Term 2 Week 8

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Term 2 Week 8 Newsletter

Principal’s Message….

Hi everyone, after a long message from me last newsletter I’ll keep this one brief!

Grounds development and turf safety

You have probably picked up recently that we are tackling sa=fety concerns on our turf at the moment. It has become very slippery. There are a few reasons why, but one of the major ones is the large deciduous trees overhanging that part of the school and dropping leaves. Alot of the grass beside the turf has died resulting in kids walking mud on to the turf, and the build up of leaves in the area hasn’t helped. And in general not enough sun hits the turf, so it doesn’t dry out easily making it hard to do weed spraying. So…it brings up the question of trees at Pirinoa School. Over the next wee while we will be removing trees from beside the turf and in other areas around the school. I realize that removing trees can be quite difficult for kids and adults alike as, quite naturally, we have strong attachments to trees that may have been there for a while. My sister lives beside my old primary school and very occasionally I will shimmy up our favourite climbing tree from back in the day to see where I carved something into the trunk. Ssshhh don’t tell the kids!

So…if you are interested or if you know people in the wider community who might be interested in our plans for tree removal I encourage people to come down and talk to me to see the plans and let me know if there are particular trees that have historical associations that we need to manage. 

Meanwhile I’m happy to report we have good buy in for our next working bee this coming Sunday at 9am. However it’s not too late to sign up, just send me an email. 

Matariki @ Kohunui Marae Thursday 29th June, all welcome. 

Let me know if you are keen to be part of this day.

Art Show

Just a reminder to come along to see this show. Tomorrow is your last chance to see the showcase of talent from our amazing young artists. I’ll be down at the church tomorrow playing host, see you there! Remember whilst the originals are not for sale, there is a chance to purchase prints. Also there will be raffle tickets on sale for the senior camp fundraiser


We have been having lots of fun in class and around the school.  We are starting to get tired and our brains are bursting with all the new things we have learned this term!  

Our art is on display this week with the rest of the school at the Burnside Church.  We sure hope you’ve managed to get down to the church to see what amazing talents we have (it’s there until Saturday afternoon – so head down if you haven’t seen it yet – you won’t regret it.

Last week in Room 2 we finished our class chapter book, The Midnight Gang by David Walliams. The story is about a group of children who make their dreams come true. We wrote about what our dreams would be if we were a part of the Midnight Gang. Here are a few examples of our work! 


“The last few weeks have been steadily getting busier for Room 3. We’ve had tech, art show, sports tournaments and training, trips out, college open days, mid-year assessments and so much more! One of the best activities we have done recently was to experience the ocean in Virtual Reality through Blake NZ. We hosted Alice, who brought with her a huge amount of knowledge about marine environments and ways we can keep our reefs, oceans and sea life healthy, alongside enough VR headsets for every child in Room 3. We explored the oceans around Goat Island, White Island and Poor Knights Island in the North. We also flew over the volcano on White Island and looked at seabirds. It was such a cool experience and we can’t wait to host them again next year.”

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