June 2024 Edition
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Term 2, Week 6 Wednesday 5th June 2024

Message from our Principal

Kia ora tatou, Mālō e lele, Ann yeong haseyo, Ni hao, Dzień dobry
I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful long weekend with their families. It was delightful to see the children arrive at school this morning, full of stories about their weekend adventures and feeling refreshed for the week ahead.

Teacher Only Day
Our staff participated in professional learning onsite yesterday with our facilitator Brenda MacPherson on Cultural Competencies and Te Mataiaho (NZ Curriculum Refresh). This was the first Teacher Only Day mandated by the Ministry of Education. Our second Teacher Only Day will be in Term 4 on Friday 15 November.

Māori Whānau Hui – 26 June, 3.30pm
We invite you to our Pinehill whānau hui. This informal event is a great opportunity to meet and connect with other Māori families at our kura. We hope the event will foster a relational space to enhance outcomes for our Māori students. Tamariki are warmly welcome to participate.
Who: Whānau and kaiako of Pinehill School
What: Meet, connect, and share your thoughts on a redesign and new kapa haka uniforms for our school.
For catering purposes, please RSVP by 24 June using this form. We look forward to seeing you there.

As we get further into the school term and year, we would like to remind you of the importance of good attendance for all students. Every day a student is absent is a lost opportunity for learning. Too many absences not only can affect learning progress and achievement for the absent student but also can affect your child’s friendships and social skills as well as increase their anxiety levels.

Attendance Matters
As you may be aware, The Ministry of Education has set attendance targets for all schools in NZ and has attendance requirements and information to heighten awareness of the importance of attending school each day and to improve school attendance in all of our schools. If your child is healthy, they should be in school.
Student Attendance - Education in NZ
What Can Families Do?
Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and themselves. Good attendance will help children do well in school, college and in their careers.
What you can do:
Make sure you know the term dates and details of any days your child is not required to attend e.g. teacher-only days (check the school app and newsletters for communication on this).
  • Avoid taking students out of school time e.g. for holidays or shopping days. Wherever possible arrange family holidays during the school holidays.
  • Make sure your children arrive on time to school.
Attendance Notifications
Pinehill School sends automated Attendance text Notifications to parents whose children are marked “Unknown absence” on a given school day. Parents receive a text message and/or email to notify them of the unknown absence. If there is no response, a phone call will follow.

We also realise that there are a number of valid reasons why your child may be late to school. Please send a note or call the school in advance if you know your child will be out of school ahead of time.
Student Attendance - Education in NZ

ERO Attendance Report
Pinehill School Policy Attendance Procedures

Pinehill School Policy on Student Attendance
If you have concerns about your child’s attendance and you need some support or would like to discuss further, please contact their teacher and/or Deputy Principal so we can work together to help make improvements. Thank you for your support.

Layby Area on Spencer Rd
Over the last few weeks, we have received support from a local traffic warden and our community constable, Tania Wansink, to support our community with safe driving practice, particularly on Spencer Rd.
However, I am saddened by the continued unsafe driving and parking behaviours in our layby area. Weekly, I receive emails about this issue. It is our collective responsibility to ensure our school is safe for our children, including during pick-up and drop-off times. The traffic warden and community constable will continue to support us and have provided the following reminders:
  • NO PARKING in the layby. It is a drop-off and pick-up area only.
  • In the morning, you may use the layby for a maximum of 2 minutes. If you need more time, please park in a side street and walk to the school.
  • Drive into the layby in the correct direction to avoid oncoming traffic and allow more cars to fit and keep traffic flowing.
We all need to follow these procedures to ensure our children’s safety. If you see unsafe driving or parking, please send a photo and the number plate to the Community Roadwatch NZ Police team who will support with further education.
We look forward to seeing responsible and safe driving and parking in our layby area from this afternoon onwards.
Medicine Authority Form
With cooler weather setting in, some students are bringing medication to school. Please note that the school will only administer prescription medication to students whose parents have completed a medicine authority form. Please see our medicines policy alongside all our school policies.
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There was so much fun at our first Pinehill Fun Run. It was wonderful to see so many parents and whānau supporting our children. I loved seeing the colourful t-shirts afterward, which the children were proud to show off. If you missed it or would like a recap, please click on the link to see the video.

Staff Update
Mrs Mills, teacher in R11, will be taking maternity leave later next term. We have secured an outstanding teacher, Mr. Mark van Dam, to teach in Room 11 while Mrs. Jess Mills is on leave. Mark has spent time in various classrooms at our school and has recently visited Room 11 to meet with Jess Mills. He will continue to liaise with Jess and the Year 4 team to support a smooth transition towards the end of August, next term. We are excited for Jess’s journey into parenthood and wish her and her husband all the very best with this amazing journey ahead.

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

Michael Vaughan - Evening Presentation

We are excited to welcome psychologist Michael Vaughan, who will share current research about children and screen time, including helpful strategies for parents. This will be an interactive evening aimed at supporting you with guiding your child in effectively using technology.

