Calendar and Noticeboard


April 13

posted Apr 12, 2017, 5:54 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Apr 13, 2017, 11:47 PM ]

Triangles - thank you parents for coming to school to share a special time with your children and their teachers.  I hope that you found the time informative, and affirming.

356 triangles were actually booked on-line, but a number of additional triangles were arranged - probably meaning that 87% of children were involved.  If there is anything you thought of after your triangles, please email your child’s teacher. Thanks parents for picking your children up at the earlier time, and thanks to our staff team for making sure the children were set up. As it is somewhat a staff tradition, after the last triangle had finished, a number of us went next door to Sagar restaurant for dinner.


Parents - the PTA has purchased a boat - not to take parents and children out on fishing trips - but to be installed near the Junior playground as a play space. We will be picking the boat up during the break, and will then need to remove the boat’s motor, sterndrive, remove cables etc, tidy, paint, and then set it up in its position, and build a soft fall surround. If you are able to help us with any of this work - help with workshop space for a short period of time so that some of this work can be done under cover; gear to lift the  motor out etc -  then please email me. It would be great to have some of the children help out too - sanding the boat down etc.


Calendar:

Term 1 finishes today - Thursday:

        2:00pm Tuatara Whanau is hosting our end of Term Assembly

        3.00pm -  School finishes at usual time.

ANZAC Day - 25th April

School restarts on May 1st.



Hall doors - we are looking at how we can make the hall more secure, and children safer when at the hall, during the school day, and during SKIDS. At present the hall doors outside the verandah gateway are often left open. We would like everyone (coaches, teachers, parents) to keep these doors shut. Access to the hall should be from inside the gateway, and ventilation should be by windows rather than the doors.


Ko ta matou rerenga o te wiki: ‘Ka pai hoki koe!’ which means ‘Good on you!’

I’m sure that many of the children deserved that last night.


Art Update from Miss Houghton

Our children are producing some amazing artwork with Miss Houghton and it is great to see our finished works out in the community.  We currently have an installation in the Paper Power window ready for ANZAC day; an array of beautiful masks in Bungalo that will be sold as part of our PTA Art weekend fundraiser later in the year; and these fan pictures that were recently exhibited at TEMP.  If you would like to be involved in any part of the organisation for our BPS Art Fiesta please register your interest by clicking on the following link. http://eepurl.com/cHa3IT


Zoom car biscuits

Room 2 (Ms Couldry) tamariki showed me how to make pretty zoom cars out of biscuits and marshmallows.  Brooklyn, Tayla and Lana explained the connection to the sounds they had been learning - ‘z’ and ‘m’.









      

Angus (Year 6, Sarah Bassett’s Writing Group) designed a submarine to carry out deep sea research.  He created a prototype and explained its special features.  It’s  impressive the way these different features matched the purpose of the vessel.  


My Submarine Design

I wanted to make my own submarine because I am reading the book

20,000 Leagues under the sea. My favourite part of the book is a fight between a colossal squid, a great white shark and a humpback whale. My submarine design is for deep-sea research. It will be used for researching creatures like the colossal squid.The vessel will be made out of steel. It will have a glass bottom so you can view creatures below. The submarine moves through the water by propellers. It has giant wheels that are made to go on the ocean floor. Pedals turn the wheels. It has a periscope to view above the water. It has a see through dome on top for looking at fish.

By Angus Moulton


One of our new migrant children writes about her experience of living in New Zealand.  Heloisa Modesto (Year 4, Room 13) is originally from Brazil and her first language is Portuguese.

When Mum and Dad said that we were going to live in New Zealand I was very happy.  When I got to my new house I went everywhere, running.  I went zoom, zoom, zoom.  At night I like going outside with my Mum.  We like to see the stars up in the sky.  The first day at school was a very lovely day.  I can remember it with all my heart.  The first day of school is when I met Chiara and Sequoia and I loved this day.



BPS EZLUNCH will resume next term.   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 safe and happy holiday

Nigel Bioletti

Principal


Outside Organisations

Birkenhead Artisan Market - Easter Saturday 9am - 1pm at Highbury House, 110 Hinemoa Street. Come and browse the exciting stalls and bring the kids to the Easter craft activity. Food & drink, crafts, jewellery, home decor, re-purposed items, beauty & wellbeing and much more...


Helen Coulam Swim School Introducing **NEW** BEGINNER LESSONS – INDOOR SMALL POOL @ Birkenhead Leisure, Mahara Ave.  Also, spaces available in afternoon sessions

in Osborne Pool (outdoor pool).  For bookings txt  Helen 021 712440


April 8

posted Apr 6, 2017, 3:16 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Apr 6, 2017, 3:20 PM ]

Board of Trustees Update

The Board of Trustees would like to thank all those who expressed an interest in taking up the vacant trustee role. The Board is happy to announce that Ms Charlotte Armstrong will join the BPS Board for the remainder of this year. The current Board members are now David Barker (Chair), Charlotte Armstrong, Jason Britten, Jo McDonald, Sam Perkins (all parent representative trustees), Rachel Grant (Staff trustee) and Nigel Bioletti (Principal). You can contact the Board by either speaking to a trustee or via email at bot@birkenheadprimary.school.nz

The Board would also like to thank all the staff for their efforts this term and the PTA for organising the wonderful, and absolutely packed, Camp at School night. It was great to see the School community coming together. Next term the school will undergo evaluation by ERO, the last time having been in 2014, and we would particularly like to thank the Senior Management team of the School for helping to prepare for this. Trustees have recently viewed the 2016 National Standards results for the School and were very impressed with the results in all areas. The Board will give further information about these results next term along with an update on future building and renovation work.

Congratulations to the following alumni, who have been appointed as prefects for 2017 at Northcote College. Well done, and best wishes to you all for a great 2017, and for the future!

Stella Blomfield - who has achieved with ‘Excellence’ in her Level One and Two N.C.E.A. assessments, and who achieved Scholarship English in Year Twelve.

Dong-hyun Kim - has also achieved Level 1 and 2 with ‘Excellence’, and who is studying English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Statistics, with the intention of studying medicine.

Toni Schollum - also achieved with ‘Excellence’ at Level One and Two, and achieved Scholarship Chemistry last year. Toni wishes to do an engineering degree.

Vaisioa Vai - achieved Level 1 with ‘Merit’, and achieved Level Two last year. She won the College Prize for Te Reo Maori in Years 11 and 12.

Jolyon Walsh - achieved Levels One and Two with ‘Merit’. Jolyon is a talented musician, and intends tertiary study, in order to secure a career in the music industry.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ANY FAMILIES/CHILDREN DOING THE SHORE TO SHORE RUN EVENT.  For any extra information please visit www.shoretoshore.co.nz  See map on page 3 of the newsletter.

“Due to severe weather conditions from Cyclone Debbie we are unable to use the fields at Takapuna Grammar School. In order to keep the event running, we have created a plan B for the start line and the revised map for this is attached. There a few key point to note:

- There is NO SEPARATE AREA FOR TIMED RUNNERS. All participants will start at the same time, but don’t worry your time won’t start until you cross the start line

- Access is from the school’s Main Gate off Lake Rd or off Winscombe Rd.

