April 2023 Edition
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Term 2, Week 1 Wednesday 26th April 2023

A message from the Principal

Kia ora koutou,
A very warm welcome back to Term 2 to all of our students and whānau.
We have had a fantastic start to the week and the children have come back motivated, engaged and ready for an exciting Term 2 ahead.
This morning we began our day with a mihi whakatau to welcome our 31 new students and their families to Pinehill School. It is 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.

Term 2 School Events Snapshot
This term we have many exciting events, and we will continue to update you with dates and further information closer to the time of these events. A snapshot of events coming up includes Culture Week which is next week and our school Culture Parade which will be on Friday 5th May followed by a shared lunch. Please see further information below. Also this term we have School cross country, Year 4 Camp, Pink Shirt Day, Cross Country, Mathex and Trees for Survival.

Te Mātaiaho (the Refreshed NZ Curriculum)
During our Teacher Only Day on Monday, staff engaged in professional learning on The Writer's Toolbox and writing approaches as well as Te Mātaiaho (the Refreshed NZ Curriculum). Te Mātaiahois currently in draft form for Years 1-13. Over the next year the leadership team, staff and board, will develop an understanding of the principles and content of this refreshed NZ Curriculum. We are currently being asked to review the draft and give the development group feedback.
This short vimeo explains how and why the curriculum is being refreshed (in case you need translations: whānau = families, ākonga = students, kaiako = teachers).
Our second Teacher Only Day for Te Mātaiaho has been confirmed by The Ministry of Education and will be in Term 4. The date is TBC and we will notify you of this over the next couple of weeks.

ERO - Education Review Office
Te Ara Huarau is the evaluation approach that the Education Review Office (ERO) is using in our school. This is a developmental approach to evaluation where ERO and our school work together over time rather than one off reviews that happened previously. Te Ara Huarau is used in most English-medium state and state-integrated schools.
ERO maintains a regular review programme to evaluate and report on the education and care of young people in the schools. Our school worked alongside ERO to write our Profile Report. This type of report will only happen once as part of our initial engagement with Te Ara Huarau. The profile report reflects our strategic goals and a shared evaluation focus on one or more areas that are important to us as we work together to improve outcomes for all our learners. ERO, like us, have a strong focus on equity and excellence. Future reporting will show our progress and achievement towards meeting the goals we have set. Public reports like the Profile Report are published on ERO’s website. Please click here HERE
A Board Assurance Report that shows how we are meeting regulatory and legislative Requirements has also been published.

Staff Update
Congratulations to Miss Maggie Joyce, teacher in R13 who got married during the school holiday break. We have been so excited for Maggie and we have all enjoyed the beautiful wedding photo snapshots of this special day. Miss Joyce is now known as Mrs Aldous.

At the end of this term, we will farewell Chloe Warwick and Ashleigh Maaka. Chloe will be taking time to spend with her gorgeous daughter Ava and family. Thank you for all you have contributed to Pinehill School Chloe. We may see Chloe from time to time in a relieving capacity.
Just as we teach our students to take risks and enjoy new adventures it’s now Ashleigh Maaka’s time to do exactly that. After being a part of Pinehill for many years, Ashleigh is looking forward to her next journey, nannying in the UK and traveling. Your warm, friendly, positive nature and dedication to teaching will be so missed Ashleigh. We wish you all the best with your journey ahead. Ashleigh’s last day with us will be the last day of this term, Friday 30th June.

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

The Resilience Project

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 https://theresilienceproject.com.au/parent-and-carer-hub-hugh/
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.

Cultural Parade/Week - Term 2

Dear Parents,
Pinehill School is celebrating our culture with a week where we would like to invite parents into the classroom to share their culture in Term 2, Week 2, Monday 1st May - Friday 5th May. Some suggestions are, read a story in your home language to the class or small group, share pictures/photos, teach our children a game, share a dance from your culture, musical instrument etc. Talk to your child’s teacher about your idea and how much time is available.
As part of our Cultural Week we are holding a Celebration Parade on Friday 5th May at 11am. You are very welcome to come and watch the parade, we would love to see as many parents and caregivers there as possible. Some of our cultural groups will be performing and we have a special surprise, depending on the weather!

Our children will have the option to dress in their national costume and parade through the school with their class.

We understand that children and families may identify with more than one country. For them to be able to express their ethnicity, we are asking parents to talk with their child about their family ethnicity. Children can parade carrying 2 flags that symbolise the country they identify with and the one where they were born.

We hope that in this way everyone’s ethnicity can be shared and celebrated.

Shared lunch
After our Parade on Friday 5th May 2023 we are having a shared lunch. This is an optional activity. You are invited to send your child with food for themselves and one other to share from your culture. We are hoping parents will be mindful that there are children in the school with peanut allergies and would appreciate peanuts not being in food sent to school. All food must have an ingredient list so children can pick what they are able to eat. We will be encouraging them to try something different.

We are very much looking forward to this event and hope you can participate in it as well.
Pinehill Staff

Before School Care - Term 2

We are happy to announce that PKC is open for before school care again . Before school care runs from 7 am to 8:30 am Monday to Friday. We provide the children with breakfast and there is a variety of games, toys, and colouring for the children to play with before school starts. For more info or to book now head to our website premiumkidscare.co.nz or email me at liv@premiumkidscare.co.nz"

Class Awards -

Room 1 - Harlyn Yao
Room 2 - Samantha Tamayo
Room 3 - Ella Zhang
Room 4 - Kevin Lei
Room 6 - German Campomayor
Room 7 - -
Room 9 - Cynthia Zhang
Room 10 - Zoya Qiu
Room 11 - Jiyou Kim
Room 12 - Rina Kang
Room 13 - Jason Wang
Room 14 - Brooklyn Wang
Room 15 - Jugurtha Machouche
Room 16 - Eddie Liu
Room 17 - Edus Huang
Room 18 - Tommy Tong
Room 19 - Celine Liu
Room 20 - Krizena Ng

Players of the day

Year 5/6 Celtics - Winston Zheng - 30th March
Lucas Wang - 6th April
Year 5/6 Pinehill Heat -
Year 3/4 Pinehill Magic -

Friends of Pinehill School

Welcome back to Term 2! We hope you had a refreshing break!

It’s Snack Food Friday This Week

We sell snacks in the hall foyer between 12:40 pm and 1 pm on Friday. From a health point of view, 1-2 snacks and a $5 note are enough for your child. Lunch eating ends at 12:40. There will be NO sales before this time.

Next Fun Food Friday is on 12th May, and online orders open on kindo Saturday, 6th May. Thank you for your support!

Second-Hand Uniforms
FOPS volunteers operate this online store; therefore, the store does not have set opening hours, and you may experience processing delays, especially at the start of the term. We thank you for your patience and understanding. If you have any queries, please email us at pinehillfops@gmail.com.

Pinehill School PTA - Friends of Pinehill School

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