May 2023 Edition
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Term 2, Week 5 Wednesday 24th May 2023

A message from the Principal

Kia ora tatou,

I start this newsletter talking about the PINEHILL WAY. The Pinehill Way is our values, our expectations, the way we treat ourselves and how we treat each other at Pinehill School.
The Pinehill Way is for everyone, not just our students and staff but also our parents.
I would like to focus on the Pinehill Way value of RESPONSIBILITY and remind drivers what this means at our LAYBY area.

I have been very saddened, alongside many of our parents and staff with the unsafe parent driving and parking behaviour in our layby area.
Please note:
  • NO PARKING in the layby. Layby is a drop off and pick up area only.
  • When you are dropping your children off in the morning, your car can be in Layby for a maximum of 2 minutes while you drop your children. If you need longer than this, please park in a side street and walk into school grounds.
  • I will no longer be giving warnings on parked cars — number plates will be sent straight to Community Roadwatch NZ Police team.
  • Drive into the layby area in the correct direction to avoid oncoming traffic and continue on as far as possible to enable more cars to fit into the layby and traffic behind you to flow.
  • We need everyone to take responsibility and follow the Layby procedures so that our children arrive in the gates SAFELY.
  • We are all responsible for our children's safety.
We look forward to seeing responsible, safe driving and parking etiquette in our Layby area, at drop off and pick up, from this afternoon onwards.

Pink Shirt Day Update
Last Friday along with many schools and businesses throughout New Zealand, Pinehill School celebrated Pink Shirt Day. Our school was transformed into a sea of māwhero/pink as we stood together to spread aroha and kindness, celebrate diversity and promote positive social relationships. We raised $465.50 to send to the Mental Health Foundation and to further support this organisation.
If you would like to further the conversation at home, has lots of activities and discussion points, as well as further information about Pink Shirt Day
Teacher Only day in T4 confirmed - Monday 13th November
Our second Teacher Only day for 2023 as previously alerted to, from the Ministry of Education has now been confirmed. This will be in term 4 on Monday 13th November and aligns with our local schools in our Kahui Ako. Our teachers will be taking part in professional learning with the ministry on the curriculum refresh, ‘Te Mātaiaho’.

With Winter approaching, we are seeing an increase of illness at Pinehill School. Please see the below information which has been sent to all schools in New Zealand on Winter Wellness

Winter Wellness information form the Ministry of Education
Te Whatu Ora encourages whānau to vaccinate their tamariki for pneumococcal disease, Meningococcal B, measles, and flu, alongside their three COVID-19 vaccines to provide the greatest level of protection heading into winter.

Tamariki aged six months to 12 years are eligible for free flu vaccinations. For more information, visit:

Flu immunisation for tamariki – KidsHealth

Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine – Te Whatu Ora

COVID-19 boosters for over 30s and those at increased risk of severe illness – New Zealand Government
You will still need to isolate for seven days if you have COVID-19 to reduce the risk of spread. For further information:
If you have COVID-19 – New Zealand Government

To ensure the wellbeing of everyone, we kindly request your support in keeping your child at home if they are unwell. This helps minimise the risk of their classmates and teachers falling ill as well. If your child shows any signs of being unwell while at school, we will contact you to arrange for their return home until they have fully recovered. Let’s work together to take care of one another.

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

Resilience Project

“Dis!” Week is here!

Did you see the sunrise this morning? “Dis!”
You are waiting at an intersection and someone lets you into the stream of traffic … “Dis!”
You pop a segment of mandarin into your mouth and the juiciness is sweet and amazing … “Dis!”

Collecting these little “Dis!” moments in your day, is what it’s all about.

Part of The Resilience Project is building the capacity in our tamariki, our Pinehill staff and our Pinehill whanau for noticing and acknowledging things in our day to be grateful for. It’s a way to ‘up the positivity’ in our daily lives.

This week, all of our classes and staff are spending time each day collecting our “Dis!” moments and sharing them in different ways. It would be lovely if parents could ask their tamariki about their “Dis!” moments and maybe share a few of their own.

Below are some examples of children doing this. In Room 10 they have created ‘Dis Flowers’ and in Room 17 they have created a Gratitude Garden, where children have written down something in their lives that they are grateful for.

Happy “Dis!” Week, everyone.

Pinehill’s ‘Trees for Survival’ Planting out day

Our ‘Trees For Survival’ seedlings are now ready for planting out on a landowner’s property. This year we will be planting at 63c Field Lane, Waitoki. This is the same property as last year.

‘Planting Out Day’ is Friday 16 June, with a rain back-up date to be Friday 23 June. We are excited to be taking all the students from the Year 5/6 team this year. To help us with this planting session, we need one adult to two or three children for supervision and assistance please. The adult helper may be a grandparent (they must be fit and agile - the area we are planting this year is sloping) or other family relation or friend over the age of 18.

Pinehill will be holding a ‘Green Mufti-Day’ to help raise funds to cover the cost of buses for this planting out day. This will be on Friday 9 June. Please see the poster later in this newsletter.

Notices about this day were given out to Year 5/6 students today. Please ask for them. We look forward to the usual high level of support from our Pinehill community so that our planting out day is as successful as ever.

Thank you, The Year 5/6 Team

Players of the day

Year 3/4 Pinehill Pirates
Hajun Kim
Year 3/4 Pinehill Magic
Rocco Robinson - Lea'aetoa
Year 5/6 Celtics
Oscar Yang
Year 5/6 Pinehill Heat
Sean Lee

Pinehill Sealions
Jason Tse

Year 3/4 Pinehill Mystics
Eva Tangi
Year 5 PInehill Ferns
Cindy Shen
Emily Sam
Year 6 Pinehill Dragons
Jaehee Noh

Classroom Awards

  • 1 - Bodhi Earl Kingi
  • 2 - Hannah Kang
  • 3 - Luis Capati
  • 4 - Olivia Haycock
  • 6 - Zoe Qiu
  • 7 - Gavin Wang
  • 9 - Alan Shu
  • 10 - Daniel Harrow
  • 11 - Jayden Sue
  • 12 - Teifion Tavita
  • 13 - Aiden Wang
  • 14 - Haarlym Edwards - McClutchie
  • 15 - Nico Gonzalez Rojas
  • 16 - Cesar Wang
  • 17 - Traey Bai
  • 18 - Cindy Shen
  • 19 - Maxwell Early
  • 20 - Aiden Liu

Pinehill School Disco

We are excited to announce that our annual school disco will be taking place on
Thursday, 29 June in the school hall. Please put this in your calendar. More details
about session times, theme, and ticketing will come.

Friends of Pinehill School

It’s Fun Food Friday this Fri, 26 May. Online orders close tonight, Wed, 24 May.
Kindo Online Shop.

Yummy Stickers
Please keep collecting “Yummy” stickers from apples, nectarines, peaches and pears, and barcodes from “Yummy” fruit bags.
Yummy Stickers is a year-long promotion. The stickers are exchanged for sports equipment. Last year your contribution helped us exchange more than $1,000 worth of sports equipment for the school. Let’s do it again!

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 blocks health room. Thank you for your ongoing effort!

Pinehill School PTA - Friends of Pinehill School

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