May 2023 Edition
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Term 2, Week 2 Wednesday 3rd May 2023

A message from the Principal

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

This week we are celebrating Culture Week at Pinehill School.
Our students and families are from a multitude of over 38 different ethnicities. Culture Week provides us with an opportunity to discover where we are all from, a little about others’ culture, to learn about each other and to celebrate the rich diversity at Pinehill School.

‘Once you understand and appreciate other people’s cultural backgrounds, then you can also connect with them more.’

A big THANK YOU to the many parents and whanau members who are taking time this week to come into our Pinehill School classrooms and share aspects of your culture. So far, our children have been treated to your cooking, sharing of artefacts, storytelling, language teaching, games, music, art work and more. This home school partnership enriches the Culture Week learning experiences immensely, providing much authentic learning for all.

If you would like to come in and share something from your culture before the end of the week, please email your child’s teacher to book in a sharing time.

We will have a big Culture Week Finale on Friday with our Culture Parade and shared lunch. The Parade will begin at 11:00am. Your child is invited to come to school dressed in clothing that reflects their culture/s.

A shared lunch will follow. Students are invited to bring a small plate of food (representing food from their culture) to school. This can go directly to the classroom as children arrive on Friday. Teachers will have an area set aside for this. We are unable to provide heating for food with the day's timetable and events going on, so you may prefer to drop off a dish closer to lunch time already cooked and heated and ready for students to sample. Please list ingredients for our students who have allergies. We will be encouraging students to try something different. We hope as many of you as possible are able to join us for both the parade and shared lunch celebration.

Returning to school following illness
As the term begins we are noticing a busy Health Room as Autumn/Winter illnesses are upon us already.
The Ministry of Health has confirmed that the guidance for returning to schools following vomiting or diarrhoea has not changed. If a child is free of those symptoms for 48 hours, they can attend school again. Please see the winter wellness guidance for parents, caregivers and whānau to reflect the following points:
  • If a child has been unwell with a respiratory illness other than COVID-19, they can return to school 24 hours after they have significantly improved and are behaving/eating normally.
  • Following vomiting or diarrhoea, a child should be symptom free for 48 hours before they can return.
  • If they still have a runny nose or dry cough without any other symptoms such as a fever, vomiting or diarrhoea, then they are unlikely to be infectious and can be considered well enough to attend school.
The following link was shared last year but remains very relevant. To read the winter wellness advice go to:
Winter wellness guide for tamariki [DOCX, 22.0 KB]

No dogs on Pinehill School grounds
As we continue to prioritise the health and safety of our students, we want to remind everyone that dogs are not permitted on school grounds, unless this has been arranged with the school principal for a class time learning visit. We have recently experienced an ongoing problem with dog fouling on our premises. This not only creates an unpleasant environment for our students and staff but also poses a health and safety risk. We are actively working on getting new signage up to reinforce this policy and ensure it is clearly communicated to all.
We understand that many of you may have furry companions who are an important part of your family, but we kindly ask that you leave them at home when visiting our school (both during and after school hours). We appreciate your support in helping us maintain a clean and safe environment for everyone.

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

Better Start Literacy Approach - Year 1 and 2

Our year 1 and 2 students are using a newly available, research based, way of teaching reading and spelling. It is called the Better Start Literacy Approach.
If your child is in Year 1 or 2 your child’s teacher will have talked about this at three way conferences.

The Better Start Literacy Approach was developed by Professors Gail Gillon, Brigid McNeill and their team from the Child Well-being Research Institute and School of Teacher Education at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch.
The Ministry of Education is supporting the Better Start Literacy Approach which has been specially designed for our New Zealand educational context. It includes the new Ready to Read Phonics Plus readers for young children that are being distributed to all schools.

We are really excited to have the opportunity to use the Better Start Literacy Approach in our classroom. Parents of Year 1 and 2 children are invited to a workshop on Monday 15th May at 3.20 pm in the staffroom. We would love to have you come along to learn more about this Approach and find out how to use the new reading books with your child at home. Invitations will be sent by the class teacher. If you are unable to attend we have information sheets that we will be sharing.
Year 3 - 6 Cross Country will be held on Tuesday 16th May (savaday Monday 22nd) starting at about 10.35 a.m.. The first race will be for Year 3 girls, followed by Y3 boys, Y4 girls and so on until the last race at about 12.15 for Year 6 boys. Each race will take about 15 minutes.Children should wear their uniform to school and bring suitable clothes for running i.e. shorts, t-shirt - no long pants please, and get changed into these clothes at morning tea time.
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Our 2023 Netball teams have been confirmed, registered and are now in place for the Winter season. If you registered your child you would have received an email confirmation and information from your team manager regarding practices and games. If you did not register your child to participate in the 2023 Winter Season then unfortunately your child is unable to attend the practices and games for the organised teams. Both students and parents please respect the team coaches and managers as their time and commitment is essential for the teams to be able to continue. Please remember to read the school newsletters for upcoming sport registrations.

Players of the day

Year 3/4 Pinehill Pirates
Reggie Ma
Year 5/6 Celtics
Isaac Boyle
Year 5/6 Pinehill Heat
Adam Sng
Aiden Wu
Year 5/6 Pinehill Pistons
Cesar Wang

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 or email me at"

Friends of Pinehill School

No Snack Food Friday or Fun Food Friday this week. We wish you all a fantastic time at the Culture Parade!

Entertainment Membership - Mother’s Day Special
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For a limited time only, receive a bonus $40 eGift card when you buy a 24-month Membership to The Entertainment App or a bonus $20 eGift card when you buy a 12-month Membership.

20% of every purchase goes to school for purchasing new basketball hoops. Click the link below to go directly to our designated fundraising page.

Second-Hand Uniforms Donation
If you have spare uniforms your child no longer wears, please donate them for us to sell at our second-hand uniforms online store. We accept uniforms in any condition. However, we ask them to be in a clean and resalable state. Please hand in your donation to the school office. Thank you very much for your generosity!
FOPS volunteers operate this online store to raise money for the new kapa haka uniforms for our tamariki. The volunteers gave up their time to make this possible. Therefore, the store does not have set opening hours. We thank you for your patience and understanding. If you have urgent enquiries, please email us at
Pinehill School PTA - Friends of Pinehill School

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