March 22

posted Mar 21, 2017, 7:38 PM by Alison Bray

News this week - Newsletter on Fridays: We are going to trial a change to Fridays as Newsletter day.  We traditionally avoided Friday because pieces of paper tended to end up screwed up into a ball in the bottom of the children’s bags for the weekend, but sending the Newsletter digitally overcomes that problem. So, next week, remember to look out for the newsletter on Friday rather than Wednesday.


Writing at B.P.S.

I have visited a number of rooms over the past two weeks during writing time. I am really impressed with the positive attitudes so many of the children have towards their writing - it’s a buzzy time of day - with the children enjoying each others’ ideas and expressions, but it is also an intensive time for the children - remembering the focus, remembering all of the skills they have already learnt, and the physical act of getting words on paper or screen. I visited Room 11 this morning - where some of the children were drafting, some re-working, some publishing into the class Google drive. Mrs Arrowsmith was talking with the children about the school’s writing vision - ‘Make it Interesting; Make it Clear; Make it Authentic’, and how they can achieve that. We know that we need to ensure that all of the children know exactly what they should be focusing on in their own writing - this is one of our focus areas -  but the children do usually know the class focus area - eg adding language features, ensuring that they have some personal voice in their writing etc. It’s not easy!!


Ms Little’s English Language Learners groups have been writing about their favourite foods.  Here is Phillip Cox’s story.

I love caviar with butter and bread.  I only eat it in Russia because it is really popular.  It is fish and crab eggs.  You need to flip the crab’s back open with a knife.  I don’t look at the eggs, I just shove the caviar in my mouth.


Ko ta matou rerenga o te wiki – Tino pai to panui - Excellent reading

Cluster Inter-school Swimming Competition:

The children are at Osborne Pool today, competing against our local Cluster schools. I am sure that the children have enjoyed the challenges of the day, and achieved some good personal results.



March 28 - Pikiake trip to Mangere Mountain

April 3 - PTA meeting, 7.30 in the staffroom

April 11th - Triangles for Term One- school will finish at 12.30pm. See below

April 12 - Whanake trip to Pumphouse for ‘Puff, the Magic Dragon’ show

April 13th (Thursday)   Term 1 ends- 3.00pm  Easter and Anzac Day both fall within the holidays.



 To book your triangle meeting go to - our school code is  jsb83


Please return your Supervision slip if your child will remain at school until 3pm.


Congratulations to last week’s Principal’s Award winners:

Rm 1: Chloe Trueman & Merlin Tisch,  Rm 2: Eva Court & Rebecca Neumayr, Rm 3: Goldie Shanahan & Hazel Gazzard , Rm 4:  Zac Day & Elia de Martin, Rm 5: Keisha Piper & Olivia Mosile,  Rm 6  Lucy Britten & Rory Koolen, Rm 7: Millen Blijlevens & Robin Millar, Rm 9:  Joshua Munn & Natasha Weinstock, Rm 10:  Jasmine Potter & Conor Hines, Rm 11:  April Sullivan & Lucy Macfarlane,  Rm 12:  Hugo Honore & Zara Gillard, Rm 13: Alex Hui & Sami Vai ,  Rm 14: Ricky Divall & Chloe Straight,  Rm 15 : Sophia Ryan & Malcolm Barton, Rm 17:  Zoe Peterson & Clark Siopan, Rm 18:  Cayce Beasley & Sophie Hughes.


Congratulations to the latest recipients of Walking School Bus awards:

100 Walks Tag and Small Prize:  Jude Millar & Alicia Lyle.  Well done!


Lateness:  School starts promptly at 8.50am when the roll is taken.  Today we had 18 children arrive late.  This is not the best way for them to start the day and also interrupts the rest of the class when they have already settled down to work.  If your child does arrive late, please come to the office and sign in so that we can ensure that all children are accounted for as soon as possible.  Thank you for your co-operation.


The PTA will be holding its next meeting on Monday 3rd April - 7.30 pm in the school's staff room. All welcome. Keep an eye on your mail box - coming soon - the PTA Newsletter with confirmed dates for all PTA events and committee details.

We are dreaming up a magnificent weekend Art Fundraiser Weekend, later in the year, filled with:

·       your children's art, exhibited alongside artists’ work

·       a Friday evening opening night with jazz band, nibbles and wine

·       artist workshops for both children and adults will be scheduled  

This is set to be a great event but we need your help to make it the success we're hoping for. Please click on the following link to register your interest or volunteer your services.  We'd love your support, big or small!   Christie Houghton


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!



Only 2 more fun days left for 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.

Cricket Day:  Thanks to parents who helped out at the cricket competition for years 5 and 6 last week.  As usual, we could not have done it without your assistance.


Have a wonderful week,

Nigel Bioletti,



Outside Organisations

Kauri Park School, end of summertime festival.  Rides, games, food, face painting and more.  Family fun for the whole community.  Friday 24th, 5-8pm, 16 McGlashen Place. Beach Haven.

Young at Art Holiday Workshops for children aged 5yrs-15yrs are open for booking in Beach Haven, Orakei, and Ponsonby for the upcoming Easter Holidays. You can also now book for the Term 2 after school classes.  For more information and bookings please check out or email: