Calendar and Noticeboard


August 18

posted by Alison Bray   [ updated ]

Today is Ms Couldry’s last day for a while as she is going on maternity leave.  We wish her the very best and look forward to seeing her back in 2018.


Health and Safety - We discovered last year that we have a pecan nut tree on the bank above the field and near the new clinic.  The tree fruited for the first time last year - they take 20 years, we understand, to reach this stage. We discussed the matter at the last Board meeting, and felt that we would rather not remove the tree, and, instead, try to mitigate any risk to any children with nut allergies. To that end, we are going to set up fence-posts so that, during the fruiting period, the tree can be cordoned off. We are also going to create a garden around the tree, so that it generally becomes a no play area. If you would like to know which tree it is, or if you have any queries, please email me.


Mokoia Rd Road Patrol - Parents, please note that the Road Patrol comes off duty at 8:45, to enable the children to be in class for the start of day. Please ensure that your child is at the crossing before the patrol finishes. If you are able to help with crossing duty, please email arobison@birkenheadprimary.school.nz .

Children leaving the school grounds - Parents, please remind your child that once they have been dropped off or entered the school grounds in the morning, they must not leave the school again under any circumstances.

School Donations and Activity costs:  Thank you to all families that have made a donation to our school so far this year.  School donations are NOT compulsory but, over the years, most parents have made a school donation, for which we are extremely appreciative. As we are a high decile school, we receive minimum funding from the Ministry of Education. Your school donation significantly helps with the running of the school by providing extra resources, extra support and teaching staff, computer software, additional facilities, equipment, etc.  

All Payments can be made at the school office by cash/cheque in a named envelope, Eftpos or internet banking. If you would like to set up an automatic payment to pay the school donation, please contact the office.  

Details for internet banking and automatic payments are:

Birkenhead Primary School Bank Account ASB 12-3035-0499511- 00.  

Please use your child’s name and reason for payment as a reference.

CSI - Look out for the barrow this afternoon, outside the hall and around the school, before and after assembly. Bring gold coins to purchase fresh vegetables, fruit from our orchard or kawakawa balm.  

Mrs Sanders has obtained funding from the Kaipatiki local board and has planted several large native trees on the lower boundary of the field.  Also, Room 18 helped plant some shrubs around the walkway with funding from our paper recycling.


Ko ta matou rerenga o te wiki:

Kei hea nga putiputi kowhai?

Where are the yellow flowers?


Calendar

21 August - Tee Ball competition for Year 6 students

25 August - Daffodil Day.  Pikiake parade and performance.

Dress in yellow/green/orange and bring a gold coin donation to support the Cancer Society

1 September - Cross country

26 September – Triangles.  More information nearer the time.

29  September - PTA Quiz night

24 – 27 October – EOTC week.

 

Lots of Congratulations:

Maggie Barker, Christopher Wardle and Samuel Hui have made the hockey Primary Representative Development programme.  Well done!

Egor Grydasov from R11 has won the first of our Creativity Awards. Sponsored by Kara Barnston from Harcourts Cooper & Co.  This award will be given out every fortnight at assembly to someone who has displayed 'Awesomeness on an Art Day' with Miss Houghton. Not only does the winner get their own framed certificate and a book to take home but the school library also receives a book.

Congratulations also to the latest recipient of a Walking School Bus award:  Archie Frankham,  300 Walks.


Room 13 have written poems modelled on The Magic box, by Kit Wright.

The Magic Box

I will put in my box

a tear from my grandfather,

a secret from my family generations,

a black and yellow moon,

the sea welling up with happiness.

 

My box is fashioned from darkness and magic and tears,

with ice on the lid and secrets in the corners.  

Its hinges are ice golems, opening and shutting it.

Dijon Thin

 

The Magic  Box

I will put into the box

a sparkle of magic dust,

a sparkle of blue eel,

the tinkle of a crystal hibiscus.

I will put into the box a flaming feather from a fiery phoenix,

a red star and a flying cat,

an invisible hat and a purple bat.

 

My box is fashioned from gold and silver and diamond,

with marble on the lid and stars in the corners.

Its hinges are an ancient magician’s wand.

 

I will travel in my box to the land of dragons

and sit next to a tree of blossoms.

Nia Lord

 

Have a great weekend.

Nigel Bioletti, 

Principal


Outside Organisations

Come and visit Birkenhead Artisan Market in our fab new home - BPS Hall (we're all very excited to be at the School now). Saturday 19 Aug 9am - 1pm. Loads of stalls - food, gifts, home, beauty, wellbeing, clothing, baby... and more. Stallholder enquiries and any musically talented kids up for a spot of busking - please get in touch with Katie at birkenheadartisanmarket@gmail.com

 

August 11

posted Aug 10, 2017, 6:19 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Aug 10, 2017, 6:31 PM ]

Mrs Lapuste is back at work after visiting family and friends in Romania. She reports that the temperatures were 49 degrees some days where she was staying, and 50 degrees in some places!


Skating - I hope that your children enjoyed the skate opportunity last weekend. Due to the commission the school received from the operator, and the hard work of parents and children in making and selling foods and crafts, the weekend raised $3400 towards the Year Six Camp. Well done everyone! Special thanks to Charlotte Armstrong and Kiriana O’Connell for organising this fantastic event.


IT Gear - after a stocktake of the IT gear we have in the school, we have ordered $25,000 worth of new gear - ipads, Chromebooks, replacement chargers - funded by the Lion Foundation through our local Birkenhead Licensing Trust. Our wonderful PTA group is funding $3500 worth of headphones to enable the children to use the ipads apps independently.

 

Important reminder: Out of Zone enrolments - including 2018 Out of Zone younger siblings, and for new out of zone families:

If you have a child turning 5 next year and you are living outside of the school zone, please contact Elaine ASAP as you MUST complete an Out of Zone application form.  If you live within our zone and have a child starting school this year or next, please complete an enrolment form if you have not yet done so. If you know of a family who wish to enrol a child at this school in 2018, particularly if they have had a previous connection with the school, please tell them to contact the school urgently.

 

Class, Sibling and Individual photos:  PhotoLife will provide FREE delivery for all photos that are ordered and paid for by SUNDAY 20 AUGUST 2017.  Details for ordering are shown on the “shoot key’ form that was sent home.

 

Daffodil Day Friday 25th August - Whole school - Bring a gold coin donation to fundraise for the Cancer Society.  Dress in as much yellow/green/orange as you can!

Pikiake children will be parading around the school at 9am in their Daffodil Day hats followed by a performance of some songs in the hall for the rest of the school and parents/caregivers/whanau. Invitations to follow for Pikiake parents.

 

Centenary - The initial Centenary group met on Monday evening. We have set the dates March 8th, 9th as the centenary date in 2019. Our next meeting - 18 September. If you would like to be involved, please pencil the date in your diary. As a matter of interest, I believe that the school was declared open on the 1st February, 1919. We will need to mark that day at the start of 2019.

Thank you very much to parents who have volunteered to set up our 100th celebration.

 

Alumni Get together - September 14th - The school’s Learning Trust is organising an event at The Good Home - 6pm to 8pm - just a chance for adult ex-BPS students to catch up with each other. Please help spread the word. All very welcome.

 

Calendar

15 August - BOT meeting at 6pm in the staffroom.

1 September - Cross country

19 & 20 September – Whanake show, Tiki Tour.  More information coming shortly.

