February 10th, 2016

posted Feb 9, 2016, 6:25 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Feb 15, 2016, 6:52 PM ]

Dear Parents and Caregivers

 We are off to a good start for the year. The children seem to have settled in and are under way with their learning. Can you please urge your children to speak to their teacher, or another staff member, if they are having any problems at school. 

Our pool has been painted, filled, and is almost ready for use. 

Life Education: Harriet is here, and the children are having their first lessons in the caravan - air conditioned too!!!

Handwriting: One of our focus areas this year is on handwriting. You may well notice your child writing sloped letter forms, instead of straight up and down forms. Our approach is based on 'Teaching Handwriting', from the Ministry. This is an old publication, but it was based on very solid research at the time into how best we help children to write effectively. We will be able to talk to you at the Information evening - see calendar.

P.T.A. News:  The group met last night, and is intending to stage all usual annual events. First up is the 'Camp-at-school' night - March 4th. 

Home-link Book - We are getting the children's Home-Link Books set up. These will include your child's Reading Log, their Homework, and communications pages, and once we have set up Spotlights for the children, these will be pasted into the Home-Link book for reference.

ACEs - (A Citizen of Excellence) - just a reminder that, when one of the staff see a child doing something really kind for another child, or a teacher/adult, the teacher can award the child an ACE card. The ACEs all go into a Lucky draw at each assembly. The children take the ACEs home on the Monday. When a child has three ACE cards, they are awarded an ACE Certificate. If your child brings an ACE or Certificate home, then you should be very proud of their community spirit.

Important Reminders

Contact details: Please remember to let us know if any of your details (address, phone or email) have changed.

Medical Register: Please update information where needed and replace any medications that have expired.

Bell times have changed.  School still begins at 8.50 but morning tea is now 11.05 to 11.30 and lunch time is now 1.00 until 2.00pm.


Can you help?

Smartmoves begins in Week 3 for Room 5 children and some Room 2 children.  These sessions will run 9-9:40 each Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday. In order for this to run smoothly we do need a number of helpers. We have planned a parent information and training afternoon on Thursday 11th February. If you are able to help with a session (or more) please let Ms Mac or Mrs Rees know.


February 22  7pm - Information evening  (Staff, BOT, Learning Trust, PTA).

29 FebruaryHearing and vision testing for New Entrants and children needing to be re-tested.  NE parents, please ensure consent forms have been returned to school.

March 4Camp night (see below)

March 25 – 29 School closed for Easter break.  School resumes Wednesday 30th.

April 15Term 1 ends

PTA  News

Ezlunch is Back: Our Ezlunch Pita Pit Tuesdays are underway for 2016!   Order online before 9am Tuesday and a pita pit lunch is delivered to your child that day.  You can set up a recurring weekly order too. If you used Ezlunch last year, don’t forget to update your child’s classroom number when you make your first order this year.  Are you new to Ezlunch this year?  Log on to www.ezlunch.co.nz and follow the simple steps to register.  Any questions, please email Katrina on pta@birkenheadprimary.school.nz.  Remember 10% goes directly to PTA fundraising.  

Camp Night Friday 4th March 5pm onwards: Mark your diaries now for this fun annual BPS event. Whether you camp overnight or just come along for the Friday night fun, food and festivities, it’s always a great time.  More details to come in the next few weeks.


 Walking School Bus

We're celebrating Walking School Bus Week next week. Walk to school on Tuesday next week on the bus wearing a hilarious hat and on Thursday walk to school decked out in fluoro colours for a 'be bright, be seen' day.


Registration forms for basketball and miniball are available from the school foyer.


Have a wonderful week

Nigel Bioletti


Outside organisations

Music Lessons at school BPS school offers specialist music lessons.    Enrolment forms for piano/keyboard and guitar lessons are available from the office foyer.  These are due back by 15 February. Contact the Music Education Centre on 0800893939 if you have any queries.

GUITAR LESSONS are available on Tuesdays at Birkenhead School, through Dave Gatman.  If you would like to enrol your child to start Guitar Lessons in 2016, please contact Dave on 021 2221456 or davegatman@gmail.com.

NORTHCOTE RUGBY CLUB REGISTRATION DATES: Wednesday 17 February (6.00pm - 7.30pm)  Saturday 20 February (10.00am - 2.00pm) Friday 26 February (6.00pm - 7.30pm) ** final registration day  See http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/northcotebirkenheadrugbyclub/ or Facebook (Northcote Junior Rugby) for more info.  GIRLS ONLY RIPPA (ages 7-8 yrs, 9-10 yrs, 11-12 yrs) ~   this is a fabulous opportunity for young girls to get into the sport of rugby. Read more here: http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/northcotebirkenheadrugbyclub/news/girls-rippa-rugby-2016-1539012.html. Registrations for Northcote Rugby Girls Rippa teams are at the above registration dates

Birkenhead United AFC  Soccer Enrolment Days for Midgets, Juniors and Youth grades 2016 Winter Season are: On line at the club website: www.birkenheadunited.org.nz OR: At clubrooms on Sunday 14th and 21st February, 10am – 2pm.  For further details visit the website or our Birkenhead United Clubrooms at Shepherds Park, Melba Street, Beachhaven, Ph: 482 2494