Pinehill School Newsletter

Term 1, Week 3 Wednesday 22nd February 2023

A message from the Principal

Kia ora tatou,

This has been a challenging and devastating time for our country, and my thoughts are with everyone in our communities impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle. We hope that you and your whānau are doing ok. We are grateful to have more settled weather again and a full week ahead.

Although we encountered school closures in Auckland, we have been fortunate at Pinehill School and have weathered through the cyclone pretty well with mainly surface clean up more than anything.

When schools are closed due to extreme weather, these closure days are not added to the end of the year finish. We will continue to operate each term's dates as outlined in last week's newsletter.

It has been wonderful to have everyone back onsite, allowing us to reconnect with our students. There has been a pleasant hum across the school with students engaged in learning, while reconnecting with each other and forming many new friendships. Teachers are spending time developing positive connections and relationships within teaching spaces to ensure that all of our students feel supported and excited to commence their learning journey.

Pinehill School Family Picnic

Next week, we have our Pinehill School Family Picnic. Keep Thursday 2nd March from 5pm-7pm free.

Pack your family dinner, blankets or chairs and meet your class on the school field for an evening of fun and further connecting with teachers and other families. This is a whole family event, children must be accompanied by their parent/s.

Your child's room number will be on a sign on the field, and this is the area you can picnic in. This gives families the chance to meet and mix with each other, as well as have an informal opportunity to further meet your child's teacher. A big thank you to FOPS who are working hard behind the scenes to have some fun games, such as the Ring Toss game and prizes, food stands and more. We look forward to seeing you 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

Can you help the Year 5/6 Team?

Do you have any spare wool at home that you no longer need? The Year 5/6 team is on the hunt for balls of wool to use at camp for an art activity. They don't even need to be full balls - half or used balls are fine.

The other thing we are hunting for is some tent pegs. If you have any tent pegs at home that you no longer need (even if it's one!), we would be happy to use these out at camp for an activity we have planned.

Wool and pegs can be dropped into Room 7. House points will be given for all donations.

Thank you

The Year 5/6 Team

Friends of Pinehill School

It’s Snack Food Friday this week

We sell snacks in the hall foyer between 12:40 pm and 1 pm on Friday. From the

health point of view, 1-2 snacks and a $5 note is enough for your child. Lunch eating

ends at 12:40. There will be NO sales before this time.

Please also be noted that there is no Fun Food Friday next week. Next Fun Food

Friday is on 17 March. Thank you for your support!

Entertainment Membership Flash Sale

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support our fundraising.

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Pinehill School Picnic Thursday 2 March

NEW Picnic Online Order, don’t have time to prepare food? No worries, you can

order from Pizza Hut or Sushi Club through Kindo (under Pinehill School Picnic

Orders) and get your order delivered to school at the picnic.

Snacks, water, beverages and ice cream will also be available to purchase on the


We would love to have your generous contributions for this event. We are organising games at the picnic, and calling every family for new toys or items as prizes. Can you please drop your donations in the box provided at the office.. Thank you for your support.

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Our Kids Online

The Mid Bays Kāhui Ako have organised an evening for parents, whānau and caregivers to find out more about cyber safety. Our guest speaker will be Rob Cope- Author, Parent & Filmmaker of the 2020 documentary 'Our Kids Online'. He will be covering topics like the harms our kids are facing online, effects on the developing brain, practical solutions to keeping children safer online and more. The evening will be held on the 28th February 2023 from 7pm - 9pm in the Rangitoto College Auditorium. Tickets will be $10.

We hosted this event last year and this is what guests had to say…

“I would most definitely tell everyone I know that they must go if this talk were offered again!”

"A super informative presentation, if not rather scary!! There would be so much value in getting this information out there to parents of kids"

"Such a worthwhile 2 hours, I feel this should be compulsory for every parent do this before handing over a device, otherwise kind of like letting a kid drive a car without a license. Rob's delivery was honest and approachable, refreshing..."


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