August 2023 Edition
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Term 3, Week 6 Wednesday 23rd August 2023

A message from the Principal

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

Maths Week
Last week was Maths Week at Pinehill School. And what a fantastic week it was! There were many exciting events and challenges that took place throughout the week. On top of the classroom and team Maths Week challenges, there was also a daily maths problem posted on our TV station. It has been wonderful seeing the students persevere to work out solutions to these problems either individually or in groups. We were also fortunate to have the maths fairy visit. Fairy Veldman visited all classrooms with challenging maths problems to be solved and prizes. The children had to do a lot of thinking and strategising to solve the problems. Fairy Veldman was very impressed with the maths thinking in all the classrooms visited. A big thank you to Marg Milne and Caitlin Blackwell for leading us through Maths Weeks. This is definitely an annual highlight!

New Sandpit and Modular Admin block update
Since the last newsletter, the sandpit outside Room 1 has been totally dismantled and a new sandpit has been built in the middle playground. We were able to open this up last week and it has been a huge hit. The shade cloth is on order and soon to be installed.

The top court continues to be a busy hive with our construction workers who are working incredibly hard, preparing the foundations for the admin modular block. At this stage, we remain on schedule and expect the modular to be craned in the early hours of Monday 28th August. There will be follow up building finishing, and decking before we can relocate the school admin team, staffroom and health room. We will continue to update you.

School Production - Gillian: Dog in the Big City
We are just over the halfway point in the rehearsal schedule for Gillian Dog in the Big City, our Pinehill School Production for 2023. The students in Year 4-6 and many staff have been working extremely hard with learning lines, songs, dances and more. The progression we are seeing is exciting and encouraging. Get ready to be ‘wowed’. Just as a reminder, performance dates are: Tuesday 12 September, Wednesday 13 September, Thursday 14 September.
The students need to be at school at 5:30pm on each of these nights and each show starts at 6:30pm.
The show is approximately 1 hour long. Please see further detailed information below. As we head towards the business end of this Production Term, we will be communicating with you via email regarding tickets. We are all loving this Production journey and are so excited to be offering our students this ‘Arts’ opportunity.

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
Our production of Gillian: Dog in the Big City is now less than a month away and we are very excited about our upcoming performances.
All the students in the Year 4 and 5/6 teams and many staff are working extremely hard, and we look forward to sharing our combined talents with you.

Here are some important organisational details:

Show dates and times
Tuesday 12 September – 5:30pm drop off / 6:30pm show / 7:45pm pick up
Wednesday 13 September – 5:30pm drop off / 6:30pm show / 7:45pm pickup
Thursday 14 September – 5:30pm drop off / 6:30pm show / 8pm pick up

A letter outlining costume, hair and face paint details was given to students today. Please ask for this if they haven’t given it to you yet. Thank you for your support with reading this and helping to prepare your child.
Please email or if you need clarification.
We ask that any concerns regarding face painting for students with sensitive skin be emailed to as Karen Blau has a plan to spot check these students.
A copy of this costume letter can also be found on the school information - notices section of the Pinehill School website.

Information about ticket sales will be sent home next week.

We are aware that many of our students have after school activities. Our production is a ‘one off’ event and we do ask for your support by making sure all students are available for each of the 3 shows. All the dances or movement groups have been choreographed and staged for a certain number of students. If students don’t turn up, this affects that particular scene in terms of the other students and how the scene looks. We would really appreciate your support with making sure all students are present and on time.

Thanks, everyone
The Pinehill Production Team

Young Leaders Day

Our student leaders recently attended an event hosted at Kristin School. A number of inspirational speakers, including Marcus Winter “The Sandman” and William Pike talked them through their struggles and experiences and how they became Leaders in their own right. Our student leaders found this to be very informative, and were particularly impressed with the Marcus’ Sand Art display as he talked about making a goal, digging in deep and flying high.

Teacher only day

The Teacher Only Day has been mandated by the Ministry of Education for all schools to have time to review the new Curriculum, Te Mataiao.

Introducing Liam Judd

Pinehill School is fortunate to have a new learning assistant, Liam Judd, join our team for the remainder of 2023. Liam will be working in year 4-6 classrooms, supporting a range of learners.
Liam has been employed full time as a semi professional basketball player by the Manawatu Jets, but has returned to Auckland after the season ended.