29  September - Tentative PTA Quiz night - we have to move from 22nd Sept to 29th, as the Electoral Commission has commandeered the hall for the election on the 23rd.

 

Congratulations to last week’s Principal’s Award winners:

Rm 1: Anthony Francis & Holly Littlewood,  Rm 2: Ben Champion & Lana Leng, Rm 3:  Jake Taylor-Gallagher. Rm 4:  Eli Brown & Lucca Manga, Rm 5:   Finley Horsman & Alexa Winslade, Rm 6: Lachlan Maher & Jimin Choe,  Rm 7: Noah Nicolson & Miller Ashley,  Rm 8:  Grace-Marie Linard, Rm 9: Asha Akbar-Muhsin & Ryan McPhee, Rm 10:  Mia Matsumoto-Cross & Nikita Carney, Rm 11:  Jaiden Mupfawi & Taylor McDonald,  Rm 12:  Caitlin King & Madelyn Meys, Rm 13:  Samuel Teague & Isla McHarg,  Rm 14: Sophia Tasker & Vinnie Anuzis,  Rm 15 :  Christopher Wardle & Bella Johnson, Rm 16: Sebastian Madrid & Aston Galletly ,  Rm 17:  Theo Brunt & Koby Clarkson, Rm 18:  Cameron Day & Annabelle Frankham.

 

Rippa:  We had a bit of luck with the weather for another magic day at the Rippa Rugby Tournament on Tuesday.  60 children competed against nine other schools.  We had some good results: the Year 5/6 Boys A team were 2nd equal, the Year 3/4 Boys A were 1st, and the Year 3/4 Girls were 4th in their respective divisions.  We were placed fourth on 13 points, after Beachhaven and Target Rd (16), and Verran on 15.  The final tournament day is 31 August.

 

Miniball/Basketball:  Games start next week. Players will be advised as soon as the draw is available.

 

Children’s Writing Room 2 have been learning about the jobs people do in our community.  Here are some of their ideas:

Policemen make the town safe. They catch bad guys and do good jobs. By Ben Champion

The builder is good at building. He can build boxes and he can build homes.   By Aina Akbar Muhsin

The doctor can help me. When I need it she gives me medicine. By Eva Court

 

Have a great weekend.

Nigel Bioletti, 

Principal

 

Outside Organisations

Birkenhead Tennis Club Open Day – Junior and Family Open Day is being held this Sunday.  Come join us in Verran Road, Birkenhead (behind the reservoir) between 1 and 5pm.  Special Offer for this season - For every junior member enrolled, their parent can enrol for $99 – conditions apply.

 

Northcote College is celebrating 140 years.  They have a Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/353773621641070/

August 4

posted Aug 3, 2017, 9:54 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Aug 5, 2017, 11:52 PM ]

Book week  -   Thank you so much for supporting our book week so generously. The commission we get on the book sales will enable us to buy approximately $2,500 worth of books from Scholastic. This is a huge injection of new books, which all 440 children will love reading, browsing, sharing.

A big thank you to Kerry Jones and Amanda Davies for organising the book fair and also to Mr Houghton, Victoria and Anna, and all of the wonderful parents who have helped in any way this week, especially Anne Graham.  Thank you very much.

The weather was kind for our book character parade and the children enjoyed walking through the shopping centre.

 


Ko ta matou rerenga o te wiki:

Turituri! Kei te panui ahau i taku pukapuka!

Sssshhhh! I am reading my book!

See the item below on our Ice Skate weekend. Parents – please help spread the word. The proceeds from the Skate weekend will help with Year Six  Camp costs.

Panuku Speech finals: Well done to all students who presented their speeches this term.  Congratulations to the following children who won places in the finals held earlier this week:

1st place- Jaime Govind, Year 5, ‘Nut Allergies’

2nd place- Zoe Peterson, Year 6, ‘Mindfulness’

3rd place- Koby Clarkson, Year 5 ‘Pollution’

Special mention- Joni Dickinson, Year 6, ‘Chocolate’

 

EZLUNCH REMINDER: Pita Pit lunches delivered to your child every Tuesday - find out more, register and order at www.ezlunch.co.nz. Convenient, delicious and fundraising for our school at the same time!


Calendar

8 August- Rippa Rugby tournament (postponed from 3 August)

8  August - PTA meeting at  7:30 in the staffroom.

15 August - BOT meeting at 6pm in the staffroom.

1 September - Cross country

29  September - Tentative PTA Quiz night - we have to move from 22nd Sept to 29th, as the Electoral Commission has commandeered the hall for the election on the 23rd.


Here are the latest recipients of Walking School Bus awards:

100 Walks Tag Only, Peter Ovsiiko and Merlin Tisch

200 Walks Tag Only, Joshua Munn


Class, Sibling and Individual photos:  PhotoLife will provide FREE delivery for all photos that are ordered and paid for by SUNDAY 20 AUGUST 2017.  If you do not wish to use the online system, please collect an order envelope from the office. Details for ordering are shown on the “shoot key’ that was sent home on Monday.

Payments should be made to PhotoLife, NOT the School.

 

BPS Ice rink Tour 4-6 August: Ice skating comes to Birkenhead! Bring your family and friends along to the hall for a fun ice skating session. This is a fundraiser for Year 6 students for their school camp, so they will also be offering a sausage sizzle, home baking, hot chocolates, crafts and lots of other fun activities to enjoy. Friday August 4th – 5-8pm, Saturday August 5th – 10am-5pm, Sunday August 6th – 10am-5pm. Kids only $7, Adults $13, Family $35 (Prices include ice skates, helmet & gloves).  Share the Facebook event with your friends: www.facebook.com/events/124526534799035  The Panuku teachers  have had the difficult, but delicious, job of judging the baking today.  The children decorated the cakes as everything from a hamburger to unicorns.  All of these wonderful creations will be on sale at the weekend.

 



See the item below on our Ice Skate weekend.

Parents – please help spread the word. The proceeds from the Skate weekend will help with Year Six  Camp costs.

Panuku Speech finals: Well done to all students who presented their speeches this term.  Congratulations to the following children who won places in the finals held earlier this week:

1st place- Jaime Govind, Year 5, ‘Nut Allergies’

2nd place- Zoe Peterson, Year 6, ‘Mindfulness’

3rd place- Koby Clarkson, Year 5 ‘Pollution’

Special mention- Joni Dickinson, Year 6, ‘Chocolate’

 

EZLUNCH REMINDER: Pita Pit lunches delivered to your child every Tuesday - find out more, register and order at www.ezlunch.co.nz. Convenient, delicious and fundraising for our school at the same time!

Calendar

8 August- Rippa Rugby tournament (postponed from 3 August)

8  August - PTA meeting at  7:30 in the staffroom.

15 August - BOT meeting at 6pm in the staffroom.

1 September - Cross country

29  September - Tentative PTA Quiz night - we have to move from 22nd Sept to 29th, as the Electoral Commission has commandeered the hall for the election on the 23rd.

 

Here are the latest recipients of Walking School Bus awards:

100 Walks Tag Only, Peter Ovsiiko and Merlin Tisch

200 Walks Tag Only, Joshua Munn

 

Class, Sibling and Individual photos:  PhotoLife will provide FREE delivery for all photos that are ordered and paid for by SUNDAY 20 AUGUST 2017.  If you do not wish to use the online system, please collect an order envelope from the office. Details for ordering are shown on the “shoot key’ that was sent home on Monday.

