Pinehill School Newsletter

Wednesday 14th September 2022

Message from our Principal

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

This week is Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Māori Language week gives us an opportunity to practise our Te Reo and to karawhuia, which means, give it heaps, as we learn new phrases each day alongside the rest of the nation. We have been very fortunate to have Patupaiarehe (Te Reo fairies) visiting all of our Pinehill School classrooms throughout the week. The Patupaiarehe have had Te Reo questions for the students to answer as well as a kete of prizes.

Last Thursday the whole school gathered onto the top court area near the library to create a 25th Pinehill photo. A big ‘thank you’ to our parents, Colin and Calla who took the drone photos for us, so that we may capture our special Pinehill School birthday milestone and look back on these photos for years to come. There was much excitement from the students as we organised ourselves into the chalk drawn ‘25’ outline and much waving out to the drone. We have all enjoyed looking at these photos. I have included one of the shots in today’s newsletter.

Next week is our week of 25th Silver Jubilee celebration events. Please visit our school website for further details of our planned events.

Next Monday 19th September at 5pm, we have our Pinehill School opening for our Art Exhibition in the hall, which we hope to see you all at. Our Kapa Haka group will be opening the art exhibition and arriving at 4:30pm to allow them time to get ready. We are so delighted that our art exhibtion can go ahead this year. Usually the art exhibition is every two years, alternating with the school production. This is the first time since 2019, we have been able to have our art festival with previous Covid disruption. The children have worked so hard all year on their special piece of art work. All children will have a piece of art displayed. Get ready to be amazed and wowed with an incredibly colourful display of art, covering a range of media.

We are so excited about an up and coming event for all our Pinehill families. We invite you to keep Wednesday 28th September free from 7pm -7:30pm to join us in a zoom. The link is below. This zoom will give you an overview of The Resilience Project programme, how it works in schools and some ideas of how to support that work at home. We will also look at data collected from New Zealand students with regards to device use and the importance of sleep for learning and development. We look forward to seeing you on zoom. Further information below in The Resilience Project section of our newsletter.

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

Board of Trustee Election Results

Pinehill School (Browns Bay)

School Board Election 2022

For 3 Parent Representatives


Parent Representatives Votes

YU, Jenny 118

BATEUP, Evan 60

FRUEAN, Sarah 54

HAYCOCK, Matt 46

WICKES, Rodney 15


I therefore declare the following duly elected:

Evan Bateup, Sarah Fruean and Jenny Yu.

Wayne Jamieson

Returning Officer

Pinehill School (Browns Bay)

25th Silver Jubilee Birthday Celebrations at Pinehill School - See website for details

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Recently, Room 10 completed an activity titled ‘ Mood changers’. They watched a video and discussed what a ‘bad mood’ is and how it feels.

We all experience bad moods, sometimes sad/pōuri things happen, things keep going wrong, or you have a rough night’s sleep etc, and this can affect our mood.

No one is perfect and we all feel a little down at times. The important thing is to know how to change your mood. Our ability to feel optimistic even when things are not going well for us is a life-changing attitude.

Hugh, the founder of The Resilience Project, says one of the most useful ways to build positivity and optimism in our lives (even when things seem tough) is to think of 3 things that have gone well for us each day. Acknowledging the positives can help to counter the negatives.

Also, finding the things in life that can lift your mood and reset how you are feeling is vital to managing our emotions.

Below are some ‘bad mood hats’ that Room 10 designed, showing how they feel when they are in a bad mood or what can make them feel that way. They then discussed what they could do to lift their mood so they were able to wear a ‘good mood’ hat.

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New long-term strategy for COVID-19

New Zealand has moved to a new, long-term approach to COVID-19. These changes have been made based on public health advice and reflect high levels of immunity and declining case numbers across New Zealand.
This new approach will only result in minor changes to the way we operate.
Mask wearing is no longer required.
All the other recommended public health measures will stay in place as we know they reduce the spread of infectious illnesses including COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene, encouraging everyone to cough or sneeze into elbows and, most importantly, staying home and getting tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
Household contacts of a person with COVID-19 do not need to isolate, but instead are asked to complete a RAT test each day, for five days. Therefore, ākonga who are household contacts but test negative and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, should continue to attend. It is the best place for them to be so they can be engaged in their learning, and connected with their teachers, classmates and friends.
Thank you for your ongoing support in protecting our community.

Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Public Holiday

PLEASE NOTE - School will be closed on September 26th for a one off Public Holiday in memory of the Queen.


Room 1 - Isaac Lim

Room 2 - Dong Dong Ma

Room 3 - Jason Yang

Room 4 - Cronos Haumaha - Anderson

Room 5 - Eva Tangi

Room 6 - Talyah Heidar

Room 7 - Caledonia Machouche

Room 8 - Alina Liu

Room 9 - German Campomayor

Room 10 - Carina Lan

Room 11 - Irene Park

Room 12 - Nikki Farhomand Nejad

Room 13 - Charlotte Song

Room 14 - Khloe Waaka

Room 15 - Bowen Yang

Room 16 - Sasha Movtchan

Room 17 - Mia Chen

Room 18 - Wateen Alhammadi

Room 19 - Jack Young

Room 20 - Ella Guo

Winning House - Motuihe

Spring Netball Expressions of Interest

Expressions of interest now open for Spring netball - Please click on the link below

Spring Netball - Expressions of Interest

NETBALL - Players of the day

Year 4/5 Kiwis

Artemis Yu

Year 5 Pinehill Dragons

Natasha Murray

Indy Hendricks

Year 6 Pinehill Ponies

Basket Ball - Players of the day

Basketball Juniors -

Olivia Tangi

Rex Wang

Year 3/4 Pinehill Magic -

Blake Hambrook

Year 3/4 Pinehill Wizards -

Alexander Carter

Year 5/6 Pinehill Heat -

Jake Skudder

Year 5/6 Pinehill Pistons -

Cesar Wang

Splash Polo - Players of the day

Dion Hambrook

Friends of Pinehill School

Jesters Pie Day is EVERY TUESDAY!! Orders close a day prior (Monday) at 11 am.

It’s Snack Friday this week

We sell 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. Lunch eating time ends at 12:40. There will be NO sales before this time.

Last Fun Food Friday this term is on 30 September.

Yummy Stickers

Last 2 weeks of collection! Please keep collecting Yummy stickers and bringing them in by Friday, 23rd Sep.

25th Anniversary Merch Sale

To celebrate our 25th Anniversary, we have an AWESOME range of Merch for EVERYONE! Grab a reusable coffee cup on the go or a cute little teddy for yourself or as a gift. (All sample items are available to view at the school office)

Kindo online orders close TOMORROW, 14 September.

● Orders will be distributed to your child's class on Friday, 16 September

New item added. Limited Stocks!!

● Due to popularity, 25th Anniversary Teddy in dark brown and light brown are on backorder.

Merch sales are also available at Art Exhibition Tuesday, 20 September, the Top Playground Opening (Thursday, 22 September) and the 25th Anniversary Assembly (Friday, 23 September). CASH ONLY

Pricing of items:

● 25th Anniversary Teddy - Special Edition $15 ea

● 25th Silver Jubilee Pen $5 ea

● Reusable Glass Cup (350ml) $18 ea

● Mug $15 ea

● Pocket Notebook (House colours) $8

● Yoyo (House colours) $8

If you have any queries, please email Thank you for your support!

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Year 6 Enrolments - Northcross Reminder

Northcross are reminding in zone students’ parents – if they have not enrolled yet to please do so as soon as possible.
You are welcome to contact Donne
Please note: we are no longer have any interviews at school.
Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Donne Greentree

Pinehill School Policies

All School policies are available through School Docs – click here

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Kāhui Ako Cyber Safety Evening that will be held at Rangitoto College Auditorium on 29th September (7pm-9pm). Tickets are $10. Available from

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We Chat

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