March 2023 Edition
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Term 1, Week 7 Wednesday 22nd March 2023

A message from the Principal

Kia ora tātou,

This week's message is coming to you from Camp Headquarters. I am privileged to be spending time with our Year 5/6 students, their amazing teachers and wonderful parent helpers at Camp Hunua.

Year 5/6 camps
Our Year 5 and 6 students are fortunate enough to be taking part in a three day and two night stay at Hunua Presbyterian Camp this week.
The camp is a great opportunity to make new friends, strengthen existing ones and form further bonds with teachers, as a class and as a year group. They will experience a range of activities which will challenge and excite them, including mountain biking, rock climbing, flying kiwi, bush craft, hiking and cooking. There will be some tired but happy children on their return!

Three-Way Conference dates and times
  • Wednesday 29th March 3.15pm - 6.00pm
  • Thursday 30th March 1.00pm - 7.00pm
The school will close at the normal time of 3.00 pm on 29th March with an early finish of 12.30 pm on 30th March.

PKC will open earlier on Thursday 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
School Closing at 12.30pm

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

The Resilience Project

Part 2: Gratitude

This week’s presentation from The Resilience Project focuses on Gratitude.
Gratitude is paying attention to the things that we have right now, and not worrying about what we don’t have. We practise this by noticing the positives that exist around us.
Research shows that practising gratitude rewires our brains to overcome the negativity bias (which can lead to anxiety and depression) and see the world for what we are thankful for. It is also shown to broaden thinking, and increase physical health through improved sleep and attitude to exercise.
View Part 2 of the series here - Gratitude
There are many ways in which you can practise gratitude, including starting a Wellbeing Journal.
Source: Psychology Today
For mental health resources and support information, visit The Resilience Project’s Support Page.

Class Awards -

Room 1 - Jun Goh
Room 2 - Quentin Lyu
Room 3 - Dahamlee Lekamge
Room 4 - Daaron Oberoi
Room 6 - Thimmoth Dadigamuwa
Room 7 - Laura Wang
Room 9 - Juseong Im
Room 10 - Olivia Zheng
Room 11 - Jeremy Wu
Room 12 - Lury Lee
Room 13 - Lucia wu
Room 14 - Borna Alghamiri
Room 15 - Cronos Haumaha - Anderson
Room 16 - Emily Sam
Room 17 - Aksel Machouche
Room 18 - Mia Zhang
Room 19 - Taylor Yuen Trivisawavate
Room 20 - Khloe Waaka

Players of the day

Flippaball - Issac Boyle

Friends of Pinehill School

No Snack Food Friday or Fun Food Friday this week

Bakers Delight Hot Cross Buns Fundraiser 2023
It’s our annual fundraiser with our favourite local bakery. Raise $2.00 from every 6-Pack sold!! Featuring five delicious flavours to satisfy any palate:
- Traditional
- Apple & Cinnamon
- Chocolate Chip
- Mocha
- Fruitless
Don’t miss out on this scrumptious opportunity. Online orders are open! Head over to our Kindo Online Shop now.
The last day for orders is Wednesday, 29 March. Delivery to school by Wednesday, 5 April. Each 6-Pack is selling for $12, with $2 contributing to our school fundraising towards new playground shades.
Yummy Stickers

Please keep collecting “Yummy” stickers from apples, nectarines, peaches and pears, and barcodes from “Yummy” fruit bags.

This is a year-long promotion. The stickers are exchanged for sports equipment. Last year your contribution helped us exchange more than $1,000 worth sports equipment for the school. Let’s do it again!

All stickers and barcodes need to be stuck on the official forms, downloaded from You can return the complete forms to the white box outside of the health room in the administration block. Thank you for your ongoing effort!

Second-Hand Uniforms Donation
If you have spare uniforms that your child no longer wears, please donate them for us to sell at our second-hand uniforms online store. We accept uniforms in any condition. However, we ask them to be in a clean and resalable state. Please hand in your donation to the school office. Thank you very much for your generosity!
FOPS volunteers operate this online store to raise money for the new kapa haka uniforms for our tamariki. The volunteers gave up their time to make this possible. Therefore, the store does not have set opening hours. We thank you for your patience and understanding. If you have urgent enquiries, please email us at
Pinehill School PTA - Friends of Pinehill School

Kindo - Ezi Lunch Easter Promo

Order ezlunch for delivery from Monday 27 March to Thursday 6 April and go in the draw to WIN a Lego Creator 3-in-1 White Rabbit. The winner will be drawn on Thursday 6 April 2023 and be notified by phone and/or email. Every lunch order gets another chance to win. Go to to start ordering.

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