Payments should be made to PhotoLife, NOT the School.

 

BPS Ice rink Tour 4-6 August: Ice skating comes to Birkenhead! Bring your family and friends along to the hall for a fun ice skating session. This is a fundraiser for Year 6 students for their school camp, so they will also be offering a sausage sizzle, home baking, hot chocolates, crafts and lots of other fun activities to enjoy. Friday August 4th – 5-8pm, Saturday August 5th – 10am-5pm, Sunday August 6th – 10am-5pm. Kids only $7, Adults $13, Family $35 (Prices include ice skates, helmet & gloves).  Share the Facebook event with your friends: www.facebook.com/events/124526534799035  The Panuku teachers  have had the difficult, but delicious, job of judging the baking today.  The children decorated the cakes as everything from a hamburger to unicorns.  All of these wonderful creations will be on sale at the weekend.

 

July 28

posted Jul 27, 2017, 9:40 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Aug 7, 2017, 3:27 AM ]

Tena koutou katoa. Kei te pehea koutou?

Fantastic children! I have visited a number of Panuku rooms this week and have seen children delivering some amazing speeches, writing some fantastic pieces, working on their gadgets,Pikiake children working with Constable Harwood on their road safety awareness. It is always delightful to see a group of children working with their teacher, working out Maths problems, discussing a text …….. Well done children, and thanks to all our fantastic staff for the commitment they show for the children’s learning. We have a busy term ahead of us. We had a Matariki wrap up meeting yesterday. Feedback from parents, all very positive and constructive, was recorded, and a decision on annual or biennial will be made in Term Four.

PhotoLife Studios:  All class, sibling and individual photos have been uploaded and are now ready to view online.  Online ‘shoot key slips’ will be sent home with your child(ren) as soon as we have received them from Photolife.  This provides information about how to order and pay for your photographs. PhotoLife will provide FREE delivery for all photos that are ordered and paid for by SUNDAY 20 AUGUST 2017.  If you do not wish to use the online system, please collect an order envelope from the office. PLEASE NOTE:  All payments must be made to PhotoLife, NOT the School.

Calendar

31 July to 4 August - Book week

2nd August - Panuku Speech Finals

3rd August - Rippa Tournament

4th August - Book Character Parade - starting straight after roll call, followed by a whole school assembly.

8 August - PTA meeting

1 September - Cross country (whole school)

29  September - Tentative PTA Quiz night - we have to move from 22nd Sept to 29th, as the Electoral Commission has commandeered the hall for the election on the 23rd.


Book Week is Next week,  Monday, July 31 – Friday, August 4.

The theme for this year is ‘Myths and Legends from Around the World’.  

We hope parents or grandparents, or anyone from the many cultures we have at Birkenhead Primary, will come and share their own special traditional Myth or Legend with their child’s class. Please speak to your child’s teacher if you would like to do this. This could also lead to ideas for the Friday morning dress up parade. We hope to see dragons, taniwha, Roman heroes, Greek warriors, Irish giants, and many other mythical characters or creatures in our parade.  The parade leaves school at 9.15. School Assembly will follow the parade at approximately 10am.

 

The Book Fair is set up in our Library with hundreds of beautiful books for you to purchase. Classes are looking through the display today and it will be open for parents to view each day next week from 8.15 to 8.50 and 2.45 to 3.30. You will be able to buy books for home, and/or a book to donate to school, each day before and after school.  This is a major fundraiser for our Library and we get a percentage of sales, so we really appreciate your generosity.

 






Out of Zone enrolments - including 2018 Out of Zone younger siblings, and for new out of zone families:

If you have a child turning 5 next year and you are living outside of the school zone, please contact Elaine ASAP as you MUST complete an Out of Zone application form.  If you live within our zone and have a child starting school this year or next, please complete an enrolment form if you have not yet done so. If you know of a family who wish to enrol a child at this school in 2018, particularly if they have had a previous connection with the school, please tell them to contact the school urgently.


Reminders:

School starts promptly at 8.50am and the roll is called straight away.  If your child is late, it is important that they come to the office to sign in. Children should not be at school before 8.20am.  


School finishes at 3.00pm. Please ensure that your child is collected on time or knows how they are to be getting home each day.


Absences: Please leave a message on the absence line (480 7365 Option 1), or email absence@birkenheadprimary.school.nz for each day your child

is away.  Applications for all long term absences must be sent in writing and approved by the Principal, prior to the absence.

 

BPS Ice rink Tour 4-6 August: Ice skating comes to Birkenhead! Bring your family and friends along to the hall for a fun ice skating session. This is a fundraiser for Year 6 students for their school camp, so they will also be offering a sausage sizzle, home baking, hot chocolates, crafts and lots of other fun activities to enjoy. Friday August 4th – 5-8pm, Saturday August 5th – 10am-5pm, Sunday August 6th – 10am-5pm. Kids only $7, Adults $13, Family $35 (Prices include ice skates, helmet & gloves).  Share the Facebook event with your friends: www.facebook.com/events/124526534799035


BPS Centenary 2019: The school is turning 100 in 2019 and we are getting underway with planning our reunion weekend.  If you are interested in being part of the project team that will manage the event, please come along to our first meeting on Monday 7th August at 7.30pm in the staffroom.  Email Katrina on kanddking@xtra.co.nz if you can’t make the meeting but are interested in being involved.

 

Miniball/Basketball Uniforms: If your child is not playing miniball/basketball this semester, please return their uniform to the office as soon as possible, in a named bag.

Rippa Rugby: A reminder that the next tournament is on Thursday, 3 August.  Please advise Mrs Sanders if your child is unable to play. Team lists will be sent out next week.  The savaday is the following Tuesday.

Gardening Club: This meets on the first Thursday of the month, after school.  We 'muck in' for as long as we like, and children are welcome too.  Meet outside the library next Thursday if you wish to join this happy, healthy group!  Any questions, then email jsanders@birkenheadprimary.school.nz.

Congratulations to last week’s Principal’s Award winners: Rm 1: Jazz White & Chloe Trueman,  Rm 2: Meika Kneijber & Charlie Rose Lloyd, Rm 3:  Alicia Lyle & Joshua Fountain-Jones, Rm 4:  Niamh Maier & Bella Alley, Rm 5:  Lauchie McRae & Chloe Van Tonder , Rm6: Chloe Cavanagh & Elliott Morris,  Rm 7: Blake Anderson & Melissa Lai,  Rm 9:  Flynn Bayly, Cade Ravenhall, Poppy Maxwell & Marina Geric, Rm 10:  Lucy Martin, Addisen Ferris & Riley Sinnock, Rm 11: Zoe Wheatley & Christian Kruger,  Rm 12: Troy Blijlevens & Charlie Dobler, Rm 13: Aafin Kothiwala & Conor Graham,  Rm 14: Oliver Jackson & Angus Koolen, Rm 16: Oscar Smith & Sophia Hancock,  Rm 17:  Shiori Tozaki & Joey Lin, Rm 18:  Denver Yue & Cameron Smith.

BPS EZLUNCH: Pita Pit lunches delivered to your child every Tuesday - find out more, register and order at www.ezlunch.co.nz. Convenient, delicious and fundraising for your school at the same time!