- Bus drop off will remain the same

- There is no field access at any time

- Please be patient and listen to directions of marshals and staff at all times. We are working hard to make the event enjoyable for everyone! Any questions, please get in touch.  Chris Wade, Sports Capability Team- Phone: +64 27 481 1480


DJ opportunity - We are looking for a DJ for the School Disco coming up on June 22nd, and who can play good fun music for our kids! Please email me if you can help us out.


Lost Property - our bin of unclaimed items, located by the Library door, is overflowing!  Please check for any missing garments as soon as possible.  Any leftover items will be donated to charity at the end of the term.

Staff Car Parking: From next term, spaces in the school staff carparks will be numbered.  Each number will be allocated to a staff member.  In the mornings, if you are dropping your child off at SKIDS,  or for a sports practice, please use the 10min parks.  Please do not use a numbered space.  If you are visiting the school on school business, you must sign in at the office. Again, you may use the 10 min parks.  The Bowling Club has asked us to inform parents that you may drop your children off in their carpark in the mornings when there is no tournament on. THIS IS STRICTLY  for 10min only.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Ko ta matou rerenga o te wiki: 'Kei te aha koe?'  -  'What are you doing?'

 

Calendar

April 10 - BOT Meeting

April 11th - Triangles for Term One- school will finish at 12.30pm.  Online bookings close today. Please return your Supervision slip if your child will remain at school until 3pm.

April 12 - Whanake trip to Pumphouse for Puff the Magic Dragon show

April 13th (Thursday)- Term 1 ends- 3.00pm  Easter and Anzac Day both fall within the holidays.


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

Rm 1: Belle Zhou & Isabella Choat,  Rm 2: Caelan Scott & Tunnyatonn Pongjak, Rm 3:  Isabella Hill & Aida Thompson, Rm 4:  Jasmine Arabshahi & Jack Bradford, Rm 5:   Charisse Lim & Lucas Clayton, Rm 6: Nico Wickenden & Seaton Reavill,  Rm 7: Tawai Davies & Anna Zapisetskaya,  Rm 9:  Louis Tongue & Kiki Su, Rm 10:  Jack Armour & Isla Lawrence, Rm 11:  Sophia Littlewood & Minerva Armstrong,  Rm 12: Kieran O’Flynn, Rm 13: Campbell Davies & Kayla Taylor Gallagher,  Rm 14: Jacob Stanley & Arshia Kothiwala,  Rm 15 :  Amber Adradi & Arhaan Muhsin, Rm 16: Hannah McPhee & Rebekah Elizondo ,  Rm 17:  Seren Langford & Chris Kenrick, Rm 18:  Zimo Li & Morgan Booth.


Health & Safety alert:  The Auckland Regional Public Health Service has advised us of a mumps outbreak in Auckland. More than 35 cases have been confirmed so far and more than half of these are occurring in children and teens aged 10-19 years. Parents are urged to check with their doctors to ensure their families’ measles mumps and rubella vaccinations are up to date.  Vaccination is free and it will protect your child and the community.


Sports – Rippa rugby: Notices have gone out to year 3, 4, 5 and 6 children interested in the 3 day tournament over terms 2 and 3.  They are available in the foyer, along with the white rugby registration forms, which must be completed and returned at the same time with payment, by 26 May.

Holiday Hockey Programme:  There is a 'Hooked on Hockey' holiday programme available for years 1-8.  Check the North Harbour Hockey Association website for details.

 

CSI Barrow:  Look out for the barrow on the last day of the term.  Get delicious fresh feijoas, pumpkin etc for your holiday weekend, along with kawakawa balm.  Gold donations accepted.

 

EZlunch: There will be no Ezlunch next Tuesday, 11 April, due to school finishing at 12.30pm for Triangles.  Service resumes as normal next term.

Have a wonderful week,

Nigel Bioletti, 

Principal 

Outside Organisations

Well done to the students who started music lessons at school this term with the Music Education Centre.  There are some spaces available for new students to start next term particularly for guitar and piano. Please contact the Music Education Centre on 0800893939.

GUITAR LESSONS are available at Birkenhead School, through Dave Gatman from Musiqhub.  If you would like to enrol your child to start Guitar Lessons in Term 2, please contact Dave on 021 2221456 or dave.gatman@musiqhub.co.nz.  Or for more information, please visit www.musiqhub.co.nz. Thank you.

School Holiday Program - The Little Well Beings Studio in Birkdale has some wonderful holiday activities planned for kids. You can try your hand at making things like flower seed bombs, beaded bubble wands and mini glass terrariums. Check out  http://littlewellbeings.co.nz/   for more details.

M Sports (Football Kidz) Easter Holiday Football Camps - Register Your Child: Go to footballkidznz.co.nz, click ‘register your child’, ‘holiday programmes’, then ‘book now’ at the bottom of the page. Book your child’s place now as numbers are limited.  Queries: Contact adminnorthshore@msports.co.nz or visit our website www.footballkidznz.co.nz



March 31

posted Mar 30, 2017, 6:46 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Mar 30, 2017, 10:39 PM ]

 Pikiake children had a hot, tiring, but interesting day at Mangere on Tuesday. It took three buses to transport everyone. Children were rather intrigued by the cow-pats that dotted the park. I trust that they managed to avoid these!! The day covered some astronomy, making a sun dial, local stories.

Incidents in the local area - Our local Cluster of Principals discussed the recent incidents regarding children’s safety to and from School, especially in light of the incident near Northcote shops which turned out to not be a concern. We agreed that we would, from now on, follow up only on Police instructions regarding provision of information to parents. We hope that this will avert any further false alarm.

Birkenhead Primary School Learning Trust - The Trust is looking for a new Trustee. If you are interested in being part of the group that is working to build a long term investment fund for this school in order, in the future, to fund additional learning resources for our wonderful children.  Please email me - nbioletti@, or talk to one of the Trustees - Maria Tyrrell, Kirsty Campbell, Thomas Bendall, Mel Kenrick, or Jonathan Day. A current focus of the Trust is to seek longer term partnerships with businesses in and beyond Birkenhead.

LOST PROPERTY is on display outside the Library today.  Please take a few minutes to look for any of your child(ren)’s missing items.  Any remaining items will be disposed of during the holidays.

Reminders:  

Payment Requests- Thank you very much to those parents that have made a donation for 2017.  Your donations go a long way to allow the school to provide additional resources and support for all children.  Activity costs remain at $50.00 for each child for the year. Pikiake children have already enjoyed a trip this week and Whanake children are heading to the Pumphouse Theatre very soon.  Payments can be made at the school office, or directly to: ASB 12-3035-0499511-00, quoting your child’s name as a reference.

Safety at the gateways- Please do not drop off/pick up your children in the Staff Carparks. Please use the drop off/pick up zones outside of the school gates.

Please note that the lower gate is open from 7.45am and then locked at 9am for safety reasons.  It will be re-opened at 2.45pm each day. At all other times, please use the gate at the main entrance to the school on Mokoia Road.

 

Calendar

April 3 - PTA meeting, 7.30 in the staffroom

April 10 - BOT Meeting

April 11th - Triangles for Term One- school will finish at 12.30pm.

           Visit:www.schoolinterviews.co.nz - our school code is  jsb83.  Bookings close 7 April.

           Please return your Supervision slip if your child will remain at school until 3pm.

