Newsletter 2022/09

Principal's Message

Kia ora koutou

As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, we want to make a greater acknowledgement of all the cultures that make up our school community.   One of the things we wish to create is multicultural signage at the Gray Avenue entrance to our school .  We would love to hear your ideas for what these welcome messages should say.   

Last week I was sent messages in Afrikaans and Slovak -thank you!  Keep the ideas coming, as I know we have students from many other cultural backgrounds at PBS. If your child or family identifies with a cultural background from another country or ethnicity please give us ideas, in your own language, for the welcome messages we could display.  Follow this Google link to send us your thoughts. 

Thanks in advance for your valued input.


Sharing good news spreads positivity, changes attitudes and ultimately leads to more people feeling encouraged and happy

Our Movin’ March celebration on Friday was fantastic!   We had a range of Sport Stars costumes and lots of Fruit and Vegetable characters roaming the school.  It was a fun way to acknowledge the effort everyone has put in to get to school by foot, bike, skateboard and scooter.  I hope that this month has shown our kids how fun and beneficial it is to travel to school in  ways other than by car.  

Thank you to our Sports Ambassadors and Caty Spencer for organising this entire event! 

Kind regards
Jess Ward
Tumuaki ~ Principal

REMINDER: Term 1 finishes on Thursday, 14 April (at 3pm), this is because Friday, 15 April is part of Easter (Good Friday). Term 2 starts back on Monday, 2 May.

Welcome to Our Recent New Students

There were no new students this week.

Advertise in our Community Directory

Have you checked out our community directory yet?  PBS has launched an online community directory for the Kapiti Coast.

In the directory is an online user-maintained list of businesses, events and opportunities in the Kapiti area including job advertisements.

To view the new community directory click here and for instructions on how to advertise, please click here

Covid Update

As announced by the Government yesterday, we are remaining at the RED traffic light setting for now.  Come Term 2 we are hoping we have moved to Orange – but we will wait and see.  At Paraparaumu Beach School, case numbers have been lower in the last fortnight in comparison to the fortnight prior.  Thankfully, very low numbers of our staff have been sick with the virus themselves,  however, quite a few have been required to isolate due to a case in their household.  

Some of you will have noticed that your child’s class has had a reliever for a week or more, and I appreciate that parents are not making a fuss about this and being respectful of the teacher’s personal health and circumstances.  The reality is, that like tens of thousands of Kiwis, school staff are requiring time off from work due to the pandemic too. 

With some recent restrictions eased we have made plans for Term 2 to go back to holding syndicate assemblies (in the hall), whole school assemblies (outdoors – weather permitting), Kapa Haka and Buddy Class activities.   We will also go back to the full school having morning tea at the same time of 10.30am, but we’ve decided to retain the split lunchtimes as the majority of students are enjoying the less crowded playground.  

Thank you all again for your support and understanding – it means a lot to my staff and me to have you all on our PBS Team!

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.

‘Hia’ as a prefix expresses a need or want e.g.
Hiakai = hungry
Hiawai = thirsty
Hiamoe = tired
Kei te hiakai koe? Are you hungry?
Āe, kei te hiakai au. Yes, I am hungry.

Spotlight News

What is in the App?

 Here you can check attendance and notify the office of an absence. 

Kid's Quote

Kindness is paramount in this world, which is why I believe it’s important to acknowledge our students who show genuine care and concern for others.  Kindness adds such a wonderful air of positivity and one act of kindness, witnessed by others, can lead to a spread of compassion.

Last week a Year 5-6 student was overheard verbally comforting a junior student in our medical room.  As the older student left, he turned and said “Get better soon bud!” In doing so, he made that younger child feel so much better, and without realizing it,  he also brought a smile to all the staff in hearing distance.

School Enrolment Scheme - Terms 3 & 4 New Entrant 5 Year Olds

If you have any children due to start school soon that you have not let us know about, or if you have friends or neighbours who don’t currently have a child at PBS, but may be hoping to enrol a new entrant child here in Terms 3 or 4, please ask them to contact our school office asap.  Thank you.

‘Out of Zone’ applications for Terms 3 and 4 new entrants will be advertised in the Kapiti Observer on Thursday, 12 May.

The Zones of Regulation

Our learning around The Zones of Regulation continues. The Zones of Regulation help students to gain skills in regulating their emotions. The Junior teams have covered a variety of activities that look to identify feelings, understand triggers and contexts, what each zone looks like, feels like and sounds like. Next, the tools for moving us back to the Green Zone, which allows for optimal learning, will be explored.

To start Term 2, the Years 5-8 teachers will be taking part in a workshop with the Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour (RTLBs) to support them on their journey with the Zones of Regulation. This will enable the approach to be implemented school wide and provides a shared language for our tamariki.

Hockey Registrations

Registrations are coming out this week.  If your child has not signed up at school and would like to play school hockey, please email Caty Spencer at

Lost Property

Lost property will be on display on fine days by the netball courts until end of term. Anything unnamed or unclaimed will be sent to the Koha shed.  Otherwise please check in the lost property room.

Recent Student Achievements

Congratulations to the following students who gained places on the podium for Paraparaumu Track and Field Club:

1st – May Newlove
2nd – Hayley Kirton
3rd – Aglika Angelova and Lara Thomson

Wow, way to dominate PBS ! 

Future Student Achievements

If your child has an achievement you would like us to share in our newsletter, then please send details (and a picture if you would like) to

Claim Your School Donation Tax Rebates in myKindo This year

When you make your school donations to Paraparaumu Beach School in myKindo for 2022, you’ll see the option to opt-in to Supergenerous when you pay.

Kindo and Supergenerous work together to lodge your donation rebate claim with the IRD. They do all the hard work for you and give you the option to re-gift your 33% tax rebate to our school as a new donation. It’s an awesome way to make your donation go further.

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