April 13

posted May 7, 2016, 9:07 PM by Alison Bray   [ updated May 8, 2016, 9:54 PM ]
Dear Parents and Caregivers,  

Our swimming squad put in a fantastic effort at last Thursday’s North Shore Primary School Swim Competition at the AUT Millennium Centre. We competed against 21 other schools from all over the shore and came 11th on total points.  Of note, Kaira Wohlfarth won 1st Place 25m Freestyle and 1st Place 25m Back - Girls Under 8. Sister Safra Wohlfarth won 1st Place in 25m Freestyle - Girls 10 and Over and Jaden L’Ami won 3rd Place in 25m Back - Boys 10 and Over. They have all attended early morning trainings twice a week over the last 5 weeks and everyone has shown huge commitment and great team spirit. Special thanks to all the squad parents for attending practices and events and driving us all around!
Congratulations to all swimmers! Go BPS!

Triangles: 329 Triangles booked yesterday! Thanks parents for making this special time for your children and their learning. It was a beautiful evening and the children enjoyed playing before and after their triangles. Walking around the school, I saw and heard lots of children talking animatedly about their learning with their parents and their teacher.

Mr Tyler is leaving! Mr Tyler finishes up this Friday. We have very much enjoyed having him on our staff. He has provided many, many opportunities for children through the school - EOTC, Sports, Lunchtime clubs etc, in addition to the commitment he has shown for children and their learning. Best wishes Adrian, Anna, and Thoren. Miss Little is teaching Room 13 for the next few weeks whilst we continue the search for a new teacher.

ANZAC Day - Our school will be laying a wreath as part of the Birkenhead Anzac Day Parade on 25th April. If you would like to walk with your child with our school group, please meet Mrs Lamason in the top carpark at school by 9.40am. Children should wear school uniform please. The Parade commences at 9.50am followed by a 10am Service at Birkenhead War Memorial Park, Mahara Avenue. Contact rlamason@birkenheadprimary.school.nz for further details.

Health & Safety note: We have been advised that there will be some major road works happening during the holidays at the intersection of Mokoia Road/ Highbury Bypass and up to the corner of Huka Road. This will continue into the first week or so of term 2 and some detours will be in place.

April 15- Whole school assembly at 2.10pm- please join us if you can
April 15 – Term 1 ends at 3pmMay 2 - Term 2 starts
Congratulations to our recent Principal’s Award winners from the Panuku Team:
Rm 14: Haylee Leader, Jared D’Souza, Liam Govind & Grace Hutcheson , Rm 15 : Taylor Withers, Victoria Wijaya, Mary Thompson & Felix Wen, Rm 16: Jamie Millington, Samuel Hui, Ricky Divall & Joyce Zhao , Rm 17: Zoe Peterson, Luca Manga, Arshia Kothiwala & Malcolm Barton.

Some of our Wonderful Writers of the Week:
I can see a big whale in the water and it backflipped because it hit the wharf.
 By Lachlan Maher, Room 2.  Great writing Lachlan!

Room 3 have written some lovely poems:
The wind is swishing
The leaves are whistling
The trees are slapping
The flag is swishing and crashing in the blowing blustery Birkenhead wind. By Luca Maxwell

Greedy Cat is sneaky. He is as fast as lightning. He loves scrumptious food and he is naughty. The next day Mum put some pepper in the bag. He didn’t like it. He will never do that again!
By Poppy Maxwell

The sneaky seagulls ate Mr Grinling’s lunch and he was furious. So the next day Mrs Grinling put some mustard in the basket. “YUK!” screeched the seagulls. By Jack Armour

Room 13 has been describing a person we all know:
He has floppy, golden brown hair and light blue eyes. He always has his wizard sunglasses on top of his fluffy head. He makes me excited to come to school. Sometimes he does the ‘I’m-watching-you’ 'eyebrow’ but mostly has a
mischievous grin. He’s funny and makes us laugh but don’t be fooled; you wouldn’t want to see him angry. This person loves to say the phrase ‘Your Face!’ He is a big shaggy dog. (If you guessed Mr Tyler- you’re right)!
By Lilian Reynolds

Teacher Aide Position for Terms 2 & 3: We are looking for someone to fill a part time Teacher Aide role in Terms 2 & 3, with the possibility of extending the position through Term 4. This role would involve supporting the classroom teacher with either individuals or small groups under the direction of the Learning Support Coordinator and/or classroom teacher. If you are interested, or know of someone in the community who may be interested in this role, contact Catherine Fairhall, LSC - cfairhall@birkenheadprimary.school.nz

PTA NEWS: The PTA is fundraising with Entertainment Books this year. To order your Book or Digital Membership securely online visit: www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/9x4141 Alternatively, more paper order forms will be sent home with your child this week.

Yardley Barker’s non fiction Library project is based on London, and the London Eye. Very impressive! People can visit R14 if they would like to come and see it!  

School family require short term rental. We are a school family of five looking for a house to sit or rent whilst our home is renovated from May 2016. 3 bedroom minimum. Please contact Emma 021 301 261.

Wishing you and your families a happy and safe holiday and we look forward to seeing you all next term.

Nigel Bioletti,