April 12 - Whanake trip to Pumphouse for Puff the Magic Dragon show

April 13th (Thursday)- Term 1 ends at 3.00pm.  Easter and Anzac Day both fall within the holidays.

Ko ta matou rerenga o te wiki - 'Panui mai.' - 'Read to me.'


We have artwork from our Year 3 classes exhibited in the at Bungalo café at the moment


Why not pop in to Bungalo over the weekend for a coffee and a bite to eat and check it out! 

 

Sarah Bassett works with a group of Year Five boys - and they are doing some fantastic writing with her.  Ryan Corner has been helping Aston to save his cat!

It was a perfect day at Aston’s home until we heard Aston’s cat meow frantically. The sound was coming from next door. The problem was the woman who lived there hated cats and boys! We waited for the crazy woman to leave the house. Aston and I switched on our walkie talkies and went on a rescue mission. “Chh ….. I’m in!” “Good. Go left then…..Chh..”  The battery on my walkie talkie went dead. I knew I had lost all contact………….

Good on you Ryan.

And, from Room 18, an excerpt from Jaime Govind’s latest poem:

Autumn

Wind whispers secrets into the air

Murky leaves float down to my hair

Trees sway like a rocking chair in full mode

Water floods onto the road…...

 

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 wonderful week,

Nigel Bioletti,

Principal


Outside Organisations

Northcote College GARAGE SALE + sausage sizzle + cake stall THIS SUNDAY 2nd April 8.30am – 12.30pm Highbury House, 110 Hinemoa Street - Fundraiser for Spanish students’ trip to Argentina.

International Twilight Food Festival Friday 7th April, 4.00-9.00 at Birkdale North School.  Live band, cultural groups, kids’ activities.  Wine and beer and food from around the world.

Birkenhead has its own boutique swim club achieving results at Auckland and National level. Train and compete to be your best at Birkenhead Swim Club (previously named Island Bay Swimming), your local and friendly swim club. To arrange a free swim trial, email Gill at coach@birkenheadswimclub.co.nz

Artz on Show performing arts holiday workshop.  ENROL NOW for our ANNIE Workshop!  Westlake Boys High School  18th – 21st April 2017 9-4 daily.  WWW.atrzonshow.co.nz  or 0800 667 469

Screenies Children’s International Film Festival is back for 2017, starting with a 2 day movie-making workshop for kids aged 9-13+ at Lake House Arts, Takapuna. Sat 8 – Sun 9 Apr. Search “myths and legends” at https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/ to register.

Birkenhead has its own boutique swim club achieving results at Auckland and National level. Train and compete to be your best at Birkenhead Swim Club (previously named Island Bay Swimming), your local and friendly swim club. To arrange a free swim trial, email Gill at coach@

March 22

posted Mar 21, 2017, 7:38 PM by Alison Bray

News this week - Newsletter on Fridays: We are going to trial a change to Fridays as Newsletter day.  We traditionally avoided Friday because pieces of paper tended to end up screwed up into a ball in the bottom of the children’s bags for the weekend, but sending the Newsletter digitally overcomes that problem. So, next week, remember to look out for the newsletter on Friday rather than Wednesday.

 

Writing at B.P.S.

I have visited a number of rooms over the past two weeks during writing time. I am really impressed with the positive attitudes so many of the children have towards their writing - it’s a buzzy time of day - with the children enjoying each others’ ideas and expressions, but it is also an intensive time for the children - remembering the focus, remembering all of the skills they have already learnt, and the physical act of getting words on paper or screen. I visited Room 11 this morning - where some of the children were drafting, some re-working, some publishing into the class Google drive. Mrs Arrowsmith was talking with the children about the school’s writing vision - ‘Make it Interesting; Make it Clear; Make it Authentic’, and how they can achieve that. We know that we need to ensure that all of the children know exactly what they should be focusing on in their own writing - this is one of our focus areas -  but the children do usually know the class focus area - eg adding language features, ensuring that they have some personal voice in their writing etc. It’s not easy!!

 

Ms Little’s English Language Learners groups have been writing about their favourite foods.  Here is Phillip Cox’s story.

I love caviar with butter and bread.  I only eat it in Russia because it is really popular.  It is fish and crab eggs.  You need to flip the crab’s back open with a knife.  I don’t look at the eggs, I just shove the caviar in my mouth.

 

Ko ta matou rerenga o te wiki – Tino pai to panui - Excellent reading

Cluster Inter-school Swimming Competition:

The children are at Osborne Pool today, competing against our local Cluster schools. I am sure that the children have enjoyed the challenges of the day, and achieved some good personal results.

 

Calendar

March 28 - Pikiake trip to Mangere Mountain

April 3 - PTA meeting, 7.30 in the staffroom

April 11th - Triangles for Term One- school will finish at 12.30pm. See below

April 12 - Whanake trip to Pumphouse for ‘Puff, the Magic Dragon’ show

April 13th (Thursday)   Term 1 ends- 3.00pm  Easter and Anzac Day both fall within the holidays.

 

Triangles

 To book your triangle meeting go to   www.schoolinterviews.co.nz - our school code is  jsb83

 

Please return your Supervision slip if your child will remain at school until 3pm.

 

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

Rm 1: Chloe Trueman & Merlin Tisch,  Rm 2: Eva Court & Rebecca Neumayr, Rm 3: Goldie Shanahan & Hazel Gazzard , Rm 4:  Zac Day & Elia de Martin, Rm 5: Keisha Piper & Olivia Mosile,  Rm 6  Lucy Britten & Rory Koolen, Rm 7: Millen Blijlevens & Robin Millar, Rm 9:  Joshua Munn & Natasha Weinstock, Rm 10:  Jasmine Potter & Conor Hines, Rm 11:  April Sullivan & Lucy Macfarlane,  Rm 12:  Hugo Honore & Zara Gillard, Rm 13: Alex Hui & Sami Vai ,  Rm 14: Ricky Divall & Chloe Straight,  Rm 15 : Sophia Ryan & Malcolm Barton, Rm 17:  Zoe Peterson & Clark Siopan, Rm 18:  Cayce Beasley & Sophie Hughes.

 

Congratulations to the latest recipients of Walking School Bus awards:

100 Walks Tag and Small Prize:  Jude Millar & Alicia Lyle.  Well done!

 

Lateness:  School starts promptly at 8.50am when the roll is taken.  Today we had 18 children arrive late.  This is not the best way for them to start the day and also interrupts the rest of the class when they have already settled down to work.  If your child does arrive late, please come to the office and sign in so that we can ensure that all children are accounted for as soon as possible.  Thank you for your co-operation.

 

The PTA will be holding its next meeting on Monday 3rd April - 7.30 pm in the school's staff room. All welcome. Keep an eye on your mail box - coming soon - the PTA Newsletter with confirmed dates for all PTA events and committee details.

We are dreaming up a magnificent weekend Art Fundraiser Weekend, later in the year, filled with:

·       your children's art, exhibited alongside artists’ work

·       a Friday evening opening night with jazz band, nibbles and wine

·       artist workshops for both children and adults will be scheduled  

This is set to be a great event but we need your help to make it the success we're hoping for. Please click on the following link to register your interest or volunteer your services. http://eepurl.com/cHa3IT  We'd love your support, big or small!   Christie Houghton

 

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!

