June 8

posted Jun 7, 2016, 10:30 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Jun 28, 2016, 5:36 PM ]

    Bookweek - Lots of great things happening this week – Suzy Cato has talked to the children this morning about the book she is writing, and had her illustrator here with her. This afternoon, teachers have swapped rooms and read to children; tomorrow, illustrator Bruce Potter will be talking to the children. Then on Friday, if the weather is kind, we will do our annual Book-week walk through the streets. Thanks to Mrs Jones for setting things up.

PTA NEWS:  Our wonderful PTA group is funding the purchase of $25,000 worth of IT gear - ipads for Pikiake and Whanake teams, and MacBook Airs and Chromebooks for Panuku team. This brings the ratio of children to gadgets to between 1:2 and 1:3, but there is still a lot of time when children are NOT on a gadget. When it comes to actually creating the wonderful stories the children are producing, a gadget allows them to revise/re-craft far more easily.

Last year’s Entertainment Books have now expired. There is still time to buy your Entertainment Book this year. It is well worth doing - you make great savings, while raising money for the school.  To order your Book or Digital Membership securely online visit:


Spell-athon tests take place this week. Thanks for supporting your child/children's learning, and huge thanks to the teachers who have put a lot of effort into preparing the students. Marked tests go home this Friday so that children can start collecting their sponsorship money over the weekend. 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

We are raising money for literacy resources that will benefit all current students and beyond.

Don’t forget Ezlunch Pita Pit Tuesdays: Order online before 9am each Tuesday. www.ezlunch.co.nz


7 - 10 June - Book week.  The book character parade will leave from the top court at 9.15, weather permitting


13 June- BOT meeting, 6pm

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

23 June  - School Disco organised by PTA

8 July - Term 2 ends 3pm

25 July - Term 3 starts

Important Reminders

Enrolments:  Please ensure that you have enrolled your child if they will be turning five this year and you are living within the school zone. Please also remind friends or neighbours who may have not yet enrolled their child.

Absences from school- please remember to let the office know if your child is going to be away for any reason.  You can email absence@birkenheadprimary.school.nz, or leave a message on the absence line before 8.30am.

Lost Property:  Please check the blue bin for any missing items.

Immunisation details- Please send these into the office if you have received a request to do so.

Walking School Bus News:  Congratulations to Nathan Reynolds for earning his 200 walk tag.


CSI Leaders recently took part in a sustainability challenge competition at Long Bay and also a biodiversity workshop .  Here are three accounts of aspects of their trips:

C.S.I - Our Trip

All the CSI leaders went to the sustainability challenge, We had lots of fun, Sadly we didn't win. But we did get lots of spot prizes. We had to walk around Long Bay regional park. We were walking for two hours straight.

We got to climb trees, and go into the deep bush, It was really fun. Once the challenge had ended, we gathered leaves and twigs and stuck them down our pants,  we  called  ourselves  “fantails”  and we  were prancing  around like  we  owned the place. Then, sadly, we had to go .  Chelsea Tilby

 Bird Lady

We had been racing through the Long Bay reserve all day, and it had been great. Now Mrs Sanders was taking us to see ‘the bird lady’. We had barely heard about her… probably one of Mrs Sanders’ nature friends. She sounded cool. I loved birds, and generally someone who has earned themselves the name ‘bird lady’ must love them quite a lot too.

On arriving, the first thing anyone saw was some cages in her backyard. Lined with small smooth stones, a thin green carpeted walkway led up to the front door. As we walked we peered into the small cages and carriers along the way.  There were many birds in through her back door, too. There was a white dove in a cage who had been at a kindergarten, a Kereru who had tried to fly through someone’s window, two spotted doves who had almost been a cat’s lunch, and a small lost parrot. Best of all though was a tiny green, blue and grey chick named Earl who had been trampled by his own mother.   We now all knew what Mrs Sanders meant by ‘bird lady’.   Mary Thompson

Biodiversity Workshop

One of the last CSI trips we did was on Friday 27 May.  Sophie, Florence and I (Year 5 CSI leaders) went to Kaurilands Primary School for  a sustainablity workshop.There we did lots of activities like making a biodegradable plant pot and tracking tunnels for recording which rodents live in the area.  We learned heaps.  Thanks to Mrs Sanders for making this possible.   Isabelle West

Have a wonderful week

Nigel Bioletti, 


Outside Organisations:

NORTHCOTE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL  Enrolment Information for Year 7 Students 2017, Tuesday, 21 June 2016. Parents and caregivers information evening from 7.00pm – 8.00pm. Come along and find out what makes Northcote Intermediate different.  Saturday, 13 August 2016 Parents, caregivers and prospective students, guided tours between 1.30pm - 3.00pm. Monday, 19 September – Friday, 23 September 2016.  Enrolment days are Monday, 22 August – Friday, 26 August 2016. Please call the School Office on 481-1400 to make an appointment time.