March 31

posted Mar 30, 2017, 6:46 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Mar 30, 2017, 10:39 PM ]

 Pikiake children had a hot, tiring, but interesting day at Mangere on Tuesday. It took three buses to transport everyone. Children were rather intrigued by the cow-pats that dotted the park. I trust that they managed to avoid these!! The day covered some astronomy, making a sun dial, local stories.

Incidents in the local area - Our local Cluster of Principals discussed the recent incidents regarding children’s safety to and from School, especially in light of the incident near Northcote shops which turned out to not be a concern. We agreed that we would, from now on, follow up only on Police instructions regarding provision of information to parents. We hope that this will avert any further false alarm.

Birkenhead Primary School Learning Trust - The Trust is looking for a new Trustee. If you are interested in being part of the group that is working to build a long term investment fund for this school in order, in the future, to fund additional learning resources for our wonderful children.  Please email me - nbioletti@, or talk to one of the Trustees - Maria Tyrrell, Kirsty Campbell, Thomas Bendall, Mel Kenrick, or Jonathan Day. A current focus of the Trust is to seek longer term partnerships with businesses in and beyond Birkenhead.

LOST PROPERTY is on display outside the Library today.  Please take a few minutes to look for any of your child(ren)’s missing items.  Any remaining items will be disposed of during the holidays.


Payment Requests- Thank you very much to those parents that have made a donation for 2017.  Your donations go a long way to allow the school to provide additional resources and support for all children.  Activity costs remain at $50.00 for each child for the year. Pikiake children have already enjoyed a trip this week and Whanake children are heading to the Pumphouse Theatre very soon.  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 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.



April 3 - PTA meeting, 7.30 in the staffroom

April 10 - BOT Meeting

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

  - our school code is  jsb83.  Bookings close 7 April.

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

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

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

Ko ta matou rerenga o te wiki - 'Panui mai.' - 'Read to me.'

We have artwork from our Year 3 classes exhibited in the at Bungalo café at the moment

Why not pop in to Bungalo over the weekend for a coffee and a bite to eat and check it out! 


Sarah Bassett works with a group of Year Five boys - and they are doing some fantastic writing with her.  Ryan Corner has been helping Aston to save his cat!

It was a perfect day at Aston’s home until we heard Aston’s cat meow frantically. The sound was coming from next door. The problem was the woman who lived there hated cats and boys! We waited for the crazy woman to leave the house. Aston and I switched on our walkie talkies and went on a rescue mission. “Chh ….. I’m in!” “Good. Go left then…..Chh..”  The battery on my walkie talkie went dead. I knew I had lost all contact………….

Good on you Ryan.

And, from Room 18, an excerpt from Jaime Govind’s latest poem:


Wind whispers secrets into the air

Murky leaves float down to my hair

Trees sway like a rocking chair in full mode

Water floods onto the road…...


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!

Have a wonderful week,

Nigel Bioletti,


Outside Organisations

Northcote College GARAGE SALE + sausage sizzle + cake stall THIS SUNDAY 2nd April 8.30am – 12.30pm Highbury House, 110 Hinemoa Street - Fundraiser for Spanish students’ trip to Argentina.

International Twilight Food Festival Friday 7th April, 4.00-9.00 at Birkdale North School.  Live band, cultural groups, kids’ activities.  Wine and beer and food from around the world.

Birkenhead has its own boutique swim club achieving results at Auckland and National level. Train and compete to be your best at Birkenhead Swim Club (previously named Island Bay Swimming), your local and friendly swim club. To arrange a free swim trial, email Gill at

Artz on Show performing arts holiday workshop.  ENROL NOW for our ANNIE Workshop!  Westlake Boys High School  18th – 21st April 2017 9-4 daily.  or 0800 667 469

Screenies Children’s International Film Festival is back for 2017, starting with a 2 day movie-making workshop for kids aged 9-13+ at Lake House Arts, Takapuna. Sat 8 – Sun 9 Apr. Search “myths and legends” at to register.

Birkenhead has its own boutique swim club achieving results at Auckland and National level. Train and compete to be your best at Birkenhead Swim Club (previously named Island Bay Swimming), your local and friendly swim club. To arrange a free swim trial, email Gill at coach@