June 23

posted Jun 22, 2017, 7:16 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Aug 9, 2017, 9:48 PM ]

Tena koutou ki te whanau.  

 Disco - What a great night for the children, who were all very sensible during the evening! Thanks to everyone concerned, with special thanks to Suzy for MCing the night, and making it a lot of fun, and to our fantastic PTA team for their sterling work. The children certainly enjoyed dancing on stage - we are developing a lot of performers!


Upstart magazine - We received a complimentary copy of this magazine this week. It appears to be a great magazine for children - with lots of activities, opportunities to write in with their points of view on topics, etc. There is a bit of advertising in the magazine, but still definitely worth a look. Go to www.upstartmag.co.nz


Fidget spinners - parents - please take note that we do not take responsibility for these items, and will not be spending time trying to find lost spinners.


Te Reo-a-thon - Now’s the time to gather that sponsorship money in. The proceeds of the -athon will be spent on new resources to support our Te reo programme, extra resources for our kapa haka group’s 60 children and to help promote Te reo in the school. From the PTA: Te Reo-a-thon Sponsorship Forms - Thank you for your participation in this years academic fundraiser. Our PTA representative will be in the office foyer 8:30-9am every morning next week to collect your sponsorship forms and money. Kia ora!

Museum visits

Panuku students visited the museum this week as part of their ‘Our Place’ Inquiry.  


Emily Sullivan reports:  We learned about Matariki.  It is celebrated because of our ancestors and how they passed on knowledge to us.


Matariki visit

The Kapa haka children have visited Mariposa Kindergarten this morning. Then they headed to Birkdale Intermediate for the annual Matariki festival, where they are performing, and also enjoying the performances of local schools and groups. Here the moko transfer is being applied in preparation for their performances.  

Some children are certainly going to sleep well tonight. 


Class visits  Miss Ho and I have been visiting classrooms again this week. We see so much great activity going on - maths activities, great learning with teachers at teaching tables, children working together, solving problems together, using gadgets, wonderful writing and sharing of stories… thank you teachers!!!


26 - 30 June - Matariki celebration

29 June - Share the Arts,  9am-10.15am

3 July – 12.30 finish.  Triangles for everyone except Room 2.  See below.

7 July - Term 3 ends at the normal time, 3.00pm

24 July - Term 3 begins

31 July to 4 August - Book week.  More info soon.

Ko ta matou rerenga o te wiki:

Panui mai (read to me)

Whakarongo mai (listen to me)

Titiro mai (look at me)

Kōrero mai (talk to me)

Haere mai (come to me)


Birkenhead School’s beehive - Bees up top rescue bee colonies before the exterminator is called and then provide hives free to schools.  We are top of the list for a school beehive but not quite there yet.  You can help by liking Bees Up Top on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/beesuptop/ and sharing it on your home page.  Bee Swarms:  Spring is the season for bees swarming. If you see a bee swarm DON’T be scared, they won’t sting you while swarming! DON’T call the exterminator, call Bees Up Top instead! We will quickly and safely remove the bee swarm for free, AND we will provide the swarm with a safe and happy home.  Phone Jessie, 0212033612


Triangles - Book your triangle appointment online at www.schoolinterviews.co.nz . Our school’s code is b3dzw.  School closes for the day at 12.30. Please return your supervision request slip if you are unable to pick your child up at this time.  Room 2 parents should contact Ms Couldrey to make an appointment, acouldrey@birkenheadprimary.school.nz


Birkenhead Primary Positive Sporting Environment Coaches Workshop

This workshop will be around how we as coaches can create positive sporting environments for our players. This will be a great opportunity to get support as a coach as well as an opportunity to meet and learn from other fantastic coaches through enriching group discussions.  The workshop will have both practical and theory based content, delivered by Heather Goodall (CSI Coaching Leader - Harbour Sport).  Wednesday 12th July 10-12pm, at Birkenhead Primary School. RSVP by MONDAY 10TH JULY,  https://goo.gl/forms/qfUyy9uanFLWAEnz2 


Rooms 14 & 15 students have been writing reports. Here is a wonderful example:

A Bizarre moth

This is probably the strangest moth you’ve ever seen. This cute alien-like critter has been hidden from the human world, but not for long…  The poodle moth will soon be out.

Do you ever wonder why a poodle moth?  It’s because of the looks.  Its fluffy hair makes the puffy look of a poodle.  A poodle moth has big, black eyes and funky antennae poking out of its head.  Large wings come out of the back, but it is not as cuddly as it looks.  The Venezuelan poodle moth is an amazing discovery.

The poodle moth is thought to be a relative of the muslin moth.  There are over 6,000 different types of moth and the poodle moth is one of them.  This is quite a mystery moth.  It was discovered in 2009 in the Gran Sabana region of Venezuela.  You can now start buying them as pets!

When Dr Arthur Anker said he had found the poodle moth many did not believe him.  They thought he had edited it but someone made it a Pokemon and became really famous.

I find that the poodle moth is cute, but not everyone thinks that.  Did you know that their hairs protect them?  If you’ve seen fluffy moth in Venezuela, that may have been a poodle moth.

Sasha Van Wijk


Have a wonderful week,

Nigel Bioletti,  Principal


Outside Organisations

Scrumptious Home Baking:  Some of you will remember me from the famous “Angie’s Café” at the amazing BPS school Fair. Scrumptious Home Baking is a local home baking business run by two mums who are super passionate about baking. We bake fresh and to order, using high quality ingredients and free range eggs. We bake for lunch boxes, special occasions and morning teas. Gluten free baking available. See our website www.homebaking.co.nz.  We are looking forward to seeing you at the Matariki evening.


Taste for Colour Kid’s Term Art Classes, Ages 7 to 14, Begins 26 July, 4pm to 5pm.

Enrol your kid(s) in a fun, creative and artistic environment where they will learn about:

                  -      Colour Mixing – Shapes, Colour Technique and more! Week 1 & 2

                  -      Observational Art – How to paint from life observation. Week 3 & 4

                  -      Mixed Media Art – Fusion of paint & collage on canvas. Week 5 & 6

                  -      Self-Portrait – Representation of the artist by the artist. Week 7 & 8

All materials and a drink provided. The term is 8 weeks, $40 per class, or $250.00 for the term. Book now at www.tasteforcolour.com or contact 480 0851 for more information.