 

Sport

Only 2 more fun days left for Thursday Touch Rugby:  Join us on our fourth Thursday of fantastic fun for skills, games, lots of laughs and even more spot prizes.  5.30 pm at the Northcote Birkenhead Rugby Club grounds, Birkenhead Ave (behind the RSA).  Mums, dads, grandparents, siblings, cousins and friends all welcome.  Thanks to Burger King and The Warehouse for their generosity in donating our spot prizes.

Cricket Day:  Thanks to parents who helped out at the cricket competition for years 5 and 6 last week.  As usual, we could not have done it without your assistance.

 

Have a wonderful week,

Nigel Bioletti,

Principal

 

Outside Organisations

Kauri Park School, end of summertime festival.  Rides, games, food, face painting and more.  Family fun for the whole community.  Friday 24th, 5-8pm, 16 McGlashen Place. Beach Haven.

Young at Art Holiday Workshops for children aged 5yrs-15yrs are open for booking in Beach Haven, Orakei, and Ponsonby for the upcoming Easter Holidays. You can also now book for the Term 2 after school classes.  For more information and bookings please check out www.youngatart.co.nz or email: anna@youngatart.co.nz

March 15

posted Mar 14, 2017, 7:52 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Mar 15, 2017, 12:12 PM ]

What a beautiful autumn day after so much unsettled weather. Some of the Panuku children are at a Cricket day today. I trust that they have enjoyed the day.


I visited Rooms 15, 16, 17, 18 yesterday during Writing time. What a great atmosphere through the four rooms - teachers working with individual children, working with groups, children drafting, publishing on gadgets, discussing their writing with each other, sharing their writing with their class. Room 15 children were also very proud of their writing blog.  Children were writing letters, writing Skydiving stories - I was really impressed with the positive vibe - well done everyone.


Ko ta matou rerenga o te wiki: ‘Po marie tamariki ma’ - ‘Good evening children’, or ‘Good night children’.


Reminders:  

Payment Requests- Thank you very much to those parents that have already made a donation for 2017 and paid the Activity costs for their child(ren). Payments can be made at the school office, or directly to: ASB 12-3035-0499511-00, quoting your child’s name as a reference.

Safety at the gateways- Please do not drop off/pick up your children in the Staff Carparks. Please use the drop off/pick up zones outside of the the school gates.

Please note that the lower gate is open from 7.45am and then locked at 9am for safety reasons.  It will be re-opened at 2.45pm each day. At all other times, please use the gate at the main entrance to the school on Mokoia Road.

Change of contact/emergency details: Please inform the office if any of your details have changed.  We need to be sure that we can contact you when necessary.


Calendar

March 15 - BoT meeting, 7pm in the staffroom

March 28 - Pikiake trip to Mangere Mountain

April 11th - Triangles for Term One- school will finish at 12.30pm, details to follow

April 13th (Thursday)   Term 1 ends- 3.00pm


Gardening:  A big thank you to the ladies who turned up on the first Thursday of March and weeded the gardens beside the Lawson Reserve.  They now look like gardens, and not a ‘weedfest’.  We meet on the first Thursday of each month, 3.00pm outside the library, to plant, weed etc.  Children are welcome to help too! Fantastic! Thanks everyone - NB.

Hockey and Netball Play and Pay Notices:  Get one (or both) from the office foyer asap.  Unless a yellow slip is handed in, with payment, children cannot be placed in teams.

Thursday Touch Rugby:  Join us on our fourth Thursday of fantastic fun for skills, games, lots of laughs and even more spot prizes.  5.30 pm at the Northcote Birkenhead Rugby Club grounds, Birkenhead Ave (behind the RSA).  Mums, dads, grandparents, siblings, cousins and friends all welcome.  Thanks to Burger King and The Warehouse for their generosity in donating our spot prizes.

Kawakawa Balm:  Available at the office for $2 (or more).  Good for all skin ailments and made at BPS from our own kawakawa trees.


Tukutuku patterns for bilingual signage

Kiriana O’Connell (mother of Unaiki and Waihuia) has been helping teachers and children to learn different tukutuku patterns and what they symbolise. Children are designing lovely, meaningful patterns for the bilingual signs in their classrooms and in some areas around the school. Molly wants a pātiki pattern because it means lots of flounders, and Room 11 also has a lot of children.  Miles, Cayce, Luke and Poppy from Room 18 explain that their design contains the Te Ara Poutama pattern (steps) to represent “striving to achieve and learning” the Nguru Nui (vertical chevron) to show “journey through school”, and Kaokao (armpits) for “groups of people and teamwork”.


  

 

Tino pai, great design, great explanation!

Here’s the flash sign for Ruma Whā (Room 4).    Alice Ho



Oscar Tyrrell has written a diamante poem on Waterwise.

The task was to use 1 noun, 2 verbs, 3 adjectives, 4 nouns, 3 adjectives, 2 verbs and one noun. Well done, Oscar!


Waterwise,

Sailing, kayaking,

Scary, nerve-wracking, windy,

People, harbour, Auckland, wharf,

Choppy, fun, sparkling,

Diving, crashing,

water.  


Have a wonderful week,

Nigel Bioletti,

Principal


Outside Organisations:

Do you want to learn how to better support and listen to your children? Mike King, mental health educator and former comedian, will give us an insight into our children; how to listen and support them.  When: Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 7.00pm - 9.00pm Where: Northcote College Hall, 1 Kauri Glen Rd, Northcote Ticket Information: $20.00pp (no door sales). Book before 28 April 2017, for the early bird special $15.00 pp. Ticket Sales: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/do-you-want-to-learn-how-to-better-support-and-listen-to-your-children-presented-by-mike-king-tickets-25965583760.  All the proceeds from this event go to support “Just Because”, a charitable trust that gives pamper packs to women experiencing challenging times.


March 8

posted Mar 7, 2017, 6:39 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Mar 7, 2017, 6:48 PM ]

To parents and whanau - Mihi nui ki a koutou.

 

Annual General Meetings - The Learning Trust had it’s Annual General Meeting last night. The trust has now accumulated $15,000, $10,000 of it on Term Deposit, and is in very good hands - Trustees have a wealth of experience. The Trust’s main drive is now to seek sponsorship from the corporate sector. The Trust is actively promoting the School’s Alumni database, and now has approximately 1000 ex-students listed. The Trust received a donation this week from a lady who lives in Canada - we hope to find a little more out about this lady, and when she attended the school. These contacts with ex-students are wonderful.

 

The P.T.A. Annual General meeting followed the Trust meeting. It was fantastic to have a number of new members come along. Andrew Bowie, Wilma Coleman, and Rachel Sullivan have all stayed on in their respective Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer roles. My thanks to all three, and we are all looking forward to a great P.T.A. year. If you would like to be part of the team, email pta@birkenheadprimary.school.nz

 

Health and Safety - Parents, please remain vigilant on the school sores/impetigo front.

Please reinforce these messages with your children:

·      Wait in the agreed waiting place at 3pm.

·      If Mum or Dad or Caregiver do not turn up at 3pm, don’t worry, just wait a little while, then if still no-one, come up to the Office, and talk to Elaine or Mrs Bray.

·      Parents - please do not feel that you can’t phone us before 3pm if you are going to be delayed - traffic, car issues, etc.  This is easier than trying to find children after 3pm.

