June 2023 Edition
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Term 2, Week 7 Wednesday 7th June 2023

A message from the Principal

Kia ora tatou,

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful three day long weekend with their families. It was lovely to see the children arrive at school on Tuesday with many stories about the adventures they had got up to over the weekend and relaxing time also to recharge for the week ahead.
The Resilience Project at Pinehill School
In 2021 we took on The Resilience Project as a way to support our students in their wellbeing. The following link will take you to The Resilience Project homepage for further information. Each week we dedicate part of our newsletter to The Resilience Project (TRP). Our Pinehill School Resilience Project leaders, Marg Milne and Ashleigh Maaka liaise with classroom teachers to share a snapshot of their teaching or team level focus so you know what we are doing at school and can have further discussions or link this in at home.
All classrooms use The Resilience Project resources and the teaching focus and links are around Gratitude, Empathy, Mindfulness and Emotional Literacy, as well as a strong link to our Pinehill Way and School values.
Each year our students in Years 4,5 and 6 complete a Resilience Project survey and this information supports us to measure how well the programme is working for our tamariki. We recently had a staff member from the Resilience Project meet with our senior leadership team and resilience project leaders to dig deeper into the survey outcomes and results. One area discussed from the survey is around sleep. The below graphs show our Pinehill School results compared to the norm. Our girls are indicated in green and F for female, our boys are indicated in purple and M for male. The black numbers and gradient line is the norm of all other schools and data collected. Although our numbers compare well to the norm, they are increasing from past years in relation to how much sleep our children are getting, and this is an area we will continue to track, monitor and be aware of.

A Good Night’s Sleep
Sleep is our primary source of recovery and should be held in very high regard when it comes to ensuring our health and our families’ health. We all know how we feel if we don’t get enough sleep. Tired, lethargic, and unmotivated. If we have repeated nights of insufficient rest, fatigue will build and build until you become sick and unable to engage in regular day-to-day activities. As this is an area we will talk to the children about at school, we would love it if you could support us with checking in with your children, their sleep and reinforcing the messages we are giving at school. The following information comes from The Ministry of Health and links in beautifully with the Resilience Project and sleep.

Why sleep is important
Sleep is important for restoring energy and helping children grow and develop.
More and more evidence suggests that not enough or poor quality sleep can have a negative effect on a child’s behaviour, learning, health, wellbeing and weight.

How much sleep your child needs in 24 hours
The table below shows the recommended total hours of sleep per day for children and young people. Some children naturally sleep slightly less or more than these recommended hours.
Adapted from the National Sleep Foundation: How much sleep do we really need?
It is not just the amount of sleep that is important but also the quality of that sleep. The tips below may be helpful.

Ways to improve your child’s sleep
Bedtime routine
  • Have a regular bedtime routine: this might include your child having a shower, brushing their teeth, then going to bed. Quiet activities, like reading, are good before bed.
  • Have a regular bedtime and wake up time. This will help your child understand when it is time to sleep.
  • If your child is going to bed too late, gradually change this by having them go to bed 30 minutes earlier and get up 30 minutes earlier.
  • Avoid active games, playing outside, and screen use (eg, TV, internet, computer games, etc) in the hour before bedtime. Try dimming the lights earlier.
Sleeping environment
  • Arrange a comfortable sleeping environment for your child. The place where they sleep should be quiet, warm and dark (although a night light is OK).
  • Don’t have any distractions within sight or hearing of the area where children sleep, including TV or any kind of computer screen.
  • Avoid having your child eat a meal within 1 or 2 hours of going to sleep. However, a light snack or a milky drink may help some children.
  • Avoid giving your child food and any drinks that contain caffeine (especially in the afternoon/evening) as this can affect their sleep.
Keeping active
  • It is important for children to be active throughout the day. Activity can also help your child sleep. Time spent in bright sunlight, such as being active outside, can also help children to sleep, but don’t forget to be SunSmart!
Things that might affect your child’s sleep
  • Illness can affect your child’s sleep. If your child snores a lot or stops breathing for short periods while asleep, discuss this with your GP.
  • Irregular or insufficient sleep can be a lack of melatonin, symptom of depression or other. Discuss this with your GP.
For further information please visit Helping Children Sleep Better

Let’s all work together in supporting our tamariki in getting a good night's sleep, helping them to focus to the best of their ability and to be the best they can be.

