June 9

posted Jun 8, 2017, 5:13 PM by Alison Bray

Use of Places: This has been our topic over the past few weeks. We have been exploring different places around our kura. We discovered that some of these places have different people wanting to use them for different purposes - sometimes this causes problems! We also discovered that some places aren’t used that much at all. Other places aren’t really fulfilling their designed purpose. Throughout our inquiry we made observations about who uses places and what they are used for. We identified other people's perspectives and realised that people often think differently about places, and want to use places in different ways. We adopted different places around the school and inquired into how we can make improvements to the place or how it is used. We had to make sure that we thought about what EVERYONE wanted, not just ourselves. Now we are designing solutions. Some of us are looking at making rosters or timetables so that places are shared fairly, others of us are making models…some of us will need to conduct more interviews to see if our plans are possible.


Te Reo-a-thon - The children seem very positive about their reo, and are enjoying classroom practice time. They are also enjoying coming up to duty teachers, using their reo, and getting a ‘smiley face’ stamp. Parents - please encourage your children at home, especially their pepeha, and please have a think about gathering sponsorship. Don’t forget that the children will be tested next Friday. Can your child get 100%?


Ko ta matou rerenga o te wiki - Kei te pakipaki/moe/oma/waiata ahau’; I am clapping/sleeping/running/singing.


Te Matariki Celebration Friday 30th June 5-7pm. Helpers wanted! Please email Toni: hinemoanas@hotmail.com or Kiriana: kirianao@gmail.com if you can assist on the night in any capacity- for as little or as long as you like!


This promises to be a lovely evening - night walks through the Lawson reserve, stories, moko painting, food and coffee available, films, and a real highlight will be that the Birkdale Intermediate kapa haka group will be performing in the hall. This group is amazing, and always very popular at the Onepoto Festival. Please support the efforts of our organisers.  I am sure the children will really enjoy this special evening.



13 June, next Tuesday - 6pm for BOT meeting; 7:30 for P.T.A. meeting.

15 June - Photolife, class and individual photos - Sibling forms are available at the office. Please return by 3pm next Wednesday, June 14th.

22 June - PTA Disco

23 June - Kapa Haka group performance at Beachhaven Matariki Festival

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.


Rippa Rugby:  The 64 children who went to the rippa tournament had a very successful day.  The weather was perfect, the teams all played their very best and were even given POD medals for each game!  Thanks to all the adults who assisted and visited; without you we would not have been able to go. Thanks to Mrs Sanders for organising this opportunity for the children.


Miniball / Basketball:  Notices will be going out next week for basketball (years 3 to 6) for the next semester, which is terms 3 and 4. If your child is not going to continue to play, then their uniform must be returned to the team manager.


Thursday gardening group:  This will be going ahead next Thursday after school.  Stay for as long as you wish, and children are welcome.  We meet outside the library just after 3pm.  All welcome and no expertise is necessary.


Art update: Year 3s are busy creating their own Monet inspired prints.  

Each child will have an array of personal prints on various backgrounds to take home plus we will have canvas group projects up for grabs in our Art Auction later in the year.  If you'd like to help with this school fundraiser we'd love more volunteers on board to promote, frame, label, pitch and be front of house over the Fiesta weekend!  Contact choughton@birkenheadprimary.school.nz for further information.



Do you or your children suffer from Tech neck?  The effect of having your head forward when using phones and tablets can impact your spine and your overall health.  We have a brochure at the office from a local chiropractic practice which outlines the risks and offers safety tips. Please pick one up if you are concerned.


Have a wonderful week,

Nigel Bioletti,



Outside Organisations

Special offer for our school for students and families to purchase tickets for our next home game taking place at The Trusts Arena Monday 12th June – SKYCITY Mystics vs Magic -  for the special rate of $10 per ticket.  Please find below the link for this offer.


You may need to put in a password and this would be ‘Deal’