March 1

posted Mar 1, 2017, 1:22 AM by Alison Bray   [ updated Mar 1, 2017, 7:52 PM ]

Camp at School:  Just a reminder that no children are allowed to be at the Camp at School night unless they are with their parents, or a family adult, or if arrangements have been properly agreed with another school family beforehand.  The evening is OK, but parents are expected to be responsible, so that everyone gets to enjoy a trouble-free evening.  It is alright to bring your car onto the field, but please do not take up any more parking space than you need to, and please drive very slowly.

Safety - Parents, please talk to your children about safety-  care around the tents with tent ropes, care with car doors.  Childrn should definitely have their shoes on once it gets darker.

Special Request - Please help ensure that the shells on the walkway around the field stay put - not for making lovely patterns  on the grass!!!

The ELL Group (English Language Learners) have been doing an amazing job while working with Ms Little in the Mini Classroom. Many of the children have been focusing on adding more detail to their writing.

 Here is an extract from a piece of writing that Rawan Zafiri has been working on:

I was standing right next to the button, then I pressed it.  Here we go!! Suddenly the elevator started to whizz and bang.  My heart was beating like a drum.  Then it stopped and the doors squeaked open. There were windows all around.  I felt happy because I saw a beautiful view of buildings and the crystal clear water of the Harbour.


Waterwise is underway for our Year 6s.  Groups from Rooms 14 & 15 & 17 are taking part.  Last Thursday, on a perfect summer day, they sailed optimist dinghies and kayaked to Watchman Island.  Each Y6 child will have two opportunities to take part in Waterwise and Year 5s will get their turn in Term 4.


Phrase of the Week, and for camp night, in Te Reo - Tinopai to Kanikani (very good dancing); tinopai to waiata; tinopai to whakaari (acting).


Touch Meet at 5.15 PM at Northcote Birkenhead Rugby Club, Recreation Drive.  See below

March 3rd - Camp at School - our ‘Big Night In’ - get the tent ready, borrow a tent, hire a caravan - it’s such a fun night for the children.

March 7th - Annual General Meetings:

Birkenhead Primary School Learning Trust - 7pm March 7th.

Birkenhead Primary School P.T.A. -  7:30 pm March 7th.

Both meetings at the next door Bowling Club. Would be great if you can come along and see how you can support either group.


GARDENING GROUP:  This is starting on Thursday after school to beautify the school gardens and orchard. Meet outside the library at the end of school.  Everyone welcome.  We will be meeting outside the library on the first Thursday of the month from now on.

Kapa Haka has begun!  If any parents would like to help or, better still, know of anyone who can come and help with boys' haka, please contact Mrs Arrowsmith  or come to  see her in room 11.  Our practices are on Thursday at 1.15.

Kapa Haka has begun! If any parents would like to help, or better still, know anyone who can come and help with boys' haka please let Mrs Arrowsmith know., or come and see her in Room 11.  Our practices are on Thursdays 1.15pm-1.45pm

Reminders:   Battens - There are to be NO children in the batten area at all, before or after school.  This area is for Whanake and Panuku children during morning tea and lunch times during the school week.   

Hats- Children must have a wide brimmed hat at school each day.  Children without hats will be asked to sit in the shade during break times.

School starts at 8.50am.  Please make sure your child(ren) are at school on time so that rolls can be marked and learning times can begin promptly.

Year 3 children have been lucky to work alongside NZ artist Brydee Rood this week as part of their art days with Miss Houghton.  Their completed climate change themed fans will contribute to a larger installation of 500 fansto be installed in TEMP at Corban Estate Art Centre next month in a public exhibitionIt would be great for our families to head out to view the final art work.  For details, follow the link

Room 16 (Y5 & 6, Ms Johnson) children went ‘shopping’ at maths time.  They were learning how to add up the prices of kai items in an easy way.  Zoe showed me how to work out the total price of a bunch of bananas at $1.99 and some courgettes at $4.50.  She rounded the $1.99 to $2, added thatto $4.50 to make $6.50, then took away 1 cent to make it right.  

Excellent strategy Zoe, this way you were able to do all the calculations in your head.  Zoe said she enjoyed playing with numbers like that.  Alice Ho


PTA news:   Camp / Family night - 3rd of March from 5 pm. Talent Quest (with prizes sponsored by Colleen from Prestige Real estate,) starting 5pm Bring your picnic dinner or money for Sausage Sizzle, sushi, pizza, “Sweet As” stall – home baked goodies for dessert, Ice Creams and lollies  There will be glow toys and a water slide. Don’t forget your tent and there will be BBQ Breakfast the Saturday Morning – ‘Bacon in bread’ and Coffee from the man with the van. Hope to see you there for a fun night!     AGM and Meeting 7th of March - 7.30 at the Bowling club. Come find out what we’re all about.  For catering purposes please RSVP to  Maybe become a member…    BPS EZLUNCH: Pita Pit lunches delivered to your child every Tuesday - find out more, register and order at Convenient, delicious and fundraising for your school at the same time!


Sports Notices

WINTER HOCKEY pay and play slips are available in the office foyer- return by 22 March 2017 please.

MINIBALL:  Please register your child if you haven't done so.  Just put any number in where it asks for a shirt number.  Team lists etc will be sent out shortly.

Don’t forget the free fun family touch evening, each Thursday. Everyone welcome, no matter what your ability (or age).  Bring all the family to join in fun skills sessions and games, or just have fun watching.  No need to book, just come along.  Meet at 5.15 PM at Northcote Birkenhead Rugby Club, Recreation Drive.  Meet on the field at the back of the RSA building. Look for the BPS flag.

Spot prizes up for grabs!  Here are some of our families enjoying last week’s session.

Have a wonderful week, 

Nigel Bioletti, 




Outside Organisations:

Birkenhead United soccer club - winter football registrations.  Midgets (5-8 years) and Juniors (9 years and up).  The season will start on Saturday 1st April and go through to September.  For information and enrolment visit the club website or pick up a flyer from the school office.

GUITAR LESSONS: Guitar Lessons are available at Birkenhead School in 2017, through Dave Gatman from Musiqhub.  If you would like to enrol your child to start Guitar Lessons in 2017, please contact Dave on 021 2221456 or  Or for more information, please visit