Newsletter 2021/23

Principal's Message

Kia Ora parent and whānau

One thing our school community is rich in is KINDNESS. It’s something we work hard to promote amongst our students. When we know someone is in need we try to give some additional support because not everyone’s circumstances are the same. We do our best as a school to ensure every child has equal opportunities regardless of finance or personal circumstance. Our PBS AROHA fund was set up to enable our whole community to offer support to such families.

The PBS AROHA fund enables anyone in our school community, including businesses, to donate money to help those in our school community who find it hard to make ends meet. This means PBS kids can cover trip costs, camp fees, sport fees, stationery, clothing. It also means that we can provide lunches when kids don’t have any.

If you would like to contribute to this fund you can find it in KINDO labelled PBS AROHA. You can contribute $5, $10 or $20 at any time during the year. If a local business wants to make a contribution they can contact Libby on

Please talk to the office or to me, if you would like to know more about our PBS AROHA fund. All discussions will be confidential.

Giving a little means a lot!

Ngā mihi,
Jess Ward – Tumuaki ~ Principal

NB: Don’t forget our early finish time of 2pm tomorrow (Wed, 4 Aug) for Parent Interviews.

Welcome to Our Recent New Students

Olli – Rm 3
Loche – Rm 10
Alayah – Rm 24
Ivy – Rm 24
Noah – Rm 24
Kush – Rm 24 

School Interviews Tomorrow (Wednesday)

Parent-Teacher interviews will take place tomorrow – Wednesday, 4 August. School will close at 2pm on this day to enable interviews to take place from 2.20pm. If you think it would be helpful, you are welcome to bring your child into the interview too. If not, then the school library will be open for the supervision of children.

Please click here to book your interview now. (The booking code is zy6yh).  Bookings will close at 9am on the day.


Community Directory on Our Website!

Our school community is a huge asset. We want to highlight the incredible work done in the area and support local businesses to thrive. So PBS has launched an online community directory for the Kapiti Coast!  It’s in its early stages with some early adopters already on board.  It’s an affordable way of sharing your business – big, small or an “at home” venture/product/service.  

The Paraparaumu Beach School Community Directory is an online, user-maintained list of businesses, events, and opportunities in the Kapiti area. The site gives local businesses the opportunity to support PBS while promoting themselves and improving their search engine visibility. This replaces our community notices sections in our newsletters. 

To find out more about the new community directory, please click here

Were Your Ears Burning?

Staff Gratitude Section

We love creativity and innovation at PBS – which is why I want to acknowledge David Parr for a current project he has launched.  David is a busy teacher at PBS who is responsible for covering teacher-release this year.  This term David has undertaken to set up a PBS TV project.  We’ll give you some more details about this in the coming weeks, but for now I wanted to applaud him for setting this project in motion.  

Watch this channel…I mean!

Kid's Quote

“I got nosed” (bumped in the nose)

Playground Update

If you’ve walked past the school office you will have noticed that the small adventure playground was removed as planned over the term break.  Unfortunately, the company installing the new one told us a few days before the end of term 2 that there was a delay in their scheduling.  Therefore, we now have to wait until September to have the new structure installed.  Whilst this is not ideal, we will practise patience and optimism – knowing that good things take time. 

Using Māori Language at Home

It’s important for all Kiwi to learn te reo.  Each week our newsletter will include phrases that you might like to try out at your place.  After all, it will take the whole nation to keep this unique language alive. 

Stop – Taihoa

Look – Titiro

Listen – Whakarongo

Growth Mindset - Why It's Important to Teach GM to Our Students

Consider a moment in time when you failed at something.  You probably recovered and moved on with new determination; if so that’s because you had a growth mindset.  Failing at something doesn’t mean you are a failure for life.  Those with a growth mindset can work through that event and try again. However, those with a fixed mindset will find it harder to shake off and forge forward, because if you believe that you’re a failure, why persist.

Here’s an interesting illustration of this:

“In one study, seventh graders (12-13 year olds) told us how they would respond to an academic failure – a poor test grade in a new course.  Those with a growth mindset, no big surprise, said they would study harder for the next test.  But those with the fixed mindset said they would study less for the next test.  If you don’t have the ability, why waste your time?  And they said, they would seriously consider cheating!  If you don’t have the ability, they thought, you just have to look for another way.”

Excerpt from “Mindset” by Dr Carol S Dweck

Rm 3, 4 & 29's Rescheduled Trip to Te Papa

Rm 3, 4 & 29’s trip to Te Papa has been rescheduled to Tuesday, 10 August – Week 3. Ginny Hawke (Rm 3 teacher) has emailed you a Google Form to complete if you are able to come as a parent helper.

The classes will be leaving school at 8.40am so please ensure that your child is at school no later than 8.30am on the 10th to have the roll taken and has a warm jacket, drink bottle, packed lunch and suitable footwear.

Thank you.

Student Council Wellbeing Awareness Day & Charity Fundraiser - This Friday

The PBS Student Council are holding a Wellbeing Awareness Day and Charity Fundraiser for KYS this Friday, August 6. Please bring a gold coin donation to support this cause.

Midweek Munchies

Midweek munchies is on again tomorrow.  Bring your coins to buy a treat for morning tea and support Te Moana Camp fundraising.

Te Moana Sausage Sizzle - Friday, 13 August - Camp Fundraiser

There’s no need to pack a lunch next Friday, 13 August because you can buy a sausage or two instead!! Help Te Moana to fundraise for their camp in Term 4.

$2.00 BBQ Sausages
$3.00 Chicken Sausages
$3.00 Gluten Free Sausages

All come with or without onions and sauce. Payment via Kindo only.

Te Moana Camp Fundraiser – Ecostore Soaps

Year 5 & 6 Students are selling Ecostore soaps to fundraise for camp.  All profit made by your child will reduce their camp fees.

All forms and money to be returned to the office by Friday, 13 August please.

NB: These are selling really well and we will be re-ordering this week.  If you have sold your soaps, please return your form and money asap.

Access to Free Period Products

PBS has signed up to the new government initiative that aims to provide free period products to students in schools in New Zealand.  Periods are a fact of life for half the population.  Despite this, young people don’t always have access to the products they need; this in turn can affect students’ attendance and engagement at school.  Students also miss out on sporting and cultural activities and can feel embarrassed and ashamed about not being supported to manage their periods.  This affects their achievement and wellbeing.

We have ordered and received a supply of products.  This will be available for students to access discreetly at our school.  Students will be informed of where the products are kept.

If you have any questions in regards  to this scheme, please contact

Lost Property

Lost property will be on display on Wednesday until 4.15pm at the netball courts.  Please take the opportunity to walk past and check for any missing items. Anything unnamed or unclaimed by the end of the week will be donated to the Koha shed.


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