March 30

posted Mar 29, 2016, 8:35 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Mar 29, 2016, 8:38 PM ]

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Welcome back everyone, after a lovely, long Easter break.  I hope that you all managed to spend some wonderful time with your families over the past 5 days and enjoyed the beautiful weather.

Congratulations to our former student, Joshua Hyde.  After sailing in the Optimist nationals over Easter Joshua finished ranked 8th in New Zealand! He has been selected for the NZ optimist sailing squad to travel to the European champs in July.  An amazing achievement!

Interschool Swimming Sports

Our team did exceptionally well, coming in second overall.

Our relay teams Y4/5 girls, Y4/5 boys and Y6 girls all won their events.  Other winners were Myara Flint (Y6 girls freestyle AND 2 lengths girls freestyle),  Alice Ryan breaststroke girls open) Safra Wohlfarth (Y6 girls backstroke as well as second in the open freestyle), Kaira Wohlfarth (Y4 girls backstroke AND freestyle).

Takapuna Beach Series: results for 2016

Congratulations to all of our competitors who participated in this year’s Beach Series competition.  Our Team placed fourth overall out of 18 schools,  finishing with 860.35 points.  The winning school  was Campbells Bay Primary with a total of 924.30 points.

Some of our students finished in the top 3 of their ages/gender divisions, including Isobel Eng, 1st 250m swim, 7-8 yrs, girls, Olivia Eng, 3rd 250m swim, 7-8 yrs, girls, Hugo Fletcher, 2nd 250m swim, 9-10yrs, boys, Sidney Caro, 2nd 2.5km run, 6yrs and under, girls.

Well done to our team:  Safra & Kaira Wohlfarth, Jaime & Liam Govind, Amelia & Jacob Stanley, Isobel, Lucas & Olivia Eng, Hugo Fletcher, Callum & , Poppy & Toby Marsh, Sean Starr, Toby & Sidney Caro, Harlow Corbett, Junia Bosenick, Poppy & Toby Marsh, Jude & Robin Millar and Jack Andrews


 Can you help?  Phonics Resources Working Bee!  Friday 8 April at 9 a.  Parents are required for a couple of hours to help cut, laminate and label our new Phonics Resources. Please email if you can help.

Sports news:  Please could you ensure that a ‘play and pay’ slip is completed when signing up for all sports teams.  If you have any sports uniforms at home from 2015, please return these ASAP in a named,  plastic bag so that we can allocate uniform to all players for this season.  Our supplies are currently very low!



April 7 & 8 - Waterwise for Rooms 15 & 14 respectively. Parent helpers most welcome.  Please email the office if you can help.

April 12 - Triangles -  School finishes early at 12.30pm.   If your child is staying at school until 3pm,  supervision slips must be returned.   Book online:, using our code   99pbz

April 15 – Term 1 ends at 3pm


 This week’s seasonal writing reflects on summer fun and Easter treats.

That Was Summer

Remember when we went to the ice cold swimming pool and everyone started squealing as we dunked our heads under the clear, crystal water?  

That was summer.


Remember when we went camping, lying under trees on hot, sunny days and splashing as our feet sank under the warm sand?

That was summer.


Remember  the hot, sweaty bike rides over the big, rocky mountains and hearing my brother puff up every hill while I was screaming down them?

That was summer.

By Hugo Fletcher, Room 14


Room 10’s Easter eggs

Hhhhmmmm. What is Mrs Teague going to bring out of the plastic bag from behind the whiteboard? Suddenly she pulled out a bag of Easter eggs! She ate one and I was soooooo jealous.  She let us have a little smell, but it looked like that was it. I sighed at Mrs Teague. “Will we get an Easter egg?” I thought in my head. We did!

 When everyone had one, she told us to take the wrapper off soooo s l o w l y so we didn’t rip it. Then she said, “Take a teeny, tiny nibble, and another teeny nibble, and then a lick.”

 Finally she told us we could have the whole thing. I ate it bit by bit while it melted in my small fingers. I wanted it to last a long time.

By Sidney Caro


Mrs Teague told us to close our shining eyes.  Then she told us to open our tightly closed eyes. My eyes were glittering. My mouth was watering like mad. It was a… delicious packet of eggs, but not normal eggs – they were chocolate eggs!

 Firstly she told us to nibble it. Then again. Then to lick it. Then finally to eat it. I placed it in my mouth and let it melt so I could keep the taste for as long as possible. It was scrumptious!

By Bekele Wilford


Have a wonderful week

Nigel Bioletti


Outside organisations

Young at Art Autumn children’s art holiday workshops are released.  Watercolour and Acrylic painting, drawing, textiles, craft, and more.  We are also taking enrolments for term 2 after school classes in Ponsonby, Beach Haven, Manukau and Remuera. For more information please contact: , email: or phone: 0297 712 923

Priority Fitness - Mums and Kids social workout experience.  Join with like-minded Mums to get back in shape and regain pre-pregnancy fitness.  Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11.00am - 12.00pm.  Phone 09 4183178 or 021 1737257.