Please RSVP to Vicki Nabete at vicki@pinehill.school.nz so we can estimate attendance. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity—it promises to be a great evening!
Thursday 20th June at 6 pm in the Pinehill School Staffroom.

Winter illnesses, health and vaccination information and reminders

Winter illnesses are taking hold across the motu, with ‘flu season’ arriving earlier than normal. Aotearoa is also at a high risk of a measles outbreak with immunisation rates dropping off since COVID-19. Please see the link for Te Whatu Ora advice as shared by the Ministry of Education and MMR vaccine information.
If you have received an email requesting vaccination records, could they please send this through to the school office so we can keep records up to date as required.

Measles information – Ministry of Education

Find out if you need a measles vaccination – Te Whatu Ora

Te Whatu Ora has more information on measles on its website:

Measles – Te Whatu Ora
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

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.

Disco 3rd July - Looking for Helpers

Calling All Helpers for the School Disco - Wednesday, 3 July!
We need your help to make our school disco a night to remember! Parents,caregivers, and family members – your support is crucial to ensuring a fun and safe event for our students. Whether you can assist with setup, sales, or clean up, every little bit helps.
● Junior Session: 5:00 – 6:15 pm
● Senior Session: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
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 session
Please email pinehillfops@gmail.com, and we will get in touch with you. We appreciate your support!

Disco tickets will be on sale in the Hall Foyer: CASH ONLY
● Thursday 27 June, Monday 1 July, Tuesday 2 July:
○ 8:30 am - 9:00 am Disco Ticket Sales
○ 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm Disco Ticket Sales
● Wednesday 3 July:
○ 8:30 am - 9:00 am Disco Ticket Sales
○ 4:45 pm Junior Disco Door Sales
○ 6:15 pm Senior Disco Door Sales
Let’s work together to create an unforgettable evening for our kids! 🎉🕺💃

Friends of Pinehill School

Fun Food Friday This Week!
It’s Fun Food Friday this week. Online orders close tonight - Wednesday, 5 June.
Please place your orders using the Kindo Online Shop.

Cookie time Fundraiser - See flyer below


The Pinehill Flippa Ball teams (mini water polo) are seeking new members for both the newbie team and A Grade team. If you are a confident swimmer and keen to give it a try, come join one of our training sessions on Saturdays at the AUT Millennium Pool at 5.30pm-6.15pm. Training dates for the remainder of term 2 are 8 June, 15 June and 22 June. Please email Amber - amberkali@gmail.com if you are wanting to come along.

Super Cluster Basketball Day

On Tuesday 28th May we sent a year 5 team and a year 6 team to the Bays Supercluster Basketball Zone Day. We had great success and both teams finished second in their pool, earning them a spot in the semi finals. The year 6 team finished 4th after a hard fought loss to Browns Bay. The year 5 team had the reverse result, beating Browns Bay to finish 3rd. It was a fantastic day with everyone showing the Pinehill way and displaying great sportsmanship. Thank you to our amazing coaches, Amber and Junior, for all the hard work.

Basketball Expression of Interest

2024 Semester 2 Basketball registrations
Semester 2 basketball registrations are now open! If your child would like to play basketball in semester 2 (term 3 and 4) please fill in the google form by Friday 7th June 5:00 pm. Any questions please email sport@pinehill.school.nz

Basketball Expressions of Interest Form - Semester 2

Class Awards

Room 1 - Leili Ahmadi and Linnea Than
Room 2 - Ian Niroshan and Khloe Waaka
Room 3 - Aria You and Dylan Yang
Room 4 - Krinelle Ng and Lucas Wang
Room 6 - Jacky Huang and Jason Chen
Room 7- Annie Xie and Esther Gan
Room 8 - Michael Tang and Timothy Zhang
Room 9 - Keira Abramova and Victoria Meshkova
Room 10 - Harper Fu and Charlotte Song
Room 11 - Tanaka Phiri and Olivia Qin
Room 12 - Sabrina Zhang and Matthew Ma
Room 13 - Alice Silvestre Pereira and Ruby Bosman Andrews
Room 14 -Amal Arif
Room 15 - Melissa Pove and Brielle Wijaya
Room 16 - Asees Kaur and Albert Vong
Room 17 - Mankirat Kaur and Yuri Hur
Room 18 - Adam Hozayen and Lucas Feng
Room 19 - Hendrix Bayot and Noor Hassan
Room 20 - Devanshi Nair and Sky Perez

Sports X

Sports X are back next term and if you are interested please register using the link below.
Sports X - Term 3 Registrations

Rangitoto College Korean Night - free dress rehearsal performance for Kāhui Ako families

We're very excited to announce the Rangitoto College's Korean Night dress rehearsal is happening on TUESDAY 4th June 3:30pm-5:30pm, and the college students have worked exceptionally hard towards this show. No minimum age limit with no ticket required - parents to accompany primary students please.

The evening show will be on Friday 7th June, 6pm-10pm, tickets are $8, available at the door.

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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