April 6

posted Apr 5, 2016, 8:30 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated May 8, 2016, 9:53 PM ]

Dear Parents and Caregivers ,


We trust that the children will be able to maintain focus on their learning until the end of term. It has been a long term, and Panuku children in particular have been very, very busy.  We are having our end of term assembly at 2pm on the 15th. Please join us.


See below for two amazing poems from Room 6. They demonstrate quite clever manipulation of language for effect. Well done Qing and Annabelle, and well done teachers for enabling children to gain this control of language.


Panuku swimming - this finishes tomorrow - well done children! I have had some lovely feedback from parents about the value of this activity for their children. Thanks to our teachers for providing the opportunity, and many thanks to parents who have supported the children at and in the pool. David Lyles, who has provided the Instructors, has been very good to deal with, and very supportive. We have a team competing in the North Shore Swim Champs this Thursday. Best wishes, children.


Banging and crashing - if you hear some noise coming out of the old, old clinic by the senior playground, it will be Logan. He is stripping the interior of the room, putting extra power points in, insulating the room, re-lining, painting, and re-carpeting.


Parents - we have installed the footpath down to the Clinic. PLEASE do not allow your children to run on this path after school. It is an accessway, not a play space. Here is Mr Smith putting in the finishing touches.


Battens- please note: this area is for use during school hours only - 8.50am-3pm.


Lost Property- please check for any missing items.  Items left at the end of term will be disposed of.


Important Safety Message

  • The top carpark is for staff parking only, unless you are coming into the school for business. In this case, please sign in at the office.   

  • Please do not drop off or pick up children in the carpark.  There is a two minute parking zone at the front of the school for you to drop off and pick up your child. Please encourage your child to walk along the footpath to the pedestrian entrance in front of the hall, not through the carpark.  If you need to accompany your child to class, please use public carparks.  

  • The zone outside the lower gate is a ‘drop off’ and ‘pick up’ zone only. Please do not park in this zone.  Please arrive after 3pm. You should be able to drive in, pick up, and drive out.

  • It is important that these rules are adhered to so that all children can be dropped off or picked up at school safely. Thank you for your co-operation.


April 7 & 8 - Waterwise for Rooms 15 & 14 respectively. Parent helpers most welcome.

April 12 - Triangles -  School finishes early at 12.30pm.  If your child is staying at school until 3pm,  please return your supervision slip.

Book online: www.schoolinterviews.co.nz using our code, 99pbz

April 15 – Term 1 ends at 3pm


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

Rm 1: Sofia Peacock & Leo Straight, Rm 2: Jemima Cawkwell & Asher Hughes, Rm 3:  Girisha Raju & Luca Maxwell , Rm 4: Tim Reshanov & Archie McPherson, Rm 5:  Ivan Chaschegarov & Ben Fox, Rm 8:  Taylor McDonald & Sienna Corner, Rm 9:  Penelope Parangi, Rm 10:  Nisha Manga & Casper Howse, Rm 11:  Phillip Cox & Riley Sinnock,  Rm 12:  Tina Li.


Can you help? Friday 8 April 9-11am. PHONICS RESOURCE KITS. We would love some help from parents to put these together. Please let Allyson Rees know if you can help.


Walking School Bus - Congratulations to Lucy MacFarlane for achieving 50 Walks. Lucy can collect her tag and prize from Room 16.


Room 6 have been exploring the symbolism of colours.  Both these students wrote about the colour white but their finished poems are very different.

What is White?

White is a rose and country silk.

White is a pretty lily and spilt milk.

White is your breath, a single drop of snow.

White is the moon and stars that glow.

White is a diamond, sparkling bright.

White is a street lamp that gives out light.

A beautiful dove, vanilla cream

White is a happy dream.

You can see white in my little room.

In spring there’s white in cherry bloom.

By Qing Zhong

What is White?

White is a snowflake gently caught on your tongue that melts to nothing.

It is vanilla ice cream dripping down my chin.

White is fluffy and light.

It is lace on silk flowing behind the bride.

White is the sound of cloud men talking,

Happy wedding music and a light foot walking.

It is a puddle of milk with the cream still swimming on the top.

White smells like tingling cold.

It is Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud.

White is a blinding reflection on the Waitemata.

It is a cloud of breath on a frosty day.

By Annabelle Frankham



Outside Organisations:

School holiday activities at Birkenhead Library.  Story stones, Stop motion and much more! Book at Birkenhead Library for our free  April school holidays activities. Visit the Auckland Libraries website or phone 3010101 to find out more.

PRE-BOOK MUSIC LESSONS FOR TERM 2.....  Individual piano/keyboard and guitar lessons are offered at school during the school day. For information or to enrol, contact the Music Education Centre on 0800893939 or through our website www.musiceducation.co.nz

First Voice Boys Choir:  Boys aged 8 -13 years welcome.  Rehearsals start during Term 2.  Email firstboyschoir@gmail.com or phone 021 813718 or 419 1988  


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