December 2023 Edition
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Term 4, Week 10 Monday 11th December 2023

A message from the Principal

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa,

2023 has been a remarkable journey at Pinehill School, filled with accomplishments, unity, and joy. Aside from the January storms creating a start-stop-start at the beginning of the year, we've navigated onwards from this smoothly, cherishing uninterrupted learning and a very successful Pinehill School year. It was wonderful to celebrate with many parents during Prize Giving ceremonies last week.

From academics to extracurriculars, this year celebrated our school spirit. Mathex success showcased outstanding collaboration and effort, with our three teams placing 23rd, 4th and Team 1 placing 1st out of 52 teams.

Trees for Survival set a new Pinehill record of approximately 420 more plants than last year planted, making this a total of around 3,920 native plants planted with the help of parents, students, and Rotary.

Our sports teams excelled, with notable achievements in splash polo, basketball, and netball.

The Pinehill Sea Lions Flippa Ball team won the C grade Gold Trophy yesterday for taking first place in their grade. Congratulations to our players: Kobe, Lucas, Savannah, Daisy, Maisy, Dylan, Rocco, Isaac and Jason. Also, congratulations to Savannah who was awarded the MVP award for Pinehill Flippa ball for 2023.

Our netball teams continue to grow each year. Our junior netball players (Y1, Y2 and Y3) progressed significantly over the season. The Year 4 Pinehill Kiwis placed 1st in their grade, The Year 5 Pinehill Ferns placed 1st in their grade and the Year 6 Pinehill Dragons placed 3rd in their grade.

Our basketball teams also continue to grow each year. The junior teams strengthened in tactic, strategy and team play every week. Year 5/6 basketball teams, Pinehill Celtics and Pinehill Heat, competed for the championship last Thursday evening. It was an incredibly close game with one point difference for the majority of the game until the last minute or two. Resulting in the Pinehill Celtics placing 1st and Pinehill Heat placing 2nd. Congratulations to both teams! The Pinehill Pistons also played a superb game following this with quite a phenomenal win. Congratulations Pinehill Pistons! I am proud of all our sports teams and what they achieved this year.

In 2023, we also achieved significant milestones in property projects, enhancing our school environment. Our biggest property project was the new admin office modular block. The students tell me their favourite property additions to the school this year included the two brand new airtime basketball hoops on the Taumaru court, an outdoor table tennis table, and the brand new sandpit to adventure in.

On our old staffroom building staffroom whiteboard, we had a Maori proverb written up that we come back to throughout the year. It’s now in artistic form on the doors in the new office block. The proverb is…

He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata.
What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.

Great things happen because of great people. We’ve had an amazing year at Pinehill because of our people. Who are our people? Our People at Pinehill are our tamariki, our staff, our parents and whanau. To all of our people who make Pinehill great - thank you!

Firstly a thank you to our tamariki, our children
I am so very proud of you and what you have achieved throughout the year. You have taken up opportunities offered to you, not only in the classroom but also sports team opportunities, school production, kapa haka, music groups, camp and more. As you move into a new class level next year, continue to make the most of every moment and you’ll continue to be great!

To our one hundred year 6 students moving on to Intermediate School, wherever your future leads you, we will be watching and cheering for you. I am looking forward to updates from your lives and seeing where your education and passions lead. Do pop in and say hi, our doors are always open. You will always be a part of the Pinehill School Family.

A big THANK YOU to the Staff in our Pinehill School Team.

We are a big team, our staff team includes (teachers, learning assistants, office staff, librarian, caretaker and volunteers). Thank you for another fabulous year. Thank you for your commitment and your support. Thank you for always caring about our Pinehill students.

To our departing staff, our teachers, Mariëtte Fourie, Maggie Aldous and our Learning Assistants, Kurt and Liam, we wish you the very best on your new journeys. To our Deputy principal Sarah Ward, we wish you all the very best with your retirement. We have also found out on Thursday, that our Deputy Principal Kirstin Blanchard has been successful with a Deputy Principal position at Red Beach, closer to where she lives and will be starting there next year. Kirstin, we wish you all the very best with your new journey after ten years at Pinehill.
We are holding a farewell assembly next Tuesday for these staff members and a retirement farewell assembly for Mrs Ward on Wednesday. All parents are welcome to attend.

To the Parents and family members in our Pinehill School Team.
Your support and involvement are invaluable.
Thank you to the parents who have helped out with our school activities. We could not go ahead with these without you! Throughout the year parents come into school to help in class, they come on school trips, help out at camp, coach and manage sports teams, help organise events, join the FOPS or BOT, fundraise for the school, and support us with a kind word or a smile. Some of these things require a huge and ongoing commitment of time and energy. It is so appreciated.

To our BoT Pinehill Team
Thank you for your support of our students, staff and myself. Thank you for the commitment collectively you provide to enable the very best at Pinehill.

To our Pinehill People - our students, staff and whanau - thank you for supporting each other and working together during 2023 to create a phenomenal year filled with accomplishments, unity, and joy.

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini
Success is not the work of one but the work of many.

It’s been a year with much to celebrate. I look forward to us now celebrating together the many successes our tamariki have achieved this year.

Meri Kirihimete everyone. I wish you a safe and enjoyable break, and look forward to hearing all about your holiday stories and adventures when school starts back on Thursday 1st February for Meet the teacher conversations and full school first day back on Friday 2nd February. Merry Christmas!

No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.

