Pinehill School Newsletter

Wednesday 16th February 2022

Message from our Principal

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

It has been a positive, safe and happy transition back to school and we have launched into

2022 with a strong focus on supporting our students back into school life and learning while adhering to the Red Light Settings.

Red Light Setting

Thank you all for your support with wearing masks within the school grounds and for ensuring your child has their own mask. With your help we have created a positive mask culture at Pinehill School where masks are normalised. This is fantastic as we know that masks help to keep us all safe. Our plans are working well.

CO2 levels

We are fortunate to have had the Ministry of Education provide us with a CO2 monitor to test the air in our classrooms. Experts tell us that classrooms with poor ventilation may contribute to the spread of the virus and so we have been closely monitoring these to provide us with information about the air quality in our learning spaces.

Normal outdoor reading is 420ppm, while acceptable indoor levels range from 420-999ppm. The levels in our classrooms have remained at a relatively regular level of 486ppm - 550ppm throughout the day, which tells us that we have excellent ventilation in these spaces.

You may have noticed the Senior Leadership team, Sarah Ward, Rochelle Mabon, and myself out at the gates each morning. We do this to ensure each student is greeted with smiling eyes, and a friendly hello. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to use this time to chat with us.

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

Friends of Pinehill School - FOPS

Friends of Pinehill School would like to welcome all students and parents back to Pinehill School for 2022.

Fun Food Friday and Snack Food Friday are suspended this term. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Second-hand Uniform

You can purchase second hand school uniforms at our Kindo Online Shop, please visit Uniform orders will be delivered to your child’s classroom. If you select “collect from the office”, this can be arranged and items can be collected on Fridays from the school office. As a result of limited access to school grounds, please allow extra time for order fulfillment. If you need assistance please feel free to email us.

Due to technical issues, some orders from last week were not delivered on time. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and if you still have outstanding orders, please email us. Thank you for your cooperation.

If you have school uniforms that you can donate, please ask your child to bring them to school and pass them to the office. Thank you for your generosity!

Entertainment Digital Membership

Share the LOVE this February by supporting your local restaurant and tourism industry and help begin the recovery after some tough years.

Your purchase of an Entertainment Membership will not only provide you with great offers for new experiences, but 20% from each membership also supports our fundraising.

PLUS, access BONUS limited-time offers and be entered in the draw to WIN a staycation for two thanks to TFE Hotels and Holiday Inn (one of two) + chance to WIN the ultimate pamper package (goodies from Petals Network, Edible Blooms and Event Cinemas)

Hurry, the bundle of love promotion ends on the 28th of February!

Purchase now by clicking on the link.

Yummy Stickers

We are collecting “Yummy” stickers from apples, nectarines, peaches and pears, and barcodes from bags of “Yummy” fruit. This is a year-long promotion. The stickers are exchanged for sports equipment for the school. All stickers and barcodes need to be stuck on the official forms which can be downloaded from or from the FOPS fundraising page on the school website. Please keep complete forms at home. We will let you know when you can return them to the school. Thank you for your ongoing effort!

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 FOPS AGM was at 8.30am on Monday 14th February. We welcomed our new Secretary and teacher representative Wendy Chatterton. Thank you Wendy and hopefully we will be able to meet in person soon. Financials and budget for this year will be announced on the FOPS webpage at a later date. If you have any questions, fundraising ideas and would like to join this amazing force, please email We look forward to meeting you!

Pinehill School PTA - Friends of Pinehill School

Sports News


Thank you for expressing an interest in winter netball 2022.

Netball is open to all children from years 2-6. Games are played at Pinehurst school on Saturday mornings through Kidzplay netball.

Fees for the season are approximately $55, Umpire fees are additional. Children will need to wear the Pinehill school red sports T Shirt and a black skirt and netball shoes.

Once the expression of interest has closed off, we will start to organise the teams, if required we will hold a trial to place children in teams. Every effort will be made to place your child in a team, however due to the number of children interested this may not be possible.

Once this process has been completed we will notify parents via email, inviting you to REGISTER and pay through Kindo.

*Teams will only be confirmed to go ahead if we have enough children and parent volunteers for the coach and manager positions, and fees are paid in full.*

Please fill in the expression of interest form and submit by 3.00pm Thursday 24th March.

Click here to fill in the expression of interest form

Sun Hats and School App

Sun Hats

A reminder that it is compulsory for all students to wear a hat at break times in Terms 1 & 4. Any sun hat is ok, or you can purchase a school hat from Janbells in Mairangi Bay.


Please remember to update your alert groups for this year. Select your child’s relevant year level, classroom and sports groups if they are registered to play that sport for this year.

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