October 26

posted Oct 25, 2016, 7:28 PM by Alison Bray

It’s all go at school - the Year 6s got away yesterday morning with no fuss, and did the Rangitoto summit, before tramping to Administration Bay, which they reached at about  4:30. They look to have much better weather for today – for high ropes, kayaking, abseiling, etc. Jaden l’Ami’s shoes only just lasted the distance!!

He was very pleased to take them off!  

Good on you, Jaden, for  ‘Forbearing and Persevering’.

The  Year  5s  had  a  great  day  yesterday  at the Millennium  Pool  - doing  water skills and confidence work, including  capsizing an Opti, doing  survival skills,  tumbling out of a  kayak and getting back into it, and then general boat skills – keeping a boat balanced etc.


It was delightful to hear that one of the lead instructors commented that she had noticed a real improvement in the children’s water confidence and swim skills over recent years - almost certainly due to the swimming instruction the children receive both privately and through our school swim programme at the Leisure Centre.


This morning the Year 5s are creating paper back-packs, to meet a design brief. The children are right into it. Tomorrow they are off to Piha Mill for their overnight Camp - I’m sure they are excited about that.

Year 3 & 4s had a fun day yesterday - working co-operatively at different challenges - some of them with blindfolds - lots of laughter and enjoyment, today off on a local walk to Little Shoal Bay, then tomorrow to the Leisure centre, and in school activities on Friday.  Thank you to all parents who are supporting teachers and children with E.O.T.C.  this year.


Working Bee - This Sunday 9am to 12pm. If you can, please come and help us tidy the field.  Bring a barrow, shovel, and rake, and pop the children's bikes in the car too.  Call me 027 4807004 or Logan 021 217 2986, if you have queries, or if the weather is doubtful.


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

This week - Ahiahi marie - Good afternoon

Next week - Tino pai - ‘Very good’.


Tonight - Board meeting at 6pm in the staffroom.

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

PTA  Don’t forget to book your table for the Quiz Night. 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

This week’s writing comes from Year 6 students in Room 14

I am a City

The burning flames of falling towers is my anger, growing bigger and bigger

The honking of horns and jammed traffic are my confusion, fighting my way out.

The stacked stories of buildings are my fear, leaning towards me.

The reflective green lights are my happiness, as cars go by.

Hugo Fletcher


I am a City

The amulances are my sadness.

The cheering of people at events is my happiness.

The arguments of people are my anger bursting.

The argments of people are my anger bursting.

The taped off, demolished buildings are my fear.

Liam Smith

My Mind is a City

The intense business in the city is the messengers, streaming through my mind.

The criminals in prison are my safe secrets.

The homeless on the streets reflect the regrets still torturing me.

The city lights are my beacon bright joy and happiness.

Jack Bayly

I am a City

The siren from an ambulance is my anger building up.

Crowds of people rushing to work are excitement going through me.

Grey, rainy clouds hovering over the city are my sadness.

The smell of hot muffins from the café counters is my happiness.

Towering buildings are my fears.

Safra Wohlfarth

Have a wonderful week

Nigel Bioletti


Outside organisations

Willow Park School GALA and Gift Market  Sunday 5th November, 10am to 2pm.  Eban Avenue and Compton Street, Hillcrest.  http://willowparkgala.org

Northcote College welcomes international students from a wide variety of countries. These students need a warm, caring environment during their stay where they can practice their English. Students are here from as little as two weeks to as long as five years. Can you offer a room in your home? You could be paid $270/week to host a Northcote College International Student. Please contact Rebecca on homestay@northcote.school.nz

Calling all MUMS.. The 3pm pick up at BPS doesn't have to be a rushed one on a Monday.  3.15pm marks the start of the 'Active Soul Playground Session' that enables Mums to get a workout in while the kids enjoy an extra 45 minutes of playground time. Convenient, child friendly, catering to all fitness levels; contact info@activesoul.co.nz to book in for a complimentary trial.