July 27

posted Jul 26, 2016, 8:11 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Aug 28, 2016, 6:23 PM ]

Welcome back everyone to Term 3!  I hope you all managed some quality time with your family. A special welcome to the eight new entrants who started in Room 5 this Monday and to their whānau. Also, a very special welcome to our new teachers this term- Mr Colin Banyard in Room 14 and Miss Chikera Atkins in Room 9.

New carpets: Many of you will have noticed that Rooms 1, 2 and 17, and the office areas, are re-carpeted.  Thanks to Logan Smith, our property manager, for working long hours in the holidays to get that done in time for the start of the term.

New Resource Room:  Thank you to the PTA for funding the container which is now being used as our new resource room.  Logan has made a fantastic job of building shelves in there and a huge thank you goes to to both Logan and Mrs Rees for moving all of the resources during the holidays!

Professional Development: Our dedicated teachers spent a day in the holidays looking at effective writing approaches with well-regarded literacy consultant, Jill Eggleton.  It was affirming to know that most of her recommendations fit our current “Children as Writers” approach. We will trial some of her other ideas and continue to refine our writing programmes.

Learning: Pikiake and Whanake children are continuing with their inquiry into Refugees.  Yesterday Dawit Arshak, Senior Resettlement Case Worker at NZ Red Cross, talked to tamariki about his own journey from Ethiopia to resettle in New Zealand.  The children asked lots of perceptive questions.  Room 5 have already connected Dawit’s story to the five basic human needs that they have been learning.  They have also identified how New Zealand helped to satisfy the basic needs that Dawit lost when he became a refugee.  Ka mau te wehi, particularly for a new entrant/year one class!  This inquiry unit will conclude with tamariki making their own contribution to support refugees and new kiwis.

Battens: Parents and whānau, there are set rules for children to follow when playing in the batten area.  These are clearly displayed on fences/windows nearby.  Please remind tamariki of these rules, as we will continue to ensure that this area is kept as safe as possible for the children to enjoy.  Please also note that the area is not to be used before or after school hours for safety and supervision reasons.

The Poetry Project 2016 - Some of our students have their work on display at NorthArt Gallery in Norman King Square, Northcote shopping centre.  The exhibition is open all this week (until Sunday) between  10am and 4pm.  More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/175160086233137/

IMPORTANT: 2017 Out of Zone enrolments for siblings of current students:

If you live outside of the school zone and have a child turning five next year intending to enrol in our school, please contact Elaine as soon as possible to complete an Out of Zone application form.  

Likewise, if you live within the school zone and have a child turning five in 2017, please make sure that we have your completed enrolment documents on hand. We need to confirm potential new entrant numbers for 2017 to assist with planning for next year.

Reminders: School starts at 8.50am promptly.  Please leave a message on the absence line if your child is going to be absent by 8.45am.  Approval must be sought in advance for any time out of school during term time.

Please make sure your child takes home all their belongings each day to minimise the number  of items we seem to acquire in the Lost Property bin.

If your child comes home wearing a change of clothing, please return all garments in a clean condition.

Smartmoves starts next week for our New Entrants, each Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday at 9-9:45 in the hall.  This amazing programme does rely on lots of parent assistance in order to run effectively. Please see Ms Mac or Mrs Sutherland if you can help at one or more of these sessions.


29 July - Assembly led by Room 6

4 August- Rippa Tournament

26 August - Daffodil Day

2 September - Whole school cross country

13 & 14 September - Panuku Production

23 September - Term 3 ends

Congratulations to Principal’s Award winners from the last week of Term 2:

Rm 1: Elia De Martin & Archie Shanahan, Rm 2:  Jimmy Duff, Niamh Maier & Elliot Morris, Rm 3:  Blake Moulton & Owais Nauman, Rm 4: Sophia Littlewood & Zoe Wheatley, Rm 5: Jack Bradford & Eli Brown, Rm 6:  Isla McHarg & Qing Zhong, Rm 8:   All of Room 8, Rm 9:   Sophie Smith & Maddie Birley, Rm 10:  Bekele Wilford & Yuanli Li , Rm 11: Cronan Dooley, Ryan Lapuste & Alex Sandford ,  Rm 12:  Ivan Plehanof & Shiori Tozaki, Rm 13: Vacky Oh & Sebastian Madrid,  Rm 14:  Soren Perham & Junia Bosenick, Rm 15  Isabelle West & Ashley Smith, Rm 16:  Sasha Van Wijk & Toby Caro,  Rm 17: Oliver Jackson & Amelia Stanley .

There is an exciting time ahead for Panuku as we prepare for our end of term performance "Twice Upon a Time". This is an original show written by children from Year 5 and 6 at BPS. Tickets will be on sale during Weeks 6 and 7, and there will be three performances. A matinee on Tuesday 13th September will be the opportunity for Whanake and Pikiake children to see the show, and there will be  evening performances on both Tuesday 13th, and Wednesday 14th September.  We hope to see you there!

Outside organisations

Knitwits at Birkenhead Library for kids 7+.  begins at 3.30pm today (Wednesday the 27th of July).  Wool and knitting needles provided, you just need to bring your biggest smile and some patience – practise makes perfect and we have experienced knitters to help you learn to knit.

Baxter Dance Hip Hop at the YMCA, Northcote. Tuesday afternoons; 4pm for 6-9 year olds,

5pm for 10-13 year olds.  $12.50 per session.  claire@baxterdance.nz  for more info

Not learning to play a musical instrument is one of life's biggest regrets. Enrol your child now for individual half hour  guitar or piano lessons  at school with specialist music teachers from the Music Education Centre.  For further information or to enroll, contact the Music Education Centre on 0800893939 or through our website www.musiceducation.co.nz"

ABC 4 Kids Karate - Taking enrolments now for this term.  Go in the draw to win  Karate pack.  Call 4835935 or 027 2242811 or go to www.karate4u.co.nz

Jayayoga, special introductory offer,  7 days unlimited yoga for $25.00.  Located at 50 Mokoia Road.  www.jayayoga.co.nz for more information.