June 1

posted May 31, 2016, 8:40 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Jun 28, 2016, 5:37 PM ]

  Board of Trustees Election results:  I would like to welcome Sam Perkins, Jo McDonald and Jason Britten to our Board of Trustees.  Thank you all for deciding to join our remaining trustees, David Barker and Jo Fagan-Oslawskyj.  

Members of the Sri Chimnoy Harmony Run group visited last Thursday to talk to Whanake and Panuku children about Sri Chimnoy and his beliefs, and in particular, his belief that peace starts with each of us, and that running together, taking part in the arts, music with others helps build peace in the community and the world. They brought their Peace Run torch, and the children all took part in shuttling the torch back and forth across the hall. It was a lovely opportunity for the children, and a good message from wonderful people.

Zion Hill Garden - Three of the children, Joel Blijlevens, Isabelle West, and Mary Thompson, helped the Kaipatiki Board bless the new park on Monday. The children loved rolling in the long grass before and after the celebration. The park is a nice green space at the  entry point  to the  shopping area, a  potential  meeting  point,  and  open  space  for  people  to  lunch in  during  summer.  Along  with  the  new  viewing  space  in Birkenhead Ave, two more good points about living in Birkenhead.

Refugees - This is to be our next Inquiry topic. If you know of anyone who works to support refugee families, or if you know of people who might be able to give accounts of the problems and joys they faced in leaving their country of origin, and arriving in New Zealand, could you please ask them to contact us, or send us contact details.


Donations: Payment for activities and donations can be made at the school office by Eftpos, cheque or cash and also by direct credit to: ASB 12-3035-0499511-00. Please use your child’s name as a reference. Thank you in anticipation.

Health & Safety:  If your child is feeling unwell, please consider keeping them at home until they are well enough to return to school.  This will help to reduce the spread of winter ‘bugs’.  There have been a lot of children sick with coughs, colds and sore throats lately, as well as the vomiting ‘bug’.

Immunisation details:  If your child brought home a request for vaccination details recently, please could you forward the information ASAP.

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

Rm 1: Ji Min Choe & Knox Gherardi, Rm 2:  Ben Kimpton & Bella Alley, Rm 3:  Zach Bendall & Poppy Maxwell, Rm 4: Holly Walters & Bonnie Hu, Rm 5:   Amy Moore & Joanna Wilde, Rm 6:  , Rm 8:   Jaiden Mupfawi & James Moore, Rm 9:  Hannah Wilmot & Phillip Khoury, Rm 10:   Nikita Walker & Issy Bakewell-White, Rm 11:  Cade Ravenhall & Alex Sandford,  Rm 12:  Cameron Smith & Hannah McPhee, Rm 13:  Charlotte Chamberlain & Liam Hines,  Rm 14:   Hugo Fletcher & Abbey Benyon, Rm 15  Nathan Reynolds & Unaiki Thein, Rm 16: Chloe Straight & Joel Blijlevens ,  Rm 17:  Xi Li & Kaihono Sassen.


Congratulations to former BPS student,  Eloise Eng whose team from Northcote Intermediate won the Auckland regional heat at the Children's Lit Quiz championships and then went on to represent their school at the National finals in Wellington. What a great achievement and a fantastic way to share a love of literature.


Congratulations to all of our fantastic  swimmers   who received their certificates and medals at last Friday’s assembly from  the  North  Shore  Primary Schools meet.  WELL DONE TO YOU ALL!


6 June - Queen’s Birthday holiday - No School

7 June- PTA meeting 7.30pm in the staffroom.

7 - 10 June - Book week.  

13 June- BOT meeting, 6pm in the staffroom.

17 June - Class and individual photos. Sibling order forms can be collected from the office.

23 June  - School Disco organised by PTA.

8 July - Term 2 ends

BOOK WEEK – 7 -10 June.   Our theme this year is Traditional Tales and Legends.

Book Week is a special week when we focus, more strongly than usual, on the amazing value of books, by engaging in various in class activities and special events.  We have several speakers coming in to the school to read their books and explain the various processes of producing a book.

We also have a display in the Library of books that you can buy for the library, with a donation. A sticker with child’s name as the donor will be pasted into the book. The book can then go home to be read, and then returned to the Library.  On Friday morning we  have  the famous in Birkenhead, character dress-up parade and walk through  the  town centre. We will be leaving from  the  top court at 9.15. Please help your child dress-up as a character and join in the fun.


Room 10 (Year 3) have been having a painful time recently.  Here are two accounts using passage of time words.

My Broken Collarbone

Zoom! I could see the tyres on my bike wobbling. Suddenly I saw two rainbow rosellas in the distance. I leaned forwards. I was going too fast! My tyre slipped on a bump and I fell off my bike. I was bouncing across the concrete. This surprised me because I didn’t know you could bounce on concrete. Suddenly I rolled towards the gutter and I banged my collarbone on the edge of the gutter. My mum came round the corner and found me lying at the bottom of the hill. I went to the doctor and they gave me a sling. Then I went home. My sister Ruby asked me, “What happened?” I told her, “I broke my collarbone.”

By Bekele Wilford


Horsey Kick

“Twenty burpees!” shouted Mrs Teague. I dashed across the humungous court and then Bekele horsey kicked me as he leaped out to do a burpee. Then I fell to the ground in slow motion. “Ouch!” I shouted. Next my hands slid like a sled zooming down. After that I went back inside. Falling over was painful, but it was also kind of funny because we were already writing an “Ouch” story that day!

By Dijon Thin

Have a wonderful week

Nigel Bioletti