Inspiring active learners and leaders who make a difference

School Information

Pinehill School is very fortunate to have Premium Kids Care running onsite for before and afterschool care.

Before School Care – 7.00am to 8.30am

After School Care – 3.00pm – 6.00pm


Oscar Approved

Winz Subsidy Available

Bell Timings

8.15 am – School grounds open for students

8.50 am – Start of the school day

10.30am – 10.50am – Morning Tea

12.30pm – 1.30pm – Lunch Time

3.00 pm – End of School Day

Assembly – 
Every Tuesday at 2.15 pm in the school hall
Please check the school calendar or ring the office for any changes.
Level 2 Distance Learning Timetables
The Ministry of Education has launched Learning from home and Ki te Ao Mārama, two new websites to support teachers, learners, parents and whānau so that learning for children and young people can continue.
The websites include resources for parents and whānau, teachers and leaders. Resources span the learning pathway from early learning through to senior secondary, and more resources will be added as they’re developed.
The information and resources are available at Learning from home and Ki te Ao Mārama

Our reporting processes are designed to provide timely and quality information about your child’s learning.

At the beginning of term 1, your child will bring home a Student Information for Teachers sheet where you are able to fill in details of your child’s needs and interests. This assists class teachers in understanding your child’s learning needs and your aspirations for them in the coming year.

3 Way Conferences are held twice yearly at all class levels so that all children can share their learning outcomes with parents.  You will be advised of the details of these through our weekly newsletter in the weeks prior.

Written reports are issued at the end Term 2 and the end of Term 4.

All staff are available at other times to discuss your child’s learning.  The best way to make contact with your child’s teacher is via email.  See the staff page for email addresses.

Road Safety

As part of our Road Safety Campaign and to keep our students safe we have added some links to useful sites published by Auckland Transport.  We hope you find some of this information helpful.



Parking Safely

Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom programme that has shown a significant effect in reducing levels of aggression and bullying among school children while raising social-emotional competence and increasing empathy. This programme is being run in our three Year Four classes (8-year-old students). The instructors are Judy Mulder and Sarah Ward. Our philosophy is that if we teach the programme at this level, we are setting the students up to be effective role models in our senior school.
The programme has been operating at Pinehill School since 2008.

We have nine themes throughout the year.

  • Meet the Baby
  • Crying
  • Caring and Planning for a baby
  • Emotions
  • Sleep
  • Safety
  • Communicating
  • Who Am I?
  • Farewell and Good Wishes
  • Celebration
Each theme consists of a pre-visit, a family visit and a post-visit. There are 27 lessons in total. During the family visit our tiny teacher (our baby) and their Mum visit the classroom as honorary class members. The family visit 10 times between February and December, for 45 minutes, every 3-4 weeks. The students share in the milestones of the baby’s development. Through this face-to-face engagement, they become more understanding of the needs of others. This culminates with a celebration for the last visit in which the family is presented with a photo album. The lesson is centred around the green blanket. Through toys, music and observation the children celebrate the milestones of the baby.
The goals of the programme are :
  • To foster the development of Empathy (to put yourself in someone else’s shoes)
  • To develop emotional literacy
  • To reduce the levels of bullying, aggression and violence
  • To foster pro-social behaviours
  • To increase knowledge of human development, learning and infant safety
  • To prepare students for responsible citizenship and responsive parenting.


Here are some examples of writing from students in our Roots of Empathy Programme, which all our students in Year Four take part in.
Adam Wang – Room 1
Baby Visit 6 – 29/07/2016
We met baby Skylah today. This is the first week of the term. When I saw baby Skylah, I noticed she has a cold because her nose is red. Her hair has got much longer.
I was surprised because she can sit up without falling now and the thing that was unbelievable is she can crawl a little, that is a very big milestone. She can put her hand into the bowl and pull the fish back out.
For baby Skylah’s safety, mummy Bel uses a safety gate for lots of places that are dangerous. She might choke on a piece of lego because she has an older sibling.
She can crawl faster, sit up straighter than last time and grow more hair next time we see her.
Anthony Wong – Room 1
Baby Visit 7 – Communication
When I first saw baby Skylah come through the door I thought ‘wow’, she had lots of teeth growing and also she reached so many milestones today. She can crawl, she’s growing teeth, and she can hold two transparent balls and clap them together. Then Mrs Mulder threw one of the transparent balls to the other side of the mat. Baby Skylah didn’t go to them, but when mummy Bel went to where the balls were, then baby Skylah went to the transparent balls. After that, we sang some nursery rhymes. We sang these ones – Humpty Dumpty, Hickery Dickery Dock and Incy Wincy Spider. She was shy and when she was, we sang her a song, and then she calmed down. Next, she will grow more teeth.
Hedi Foldi – Room 5
Who am I – Baby Visit 8
Today we had a baby visit. Victoria could crawl all the way to the end of the blanket and back! Today she was making a lot of noise and made a big smile! First of all, she came in and played with one of the toys that had a mirror, hanger, chewing part and some patterns on either side. We also fed her and learnt what Victoria really liked.
Lucy Ranger – Room 5
Today we had our eighth baby visit. We all noticed that baby Victoria has grown SO MUCH HAIR. She was just playing with a toy when mummy Kesinya put the lanyard on the floor and baby Victoria started to CRAWL to it! When Mrs Mulder put the ball under the blanket and she found it again. The last time Mrs Mulder did that she couldn’t find it. She has learnt that if something goes out of her sight it has not disappeared. She crawled over to the other side of the blanket after the ball and she started playing with Olive’s skirt! We watched her eat so many bananas, cucumbers, a snack cracker, a piece of tomato and some capsicum. She had never had tomato before. She was clapping two balls together and we all gave her a clap. Her hands are so soft. We sang ‘If you are happy and you know it to her.

