February 17

posted Feb 16, 2016, 3:23 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Feb 16, 2016, 8:23 PM ]

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Information evening - this coming Monday - starting at 7pm in the hall. Please come along and join us. This is an opportunity for you to hear from all of the groups in the school - Board, PTA and Trust - all made up of parents who are helping to make the school the best it can be.


  • Welcome
  • Brief update from the Board of Trustees - including that there will be a Board election in April/May - we are looking for new Trustees; ‘Q and A’.
  • Meet with the Leaders and teachers in each School team - update on the things we are putting in place this year; ‘Q and A’ time; suggestions.
  • Brief update from our Learning Trust and their plans for 2016
  • Update from our PTA - programme for 2016; how you can support the group
  • Conclusion

Newsletter - Last week we sent our first newsletter out through our database programme - ‘etap’, but in some cases it took over 4 hours for the newsletter get home. We will persevere with the etap channel and hope that the etap support team can help us to get it to send more quickly. The newsletter is also available each Wednesday on the school website and hard copies can be collected from the School Office.

Mandarin Language Assistant - Our ‘MLA’ started yesterday. Her name is Qian Liu, and is a very positive young lady, whom the children will enjoy working with. She has completed her teaching degree back home, is spending this year supporting the learning of Mandarin at our School, Chelsea, and Birkdale Intermediate, and will return home at the end of the year to complete her teacher training. We should have an MLA each year for the next three years.

Can you help?

Road Patrol parent help: Mrs Lamason is still looking for parents to help supervise for Thursday and Friday morning.

Smartmoves: Helpers are still needed for Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9.00 to 10.20.  Please see Mrs Rees or Ms Mac if you can help out with this.


Hats- children must have a wide brimmed hat at school.  Children without hats will be required to sit in a shady area.

School starts at 8.50.  Please try to have your child here on time so that the roll can be marked and learnng time can begin promptly.

Car park -Please do not drop off children in the staff car park, there is a designated drop off zone on the street.  Children can then walk safely on the footpath into the school through the archway, rather than the more dangerous route through the carpark.


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.  

March 4Camp night (see below)

March 8 – PTA AGM, 7.30pm in the staffroom.  See Below 

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

April 15Term 1 ends

PTA  News

 Camp Night, Friday 4th March: We hope you’ve got this great night booked into your diary!  You are welcome to camp overnight with tent access from 4pm. The Coffee Guy and bacon butties will be available from early morning or just come along from 5pm on Friday for the family picnic, Talent Quest and fun activities for the kids.  For sale on the night will be a sausage sizzle, sushi, pizza, home baking, icecream & iceblocks, lolly bags, drinks and glow items, BYO welcome.  Children must register for the Talent Quest beforehand (details TBC) and will bring home a ‘rules/information’ sheet for you.  Any questions, please email pta@birkenheadprimary.school.nz.  More information will follow this week.

PTA AGM plus New Members Needed: The PTA AGM is on Tuesday 8th March at 7.30pm in the staffroom at school.  Everyone is invited along for a drink/nibble with the committee plus find out what the PTA has been up to in the last 12 months.  The PTA committee is currently very small so please consider joining us in 2016 – it’s a great way to get involved in your school community and meet other parents.  We are also looking for a new Chairperson and Secretary – could this be you?  Please email Katrina on pta@birkenheadprimary.school.nz to find out more about how to get involved.


Miniball registrations have  now closed, basketball registrations are due by the end of this week.  There are still some outstanding uniforms from last year.  Please return as soon as possible.

At Birkenhead Primary we have a School Counsellor.  Her name is Liz Summerville and she is here every Thursday. She has been at the school since 2012. Year five and six children can access her directly through their teacher or the office.  Year four and younger must be referred by a parent.  If children have self-referred and their problems are significant then parents will be contacted.  Liz is there to support the children and their families and can be contacted on 027 488 9236 or liz@summerville.co.nz.

 This week’s writing comes from one of our newest students in Room 5.

I am in a hulk mask.  Daniel Warner

 Have a wonderful week

Nigel Bioletti,