·      Parents - in the above situations, please do not take another child home unless you let the Office know before you leave the premises.

 

Reminder - Family Touch this Thursday at 5:15 - Wet or Fine - come along and have fun with the great NBRFC guys who are coaching the children and running the games. Thanks to NBRFC for their great support.


Mandarin Language lessons - Our new Language assistant, Connie, is settling in to the school, and getting to know teachers and children. We have decided this year to provide Mandarin Language lessons for the Year Two to Four children. Connie will spend approximately 30 minutes in each room, but the actual Mandarin tuition she does will be of 15 minutes length.


From the PTA:

Our 2017 Family picnic/camp night was big!  A huge thank you to all -  the set-up people, the  buyers, the organisers, the bakers, Mrs Lapuste for Talent Quest organisation, the judges, the helpers, the talent quest participants, the campers, the clean-up people and our generous sponsor of the night, Colleen Mangnall, of Prestige Real Estate in Milford. It may be that for 2018, we need to park cars on the courts - to allow enough space.


 

Calendar:

March 15 - BoT meeting, 7pm in the staffroom

March 28 - Pikiake trip to Mangere Mountain

April 11th - Triangles for Term One- school will finish at 1.00pm, details to follow

April 13th (Thursday)   Term 1 ends- 3.00pm

 

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

Rm 1: Alexandre Modesto & Roy Xu,  Rm 2: Ben Champion & Lana Leng, Rm 3:  Adam Adradi & Zach Gillard, Rm 4:  Connor Bowie & Emmett Johnson, Rm 5:   Defne Ay & Evan Liu, Rm 6: Belle Zheng & Lin Gan,  Rm 7: Danish Raju & Leo Straight, Rm 9:  Connor Wright & Blake Moulton, Rm 10: Cohen Peterson & Grace Day, Rm 11: Ryan Lapuste & Sara Matsumoto-Cross,  Rm 12:  Bekele Wilford, Rm 13: Lucy Jones & Louie Ward,  Rm 14: Joel Blijlevens, Will Ferris, Emma Foster & Unaiki Thein,  Rm 15 :  Samuel Hui, Selena Oh, Ethan King & Oscar Tyrrell, Rm 16: Elise Whitehead & Boris Tsekhansky,  Rm 17:  Lily Reynolds, Jean-Ryan Carney, Olivia Stephenson & Ollie Johnstone, Rm 18:  Dimitrij Milev & Katalina Bettridge.


Phrase of the Week in Te Reo - ‘Kia panuitia tatou’. - ‘Let’s all read together’.


 A group of mathematicians in Room 9 (Year 3) showed me how to work out the number of dots on this piece of paper that Mrs Lapuste flashed for only 3 seconds. Jun skip counted to 15, then added 4.  Flynn did 5 + 5 first, added 5 more, then plus 4 to make 19. Lucien started with 2x5 =10, then 2x10 =20; he took off a 5 from the 20 before adding 4 to the answer.  Niels multiplied 10 by 2 then minus one. Natasha noted that 4 + 15 was in fact the same as 15 + 4.  Ka mau te wehi!   Alice Ho

Can you help?

We’re still looking for old video cassette tapes for a technology project.  Please send them to Ms Ho’s office.  Thanks.

Miss Houghton is busy working with our children on some art pieces to be auctioned off in T3 at a PTA organised Art Auction / weekend celebration of the Arts.  More details will follow on this but, in the meantime, Miss H would like any good quality recycled furniture that can be donated in order to be printed on in a group year 5 project.  Wooden stools, small tables, chairs?! Check out the chair below for an idea of what finished products will look like.  Please contact choughton@birkenheadprimary.school.nz

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! Please make sure you order before 9am Tuesday and ensure you get a confirmation email of your order.

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Sports Notices

THURSDAY FAMILY TOUCH:  Join us at 5.30 pm at the Northcote Birkenhead Rugby ground, Birkenhead Avenue, for a fun-filled 40 minutes! We will be going ahead wet or fine!  Bring your friends and the rest of your family.  Remember there is only 4 more weeks of family touch, so be there.  There will be spot prizes!

HOCKEY AND NETBALL:  Play and Pay notices are available at the office foyer.

CRICKET:  The Year 5/6 cricket day is next Wednesday (15 March).  The year 6 team needs adults to assist, so please let Joss know if you can help, even if it is only for part of the day – email jsanders@birkenheadprimary.school.nz.

Have a wonderful week,

Nigel Bioletti,

Principal

 

Outside Organisations:

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Tech Girls Movement  Superhero Daughter Day!  Saturday, 18 March 2017 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm  This event, to celebrate International Women's Day 2017, promotes technology as a career path of choice for young females. We invite Year 1 – 7 girls, along with their parents or carers, to have fun with their peers, learn about careers in IT, participate in creative game-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_11_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6619a87751-2707531a89-21113081s. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/2017-tgm-dcc-present-superhero-daughter-day-new-zealand-tickets-31147063706?utm_source=Techweek+Monthly+Newsletter&utm_campaign=2707531a89

 

Kaipatiki Project Enviro Fun Day - a free enviro event on Saturday March 25th from 10-2pm, in Eskdale Reserve, Birkdale. Bring your friends, family and colleagues to help celebrate our natural environment and find out how to live more sustainably.  There will be heaps of events suitable for all ages in Eskdale Reserve and its all Free!










March 1

posted Mar 1, 2017, 1:22 AM by Alison Bray   [ updated Mar 1, 2017, 7:52 PM ]

Camp at School:  Just a reminder that no children are allowed to be at the Camp at School night unless they are with their parents, or a family adult, or if arrangements have been properly agreed with another school family beforehand.  The evening is OK, but parents are expected to be responsible, so that everyone gets to enjoy a trouble-free evening.  It is alright to bring your car onto the field, but please do not take up any more parking space than you need to, and please drive very slowly.

Safety - Parents, please talk to your children about safety-  care around the tents with tent ropes, care with car doors.  Childrn should definitely have their shoes on once it gets darker.


Special Request - Please help ensure that the shells on the walkway around the field stay put - not for making lovely patterns  on the grass!!!


The ELL Group (English Language Learners) have been doing an amazing job while working with Ms Little in the Mini Classroom. Many of the children have been focusing on adding more detail to their writing.

 Here is an extract from a piece of writing that Rawan Zafiri has been working on:

I was standing right next to the button, then I pressed it.  Here we go!! Suddenly the elevator started to whizz and bang.  My heart was beating like a drum.  Then it stopped and the doors squeaked open. There were windows all around.  I felt happy because I saw a beautiful view of buildings and the crystal clear water of the Harbour.

 

Waterwise is underway for our Year 6s.  Groups from Rooms 14 & 15 & 17 are taking part.  Last Thursday, on a perfect summer day, they sailed optimist dinghies and kayaked to Watchman Island.  Each Y6 child will have two opportunities to take part in Waterwise and Year 5s will get their turn in Term 4.

   



Phrase of the Week, and for camp night, in Te Reo - Tinopai to Kanikani (very good dancing); tinopai to waiata; tinopai to whakaari (acting).


Calendar:

Touch Meet at 5.15 PM at Northcote Birkenhead Rugby Club, Recreation Drive.  See below

March 3rd - Camp at School - our ‘Big Night In’ - get the tent ready, borrow a tent, hire a caravan - it’s such a fun night for the children.