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

Interschool Mathex

This morning, 3 teams of Pinehill Maths enthusiasts participated in the annual Interschool Mathex competition. We had 2 goals going into this competition:
  1. To have fun and to walk away afterwards saying, “Dis!”
  2. To get all or some of our 3 teams placing in the top 20.
There were 52 teams competing. We are pleased to announce that both goals have been ticked off.
The 3 teams were:
  • Allen Bai, Daniel Zhou, Tania Luo, Amy Kim - First place!
  • Dylan Sun, Eddie Liu, Aleksandr Domrachev, Luna Zhang - Top 7 finish (waiting on confirmation)
  • Meghan Li, Ping Ping Gao, Hannah Su, Emily Ke - Emily won a prize for positive attitude and manners as a runner
We would also like to acknowledge our group of reserves who trained weekly with the 3 teams: David Su, Tom Bateup, Zoe Qiu, Ehani Huang

Mrs Donaldson and Mrs Milne thoroughly enjoyed working with these students leading up to the competition, and were very impressed with their attitude and collaboration on the day. It is great to know that Maths is alive and well at Pinehill School. We will update you when we receive our official placings.

Resilience Project

It is such a “Dis!” moment when we walk through the different classes at Pinehill and see how our rangatahi are presenting their thoughts about Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness.

This week, our photos come from Room 9. We hope you love their Empathy hearts as much as we do.

Trees for Survival Planting Out Day Friday 16 June

TFS Tree Planting Update - Can you help?
The Year 5 and 6 Team is looking forward to our Tree Planting Out Day on Friday 16 June. Our plants have been collected and transported out to the property we are planting on. We are on a mission to plant over 3,000 native trees.We are in desperate need of 10 extra adult helpers for this experience to be successful. Can you help?We would love you to be part of our support crew on the day. Please email marg@pinehill.school.nz if you can help. Thank you for giving this your consideration. PS: you don't even need to dig holes!

Players of the day

Year 3/4 Pinehill Pirates
Tristan Wang
Year 5/6 Celtics
Allen Bai
Year 5/6 Pinehill Heat
Aiden Wu
Year 5/6 Pistons
Jackson Danks

Classroom Awards

  • 1 - Olivia Qin
  • 2 - Emran Tayierjiang
  • 3 - Emily Shi
  • 4 - Indy Hendricks
  • 6 - Ana Guo
  • 7 - Daniel Seo
  • 9 - Krinelle Ng
  • 10 - Laura Yi
  • 11 - Lucas Huang
  • 12 - Joey Kim
  • 13 - Jordan Penny
  • 14 - Borna Arghamiri
  • 15 - Jake Skudder
  • 16 - Alicia Harris
  • 17 - Ji Hoon
  • 18 - Gloria Chang
  • 19 - Ian Niroshan
  • 20 - Linnea Than

Friends of Pinehill School

It’s Fun Food Friday this Fri, 9 June. Online orders close tonight, Wed, 7 June. 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. 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's health room. Thank you for your ongoing effort!

Pinehill School Disco 29 June
This year's theme is all about celebrating your favorite movie characters. From superheroes to princesses, the school hall will be transformed into a vibrant scene straight out of the silver screen. The DJ will spin the latest chart-topping hits, along with tunes from iconic movie soundtracks.

Junior Session: 5:00 - 6:15 pm
Senior Session: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

More details about ticketing will come.
Helpers Needed!

Do you have a passion for music and a love for dancing? Here is an exciting opportunity for you! We are seeking volunteers to join FOPS, bringing this fantastic night to life. We need volunteers for both Junior and Senior discos ensuring the event runs smoothly and safely.

Roles include:
- Glow sticks and glow items selling
- Food and drink sales and queues
- Face painting
- Hair braiding
- Photo Booth
- Helping out around the disco
- Clean up after each session

Please email pinehillfops@gmail.com, and we will get in touch with you. We appreciate your support!

Pinehill School PTA - Friends of Pinehill School

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