September 15

posted Sep 14, 2017, 11:01 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated Sep 14, 2017, 11:33 PM ]

Mihi pumahana ki te whanau o te kura Matarae o Onewa

Things are getting extremely busy as we approach the end of term. Year Sixes are getting really excited about Camp next term. We are all looking forward to seeing Whanake team on stage next week. Their costumes look fantastic. Well done children for all the hard work you have put into the show. Tickets have sold very quickly, but some are still available from the office. Thanks parents for your support.

We have had a quiet ‘te wiki o te reo Maori’, but we have had our usual reo time today, and at assembly today we had an ‘open mike’ time when children could step up and present in te reo.  We also had a lucky draw for children who have used their reo in the playground, and for children who have used their reo at home, and brought back their reo slip.

Miss Ho is away for the next two weeks. Alice was approached to act as a marker for the National Education Monitoring Project. This Otago University run programme assesses student achievement at Year Four and Eight in selected curriculum areas each year, and because of Alice’s expertise in Science, she was asked to mark assessments this year. It will be a valuable opportunity to see what is happening in Science through New Zealand.

Pizza lunch - next Friday 22nd, rather than the last day of term - $2 for one slice, $3 for two slices, $10 for a whole pizza. Options are Cheese, or Hawaiian - both available gluten-free.  Children to bring orders to their teacher at roll call on Friday morning.

Red Nose Day - last day of term - we would like to support Cure Kids - which funds research into Child Health. Please allow your child to bring a gold coin donation, and let’s see lots of red noses.

Alumni get together - we had a great time last night. Geordie Lindsay-Russell had put together a varied set of questions, and with different quiz formats, there was a lot of laughter and some vigorous competition for points. Attendees included: Mr Doug Lloyd, who was Chair of the School’s School Committee in the pre-Board days; Marie and Alan Sanders, who designed the School’s current logo, Mrs Cox and Mrs Hopley, Claire Barnes and Liz Hoskin, and number of the younger generation  - Leon Lindsay-Russell, Elliot Collis, Mariska MacGibbon, Lewis Blake - it was a really fun evening, and I was proud of another step towards building the school’s alumni network. Thanks to all who attended, and thanks to The Good Home team, who were very supportive.

On Monday our Mr Smith was one of the firefighters who took part in a walk to remember the firefighters who lost their lives on September 11th in the twin towers in New York. They were given a great send off by BPS children.  The group then walked down Onewa Road to Northcote Point and over the Harbour Bridge. After a ceremony of remembrance they climbed the stairs to the top of the Sky Tower.



19 & 20 September - Whanake Show “Tiki Tour”- tickets on sale now at the office.

21 September - Triangle bookings close.

23 September - Election Day - you will be able to vote in our School hall.

26 September - Triangle meetings, school finishes at 12.30PM.

29 September - Term Three finishes at 3pm - PLEASE NOTE - we are having our end of Term assembly, hosted by Tohora whanau, after roll call in the morning - 9:10.

29  September - PTA Quiz night.

16 October - Term 4 begins.

24 - 27 October - EOTC week for Whanake and Panuku classes.


Artisan Market - Just a reminder that this market is now based at the school, hall and top court area from 9 - 1 if you are out and about Saturday morning. Over 30 stalls with local, talented small businesses. Crafts, art, food, gifts, jewellery, beauty & wellbeing, ice cream & candyfloss, home & garden decor, clothing, babywear and much more. Kids craft activity.


PTA FUNDRAISING CALENDAR ART: The children have worked very hard on some beautiful artwork for this year’s Calendar Art – it is now on display in the library for you to view until the end of the term.  Order forms for the calendars/diaries/cards etc will be coming home today and need to be returned (payment online) by Friday 29 September (note this is an extension from the 22 September date on the order form).  Thanks for your support.


BPS Centenary 2019: Our planning is well underway for this event (8-9 March 2019) and our next meeting is on Monday 18 September at 7.30pm in the staffroom.  Please come along if you are keen to be involved in this exciting event for our school - we still have a few key role gaps in the organising team.  Email Katrina on to RSVP or if you’d like to share any ideas for the event.

BPS 5/1 netball team, Seanna, Laila, Aria, Sarah, Aisha, Lilian and Bella, who won their netball grade.  They achieved straight wins with a relaxed draw on the last game.  The girls played their hearts out every week, never giving up. They learned about how to become a successful team - working together, having fun and supporting each other.  (Unfortunately Sarah had to leave early, before the team photo was taken.)

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Congratulations to Robin Millar for achieving 50 Walking School Bus Walks.


Joey Lin has had a great result in a Rhythmic Gymnastics competition. Last Saturday she took part in a competition run by Xtreme, the largest club in New Zealand. Lots of gymnasts from Hamilton and Tauranga were also there, as well as some Auckland clubs.  Joey placed 1st with the hoop, 2nd in freehand, 2nd with the ball and second overall.  Well done, Joey.


SUMMER SPORTS:  Play and Pay Forms are available in the office for Hockey, Netball, Soccer and Touch.  Please note that Touch slips MUST be returned before 22 September, and the other codes not until 29 September.  Players will be placed in teams during the holidays, so it is imperative that the P&P slips are returned on time.

SPORTS UNIFORM RETURN:  If your child is continuing to play the summer code, please hold onto their uniform.  If they are not playing the summer sport, then they need to return their clean uniform to their team manager as soon as possible.

HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES:  Check on the sports organisations’ websites for hockey and netball holiday programmes, and the FREE have-a-go days for T-ball (Harbour Softball).


Have a great weekend.

Nigel Bioletti,