Have a great weekend,

Nigel Bioletti

July 7

posted Jul 6, 2017, 8:19 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Jul 7, 2017, 5:55 PM ]

Dear Parents

    It has been a really busy term. I am sure that children, teachers, and parents are looking forward to a break, with some time to ‘re-charge batteries’. Thanks to all of our staff for a great term, and well done children on your commitment to your learning.


Farewell to Mrs Sadler, and staffing changes for next term:

We say ‘Goodbye’ to Mrs Sadler this afternoon at assembly. Rebecca has worked at the school since 1995, and has been a wonderful member of staff. We wish her well for her move to Wilson School, and thank her for all she has done for children, teachers, and parents in her time at our school.


Miss Little is teaching full weeks in Room 4 every third week of the term, in addition to her regular Thurs and Friday with the children. This is to allow Mrs Grant a little more time to lead her team, particularly the three new team members.

Mrs Jennings will be teaching Room 3.

Mrs Lyles will be teaching Room 2 from Week Five, when Mrs Couldry goes on maternity leave. Mrs Lyles will be teaching Monday to Thursday. We are still finalising the Friday teacher.

Mrs Nair is going to be teaching Room 6 on Wednesdays, to allow Miss Little to do the extra time with Room 4.

Mrs O’Connor will be teaching our Room 8 - (the other half of Room 5) New Entrant children.


Matariki celebration - I know that many of you really enjoyed the evening. It was informal and fun for all, with the children enjoying a night at school.  reduced.jpg      girls reduced.jpg


Unaiki Thein of Room 14 was nominated for our Young Leaders Award, presented on Tuesday, as part of Sir Peter Blake Leadership Week.  Well done Unaiki!
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Triangles- 313 interviews were booked this time - thank you parents for your continued support for the children’s learning.


Health and Safety

Absences - If your child is not going to be at school for the day, please notify the OFFICE by either emailing absence@birkenheadprimary.school.nz or phoning 4807365 and leaving a message on the absence line.  Messages left with teachers sometimes do not get through to the office staff, hence you may get a phone call, which is not only worrying for you but also time-consuming for us.  Thanks for your cooperation to ensure that all children are accounted for as quickly as possible each day. .

Please DO NOT PARK in the drop off/ pick up zone at the lower gates by the mall. This area is very busy in the mornings/afternoon and we need the cars to flow through so traffic doesn't back up and children aren’t getting out of the car in the middle of the road. Please  carefully pull in and drop off/pick up your child then carry on through safely, do not leave your car unattended. Thanks for your cooperation.


Can you help?  Parents - can you tell me where I might find some driftwood - easy to access, close to Auckland  - smaller pieces that could be used in a children’s 3D artwork. Please email me nbioletti@birkenheadprimary.school.nz


BOOK WEEK – Term 3, Week 2.  Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 4.

The theme for this year is ‘Myths and Legends from Around the World’.  We would love parents or grandparents or anyone from the many cultures we have at Birkenhead Primary,  to come and share their own special traditional Myth or Legend with their child’s class.  Please speak to your child’s teacher if you would like to do this.

This could also lead to ideas for the Friday morning dress up parade. We hope to see dragons, taniwha, Roman heroes, Greek warriors, Irish giants, and many other mythical characters or creatures in our parade.

The school is also hosting a Book Fair during that week.  You will be able to buy books for home, and/or a book to donate to school, each day before and after school.  This isa major fundraiser for our Library and we get a percentage of sales, so we really appreciate your generosity.


Ice Skating at Birkenhead Primary!

The Ice Skate Tour rink will be set up in the school hall: Friday night August 4th 5-8pm, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August from 10am-5pm.  $7 per child, $35 per family. Also featuring sausage sizzle, hot chocolates, crafts, popcorn and more...

Fundraising for Year 6 camp and open to the public – please tell all your friends and whanau to come along for some ice skating fun!


Calendar

7 July - Term 2 ends at the normal time, 3.00pm

24 July - Term 3 begins

31 July to 4 August - Book week.  


Art weekend fundraiser  - Momentum is growing for our end of year art fundraiser and we want you to be involved!  It is set to be an exciting weekend with a gala evening, jazz band, silent auction of both children's and artist's work as well as weekend art workshops for both children and adults.  We do need a name though, something catchy and clever so we can start marketing our event to the wider public! Name our Art weekend and you can be in to win a complimentary Friday night gala ticket- send entries to choughton@birkenheadprimary.school.nz .  

We also need a whole range of helpers in the lead up and over the weekend itself.  Anyone with marketing, admin, advertising, framing skills or contacts with artists- please register to volunteer by clicking on the following link. http://eepurl.com/cHa3IT

 

WSB news: Congratulations to the following children:

50 Walks Tag Only - Lawson Munn,  200 Walks Tag Only -  Alicia Lyle,   600 Walks Tag Only -  Eloise Lyle.

 

Have a good fortnight.

Nigel Bioletti

 

Outside organisations

‘Hooked on Hockey’- Harbour Hockey’s fun and engaging holiday programme with a mixture of hockey and non-hockey activity developed for ages 5 – 13 (school years 1 – 8). It is an action packed programme with a quality coaching team that aims to provide an exciting and fun-filled experience.  Dates:   Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th July 2017, 9.00am – 3.00pm   Cost:  $50 per child/day or $80 for both days    To register now for Hooked on Hockey: Click Here

Hit Em’ Up: With skill development being the focus Hit Em’ Up is for more experienced players aged 9 – 13 (school years 5 – 8) who would like to advance their hockey.  The coaching team is made up of Harbour Hockey representative players and a lower coach ratio (approx. 1:8) this means more individual attention.  Date:  Monday 17th July, 9.00am – 3.00pm     Cost:  $70

To register now for the April programme: Click Here

Snowplanet - Do you want your kids to learn to ski or snowboard?  5 week course starting Sunday 30th July, 1-2pm, $165.  Contact Ange Besant, angelabessant@gmail.com or phone 0212218300.

Relaxation Massage for Women - Call Kelly at The Nest and book a time-out for your body AND mind.  NZCM Certified Relaxation Therapist.  Phone 021 023 12820.Birkenhead Tennis Club has Term 3 tennis classes. Non-members $95 for 8 lessons. Coach Gabriel gabriel@romtennisnz.co.nz or 021 1757586. Holiday course $35 9am-12noon 12th and 13th July, call Christo 027 7140915.

Calling all artisan businesses! This month Birkenhead Artisan Market is being held right here at our school, so if anyone would like a stall please contact Katie at birkenheadartisanmarket@gmail.com .  The market is on Saturday 15 July 9am - 1pm. Food, craft, home & garden decor, beauty & wellbeing, baby gear, doggy treats, live music, kids craft activity and much more.Stitch Birds Embroidery classes. School holiday programme.  19th & 20th July, 1.00 – 3.00pm.  Positive aging Centre, 1 The Strand,Takapuna. Phone Judy, 4144875 or Marie 4800925 or email stitchbirdscreate@gmail.com .



June 30

posted Jun 29, 2017, 5:08 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Jul 7, 2017, 6:03 PM ]

Mihi wera ki a koutou mo te wiki o Matariki!!     


There’s a lot going on!!


