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?'



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, 


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