May 26

posted May 25, 2017, 11:08 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated May 25, 2017, 11:15 PM ]

Today is 2017 Pink Shirt Day to support anti-bullying awareness. Children and staff have dressed in pink and donated a gold coin to support this fantastic cause. Staff had a pink morning tea. Well done everyone, fantastic effort, and special thanks to Panuku children for getting into the spirit of the day. Brigitte came up and took a photograph of the whole school. Look out for it on our Facebook page soon. 

Welcome to Chinatsu Nishida, a high school teacher from Japan, who is volunteering with us for four weeks. She is spending the four weeks with Mrs Gerin and Miss McMenamin, and students. 

Yesterday, our Year 6 Badminton Teams entered an Inter-school tournament at the Forrest Hill Badminton Centre. Both teams played their ‘little socks off’, displayed fantastic sportsmanship and did the school proud. A big thank you to those parents who helped out on the day and also our thanks to Mrs Sadler for coaching and managing the teams. 


15 June - Photolife, class and individual photos. 

22 June - PTA Disco 

23 June - Kapa Haka Group performance at Beach Haven Matariki Festival 

26 - 30 June - Matariki celebration, see below 

29 June - Share the Arts 

Important Health and Safety request! 

Head lice - We are aware that head lice are a continuing problem within the school. Whilst we do send home notices to those classes where head lice have been reported, we ask parents not to assume that this applies to someone else’s child and ask that you check your own child and entire family each week. It appears that some ‘off the shelf’ treatments may not work and that head lice can be quite resilient to the standard treatments. Once treated, please check regularly for any sign of re-infection. If we believe your child has head lice during the school day, we will continue to contact parents and ask that your child be collected immediately, treatment sought and applied before returning to school. It is suggested that you discuss any problems or issues regarding products to use, with your pharmacist. We ask all families to fully support our efforts to minimise the risk of head lice spreading throughout our school community. 

Year 2 students have stepped inside a Georgia OKeeffe painting and described all that they can see! 

“I can see a dragon’s burning hot flame shooting across the tall green mountain tops into a shimmery splashing blue waterfall. Shiny little green hills surround the fire. I know that this is really just a Georgia O'Keeffe flower. " 

By Roxanne Room 6 Her artwork is just beautiful, close up flowers, so detailed your imagination can't help but wander. As you can see from Roxanne's writing. 

We have started the next Art Auction project- canvas paintings in in the style of this artist, already looking good, they will be on display in the office soon enough, for all to see! 

PTA Te Reo-a-thon: Our PTA academic fundraiser is underway. There are great prizes to be won so now is the time to start learning and collecting sponsors for this fun event. Kia kaha ki te ako! Check out for more details. 

Ko ta matou rerenga o te wiki - ‘Kei te aha ahau?’ - ‘What am I doing?’ 

You might be able to use this phrase during the Te Reo-a-thon, with children supplying the answer. 

Congratulations children- It was amazing to see so many of our BPS children running The Active Soul Booblicious 5km last weekend. Some good strong fast finishes which was impressive to watch! Amount raised still TBC but well over $1500 to both NZBCF and Hospice! 

Have a great weekend, 

Nigel Bioletti, Principal 

Outside Organisations: 

Birkenhead Library will be closed for maintenance work from Wednesday 7th June to Monday 19th June. There is no building access to the general public during this time. 

We apologise for any inconvenience. Please note that Glenfield Library and Northcote Library will be open at the usual times. We will be reopening on Monday 19th June at 9am. 

If you have any questions in relation to this matter please phone (09) 3010101 and ask for Birkenhead Library. developing Skills for Life...for kids. We are a performing arts company that has dance and drama classes for students between the ages of 4-18years old. We teach Dance, Drama and Singing to Kiwi kids. Bookings for TERM 2 are still open. Phone: 0800 736 766 or Email: Website 

Special Offer - Our school has been offered the opportunity for students and families to purchase tickets for the next home game taking place at the North Shore Events Centre next Wednesday 31st May – SKYCITY Mystics vs Central Pulse for the special rate of $10 per ticket -