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    The children to enjoy this learning, the Pasifika Centre in Henderson could not cope with our numbers, so their wonderful staff came to us. I am sure that your children have described the fun learning experiences the ladies provided for the children, all the while infusing their talk and their actions with the values of the Pacific. Their re-telling of Ina and the Reef, making use of some of the children to act the parts of the love story was just hilarious - we will definitely be inviting them back. Our sincere thanks to all of the ladies.


Matariki evening tonight!!!!

Please join us to celebrate Matariki - it will be a fun night for everyone, with kapa haka performances from the very impressive Birkdale Intermediate group, and our own wonderful tamariki; story-telling; moko painting; food and coffee; night walks in our Lawson Reserve; don’t miss out - we have not done this before, and we want everyone to be there for our matariki tuatahi!! Special thanks to Toni, Wiremu, Kiriana, and the roopu for giving parents and children this experience.

Note:  The lower gate will be open from 4.45-5.30pm and again from 6.45-7.30pm.


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Share the Arts - Another marvellous time together as a school community - sharing our arts. Well done to all of our wonderful performers and thanks parents and whanau for joining us.  Special thanks to Mrs Lapuste for her organisation.


Te Reo-a-thon - He mihi nunui - just a reminder that you can collect sponsorship money over the weekend. Many, many thanks to those who have already returned their sponsorship forms and money. Any last minute envelopes can be handed in at the office this afternoon or Monday morning 8:30-9am. The money from the athon will be spent on reo and tikanga teaching resources, some kapa haka resources, and help support the use of the reo in our school and community.

**Thanks for the lovely messages I have received, acknowledging the value the athon learning has added for the children. NB.


Congratulations to last week’s Principal’s Award winners:

Rm 1: Kristian Meys & Roy Xu,  Rm 2: Nathan Dunne & Aina Akbar Muhsin, Rm 3: Connor Morris & Evan Jenkins, Rm 4: Tom Fletcher & Ryan Fox, Rm 5: Taha Ahmed & Alexi Hewitson, Rm 6: Taylor Birss & Peter Leng,  Rm 7: Nathan Chamberlain & Ben Kimpton,  Rm 9: Niels Van Wijk & Sienna Corner, Rm 10: Owais Nauman , Rm 11: Alex Utting & Kyle Merrilees,  Rm 12:  Yuan Li Li & Natasha Starr, Rm 13: Sascha Roelink & Heloisa Modesto ,  Rm 14: Sasha Van Wijk & Jamie Sinnock,  Rm 15 :  Rawan Zafiri & Isobel Eng, Rm 16: Martin Hu,  Rm 17: Charlotte Tuala & Quincy Tisch , Rm 18: Lily Way & Isobel Rhodes.


Calendar

30 June -  Matariki Celebration, 5-7pm

3 July - School closes at 12.30pm for Triangles for everyone except Room 2.

5 July - Panuku trip to ‘Man of Steel’

7 July- Pizza lunch- PTA fundraiser,

7 July - Term 2 ends at the normal time, 3.00pm

24 July - Term 3 begins

31 July to 4 August - Book week.  See below.


Triangles- Please make sure that you have booked your triangle meeting.  

Our school code is  b3dzw.  Bookings close tomorrow, Friday at 3pm. If you cannot pick up your child at 12.30pm on Monday, please send a signed Supervision slip to the office ASAP.


Reminders:  

Lost property: Please check for missing items in the bin outside the library.  It  is overflowing!

Enrolments: If you have a child turning five this year,  or early in 2018,  please enrol now if you have not yet done so.  If you live outside of the school zone and have a sibling turning five, please contact Elaine ASAP.


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Look what CSI have been growing!  

We helped weed the orchard for Matariki, and picked some HUGE radishes (which are yummy), along with other fruit and vegetables.  The CSI barrow will be at Friday's Matariki celebrations, where you can purchase some of our organic, BPS grown produce for only a gold coin.  Extra  produce welcome.  Newly made Kawakawa Balm will also be on the barrow.

Proceeds go back into the garden, and our mouths!

at CSI have been growing!  

We helped weed the orchard for Matariki, and picked some HUGE radishes (which are yummy), along with other fruit and vegetables.  The CSI barrow will be at Friday's Matariki celebrations, where you can purchase some of our organic, BPS grown produce for only a gold coin.  Extra  produce welcome.  Newly made Kawakawa Balm will also be on the barrow.

Proceeds go back into the garden, and our mouths!


BOOK WEEK -Our annual Book Week is coming up and the theme for this year is ‘Myths and Legends from Around the World’.  We would love parents or grandparents or anyone from the many cultures we have at Birkenhead Primary, to come and share their own special traditional Myth or Legend with their child’s class.  Please speak to your child’s teacher if you would like to do this.  This could also help with ideas for the  dress up parade on Friday morning.

We hope to see dragons, taniwha, Roman heroes, Greek warriors, Irish giants, and many other

mythical characters or creatures in our parade.  The school is also hosting a Book Fair during that week. You will be able to buy books for home, and/or a book to donate to school, each day before and after school.  This is a major fundraiser for our Library and we get a percentage of sales, so we really appreciate your generosity.

 

SPORT:  Basketball and Miniball pay and play slips are due in by next Friday 7 July please!


Have a great weekend,

Nigel Bioletti, 

Principal

Outside Organisations:

Lakehouse Arts - Lake House Arts is proud to present an exhibition curated by Han Nae Kim, bringing together five Chinese lacquer artists with special international guests Meng Hong Li, Yi JIANG, Jin Zhang HE, Chuan CHEN & Ben Qi HU, celebrating the history of Chinese lacquer and its contemporary use. Opens July 1st, closes 23rd July.

Children’s Art Classes in the holidays, a one day workshop for ages 7 - 12 years.  Children will draw and then create a vibrant acrylic painting,learning tips and techniques along the way.  Venue: Beachhaven Community House, Monday july 10th.  After school Art in Term 3,

Venue: Highbury House,  Wednesdays from 3.30/5.00pm, starting August 8th.  Cost is $105.00, includes materials.  For both programmes, email eion@eionbryant.com or ph 483 6703.

Positive Balance Yoga is under new ownership and is now offering 11 classes across the week in two convenient locations in Northcote Point & Birkenhead. We offer friendly beginners and intermediate classes, plus specialised classes like Yin, Mums & Bubs, Broga for Men and Vinyasa Flow. Term 3 bookings are NOW OPEN and spaces are limited! Visit www.positivebalance.co.nz for all bookings.

Money Mates Coffee Group. North Harbour Budgeting Services and Highbury House invite you to a FREE 8 week, informal coffee group. Topics will include Budgeting/Financial mentoring, Goal setting, Managing debt, Savings, Planning for the future and De-stigmatising personal finances. Mondays 9.30-11.30am at Highbury House, 110 Hinemoa Street. Starts 24 July. To book a space, contact Angela or Katie on 480 5279 or admin@highburyhouse.org.nz

Conscious Kids hosts 100% nature-based Holiday Programmes during the next School Holidays in 6 different Auckland locations! An antidote for technology, kids get the opportunity to have unstructured play in the bush and a lot of fun. Come get muddy, climb a tree and just play!

Visit for more information and bookings: www.consciouskids.co.nz . Call 027.8474487 or email info@consciouskids.co.nz  



June 23

posted Jun 22, 2017, 7:16 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Aug 9, 2017, 9:48 PM ]

Tena koutou ki te whanau.  

