August 18

posted Aug 18, 2017, 2:36 AM by Alison Bray   [ updated Aug 18, 2017, 12:45 PM ]

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 .

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?


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, 


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