June 16

posted Jun 16, 2017, 1:36 AM by Alison Bray   [ updated Jun 19, 2017, 3:11 AM ]

This year is certainly flying by - with just three weeks of school left this term. I have realised recently that, whilst we have had lots of bumps and scratches, we have had very few incidents of poor behaviour - the children are just out there, playing, having fun, and, it appears, looking after each other. Well done children - you are fantastic young citizens!

Te Reo-a-thon - Well done everyone!!

The children were all tested today on their pepeha (Introductions) and their kupu mahi (Verbs). They have had a lot of fun learning these - pretending to do the kupu mahi, with a partner telling their action in the reo. Teachers have felt extremely well supported with the Te reo-a-thon - tinopai to mahi, Kiriana.

Charlotte Tuala comments:  I really enjoyed the Te Reo-athon.  I think it’s interesting to learn Te Reo if you are from overseas as it tells you about Maori culture.


Staffing: Sadly, Mrs Sadler is finishing up at BPS at the end of Term Two. She has won a position at Wilson School, near Takapuna Grammar, working with older age group special needs students. Mrs Sadler has been a wonderful member of staff. She has always been an inclusive teacher, so we know that she will be very successful in this new role, and wish her all the best. She has been to visit Wilson School today. We have appointed Deni Jennings to take Room 3 through to the end of the year. Deni has been teaching overseas for a number of years, owns a home in Birkenhead, and is looking forward to working in the community.


Library and Resources Manager - We have appointed Amanda Davies to this role. Amanda  has always supported our Book weeks, and supported Mr Houghton and his work in the library.  We have just installed a new web-based Library and Resources database software on new computers. Amanda will work with Mr Houghton and Mrs Jones to get all the resources and library books up to date on this new system, but Amanda is also looking forward to making the library a great place for the children to come to.


Health and Safety: Dogs - we have had three recent incidents where dogs have defecated or urinated in the school grounds and the ‘faecal matter’ was not removed by the dog owner. It is hard to understand how this could have happened, and especially so if our rules were being followed. They are as follows:

Student safety is paramount. Dogs on school grounds are permitted but must be kept on a leash held by the parent at all times.  Dog owners are responsible for the behaviour of their dog, and must have full control of the dog at all times. They must take responsibility for any fouling, damage or injury caused by their dogs (which means that owners must have plastic bags on hand, just in case.)


Out of Zone enrolments for 2018:  Parents, if you live outside of the school zone and have a sibling of a current student turning five next year, please contact Elaine as soon as possible.

If you live within the zone and have a child turning five next year, please collect an enrolment form from the office.



22 June (Next Thursday) - PTA Disco

23 June - Kapa Haka group performance at Birkdale Intermediate Matariki Festival, 9.15.

26 - 30 June - Matariki celebration

29 June - Share the Arts

3 July - Triangles for everyone except Room 2, who will be emailed soon about alternative dates. We will request that you pick up children at 12:30 on this day.  More information will follow.

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

Rm 1: Merlin Tisch & Isabella Choat,  Rm 2: Brooklyn Vaughn & Harry Levick, Rm 3:  Aisling O’Leary & Ollie Hall, Rm 4:  Lindsay Fam & Amber l’Ami, Rm 5:   Chris Rivera & Nikolai Ermuratski, Rm 6: Asher Hughes & Noah Kimura,  Rm 7: Toi Shepherd & Hannah Dalziel,  Rm 9: Carl Li & Asha Akbar Muhsin, Rm 10:  Zach Bendall & Cronan Dooley, Rm 11:  Molly Osbourne & Zane Sarmad,  Rm 12:  Emma Lapuste & Miela Stantiall, Rm 13: Hannah Wilmot & Dijon Thin,  Rm 14: Chelsea Tilby & Romeo Meyer,  Rm 15 :  Luca Manga & Amelia Stanley, Rm 16:  Flynn Gower & Valerie Wen,  Rm 17:  Zach Ireland & Angelina Perkins, Rm 18:  Heath McConnell, Henry Lowe & Kaira Wohlfarth.


Panuku Museum visits - Next week the Panuku children will be going on their trip to the museum. The year 5s are now going on the Tuesday and the year 6s are now going on Wednesday. Children will need a packed lunch for that day.  If your Year 5 child usually gets a Pita Pit lunch on Tuesdays, please ensure that they have something else to eat on that day.


Library - Please can you check at home for any school library books.  We have many dozens of outstanding or missing books and would love them all back.  Ask your child to put their book into the yellow box at the issues desk in the Library. Thanks.


The first of the BPS Book Reviews is going to air on the Suzy & Friends radio show and video, this weekend. Unaiki Thein shares her review of the brand new book by Julie Pitman Hayes, Tawhirimatea – Song for Matariki.  Head to www.suzy.co.nz to find out how to tune in on either Saturday or Sunday morning and to find the YouTube channel.  


Miniball/Basketball:  'Play and Pay' forms are now available in the foyer and must be returned before the end of the term.


Congratulations to our latest Walking School Bus achievers:

50 Walks, Tag Only - Brooklyn Vaughan and Ava Wheatley.


BPS EZLUNCH: Pita Pit lunches delivered to your child every Tuesday - find out more, register and order at www.ezlunch.co.nz. Convenient, delicious and fundraising for your school at the same time!


Our newest students in Room 5 have published some of their stories.

Have a great weekend and “Go Team New Zealand”.

Nigel Bioletti,  



Outside Organisations

Community Bushcare Day - This Saturday, 17th June, from 10am.  Paa Harakeke, Merrill Place off Eskdale Road, Birkdale.  Register your interest at www.kaipatiki.org.nz/volunteer or call 09 482 1172.  Weeding and planting 10am to midday with a BBQ at the end. Planters are encouraged to wear gumboots and bring gloves and a spade if they have one.