October 19

posted Oct 18, 2016, 7:24 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Oct 18, 2016, 7:32 PM ]

We now have 433 wonderful children at Birkenhead Primary, with 12 still to come. They are such great young people, who show lots of respect, show their personalities by telling of things they have done, by greeting staff, etc. They are very busy - always on the move around the school - getting lots of exercise, helping out. They also have lots of humorous comments to make - which make us laugh and enjoy our days. It is certainly interesting watching them all interacting so well with each other at breaks. There are few upsets really, for 433 children. 

We will start next year on well over 400 children - more than we finished the year on  just a few years back. This is because we are only losing 51 Year Sixes at year end. Teachers are busy - gathering assessment information, starting on reports, helping with class placements, preparing for E.O.T.C. week, settling New Entrants into school. They are a great team, who give it their best shot for the children in so many ways. Office staff are busy too - the interactions they have are increasing with the school roll, but they always treat the children well.

E.O.T.C. - Best wishes to Year Six children, teachers, and parents for a great week next week, and to Year Fives for a great week, and a fun Thurs and Friday at Piha Mill.  Thanks to Mrs Sanders and teachers for all the camp organisation.

Looking to 2017 - there will be some changes. Mrs Rees has tendered her resignation as from the end of year. She is looking forward to some part-time or relieving work, with more time for family, her cottage in Tairua, and her hobbies.

Ko ta mātou rerenga kupu o te wiki - Our phrase of the week

This week - Ata marie - Good morning

Next week - Ahiahi marie - Good afternoon

Many children are using their reo - the phrase of the day has really caught on, and I had many children asking me, “Kei te pehea koe?” today, when I was on duty.



If your child is going to be absent for the day, please let us know  before 8.50am.  You can either email absence@birkenheadprimary.school.nz or call 480 7365, then select 1 from the options and leave a brief message.  This will reduce time spent with following up on children who haven’t arrived at school, which is school policy and also a Ministry requirement. Requests for holidays/time away from school must be sent in writing prior to the absence please.


Trophies and Awards for 2015 - If your child won a sports trophy or an academic trophy at the end of last year, please could you ensure that this is returned to the office before Friday 4 November please.



October 24 – Labour Day holiday, no school

October 25 – Y6s leave for camp, EOTC week for years 3 – 5.

November 8 – Kids for kids concert at the Bruce Mason Centre

November 11 - Athletics day for years 4 - 6.

November 11 - PTA Quiz night

November 18th - Kapa Haka festival at Onepoto Primary

December 16 – School finishes for the year at 1.00pm

CSI – Last Friday Mrs Sanders took the CSI Leaders to Tiritiri Matangi Island as a reward for all their work during the year.

PTA News

The PTA group is busy as usual - organising the Quiz night for the 11th November - make sure you book a table, or contact the PTA as they may be able to partner you up with others. Friday 11th of November:  Dress up, loads of questions,  good  food  and  drinks.  To book your table (team of 8) email  trivia@birkenheadprimary.school.nz

The group has just provided headphones right through the school - 150 sets -  Logan has made some very tidy little brackets for them to hang on in rooms. The group is also funding steps from the walkway up to the slide steps, so that we will have a complete pathway loop around the field - as a walkway, but also as a jogging track.

Room 12 children have made some clay poppies, modelled on the work of Georgia O’Keefe.  These are by Oliver Way and Hannah McPhee.


This week's writing comes from Pikiake and Whanake students.

Next Friday I am going to my Grandma and Grandpa’s bach.  There are beaches nearby.  One is for the boats and the other beach is for the people.  There’s a walkway down to the beach.  It’s lovely down there, there’s a picnic table.  It’s sunny down there.  Zachary Day, Room 2, Year 1

Drag Racing

Red, yellow, green, bang! The cars took off and they skidded all the way up the drag strip. Everybody on the sidelines, was yelling.

The next race, two people lined up to race. Red, yellow, green pop!!! They took off with their tyres screeching then, suddenly, bang!! crash!! One of the cars skidded out of control. It hit the wall with a huge bang. Then a humungous collision happened with the other car.

Mum and I love to go to the drag racing at Meremere on a sunny hot day.

I like fast cars that go as fast as rockets and the cars that win races are the fastest cars. Some cars look really nice and are fast. Some cars are wide and others are skinny like racing cars. Some cars have lots of gear on them, like little wheels on the back to keep them from going upside down.

I felt happy. It was enjoyable; it was fun. I enjoyed the hot chips and I liked the noise.

Issac Stewart. Room 13, Year 4

Have a wonderful week

Nigel Bioletti


Outside organisations

The Ecofest Kaipatiki festival programme is now ONLINE - most events are free - and bookings are being taken now including:

Big Bang Beach Clean Up Sun 6 Nov - show Little Shoal Bay some love in this community clean up followed by fun and games on the reserve for the kids More info

Tuff Crater Sun 30 Oct - see the progress of this restoration project for yourself and check out those views; a North Shore Forest & Bird guided walk BOOK

Fernglen Gardens Sun 30 Oct - explore this fabulous and unique collection of native plants & meet the people who care for this great Auckland asset in Birkenhead