Newsletter – 28th November 2022


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It is wonderful to see all the school activities taking place and having our undercover area especially with our huge number of rainy days.  The spirit is which your children have a go on the sports days and school events has been wonderful to see and real credit to you as parents.

This is a very busy time of the year for teachers as they prepare for farewell assemblies, report writing and initial planning for next year so I know the teachers appreciate your continued support both at school and at home.


We are now seeing the start of another wave of covid at school.  We have just been notified Room 10 Mrs Hitchings has tested positive, as have two parents from that class.  We encourage mask wearing and if your child has any of the symptoms below, please keep them at home so hopefully we can contain this.  Thank you again.

Most common symptoms:

  • fever
  • cough
  • tiredness
  • loss of taste or smell

Less common symptoms:

  • sore throat
  • headache
  • aches and pains
  • diarrhoea
  • a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes
  • red or irritated eyes

Serious symptoms:

  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • loss of speech or mobility, or confusion
  • chest pain

CARDIFF ROAD – Road Crossing and Adult Role Models

Please help us to keep your child safe before and after school by using the crossings.  Daily, we see parents calling or walking their children across the road not at the crossings, which is unbelievably dangerous and unnecessary. Staff, parents and students are giving up their time for road patrol to keep everyone safe so please ensure your children use the crossing so they are not putting themselves or others at risk.

In New Zealand, child pedestrian injuries is a leading cause of traffic related child deaths.

An Auckland study provides insight into circumstances of child pedestrian injury

Forty four percent of child pedestrians hospitalised in New Zealand live in the Auckland region. A review by Auckland’s Injury Prevention Research Centre (IPRC) of child pedestrian injury incidents found: 

  • Over 75% of children were injured when crossing roads while on their way somewhere (e.g. school, shops, a friend’s home). Only 2% were injured while ‘playing’ in the street. A third (and 40% of school-aged children) were injured on the school journey.
  • Sixty percent of children injured within 500 metres of their home, 75% within a kilometre.
  • At nearly 50% of sites, the average speed of traffic travelling over the spot was more than the legal speed limit.

Source:  Safekids Decisionmaker Info Series #1: Child Pedestrian Injury in the Auckland Region, 1996

Together we can try and make sure your child is safe crossing roads near our school.


We farewell Mrs. Kelly Robinson after eight years of teaching her at Pakuranga Heights, Kelly feels it is time for a change now her children have completed their schooling here. We thank Kelly for her passion, dedicated teaching and most importantly making a difference in the lives of the students she has touched. We wish her all the best for her continued teaching career.

We also say farewell to our Learning Assistants Miss. Claire Olifiers and Mrs. Shelly Hays.  We thank you for their time at Pakuranga Heights and wish them all the best for the future.


We welcome Mr. Simon Fraser as our new Property Manager.  Simon has vast experience with property and machinery so will be a real asset to the team.


Tomorrow we welcome nine, Year 4 students from Kaitoke School, Claris from Great Barrier Island. The school has approximately 50 students. The focus tomorrow is to build relationships so the students can easily connect in the future. The visiting students will share with their buddy classes what life is like on Gt Barrier Island.  We hope next year to send some students over to them for the day next year.


As our local Minister of Parliament Simeon will be visiting our school for a short visit on Thursday 1st December so we can show him all the continued improvements.


School reports sent home on Friday 16 December with notification of your child’s classroom and teacher for 2023. We remind all students that the reports are addressed to you as parents and unless they have your permission, they are not to open them.

Optional Parent Interviews

The reports are sent out early to allow time for any parents to meet with their child’s teacher should you wish to. Please contact your child’s teacher directly or through the school office.


We anticipate these will be ready for handover no later than Friday 16th as this will give us time to set up the rooms ready for the start of the school year in 2023.


School closes 1 pm on the last day of school. Please arrange for your child/ren to be collected at this time or alternatively, the After School Programme will be available


More information will be sent out to the classes or students involved.  Information will also be on our school Facebook page. 

Thursday December 1st Interschool Athletics (weather permitting)
Friday December 2nd Book Parade Day
Tuesday and Wednesday December 6th – & 7th Junior School Trips to Tip-Top
Thursday December 8th Bee Fit Fun Run
Friday December 9th New Parent Session – for families looking to enrol
Tuesday December 13th Junior and Middle School Celebration Assemblies
Wednesday December 14th Student Leaders – Duty Awards
Thursday December 15th School Disco
Friday December 16th School Reports go home
Monday December 19th Year 6 Graduation Assembly
Tuesday December 20th Last Day – School Closes at 1pm


Stationary 2023 – As we are conscious of the increasing living expenses, we have sourced and obtained some donated stationery to supplement and reduce the cost of stationery packs for next year.