 Disco - What a great night for the children, who were all very sensible during the evening! Thanks to everyone concerned, with special thanks to Suzy for MCing the night, and making it a lot of fun, and to our fantastic PTA team for their sterling work. The children certainly enjoyed dancing on stage - we are developing a lot of performers!

 

Upstart magazine - We received a complimentary copy of this magazine this week. It appears to be a great magazine for children - with lots of activities, opportunities to write in with their points of view on topics, etc. There is a bit of advertising in the magazine, but still definitely worth a look. Go to www.upstartmag.co.nz

 

Fidget spinners - parents - please take note that we do not take responsibility for these items, and will not be spending time trying to find lost spinners.

 

Te Reo-a-thon - Now’s the time to gather that sponsorship money in. The proceeds of the -athon will be spent on new resources to support our Te reo programme, extra resources for our kapa haka group’s 60 children and to help promote Te reo in the school. From the PTA: Te Reo-a-thon Sponsorship Forms - Thank you for your participation in this years academic fundraiser. Our PTA representative will be in the office foyer 8:30-9am every morning next week to collect your sponsorship forms and money. Kia ora!


Museum visits

Panuku students visited the museum this week as part of their ‘Our Place’ Inquiry.  

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Emily Sullivan reports:  We learned about Matariki.  It is celebrated because of our ancestors and how they passed on knowledge to us.

 

Matariki visit

The Kapa haka children have visited Mariposa Kindergarten this morning. Then they headed to Birkdale Intermediate for the annual Matariki festival, where they are performing, and also enjoying the performances of local schools and groups. Here the moko transfer is being applied in preparation for their performances.  

Some children are certainly going to sleep well tonight. 

 

Class visits  Miss Ho and I have been visiting classrooms again this week. We see so much great activity going on - maths activities, great learning with teachers at teaching tables, children working together, solving problems together, using gadgets, wonderful writing and sharing of stories… thank you teachers!!!


Calendar

26 - 30 June - Matariki celebration

29 June - Share the Arts,  9am-10.15am

3 July – 12.30 finish.  Triangles for everyone except Room 2.  See below.

7 July - Term 3 ends at the normal time, 3.00pm

24 July - Term 3 begins

31 July to 4 August - Book week.  More info soon.


Ko ta matou rerenga o te wiki:

Panui mai (read to me)

Whakarongo mai (listen to me)

Titiro mai (look at me)

Kōrero mai (talk to me)

Haere mai (come to me)

 

Birkenhead School’s beehive - Bees up top rescue bee colonies before the exterminator is called and then provide hives free to schools.  We are top of the list for a school beehive but not quite there yet.  You can help by liking Bees Up Top on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/beesuptop/ and sharing it on your home page.  Bee Swarms:  Spring is the season for bees swarming. If you see a bee swarm DON’T be scared, they won’t sting you while swarming! DON’T call the exterminator, call Bees Up Top instead! We will quickly and safely remove the bee swarm for free, AND we will provide the swarm with a safe and happy home.  Phone Jessie, 0212033612

 

Triangles - Book your triangle appointment online at www.schoolinterviews.co.nz . Our school’s code is b3dzw.  School closes for the day at 12.30. Please return your supervision request slip if you are unable to pick your child up at this time.  Room 2 parents should contact Ms Couldrey to make an appointment, acouldrey@birkenheadprimary.school.nz

 

Birkenhead Primary Positive Sporting Environment Coaches Workshop

This workshop will be around how we as coaches can create positive sporting environments for our players. This will be a great opportunity to get support as a coach as well as an opportunity to meet and learn from other fantastic coaches through enriching group discussions.  The workshop will have both practical and theory based content, delivered by Heather Goodall (CSI Coaching Leader - Harbour Sport).  Wednesday 12th July 10-12pm, at Birkenhead Primary School. RSVP by MONDAY 10TH JULY,  https://goo.gl/forms/qfUyy9uanFLWAEnz2 

 

Rooms 14 & 15 students have been writing reports. Here is a wonderful example:

A Bizarre moth

This is probably the strangest moth you’ve ever seen. This cute alien-like critter has been hidden from the human world, but not for long…  The poodle moth will soon be out.

Do you ever wonder why a poodle moth?  It’s because of the looks.  Its fluffy hair makes the puffy look of a poodle.  A poodle moth has big, black eyes and funky antennae poking out of its head.  Large wings come out of the back, but it is not as cuddly as it looks.  The Venezuelan poodle moth is an amazing discovery.

The poodle moth is thought to be a relative of the muslin moth.  There are over 6,000 different types of moth and the poodle moth is one of them.  This is quite a mystery moth.  It was discovered in 2009 in the Gran Sabana region of Venezuela.  You can now start buying them as pets!

When Dr Arthur Anker said he had found the poodle moth many did not believe him.  They thought he had edited it but someone made it a Pokemon and became really famous.

I find that the poodle moth is cute, but not everyone thinks that.  Did you know that their hairs protect them?  If you’ve seen fluffy moth in Venezuela, that may have been a poodle moth.

Sasha Van Wijk

 

Have a wonderful week,

Nigel Bioletti,  Principal

 

Outside Organisations

Scrumptious Home Baking:  Some of you will remember me from the famous “Angie’s Café” at the amazing BPS school Fair. Scrumptious Home Baking is a local home baking business run by two mums who are super passionate about baking. We bake fresh and to order, using high quality ingredients and free range eggs. We bake for lunch boxes, special occasions and morning teas. Gluten free baking available. See our website www.homebaking.co.nz.  We are looking forward to seeing you at the Matariki evening.

 

Taste for Colour Kid’s Term Art Classes, Ages 7 to 14, Begins 26 July, 4pm to 5pm.

Enrol your kid(s) in a fun, creative and artistic environment where they will learn about:

                  -      Colour Mixing – Shapes, Colour Technique and more! Week 1 & 2

                  -      Observational Art – How to paint from life observation. Week 3 & 4

                  -      Mixed Media Art – Fusion of paint & collage on canvas. Week 5 & 6

                  -      Self-Portrait – Representation of the artist by the artist. Week 7 & 8

All materials and a drink provided. The term is 8 weeks, $40 per class, or $250.00 for the term. Book now at www.tasteforcolour.com or contact 480 0851 for more information.

June 16

posted Jun 16, 2017, 1:36 AM by Alison Bray   [ updated Jun 19, 2017, 3:11 AM ]

This year is certainly flying by - with just three weeks of school left this term. I have realised recently that, whilst we have had lots of bumps and scratches, we have had very few incidents of poor behaviour - the children are just out there, playing, having fun, and, it appears, looking after each other. Well done children - you are fantastic young citizens!


Te Reo-a-thon - Well done everyone!!

The children were all tested today on their pepeha (Introductions) and their kupu mahi (Verbs). They have had a lot of fun learning these - pretending to do the kupu mahi, with a partner telling their action in the reo. Teachers have felt extremely well supported with the Te reo-a-thon - tinopai to mahi, Kiriana.

Charlotte Tuala comments:  I really enjoyed the Te Reo-athon.  I think it’s interesting to learn Te Reo if you are from overseas as it tells you about Maori culture.

