March 2

posted Mar 1, 2016, 6:19 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Mar 1, 2016, 6:52 PM ]

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Te Reo - Senior children have been invited to learn their mihi and present to their whanau groups at our next Reo time. This involves them in greeting their whanau group, identifying their parents, their home in Birkenhead, their teacher, their friends. It is pretty impressive to hear ten year old children stand and deliver these. Tinopai nga tamariki!!


Each March 1st, we have to send in all our roll information to the MOE. We had 395 children as of yesterday, with 42 children enrolled (at this stage) to start during the year. It will be very interesting to see what happens to the roll of this school by the time our Year One children leave for Intermediate at the end of 2020 - with so many apartments underway or on the drawing board.

 IIt’s our ‘big night in’ this Friday. Fingers crossed for brilliant weather!! It is always a really fun night, so please allow your children to be part of it - whether for just the evening, or, better still, an overnight stay. Please note: Parents are responsible for their own children throughout the evening. New families - don’t miss out - come along, enjoy the fun.

Donations and Activities - Our recent letter made our position clear, but I do not anticipate any great change, as I know that most parents, if they are able, are willing to make a donation to help the school meet its needs, and also, that most parents want the children to be able to experience things like Life Education, expert swimming tuition, and to be able to attend shows and activities that fire up children’s ambitions and imaginations.  Thank you very much to those parents who have made their donations already

Pikiake News

FLYING THE FLAG  - To begin our Social Inquiry Pikiake children are invited to bring to school a flag that they can talk about, from a country they identify with.

Maths evening -Tuesday 8 March, 7pm-8 pm in Room 5.  Pikiake Parents are invited to find out about Maths in the first 2 years at school and how they can help at home.

Smartmoves- We are still short of helpers for Tuesday and Thursday mornings to help with this fun motor skills programme for New Entrants.  Please contact Allyson Rees if you can help. 


 Aluminium windows

We would like to dispose of the old windows from the Library. If you would like them, or know of someone who might, please contact Logan. They are not in frames - just the sashes.



March 4Camp night. Gates open from 4pm for setting up tents.

March 8 - Pikiake Maths Information Evening  7-8 pm in Room 5.

March 25 – 29  - School closed for Easter break.  School resumes Wednesday 30th.

April 12 – Triangles.  More information will be sent out closer to the time.

April 15Term 1 ends at 3.00pm as usual.

PTA News

BPS Camp Night 4th March: We are looking forward to a great night on Friday, fingers crossed for the weather!  Watch out for an information flyer coming home with your children this week.   We are still VERY SHORT ON VOLUNTEERS so please email if you can spare an hour or so at the event.  Some activities won’t be able to run if we can’t get enough helpers.  Any questions about Camp Night?  Email  See you there!

PTA AGM Tuesday 8th March: Don’t forget to join us at 7.30pm in the Staffroom next Tuesday night to hear about what the PTA has been up to in the last 12 months, and enjoy some wine and cheese.  Please also consider joining our committee.  For more information and to RSVP, email



Miniball Uniforms:  Uniforms for the miniball teams were handed out today.  If your child did not hear the message, please see Juliet at the office to arrange for a uniform for your child.

Netball:  Play and Pay Slips are available in the office; please ensure you complete all the details in the form for your child.  


Last Thursday the whole school took part in soccer coaching .

 Chiara De Martin of Room 9 writes about visiting the Life Education caravan.

The Super Amazing Bus

Yesterday I really enjoyed when we went into the super amazing bus.  Harriet talked to us about the ‘Head Hassler’ and the ‘Mind Master’.


The Head Hassler steals your positive thoughts and puts the negative thoughts into your head. He says things like “You’re a loser,” “You can't do this!” and “Don't put your hand up, everyone will laugh at you.”


The mind master pushes the bad head Hassler right out of your head and over the fence , through the tunnel and out to sea!


Then Harold did a really funny dance called birds in the sky. When he was singing his song the pretty little silver stars were shining on the roof!


We also learnt we have the power to make someone's day go really good or super bad so remember to do the right thing!

Have a wonderful week

Nigel Bioletti,   




Outside organisations

Children’s Day at Highbury Shopping Centre Sunday 6th March 10am – 2pm This is a community event focused on families with small children. We will provide a range of free activities for all children, including face painting, balloon sculpting and cupcake decorating.

Beach Haven Fun Run and Walk Sunday March 13 at 10.30am  The Beach Haven Fun Run website is now up and running! On it you will be able to get all the latest updates and also register before the event to save you the hassle of filling in a form on the day.