Stationery Pack

Year 1 New Students 


Year 1 Returning Students


Year 2


Middle school – Year 3 and Year 4


Senior school – Year 5 and Year 6



We have a lot of clothes and hats in the lost property – please check the lost property (next to the Learning Support Room) – unclaimed items will be washed and on sold in the new year.

Term Dates 2023

Term 1: Tue 7 Feb – Thu 6 Apr
Term 2: Mon 24 Apr – Fri 30 Jun
Term 3: Mon 17 Jul – Fri 22 Sep
Term 4: Mon 9 Oct – Wed 20 Dec

School Office Hours are as follows before school resumes:

  • Monday 23rd January – Wednesday 25th January 8.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 26th January – Friday 27th January 12.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 31st January – Friday 3rd February 9am – 12pm

The uniform shop will be open during the summer break on these dates: 

  • Monday, 23 January – Wednesday, 25 January 2023 – from 8:00am to 10:00am
  • Thursday, 26 January & Friday, 27 January 2023 2.00pm to 4:00pm





Hi Pakuranga Heights families!

My name is Gabriel Hernandez, and I am the head tennis coach at Koru tennis club. Our club is located only a 1 min drive or 10mins walk from your kids’ school.

Some of the children in Y1 and Y2 at your school had the chance to have some taster tennis sessions for the past 4 weeks and I hope they enjoyed their time with our senior coach Camila, who was in charge of running these, also with the help from the teachers of each class.

If you’re interested in having your child/ren signing up for weekly group coaching, our tennis club offers coaching for kids of all ages and levels (starting from 5 y/o up to competitive level and also adults!).

If you can’t wait until next term, and want your kids to do something during the school holidays, we’ll also be running a holiday program in December and January as well. For this we combine not just tennis but also a variety of sports throughout the morning (half days camps). See dates below.

Monday 19th to Thursday 22nd December

Monday 23rd to Friday 27th January

Feel free to flick me an email to inquire or sign-up for kid/s for any of our activities, either during the school holidays and/or term 1.


Gabriel Hernandez – Head Coach, Sunnyhills Tennis Club & Koru Tennis Club
0210 259 9086




Disco – Kindo pre sales can be purchased up until the end of day on December 14th.



The school run will be on December 8th. The PTA will be selling lemonade ice blocks at the end of the day for school pick up. We will have 3 stands by all the entrances. The ice blocks will be $2. Please bring some coins.

Volunteers needed to help man the stands. (Set up at 2:45pm finish at 3:15pm)

If you can help please email


Parent helpers, we need YOU! 

The PHS Term 4 disco will be taking place on Thursday 15th December. 

Junior School Disco

3.00pm – 4.15pm (pre-schoolers welcome)

Middle & Senior School Disco 

4.30pm – 6.00pm 

PTA staff have been working hard behind the scenes to make this an unforgettable one for the kids but we need your help to make it happen. 

Every little bit helps! We are looking for parents to help us with the following – 

  • Setup during school hours on disco day 
  • Selling food & drinks (Junior & Senior) 
  • Showing off your BBQ skills (Junior & Senior) 
  • Helping to tidy and pack up at the end 

If you think you might be able to help – even for half an hour – please email Ellen at

Many thanks in advance. 



Every school parent and donor who buys an Entertainment Membership through our school’s fundraising page from today to 6pm on Tuesday 29th November will get our Buy 1 Get 1 FREE offer.

You can gift the second membership to a friend for Christmas, or share it with your family, or simply redeem the offers on the Membership and keep double the savings for yourselves !





BOOK PARADE – Friday, 2nd December 2022

We are pleased to be able to celebrate reading with the return of the book parade on Friday 2nd December. We ask that children come dressed as their favourite book character. Parents, caregivers and extended family are welcome to come and watch.

The intention is to have a full school parade under the Cloud starting at 9:15am. Significant rain may require a change to this plan and any changes of schedule will be sent out via Signmee and Facebook in the morning if required.

Please assist your child in organising a book character costume for the parade. The class competition will be judged by the teachers who will be looking for creative and imaginative costumes. The idea is not to hire or buy new costumes rather be creative with whatever you have already or can create.






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