 

Staffing: Sadly, Mrs Sadler is finishing up at BPS at the end of Term Two. She has won a position at Wilson School, near Takapuna Grammar, working with older age group special needs students. Mrs Sadler has been a wonderful member of staff. She has always been an inclusive teacher, so we know that she will be very successful in this new role, and wish her all the best. She has been to visit Wilson School today. We have appointed Deni Jennings to take Room 3 through to the end of the year. Deni has been teaching overseas for a number of years, owns a home in Birkenhead, and is looking forward to working in the community.

 

Library and Resources Manager - We have appointed Amanda Davies to this role. Amanda  has always supported our Book weeks, and supported Mr Houghton and his work in the library.  We have just installed a new web-based Library and Resources database software on new computers. Amanda will work with Mr Houghton and Mrs Jones to get all the resources and library books up to date on this new system, but Amanda is also looking forward to making the library a great place for the children to come to.

 

Health and Safety: Dogs - we have had three recent incidents where dogs have defecated or urinated in the school grounds and the ‘faecal matter’ was not removed by the dog owner. It is hard to understand how this could have happened, and especially so if our rules were being followed. They are as follows:

Student safety is paramount. Dogs on school grounds are permitted but must be kept on a leash held by the parent at all times.  Dog owners are responsible for the behaviour of their dog, and must have full control of the dog at all times. They must take responsibility for any fouling, damage or injury caused by their dogs (which means that owners must have plastic bags on hand, just in case.)

  

Out of Zone enrolments for 2018:  Parents, if you live outside of the school zone and have a sibling of a current student turning five next year, please contact Elaine as soon as possible.

If you live within the zone and have a child turning five next year, please collect an enrolment form from the office.

 

Calendar

22 June (Next Thursday) - PTA Disco

23 June - Kapa Haka group performance at Birkdale Intermediate Matariki Festival, 9.15.

26 - 30 June - Matariki celebration

29 June - Share the Arts

3 July - Triangles for everyone except Room 2, who will be emailed soon about alternative dates. We will request that you pick up children at 12:30 on this day.  More information will follow.


Congratulations to last week’s Principal’s Award winners:

Rm 1: Merlin Tisch & Isabella Choat,  Rm 2: Brooklyn Vaughn & Harry Levick, Rm 3:  Aisling O’Leary & Ollie Hall, Rm 4:  Lindsay Fam & Amber l’Ami, Rm 5:   Chris Rivera & Nikolai Ermuratski, Rm 6: Asher Hughes & Noah Kimura,  Rm 7: Toi Shepherd & Hannah Dalziel,  Rm 9: Carl Li & Asha Akbar Muhsin, Rm 10:  Zach Bendall & Cronan Dooley, Rm 11:  Molly Osbourne & Zane Sarmad,  Rm 12:  Emma Lapuste & Miela Stantiall, Rm 13: Hannah Wilmot & Dijon Thin,  Rm 14: Chelsea Tilby & Romeo Meyer,  Rm 15 :  Luca Manga & Amelia Stanley, Rm 16:  Flynn Gower & Valerie Wen,  Rm 17:  Zach Ireland & Angelina Perkins, Rm 18:  Heath McConnell, Henry Lowe & Kaira Wohlfarth.

 

Panuku Museum visits - Next week the Panuku children will be going on their trip to the museum. The year 5s are now going on the Tuesday and the year 6s are now going on Wednesday. Children will need a packed lunch for that day.  If your Year 5 child usually gets a Pita Pit lunch on Tuesdays, please ensure that they have something else to eat on that day.

 

Library - Please can you check at home for any school library books.  We have many dozens of outstanding or missing books and would love them all back.  Ask your child to put their book into the yellow box at the issues desk in the Library. Thanks.

 

The first of the BPS Book Reviews is going to air on the Suzy & Friends radio show and video, this weekend. Unaiki Thein shares her review of the brand new book by Julie Pitman Hayes, Tawhirimatea – Song for Matariki.  Head to www.suzy.co.nz to find out how to tune in on either Saturday or Sunday morning and to find the YouTube channel.  

 

Miniball/Basketball:  'Play and Pay' forms are now available in the foyer and must be returned before the end of the term.

 

Congratulations to our latest Walking School Bus achievers:

50 Walks, Tag Only - Brooklyn Vaughan and Ava Wheatley.

 

BPS EZLUNCH: Pita Pit lunches delivered to your child every Tuesday - find out more, register and order at www.ezlunch.co.nz. Convenient, delicious and fundraising for your school at the same time!

 

Our newest students in Room 5 have published some of their stories.










Have a great weekend and “Go Team New Zealand”.

Nigel Bioletti,  

Principal

 

Outside Organisations

Community Bushcare Day - This Saturday, 17th June, from 10am.  Paa Harakeke, Merrill Place off Eskdale Road, Birkdale.  Register your interest at www.kaipatiki.org.nz/volunteer or call 09 482 1172.  Weeding and planting 10am to midday with a BBQ at the end. Planters are encouraged to wear gumboots and bring gloves and a spade if they have one.

June 9

posted Jun 8, 2017, 5:13 PM by Alison Bray

Use of Places: This has been our topic over the past few weeks. We have been exploring different places around our kura. We discovered that some of these places have different people wanting to use them for different purposes - sometimes this causes problems! We also discovered that some places aren’t used that much at all. Other places aren’t really fulfilling their designed purpose. Throughout our inquiry we made observations about who uses places and what they are used for. We identified other people's perspectives and realised that people often think differently about places, and want to use places in different ways. We adopted different places around the school and inquired into how we can make improvements to the place or how it is used. We had to make sure that we thought about what EVERYONE wanted, not just ourselves. Now we are designing solutions. Some of us are looking at making rosters or timetables so that places are shared fairly, others of us are making models…some of us will need to conduct more interviews to see if our plans are possible.

 

Te Reo-a-thon - The children seem very positive about their reo, and are enjoying classroom practice time. They are also enjoying coming up to duty teachers, using their reo, and getting a ‘smiley face’ stamp. Parents - please encourage your children at home, especially their pepeha, and please have a think about gathering sponsorship. Don’t forget that the children will be tested next Friday. Can your child get 100%?

 

Ko ta matou rerenga o te wiki - Kei te pakipaki/moe/oma/waiata ahau’; I am clapping/sleeping/running/singing.

 

Te Matariki Celebration Friday 30th June 5-7pm. Helpers wanted! Please email Toni: hinemoanas@hotmail.com or Kiriana: kirianao@gmail.com if you can assist on the night in any capacity- for as little or as long as you like!

 

This promises to be a lovely evening - night walks through the Lawson reserve, stories, moko painting, food and coffee available, films, and a real highlight will be that the Birkdale Intermediate kapa haka group will be performing in the hall. This group is amazing, and always very popular at the Onepoto Festival. Please support the efforts of our organisers.  I am sure the children will really enjoy this special evening.

 

Calendar

13 June, next Tuesday - 6pm for BOT meeting; 7:30 for P.T.A. meeting.

15 June - Photolife, class and individual photos - Sibling forms are available at the office. Please return by 3pm next Wednesday, June 14th.

22 June - PTA Disco

23 June - Kapa Haka group performance at Beachhaven Matariki Festival

26 - 30 June - Matariki celebration

29 June - Share the Arts

3 July - Triangles for everyone except Room 2, who will be emailed soon about alternative dates. We will request that you pick up children at 12:30 on this day.  More information will follow.