Ngā mihi nui,
Carla Veldman, Principal


Year 6 graduation breakfast

As per Pinehill Tradition, this morning we had a very special Year 6 graduation breakfast in our hall. The students were treated to the most amazing breakfast buffet with so much to choose from, making everyone's mouth water and many go back for seconds and thirds!
The students were presented with their graduation gift and were busy this morning collecting autographs and messages with their special Pinehill pen, one of the memories for them to take away. Following breakfast, the year 6’s headed to the field to help plant a Titoki tree. The plaque will be positioned by the Titoki tree engraved with our Year 6’s years spent here. Following the students helping to plant the tree, we have reminded them that as they come back and visit or pass by through the grounds, they can watch the Titoki tree grow and flourish just like they are going to grow and flourish in their next place. Year 6’s we are very proud of you and what you have achieved and how you have grown and flourished at Pine Hill School. We wish you all the very best with your new journey at Intermediate School.

A special mention and thank you to Wanley from Harcourts who sponsored the amazing selection of breakfast food as well as the ice-cream afterwards and coffee for our parents and teachers. Thank you to Lei from Raywhite who sponsored the hash browns which went down a treat. Thank you to our amazing parent helper group who have worked incredibly hard behind the scenes planning and putting the breakfast together this morning. There's been a menu to plan, food to buy, food to prepare and cook, decorations in the hall to put up,
tables to set up, year 6 graduation gifts to organise and put together. A lot of work behind the scenes. Thank you for our amazing team who made this morning happen.

Staff leaving at the end of 2023 and farewell assembly information

To our departing staff, our teachers, Mariëtte Fourie, Maggie Aldous and our Learning Assistants, Kurt and Liam, we wish you the very best on your new journeys. To our Deputy principal Sarah Ward, we wish you all the very best with your retirement. We have also found out on Thursday, that our Deputy Principal Kirstin Blanchard has been successful with a Deputy Principal position at Red Beach, closer to where she lives and will be starting there next year. Kirstin, we wish you all the very best with your new journey. We are holding a farewell assembly tomorrow, Tuesday for these staff members and a retirement farewell assembly for Mrs Ward on Wednesday. All parents are welcome to attend.

Preparation for 2024

We are fortunate to have talented people joining our team in 2024. We will be joined by
Sarah Cattell, deputy principal
Alex Duffin and Amy Koh, teachers joining the year 5 &6 team

Students will be able to meet their new teacher later this week. On Tuesday some classes will move to a new classroom for the last few days of the year. Classes affected will receive a notification through the School App.

Whanau connect meetings February 2024

For the first time we will have the opportunity for students, parents and teachers to start building relationships through ‘whanau connect meetings.’ Meetings will be held on Thursday 1st February, with bookings to be made available closer to the time on the School Interviews app. Further information will follow.

Our year 6 Basketball teams vs the teachers


Teacher Only Days and Term dates for 2024

There are four additional teacher-only days for primary and secondary schools in 2023 and 2024 to support the implementation of Te Mātaiaho | the refreshed NZ curriculum, the re-design of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and the NCEA Change Programme.

The first teacher-only days in 2023 were held in Term 2, and the second was in Term 4 2023. (In 2024, they will be held between 27 May and 7 June, and 21 October and 15 November.) In alignment with our Kahui Ako Schools our two Teacher Only Days in 2024 will be on June 4th 2024 and November 15th 2024. Please add these dates to your calendars.
Y5/6 Outdoor Education 2024
The Year 5/6 team will be having their outdoor education week from March 25 to 28 next year. Our programme will be based locally (it does not involve overnight stays) and have a range of activities for our students. We will require parent help for each of the days so please think about whether or not you might be available. Further information will be given at a meeting early in February.

Property Projects taking place over the Summer break at Pinehill School

Shade Sails
We have the Shade sails team coming in over the holiday break to fit shade sails over all our main playgrounds as well as doing replacement shades over the Hilary block court. The Hilary block is a hot spot area for our students with hand ball at break times and the current shade sails are due replacement. We thank the board for funding this project and are delighted with the shade that is coming to help keep our students safe at break times when the sun is at its hottest.

Exterior School Paint
The property team have been working alongside a painting team and Resene as well as a colour consultant on a plan for repainting Pinehill school with a new colour scheme. As you can imagine this has taken time. We are delighted the exterior repaint can go ahead in the school summer break, meaning our students won’t be disrupted in any way as it will be completed by the time our first learning term in 2024 commences.
We hope you will be just as excited with the fresh look as we are. These slides give you a snapshot of what is to come.

Athletics Day


Last Wednesday, Pinehill school Y4-6 athletes competed in the Cluster Athletics day at Sovereign Stadium. Our team finished 5th out of eight schools. Congratulations to our athletes for the effort they put into representing our school with Pinehill spirit. Special thanks to the parent helpers and Matua Liam who made sure our athletes got to their events at the right time. Congratulations to the following children for making it into the top three in their events:

Siuta Naufahu - 1st place Y5 boys shot put
Stella Tuanau - 1st Y5 girls100 and 200m, 2nd girls Y5 high jump
Thoma Williams - 2nd Y6 boys 400m, 3rd 200m
Daisy Yang - 3rd Y5 girls 800m
Zane van Heerden - 2nd Y5 girls discus
Kobe Taylor - 3rd Y4 boys discus
Ehani Huang - 1st place Y6 girls shot put

Upcoming Events

Tuesday 12th December - Pinehills Got Talent 11am - 12pm
Thursday 14th December - Last day of School 12.30pm

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