March 2023 Edition
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Term 1, Week 8 Wednesday 29th March 2023

A message from the Principal

Kia ora tātou,
Our Year 5 and 6 students experienced a top notch camp experience at Camp Hunua last week.
All children had the opportunity to further strengthen relationships with their peers and teachers. They were able to try new things, face their fears and learn new skills. Our students were able to exercise many of our Pinehill Way values, particularly empathy, resilience and responsibility.
A huge THANK YOU to all the parents and teachers for their commitment to our camps. Everyone came home tired, but full of great memories which I’m sure they will treasure forever.

As we near towards the end of term, please be reminded that:
School starts at 8.50am
Where possible children should be at school between 8.30am and 8.45am ready for an 8.50am start. The roll, which is called to ensure your child’s safety, is called at this time. We ask that you do not drop your children at school any sooner than 8.15am as supervision is not provided until this time. PKC (Premium Kids Care) have a current survey active, collecting student numbers for if you are requiring Before School Care for your child/ren in Term 2.
PKC - Term 2 Before School Care Survey
If there are enough students, this will be reactivated next term. In the meantime, please organise before school care supervision for your child if your child requires supervision before this time.

School finishes at 3.00pm - students to be collected at this time or booked into after school care (PKC)
We would appreciate your support in picking your children up at 3.00pm. We understand that issues with traffic and parking can make this difficult at times, however the tail of the queue into the lay-by pick up area has gone by about 3.15pm so it is expected that you will endeavour to be at school no later than 3.15pm. No adult supervision will be provided after 3.15pm, and students may need to be dropped into PKC after school care. We encourage you to park and either walk in to collect your child or arrange for them to walk out to meet you in a safe place.
As teachers are in professional learning or planning teaching sessions after 3:00pm, our playground is closed. Students are not to play on the playground after 3:00pm unless an adult is taking responsibility.

Three-Way Conference dates and times
  • Wednesday 29th March 3.15pm - 6.00pm
  • Thursday 30th March 1.00pm - 7.00pm
The school will close at the normal time of 3.00 pm on 29th March
with an early finish of 12.30 pm on 30th March.

PKC will open earlier on Thursday for families who are unable to collect their children at 12:30pm. If you are requiring your child to attend after school care on Thursday, please contact Liv - 021 373 229 to book a place.

The school library will also be open for supervision, for students who are not attending PKC but can not be picked up until 3pm. If you require this option, this form must be completed so we can organise enough adult supervision for students remaining at school until 3pm. Please click the link below
School Closing at 12.30pm

What do 3WC meetings look like?
Each family books in a 15-minute slot online to attend. Your child will talk to you about what they were learning and how well they achieved the learning, their strengths and weaknesses, their learning goals and how you can help them at home achieve these goals. An important thing to remember during the 3WC meeting is that the focus is on learning and not behaviour. If you have concerns around your child’s behaviour then please email or pop in and see the teacher when the matter arises.

Your Role as a Parent
To be an active participant in the discussion, the questions below may help. If English is your second language you are welcome to be supported by an interpreter.

Questions you could ask your child to help discuss their learning:
  • What have you been learning?
  • Tell me what you think you are doing well?
  • What helped with this learning?
  • What did you find difficult?
For these conferences we use an online booking system. To make an appointment go to and follow the online instructions. Confirmation of your times will be emailed to you. You may change your appointments at any time. For those of you without online access at home or work you may make a booking through the school office.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

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

Cultural Parade - Term 2

Next term we are celebrating our cultures at Pinehill and ending the week with a Cultural Parade. We would like to acknowledge every ethnicity in our school with children walking with the flag of their choice. If you have a flag from the following countries and would be willing to share it with us on the day we are missing the following flags;

Cambodia Malaysia Indonesia Serbia PhilippinesHungary Iran Chile Colombia LebanonYugoslavia/Croatia Egypt USA NepalTuvali Myanmar/Burma

Please contact Natalie McAllum, Esol Teacher if you have a flag to share.

Class Awards -

Room 1 - Abhi Khatiwada
Room 2 - Elaine You
Room 3 - Hayule Kim
Room 4 - Cayden Janse van Rensberg
Room 6 - Annalise Wood
Room 7 - Ahmed Alhammadi
Room 9 - Melissa Pove
Room 10 - Emma Jin
Room 11 - Iris Jiang
Room 12 - George Liu
Room 13 - Evie Bateup
Room 14 - Zen Yande
Room 15 - David Su
Room 16 - Imogen Reddish
Room 17 - Yi He
Room 18 - Oliver Maurovich
Room 19 - Emily Shen
Room 20 - Targitai Zaseev

Players of the day

Pinehill Pirates - Hugh Reddish and Sejun Kim
Pinehill Heat - Thimoth Dadigamuwa
Pinehill Magic - Rocco Robinson - Lea'aetoa

Joshua Zhai

Friends of Pinehill School

It’s Fun Food Friday this Fri, 31 Mar. Online orders close tonight, Wed, 29 March.
Kindo Online Shop.
Jesters Pie Day Next Tue 4th April. Online orders are now open and close 11am
Monday, 3 April. Kindo Online Shop.
Bakers Delight Hot Cross Buns Fundraiser 2023
Don’t miss out, online orders close at midnight. Head over to our Kindo Online Shop
now. Raise $2.00 from every 6-Pack sold!! Featuring five delicious flavours to satisfy
any palate:
- Traditional
- Apple & Cinnamon
- Chocolate Chip
- Mocha
- Fruitless
Delivery to school by Wednesday, 5 April. Each 6-Pack is selling for $12, with $2
contributing to our school fundraising towards new playground shades.
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Kindo - Ezi Lunch Easter Promo

Order ezlunch for delivery from Monday 27 March to Thursday 6 April and go in the draw to WIN a Lego Creator 3-in-1 White Rabbit. The winner will be drawn on Thursday 6 April 2023 and be notified by phone and/or email. Every lunch order gets another chance to win. Go to to start ordering.

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