August 31

posted Aug 30, 2016, 8:34 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Aug 30, 2016, 9:06 PM ]

Daffodil Day -    Last Friday the Pikiake children donned their colourful spring hats and sang outside the public library.  As a result, they raised $485 for the Cancer Society.  Well done  tamariki, you  showed  that  little people can  make  a difference! Once  again, thanks  to all  the parents, staff  and children  for  supporting  our Pikiake tamariki to show care and compassion.

Delving into Division A group of Room 6 children (Y3/4) were working out strategies to solve division problems.  Jamie explained how she turned the division problem into a multiplication one:  18 ¸ 6 = ___ becomes ___ x 6 = 18.  How many 6s make 18?  3, so 18 ¸ 6 = 3.  Great strategy, Jamie!

Mad Hatter’s tea party  Ira! Cups, cups and more cups!  The budding artists in Rooms 14 and 15 (Y5/6) displayed great focus and creativity as they made cups and saucers out of clay, using the slab, coil and pinch pot techniques.  The finished products need to be both functional and decorative.  Lucas and Theo added some sweetness to their designs in the form of 2 marshmallows and a chocolate fish.  Some of the cups and saucers will go into the BPS display in the National Sculpture on the Shore Exhibition in November.  Can’t wait!

Technology Challenge - On the other hand, other tamariki were using their creativity to engineer and problem solve in the interschool EPro Technology Challenge.   Both the Year 5 BPS Bull Dogs (Trinity, Emma, Tamati, and Owyn) and the Year 6 Birkenhead Blazers (Charli, Myara, Curtis and Sean) did very well and had great fun. The Year 6 team came second place and will now compete at the semi-finals at Northcross Intermediate.   Ka wani kē!


School finishes at 3.00pm each day- We have noticed an increase in the number of children playing on the playground after 3.00.  Please collect your child promptly and do not leave them to play, unsupervised.

Enrolments for 2017- if you have a child turning 5 next year, please enrol now.  This is particularly important if you live outside of the school zone.  Please contact Elaine in the office if you have any questions regarding this.

Top carpark-  This car park is intended for staff or short term visitors only.  It is not a drop off area.  It can be very busy, especially at the start and end of the day.  Please do not allow your child(ren) to walk through the carpark to access the school gate.

Waterwise Instructor training There will be a training course early in term 4 for new Waterwise Instructors. This will involve attending attending training sessions at Birkenhead Wharf on three consecutive Thursdays, October 13, 20 and 27, plus a test on November 3. These days are all from 9.00am until just before 3.00pm, leaving in time to pick up kids.  This time is needed to teach both sailing, you will sail the same boats that the kids use at Waterwise, and driving the patrol boat.  Any parent can take part, you do not have to have children of Waterwise age.   Please contact Even if you have spoken to me previously,please confirm that you are still interested.



2 September - Whole school cross country.

9 September - School closes at 12.30pm.  Please return the supervision slip if you cannot collect your child at 12.30pm.

9 September - Assembly will be at 9.00am due to the union meeting.

10 September (Saturday) - Car wash fundraiser for Year 5 & 6 camps, 10.00 - 2.00 in the carpark.

13 & 14 September - Panuku Show “Twice Upon a Time”.

16th September- The inter school cross country is on 10am - 1pm at Kauri Park School

23 September - Term 3 ends.


Today a group of mums worked with harakeke (flax) freshly harvested from our  school  gardens  to  begin  the  process  of  making our  new Kapa Haka garments.   The  flax  is stripped, combed,  boiled  and dyed  before  it  gets woven. It's  a big  job so  thank  you so  much to Kiriana, Charlotte,  Roz, Nina,  Toni, Sarah and  Victoria for  your help! If anyone would like to help on Friday while   you're   here  for the  Cross Country  please  see  Jane Arrowsmith in Room 11 (or email )


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

Rm 1: Hannah Dalziel & Nathan Chamberlain, Rm 2: Olivia Morreau & Sam King, Rm 3:  Jack Armour & Luca Maxwell, Rm 4: Felix Keenan & Nicole Godinet, Rm 5:   Adam Adradi & Daniella Maude, Rm 6:  Zara Gillard & Varen Wilson, Rm 8:  Lucy Martin & Taylor McDonald , Rm 9:  Aafin Kothiwala & Sophia Salayon, Rm 10:  Campbell Davies & Hannah Millington , Rm 11:  Natasha Weinstock Abby Allan,  Rm 12: Lucas Dobler & Sumayah Hamzah, Rm 13: Zac l’Ami & Aisha Kim,  Rm 14:  Liam Smith & Yardley Barker,  Rm 15 : Jaden l’Ami & & Unaiki Thein, Rm 16:  Trinity Foster-Nesbit & Ollie Johnstone,  Rm 17:  Leonie Aguilar Berger & Owyn Sudworth.

Givealittle appeal:   Josie Galbraith, a former BPS student, suffers from a rare condition of gradual muscle weakness.  She struggles with simple tasks like opening jars, and taking a 10-minute walk.  Despite that, she ‘forbears and perseveres’ (our school motto) and has just completed her PhD at the University of Auckland.  She is now heading to the United States to seek treatment.  If you want to leave an encouraging word or donate to her trip, go to

This week’s writing come from a Year 5 student in Room 16.

The feet are running, legs like steel, eyes like the sun. The ears are shiny like emeralds. Their hands are pointing to the finish line. The noses are so cute. Their hair is fluffy and soft. They’re so  cute racing.  The black one is holding a  blue stick. I think that  thing in the background is a dog maybe. I hope you have enjoyed my guinea pigs.

By Ricky  Divall


Have a wonderful week

Alice Ho, Acting Principal

Outside organisations

Lego display - Auckland Brick Show, October 22,23,24 at the Trusts Arena, Henderson.  Pre-booked tickets $7 door sales $10.00.  Buy tickets at

Girls’ Brigade North Shore fundraiser:  Award winning international speaker Allison Mooney, The People Interpreter, speaking on “knowing and understanding our differences.”  Friday 16 September , Owen Goodwin Theatre, Birkdale Intermediate School.  Tickets $15 single or $20 couple.  Contact Julia Harris, 021 644558 or