May 2024 Edition
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Term 2, Week 2 Wednesday 8th May 2024

A message from our Principal

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

A very warm welcome back to Term 2 to all of our students and whānau.
We have had a fantastic start to the term and the children have come back motivated, engaged and ready for an exciting learning journey ahead.
This term, Mrs Trotter has opened room 12 with nine Year 0 students and more to come. We started the term with a Pinehill whakatau to welcome our new Pinehill people since the last whakatau, including our new staff, Room 12 and 34 new students and their families. It is important to us that your move to our school is as easy as possible. If there is anything you need to know, please do pop in and ask. No question is ever too small.

During the school holidays, we had contractors onsite, working on property projects throughout the school.
This included installing heat pumps in the Information block (DPs office and library), cleaning the outer and inside roof top of the ‘Taumaru’ (Shade/shelter top), tree trimming and plumbing and installation of new water fountains on our school grounds. Including installation of an extra water fountain installed outside Room 19, meaning we have closer water access when playing on the top playground. We are looking flash!
I would like to thank the BoT (Board of Trustees) for their support of funding the new fountains. A couple of the students have informed me that the water now tastes better than it did before.

Pinehill Way
Find out more about our School Values known as ‘The Pinehill Way’ here

Term 2 Spotlighting on the Pinehill Way Values of Respect and Integrity
You may have heard your child discussing the ‘Shout Out’ box at school. This is a house leader school project which is an acknowledgement system, designed to promote our school values and recognise when our students are displaying these both in and out of the classroom.
Last term in class, we focused on our value of ‘Responsibility’. To reinforce this, paper tickets are handed out to students when they are caught displaying this value around our school. These tickets are given to students who then put them into the ‘Shout Out’ box. All ‘shout out’ box students are acknowledged at assembly and one ticket is drawn out to focus in on and highlight at assembly.

This term our classroom/school spotlight value focus is on ‘Respect’ and ‘Integrity’. We are exploring what Respect and Integrity looks like, sounds like and feels like, in different settings (in the classroom, at assembly, in the library, during cross country training, on a trip, when using our new water fountains, when looking after our school - picking up rubbish, etc).
You can help us at home by discussing our school values and how you see these in action out of the school gates and at after school sports events, in the household et
Term 2 School Events Snapshot
We have many exciting events, and we will continue to update you with dates and further information closer to the time of these events. A snapshot of events coming up includes Cross Country, Pink Shirt Day, Mathex and Matariki.

We are excited to make some changes this year to how we approach Cross Country running, as we look to cater for all of our students' abilities. This year we will be holding two separate events.

Week 4 - Tuesday 21st May at 1:30pm - Y4-Y6 Competitive Cross Country
The first event will be the Y4-Y6 Competitive Cross Country event (like what we have traditionally held at Pinehill). This year it will be an opt-in event for our competitive runners in Years 4-6 who would like to be a part of a competitive event and/or qualify for the Inter School Cross Country event held later in the term in week 7, Thursday 13th June.

Week 4 - Thursday 23rd May at 1:15pm - Whole School FUN RUN
This will be an obstacle course Fun Run event, held at school. All our students will participate in the Fun Run.
1:15pm-1:45pm Y4-Y6 will run the ‘Fun Run’
2:00pm-2:30pm Y0-Y3 will run the ‘Fun Run’

Here is an example of what our Fun Run will be similar to

In preparation at school for our whole school FUN RUN Cross Country, training is starting for all classrooms. Please ensure your child is wearing clothing they can comfortably move/run in. And please name all those items of clothing (including shoes) that tend to get taken off during the school day.

In preparation at home for the day of the whole school FUN RUN, students are encouraged to wear old or non-precious white or pale coloured clothing that will end up coloured (non-toxic coloured powder part of the run), muddy and no doubt grass stained BUT will look awesome and tell a story of the event at the conclusion.

How can you help?
We would love to include hay bales and giant inner tubes (8-10 tyres) in the fun run as part of the obstacles. If you can help with this, please contact

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

Pink Shirt Day

Pinehill School is joining the movement on Pink Shirt Day (Friday 17 May 2024), and
encouraging our staff and students to Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak up,
Stand Together, Stop Bullying!

Bullying in Aotearoa is a real problem. We have the third-highest rate of school bullying out of 36 OECD countries and one in five workers feels discriminated against or bullied at work. Those bullied are far more likely to experience mental health issues.
Pink Shirt Day works to reduce bullying by celebrating diversity in all its forms and supporting
schools, workplaces and communities to be safe, supportive, welcoming and inclusive for everyone.

To celebrate this important kaupapa we encourage all members of our community to wear pink or pink-like colours on Friday 17th May. We will be fundraising on this day so bring a donation to support this worthwhile cause. Your support will help reduce bullying in Aotearoa by enabling the Mental Health Foundation to raise awareness about bullying prevention, fund workshops and supply thousands of free resources that promote inclusive workplaces, schools, and communities.
In classes, we will be talking about what Pink Shirt Day means and participating in some fun activities to support our understanding.

The foundation is also running a colouring competition. You can enter directly here.

You can learn more about Pink Shirt Day here.

