March 15

posted Mar 14, 2017, 7:52 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Mar 15, 2017, 12:12 PM ]

What a beautiful autumn day after so much unsettled weather. Some of the Panuku children are at a Cricket day today. I trust that they have enjoyed the day.

I visited Rooms 15, 16, 17, 18 yesterday during Writing time. What a great atmosphere through the four rooms - teachers working with individual children, working with groups, children drafting, publishing on gadgets, discussing their writing with each other, sharing their writing with their class. Room 15 children were also very proud of their writing blog.  Children were writing letters, writing Skydiving stories - I was really impressed with the positive vibe - well done everyone.

Ko ta matou rerenga o te wiki: ‘Po marie tamariki ma’ - ‘Good evening children’, or ‘Good night children’.


Payment Requests- Thank you very much to those parents that have already made a donation for 2017 and paid the Activity costs for their child(ren). Payments can be made at the school office, or directly to: ASB 12-3035-0499511-00, quoting your child’s name as a reference.

Safety at the gateways- Please do not drop off/pick up your children in the Staff Carparks. Please use the drop off/pick up zones outside of the the school gates.

Please note that the lower gate is open from 7.45am and then locked at 9am for safety reasons.  It will be re-opened at 2.45pm each day. At all other times, please use the gate at the main entrance to the school on Mokoia Road.

Change of contact/emergency details: Please inform the office if any of your details have changed.  We need to be sure that we can contact you when necessary.


March 15 - BoT meeting, 7pm in the staffroom

March 28 - Pikiake trip to Mangere Mountain

April 11th - Triangles for Term One- school will finish at 12.30pm, details to follow

April 13th (Thursday)   Term 1 ends- 3.00pm

Gardening:  A big thank you to the ladies who turned up on the first Thursday of March and weeded the gardens beside the Lawson Reserve.  They now look like gardens, and not a ‘weedfest’.  We meet on the first Thursday of each month, 3.00pm outside the library, to plant, weed etc.  Children are welcome to help too! Fantastic! Thanks everyone - NB.

Hockey and Netball Play and Pay Notices:  Get one (or both) from the office foyer asap.  Unless a yellow slip is handed in, with payment, children cannot be placed in teams.

Thursday Touch Rugby:  Join us on our fourth Thursday of fantastic fun for skills, games, lots of laughs and even more spot prizes.  5.30 pm at the Northcote Birkenhead Rugby Club grounds, Birkenhead Ave (behind the RSA).  Mums, dads, grandparents, siblings, cousins and friends all welcome.  Thanks to Burger King and The Warehouse for their generosity in donating our spot prizes.

Kawakawa Balm:  Available at the office for $2 (or more).  Good for all skin ailments and made at BPS from our own kawakawa trees.

Tukutuku patterns for bilingual signage

Kiriana O’Connell (mother of Unaiki and Waihuia) has been helping teachers and children to learn different tukutuku patterns and what they symbolise. Children are designing lovely, meaningful patterns for the bilingual signs in their classrooms and in some areas around the school. Molly wants a pātiki pattern because it means lots of flounders, and Room 11 also has a lot of children.  Miles, Cayce, Luke and Poppy from Room 18 explain that their design contains the Te Ara Poutama pattern (steps) to represent “striving to achieve and learning” the Nguru Nui (vertical chevron) to show “journey through school”, and Kaokao (armpits) for “groups of people and teamwork”.



Tino pai, great design, great explanation!

Here’s the flash sign for Ruma Whā (Room 4).    Alice Ho

Oscar Tyrrell has written a diamante poem on Waterwise.

The task was to use 1 noun, 2 verbs, 3 adjectives, 4 nouns, 3 adjectives, 2 verbs and one noun. Well done, Oscar!


Sailing, kayaking,

Scary, nerve-wracking, windy,

People, harbour, Auckland, wharf,

Choppy, fun, sparkling,

Diving, crashing,


Have a wonderful week,

Nigel Bioletti,


Outside Organisations:

Do you want to learn how to better support and listen to your children? Mike King, mental health educator and former comedian, will give us an insight into our children; how to listen and support them.  When: Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 7.00pm - 9.00pm Where: Northcote College Hall, 1 Kauri Glen Rd, Northcote Ticket Information: $20.00pp (no door sales). Book before 28 April 2017, for the early bird special $15.00 pp. Ticket Sales:  All the proceeds from this event go to support “Just Because”, a charitable trust that gives pamper packs to women experiencing challenging times.