November 23

posted Nov 22, 2016, 6:29 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Nov 22, 2016, 7:49 PM ]

Well done indeed to kapa haka children, teachers, and parents - the group looked fantastic on stage in their kakahu - you made us all very proud. The Onepoto Festival is a fabulous day - a real celebration of young people and their skills.


Athletics day tomorrow - Good luck to our athletes tomorrow, thanks to Miss Weir for organising our cluster event, and sincere thanks to Calliope Athletics Club for their generous support.


Can you help?

Parents - do any of you have access to a truck with hi-ab. Please contact me if so.

Also - are any of you able to help us out with a truck for the Christmas parade? We have walked the route in recent times, but a truck does make it easier for all concerned.


Cameron Day reports - The Birkenhead Bears (Year 4 basketball team) will be battling in their age group final next Tuesday at North Shore Event Centre at 6pm.  They would love some supporters to come and cheer them on.


Ko ta matou rerenga kupu o te wiki:

This week - Whakarongo mai.      Listen to me.

Next week - E tu.   Stand up.


Waterwise is well underway for Term 4.  A HUGE thank you to all the parents who have come down to help. The children learn to kayak and sail optimist dinghies.  This is challenging for most kids but they rise to the occasion magnificently.  Here is Ashley Smith of Room 16.  

Yesterday a few Room 16 students were extremely privileged to see a group of three orca swimming up the harbour to their feeding grounds.  Unfortunately there were no cameras to hand for this event but take a look at the children’s writing below.


School Magazine 2016:  There are still copies available for purchase at only $20 each.  Secure your copy now by returning the magazine order form together with payment.  Cash, cheque or Eftpos are all payment options.


Year Six Graduation evening - please save this date - Thursday 15th December 6pm, after the Sports Prizegiving. Last year’s evening, also held at the Bowling Club, was a really, really fun night for children and parents. You won’t want to miss it.  Please order your tickets by 30th November for catering purposes.


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

Rm 1: Ji Min Choe, Mariana Leizerowicz,  Rm 2: Shingo Edwards, Carter Cheetham; Rm 3: Carter Galletly, Zach Bendall, Rm 4: Kyle Merrilees, Nicole Godinet, Rm 5: Tom Fletcher, Evan Jenkins, Daniel Warner, Blake Anderson, Rm 6: Conor Graham, Zimo Li, Rm 7: Beau Turner, Alicia Lyle , Rm 8: Mia Matsumoto-Cross, Conor Hines, Rm 9: Troy Blijlevens, Phillip Khoury, Rm 10: Casper Howse, Nisha Manga, Rm 11: Isla Lawrence, Cade Ravenhall,  Rm 12: Jack Andrews, Hannah McPhee, Rm 13: Zac Ireland, Morgan Booth,  Rm 14: Jemma Hyde, Florence Fell,  Rm 15 : Mary Thompson, Unaiki Thein, Rm 16: Toby Caro, Selena Oh,  Rm 17: Andrew Chen, Andy Hu.


PTA News

*** This Friday  Pizza lunch ***

Take the hassle of out of making school

lunch this Friday, the kids love it!

Cheese and Hawaii options $2 a slice or $3 for 2


Can you help? The PTA is holding a sausage sizzle on Mokoia Rd during the Birkenhead Santa Parade, 4th Dec. If you can help please contact Wilma 0210 2703 889.


Other PTA news:

PTA raffle coming up. Either this Friday or next Monday students will receive a book of five raffle tickets to sell over the next two weeks. There are great prizes up for grabs.  Entries close 12th Dec, winner announced 14th Dec


Room 15 (Year 5) students write about their Waterwise experience.

We saw orcas raging through the water.

We saw orcas slicing through the waves.

We were allowed to jump off the white pontoon.

Choppy waves were splashing over my kayak  and almost capsizing me and Jacob. 

We jumped into a world of white caps and we found a private beach. It was like a tropical lagoon.  I wished  we could have slept there.

Jackson Catchpole

Seas of Nature

Killer whales crash through the waves,

waves burst as a killer whale saws out from the depth,

waves were crystal clear,

well a splash was made as I sailed in my boat,

their cry was a beautiful sound that tamed the waves.

By Christopher Wardle

And this from a year 1 student in Room 2.

White Island is an active volcano.  Sometimes it can erupt.  When it first erupted it covered a Maori village.  Now they have brought some parts of it up.  It is very sad.  

Carter Cheetham

Have a wonderful week

Nigel Bioletti,


Outside organisations

GUITAR LESSONS: Guitar Lessons are available at Birkenhead School in 2017, through Dave Gatman from Musiqhub.  If you would like to enrol your child to start Guitar Lessons in 2017, please contact Dave on 021 2221456 or  Or for more information, please visit

Birkdale North Music Centre is funded by the Ministry of Education, and kids can take part in inexpensive music classes held on Saturday mornings. The Music Centre is for all children from year 1 to year 8. We teach recorder, keyboard, clarinet, trombone, trumpet, saxophone, flute, violin, cello, guitar and vocal classes. The children can also join our choir, orchestra, jazz band and theory lessons.  Birkdale North Music Centre, 213 Birkdale Road