During his time in Palmerston North, he gained experience in learning support at an intermediate school. During this time he found joy in helping kids and is now thinking of moving into teaching in the future.
Using his basketball skills — inspired during his days at Rangitoto College — he will be working at lunchtimes to support a new generation of basketball players. Already he has gained attention from the children because of his height. Welcome to Pinehill School, Liam.


On the final day of Maths Week, the Year 5/6 Team had a friendly Mathex competition. Teams of 4 had 20 questions to answer in 30 minutes. It was a real "Dis!" moment to see Maths celebrated in this way. The winning team was from Room 4. Congratulations to Cayden, Maryam, Chloe and Tiffany.

Room 2 - Writing

In Room 2, we have been learning to expand on our ideas. The children have written about the builders crushing the sandpit and drilling holes in the concrete.

On Wednesday the 9th, before lunch, the builders came and crushed the sandpit. They are making a new office block for everyone in the offices. When they were destroying the sand pit, Where’s Wally fell down but Mrs Ward saved him.

At Pinehill School, the builders are drilling holes in the concrete. The driller is so big and so tall. The builders have to use a digger to work it. They are drilling holes in the concrete for the new office block.

Milla Room 2

When the builders were building, they crushed the sandpit. After they took the wood out, they took the sand out and made what looked like a slide. Sadly, Wally fell down but Miss Ward saved Wally! They crushed the shade sail to make a new office.

The builders drilled the concrete deep inside the ground. On the concrete, they will drill 60 holes. When they make the hole, they will put piles of wood for the building to sit on.

Haytham Room 2

Room 9 make tokotoko

Inspired by the books Mophead and Mophead Tu, Room 9 made their own tokotoko (Māori Walking Sticks).
In Maori tradition, the Tokotoko (a ceremonial carved walking stick) is a symbol of the authority and the status of a speaker on the Maori marae (meeting ground), and it tells of the history from which that authority comes through innate carvings.
Mophead aka Selina Tusitala Marsh was given a tokotoko when she became a poet laureate. Aotearoa New Zealand is the only country in the world to honour their poet laureates in this way.
As Selina is part Samoan, she requested that a fue be added to her tokotoko when it was being carved. The fue is an item of regal importance for a Samoan tulafale (talking chief). They are carried by tulafale or high chiefs when they are acting as an orator and presenting lauga (ceremonial speeches). As Selina states in her first book, when Samoan chiefs speak they whisk the fue in the air to shoo away flies.

Trees for Survival Update

A HUGE THANK YOU to all the students and adults who participated in our planting out day on Friday 11 August. We had a very successful day with approximately 3,920 native plants finding their new home. Finally we were blessed with fine weather, and despite the mud, all participants and their gumboots made it home. A special thank you to our Rotary volunteers for their continued support. Kia Kaha, everyone.

Player of the day

Year 3/4 Pinehill Pirates
Hajun Kim and Michael Zhu
Year 3/4 Magic
Sejun Kim and Oliver Zhang
Year 5/6 Celtics Winston Zheng, Lucas Wang Jonathan Qiao
Year 5/6 Pinehill Heat
Sean Lee
Year 5/6 Pinehill Pistons
Izayah Geen


Oscar Yang and Joshua Zhai
Lucas Song

Year 3/4 Mystics
Emily Lou and Sophia Dixon
Year 5 Ferns
Cindy Shen, Aleen Hassan and Suraya Saddek
Year 6 Dragons
Emily Ke

Friends of Pinehill School

Snack Food Friday this week. 
Next FFF is 1 September, online orders open this Saturday, 26 August on Kindo Online Shop

Entertainment Flash Sale 

Free 4 Month Membership extension on all 12 and 24 Month Membership purchases, 
Thursday 24 August 6pm - 29 August Midnight
. Clicking on the link below will take you straight to our fundraising page, where 20% of every sale goes directly to the school.


The KIDS ART WORKS is an Annual FOPS Fundraiser to raise money towards
environmental improvement at school. Your child has been busy creating artwork
that can be made into Calendars, Cards, Diaries, Mouse Mats and Sketch Pads
which you will be able to purchase. These are easy to post and make perfect
Christmas gifts.
 Artworks will be available for parents to view on Seesaw soon.
Orders open date to be advised in the next newsletter. Any queries, please email
Pinehill School PTA - Friends of Pinehill School

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