July 2023 Edition
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Term 3, Week 2 Wednesday 26th July 2023

A message from the Principal

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

A very warm welcome back to Term 3 to all of our students and whānau.
We have had a fantastic start and the children have come back motivated, engaged and ready for an exciting Term 3 ahead.
We began the term together as a whole school with a mihi whakatau to welcome our new staff, 21 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 3 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 include, Book Week which opens on Friday 4th August at 9.15am with a ‘dress up as a book character’ Book Parade and will continue with an author visit, book promotions and activities into the following week.

We have Maths Week in Week 4 and the Maths Week Fairy has some challenging maths problem solving questions for the students to solve during classroom visits. We are also excited about Maori Language Week in Week 9. We look forward to our swimming sessions at the Millenium for Years 1-6 age groups and towards the end of the term in week 9, our Pinehill School Production. This will be our first school production, despite trying a couple of times (Covid lockdown interference) since 2018.

Airtime Hoops
During the school holiday break, we had two brand new Airtime hoops put into our Taumaru (Shade/shelter) court. Our previous posts had been re-welded numerous times over the years and had unfortunately come to the end of their life! The new hoops are AMAZING! There were many ‘oooohs’ and ‘arrrrrs’ from the students as they arrived back to school after the break to the new hoops. Being new, they are our new hot spot! The money you have contributed to our school fundraising events has paid for these hoops. Thank you FoPs and thank you community.

Staff Update
Our lovely Sarah Ward will be retiring at the end of the 2023 school year. Sarah has contributed 25 wonderful years to Pinehill and will be a huge loss. However, retirement will allow Sarah to explore personal interests and spend quality time with loved ones. Although stepping out of her full time Deputy Principal role, we will continue to see Sarah in a relieving and/or part time role.
Details on Sarah’s farewell assembly will be sent out towards the end of the school year.

A few Term 3 reminders
8:50 am Start
Pinehill School uses a Ministry-approved electronic roll. The roll is taken twice daily at 8:50 am and 1:30 pm. You need to ensure that your child is at school promptly by 8:50 am. Many important notices are also shared at this time. School gates open at 8:15 am. Children arriving at school before 8:15 am must be registered to attend PKC Before School Care as there is no duty teacher before this time to ensure their safety. Arriving by 8:40 am will allow your child to get ready for learning, greet their teacher and mix with their peers, ensuring a positive, stress-free start to the day.

If your child is going to be absent, please notify the school office through the SchoolApp, phone 094780301, or email us at info@pinehill.school.nz. You can also fill in and submit a form under the ‘contact us’ tab on our school website www.pinehill.school.nz with your child’s name, room number, absence date/dates, and reason.

If your child is not in class at 8:50am when the bell rings, either you or your child must sign in on the tablet at the office and collect a slip to present to the classroom teacher. If you receive a text to say that your child is not in class, please reply or call the office.

I hope your child/children have had a great start to Term 3.
We are looking forward to a great term ahead.

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

Pinehill’s ‘Trees for Survival’ planting day: New date

Our planting day for the Year 5/6 team is now Friday, 11 August. As the saying goes: 3rd time lucky!
We will be planting at 63c Field Lane, Waitoki. A notice about this was sent home on Monday 17 July. On the back of this notice is the gear list.

We are after many adult volunteers to support us on the day. Please indicate your availability on the notice and return the slip to your child’s teacher. There will be a safety briefing for all adult supporters in the hall on Friday morning at 8:30am, 11 August. Please make every effort to be at this meeting on time. After the meeting, carpooling will be arranged and the adults head out to the planting site first. Maps will be available.

An electronic version of the gear list can be found on the school website (School information - notices, forms and permission slips - 2023 TFS gear list). It is important that the students have the correct gear for the day.

Thank you for your support with this worthwhile experience.
The Year 5/6 Team

Book Week 4th - 11th August

For the first time in a few years, Book Week will be back at Pinehill School! We will be celebrating our love of reading and books from Friday 4th August - Friday 11th August. In this time, we will have a visiting author, a Scholastic Book Fair, reading focused learning in our classes and a book character parade.

Book character parade - Friday 4th August @ 9.15am

Scholastic Book Fair Times in the library
  • Tuesday 8th August 3:00 - 3:30 pm
  • Wednesday 9th August 8:30 - 9:00 am
  • Wednesday 9th August 3:00 - 3:30 pm
  • Thursday 10th August 8:30 - 9:00 am
  • Thursday 10th August 3:00 - 3:30 pm

For the book parade, we ask students to dress up as their favourite book character. We love seeing these characters come to life, but you don’t have to go out and spend money on a costume. We love to see simple and creative costumes and hear the children talking about the story.

The Resilience Project

In Team 7 this term, we have been discussing worries. People have many different worries. What is the same about these worries is that they take up brain space. If we spend a lot of time thinking about, “But what if …” then we are not so focused on making the most of what we are doing now.

As one Team 7 student wisely said, “ Is my worry important enough for all my attention to go towards it?”

Part of keeping worries in perspective is thinking about how big the worry is. We used the ‘catastrophe scale’ to rate some of our worries. Small worries like “What if I forget my swimming gear?” can be fixed by just being organised and putting our togs and towels next to our school bags the day before our swimming session.

Larger worries are good to talk through with someone if we need help finding a solution.
Doing an activity we enjoy can also help us reset and find perspective.

Below are a collection of some of the strategies we can use to ‘dial down’ our worries. How many of these do you use?

Can you help?

For our Pinehill production later this term, we need 2 scaffolding towers of about 3m in height. To hire these is a huge expense. If you have access to this type of equipment, or know someone who does, we would love to hear from you.
Please contact marg@pinehill.school.nz or shaun@pinehill.school.nz
Thank you for your support.

Borrowed School Uniform


We are currently very low on spare uniform stock. If your child has borrowed our spare school uniform either last term or this term due to either getting wet or dirty at school can you please return washed to the school office as soon as possible.
If you have returned already thank you.

Friends of the School

It’s Fun Food Friday this Fri, 28 July. Online orders close tonight, Wed, 26 July.
Kindo Online Shop. For term 3, fried rice and noodles are added to Fun Food Friday
and sushi is suspended.
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.

Yummy Stickers
Yummy Stickers is a year-long promotion. The stickers from apples, nectarines, peaches and pears or cutouts from Yummy fruit bags are exchanged for sports equipment. Last year your contribution helped us exchange more than $1,000 worth of sports equipment for the school. The promotion for this year ends this term.
All stickers and barcodes need to be stuck on the official forms, downloaded from www.yummyfruit.co.nz. You can return the complete forms to the white box outside
the administration block health room. Thank you for your ongoing effort!
Favourite Movie Character Disco
We are thrilled to share that our annual school disco fundraiser has been a huge
success, generating $4,090.17! A massive thank you to everyone - students,
parents, staff, and helpers - for your support and contributions to this memorable
Pinehill School PTA - Friends of Pinehill School

Player of the day

Year 3/4 Pinehill Pirates
Maia Skudder
Year 3/4 Magic
Year 5/6 Celtics
Zahri Pritchard
Year 5/6 Pinehill Heat
Lucas Staples
Year 5/6 Pinehill Pistons
Noah Wright


Year 1/2 Kiwis
POD - Emily Shen
Sportsmanship - Amaya France
Coaches Award - Reggie Ma
Year 3/4 Mystics
Zaria Cheng
Year 5 Ferns
Year 6 Dragons
Natasha Murray

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