  

Rippa Rugby:  The 64 children who went to the rippa tournament had a very successful day.  The weather was perfect, the teams all played their very best and were even given POD medals for each game!  Thanks to all the adults who assisted and visited; without you we would not have been able to go. Thanks to Mrs Sanders for organising this opportunity for the children.


 

Miniball / Basketball:  Notices will be going out next week for basketball (years 3 to 6) for the next semester, which is terms 3 and 4. If your child is not going to continue to play, then their uniform must be returned to the team manager.

 

Thursday gardening group:  This will be going ahead next Thursday after school.  Stay for as long as you wish, and children are welcome.  We meet outside the library just after 3pm.  All welcome and no expertise is necessary.

 

Art update: Year 3s are busy creating their own Monet inspired prints.  

Each child will have an array of personal prints on various backgrounds to take home plus we will have canvas group projects up for grabs in our Art Auction later in the year.  If you'd like to help with this school fundraiser we'd love more volunteers on board to promote, frame, label, pitch and be front of house over the Fiesta weekend!  Contact choughton@birkenheadprimary.school.nz for further information.

 

 

Do you or your children suffer from Tech neck?  The effect of having your head forward when using phones and tablets can impact your spine and your overall health.  We have a brochure at the office from a local chiropractic practice which outlines the risks and offers safety tips. Please pick one up if you are concerned.

 

Have a wonderful week,

Nigel Bioletti,

Principal

 

Outside Organisations

Special offer for our school for students and families to purchase tickets for our next home game taking place at The Trusts Arena Monday 12th June – SKYCITY Mystics vs Magic -  for the special rate of $10 per ticket.  Please find below the link for this offer.

http://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=MYSVMAG217&eg=DEAL&ep=DEAL

You may need to put in a password and this would be ‘Deal’

 

 

June 2

posted Jun 1, 2017, 11:01 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Jun 2, 2017, 5:48 PM ]

Mihi nui o te ra ki te whanau.

No, we are not starting a North Shore branch of MOTAT. The fire engine you may have noticed near Logan’s shed, is one he is intending to buy if can be brought up to C.O.F. standard. On the boat front - Andrew Koolen has very kindly stripped out the motor, stern-drive and cabling. Thanks, Andrew. If you know of anyone who might be interested in buying these (I believe that it is a Holden V8 motor) please contact me. On Sunday, weather permitting, a small group of dads is going to start cleaning, tidying, making safe, and sealing and painting  the interior of the boat, before we locate it near the Junior Playground. If you have any oil based primer or undercoat that is surplus to requirements, please email me.  nbioletti@birkenheadprimary.school.nz 


Thank you to all children who brought a gold coin donation last Friday for Pink Shirt Day.  We raised a total of $311.80 for the Mental Health Foundation.  Well Done!  Thanks to Brigitte Tisch for the lovely photo.


 

Calendar

15 June - Photolife, class and individual photos - see below

22 June - PTA Disco

23 June - Kapa Haka group performance at Beachhaven Matariki Festival

26 - 30 June - Matariki celebration

29 June - Share the Arts

 

PhotoLife Studios will be visiting the school on Thursday, 15 June,  to take class photographs, individual photographs and also sibling photographs for enrolled students.  

NOTE: Request forms for sibling photographs are available now from the office.  These must be completed and returned by 3pm Wednesday 14 June. Payment can be made later, online.

 

Here are the latest awards for the BPS Walking School Bus:

50 Walks Tag Only - Merlin Tisch, Heloisa Modesto, Alexandre Modesto, Carter Cheetham, Peter Ovsiiko.

200 Walks Tag Only - Ethan King, Sam King, Caitlin King, Asher Hughes.

300 Walks Tag Only - Natasha Starr.

Birkenhead Primary is getting a bee hive! It is being installed by a NZ business called Bees Up Top. They rescue bees before the exterminator is called in and re-home them in urban areas in New Zealand, putting bees into schools for free. As well as saving the bees they want children to be educated about the importance of bees. For every 10 hives bought by the public, Bees Up Top will install one in a school for free and Birkenhead Primary School is top of the list. So, let’s get the word out there! You can help us get a hive in by this Summer by liking Bees Up Top Facebook and Instagram pages and sharing it on your home page. If you know anyone who is interested in getting bees, ask them to get in touch with Jessie from Bees Up Top! Her number is 0212033612



Art Update - We have changed the art display in Chelsea Paper Power, swing past and check out our Gordon Walters inspired prints created by our Year 5s.  Lily, Oliver and Kaira discovered the artwork on their way home from school yesterday and got to climb in the window with it! We are so lucky to have the support of Paper Power -  please support them back!



URGENT - RIPPA RUGBY:  The first rippa tournament is on 8 June, but at this stage we are unable to go due to lack of adult support.  Nearly 70 children have signed up, and only 3 adults have offered to assist.  It is imperative that we have at least ten adults assisting on the day.  You DO NOT need to umpire or coach, just be there as support and crowd control.  Umpires are provided, who also assist in coaching on the field. You can bus there and back with the children if you wish; an experience in itself!  Please email jsanders@birkenheadprimary.school.nz as soon as possible if you can help, as I do not want to have to pull some of the teams out.


Congratulations to last week’s Principal’s Award winners:

Rm 1: Peter Ovsiiko & Evie Martin,  Rm 2: Maya Davies & Tayla Martin, Rm 3:  Ayan Jawaid & Ximon Van Den Berg, Rm 4: Irene Duneas & Daniel Warner, Rm 5:  Caleb Edwards &  Caleb Shanks, Rm 6: Olivia Morreau & Emily Podmore,  Rm 7: Carter Galletly & Vincent Quan,  Rm 9: Cohen Hughes & Ryan McPhee , Rm 10:  Ollie Johnstone-Bentley & Lilah Barton, Rm 11:  Abbey Rhodes & Girisha Raju,  Rm 12: Anirudh Srinivasan, Rm 13: Camryn Withers & Liam Podmore,  Rm 14: Toby Caro & Ciaran Dooley, Rm 15 : William Oh & Angus Moulton, Rm 16:  Angelina Lopes & Sarah Fagan-Oslawskyj,  Rm 17:  Tina Li & Devon Johnson-Bhana, Rm 18:  Jude Millar & Henry Lowe.

 

This week’s writing comes from Year 1 children in Room 3.

Yippee! Today I went to Subway and when I went to Subway it was raining lollies. I ate one and it healed my hurt.

Hazel Gazzard


My plane got broken and it was a disaster and I felt sad.

Zach Gillard

 

My Autumn Leaf

It is wet and soft

It's got holes

It feels like lettuce,

It looks like it has scales and it's brown.

Theo Mataitonga

    

Have a great weekend,

Nigel Bioletti, 

Principal


Northcote Intermediate enrolment information:

Tuesday, 20 June - Information Evening – 7.00pm – 8.00pm Parents and caregivers are invited to an Information Evening. There will be brief presentations by select staff and an opportunity to ask questions.

Thursday, 10 August - Open Days at the school from 9.00am – 12.00pm

Friday, 11 August, Thursday, 17 August, Friday, 18 August -    Open Day - Please come to the School Office on arrival and some of our students will take you on a guided tour.

Monday, 21 August & Monday, 11 Sept - Enrolment Weeks.  Enrolments are undertaken by appointment. Enrolment appointments are 15 minutes long and can be made by phoning the School on 481-1400.


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