Arohanui Playground Renovations

23 November 2017

To our Parents, Caregivers and School Community,

This is a message to our parents and school community that we are renovating one of our playgrounds, so there will be alot of workers around our school.  This is the playground which is fenced off by our Arohanui satellite classes next to our Fale by our hall carpark.

Please note that parking is limited whilst this playground is undergoing renovations.

If you would like more information in regards to this message, please contact Cecilia in our school office on (09)838 8603.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Kind regards                                                                                                                    Cecilia

FREE Interactive Young Ocean Explorers Website

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

There is about 4.5 hours of short videos, quizzes and polls created from around NZ, Australia and the South Pacific.  Children can choose their own pathway and learn about the magnificent underwater world.

Here’s the link:

And also the link for how it can be used by teachers in classrooms:

Below is some feedback from people who have used these links:

Liz Manley, Principal of Woodlands Park Primary School, New Zealand “This is an excellent interactive resource for children and teachers.  It is stimulating and engaging and Riley is a fabulous role model to young people.  The largely New Zealand content is authentic and trustworthy. The message that each one of us, no matter how young or old can make a difference, is a powerful and relevant one. 

The Young Ocean Explorers Interactive Documentary website is a strong science resource.  Science for primary school children should be about hooking into children’s curiosity, the awe and wonder they have about the world around them.  This website does that with quirky facts and videos which make the experience come alive for the user.  It is also a visual language and reading resource – children love quizzes and polls and there are plenty of these.  The website is a scaffold for writing too, with examples of different types of writing.  Some of our reluctant writers love facts and are happy to create quizzes and polls of their own or write reports… “

Teacher “Fantastic, as soon as I opened the site I knew our children would absolutely LOVE IT!!! The Quizzes are so cool and believe it or not the kids are hung up on “the girls” enthusiasm when she is speaking about the things she loves.”

Parent“I did an activity with my son, who is an ESOL student. He watched a video and then he pretended to be a scientist and gave a presentation in front of the whole family about the facts he learned from that video. He was so confident!”

Enjoy exploring!!

Kind regards                                                                                                                              Cecilia Fa’alili



Here are some photos of our Pohutukawa Senior School performing at Kelston Intermediate School 27 October 2017 for Kelifest 2017.  Our children did a great job and definitely made our school proud.


Good Morning Parents/Caregivers,

Just a reminder that our Pohutukawa Senior School multicultural groups will be performing today at Kelston Intermediate at 11.20am.  So please make sure you are there early to find a park and a seat to enjoy our school performance.



Hope to see you there!!

Kind regards                                                                                                                    Cecilia – School Secretary

End of Term Bulletin 27.09.2017

End of Term Bulletin

Dear parents/caregivers,

Just a few reminders before we end Term 3.

Spell-a-thon Fundraiser & Prizes

Thank you to everyone who has brought or donated sponsorship money to school for our main fundraiser.  So far we have raised $4,564.70.  All children who have brought in money for our Spell-a-thon fundraiser will choose a prize at our final assembly for the term on Friday 29 September.  It is not too late if you have not yet sent your child in with their sponsorship money to receive a prize.  Please remember NO MONEY NO PRIZE!!


Term Dates for 2017

The last day for Term 3 is this Friday 29 September and school will close at 3.00pm.  Our first day for Term 4 will be 16 October at 8.50am.  We hope you all have a great and relaxed holiday.


Powhiri Term 4 – 18 October 2017

We have a Powhiri to welcome our new students on Wednesday 18 October at 9.00am at school.  Families of our new students are very welcome to attend.  Light refreshments will be served in the staffroom after morning tea.


Personal Details Update

On Tuesday 17 October, we will be having a lockdown practice at Glendene School as part of Health and Safety.  It is also important that we have all your correct personal details so that we are able to contact you in the case of an emergency.  Please send your updated details of, or fill in  the slip your child was sent home with and send it back to school.  Alternatively, you can text me on 021 084 75283 with your updated details.

For more information on this bulletin, please do not hesitate to contact me in the school office.

Kind regards

Cecilia Fa’alili

School Secretary




Dear Parents and Caregivers,

As part of our topic What makes us happy, healthy and safe, we are offering  the Kai Time programme (run by Diana Neru from Sport Waitakere) at Glendene School this Thursday, the 14th September from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

For three hours participants will be cooking five meals with ingredients that cost $30.00.  You are not required to bring anything, just your lovely self to participate in the programme with your school aged children.

Please fill in the slip below if you would like to participate in this programme.  Spaces are limited for this programme and we will only take the first ten slips that are returned to the school office.  Please also note that there will be no one to look after pre-schoolers.

For more information please contact the school office on (09) 8388603.

Kind regards

Cecilia Fa’alili

School Secretary