July 6

posted Jul 5, 2016, 8:02 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Jul 5, 2016, 8:24 PM ]

    This week is te reo Māori Week.  The theme for this year is ‘ākina te reo’ – which is about using te reo Māori to support other people and to cheer on.  This fits very well with one of our key school values, ‘Caring’.  We have selected a few encouraging phrases for tamariki and teachers to learn.  Please encourage your child to speak the language, and get them to teach you some new words or phrases.

Our Kapa Haka group joined the local school cluster to celebrate Matariki at the inaugural Beach Haven-Birkdale Matariki festival. Our tamariki were fantastic and received several compliments about their performance. We were all very inspired by the performances from other schools, especially Birkdale Intermediate and Birkenhead College.

It was also lovely to see former pupils of BPS in these two groups!   


      We had almost 300 triangle meetings yesterday.  Thank you tamariki, parents and whānau for coming in.  Hope you all found the sharing of learning and progress worthwhile, and that it built on the spotlighting that the tamariki have been doing at home this term.  Thank you teachers for your work.  As always, there was a team working quietly behind the scene. Elaine set up the booking system, rang the bells and organised food for the teachers, while Miss Houghton, Mrs Brockbank and Nicole kindly helped to look after the children who stayed at school for the whole day.  Ngā mihi!

The National Standards progress judgements for Years 4-6 are now posted on AtSchool.  For children whose After One/Two/Three anniversary dates are in Term 2 or 4, their final or progress judgements are also available online. 

Last Friday we wished Mr Bioletti, our wonderful principal, a successful sabbatical investigating the surface features of writing.   We look forward to his return at the end of Term 3.

As Term 2 draws to an end, we wish everyone a restful and enjoyable break.

Help for Te Puea Marae

Claire Buchanan, who organised the collection of items for Te Puea Marae, reports:

Just to let you know, when I reached out to our community, I knew we’d have some kind souls who would help the people at Te Puea Marae. But I was totally overwhelmed when I went to the office on Friday to collect the donations. Just amazing.


A special thank you for all families who donated so generously, and to Gabrielle Meech who arranged for a large donation from Unilever of Shampoo, conditioner, soap etc.

Also a massive thank you to the customers of Simply Fresh who, inspired by our idea, donated over 600 kgs of fresh fruit and vegetables for the Marae which we also delivered.


The team at the Marae were so thankful and appreciative of the donation. They are feeding many families at present and every bit will be used.


It just shows when everybody does a little, what a big difference we can make.

Thanks to everyone who helped!


6 July, tonight - BOT meeting, 6.00pm in the staffroom

7 July - Share the Arts, 2 -3pm

8 July – Tuatara Whānau assembly 2.00pm

25 July - Term 3 starts

26 July - PTA meeting, 7pm in the staffroom



School finishes for the term on Friday at 3pm.

Lost property - The lost property is on display in front of the Library and will be there again tomorrow and Friday.  Please check for any items that might belong to your child/ren as anything that is left at the end of this week will be disposed of.

PTA News

We are thrilled to announce that the total amount raised from the Spellathon is $6330.00!  What an amazing result!  Certificates and prizes will be handed out at the end of the week.  Thanks to everyone who has supported this fundraiser to help provide literacy resources for our school.  Well done children.

Photos from the photo booth at the disco can be viewed online  at  http://www.birkenheadfair.co.nz/disco-2016-photos.html

PhotoLife Studios- Class and individual photos: ‘Shoot keys’ for your child(ren) will be sent home today so that you can view and order your photos online. If you do not have access to the internet or do not wish to order this way, please collect an Order Envelope from the office

Note: the free delivery period of photos to school expires on Monday 1 August 2016

Can you help?

We would love to hear from parents who could help with Smartmoves each Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday mornings 9-10:15 from Week 2 Term 3. 


Last chance – All flippa ball and mini ball pay and play slips must be returned to the school office by this Friday.

 Birkenhead Bulls - Year 5/6 Basketball

Last game of the season ... play-off for 3rd & 4th ... and it was probably the most exciting game of the season. It came right down to the wire. We were trailing at half time. Managing to catch up in the last 2 minutes. The boys were defending really well but Greenhithe Thunder managed to score taking the lead. But the game wasn't over yet ... working as a team they got the ball back and Liam scored in the last 30 seconds to tie the game! Final score 8 - 8 ... tied for 3rd place!

It was a great season ... lots of growth as a team and as individuals.

Children's writing

Some of the Year 5 and 6 students were visited by Gus Simonovic, and were taken through a Poetry Workshop. All the children have completed beautiful poems describing a special place. Congratulations to Jaden l'Ami, Jack Bayly, Malcom Barton and Vinnie Anuzis who were recognised for outstanding poetry. A special congratulations to Amber Adradi Y5 and Mary Thompson in Y6 who were awarded first place.  Next term the poetry will be shown in the NorthArt gallery. More information to come on this.

My place

On your first day of school.

Your teacher’s smile

Brighter than the sun and

Prettier than the sunset

Guide you through your first steps.

Proud to be there for you

And leading you to success.

This where I belong.


This is the place where my

knowledge has grown.

This is the place where all

My friends are.

We shared all our  happiest  moments  together.

Like EOTC and camp!

I don’t want to leave cause

This is where I belong.


Laughter and happiness

At play time on the playground,

Hiding in your secret hiding spot.

That’s where I belong.


By Victoria Wijaya.


Have a safe and happy holiday

Alice Ho,

Acting Principal