Pinehill School Newsletter

Wednesday 6th April, 2022

Message from our Principal

Kia ora koutou,

The accord that was negotiated in 2019 as part of the new Teacher Collective Agreement, allowed for a further 8 days over the term of the collective (2020-2022) when schools can close to provide release time for teachers. This will involve two TODs (Teacher Only Days) this year. We have aligned these days and dates with our Kahui Ako Schools with notification sent out to our community last year. Our next Teacher Only Day is coming up in the last week of school and is on Thursday 14th April. School is closed for this day. Teachers will be attending professional learning on the Local Curriculum which is part of the recently launched Aotearoa NZ Histories curriculum.

Our other and final Teacher Only Day this year is in Term 2 on Friday 23 June.

Please see the table below for the Teacher Only Day dates for you to mark on your calendars.

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I am delighted with the 94% attendance this week. This is the best attendance rate we have had all term. It has been wonderful to see some of our students for the very first time this year. They have been so excited to be back and are settling into class routines well and reconnecting with their friends or making new ones.

As outlined in last week's newsletter, we have been very empathetic and understanding of attendance and different family scenarios at home as we navigate Omicron.

Under Section Three of the Education Act, it is an obligation of all parents to send their children to school. As we begin next week, Monday 4th April, any child who is not Covid positive or isolating and has been absent for five days or more must provide a medical certificate to the school. Currently, we are recording children who are working from home online or have accessed hard copy learning packs as “E” on our roll. “E” means explained but not justified. Moving forward, it is likely that children who are absent for more than five days (without a medical certificate) will be recorded as “T” for truant. Once identified as truant, the Ministry of Education Truancy Services is notified.

The deputy principals have been working through the contact list of the 5% still to rerun and are working alongside families to make a plan to help you get your child back to school this week.

Three Way Conferences - 3WC

Three-Way Conference meetings today and tomorrow. The school will close at the normal time of 3.00 pm today, Wednesday 6th April with an early finish of 1.30 pm on Thursday 7th April.

PKC will open earlier on Thursday for families who are unable to collect their children at 1:30pm. If you are requiring your child to attend after school care on Thursday, please contact Rochelle Raddock on 027 325 3229 to book a place. There will also be supervision in the library for students who will not be going to PKC and who are to be picked up at 3:00pm. Please ensure you have completed the google form so your teacher is clear as to what the arrangements are for your child at 1:30pm on Thursday 7th April.

3WC - Early Closing - Student Option Form

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

Student Option Form for 3WC early finish on the 7th April, 2022.

Please fill in the below link for our early finish on 7th April, 2022

3WC - Early Closing - Student Option Form
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Part 5: Summary

Part 5: Summary

In the final part of The Resilience Project's digital series, Hugh shares an important message about allowing our children to experience adversity.

The key to building resilience in our children is allowing them to experience failure, hardship, disappointment etc. As parents, we can be too quick to resolve our children's challenges which can deprive our children of enormous growth opportunities. These typically happen when we experience failure and uncertainty. As parents we should be there for our children when they fail, but not fight their battles for them.

View Part 5 of the series here - Summary

Thank you for participating in this Parent and Carer Digital Presentation series. You can re-watch the videos and access activities and resources anytime via the Parent & Carer Hub.

You can also stay up to date with The Resilience Project news and events by signing up to their Newsletter.

Check out the TRP@home resources to help you weave GEM messages into your home life to support what we are doing at school.

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Please click on the Covid Phase 3 form below if your child has tested positive for Covid and fill out the google form link attached to the document.

Pinehill School Policies

All School policies are available through School Docs – click here

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Pinehill School Behaviour Management

Our expectations, procedures and support plan were reviewed by staff, a parent group and BoT in 2021 and now include guidance for parents. Please look at the attached documents which will also be available on the school website.

The Pinehill Way outlines the values identified by our community as the foundation for constructive relationships and behaviour for all. Staff model positive behaviour and set expectations, knowing that wellbeing is a key element of the foundation for a ‘learning focused’ environment. The Pinehill Way is displayed in the playground, classrooms, the hall and available on the school website in several languages. We use Respect and Integrity, aim for Excellence, learn Resilience and to take Responsibility for actions and choices.


Expressions of interest are being taken for a Junior Splash Polo team. Splash Polo (mini water polo) is played in a shallow pool (1.2m deep) and uses a range of ball skills, swimming and team work. Training is held on Saturday afternoons and games are played on Sunday afternoons between 1:00pm and 7:00pm. Junior players must be in year 3 or 4 and confident in water 1.2m deep. Please email to register your interest by Monday 11th April.


Congratulations to Dion Hambrook for being awarded player of the day for Water Polo on Sunday 3rd April.

Class Awards

  • Room 1 - Jun Goh
  • Room 3 - Erica Kim
  • Room 4 - Jeong Hoon Han
  • Room 5 - Harlyn Yao
  • Room 6 - Mitsuki Kawano
  • Room 7 - George Whttaker
  • Room 8 - Bella Hua
  • Room 9 - Austin Bai
  • Room 10 - Oscar Zhao
  • Room 11 - Sahib Bains
  • Room 12 - Cynthia Zhang
  • Room 13 - Jayden Jin
  • Room 14 - Olivia Tangi
  • Room 15 - Thoma Williams
  • Room 16 - Inaya Szakacs
  • Room 17 - Daisy Yang
  • Room 18 - Taylor Sam
  • Room 19 - Shirley Yang
  • Room 20 - Dylan Yang
  • Winning House - KAWAU


Bakers Delight Easter - Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser 2022!

Raise $2.00 from every 6-Pack sold!

Last chance to order

5 delicious flavours to choose from:

● Traditional Fruit

● Chocolate Chip

● Apple & Cinnamon

● Mocha NEW!

● Fruitless NEW!

➔ Order through Kindo online shop Today!

➔ Last day for orders Friday 8th April

➔ Delivery to school by Tuesday 12th April

➔ Each 6-pack sells for $10 with $2 contributing to our school fundraising of our

new playground.

Pinehill School PTA - Friends of Pinehill School

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Get EGGCITED with Entertainment this Easter!

Join today and get a Bonus eGift Card and Hunt for the best offers with Entertainment. For a limited time only, buy an Entertainment Membership and get a BONUS eGIFT Card valued up to $30! Receive a $30 eGift Card when you buy a Multi City or Multi Plus Membership and a $10 eGift Card when you purchase a Single City.

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.

Purchase now by clicking on the link.

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Thank you to those that have offered to volunteer at the Hugh Green Crossing. We now only require a volunteer on Friday afternoons from 2:40 to 3:10.

Please email with any questions or if you are available.

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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