March 7th - Annual General Meetings:

Birkenhead Primary School Learning Trust - 7pm March 7th.

Birkenhead Primary School P.T.A. -  7:30 pm March 7th.

Both meetings at the next door Bowling Club. Would be great if you can come along and see how you can support either group.

 

GARDENING GROUP:  This is starting on Thursday after school to beautify the school gardens and orchard. Meet outside the library at the end of school.  Everyone welcome.  We will be meeting outside the library on the first Thursday of the month from now on.

Kapa Haka has begun!  If any parents would like to help or, better still, know of anyone who can come and help with boys' haka, please contact Mrs Arrowsmith jarrowsmith@birkenheadprimary.school.nz  or come to  see her in room 11.  Our practices are on Thursday at 1.15.

Kapa Haka has begun! If any parents would like to help, or better still, know anyone who can come and help with boys' haka please let Mrs Arrowsmith know.  jarrowsmith@birkenheadprimary.school.nz, or come and see her in Room 11.  Our practices are on Thursdays 1.15pm-1.45pm

Reminders:   Battens - There are to be NO children in the batten area at all, before or after school.  This area is for Whanake and Panuku children during morning tea and lunch times during the school week.   

Hats- Children must have a wide brimmed hat at school each day.  Children without hats will be asked to sit in the shade during break times.

School starts at 8.50am.  Please make sure your child(ren) are at school on time so that rolls can be marked and learning times can begin promptly.

Year 3 children have been lucky to work alongside NZ artist Brydee Rood this week as part of their art days with Miss Houghton.  Their completed climate change themed fans will contribute to a larger installation of 500 fansto be installed in TEMP at Corban Estate Art Centre next month in a public exhibitionIt would be great for our families to head out to view the final art work.  For details, follow the link http://www.tempauckland.org.nz/

Room 16 (Y5 & 6, Ms Johnson) children went ‘shopping’ at maths time.  They were learning how to add up the prices of kai items in an easy way.  Zoe showed me how to work out the total price of a bunch of bananas at $1.99 and some courgettes at $4.50.  She rounded the $1.99 to $2, added thatto $4.50 to make $6.50, then took away 1 cent to make it right.  

Excellent strategy Zoe, this way you were able to do all the calculations in your head.  Zoe said she enjoyed playing with numbers like that.  Alice Ho

 

PTA news:   Camp / Family night - 3rd of March from 5 pm. Talent Quest (with prizes sponsored by Colleen from Prestige Real estate,) starting 5pm Bring your picnic dinner or money for Sausage Sizzle, sushi, pizza, “Sweet As” stall – home baked goodies for dessert, Ice Creams and lollies  There will be glow toys and a water slide. Don’t forget your tent and there will be BBQ Breakfast the Saturday Morning – ‘Bacon in bread’ and Coffee from the man with the van. Hope to see you there for a fun night!     AGM and Meeting 7th of March - 7.30 at the Bowling club. Come find out what we’re all about.  For catering purposes please RSVP to pta@birkenhead.school.nz.  Maybe become a member…    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!

 

Sports Notices

WINTER HOCKEY pay and play slips are available in the office foyer- return by 22 March 2017 please.

MINIBALL:  Please register your child if you haven't done so.  Just put any number in where it asks for a shirt number.  Team lists etc will be sent out shortly.

Don’t forget the free fun family touch evening, each Thursday. Everyone welcome, no matter what your ability (or age).  Bring all the family to join in fun skills sessions and games, or just have fun watching.  No need to book, just come along.  Meet at 5.15 PM at Northcote Birkenhead Rugby Club, Recreation Drive.  Meet on the field at the back of the RSA building. Look for the BPS flag.

Spot prizes up for grabs!  Here are some of our families enjoying last week’s session.


Have a wonderful week, 

Nigel Bioletti, 

Principal

 

 


Outside Organisations:

Birkenhead United soccer club - winter football registrations.  Midgets (5-8 years) and Juniors (9 years and up).  The season will start on Saturday 1st April and go through to September.  For information and enrolment visit the club website www.birkenheadunited.org.nz or pick up a flyer from the school office.

GUITAR LESSONS: Guitar Lessons are available at Birkenhead School in 2017, through Dave Gatman from Musiqhub.  If you would like to enrol your child to start Guitar Lessons in 2017, please contact Dave on 021 2221456 or dave.gatman@musiqhub.co.nz.  Or for more information, please visit www.musiqhub.co.nz.

 


February 22

posted Feb 21, 2017, 7:09 PM by Alison Bray

Meet the Teachers, Meet the Parents

Thank you very much to all of you who attended the ‘Meet each other’ evening. I do hope that the opportunity was of value for you - to ask a question, arrange a follow up, meet new school families. My thanks to Nicki, Rachel, and Ange, to all teachers, Mrs Fairhall, and Miss Ho, and to David, Andrew, and Mel.

 

David Barker and I had some really valuable conversations with some of you during the evening - thank you for your time.

 

Parents we spoke to:

  • Were quite happy to receive any school communications by email.
  • Valued the community nature of the school, and friendly nature of parents and children.
  • Liked the School’s vision statement - ‘Reaching our heights; Looking to our horizons’.
  • Liked the positive relationships within the school, and the way in which children are encouraged to solve problems they have in their relationships with peers.
  • Suggested a Term Calendar that shows the parents of NEs who start each term, the school events that will be happening in that first term, as parents get used to school routines.
  • Could not think of any safety issues for the school, but did like the idea of stronger personal safety messages for the children, and did like the way the Pikiake team releases children to parents at 3pm.
  • Would like to see additional extension activities for children, and see the newsletter highlighting academic success.
  • Suggested that children and parents writing together could be a good way to support children’s writing development.
  • Appreciated the way the school gives children and parents the time they need to solve issues, address problems.
  • Thought that ‘Integrity’ was something we should all strive for!

Phrase of the Week in Te Reo:  ‘Naumai. Haere mai’ - ‘Welcome. Come to me.’

 


Can you help?   If you have any old video cassette tapes you don’t mind getting rid of, please send them to Ms Ho’s office.  We need them for a technology project.  Thanks.

 

Warning -  Parents, please be aware that if you park in the 2minute parking outside the front of the school and leave your car, you may be fined. It's P2 between 830-930am and 230-330pm, for drops off only.  The parking wardens can turn up at any time and issue tickets for all sorts of things.  You park there at your own risk.

 

Health and Safety Parents - we sent an email out last week about a safety incident near Northcote Intermediate. It did transpire that this was an innocent incident - a valued member of the school’s community offered a student a lift to school because it was raining. The person concerned has apologised to the school for the upset caused.

 

Pikiake children enjoying learning soccer skills today.

 

KAWAKAWA BALM:  BPS’s world famous balm is available from the office for $2.  Made by CSI at school, from our own plants.  (CSI is school’s enviro group.)


 







Room 7 children (Y2) shared their writing about their fun bus. Joanna wrote that “the fun is inside my fun bus”, and that her “bus is sparkly”.  Anna responded by commenting that she liked the word “sparkly”’ and she thought Joanna’s writing was “funny to listen to”.   Thank you Miss Aimee Shaffrey for setting up a lovely community of writers who share their work and give each other feedback.