Returning to School following an illness

As the term begins we are noticing a busy Health Room as Autumn/Winter illnesses are upon us already.
The Ministry of Health has the following guidance for children returning to school following vomiting or diarrhoea. If a child is free of those symptoms for 48 hours, they can attend school again. Please see the winter wellness guidance for parents, caregivers and whānau to reflect the following points:
  • If a child has been unwell with a respiratory illness other than COVID-19, they can return to school 24 hours after they have significantly improved and are behaving/eating normally.
  • Following vomiting or diarrhoea, a child should be symptom free for 48 hours before they can return.
  • If they still have a runny nose or dry cough without any other symptoms such as a fever, vomiting or diarrhoea, then they are unlikely to be infectious and can be considered well enough to attend school.
The following link was shared last year but remains very relevant. To read the winter wellness advice go to:
Winter wellness guide for tamariki [DOCX, 22.0 KB]

Better Start Literacy Approach Meeting

Dear Whānau
Our year 0 - 3 classes are using a newly available, research-based, way of teaching reading and spelling which Pinehill School began in 2021.
It is called the Better Start Literacy Approach.
You are invited to come and hear about this Approach and learn about how you can support the reading journey for your child at home.
Day and Time: Thursday 16th May - 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Place: Staffroom

Chinese version
我们学校 0-3 年级的学生们从2021年开始使用一款新的教学程式,此款程式注重于英文的听读写。
这款程式的名字是“ Better Start Literacy Approach”, 详细介绍可以到它的网站查询

时间:5月16日 星期四 下午3:15 - 下午4点
地点: 学校的员工室

Korean version
친애하는 학부모님께
저희 파인힐 학교에서는 0-3학년 학생들을 대상으로 “Better Start Literacy Approach (”라는 교육방법을 시행하고 있습니다.
2021년에 나온 이 프로그램은 학생들이 읽기와 스펠링을 익히는데 있어서 효과적입니다.
이 프로그램에 대한 자세한 내용 및 자녀의 읽기와 스펠링을 도울 수 있는 방법을 알고자하시는 부모님들을 모셔서 설명드리고자 합니다.

날짜와 시간: 5월16일 (목), 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
장소: 교무실 (스텝 룸)

Before School and After School Care

Please contact Rochelle from Premium Kids Care on 027 325 3229 for their onsite based care before and after school.

Oscar approved Winz subsidies are available.

Walking to School 2 Week Pizza Challenge

Walking to School 2 Week Pizza Challenge will take place in Week 3 and Week 4. The class that has the most walkers over the two weeks will win $100 worth of pizza for lunch.

Students can earn points by walking all the way or part of the way to school. The simplest way is to walk all the way to school.

However, if they need to come some of the way by car, then there are two drop-off points.
1 - On the corner of Hugh Green Drive and Bundoran Way, from where they walk up Hugh Green Drive and in the front gates.
2 - On the corner of Spencer Road and Maidstone Place, from where they walk along Spencer Road and in the top gate at the drop-off zone.

Students who are dropped off at the drop-off zone, or in front of school will not earn house points.

They will be met close to the gates by House Leaders who will give them stickers to add to their class chart.

Walking to school is a great way for students to get fit, and talk with their friends. It will also free up the streets around the school by taking some cars off the road which will improve the environment for all of our regular walkers.

本学期步行上学周将持续两周 - 第3周和第4周。在这两周内步行上学人数最多的班级将赢得价值$100的比萨午餐!
1 - 位于Hugh Green DriveBundoran Way的拐角处,从那里步行至Hugh Green Drive并通过学校正门进入学校。
2 - 位于Spencer RoadMaidstone Place的拐角处,从那里沿着Spencer Road步行,并通过上下车区域(drop off point) 的侧门进入学校。
House Leaders会在每个门口迎接学生,并派发贴纸以添加到他们班级的积分表上。

Friends of Pinehill School

Fun Food Friday This Week!
It’s Fun Food Friday this week. Online orders close tonight - Wednesday, 8 May.
Please place your orders using the Kindo Online Shop.

Cookie Time Special Edition Fundraiser
Thank you to all the wonderful families who supported our special edition cookie
fundraiser! We're delighted to announce that all orders have been delivered to your
child’s classroom. Your enthusiastic participation made this event a sweet success
and helped us move closer to our goals. We truly appreciate your contributions and
hope you enjoy these delicious treats as much as we enjoyed bringing them to you.
Your support makes a real difference, and if you have any questions, please email us

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 of sports equipment for the school. Let’s do it again!

Pinehill School PTA - Friends of Pinehill School

Sports X is coming to Pinehill School - Term 2

If you have a child interested in soccer or rugby after school, please click on the below link for registration.

Sports X - Soccer and Rugby after school at Pinehill

Star of the week


Class Awards

Room 1 - Targitai Zaseev and Aisen Krivoshapkin
Room 2 - Amaya France and Soyou Kim
Room 3 - Edus Huang and Nicholas Xu
Room 4 - Maru Im and Daniel Liu
Room 6 - Luka Antic and Alex Carter
Room 7- Zahri Pritchard and Archer Ying
Room 8 - Boyao Liu
Room 9 - Ori Jing and Daniel Kim
Room 10 - Hugh Reddish and Aubree Huo
Room 11 -Marie Esterhuizen and Lucas Zhou
Room 12 - Zion Muriri
Room 13 - Nadia Yao and Erada Tayierjiang
Room 14 - Margaux Guillot and Jessica Eath
Room 15 - Rocco Robinson - Lea'aetoa and Ellie Sheehan
Room 16 - Davika My and Austin Bai
Room 17 - Andrew Kuo, Emma Dong and Sally Xiao
Room 18 - Lucas Feng and Rubab Siraj
Room 19 - Yeric Yang
Room 20 - Lott Zeng and Jeremiah Taupau

Players of the Day

The following students have received player of the day in their sport teams .

Michael Zhu
Maia Skudder
Rocco Robinson - Lea'aotoa
Quentin Lyu
Daniel Zhou

Year 5 and 6 students requiring English lessons ?

If your child/ren are in years 5 or 6 and require English lessons please see ad below for course 2.

Evans Kebabs

We have been offered a fundraising opportunity with Evans Kebab Northcross. If any family of Pinehill school buys any meal from them, the school will receive $2 from their purchase.
Just mention Pinehill School when ordering!!

178 Carlisle Road, Northcross, Auckland 0632

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