March 23

posted Mar 22, 2016, 7:32 PM by Alison Bray

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Safety - There will be further roadworks in Mokoia Road. The area of Mokoia Road near the top of Colonial Road is to be re-jigged - this work to occur between 29 March and 15 April.  There will be a one way system operating during this time, so you might choose to use the lower entranceway to the school if you are driving your children to school. Please park your car in the Mall carpark if you wish to walk your child safely into school.  Please urge your children to be vigilant if they walk up Mokoia Road.

Triangles - The Easter break might be an opportunity for you to book your triangles times. Bookings are open at , the code is 99pbz.  Note the early finish time.  Please ensure that the ‘Request for Supervision’ form is completed and returned to the office.

‘The Thingy’ - The children are referring to the new playground item provided by the PTA as ‘the thingy’. The ‘thingy’ is being delivered next week. We will need a team of parents to help install it. If you might be  able to help, please could you email me at Date to be advised.  Thank you.


March 24  - Birkenhead Primary Learning Trust AGM at 7:30pm. If you are interested in supporting this group’s work for the school, please contact  for more information.

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

NB: Skids will be open on Tuesday 29th from 7.30 am till 6.00 pm. Please contact Catherine at 021-1181-621 for further details.

April 7 & 8 - Waterwise for Rooms 15 & 14. Parent helpers most welcome.

April 12 - Triangles -  School finishes early at 12.30pm.  

April 15 – Term 1 ends at 3pm


Flag referendum

All classes have today taken part in a ballot on the flag.  Identity has been a focus of inquiry  throughout the school this term.  Year 6 children organised the polling booth, checking off children as they arrived and supervising the casting of ballots.



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

Rm 1: Peter Leng & Amber L’Ami, Rm 2:  Samuel King & Abigail Richards, Rm 3:  Emily Podmore & Ben Kenrick, Rm 4: Molly Osborne & Carlos George, Rm 5:   Irene Duneas & Ryan Fox, Rm 6: Olive Sherriff, Eleanor Dickinson, Oscar Smith & Fletcher Santo, Rm 8: Alex Utting, Asha Akbar Muhsin, Rm 9:  Louie Ward & Sadie Brunt, Rm 10:  Eva Piper & Caitlin King,  Rm 11: Cohen Hughes & Lachlan McKenzie,  Rm 12: Sarah Fagan-Oslawskyj & Dimitrij Milev, Rm 13: Morgan Booth, Kaira Wohlfarth,  Rm 14:  Sean Starr & Chanel Catchpole, Rm 15  Liberty Armstrong & Ciaran Dooley, Rm 16:  Maggie Barker & Clark Siopan,  Rm 17:  Charlotte Tuala & Oscar Tyrrell.

PTA news

The PTA is fundraising with Entertainment Books this year. A pre-order form for 2016/ 2017 will be sent home this week. Instructions will be on the pre-order form,  including digital membership, which is very convenient. It is preferable that payments be made online. Books will be available during April.  Don’t forget Ezlunch Pita Pit Tuesdays: Order online before 9am Tuesday.

Room 16 is one of the top 10 Milk for Schools video competition finalists out of over 100 schools nationwide. Please help us bring Richie McCaw to Birkenhead Primary!! The voting finishes midnight April 1. Please use the link below to vote and share this with all your friends The school with the most votes by midnight April 1st will have Richie McCaw coming to visit. Please note: You can vote every 24 hours!!!

We would still welcome Parent helpers for Waterwise.

 Please email if you can help out in week 10.  We are particularly short on Thursday 7th of April.  We need a couple more adults in order to be able to run our normal programme.  It is a fun day, run by qualified Waterwise Instructors.  Helpers are required to be crew in the patrol boats or, if preferred, there are land-based activities which need supervision.

This week’s writing is from a Year 4 English Language Learner in Room 12.

One day I stole my dad’s hat.  He didn’t find it for weeks and weeks.  I didn’t tell him for three weeks.  Later he was tired of looking so I let him find it.   But then MY hat disappeared…       Hundo Park

Have a wonderful week

Nigel Bioletti,