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

Rm 2: Meika Kneijber & Samuel Marshall, Rm 3: Freddie Cawkwell & Angie Liu, Rm 4:  Carter Cheetham & Tavita Mosile, Rm 5:  Ashton Currie & Finley Horsman, Rm 7: Tooba Kamran & Cyprian Shepherd, Rm 9: Archie McPherson & Luca Maxwell , Rm 10:  Riley Tyrell & Aisling Dooley, Rm 11:  Derrick Zhang & Nicole Godinet,  Rm 12: Surie Ton & Nikita Walker, Rm 13: Chiara De Martin & Ryan Mosile,  Rm 16: Aryan Thakkar & Jack Andrews.

 

Calendar:

BOT meeting this evening - starting 5pm.

Waterwise - Group B children are taking part tomorrow.

Touch - Family Touch starts 5:15 tomorrow evening – see below under Sports

March 1st - Hearing and Vision testing at school - if you have any concerns about your child, please email Elaine.

March 3rd - Camp at School - our ‘Big Night In’ - get the tent ready, borrow a tent, hire a caravan - it’s such a fun night for the children.

March 7th - Annual General Meetings:

Birkenhead Primary School Learning Trust - 7pm March 7th.

Birkenhead Primary School P.T.A. -  7:30 pm March 7th.

Both meetings at the next door Bowling Club. Would be great if you can come along and see how you can support either group.


PTA news

Camp / Family night - 3rd of March from 5 pm. Information sheets have been sent home. Need more info or would like to help out?  Contact us on pta@birkenhead.school.nz.  

AGM and Meeting 7th of March - 7.30 at the Bowling club.  Come find out what we’re all about.  For catering purposes please RSVP to pta@birkenhead.school.nz.  Maybe become a member…
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!

 

Sports Notices

FREE FUN FAMILY TOUCH EVENING – This Thursday, Tomorrow

Everyone welcome, no matter what your ability (or age).  Bring all the family to join in fun skills sessions and games, or just have fun watching.  For parents who want an easy play-date, here’s your answer!  No need to book, just come along.  Meet at 5.15 PM at Northcote Birkenhead Rugby Club, Recreation Drive.  Meet on the field at the back of the RSA building. Look for the BPS flag.

 

HOCKEY:  Play and Pay notices will be available in the foyer from Thursday afternoon.  Boys and girls are able to play, from Year 3 to 6. 

YEAR 5/6 CRICKET TEAMS:  Adult support is necessary for walking to the grounds, and during the day.  Please return your slips as soon as possible.

SPORTS UNIFORMS:  If you still have some of these hiding in your drawers or cupboards, please return to the office in a named bag, as soon as possible.  They are NOT to be kept for the next year, as they are school property and should have been returned at the end of 2016.

 

Have a wonderful week, Nigel Bioletti,  Principal

 

Outside Organisations

CRICKET:  The Auckland Cricket Blitz competition is held every Thursday for four weeks, from 3:30 to 5:30 at the War Memorial field, Birkenhead.  Designed for new players, it is free.  Contact Sabina Croll on 022 3118695 or email community@birkenheadcricket.co.nz if you are interested in getting into a Birkenhead team.

NORTHCOTE GIRLS RIPPA RUGBY:  Come along and register on one of the following dates:  Wednesday 22nd Feb, 6pm-7.30pm or Saturday 25th Feb, 10am-2pm (Carnival Day/Have A Go Day or Friday 3rd March, 6pm-7.30pm.  At the Northcote Birkenhead Clubrooms, Recreation Drive, Birkenhead. Please Contact Darrin Robertson for more information on darrin.robertson@pdgroup.biz or 0274203719.








February 15

posted Feb 14, 2017, 7:24 PM by Alison Bray

Dear Parents

Mihi nui ki a koutou.

Board update - we have our first Board meeting next Wednesday, the 22nd. At this meeting, the Board will confirm how it intends to appoint a fifth parent Trustee, following Jo Fagan-Oslawskyj’s stepping down at the end of 2016. It is possible that this will be done by selection. If you would like to know about the work the Board does, perhaps interested in putting your name forward, please email bot@birkenheadprimary.school.nz  Current Trustees are: David Barker; Jo McDonald; Jason Britten, and Sam Perkins.

 

Shore to Shore 5KM fun run event is coming up on Sunday April 9th 2016. Shore to Shore is the North Shore's largest 5km fun run with nearly 5,000 participants in 2016. The run starts at Takapuna Grammar School and ends at Milford Reserve.  Parents - we have not taken part in the Fun Run as a school for some time and we don’t intend to do so this year. It became bigger than Texas, with barbecues, shade structures, etc etc. However, on a good day, it is a great opportunity for children to enjoy a Fun Run with Mum or Dad, or big sibling.  For further information, go to:  https://shoretoshore17.eventdesq.com/org

 

Teachers away - Mrs Sadler is back this week. Mrs Arrowsmith and Miss McMenamin are still not 100% mobile. Mrs Couldry is away today through Friday, attending a three day lecture programme for her University course. She will have a few more absences during the year, but we will try for the same relievers - Mrs Rees is relieving Wed and Thurs, Mrs Sanders Friday.

 

The swimming programme is going well at the Leisure Centre. The instructors are doing a great job with the children. They know exactly what to say to the children, and the children respond straight away.  I have been helping walk children down to the pool and back to school. They are  very sensible on the way to and from the pool. Great kids!

 

CLiPs parents - Your child’s teacher may well be looking for a CLiP!! The intention of the Class Liaison Parent scheme was to have a parent(s) for each class, who could help the class teacher with communications regarding class needs, teacher needs for help; to help new children and families assimilate into the school, and to arrange a class event each Term for children and parents to get together. Please consider helping out.

 

Meet the Teachers, Meet the parents: Look for a separate notice soon.

 

Logan - this week Logan is putting Autex composition display tiles in Room 6, making the room look a lot more attractive, and allowing Miss Atkins to display the children’s work. He will also be doing the handrail for the new steps. He makes a great contribution to the school.

 

Mandarin Language - As planned, we have a new Assistant for 2017. Her name is Connie, she is

a great young lady, and I am sure the children will respond to her very positively.

 

Liz Summerville Counsellor: Liz will be taking leave from the week of 27th February until the beginning of term two. Carol-Anne Begbie, an experienced counsellor with extensive experience in working with children, will be taking over during that time, commencing on Thursday 9th March and will remain at school every Thursday until the end of term one.

If you would prefer your child to wait until Liz returns, to attend counselling please contact Carole-Anne on 021 024 96654 or email her on counsellingservicesnz@gmail.com

You can also let  Elaine know, if you wish. Otherwise children will be able to see Carol-Anne in the same way they see Liz.

 

Staff Car parksPlease do not drive into either of the school car parks to drop off children.  These are intended for staff and people who have business in the school/are attending meetings with staff members. Please use the drop off zones outside the school gates where children can walk safely on footpaths, through the archway at the top gate or the little side gate at the bottom. There are often not enough parking spaces for staff!

 

Phrase of the week: We have not got our phrase list finalised for 2017 but, in the meantime, you could acknowledge your child’s good efforts with ‘Tinopai to mahi’ - ‘very good work’.

 

Calendar

Feb 21 - ‘Meet Teachers, Meet the parents’- details to follow

March 3rd - Camp at school night.

April 11th - Triangles for Term One.

April 13th (Thursday)  - Term 1 ends.e


Pulse of Learning
It was such a pleasure to walk into Room 17 maths class and see a full numeracy programme in action. Children were engaged, learning different strategies in small groups and explaining their thinking.  Independent activities were varied and foccused on maths practice.  

Rawan here is using a maths equipment, the Place Value flip chart, to work out the number that is one or ten more than a given number.  We are so lucky to have Miss Robison, who is new to teaching in NZ but has spent her evenings and and weekends learning our numeracy framework, strategies and teaching approach, and setting things up for a great start to the year for the children.      Alice Ho


PTA news  

Camp / Family night - 3rd of March from 5 pm.  Information sheet coming home soon, starting at 5pm.  If you can help with the fun, email pta@birkenhead.school.nz

AGM and Meeting 7th of March - Come find out what we’re all about.  For catering purposes, please RSVP to pta@birkenhead.school.nz .  Maybe become a member…

 Sports:   FREE FAMILY TOUCH AFTERNOON - Thursdays from 23 February

BPS families are invited to join in these fun afternoons between 5.15 and 6.30 pm.  There is no charge, and you just need to turn up at the Northcote Birkenhead Rugby Club grounds, Recreation Drive (off Birkenhead Ave).  We are meeting behind the RSA.  If you have lost your notice, then you can get a replacement from the office foyer.

Miniball:  Please get your Play and Pay slips in as soon as possible.

 

Teacher Aide back ups - if you would be interested in being on our Teacher Aide back-up list, please email office@birkenheadprimary.school.nz


Have a wonderful week

Nigel Bioletti,

Principal

 


Outside Organisations

Beach Haven Birkdale Fun Run and Walk  Sunday March 5 – 10.30am – Shepherds Park

Put the date in your diary for a fun filled morning with spot prizes, certificates for every participant and activities  before during and after the event.  Gold coin donation raising money for connecting our parks and making our coastal walkways more beautiful!!  5km & 1km Courses to choose from.  Like us on Facebook – Beach Haven Fun Run.

“Just Because” is a registered charity that supports women experiencing challenging times. Come along for a fabulous evening, “Just Because” inaugural education event, hosted by Monique Knight.  All the proceeds from this event go to support “Just Because”. What: International Women’s Day Education Evening “Lighten up the Workload”.  When: Wednesday 8 March, 7.00pm-9.30pm,  Where: The Junction Eatery, 39 Birkenhead Ave, Birkenhead Ticket Information: $40.00pp (includes drink and nibbles) Book before 20/2/17, early bird $35 special. Ticket Sales: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/international-womens-day-education-evening-lighten-up-the-

workload-tickets-31342235470.  For more information, contact Karen Hewitt 0274 965 664 or visit www.justbecause.nz.

Northcote Birkenhead Rugby Club- Registration day Weds 22 February 6-7.30pm; Carnival day Sat 25 February 10-2pm  Visit www.northcoterugby.co.nz for more information.

 

February 8

posted Feb 7, 2017, 6:14 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Feb 7, 2017, 6:23 PM ]

Dear Parents

We are well under way!!

 

Our roll today is 415, with 30 children already enrolled to start during the year, so, with further enrolments, may well finish the year around 460 children. Our teachers are settling the children in, and are working very hard to get systems set up, planning updated, getting to know their children, planning the other activities at this time of the year.

Our swimming programme is under way, after a slight hiccup with Leisure Centre communications.  Year Threes will be having David Lyles’ Swim School tuition next week in our own pool, and Years 4 to 6 are having tuition at the Leisure Centre with the same team.

We had a very small attendance at the PTA meeting last night, but still productive. Make sure you keep March 3rd free for the renowned annual ‘Camp at School’ night - with the usual extremely entertaining talent quest, glow sticks, games, fun.


Our Values and Manaakitanga

‘We strive, inquire, achieve

We participate, contribute, and care

We act with integrity and respect.’

Miss Ho spoke to the children at assembly last week, and referred to the Maori concept of manaakitanga - hospitality, kindness, generosity, support - the process of showing respect, generosity and care for others - asking the children to be welcoming towards new children, and to show respect for those around them.


Teachers away - Mrs Hughson is back at work this week - Welcome back Sue. Mrs Arrowsmith is working mornings only, and may have to continue this next week. Mrs Sadler is going to be away next week too - her leg still mending. Miss McMenamin may be away for the rest of the week, after her wakeboarding accident.


Health and Safety - our thanks to the Birkenhead Shopping centre for their help at the end of last year to re-establish safety procedures in the lower gateway, Warehouse loading bay area.


URGENT

Contact details: Parents - please email Elaine - office@birkenheadprimary.school.nz - if you have changed address, landline, or mobile numbers, or if your emergency contact’s numbers have changed. We must be able to contact you in an emergency!!!  New parents - look out for more on this soon.

 

Calendar

Feb 21 - ‘Meet Teachers, Meet the parents’

March 3rd - Camp at school night.

April 11th - Triangles for Term One.

April 13th (Thursday)  - Term 1 ends.

 

Can you help? Crossing patrol parent needed for Thursday mornings.  The crossing in Mokoia Road is manned by Year 6 students but offers from any parent from within the school would be welcomed.  Please contact Anna Robison (Room 17 teacher)  arobison@birkenheadprimary.school.nz if you think you may be able to help.

Smart Moves is due to start on the 21st Feb but due to insufficient adult supervisors we may not be able to run the program this term. If you or someone you know might be able to help (Tues, Wed, Thurs – 9-10.20) please contact Rachel rgrant@birkenheadprimary.school.nz

Pulse of Learning

We had two Professional Development days in the summer holidays unpacking the concept of Responsiveness, and then aligning our literacy and maths planning and writer’s checklists across the school.  These are important first steps to becoming more responsive in the classroom, and we are all very pleased to have sorted them out so soon.  

Sam and Lana, emergent readers in Room 2 (Ms Couldry), were learning to point to the word as they read.  Tino pai!  This useful reading strategy helps them match spoken words to written ones.

Alice Ho

Sports:   Notices for miniball/basketball and flippaball are available in the foyer.  Flippa ball notices MUST be back by Thursday!  

PTA EZlunch: Our Tuesday Pita Pit EZlunch service is underway for 2017.  You can register at www.ezlunch.co.nz and have delicious Pita Pit delivered to your child every Tuesday for lunch (and raise money for the school at the same time!).  If you are already a customer, you will be prompted to change your child’s class number when you first order for 2017.  Any questions, please email pta@birkenheadprimary.school.nz.


Have a wonderful week

Nigel Bioletti,

Principal


Outside Organisations

Birkenhead United AFC  Football enrolment for 2017 Winter season now open. All age grades from 5 - 17yrs: On line at the club website:   www.birkenheadunited.org.nz  or at clubrooms on Sunday 12th and 19th February, 10am – 2pm.  For further details visit the website or our clubrooms located at Shepherds Park, Melba Street, Beachhaven, Ph: 482 2494.

Music Education Centre:  Begin your child’s musical development in term one.  Visit www.musiceducation.co.nz or phone 0800893939 to enrol your child today.

 

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