March 9

posted Mar 8, 2016, 6:45 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Mar 8, 2016, 7:03 PM ]

Dear Parents and Caregivers


Maths evening - Pikiake teachers were delighted to have 50 parents attend the Maths evening last night. We trust that this helped those parents to understand what we are trying to achieve with the children. Congratulations on your commitment to your child’s learning, and thanks to our Pikiake team teachers.

PTA - At its AGM last night, Katrina King stepped down from the PTA, after many years on the committee. The PTA would like to thank Katrina, and acknowledges the work that she has done for the school.   During that time, she has managed and been involved in several events, helping to raise funds for the school.  Thanks Katrina, and best of luck with your future plans. The group is looking for a new secretary. If you would be willing to join the group, and fulfil this role, please email me, or drop by. The next meeting is scheduled for May 3rd.  Thanks to everyone who contributed to an enjoyable Camp at School evening last Friday.






March 14 - ‘Big bang, Little bang’ shows for Whanake and Panuku children.

March 15 - Room 14 Waterwise.

March 16 - Cluster swim competition.

March 22 - Room 15 Waterwise; Board of Trustees meeting.

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

April 12 - Triangles - details to follow

April 15 – Term 1 ends

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

Rm 1: Tawai Davies & Millar Ashley, Rm 2:  Taylor Birss & Zachary Day, Rm 3: Seth Fairhall & Archie Frankham, Rm 4: Minerva Armstrong & Ethan Liu, Rm 5:  Daniel Warner & Blake Anderson, Rm 8:  Ethan Stanley & Mia Matsumoto-Cross, Rm 9:  Emma Lapuste & Eddie Latu, Rm 10:  Kieran O’Flynn & Madelyn Meys, Rm 11:  Zane Sarmad & Grace Day,  Rm 12:  Rebekah Elizondo & Hongli Oon, Rm 13: Jude Millar & Chris Kenrick,  Rm 14:  Alice Ryan & Darija Bocevska, Rm 15  Jorry Torrejos & Tiya Patel, Rm 16: Emily Sullivan & Selena Oh,  Rm 17: Owen Coleman & Shreya Patel.

Last week we reported that Myara Flint was representing her club in the Surf Lifesaving Nationals.  She deserves further congratulations for achieving a gold medal at the sprint relay for her age group and 6th place in the sprint.  Well done Myara!

PTA News

PTA Camp Night and Family Picnic:  Thanks to everyone who came along last Friday night and made this year’s Camp Night a great success.  It was a glorious evening and the kids put on some fantastic items in the talent quest.  As well as being a fun family night, your generosity at the stalls helped raise almost $3,000 for the school.  A huge thank you to all our organisers and volunteers on the evening/Saturday morning – these events can’t happen without your help.  Thank you also to our wonderful prize sponsors:  Jump North Shore, Paper Plus Birkenhead, The Warehouse Birkenhead, Megazone North Shore, Xtreme Entertainment, MOTAT, Inflatable World, Event Cinemas, Hoyts Wairau Park, Burger King, and Arnotts.  Finally, we have a few items of lost property leftover so please email if you are missing anything.

PTA Ezlunch Pita Pit Tuesdays: Don’t forget this is every Tuesday - order online before 9am Tuesday at and a Pita Pit lunch is delivered to your child that day.  Please make sure you receive an email or text confirmation of your order, which confirms it has processed.  Ezlunch are always happy to help, phone them on 09 475 5287  or email us on  Remember 10% goes directly to PTA fundraising!



Netball Bibs:  We have  six sets of netball bibs that require  the elastic to be replaced.  If you would like to take a set, with the elastic, and cut off the old elastic and replace with new, if would be appreciated by the players.  Please visit the office for a bag!

Hockey:  A notice was handed out today for hockey.  However, if your child did not bring one home, they are available in the foyer in marked file trays, opposite the office.


This week’s writing comes from a Year 5 student in Room 16.

My fingers were tingling, my legs were shaking and my tummy had a hundred little butterflies fluttering around.  My leotard was squeezing me tight and it was my worst colour, I wished it could be any other colour.  It was my worst, pink!  I was the sparkliest one and it was so obvious that I did not like it but I had to put a smile on my face.  I was so nervous about the quick change, lipstick, hair and costume.  It couldn’t be, surely it wasn’t.  But it was time to go on stage. 

I walked out like I was the prettiest thing in the world, standing right by Alegra.  She’s my best friend.  We pointed our toes and jumped from foot to foot, arms swaying gently.  Then Jasmine came on stage and joined in.  The audience smiled and clapped with glee.  Suddenly the thieves crept up and onto stage.  They picked us up and took us away.  There was still one standing, but not for long.  I got carried off the stage and ran to the quick change room where there were lots of people to help me.  I can’t wait until tomorrow to perform again!    Chloe Straight


Have a wonderful week

Nigel Bioletti, 



Outside organisations

NZL SWIM offers a comprehensive swimming programme  for beginners through to competitive swimmers.  Qualified, experienced staff and small class sizes held at Northcote College pool.  Contact David, 021 828850.

The Kauri Park School End of Summertime Festival is on THIS Friday night from 5-8pm in the school grounds. Mini Hot Rods, The Terminator, pony rides, hot food, ice cream, drinks, face painting, water walkers, games and much more.  A great evening of family fun.