March 8

posted Mar 7, 2017, 6:39 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Mar 7, 2017, 6:48 PM ]

To parents and whanau - Mihi nui ki a koutou.


Annual General Meetings - The Learning Trust had it’s Annual General Meeting last night. The trust has now accumulated $15,000, $10,000 of it on Term Deposit, and is in very good hands - Trustees have a wealth of experience. The Trust’s main drive is now to seek sponsorship from the corporate sector. The Trust is actively promoting the School’s Alumni database, and now has approximately 1000 ex-students listed. The Trust received a donation this week from a lady who lives in Canada - we hope to find a little more out about this lady, and when she attended the school. These contacts with ex-students are wonderful.


The P.T.A. Annual General meeting followed the Trust meeting. It was fantastic to have a number of new members come along. Andrew Bowie, Wilma Coleman, and Rachel Sullivan have all stayed on in their respective Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer roles. My thanks to all three, and we are all looking forward to a great P.T.A. year. If you would like to be part of the team, email


Health and Safety - Parents, please remain vigilant on the school sores/impetigo front.

Please reinforce these messages with your children:

·      Wait in the agreed waiting place at 3pm.

·      If Mum or Dad or Caregiver do not turn up at 3pm, don’t worry, just wait a little while, then if still no-one, come up to the Office, and talk to Elaine or Mrs Bray.

·      Parents - please do not feel that you can’t phone us before 3pm if you are going to be delayed - traffic, car issues, etc.  This is easier than trying to find children after 3pm.

·      Parents - in the above situations, please do not take another child home unless you let the Office know before you leave the premises.


Reminder - Family Touch this Thursday at 5:15 - Wet or Fine - come along and have fun with the great NBRFC guys who are coaching the children and running the games. Thanks to NBRFC for their great support.

Mandarin Language lessons - Our new Language assistant, Connie, is settling in to the school, and getting to know teachers and children. We have decided this year to provide Mandarin Language lessons for the Year Two to Four children. Connie will spend approximately 30 minutes in each room, but the actual Mandarin tuition she does will be of 15 minutes length.

From the PTA:

Our 2017 Family picnic/camp night was big!  A huge thank you to all -  the set-up people, the  buyers, the organisers, the bakers, Mrs Lapuste for Talent Quest organisation, the judges, the helpers, the talent quest participants, the campers, the clean-up people and our generous sponsor of the night, Colleen Mangnall, of Prestige Real Estate in Milford. It may be that for 2018, we need to park cars on the courts - to allow enough space.



March 15 - BoT meeting, 7pm in the staffroom

March 28 - Pikiake trip to Mangere Mountain

April 11th - Triangles for Term One- school will finish at 1.00pm, details to follow

April 13th (Thursday)   Term 1 ends- 3.00pm


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

Rm 1: Alexandre Modesto & Roy Xu,  Rm 2: Ben Champion & Lana Leng, Rm 3:  Adam Adradi & Zach Gillard, Rm 4:  Connor Bowie & Emmett Johnson, Rm 5:   Defne Ay & Evan Liu, Rm 6: Belle Zheng & Lin Gan,  Rm 7: Danish Raju & Leo Straight, Rm 9:  Connor Wright & Blake Moulton, Rm 10: Cohen Peterson & Grace Day, Rm 11: Ryan Lapuste & Sara Matsumoto-Cross,  Rm 12:  Bekele Wilford, Rm 13: Lucy Jones & Louie Ward,  Rm 14: Joel Blijlevens, Will Ferris, Emma Foster & Unaiki Thein,  Rm 15 :  Samuel Hui, Selena Oh, Ethan King & Oscar Tyrrell, Rm 16: Elise Whitehead & Boris Tsekhansky,  Rm 17:  Lily Reynolds, Jean-Ryan Carney, Olivia Stephenson & Ollie Johnstone, Rm 18:  Dimitrij Milev & Katalina Bettridge.

Phrase of the Week in Te Reo - ‘Kia panuitia tatou’. - ‘Let’s all read together’.

 A group of mathematicians in Room 9 (Year 3) showed me how to work out the number of dots on this piece of paper that Mrs Lapuste flashed for only 3 seconds. Jun skip counted to 15, then added 4.  Flynn did 5 + 5 first, added 5 more, then plus 4 to make 19. Lucien started with 2x5 =10, then 2x10 =20; he took off a 5 from the 20 before adding 4 to the answer.  Niels multiplied 10 by 2 then minus one. Natasha noted that 4 + 15 was in fact the same as 15 + 4.  Ka mau te wehi!   Alice Ho

Can you help?

We’re still looking for old video cassette tapes for a technology project.  Please send them to Ms Ho’s office.  Thanks.

Miss Houghton is busy working with our children on some art pieces to be auctioned off in T3 at a PTA organised Art Auction / weekend celebration of the Arts.  More details will follow on this but, in the meantime, Miss H would like any good quality recycled furniture that can be donated in order to be printed on in a group year 5 project.  Wooden stools, small tables, chairs?! Check out the chair below for an idea of what finished products will look like.  Please contact

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! Please make sure you order before 9am Tuesday and ensure you get a confirmation email of your order.


Sports Notices

THURSDAY FAMILY TOUCH:  Join us at 5.30 pm at the Northcote Birkenhead Rugby ground, Birkenhead Avenue, for a fun-filled 40 minutes! We will be going ahead wet or fine!  Bring your friends and the rest of your family.  Remember there is only 4 more weeks of family touch, so be there.  There will be spot prizes!

HOCKEY AND NETBALL:  Play and Pay notices are available at the office foyer.

CRICKET:  The Year 5/6 cricket day is next Wednesday (15 March).  The year 6 team needs adults to assist, so please let Joss know if you can help, even if it is only for part of the day – email

Have a wonderful week,

Nigel Bioletti,



Outside Organisations:


Tech Girls Movement  Superhero Daughter Day!  Saturday, 18 March 2017 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm  This event, to celebrate International Women's Day 2017, promotes technology as a career path of choice for young females. We invite Year 1 – 7 girls, along with their parents or carers, to have fun with their peers, learn about careers in IT, participate in creative game-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_11_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6619a87751-2707531a89-21113081s.


Kaipatiki Project Enviro Fun Day - a free enviro event on Saturday March 25th from 10-2pm, in Eskdale Reserve, Birkdale. Bring your friends, family and colleagues to help celebrate our natural environment and find out how to live more sustainably.  There will be heaps of events suitable for all ages in Eskdale Reserve and its all Free!