December 7

posted Dec 7, 2016, 12:31 AM by Alison Bray   [ updated Dec 12, 2016, 11:52 PM ]

Our children go to University!!!

David Barker and his team from Auckland University’s Chemical Sciences department came to school yesterday and set up some chemical adventures for the children - all aimed at getting the children to think about the states of matter - solid, liquid, and gas.   It was extremely kind of David and his team of ten to give up their time for us.

Nisha Manga of Room 10 writes:

I watched my hands move around and around while I clutched the popsicle stick. The watery liquid slowly turned into clear slime as I stirred. Then the scientist put in a drop of yellow colouring. “Mix it well,” she told me. “I can’t get it off!” I laughed. I wonder what experiment will be next?

The photos tell the rest of the story!!!  


The hall tree: The Board has resolved that we should take out the tree beside the hall gate into the school. The tree is causing maintenance issues, and will eventually start endangering the hall itself. The cost of relocating it is prohibitive. The tree will be removed during the break. As a mitigating factor, we have planted a huge number of shrubs and trees around the perimeter of the field.



Share the Arts: Parents - This Friday, 9th December at 9am.

School Magazine - Still a few left, order your copy ($20) now at the Office.

End of Year Evening  -  This year we are having the one ceremony for all children. Start time - 7pm to 8.30pm 

Sports uniforms – Please return to the office in a named plastic bag.

Library books - Can parents please check at home for any library books.  Please return by this Friday.

PTA news:

Keep selling those raffle tickets please. To order more contact Wilma 0210 2703 889 and return stubs and monies (or unsold tickets) to your classroom teacher by morning roll call, by 9th of December.

The PTA is holding a sausage sizzle on Mokoia Rd during the Birkenhead Santa Parade, 11th Dec. If you can help please contact Wilma 0210 2703 889.


Ko ta matou rerenga kupu o te wiki:

This week - Kao - No;  Ae - Yes.

Next week - our last week - Meri Kirihimete - Merry Christmas.


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

Rm 1: Sophia Peacock & Miller Ashley,  Rm 2: Danish Raju & Freddie Ward, Rm 3:  Jasmine Chen & Louis Tongue, Rm 4:  Tim Reshanov & April Sullivan, Rm 5:  Noah Kimura, Ben Fox, Irene Duneas & Lin Gan, Rm 6:  Fabian Villars & Annabelle Frankham, Rm 8: Penitani Vai & Jaiden Mupfawi, Rm 9: Logan Elias & Hannah Wilmot, Rm 10:  Mike Li & Issy Bakewell-White, Rm 11:  Larissa Currie, Egor Grydasov,  Cronan Dooley & Lachlan McKenzie,  Rm 12:  Valerie Wen & Rebekah Elizondo, Rm 13: Jude Millar & Leo Manunui,  Rm 14: Taylor Wilmot & Amelie Villars,  Rm 15 :  Isabel West & Taylor Withers, Rm 16:  Ollie Johnstone & Tamsin Mowat,  Rm 17:  Oscar Tyrrell & Jean-Ryan Carney.


Here are some Santa letters from Year 3 children in Room 6.

Dear Santa

How on earth do you get around the world in less than 24 hours?  How much spare time do you have at this super-busy time of the year?  How many elves do you have? How are they?  Please wish Mrs Claus a merry Christmas!  Stu Du Val told our school a story that your reindeer crashed in New Zealand, so you delivered presents on a tractor with a bull!  Is it true?  Please let all the poor and sad people have lots of great presents.

Merry Christmas

From Boris Tsekhansky


Dear, lovely Santa

How are you doing?  Your elves must be busy wrapping presents and making them.  I just don’t know how you find the time for a break  Make it easy on yourself this Christmas…You don’t want to faint, do you?  Are you cold over there? Is Mrs Claus good at knitting?  If she is, maybe you could ask her to make some nice, wooly sacks  (please don’t slip in them) and she might even make a new, red coat for you.  I hope I’ve been good.

Love from Eleanor Dickinson

PS. If I am good, could I please have a joke book because I’m terrible at them.

PPS. You have been watching over me, haven’t you Santa?


This lovely piece of descriptive writing is from a Year 5 student in Room 16.

My Home

The moving city lights before your eyes twinkle on a clear black night. The still, black, mirroring water reflects from the bright, flashing city above the shining water. The bright, cherry red aeroplane lights blink like disco lights in the black leather sky.  City lights, no clouds to be seen, but that's not all you can see. The tweeting birds and the barking dogs.  The wiggling bugs and the fresh smell of palm trees, all day long. The children playing and the BBQ going and sitting in the backyard. The yummy smells from the window.  I really like it here.  It’s a happy place to be.

Maggie Barker


Have a wonderful week

Nigel Bioletti,


Looking to buy??

List and sell your home with Colleen Mangnall (Prestige Real Estate) between now and the end of June 2017 and Colleen will donate $500 to Birkenhead Primary School – special conditions apply.

Special Conditions:  Offer applies to Sole Agency Listings sold by Colleen Mangnall, Licenced Real Estate Salesperson (REAA2008) of Prestige Real Estate International Limited, 9 Milford Road, Milford, Licenced Real Estate Agent (REAA2008).  Sales must be unconditional on/before 30 June 2017.  This offer is only extended to those families who have current pupils attending Birkenhead Primary School.

Colleen Mangnall has supported our school very generously over many years.

Christmas tree delivery and pick up.  Available now.  Email

Northcote Birkenhead RFC - Girls’ Rippa teams.  Are you 7/8, 9/10 or 11/12 years old? Want to give Rippa Rugby a go?  North Harbour Rugby will again run a Junior Club Girls Rippa Saturday morning competition in 2017. The season starts on the 6th May and runs through until 27th August.  For more information contact Darrin Robertson (, 0274203719) OR Sarah McIlroy – Women’s Development Officer at NHRU (, 0211938716).