Newsletter 2022/33

Principal's Message


Greetings to you in Arabic!  We have a small number of children from Arabic nations at PBS, which again adds to the cultural diversity of our school.  Arabic is the official language in 22 countries, so it’s not surprising that over 300 million people speak this language.  You may be interested to discover that there are a large number of Arabic words that English speakers use everyday including; coffee, cotton, lemon, jar, guitar, sugar, magazine and sofa. I wonder how many more your kids could discover?

At this time every year, I look around the playground at our Year 8s and I hold many hopes for all that is ahead of them.  Having had 25+ years watching kids go off to college and then following their journeys into tertiary and the workplace, one thing is clear –  who you surround yourself with matters. 

Studies show that who we surround ourselves with impacts us and our decision making profoundly. It is important at any age or stage of life, but even more so through the teenage years when children are experiencing puberty and are easily influenced by their peers.  Navigating those teenage years can be an exciting but complex time – so a healthy social circle matters.  

Whatever age your child is, their friendships will help shape the way your child thinks, feels and acts.  How your child copes with new situations, challenges and decision making can be impacted by their friendship group. Good friends are those who uplift us, support our goals and dreams, encourage us and ultimately make us feel positive, in good times and bad. 

So, how do you ensure a healthy social circle?  

  • encourage those friendships you believe to be positive ones
  • make time for them to socialise with those friends
  • help your child to be a good friend – discuss ‘what makes a good friend’
  • praise your child’s positive friendship skills 
  • keep talking with your child about their experiences


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

Year 8 student, Ryan, and his teacher Aide, Melissa have been busy creating this wonderful Apple Artwork.  It took time to collect all the plastic bottle tops, before the lengthy process of glueing each individual item onto wood.  This artwork is such fun – everyone simply loves it!  In the coming days you will be able to see it on the wall outside our office.  Great work Ryan!

Mae alsalama,
Jess Ward
Tumuaki ~ Principal

Welcome to Our Recent New Students

There were no new students this week

Paid Union Meeting - School Closing Early on Tuesday, 22 November

We have recently been alerted to a Teacher’s paid union meeting on Tuesday, 22 November.  As all our teachers will be attending this 2pm meeting we will need to close the school at 1.30pm on this day.  This meeting is still 4 weeks away, but I wanted to give you all as much notice as possible, so that you can make alternative child care arrangements for the afternoon.  

If you find yourself stuck for child care I will be remaining at school with a handful of support staff so we will be able to accommodate a small number of kids.  Just let the office know if your child falls into this category.

PBS Outstanding Achiever Award - Awards Closing This Week

The Paraparaumu Beach School Board is seeking nominations for this year’s Outstanding Achiever Award. 

The purpose of this award is to acknowledge students who have achieved at a very high level, and to promote these students as role models throughout our school community in a manner that reflects and incorporates our school CREST values. We encourage nominations from Years 4-8 students.

This award is made annually to students who attend the school and who during the previous 12 months have made an outstanding contribution (in-school or out-of-school) in areas of academic, cultural, sports, community service or other activities. Paraparaumu Beach School Board is keen to promote high achievement in a positive manner. 

Please click the link OAA 2022 to upload the nomination form and further supporting information on this award.  Nominations close this Friday, 4 November.

Kid's Quote

I  love positive enthusiasm in children … a senior student was heard calling out “I can handle the jandal!”

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.

The following phrases might be handy to add to your kete of knowledge with the arrival of warmer weather:

Let’s go to the beach/river.  Kia haere tātou ki tātahi  (beach).  Kia haere tātou ki te awa (river).

Want to go for a swim?  Kei te hia kaukau koe?

Book Week

Thank you to everybody who supported the Scholastic Book Fair last week.  It was very successful and the school will benefit from the rewards earned.

Te Motu Camp 2023

Just a reminder that the expressions of interest for being a camp parent in 2023 for current Yr 6/7 students are due back to Cath Franks in Rm 14 by 25 November.

If you do not have a form, please email Cath on and she will get one to you asap.

Have-a-Go Tennis

Last Wednesday Rm 1, 2, 28 & 29 participated in an awesome ‘Have-A-Go’ Tennis skills day run by members of the Paraparaumu Tennis Club. This was great exposure to a new sport for many students and lots of fun and exercise for all!

Many thanks to the club for running such a well-organised and fun day. If your child is interested in playing tennis you can check out further details on the club’s website.

Te Moana Syndicate Pataka Museum Trip

Last week Te Moana syndicate took it in turns to head to Porirua to visit Pataka museum and to play a spot of golf.

At Pataka, students were able to explore family life as it was a century ago through a range of hands-on activities. This was a neat experience which tied in nicely with our current inquiry into ‘Technology’.

Many thanks to all of our parent helpers.

Yummy Stickers

Thanks to everyone who collected and sent in yummy stickers. These converted to $482 which we have used to purchase some cool new sports equipment!

Mid-Week Munchies

Yummy, scrummy mid-week munchies is on this Wednesday.  Get yourself a morning tea treat from 50c – $2 each.

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

Have You Checked Out Our Community Notices Directory?

Do you need to advertise your business, an upcoming event, need child care,  or looking for a gift or new club to join?  Check out the PBS Community Directory on our website

Below is an example of what you will find in the Building section:

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