Pinehill School Newsletter

Wednesday 7th December 2022

A message from the Principal

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

As the last couple of weeks of the school year approaches, it is natural to ease off your expectations, however we ask that you keep the expectations high. Please keep sending your child to school on time, in the correct uniform and with a healthy lunch, their school hat and all they need for the school day. We will be continuing the learning through into the last week as this is still valuable learning time.

The teachers are currently completing their OTJ’s (Overall Teacher Judgements) on the key learning areas, ready for input into the end of year school report. The report also includes an overall general comment and effort grades for the learning areas. Progress Reports will be hand given to all students on Thursday 15th December to take home and share with you. This is also the day you will find out your child’s class for next year. Students will visit with their new class and teacher the afternoon of Thursday 15th December. This supports our students with getting to know a little about their teacher, who is in their classroom and overall transition before the first day back next year.

There have been many hours put into class organisation for 2023. Even if you think your child should be with a different teacher, please be positive as all our teachers have great skills to offer. There is no option to move children after the lists are set and your reactions influence how your child will view their new class.

Some classroom moves in the last week of term As part of preparation for 2023, on Monday and Tuesday next week, some classes will move to a different classroom for the last few days of the school year. If your child's class moves, a note will be put on the classroom door to let you know 'where has the class moved?'

What is happening this week?

Christmas Concert - It’s happening tonight, rain or shine.

If the weather gods are not in our favour, we will hold our Christmas concert in the hall. We look forward to seeing everyone later today.

Prizegiving 2022 - Tomorrow -Thursday 8 December

Venue: Pinehill School Hall

Year 1-3 Prizegiving is at 9.00am (approx 1 hour duration). Please ensure that your child is at school by 8.45am. Along with some singing and other group performances we will be presenting effort, citizenship and academic certificates. Parents of children who are receiving an award have been notified by email. Families of children in Year 1-3 are all welcome to attend.

Year 4-6 Prizegiving is at 5.00pm (approx 1 1⁄2 hours duration). Students will need to arrive, in school uniform, between 4.40-4.50pm to assemble on the court by the hall. Parents will be able to enter the hall from this time. The format for the Year 4-6 prizegiving/graduation ceremony will be similar to previous years. All Year 4-6 students who are attending need to be accompanied by an adult. Seating is limited to two adult seats plus younger siblings (if attending). Year 1-3 siblings do not need to wear their school uniform.

Parents of children who are receiving an award have been notified by email. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

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


Teacher Only Days and Term dates for 2023

Minister Tinetti has agreed to the provision of two Teacher Only Days (TODs) in 2023 and two days in 2024. These are for primary and secondary schools to focus on implementation of The New Zealand Curriculum refresh, the re-design of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and the NCEA Change Programme. The first day in 2023 is set to occur on Monday 24 April. We will confirm the second Teacher Only Day in Term 3 with you all early on in Term 1. Please see the table below with our 2023 term dates for you to add to your calendars.


Dates of the Term

Public Holidays

Teacher Only Days

Term 1

Tuesday 31 January - Thursday 6 April

Mon 6 Feb - Waitangi Day Observed

Fri 7 April - Good Friday

Mon 10 April - Easter Monday (school holidays)

Tues 11 April - Easter Tuesday (school holidays)

Term 2

Monday 24 April - Friday 30 June

Tues 25 April - Anzac Day

Mon 5 June - King’s Birthday

Fri 14 July - Matariki (school holidays)

Monday 24 April

Term 3

Monday 17 July - Friday 22 September

Teacher only day TBC

Term 4

Monday 9 October - Thursday 14 Dec

Mon 23 October - Labour Day

School Holiday Reading Support

The Mid Bays Literacy Steering group have put together a whānau guide to reading at home. This has been created using research on how best to encourage children to read at home/read for pleasure and how families can support this. The creation of this has been timed with leading up to the summer holidays where traditionally there tends to be a wee slump in reading.

The pdf discusses different ways to incorporate reading and building a reading culture at home with things like reading together, audio books and activities like visiting the library being particularly powerful. There is also a translated Korean version and a Mandarin version.

