Pinehill School News - 23 June

23 June, 2021 - Week 8, Term 2

Message from our Principal

Kia ora tatou,

This week is full of fabulous learning opportunities and experiences for our students outside of the classroom. This includes the Cluster Football Tournament, Year 1 and 2 classes EOTC event with Neverland Dance Studio and Swimming as well as Gymnastics for all classrooms in our school hall, the GRIP leadership day for our House leaders and the up and coming Trees for Survival day for the Year 5/6 team on Friday.

Cluster Football Tournament

Congratulations to our Year 5/6 students who competed in the Cluster football tournament yesterday and placed first! We were excited to get updates of the games throughout the day and as our students were playing in the final, we were thinking of the team during our full school assembly and sending much luck their way. We had a loudspeaker announcement through all classrooms and celebration as we returned from assembly to hear the team had won. We are so very proud of you all.


All of our classrooms have a block timetabled in with trained gym instructors who have transformed our hall into a gymnastics studio. These opportunities are allowing our students to experience all the cogs of the Pinehill Way (Respect, Responsibility, Excellence, Integrity and Resilience). We are so very proud, especially of the resilience, our students are displaying when experiencing something different, new and challenging.

Room 12 opening next term

We have had many new enrolments of late, most of which will start next term. We will be starting up a New Entrant class on day 1 of next term in room 12 and welcome Ashley Shearer who will be the teacher for room 12.

Pinehill School Uniform

As the weather grows colder, we are noticing students arriving at school with layers of clothing to keep warm. Please ensure our students are wearing the school uniform. I have attached the school uniform policy for your quick reference. We have a large amount of school uniform items in the lost property box, including many unnamed polar fleeces. Please check all your child's uniform items are named to support us with returning any items that end up in lost property.

Health Curriculum Survey for Parents

Every two years we reach out to our school community for feedback on our Pinehill School Health curriculum.

This process allows us to be able to ensure that our health curriculum meets the needs of our students. We recently sent out the survey to all our families. We had 16 families complete the survey and the information that has come back to us is incredibly valuable as we plan ahead. We are reopening the survey as we would love to hear from more of you. The survey will remain open until Wednesday 7th July and is quick and easy to complete.

If you haven’t already, we would appreciate you taking time to provide feedback on the current health programme by clicking on the link. Click here

It was great to see so many parents at the ‘Parent Catch up with the Principal’ yesterday morning. This morning session together gave us a great opportunity to cover topics such as The Pinehill Way, ESOL requirements, Understanding your child's school report as well as our process for any concerns you may have. Thank you for coming along. I enjoyed the opportunity to further connect with our families as well as meet new families whose children are just starting their journey with us at Pinehill School.

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

New Students

Pinehill School would like to welcome the following new students: Luka Antic


Mathex 2021

Last week, 3 teams of our Year 5/6 students represented Pinehill School at the Junior Inter-school Mathex competition. There were 54 teams, from schools from Devonport to Matakana.

We were very proud of the effort and attitude shown during the competition of our students.

One team placed 8th equal, another team placed 9th equal and the third team placed 14th equal.

Kia Kaha to you all

Mrs Milne and Mrs Mabon

Rangitoto College Korean Cultural night rehearsal is this Thursday @ 6pm.

I’m really pleased to say that we will again be able to invite a small number of our students, accompanied by a parent, to the Rangitoto College Korean Cultural night rehearsal – entry by koha (donation). We have been offered tickets for Year 5 and 6 students only with one parent to stay with child. If your child is interested in dance or performance, or who would enjoy the opportunity please send your name to to reserve a place. Your name will be ticked off at the door. Tickets are limited so please advise your interest before Thursday.

Term 3 Swimming Lessons

The ability to swim is an important part of growing up in New Zealand. As part of our physical education programme, we will be working with the Millennium Institute to improve our students' swimming confidence.

Swimming classes for Y1-6 children will begin in the first week of Term 3. All children should have received a letter with a slip to return to school. Parents of Y1-4 children are asked to complete the survey which will help the swimming instructors group the swimmers. The link for this survey will be sent out via the school app and through email. We look forward to helping your children develop their swimming skills.

Thanks for your support.

Jos van Beusekom

Swim Programme Organiser

TFS Planting Out Day is this Friday

Our native plants have been picked up and transported out to Waitoki ready for our planting out day this Friday 25 June.

Gear lists were given to students a few weeks ago, but if you need another copy, please find the link on the Pinehill website (school information - notices, forms and permission slips). It is very important that students and adults have the right clothing and gear for the day as the planting site is very exposed to the weather.

Thank you to all the adults who have volunteered this year. We are very appreciative of your support. There will be a safety briefing for adults in the school hall foyer at 8:30am on Friday morning. This is a very important meeting and we ask that you are on time for this.

Adult helpers should have received an email with information on Monday. Please email if you have not received this email.

We look forward to having another successful planting event.

