March 2024 Edition
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Term 1, Week 8 Wednesday 20th March 2024

A message from the Principal

Kia ora tātou,

It was lovely to see so many families at our Pinehill School picnic. The picnic was a great opportunity for our new families to connect and meet other Pinehill families in our community as well as an opportunity for us all to picnic and catch up with each other. A big thank you to the amazing FOPS team and parent helpers for supporting such a wonderful event. The sushi and pizza pre orders were a hit and the food stands offered further food and drink options. Mr Whippy was incredibly busy all evening and it was wonderful to enjoy ice cream on one of the warmest evenings we have had all year. Our house leaders were fabulous, taking on sports games and table tennis competitions for all to enjoy. A wonderful evening had by all. We have included a snapshot of photos below from our picnic event.

Three-Way Conference dates and times
  • Wednesday 3rd April 1.15pm - 7:30pm
  • Thursday 4th April 3:30pm - 5:30pm
The school will have an early finish of 12:30pm on Wednesday 3rd April and close at the normal time of 3.00 pm on 4th April.

PKC will open earlier on Wednesday for families who are unable to collect their children at 12:30pm. If you are requiring your child to attend after school care on Thursday, please contact Liv - 021 373 229 to book a place.

The school library will also be open for supervision, for students who are not attending PKC but can not be picked up until 3pm. If you require this option, this form must be completed so we can organise enough adult supervision for students remaining at school until 3pm. Please click the link below - 3WC School Closing 12.30pm 3rd April

What do 3WC meetings look like?
Each family books in a 15-minute slot online to attend. Your child will talk to you about what they were learning and how well they achieved the learning, their strengths and weaknesses, their learning goals and how you can help them at home achieve these goals. An important thing to remember during the 3WC meeting is that the focus is on learning and not behaviour. If you have concerns around your child’s behaviour then please email or pop in and see the teacher when the matter arises.

Your Role as a Parent
To be an active participant in the discussion, the questions below may help. If English is your second language you are welcome to be supported by an interpreter.

Questions you could ask your child to help discuss their learning:
  • What have you been learning?
  • Tell me what you think you are doing well?
  • What helped with this learning?
  • What did you find difficult?
For these conferences we use an online booking system. To make an appointment go to - and follow the online instructions. Confirmation of your times will be emailed to you. You may change your appointments at any time. For those of you without online access at home or work you may make a booking through the school office.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

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


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Star of the Week.

Blake Hambrook

Netball -Expressions of Interest

Please click on the below link and fill out the form if your child is interested in playing netball this season
Netball expressions of interest form

Player of the Day

Penguins - Marcus Zhang, Austin Li and Oliver Zhang
Sealions - Daisy Yang, Oscar Yang and Lucas Song

Year 3/4 Pinehill Bulls - Hajun Kim
Year 5/6 Pinehill Magic - Oliver Zhang and Blake Hambrook
Year 5/6 Pinehill Celtics - Winston Zheng and Jonathan Qiao
Year 5/6 Pinehill Nuggets - Jason Chen

Class Shield Winners - Weeks 6 and 7

Room 1 - Hayley Lee and Avniel Kumar
Room 2 - Aiden Liu and Bosco Zhou
Room 3 - Michael Jin and Tracey Bai
Room 4 - Ellie Lu and Daisy Yang
Room 6 - Joy Lin and Jocelyn Xu
Room 7 - Georgina Feng and Troy Hanson
Room 8 - Pati Kang and Molly Pan
Room 9 - Kaylie Zhang and Islam Alothman
Room 10 - Ahaana Prasad and Varsha Vanga
Room 11 - Milla Langford and Xixi Xu
Room 14 - Amy Zhang and Miracle Niroshan
Room 15 - Jasmine Diano-Singh and Joshua Marange
Room 16 - Miranda Huang and Riyadh Capati
Room 17 - Hayley Yu and Toha van der Westhuizen
Room 18 - Adam Lim and Runithi Aliyar
Room 19 - Bella Kuang and Ray Yi
Room 20 -Nicole Cao and Aiden Wang

Friends of Pinehill School

Fun Food Friday This Week!
It’s Fun Food Friday this week. Online orders close tonight - Wednesday, 20 March.
Please place your orders using the Kindo Online Shop.

Cookie Time Special Edition Fundraiser
Join us in making a difference with every bite! For a limited time, we're offering this
special edition cookie crafted with love and care, perfect for sharing with friends
family, or treating yourself. Don't miss out on this sweet opportunity to contribute!
Let's spread joy, one cookie at a time. Order through Kindo Online Shop. Please
refer to the poster for more information. If you have any questions, please email us

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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