July 2024 Edition
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Term 2, Week 8 Wednesday 19th June 2024

Message from our Principal


Kia ora tatou,

Ngā mihi o Matariki, te tau hou Māori. Happy Matariki everyone!
Matariki is coming up. This year in New Zealand nationwide, Matariki will be acknowledged and celebrated as a public holiday on Friday 28th June. Matariki is the Maori New Year. It is an important time to celebrate the earth and show respect for the land. It is about coming together, sharing stories, acknowledging the past and those who have passed away, planning for the future, and feasting on the crops they have harvested.

Matariki Learning Festival at Pinehill - Thursday 27th June at 11:15am
You are all invited to join us in the school hall next Thursday, 27th June at 11:15am for our Matariki Learning Festival. Our phenomenal Kapa Haka group will open our learning festival, and to follow our Year 1-6 students will take to the stage to showcase their incredible learning journey through Matariki. We hope you can come along and join us for a spectacular morning of the integrated learning areas of science, social studies, dance, drama, visual art and well-being encapsulating Matariki learning. We will finish up the morning and celebrate the spirit of Matariki with a shared lunch. All are welcome. We hope to see you there. A truly fitting way to finish Week 9 at Pinehill School as we head off to a long weekend with Friday 28th June being a Matariki Public holiday.

Kapa Haka Matariki Festival at Murrays Bay School
We are very proud of our Kapa Haka group (100 students) who attended and performed at the Matariki Festival last Thursday at Murrays Bay School, alongside our Cluster - Mid Bays School Kapa Haka groups. They did a fantastic job and represented our school with pride and mana. It was pretty special to have some of our ex Pinehill students from last year (now at Intermediate School) come and join in with our Kapa Haka group for the last two songs of the set also. Many thanks to our Kapa Haka teachers, Karen Blau, Alastair Rogers and Kurt Jones as well as the parents who assisted.

Cluster Cross Country
Congratulations to all the runners who represented Pinehill School at the Super Cluster Cross Country last Thursday. Mr van Beusekom and Mr Duffin attended this event with our runners and came back full of praise. Praise for the effort our runners put in and praise for the wonderful ambassadors our runners were for Pinehill School. Special mention to Daisy Yang who placed 2nd overall in the Year 6 girls event, and to Claire Li who placed 3rd overall in the Year 5 girls event. We are very proud of all our runners and their efforts at the Cluster Cross Country as well as their display of the Pinehill Way outside the school grounds in this cluster school event year.

School Disco - Wednesday 3rd July
The school disco is coming up! There is much excitement amongst the students as we draw nearer to our school Disco on Thursday evening. The theme is ‘Pyjama Party Disco’ and we look forward to our tamariki turning up in their PJs and enjoying an evening of connecting with friends, dancing, enjoying food treats and having fun. Please note the disco is for current students attending Pinehill School only (no pre school or ex students). The Junior Disco (Y0-Y3) is first up at 5:00pm, with a 6:15pm finish and pick up. The doors will open for the Senior Disco (Y4-Y6) at 6:30pm with an 8:00pm finish and pick up. We ask students don’t bring more than $10 to spend on drinks and snacks and that they have something secure to keep their spending money in (jacket zip up pocket, disco zip up handbag that can be worn over the shoulder etc and kept zipped up while students are mixing, mingling and of course dancing). Thank you to our FOPs committee members for your organisation of this event. We can’t wait.

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

Mathex Interschool Competition

This morning, 16 students from across the Year 5/6 Team participated in this annual event hosted by Northcross Intermediate. Much brain power was involved and much fun was had. We were very impressed with all the teams’ effort and positive attitude.

Team 1 Team 2 Team 3 Reserves
Allen Bai Gina Huang Maisy Yang Hannah Zhang
Amy Kim Annie Xie. Laien Liu Oscar Yang
Daniel Zhou Caspar Guo Danie lLiu Winston Zheng
Ping Ping Gao David Su Archer Ying Serena Ma

Although we did not get a placing this year, the experience was challenging and a real “Dis!” moment, and Maths was definitely the winner on the day. Thank you to the parents who supported us on the day.

Veronica Donaldson and Marg Milne

Michael Vaughan - Evening Presentation

Tomorrow we have psychologist Michael Vaughan, who will share current research on children and screen time, including helpful strategies for parents. This interactive evening aims to support you in guiding your child in effectively using technology. It's not too late to sign up for this informative session.
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!