Holiday reading information

2023 Pinehill School Staff

Senior Leadership

Carla Veldman (Principal)

Sarah Ward (Deputy Principal)

Kirstin Blanchard (Deputy Principal)


Tracey Danks, Simone Boese and Brenda Thomson

Property Manager

Shaun Weston

Year 1

- Kirstin Blanchard (Learning Leader)

Rm 13 - Maggie Joyce

Rm 14 - Karen Blau

Rm 12 - Mariëtte Fourie (starting late term 1)

Year 2

- Kirstin Blanchard (Learning Leader)

Rm 17 - Lynette Clausen

Rm 19 - Chloe Warwick

Rm 20 - Marie Homan

Year 3

Rm 2 - Caitlin Blackwell (Learning Leader)

Rm 1 - Jodie Kim

Rm 3 - Danika Chambers

Year 4

Rm 10 - Darren Mathers (Learning Leader)

Rm 11 - Ashleigh Maaka

Rm 9 - Wendy Chatterton

Year 5/6

Rm 18 - Jos van Beusekom (Learning Leader)

Rm 15 - Veronica Donaldson

Rm 16 - Christine Johnston

Rm 4 - Ricarda Petzer

Rm 6 - Kayle Riley

Rm 7 - Marg Milne


Teacher - Natalie McAllum, Learning Assistant - Jo Hsu

Release Teachers

Abbey-Lee McMahon


Alastair Rogers


Sue Barratt

Learning Assistants

Judy Mulder, Wendy Dibble, Marian McDermott and Kurt Jones.

Some classroom moves in the last week of term

As part of preparation for 2023, on Monday and Tuesday next week, some classes will move to a different classroom for the last few days of the school year. If your child's class moves, a note will be put on the classroom door to let you know 'where has the class has moved?'

Pinehill's Got Talent - Finals

Thursday 15th December 11am to 1pm

Library Books

Please can you have a look around your homes for any outstanding library books and readers and return them to the school as soon as possible.

Lost Property

A reminder that at the end of the year all lost property is given to Friends of Pinehill School for selling as second hand uniform. If your child is missing any item of uniform please check this box now. The box is located outside Room 5 and is currently very full. Thank you.

Year 6 - Breakfast

Year 6 breakfast will be held at 7.30am on Monday December 12th 2022.

Please put this date in your calendars.


Room 1 - Ella Zhang

Room 2 -

Room 3 - Zoya Qiu

Room 4 - Cronos Haumaha - Anderson

Room 5 -

Room 6 - Eugene Huang

Room 7 - Max Pove

Room 8 - Nathaniel Yip

Room 9 - Harym Kim

Room 10 - Isabel Zhou

Room 11 - Carlson Wongso

Room 12 - Joshua Marange

Room 13 - Samantha Tamayo

Room 14 -

Room 15 - Sion Kim

Room 16 - Bogyeom Kim

Room 17 - Ahmed Alhammadi

Room 18 - Eman Surhio

Room 19 -

Room 20 - Bosco Zhou

Winning House - Rakino

Expressions of Interest - Splash Polo 2023

Please click on the link below for expression of interest form for Splash Polo 2023

Splash Polo

Expressions of Interest - Basketball 2023

Please click on the link below for expression of interest form for Basketball 2023

Basketball Expression of Interest

Netball - Players of the day

Junior Netball

Aubre Huo

Sophia Dixon

Emily Shen

Year 5 Pinehill Dragons

Basketball - Players of the day

Year 3/4 Pinehill Pirates - Oscar Yang

I am very pleased to share with you the news that Pinehill Pirates won the semi-final game last week and will be in the grand final this coming Friday. All the players in the team have been working so hard and did extremely well. They won 10 out of the 11 games they have played so far, and they are quite excited for the coming grand final.

Year 3/4 Magic

Cindy Shen

Year 3/4 Pinehill Wizards

Oliver Zhang

Year 5/6 Pinehill Heat - Nixon Robinson - Lea 'aetoa

Wow they are in the finals !!! Playing for 1st or 2nd place this week

After nearly 20 weeks Duane and I are so very proud of how far the team has come!

Splash Polo - Player of the day

Pinehill Penguins

Dion Hambrook

Adam Sng

Friends of Pinehill School

Jolly Jar Sale at Christmas Concert

We are asking for a Jolly Jar donation from each student. It can be filled with anything non-perishable and will be displayed and sold at the Christmas Concert. You can hand in your beautiful Jolly Jar at the office anytime before the concert.

Last Fun Food Friday this term - 9 December

It’s Fun Food Friday this week! Online orders close tonight, Wednesday, 7 December. Please place your orders using the Kindo Online Shop.

Jesters Pie Day is EVERY TUESDAY!! Orders close one day prior at 11 am.

CookieTime Christmas Cookies

Thanks to parents and teachers who supported this fundraiser. Orders have been distributed to children’s classrooms. If you are still waiting to receive your order or have questions, please email us at

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