June 2

posted Jun 1, 2017, 11:01 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Jun 2, 2017, 5:48 PM ]

Mihi nui o te ra ki te whanau.

No, we are not starting a North Shore branch of MOTAT. The fire engine you may have noticed near Logan’s shed, is one he is intending to buy if can be brought up to C.O.F. standard. On the boat front - Andrew Koolen has very kindly stripped out the motor, stern-drive and cabling. Thanks, Andrew. If you know of anyone who might be interested in buying these (I believe that it is a Holden V8 motor) please contact me. On Sunday, weather permitting, a small group of dads is going to start cleaning, tidying, making safe, and sealing and painting  the interior of the boat, before we locate it near the Junior Playground. If you have any oil based primer or undercoat that is surplus to requirements, please email me.  nbioletti@birkenheadprimary.school.nz 

Thank you to all children who brought a gold coin donation last Friday for Pink Shirt Day.  We raised a total of $311.80 for the Mental Health Foundation.  Well Done!  Thanks to Brigitte Tisch for the lovely photo.



15 June - Photolife, class and individual photos - see below

22 June - PTA Disco

23 June - Kapa Haka group performance at Beachhaven Matariki Festival

26 - 30 June - Matariki celebration

29 June - Share the Arts


PhotoLife Studios will be visiting the school on Thursday, 15 June,  to take class photographs, individual photographs and also sibling photographs for enrolled students.  

NOTE: Request forms for sibling photographs are available now from the office.  These must be completed and returned by 3pm Wednesday 14 June. Payment can be made later, online.


Here are the latest awards for the BPS Walking School Bus:

50 Walks Tag Only - Merlin Tisch, Heloisa Modesto, Alexandre Modesto, Carter Cheetham, Peter Ovsiiko.

200 Walks Tag Only - Ethan King, Sam King, Caitlin King, Asher Hughes.

300 Walks Tag Only - Natasha Starr.

Birkenhead Primary is getting a bee hive! It is being installed by a NZ business called Bees Up Top. They rescue bees before the exterminator is called in and re-home them in urban areas in New Zealand, putting bees into schools for free. As well as saving the bees they want children to be educated about the importance of bees. For every 10 hives bought by the public, Bees Up Top will install one in a school for free and Birkenhead Primary School is top of the list. So, let’s get the word out there! You can help us get a hive in by this Summer by liking Bees Up Top Facebook and Instagram pages and sharing it on your home page. If you know anyone who is interested in getting bees, ask them to get in touch with Jessie from Bees Up Top! Her number is 0212033612

Art Update - We have changed the art display in Chelsea Paper Power, swing past and check out our Gordon Walters inspired prints created by our Year 5s.  Lily, Oliver and Kaira discovered the artwork on their way home from school yesterday and got to climb in the window with it! We are so lucky to have the support of Paper Power -  please support them back!

URGENT - RIPPA RUGBY:  The first rippa tournament is on 8 June, but at this stage we are unable to go due to lack of adult support.  Nearly 70 children have signed up, and only 3 adults have offered to assist.  It is imperative that we have at least ten adults assisting on the day.  You DO NOT need to umpire or coach, just be there as support and crowd control.  Umpires are provided, who also assist in coaching on the field. You can bus there and back with the children if you wish; an experience in itself!  Please email jsanders@birkenheadprimary.school.nz as soon as possible if you can help, as I do not want to have to pull some of the teams out.

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

Rm 1: Peter Ovsiiko & Evie Martin,  Rm 2: Maya Davies & Tayla Martin, Rm 3:  Ayan Jawaid & Ximon Van Den Berg, Rm 4: Irene Duneas & Daniel Warner, Rm 5:  Caleb Edwards &  Caleb Shanks, Rm 6: Olivia Morreau & Emily Podmore,  Rm 7: Carter Galletly & Vincent Quan,  Rm 9: Cohen Hughes & Ryan McPhee , Rm 10:  Ollie Johnstone-Bentley & Lilah Barton, Rm 11:  Abbey Rhodes & Girisha Raju,  Rm 12: Anirudh Srinivasan, Rm 13: Camryn Withers & Liam Podmore,  Rm 14: Toby Caro & Ciaran Dooley, Rm 15 : William Oh & Angus Moulton, Rm 16:  Angelina Lopes & Sarah Fagan-Oslawskyj,  Rm 17:  Tina Li & Devon Johnson-Bhana, Rm 18:  Jude Millar & Henry Lowe.


This week’s writing comes from Year 1 children in Room 3.

Yippee! Today I went to Subway and when I went to Subway it was raining lollies. I ate one and it healed my hurt.

Hazel Gazzard

My plane got broken and it was a disaster and I felt sad.

Zach Gillard


My Autumn Leaf

It is wet and soft

It's got holes

It feels like lettuce,

It looks like it has scales and it's brown.

Theo Mataitonga


Have a great weekend,

Nigel Bioletti, 


Northcote Intermediate enrolment information:

Tuesday, 20 June - Information Evening – 7.00pm – 8.00pm Parents and caregivers are invited to an Information Evening. There will be brief presentations by select staff and an opportunity to ask questions.

Thursday, 10 August - Open Days at the school from 9.00am – 12.00pm

Friday, 11 August, Thursday, 17 August, Friday, 18 August -    Open Day - Please come to the School Office on arrival and some of our students will take you on a guided tour.

Monday, 21 August & Monday, 11 Sept - Enrolment Weeks.  Enrolments are undertaken by appointment. Enrolment appointments are 15 minutes long and can be made by phoning the School on 481-1400.