2021 Student News

Diorama Projects

Students in Room 4 started creative diorama projects in lockdown and have completed these this term. Here are a few inspiring examples from Keely, Isabelle, Josh and Charlie


PBS Swishes

Congratulations to PBS Swishes who made it through to the Interschool Basketball girls final and came second in the grade. By all accounts it was a great game, however, Kapakapanui came away with the win.  I have a feeling that 2022 will be your year girls, so keep up the excellent game play!

PBS Swishes

Thanks to Our Helpers

Family members and staff helped move heavy rolls of turf ready for collection
Kids, staff and parents clean our local beach and estuary


Congratulations to Mason Pulepule who was asked to trial for the HHA U13 Boys team to compete in the U13 Lower North Island Festival. He was selected for the top squad and they competed well and finished unbeaten over the 4 day event.  Mason has now been awarded MVP for his U13 HHA Team. Well done!

Mason Pulepule (left)

Thanks to Our Gardening Volunteers

Many thanks to our hard working gardening volunteers who helped tidy up the school frontage gardens recently! A very big thank you also to Gus and Glenys Evans for their generous support in plants.

Kerry, Mr Trask, Shaun, Joan and Nicki
Mr Trask, Marcin, Max, Ethan, Thomas, Zac and Leo


David Parr has set this group of students up to work independently every morning to broadcast the daily messages to classrooms. Classes tune into the TV station at 9.05am for the daily news and weather, there are also advertisements included. Of course this is only the beginning of what we hope this group will achieve in the future. We hope that in 2022 we’ll be able to share more of this with a wider audience. Thanks for bringing the joy team!

The crew prepped for the morning's broadcast

Visit from HUHA Co-Founder

Recently Student Councillor Phoebe organised for Carolyn Press-McKenzie, Co-Founder of HUHA, to speak to the students of Te Moana. HUHA, which stands for Helping U Help Animals, is a charity that teaches empathy to the community and provides shelter for less fortunate animals. Carolyn brought a puppy named Olive with her to explain her life journey and how we can give animals a good life. The students had a lot of patai (questions) for Carolyn!

HUHA Co-Founder giving her speech to students

New Junior Playground

Children are buzzing with excitement over the new junior playground near the office. It’s been so great for the students to have had input into the playground design and watch it’s construction first hand!

Students trying out the new junior playground

Mayoral Visit

Recently our senior school had a visit from Mayor Gurunathan of the Kapiti Coast District Council. Jack, one of our councillors, invited the Mayor to share his life story and some wisdom that might inspire others.

Mayor Gurunathan with Jack & Boston


Lewis Chandler and Sam Scriven were selected for Kapiti Basketball U13 Representative teams for 2021. Although the main BBNZ tournament was once again cancelled due to Covid restrictions, the Kapiti teams were able to play in a number of smaller regional tournaments over the last 5 weeks and were very successful, winning against top rep teams from Wellington, Hutt Valley, Porirua and Levin.  An awesome achievement for the boys!

Kapiti Basketball U13 Rep Team

Inter-Regional Cross Country

Congratulations to PBS student Mia Thomson, who today won the Inter Regional Cross Country final for Year 5 girls. Mia not only won an individual gold, but was part of the Wellington team to win a team gold. We are all very proud of you. Ka rawe!

Mia Thomson

Acers Netball Final

The team had a really tough final for the plate on Saturday and came together to support each other and seal a well desired win. They should all be proud of the growth and progress they have made since coming together in April for their first round of games!

Acers Netball Team

Kiwi Competitions

Every year PBS enters students into the University of Canterbury’s “Kiwi Competitions” for English, Mathematics and Science. A number of students achieved merits for their efforts and seven PBS kids received EXCELLENCE awards! Congratulations to Chester Jackson and Cuinn Walmsley who achieved excellence in Mathematics; Isobel Chisholm and Monty Parr for excellence in English; and to Callum Rice, Monty Parr and Benjamin Ross for excellence in Science. We are so proud of you all!

Chester & Cuinn
Callum, Monty & Benjamin
Isobel & Monty

Senior Speech Cup

This year’s winner was the highly talented Isobel Chisholm with her speech on “English”. This is the fourth year in a row that Isobel has won one of our Speech competitions, having won the Year 5-6 Speech Cup in 2018 and 2019, and the Year 7-8 Speech Cup in 2020. Phenomenal work Isobel!

Isobel Chisholm

Wellbeing Awareness Day

Eva, Vienna and Chester got to meet some of the Kapiti Youth Support (KYS) team and explained about the KYS fundraiser they had organised, and the support they received from the PBS community for their Wellbeing Awareness Day.  KYS were very impressed and grateful for the money raised!

Vienna, Eva &Chester with the KYS Team

Gardening Bee

Thanks to our “Green Thumb” kids – Ethan, Max, Jack, Emily, Amy, Callum, Josh and Shaun, and adult helpers – John Trask, Zoe Pearson and Nikki Bradley for their gardening bee recently. The garden beds around the hall are looking so refreshed and tidy as a result of your mahi!

Green Thumb Kids & Adult Helpers
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