Marg Milne and the TFS team

Class Awards

  • Room 1: Edison Lin
  • Room 2: Shirley Yang
  • Room 3: Quentin Lyu
  • Room 4: Mason Pyke
  • Room 5: Ashley Yang
  • Room 6: Charlie Haycock
  • Room 7: Reed Anderson
  • Room 7 (Wk 6): Hyun Kim
  • Room 8: Evelyn Lin
  • Room 9: Zoe Xu
  • Room 10: Angel Cubides
  • Room 11: Melody Wu
  • Room 13: Emma Dong
  • Room 14: Harper Fu
  • Room 14 (Wk 6): Robinson Lay
  • Room 15: Taeyun Kim
  • Room 15 (Wk 6): Kevin Jin
  • Room 16: Ken Zeng
  • Room 17: Ahmed Alhammadi
  • Room 18: Shreya Kshatriya
  • Room 19: Catherine Zeng
  • Room 20: Heidi Chung
Winning House: Kawau
Walker of the week: Marcus Wu

Upcoming Events

Wednesday 23 June

  • Year 0-2 EOTC Day
Friday 25 June

  • Trees for Survival Planting Day
  • Snack Food Friday
Friday 2 July

  • Fun Food Friday
  • Trees for Survival Savaday
Friday 9 July
  • Snack Food Friday
  • Matariki Morning Tea
  • Term 2 Ends
Monday 26 July

  • Term 3 Begins

Board News

The Board met again last week and had the pleasure of seeing presentations from some Pinehill staff members. Teacher, Lisa Everett, presented on the merits of a Bring Your Own Device initiative that the school has started to investigate. This initiative is in the very early stages of scoping and the Board will convene again on this topic later in the year when more data and information is available.

Improvement in the Writing curriculum is one of the school's main strategic goals for the year, so it was great to hear from Deputy Principals Rochelle Mabon and Sarah Ward who presented the school's e-asTTle data. This is an online assessment tool developed to assess students’ achievement and progress in the Writing curriculum area. e-asTTle provides teachers and school leaders with information that can be used to inform learning programmes and to apply teaching practice that maximises individual student learning.

Recently the school sent a survey out to parents about how our health curriculum is implemented. We have decided to extend the consultation period with the school community and would like to encourage everyone to complete the brief survey to help us understand more about your views on what you think is important to teach our children within the Health curriculum. Please click here to complete to give us your feedback. This includes topics such as understanding and expressing feelings, learning how to keep ourselves safe, risks and dangers of online spaces, building confidence through education outside the classroom and things like school camp.

In property and maintenance news, you may have noticed that the electronic gate at the front entrance to the school has been non-operational for some time. We have now received quotes to have the gate repaired and this work will be carried out during the school holidays. All going well, the gate will be up and running when you return from the July holidays.

The Board would like to thank all of our Pinehill families for a great first half of the year - there have been some great opportunities for our school community to get involved in school events, school trips, sports and children's learning during the first 6 months of 2021. We wish everyone a lovely school holiday break.

Board of Trustees Policies

All school policies are available through School Docs - click here

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Health and Physical Education Programme

Every two years we reach out to our school community for feedback on our Pinehill School Health curriculum.

This process allows us to be able to ensure that our health curriculum meets the needs of our students. We are seeking parent/caregiver feedback as part of the consultation process.

To provide feedback on the current health and physical education programme, please click the link. The survey will remain open until Wednesday 7 July 2021.

I appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback and suggestions.

Sport News

Flippaball Players Wanted

We have a space available on our Flippaball team for Term 3. Children ideally should be able to confidently swim 25m, and be in Years 4, 5 or 6. This is a new team for 2021 so no experience is necessary.

Games and training are held at AUT Millennium, 17 Antares Place. Training is on Saturdays and the games are played on Sundays.

You are welcome to attend a Saturday practise if you are interested, before signing up!

Please contact Jen if you are interested in playing via email:

Player of the Day


Penguins: Hunter Taylor


Pistons: Bowen Yang

Heat : Jackson Danks (15/06)

Wizards: Abubakr Abudebei (15/06)

Wizards: Muhammad Moharam


Ferns: Hayley Yu & Olivia Brown

Ponies: Luna Zhang

Dragons: Savannah van Biljon

Diamonds: Jessica Mackrell


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 25th June

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!!

Jesters Pie Day Fundraiser Monday 28th June

● Don’t miss out! Online orders close on Sunday 27th June 11.00am.

● All orders will need to be placed via Kindo before the cut off.

● Large selection of flavours!

● Freshly baked and delivered warm on the day ( Monday 28th June).

● $2 will be donated to our school from every Jesters Pie purchased for $5.80!

● All proceeds will go towards our school playground replacement

Entertainment Digital Membership - School Holiday Special

SAVINGS near and far! Get a FREE Upgrade to Multi CIiy and go into the draw to WIN a holiday! Enjoy incredible offers over the school holidays and beyond. You can purchase your digital membership using this link, For every membership purchased using the above link, 20% will be donated to the school.

Entertainment Memberships can start anytime and are packed with thousands of substantial savings on dining, travel and fun family activities. The official digital membership app will give you unlimited access to these offers anywhere, anytime year round.

Pinehill School PTA - Friends of Pinehill School

Community News

July Basketball Holiday Camp at the Swish Factory

NZ's most advanced basketball training facility. Two and three day camps, for years 4-10, coached by NZ 3x3 Head Coach and Number 1 ranked player Karl Noyer, from $60 per day. To book your spot go to

We also now have our registrations open for our 3x3 leagues next term. Due to high demand we have added in a Year 3 and 4 league on a Tuesday afternoon.

This league will be at 4pm and 5:15pm and will run for an hour. The first 20 minutes will be skill development and the last hour will be games, playing against other teams. Please see the link here for more information -

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