2016 Roots of Empathy

Pinehill Roots of Empathy families, students and teachers celebrated their year with Auckland RoE babies this week. We were privileged to have the founder of the programme, Mary Gordon from Canada join us. Jacinda Ardern, Labour MP and children’s advocate also spoke about the importance of what the students have been learning. Thanks to all the families who have participated in the programme and the babies who have taught us so much. The RoE charitable trust is continuing to search for funding to allow the programme to grow in NZ.

If you are interested in being a Roots of Empathy family please contact: or


A walking school bus is just like a school bus except children walk to and from school under the supervision of adult volunteers (often parents). This creates a safe and social journey to school.

Children are collected from stops along a planned route and dropped off at the school gate. Along the way they learn how to safely negotiate the road as well as socialise and share stories with friends and neighbours. What a great way to travel to school!

Walking school buses contribute to reducing the amount of traffic around schools. In Auckland there are more than 200 active walking school buses, with over 4,000 children walking to school. That’s a lot of active feet on the street.

How does it work?

Walking buses usually begin at 8.30am, but this depends on length of the route and the stop that the children get on at. Routes vary in length, usually about 1.5 km and/or a 30 minute walk at most. Most walking school buses walk the reverse route in the afternoon.

A walking school bus can operate all five days of the school week or as little as one day per week. This depends on the availability of parent volunteers.

If you are interested in a walking school bus route please contact the parent for the route you are wanting to join.

Walking School Bus (WSB)

 Pinehill Friends – Morning (everyday) Afternoon (currently unavailable)

    Departs 8.30am leaves from 30 Fernhill Way Oteha

    Contact – Lulu Li  email –

Pinehill Penguins – currently unavailable morning and afternoon

Benefits of the Walking School Bus  

Walking School Bus Road Safety and Hazard Identification Guidelines

This safety video is more for people who are already in the programme.  However, it is good for non-WSB people who are unsure of how safe WSBs are.


TravelWise is an ongoing project with a set of practical actions that aim to improve road safety and promote sustainable school travel journeys. It is a partnership between Auckland Transport and the school. Our school is committed to safe, active and sustainable travel to and from school.

The benefits include:

  • Reduced traffic congestion at the school gates, this improves safety for all children.
  • Reduction of polluting car emissions in the environment.
  • Helping children learn road safety skills and become familiar with their community.
  • Improved engineering infrastructure to promote walking / cycling within the school zone.
  • Encouraging walking / cycling to improve children’s fitness and health.
  • Encouraging walking / cycling to ensure that children arrive alert and ready to learn.
  • Promoting the Walking School Bus

The “TravelWise” school travel plan has been developed in consultation with the students, staff, and parents.

We encourage all our children to walk, or scooter to and from school.

In order to make this a safer process we have adopted a number of practices which we hope will encourage parents to support the idea of walking, scootering or biking to school.

  • We have a 40 kph speed zone around all the approaches to our school
  • We have supervised crossings on Hugh Green Drive and Spencer Road
  • We have a walking school bus route – currently cancelled due to lack of supervision.
  • Free High Viz vests are provided by Auckland Transport to children who have permission to scooter or bike regularly to and from school (forms are available at the School Office or click here)
  • Road Safety is taught regularly as part of our curriculum

More information about the TravelWise programme can be found at 

More information about TravelWise and Walking School Buses across Auckland can be found at

We use Kindo for our School Shop.

Please click here for more info

All stationery orders can be completed online by clicking here.

We’ve teamed up with Educational Essentials and Kindo to make getting school ready faster!
All Stationery packs can be ordered directly through your Kindo account.
If you would like to order additional or individual items for your child, please place an order on the website eelsupplies.
Stationery packs will be delivered to school packaged and labelled ready for the start of school.
* Headphones (only purchase if you do not have one already to use in class)

* Year 3 only will need to purchase a recorder (a musical instrument for music lessons)

You can also pay the School Donation and Activity Fee online with Kindo when ordering your stationery.

Education Review Office

Partners in Learning Booklet – Helping your child do well at school.  This booklet is for all parents and carers who want their child to do well at school.  The information in this booklet will help you know what to expect from your child’s school.  Please click here for the booklet.

  • Teacher Only Days 
  • Tuesday 4 June 2024
  • Friday 15 November 2024
Term Dates 2024
  • Term 1: Thursday 1 February (Meet Teacher Day) to Friday 12 April (Friday 2 Feb full school day)
  • Term 2: Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July 
  • Term 3: Monday 22  July to Friday 27 September
  • Term 4: Monday 14 October to Tuesday 17 December
2024 Holidays

Schools will be closed in 2024 on Saturdays and Sundays and on the following holidays:

  • Auckland Anniversary Day Monday  29 January (School holidays)
  • Waitangi Day: Tuesday 6 February
  • Good Friday: Friday 29 March 
  • Easter Monday: Monday 1 April
  • Easter Tuesday: Tuesday 2 April
  • Anzac Day: Thursday 25 April (School holidays)
  • King’s Birthday: Monday 3 June
  • Matariki: Friday 28 June 
  • Labour Day: Monday 28 October

Teacher Only Days: 

  • Tuesday 4 June
  • Friday 15 November