your children no longer wear?

● Are these uniforms in good condition?

If you answer YES, please donate them for us to sell at our second-hand uniforms online store. We accept uniforms in any condition, however, we ask them to be in a clean and resellable state. Please hand in your donation to the school office. Thank you very much for your generosity! All money raised will go towards the new netball and basketball posts for the bottom court.

Thank you to all families who purchased from our online store. We understand sometimes the uniform does not meet your expectations. We accept returns or exchanges. Before returning items to the office, please send your return/exchange request to our email All items need to be returned in the state they were sold and any request for return or exchange needs to be made within 7 days of purchase. Handling fees will be applied to return/exchange received after this period.

This online store is operated by FOPS volunteers to raise money for the school and the volunteers gave up their own time to make this possible therefore the store does not have a set opening hours. We try to fulfill orders within 3 working days, however, it can take longer. We thank you for your patience and understanding. If you require your order urgently, please email us.

Entertainment Digital Membership

Entertainment Digital Membership

BONUS Gift Cards are back for a limited time only! You will receive a BONUS $40 Countdown Gift Card, Farmers Gift Card or Whitcoulls Gift Card when you purchase a Multi City or Multi Plus Membership or a $20 Countdown Gift Card, Farmers Gift Card or Whitcoulls Gift Card when you purchase a Single City Membership between 3:00pm, Wednesday 4th August and 11.59pm, Wednesday 1st September 2021!

Also don’t forget anyone who purchases a Membership now till 11.59pm, Wednesday 15th September will receive an extra month free. That’s a 13-month Membership you will love!

Anyone who purchases a Membership will automatically go into the draw to WIN:

● A Royal Caribbean cruise for two! 3 nights onboard Quantum of the Seas.

● A TFE Hotels 3-night voucher valid at Adina Apartment Hotels, Vibe Hotels, Travelodge Hotels and Rendezvous Hotels.

Plus, the chance to win $200 dining vouchers to your favourite Entertainment venue will be drawn daily. Along with an instant bonus offer from Laithwaite’s Wine when you join. See website for full T&Cs.

Your purchase of an Entertainment Membership contributes to our School to raise money towards matting for the bottom playground. Help us achieve our goal by sharing this link with your friends and family. Thanks for your support! Click here to purchase

Pinehill School PTA - Friends of Pinehill School

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Maths Week

It’s Maths Week!

Find the question for your year level and work out the answer.

To enter the prize draw, record your working out and your answers on a piece of paper. Make sure you also write your name, room number and year level on the paper. Answers need to be delivered to Room 17 by 3pm on Friday 13 August. Winners will be announced at assembly on the following Tuesday.

Year 0 and Year 1

Quack the duckling is wearing a pair of gumboots to protect him from all the rain this winter.

His brother and sister duckling also have a pair of gumboots.

Draw a picture of the ducklings wearing their gumboots and count how many gumboots there are altogether.

Year 2

If each line adds up to 10, what are the missing numbers?

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Year 4

Your task is to write down how you solved this problem and whether Dr Martin can or cannot weigh exactly 38g of pills. Working out must be shown.
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Year 5 and 6

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We Chat

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