November 9

posted Nov 9, 2016, 6:26 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Nov 9, 2016, 6:28 PM ]

Class placements - We have placed the children in their classes for 2017. We were not able to meet all of the requests that some of you made for each of your children, but we have tried to accommodate what we take to be your ‘top of list’ request, and also used all of our knowledge of each child to best place them.


‘Kids for Kids’ - What a fun, enthusiastic concert parents and friends were treated to last night. Jackie Clarke and Nathan King hosted the show, consisting of all NZ songs, lots of audience participation, some   great  solo  spots,  and great  singing  from  the  kids. Mary  Thompson  was part  of the ukele  group.   This  was  definitely  a  show for children and families to remember, and all in support of  the  wonderful  work that World Vision does in Africa. Well done children, and thank you Mrs O’Connor. You can see some children’s comments below.


Choir members write about the Kids for Kids Concert.

At first I was so scared and then I actually felt it was really fun. We could sing and do the actions. I loved it. Vacky Oh


When I saw all the parents I was really shocked and nervous but then we started to sing and do the actions, it was more fun than what I expected. I would do it again! Kaira Wohlfarth


I loved being with two amazing singers on stage and I loved that we were helping other kids from the other side of the world. Amber Adradi and Nia Sudworth


When I went up the front for 'I see red' I could see the huge crowd of people all waving their arms and cheering. The lights went red whenever the song said 'red'.  Aria Davies


We had pretend microphones that we held out to the crowd so they would sing along.  It looked really cool when they all joined in with the actions.  Bella Larsen-Harris


We were raising money for Luguru in Tanzania, Africa, to help children who don't have enough to eat. They have to walk hours to the nearest water source.  Olive Sherriff


It was really cool at The Bruce Mason Centre, and fun when we played an echo trick on the audience. Olivia Eng


It was great! I love singing and I loved performing in front of the big crowd.  Sequoia Thomson





Safety - A person was knocked over on the ANZ pedestrian crossing on Monday morning. It is believed that the motorist may have been on their phone at the time. Please reinforce the message with your children that they must not step out until the car has come to a definite stop. Parents on crossing duty - if you see someone driving through the crossing whilst on their phone, please take their car registration number, and bring to the Office. Parents - we understand that a preschooler was only just saved from being run over this morning outside the lower gateway.  Please keep careful eyes onyour preschoolers if you are catching up with other parents at the Junior Playground.


Carvings - Some time ago, a Mr Allan Broadbent, who lives in Kerikeri, stopped in at school. He told me of two carvings he owns, which he bought in Kerikeri some years ago. This week he brought them to us, and said that we could have them for display until the school centenary in 2019. Both were carved from pieces of a mahogany fence-post which dated from the establishment of the school in 1919,  but was dug out from the school’s boundary in 1971. The carver was a Mr R. McEwan. The carvings are very good, and on display in the office foyer.

It's finally here...Sculpture On Shore! With over 100 sculptures on display, an indoor gallery, a children's exhibition, kid zone, lunch specials and our new night time experience, there promises to be something for everyone. You can see amazing sculptures from BPS students on display. Sculpture on Shore is open daily from the 10th-20th November, 10am-6pm.  Find Miss Houghton this week with a fact about our installation (artist models / theme / exhibition details etc) for a complimentary child's ticket.


Congratulations to our new Waterwise Instructors.  Rachelle Smith and Dave Ryan are now qualified instructors and will be in action when Year 5 children start Waterwise next week.   We would love a few more adults to help with Waterwise, no experience required.  Our Waterwise dates for this term are November 15, 17, 22, 29 and December 1st.  If any parent (or grandparent etc) would like to spend a day at Birkenhead Wharf helping with this fun activity, please email

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. Look out for a notice home soon. 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.


Ko ta matou rerenga kupu o te wiki:

This week: Titiro mai (Look at me)

Next week: Huri mai (Turn towards me)


November 11 - Athletics day for Years 4 - 6.

November 11 - PTA Quiz night

November 18th - Kapa Haka festival at Onepoto Primary

November 24th Inter-School Athletics day

December 13th – School prizegiving

December 15th - Sports prizegiving, followed by Year 6 Graduation

December 16 –School finishes for the year at 1.00pm

2017 school year begins on February 1


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

Rm 1: Peter Leng & Melissa Lai, Rm 2: Jimmy Duff & Seaton Reavill, Rm 3: Girisha Raju & Owais Nauman, Rm 4: Holly Walters & Ryan McPhee, Rm 5: Evie Martin, Ryan Fox, Anna Zapisetskaya & Jake Taylor-Gallagher , Rm 6: Boris Tsekhansky & Olive Sherriff, Rm 8: Sienna Corner, Rm 9: Eddie Latu, Joshua Morris & Maddie Birley, Rm 10: Eva Piper & Madelyn Meys, Rm 11: Jasmine Potter & Kiki Su,  Rm 12: Valerie Wen & Lauren Dalziel, Rm 13: Isaac Stewart & Devon Johnson-Bhana,  Rm 14: Cole Clarke-Turley & Kahu Merrilees,  Rm 15 : Victor Anand & Thein Aung, Rm 16: Chloe Straight & Will Ferris,  Rm 17: Amelia Stanley & Owen Coleman.


Kia ora Birkenhead Primary School whanau!   

Our  names  are Rhiannon Hardy and Tamika Beard. We are from The University  of Newcastle,  Australia.    We will   be completing   our   third year Teaching Practicum at your school  over  the  next 4  weeks. We would  like  to  take this  opportunity to say a very  big thank you for  welcoming   us into your school and community.


·Doors open 7pm for 7.30 Quiz.

·Cash Bar only

·Pizza available on the night.

·Pre-order your platter.

·Prizes for Trivia Champs and Best Dressed Team.

·Dancing at the conclusion of the Quiz.

· Questions? Email

· Bring lots of cash!

Can you help: 12.30 to 1.30 Friday November the 25th to help with pizza lunches? Please email if you can assist.


Please give some  thought to supporting this fundraiser for our local Volunteer Fire Brigade, of which our Mr Smith is a member. It’s this Saturday at 125 Mokoia Road, near the fire station.  The cost is a donation per car.

Have a wonderful week

Nigel Bioletti 


Outside organisations

BECOME A STAR WITH NORTHERN PERFORMING ARTS!   Jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip hop and tap. Whether your child wants to dance for exams, competitions, shows, troupes or just for fun, NPA has the classes for them. For more information and 2017 enrolments, please contact studio director Alicia on or visit