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.

Pinehill School Art Exhibition

Can you help? Truck required

In September, Pinehill is holding its biennial Art Exhibition. For this event, we hire screens which we pay quite a bit of money to transport to and from Pinehill. We wonder if there is a parent who has a small truck who would generously donate their time and truck to help with transportation, even one way.
There are 30 screens in total - 15 sized 1800 x 2000 cm; 15 sized 1200 x 2000 cm.
If you are able to help, please contact mark@pinehill.school.nz or 021722529

Friends of Pinehill School


Fun Food Friday This Week!
It’s Fun Food Friday this week. Online orders close tonight - Wednesday, 19 June.
Please place your orders using the Kindo Online Shop.

Home Baking Donations for Disco Night Calling all bakers!
We are excited to announce that we accept home baking donations for our upcoming Disco Night. Your delicious treats will help make the event even more special and delightful for everyone, whether it’s cookies, cakes, brownies, or any of your favourite recipes.
Please bring your baked goods to the school office on the morning of 3 July. As we do not have refrigeration facilities, please ensure your items can be stored at room temperature. Make sure to label your items with any potential allergens. Let’s come together to create a night of fun, music, and mouthwatering delights! Thank you for your support, and happy baking! Thank you for your support! 🎉🕺�

Cookie time Fundraiser - See flyer below

Shield Winners - Week 6 & 7

Room 1 - Tina Dehar and Nikki Li
Room 2 - Keion Gunarathne and Oliver Mariz - Rezende
Room 3 - Anna Tian, Max Early and Mia Wang
Room 4 - Olivia Zheng and Sejun Kim
Room 6 - Linda Zhang and Euson Huang
Room 7 - Derek Liu and Micah Nunis
Room 8 - Jack Ma and Clara Kim
Room 9 - Samantha Tamayo and Sarah Lin
Room 10 - Elaine You and Haytham Hassan
Room 11 - Leo Song and Maia Skudder
Room 12 - Kerina Lin and Jean Sebin
Room 13 - Rahma Hozayen and Roman Karpov
Room 14 - Camille Yang and Guwani Rupasinghe Arachchige
Room 15 - Kitty Shen and Marcus Zhang
Room 16 - Deeksha Deepak and Coco Li
Room 17 - Lucas Sun
Room 18 - Rua Han and Aleen Hassan
Room 19 - Dong Dong Ma and Sami Elbeltagi
Room 20 - Megan Moyle and Derek Song

Player of the Day

Magic - Yr 5 Basketball
Daniel Liu and Sejun Kim
Bulls - Yr 3/4 Basketball
Hajun Kim and Louis Liu
Sealions - Flippaball
Kobe Taylor and Oscar Yang
Penguins - Flippaball
Hao Fu and Ella Zhang
Yr2/3 Pinehill Stars
Derek Song and Olivia Tangi
Yr 3/4 Pinehill Kiwis - Netball
Aubree Huo and Emily Yu
Yr 4/5 Mystics - Netball
Tess Bateup, Darren Chen and Eva Tangi
Yr 6 Ferns - Netball
Zané Van Heerden, Amy Kim, Darine Ahmend, Zoe Wood and Suraya Moharam

Stars of the Week

Oliver Zhang from Room 6

Zoya Qui from Room 4

SportsX - Every Tuesday and every Thursday - Term 3

Click below to register
sports-x.nz/auckland

Rangitoto College Crafts Workshop - Yr 3- Yr 6

Rangitoto College Chinese Night

The Rangitoto College students have poured their hearts and souls into this year’s show, and are eager to showcase their hard work by inviting our Kāhui Ako (local primary and intermediate school students) to their final dress rehearsal on Wednesday 26th June, 5pm–9pm.
Please note, no ticket is required, this is a free event, and there is no obligation to stay for the whole rehearsal - come when you can :D

Flooring Xtra

Caregivers
Flooring Xtra is pleased to offer an opportunity to Pinehill School caregivers, including grandparents. As long as your child is enrolled at Pinehill School, Flooring Xtra North Shore will provide you with a 20% discount on all your flooring needs. Also if you engage them during June or July 2024, you will have the option to make No Payment with No Interest for 18mths. Plus, a percentage of your sale will come back to our School, as a rebate. If you are interested to learn more please click this link https://form.jotform.com/241557488902870

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