Newsletter 2023/06

Principal's Message

Kia Ora koutou

I hope you are all well.

I’m delighted to let you know that Cherie and David Parker welcomed a darling little girl into the world last week!  Welcome Olive, we can’t wait to meet you and get you enrolled at PBS 🙂 


In anticipation of the Principals and Teachers strike this Thursday, I’d like to thank our parent community.  School staff know strike action puts you out, which does not rest easy with us. Strike action is often a last resort to make the powers that be actively listen to concerns.

Unfortunately, the general public sometimes scoffs at teachers and principals because of the term breaks we get, but in reality we attend courses and meetings, undertake professional reading, organise planning and resources, create lessons, set up classroom displays and analyse student achievements during term breaks. Burnout in our profession is high, so yes, we also use this time to re-energise too. 

If you’ve ever managed 30 children, 6 hours a day, five days a week on your own then you’ll have some idea of the physical, social and emotional demands. Then if you load planning, meetings, assessments, parental correspondence, training, event planning, reporting, camps, trips, covid-management, health and safety on top of that and your understanding will develop further.

So THANK YOU for supporting me and my teachers this Thursday by making other child care arrangements for your kids.  We certainly appreciate your support!

Dates to remember:

  • Fri, 31 March – School Fun Run and evening School Picnic.  17 sleeps until this AMAZING EVENT; we would love to see the biggest community turnout ever!


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

The students of Rooms 7 , 8 and 15 look like they are having an amazing time at camp down South. The beach at Kaiteretere certainly looks perfect for kayaking and sail boarding! I’m sure the camp staff are keeping all the kids well fed too. 

Have a great week everyone,
Jess Ward
Principal ~ Tumuaki

Welcome to Our Recent New Students

There were no new students this week

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

SKOOL LOOP - Not Getting Notifications?

At PBS we do our very best to communicate school news and events to parents and caregivers.  As parents and caregivers it is your responsibility to stay informed by checking and reading these communications.  

Unfortunately, we still have some parents tell us that they did not know about events. In Skool Loop it is very easy to set up notifications so you never miss a notice – if you haven’t done this yet, perhaps take 2 minutes today to set this up. Thank you

Kid's Quote

When speaking with 9 and 10 year olds about gratitude, one student said “I’m grateful for being genetically talented at rugby.”

I love that confidence – kia kaha e tama!

Magician - Be Bright, Eat Right! 

PBS kids loved the magic show last week.  The magician used tricks, fun and good humour to teach kids about healthy eating. This show focused on the benefits of a healthy, nutritious and balanced diet.

Using Māori Language at Home

Learning another language provides many benefits including greater academic achievement, greater cognitive development, and more positive attitudes towards other languages and cultures. So, let’s give it a go and help to revitalise this unique language to Aotearoa for our tamariki. Each week our newsletter will include words or phrases that you might like to try out at your kāinga/home.  

Hoko = buy

Ka hoko ia i te inu.   She will buy the drink.

I haere au ki ngā toa hoko kai ai.   I went to the shops to buy food.

Source: Kupu o te rā

Parking Around the School

This is a reminder about the need to park considerately around our school boundary to enable our school neighbours to come and go as they need.

I received the photo below from a neighbour who was trying to get into their driveway yesterday after school (sometime between 3.00 – 3.15pm). They were returning from an appointment at Wellington Hospital and as you would understand this was the last thing they were needing.


The netball season is fast approaching and once again we are finding we do not have the coaches we are needing for the teams we wish to enter the competition. At this stage, we  desperately need coaches for our Year 7 – Year 8 teams.

If you are able to do this or know of someone who can help,  please contact me at school.

Vicki Wilson

Wellington Athletics Championships

Congratulations to all our P.B.S. athletes who are competing in the annual Wellington Championships.  Over the first day of this event, we had some outstanding results from the following students:

Grade 11 Girls

  • Mia Thomson: 1st in 800m
  • Phoebe Corin: 1st in discus
  • Holly McCullagh: 2nd in the high jump
  • Mixed Medley Relay: 3rd for Mia Thomson and Holly McCullagh

Grade 9 Girls

  • Lucie Thomson: 1st in discus
  • Ceejay Kraus: 3rd in the discus
  • Ceejay Kraus:  Girls 4x100m relay

Grade 8 Girls

  • Frankie Houston-Manuel: 2nd in 60m, 3rd in 200m, 3rd overall for the 22 – 23 season
  • Frankie Houston-Manuel, Aglika Angelova, Hayley Kirton and May Newlove:  Girls 4x100m relay

Wow – what fantastic news for PBS! Good luck with your final events next week.

Mason Durieś Model of Wellbeing

Rooms 3 and 4 have been learning about Mason Durieś Model of Wellbeing, Te Whare Tapa Whā. The model describes health and wellbeing as a wharenui/meeting house with four walls.

These walls represent taha wairua/spiritual wellbeing, taha hinengaro/mental and emotional wellbeing, taha tinana/physical wellbeing and taha whānau/family and social wellbeing. Our connection with the whenua/land forms the foundation.

When all these things are in balance, we thrive. When one or more of these is out of balance our wellbeing is impacted.
Together we created a collaborative whare, doesn’t it look great!

School Enrolment Scheme - Terms 3 & 4 Out of Zone Application Process

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 will be advertised in the Kapiti Observer on Thursday, 11 May.

Student Leave Forms

Please make sure to complete a Student Leave Form if you know in advance that you will be taking your child out of school for reasons other than sickness/appointments.  Student Leave Forms can be completed on the school website here are available at the office.

Unfortunately we recently had a glitch in the system where some forms were not received, however, this has now been fixed.

URGENT - Student Update Forms

Thank you to those people who have returned their student update forms.  If you have not already done so, please check and return your forms to the office as soon as possible.

It is very important that we have the correct contacts in case of an emergency.

Thank you.

Recent Student Achievements

Sailing:  Congratulations to Amy Summers who represented PBS at the Wellington School’s Regatta in the Optimist fleet.  Amy completed all four races and came 2nd overall out of a fleet of 10.

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

Win a Lego Creator 3-in-1 White Rabbit

Order ezlunch for delivery from Monday, 27 March to Thursday, 6 April and go in the draw to WIN a Lego Creator 3-in-1 White Rabbit. The winner will be drawn on Thursday, 6 April 2023 and be notified by phone and/or email. Every lunch order gets another chance to win. Go to to start ordering.

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