May 4th

posted May 7, 2016, 9:17 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated May 8, 2016, 9:52 PM ]

Dear Parents and Caregivers ,

Welcome back everyone, I hope that you all enjoyed the lovely weather over the holiday period.

Welcome to all of our new families and also to Adi Sutherland, who will be teaching in Room 5 with Sandra MacLean. Room 13 are off to a great start with Miss Little. This Thursday, we have 22 teachers visiting us to see how we do our Science Inquiry. They are all on Royal Society Fellowships, which give them six months paid leave to investigate an area of science, and to improve their science teaching capabilities. Next week, some of the Panuku children will be able to attend a poetry workshop - organised for us by Mrs Kettle.

ANZAC Day - Thank you to all those fantastic children and parents who joined Mrs Lamason and Ms Robinson in the Birkenhead Parade on Anzac Day.  It was a lovely day and a fantastic turn out.  Thank you to Mrs Hopley for making our wreath which was laid by Chanel Catchpole and Ben Reynolds. I watched the ANZAC Parade through Flinders Street in Melbourne, which included the drum corps of Caulfield South Primary School - approximately 70 children - all with their own drum!! Great to watch, and a pretty amazing sound.

Health & Safety:  Just a note re the slide - this is for Whanake and Panuku children before, during, and after school. A number of children and some staff have received friction burns from going down the slide. Can you please reiterate with your children that they need to avoid ‘skin against slide’. We have developed some rules for the slide - including that no-one climbs onto the top of the slide, and no climbing up the inside of the slide. Children reach a reasonable speed coming down - we do not want any injuries.

Drop off zone - Auckland Transport is going to be monitoring our drop off zone, as a number of drivers are not heeding the signage. Please be warned that they will be issuing infringement notices to drivers.

Scooters - Please remember that we require children to sign an agreement if they wish to scooter to/from school. These are available from the Office, and require the children to wear a helmet and Visi-vest.

Battens - these are for the children to play with during school time, or after school, only if their own Mum or Dad are in the batten area with them.


  • School starts promptly at 8.50am- please make sure that your child is at school on time, ready to start the day. Please also ensure that your child is collected at 3pm or that they are clear about any alternative arrangements. Please remind them to wait a little while for yo if you are late, but to come to the Office if they are not sure. Please do not take another child home for any reason, unless you advise the Office before doing so.

  • Please remember to let the office know if you have any changes to emergency contact details so that we have up to date information recorded.

  • If your child is going to be absent on any day, please leave a message on the absence line (480 7365) or email  All requests for leave during the term must be made in writing and approval given prior to the absence.

BOT  Elections:  There are 3 vacancies advertised for Parent Representatives on the Board of Trustees.

Nomination papers will be sent out to parent / caregivers on 4th May 2016.  Nominations will close at 12 noon on 20th May.  All nomination forms must be with the Returning Officer by this time.  Any nominations received after this time will not be accepted.  Candidates are encouraged to include a profile with their nomination form.

Pamphlets from NZSTA regarding becoming a trustee have been sent home today.

Should you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, one of our current trustees or email


13 May - Room 15 assembly at 2.10pm

8 July - Term 2 ends

Congratulations to our recent Principal’s Award winners from last term:

Rm 1: Elliot Morris  & Charlie Mather, Rm 2: Esther Liang & Emmett Johnson, Rm 3: Carter Galletly & Jack Armour, Rm 4: Lucien Lowe, April Sullivan & Ryan McPhee, Rm 5: Vincent Quan & Anna Zapisetskaya, Rm 6: Fabian Villars, Sofie Martin, Annabelle Frankham & Liam Podmore, Rm 8: Joshua Munn & Sara Matsumoto-Cross, Rm 9: Joshua Morris & Camryn Withers , Rm 10:  Dijon Thin & Mike Li, Rm 11: Abby Allan & Natasha Weinstock,  Rm 12: Natasha Zhezhova & Oliver Way, Rm 13: Lillian Reynolds & James Su,  Rm 14: Junia Bosenick , Rm 15: Minji Kim & Harlow Corbett, Rm 16: Tamsin Mowat & Claire Meech,  Rm 17: Ethan King & Tamati Matthews

Writers of the Week from Room 10

Things To Do If  You’re a Dragon:

If I was a dragon I would pick white bones out of my red teeth,  I would go around roasting people for my dinner! Then I would go to sleep and snore out smoke and drool blood. By Campbell Davies

I Wish…  

My magic wishes would be to fly like a soaring eagle in the sky, and,

To have super powers so I can sprint  like a cheetah in the hot sun.

I wish to be invisible so I can sneak  into marvelous movie theatres.

I wish to be an All Black so everyone can see my brilliant tackles.

I wish I could stay up late so I can watch awesome stuff on TV.

I wish I could turn into anything, then I could be camouflaged.  By Alex Hui

PTA News - We had a very good meeting last night. The PTA has paid for the slide and it’s installation  - totalling approximately $18,000. There will be a PTA newsletter out soon. Don't forget your Entertainment Books for the year, there is a convenient digital membership option. To order your Book,

Contact the PTA if you need an additional order form:

Don’t forget Ezlunch Pita Pit Tuesdays: Order online before 9am Tuesday.

2016 Spell-athon starts this week.


Eye halve a spelling checker, It came with my pea sea.

It plainly marks four my revue miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a quay and type a word and weight for it to say,

weather eye yam wrong oar write.

It shows me strait a weigh as soon as a mist ache is maid.  

It nose bee fore two long and eye can put the error rite. Its rare lea ever wrong.

Eye have run this poem threw it, I am shore your pleased to no.

Its letter perfect awl the way. My checker told me sew.

This year’s PTA academic fundraiser is a Spell-athon. Hard copy information packs and relevant spelling lists will be coming home this Friday. The proceeds will go towards increasing the literacy facilities at BPS. To support our drive to improve the children's writing, teachers would like additional dictionaries, thesauruses, spelling and phonics cards, resources, and games, word cards for younger children, novel sets, more high interest sets for lower ability readers, and more Literacy focused/high interest spelling/phonics hands on activities for the entire school. Our aim is to raise $6000 to $8000 to support these requirements. Please help your child’s learning as well as the school’s on going need for extra financial support. There are great prizes to be won as well as lots of fun to be had.

Have a great week, Nigel Bioletti,  Principal