Pinehill School Newsletter

Wednesday 9th November 2022

A message from the Principal

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


We began our week on Monday morning with a very special whakatau to welcome our 18 new students and their families to Pinehill School. It was wonderful to spend time with our new families afterwards in the staffroom and to further connect. It is so important to us that your move to our school is as easy as possible. If there is anything you need to know, please do pop in and ask. No question is ever too small.

New Enrolments

Enrolments for 2023 are now being taken at the office. If you know of any families who have a four year old who will be starting school next year and live in the Pinehill School zone, please encourage them to contact the office regarding their child’s enrolment. This will really support us with our class organisation for next year. Please see the school website for zoning and enrolment criteria details. All our enrolment information can be downloaded and found on the school website


The weather today, although overcast, provided perfect cooler conditions for our Year 4-6 annual athletics day to take place.

The morning started with a variety of rotation activities including shot put, long jump, high jump, discus and sprints. It was great to see the students putting their learning and practice into place with each event. The event has been a great success and the support of teachers coordinating their events, recording, timing and general organisation has contributed to such a fabulous day. Thank you to the parents who came along to cheer and support.

Term 4 Uniform layers

With the changes in weather patterns, please remind your children to wear our school uniform in layers. As Term 4 is a Summer term, the short sleeved top should be the first uniform layer students put on, followed by the longer sleeved top/sweatshirt. Singlets, thermal tops or extra longer layers are not needed in Term 4. Although it may be cooler in the morning, it does warm up quickly by morning tea or lunch time. Most days over the last week have been as warm as 24 degrees by mid day. Many of our children are feeling the heat and really struggling with this, especially if they have one long sleeved uniform layer and are unable to take a layer off to cool down. When children are too hot and can’t cool down, it is too hard for them to learn and be engaged in the classroom.

We do have a range of short sleeved uniform tops available in our second hand collection that can be purchased for Term 4 or alternatively new short sleeved uniform tops are available for purchase at Janbells in Mairangi Bay. We appreciate your support with this.

Please see the following education quote:

‘The average body temperature for a human is 37ºC and our brains work hard to make sure our bodies maintain this temperature. To do this, our brain makes our body burn glucose to warm up or ventilate and sweat to cool down. So depending on whether its summer or winter, uncomfortable temperatures will cause a distraction to learners.Temperature impacts student’s learning ability and also affects numerous other mental and physical activities.When temperatures are not ideal, the brain gets constant interruptions from the body signaling it to readjust to the temperature, making it hard to focus on the learning task at hand.’

Term 4 - Let’s wear layers, short sleeved uniform top is required for Term 4!

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

My Kindo - Payments

Kindo Shop

We are very excited to introduce our new online Kindo school shop. This order and payment system is for ALL your child's school needs:

- School payment contributions

- Sport Fees

- All Stationery Packs for 2023

- Lunches

- School Activities

As this is the school's method of payment it is important that you are registered so you are able to place orders (including 2023 stationery) and payments moving forward.

Don’t yet have a myKindo account? You can easily register – it only takes a couple of minutes!

- Please Click here to register .

- Enter the email address Pinehill School has on file for you.

- Check your inbox for an email from Kindo with a link to set-up your password.

Your myKindo account is now set-up!

Please contact the school if you have any questions or require further assistance.

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Room 10’s lesson last week focused on mindfulness. They made paper boats to aid them as they explored meditation and how the experience made them feel. They decorated their boats with colours, symbols or pictures that helped them reset or stay calm.

The text below is a copy of the meditation text. Just reading it made me feel calm and connected. I hope you find the text calming too.

“Once you have your boat, lay down with a pillow or jumper propped under your head so that you can look at your belly. Place your boat on your belly allowing it to balance, and then rest your hands beside you on the floor.

Without changing your breathing, feel as the air comes into your nose and flows down all the way into your belly, making the boat on your belly rise.

Watch as you rock your boat with your breath. Your belly is like the waves on the ocean, constantly rising and falling as you breathe in and out.

Sometimes the waves can be big, almost knocking your boat off balance. Sometimes they’re small and barely affect your boat.

But just like in the ocean, underneath the constantly moving waves lies the quiet and calm/

mauritau ocean floor. Try to feel the back of your body, lying heavy and calm/mauritau on the floor; like the ocean floor.

Imagine your whole body as the ocean, and notice how every part of you is involved in breathing, not just your belly.

Now keep watching and feeling your boat rock up and down with your breath. The sound of your breath is like the surf of the ocean. Every time your mind gets distracted, just bring your attention back to the rocking of your boat.

When you are ready you can set your boat aside and take with you the feeling of calm/mauritau as you slowly roll to the side, get up and go on your way with a smile on your mind.”

Thanks for sharing Room 10

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Pinehill's Got Talent

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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 - Quentin Lyu

Room 2 - Hazel Lee

Room 3 - Krinelle Ng

Room 4 - Christina Quezon

Room 5 - Haytham Hassan

Room 6 - Mitsuki Kawano

Room 7 - Olivia Haycock

Room 8 - Yuri Hur

Room 9 - Jacky Huang

Room 10 - Summer Wang

Room 11 - Ian Park

Room 12 - Olivia Brown

Room 13 - Lucy Choi

Room 14 - Seven Cao

Room 15 - Tatum Joseph

Room 16 - Kevin Lay

Room 17 - Kitty Shen

Room 18 - Hannah Su

Room 19 - Avniel Kumar

Room 20 - Keion Gunarathne

Winning House - Rakino

Netball - Players of the day

Netball Juniors

29/10 - Reggie Ma and Emily Shen

5/11 - Sophia and Harlyn Yao

Pinehill Dragons

29/10 -Michelle Deng and Margarita Sukhorukova

5/11 - Olivia Haycock and Natasha Murray

Basketball - Players of the day

Pinehill Juniors

Maia Skudder and Rex Wang

Pinehill Magic

Cindy Chen

Year 3/4 Pinehill Wizards

Oliver Zhang

Year 5/6 Pinehill Heat

Kevin Lei

Splash Polo - Player of the day

Pinehill Penguins

Adam Sng

Pinehill School Policies

All School policies are available through School Docs – click here

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We Chat

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