August 2023 Edition
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Term 3, Week 4 Wednesday 9th August 2023

A message from the Principal

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

This week is Magical Book Week at Pinehill School! Our school doors and cloak bays have been transformed and madeover to a display of book themes. There were ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ heard throughout the school as students and families arrived on Monday to see their creations displayed in and out of classrooms. Some classes are working on these throughout the week as part of their Book Week focus. We are all enjoying a fabulous week of learning and celebrating all things about books.

Our Book Week opened with a Book Parade last Friday. Our staff and students came dressed up in a variety of book parade costumes and we all had fun identifying which character and book everyone was from. It was great to have so many parents join us at the parade. Special highlights so far this week include the ‘Where’s Wally’ Reading Treasure Hunt with 10 Wally’s hidden around the school and an educational and inspiring session with well known author and illustrator, Stu Duval. We have also had the Book Fairy at Pinehill School this week. She has been busy spending time in every classroom, spreading the love of reading!

A big thank you to our librarian Sue Barratt and all our wonderful parents who are helping oversee the Book Fair and book sales. Your time and support is appreciated. There are further Book Week events planned tomorrow and Friday, ask your child to talk to you all about them.

A big thank you to our staff and the Book Week team (Caitlin Blackwell, Maggie Aldous, Lynette Clausen, Jodie Kim, Karen Blau and Sue Barratt ) for making Book Week so magical. Also a big thank you to our parents and students for your participation and contribution to Book Week.

Here is a link to a video of our fun Book Parade on Friday for those who were unable to attend. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed being a part of this parade.

We have a new administration/office block project, construction which will begin very soon. We will send separate communication on this to follow on from the newsletter.

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

The Year 2s in Room 20 have been discussing the importance of saying things nicely and what to do if someone says you can’t play with them at a break time.

They discussed what we can say when we don’t want to play with someone, how we can say it nicely and why we should say it nicely.

They then brainstormed ideas about what to say if someone says they can’t play with them and ideas around what they could do next. This included asking others, and options for what they could play alone. They also talked about reflecting on why someone might not want to play and the importance of being a good friend.

They then illustrated some examples of what this could look like.

It is good to have these discussions so that tamariki have strategies in place if this situation occurs. It helps them keep a sense of perspective and not catastrophise if someone says they can’t play with them today.
The planting day for the Year 5/6 Team is this Friday, 11 August. Thank you for helping your child be ready for this day.

It is very important that all students and adult helpers have the correct gear. If you have misplaced the paper copy, an electronic copy can be found on the school website (school info - notices).

Thank you to all the adults who have volunteered for our planting day. We are very appreciative of your support.

There will be a safety briefing for adults in the school hall foyer at 8:30am on Friday morning. This is a very important meeting and we ask that you are on time for this. We will arrange car pooling at this meeting out to the property at 63c Field Lane, Waitoki. Maps will be available.

We look forward to having another successful planting event.
The Year 5/6 Team

Star of the week

We have a spotlight on our Pinehill Way cog of Responsibility this term. Our house leader, Sean Lee, has developed a house leader project which includes a responsibility shout out box in the library. When anyone in the school is caught displaying responsibility, their name and room are recorded and placed into the Pinehill Way Shout Out Box. All names are acknowledged at assembly and one is pulled out of the box. Their photo is taken and displayed acknowledging them. Instead of Employee of the month we have Pinehill Way of the week. There will be two names in each newsletter from assemblies in between. Congratulations Daisy Yang and Emma Jin

Daisy Yang

Emma Jin

Player of the day


Year 3/4 Pinehill Pirates
Michael Zhu and Quentin Lyu
Year 3/4 Magic
Beauden Alofaki and Sejun Kim
Year 5/6 Celtics
Allen Bai
Year 5/6 Pinehill Heat
Max Pove and Gavin Wang
Year 5/6 Pinehill Pistons


Year 1/2 Kiwis
POD - Mia Wang
Sportsmanship - Tina Dehar
Coaches Award - Amber Zhang
Year 3/4 Mystics
Maia Skudder and Ella Shen
Year 5 Ferns
Emily Sam and Imogen Reddish
Zané Van Heerden and Cindy Shen
Year 6 Dragons
Jina Lim and Savannah van Biljon

Friends of Pinehill School

There is no Fun Food Friday or Snack Food Friday this Friday, 11 August. The next Fun Food Friday is next Friday, 18 August. Online orders will open on Saturday 12 August on Kindo Online Shop.

Second Hand Uniform Donation
If you have outgrown uniforms taking up space or are in a position to purchase new
ones, please consider donating for us to sell at our second-hand uniforms online
store. We ask the donation 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. If you have enquiries, please email us at

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 You can return the complete forms to the white box outside the administration block's health room. Thank you for your ongoing effort!
Pinehill School PTA - Friends of Pinehill School

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