August 25

posted Aug 24, 2017, 6:46 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Aug 24, 2017, 10:53 PM ]

Daffodil Day - well done everyone for showing your support for Daffodil Day on a beautiful morning. Special thanks to Pikiake children and staff. Your hats looked better than ever and you looked and sounded fantastic on stage!


Welcome to Mrs Lyle, who took over from Mrs Couldry this week, teaching Room 2 children. On that note, thank you very much to Room 2 parents who showed their appreciation for Mrs Couldry last week at pick up time.


Waterwise - Mrs Bray is no longer taking a role in the School’s Waterwise programme. I do wish to thank her, and her family -  Roger, Andrew, and Heather, for the support they have given over many years. Roger and Andrew, in particular, have volunteered hundreds of hours as Instructors over more than twenty years. They have been the mainstay of the programme on Waterwise days, but have also trained instructors for the whole Waterwise group. Without that training, Waterwise would not have survived. Many thanks, Alison and family, on behalf of the local Waterwise Schools.

As a result, we are now looking at how we can maintain the programme. We are very lucky to have been offered support by members of Northcote Birkenhead Yacht Club. If you are able to support the programme, even if you do not have Panuku children, we would really appreciate it, and would very much like to hear from you. It would be fabulous to have some Pikiake parents join in, and support the programme through to when their own children take part. Supporters do not have to be kayakers/sailors - we do need people to simply help run the days. It is possible that retirees/grandparents might be able to help out. If you would like to know more about the programme, please email me, or knock on my door.


Ko ta matou rerenga o te wiki:

Kei te kai nga tui i te waihonga o nga putiputi kowhai.

The tui are eating the nectar of the kowhai.


Three girls represented BPS with pride this week at the Auckland Primary School Rhythmic Gymnastics Competition.

Seren Langford was awarded 1st place for her Level 3 Freehand routine, Joey Lin gained 3rd place for her Level 3 Hoop routine and Tina Li received a participation award for Level 1.  Seren & Joey both narrowly missed out on an overall placing.  They should all be very proud of their performances. Well done girls. You are ‘Reaching your heights; looking to your horizons’.

Rhythmic gymnastics is a sport that combines elements of ballet, gymnastics, dance, and apparatus manipulation. Rhythmic gymnasts utilise one or more pieces of apparatus. The apparatus include rope, hoop, ball, clubs, ribbon and freehand (no apparatus).  At the School competition, all 3 girls completed 2 routines, Freehand and Hoop.



T-BALL:  Two mixed year 6 teams participated in a cluster t-ball competition on Monday, playing 7 games each.  I was very proud of their sportsmanship and positivity throughout the day. 

RIPPA:  The next tournament is on Thursday, 31 August.  Please ensure your child has appropriate clothing for the day.

BASKETBALL/MINIBALL:  Brandon from Harbour Basketball, will be coaching miniball and basketball players on Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtimes, after lunch eating.  Coaching will be in the hall, or on the top court, depending upon the hall’s availability.  This will continue until the end of the term, and hopefully no more ‘hiccups’ as we had this week.  All present players are urged to attend at the coaching sessions.

TGFU PRACTICAL WORKSHOP:  The TGFU (Teaching Games for Understanding) practical is on Thursday, 31 August on the lower courts.  Everyone is welcome, even if you didn’t attend the first workshop.



1 September - School Cross country begins at 9.30am on the field, starting with the new entrants and progressing through each year group during the morning. Exact start times cannot be confirmed.  Please join us for a fun day and to show your support for all runners.

29 September - PTA Quiz night

19 & 20 September - Whanake Show “Tiki Tour”- tickets on sale soon.

26 September - Triangle meetings, school finishes early at 12.30pm

24 - 27 October - EOTC week


Last week Whanake children wrote poems modelled on The Magic box by Kit Wright.  Here is one from Panuku based on the same poem.

The Magic box

I will put in my box

The last late night kiss that my Mum gently places on my cheek.

My Dad’s early sunrise hugs that wake me from my sleep.

The sound of music that makes me yearn to leap across the dance floor.


I will put in my box

The comforting smell of Mum’s fresh baking that fills my heart with joy.

My cat’s playful meow as she weaves in and out of my legs.

The taste of Dad’s gravy drizzling over the Sunday roast.


My box is made from scaly dragon’s skin.

By Chloe Straight


Room 12 listened to an audio track of a storm and then had to visualise and write about what they heard.

A Muddy Rain Forest

The howling wind whirls.

Trees turn bare.


Leaves splatter the inky blackness

Of the stormy night.


Innocent grass dissolves

Into squelching mud.


Thunder clouds clap out their sorrows

Into a booming drum solo.


The eyes see burnt toast

And the last flame of the night.

By Eleanor Dickinson

The Boat

It was me alone, with rain dropping all around me in great buckets.  As I sat, lightning struck only a few inches away from my face, illuminating it.  I sat, petrified.  The boat creaked and cracked under my feet.  Lightning revealed the boat cracking in half.  The last thing I knew, I was sinking.

By Waihuia Thein