June 29

posted Jun 28, 2016, 5:30 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Jun 30, 2016, 12:52 PM ]

Thanks -  

    I would like to thank all of you who have wished me well for my sabbatical - really nice of you. I am looking forward to finding out about the UK approach to ‘S.P.a.G’ - Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar, at the UK Literacy Association Conference. One of our school parents has helped me set up a visit to Barnes Primary School in London. It is well known for its writing and, unlike many other schools, is open rather than on holiday when I am in England. I will find it a little odd, not seeing the children and staff each day. Thank you to the Board for supporting my sabbatical. Thanks to Alice, Elaine, and the leader team for taking on the consequential extra responsibilities during Term Three, and to Logan for property work supervision during Term Three.

I will miss the farewell to Miss Houston. We all wish that she was able to stay. She has been a great member of staff and we all wish her well.

Thanks also to parents and wonderful children who have returned their Spellathon sponsorship money. It has been very successful, and we are already adding additional literacy resourcing to the school from the money raised. This is fantastic, as we have already spent a considerable amount of money on our phonics and spelling programmes.

Parents, we had to share Room One children around the Pikiake team on Monday when Mrs O’Connor was sick. We do this only when we are really stuck for relievers but with the staffing shortages across Auckland, and soaking up of day relievers, we may have to do this from time to time. If you know of teachers who might be available for relieving work, please email Miss Ho and Elaine.

Speech-writing - I have been working with some of the Panuku children, helping them with their speech writing. I am really impressed with their positive attitude and the satisfaction they seem to get out of this activity. I am also impressed with the humour and expressiveness they have built into their speech scripts. I very much like seeing the children publishing their work in their Google drives from where they can share with their siblings/parents, and from where they can edit their work with their teacher or Teacher Aide. Lucky children. Well done everyone, and best wishes for the speech competition next term.

Best wishes to our Kapa haka children and to Mrs Arrowsmith for their performance at the Matariki Kapa Haka Festival - being held at Beach Haven School this Friday. Enjoy yourselves!!

Triangle bookings: We use an on-line booking system so that you can select your Triangle times electronically. To do this:

·       Go to:  www.schoolinterviews.co.nz .

·       Enter our school code  uffd8.  Use the drop down boxes to select the teacher(s) and time that suits you.

Bookings are open until  Friday 1 July 2016.  Please return the Supervision request slips if your child will be staying at school.

Note: Room 13 triangles will be held next term, once Mrs Brockbank has settled in with the children.

Support for the work of Te Puea Marae: Just a reminder, one of our school parents is organising a collection of food for Te Puea Marae. They are helping a lot of homeless families at present and have been under pressure with resources, especially food. Thanks to parents who have contributed already.

You can still drop off items to the office foyer. Delivery to the Marae will be made on Friday around midday.

This is what Te Puea need: Vegetables, 4L margarine, baking, snack food items, tinned fruit, tinned meats and canned fish, lunch boxes, school bags, deodorants, thermal travel cups (hot soup for kids lunches) and sistema containers (size large).

Reminders: Lost Property: There is a HUGE amount of clothing in the bin by the library.  Please could you check for any missing garments over the next week or so, as as we will be donating any  leftover items to charity at the end of the term.

Enrolments for 2016:  If you are living within the school zone and have a child who will be turning five before the end of this year, please make sure that they are enrolled.

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

Rm 2: Olivia Morreau & Shingo Edwards, Rm 3: Chloe Cavanagh & Will Fairhall , Rm 4: Connor Wright & Flynn Bayly , Rm 5: Millen Blijlevens & Lin Gan, Rm 6: Sam Teague & Frankie Foster, Rm 8: Niels Van Wijk & Conor Hines, Rm 9: Chiara De Martin & Sascha Roelink, Rm 10: Fletcher Ryan & Scarlet McAuliffe , Rm 11: Aisling Dooley & Egor Grydasov,  Rm 12: Hundo Park & Seren Langford, Rm 13: Aston Galletly & Cameron Day,  Rm 14: Cole Beasley & Amelie Villars, Rm 15: Nicholas Madrid & Agnes Stephens,

Rm 16: Arhaan Akbar Muhsin & Nikau Davies, Rm 17: Jane Carter & Jamie Sinnock.


5 July- Triangles, School finishes at 12.30pm.

7 July - Share the Arts, 2 -3pm

8 July - Term 2 ends at 3pm, with a Tuatara Whanau Assembly at 2pm.

25 July - Term 3 starts

Room 2 children have been busy with some super writing:

I made a robot and it loves bananas.  He has metal and I can control him.  By Asher Hughes

It is nearly my birthday and it is on the 29th.  I will have a nice time and I will have a big party and I will let Carter come to my party.  By Ben Kimpton

Room 3’s wonderful writers:

“Yum, scrumptious” cried the big bad wolf as he began to scoff Little Red Riding Hood and her Grandma. Then… an old woodcutter saw the wolf and raced to the house as fast as lightning. He chopped the wolf’s body in half and Little Red Riding Hood popped out of the wolf’s tummy and they lived happily ever after!  By Lucy Britten

The gingerbread man ran and ran and got away. He is very good at running. A horse licked his chops and wanted to eat him all up!  By Chloe Cavanagh

The Big Bad Wolf is mean, scary and cheeky. And... very very naughty.  By Emily Podmore


Room 9 children have shared some of their 'Show not tell' writing experiences that are published on google slides. Visit the Whanake blogs to have a peek at what they have been up to.  Thanks, Miss Houston         www.room9bp.blogspot.co.nz

PTA News:  Thank you to the PTA for organising a fantastic beach themed disco last Thursday night.  The hall was packed with children and parents who enjoyed some great music and had a wonderful time.  The total profit raised was $2500.00.  

To all parents & staff who volunteered to help on the night-a BIG thank you!

Spell-athon- Thanks so much to those who have donated to the spellathon already. We are extending sponsorship collection until this Friday at noon. Annie will be in the office foyer tomorrow and Friday morning, or you are welcome to donate to 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 .  There are great prizes to be won. Plus every child in the school will immediately benefit from this fundraiser so big thanks.

Ezlunch: -There will be no Ezlunch Pita Pit next Tuesday 5th July due to school finishing at 12.30pm for Triangles.  Ezlunch should have been in touch with you if you have a recurring order.  

Service resumes next term on Tuesday 26th July.

Have a great week and a enjoy a wonderful holiday with your families at the end of another busy term.

Nigel Bioletti