June 15

posted Jun 14, 2016, 7:29 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Jun 28, 2016, 5:35 PM ]

The weather was fortunately kind on Friday and so, after all meeting in the hall, we set out on our annual wander through the shops, with probably 85% of the children in costume. These are the times when it is especially  good to be working with such fantastic young people - full of life, and fun, chatter and laughter. We had lots of fabulous feedback from the community. Thanks parents for

your support.   

The judges had a very difficult decision with so many wonderful and inventive costumes but the winners were Luca Manga (Wild Thing), Millen Blijlevens (Dragon in a Wagon) and Jack Andrews (Whomping Willow).

Visits to Awataha Marae

Pikiake classes are visiting the marae today and tomorrow. I am sure that the children, teachers, and parents will enjoy the experience - they are a very welcoming community. Some of our Year Six boys are accompanying the classes and acting as speakers during the powhiri. Well done boys.

Arrangements for my sabbatical absence last week of this Term and Term Three:

I was very, very fortunate to win a 10 week sabbatical for Term Three, but because the term is only nine weeks, I am allowed to take a week out of another term. I am taking the last week of this term.  The 100 sabbaticals awarded across NZ each year are intended to allow the recipient time to pursue a project, and they must complete a report, but also, and very much so, to allow them some time to take stock, talk to other teachers, Principals and specialists, re-charge the batteries. My project is concerned with writing - how we build children’s surface features, whilst also ensuring that they see themselves as writers. The Board has very kindly paid my airfares to the UK, where I am attending the UK Literacy Association Conference with my wife, who is AP at Belmont School. Whilst there we will also be meeting friends, and spending time with my brother in Edinburgh, and my cousin in Dublin.

So, while I am away:

Miss Ho will be Acting Principal.

Mrs Rees will be Acting Deputy Principal.

Mrs Gerin will be Acting Assistant Principal.

We are given extra resourcing to acknowledge these changes – reliever costs and salary allowances.

We are increasing Mrs Rees’ release for this period – from 11:30 through to 3pm. Mrs Jones will be teaching the children. We are giving Mrs Gerin full release to assist Alice and Allyson with the running of the school. We have employed Mr Colin Banyard to teach Room 14 for this period. He was well recommended to us, and with Mrs Gerin’s support, will continue the children’s progress. Mr Banyard will be visiting on Monday 20th, to get to know the children and staff.

RIPPA RUGBY:  Our rippa teams all performed well on Tuesday, despite a few showers.  They thoroughly enjoyed their games and some of the teams had fantastic results.

Sophia Ryan, Room 17, reports:

We played three games, winning the third. I had three really good runs, but got ripped each time. Myara was really fast. It was a fun day, and everyone enjoyed it.

Thanks to parents, as without their support, the 60 children couldn't have gone.


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

23 June  - School Disco organised by PTA

5 July- Triangles, School finishes at 12.30pm, details to follow.

8 July - Term 2 ends 3pm

25 July - Term 3 starts

PTA  News:

Entertainment Books are still on sale.  Make great savings while raising money for the school.  To order your Book or Digital Membership securely  online,  visit: www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/9x4141.   You may also pay by Eftpos at the school office.

Spellathon: Well done to all the students who participated in the spelling tests last week. Remember we are raising money for much needed literacy supplies.  Annie from the PTA will be in the office foyer each morning over the next few weeks to collect sponsorship sheets and funds.  Spell-athon packs can be downloaded from the BPS Facebook page if needed. Alternatively, you can transfer money into the PTA bank account 06-0115-0253323-00 reference spell-athon and your surname. Please then email your child's name, room number, whanau group and the amount to pta@birkenheadprimary.school.nz thanks for your support.

Disco helpers - We still need a few more volunteers for the 7-8pm slot at the school disco on 23rd June.  Please email Rose at  forsterrose@yahoo.com if you can help.

Here is some delightful writing from a Year 1 student in Room 2.

I like butterflies because they are fluttery, and they shimmer when they fly around my garden.

Olivia Morreau.

Have a wonderful week
Nigel Bioletti

Outside Organisations:

Artz on Show school holiday performing arts workshop.  For students aged 5 - 15 ENROL NOW for our Jungle Book Workshop!  Held at Westlake Boys High School 11th – 15th July 2016, 9 - 4 daily.  Go to www.artzonshow.co.nz or contact Hayley, artz@artzonshow.co.nz or 0800667469.

100% nature-based Holiday Programs during April Onepoto Domain, 9am - 4pm $50 per child per day or $220 per week. An antidote for technology, kids get the opportunity to have unstructured play in the bush and a lot of fun. Come get muddy, climb a tree and just play!  Visit for more information and bookings: www.consciouskids.co.nz   Call 027.4460360 or email info@consciouskids.co.nz

Craft classes, July holidays.  For all primary school ages children, held at Northcote Senior Citizens Rooms opposite the Bridgeway Theatre.  Monday and Wednesday, 2 hour sessions, either morning or afternoon.  Limited to 8 per class, $20 per child.  Phone Wendy, 0275 725690 crafty2sum@yahoo.co.nz .  

Movie fundraiser: Me Before You, to raise money for the Birkenhead Playcentre rebuild. Thurs 30th June, 7.30pm at Bridgeway. $25 to include a glass of wine/ juice and a goodie bag. Contact Rose for tickets (forsterrose@yahoo.com)