Newsletter 2023/21

Acting Principal's Message

Kia ora koutou,

Today’s newsletter is packed with useful information for our whānau, with a few highlights being

  • Free FIFA World Cup tickets available – Sweden vs Italy, Saturday July 29
  • Little Heart Day fundraiser this Friday
  • Netsafety week – ways to help our young people be safe online

Wow, what a start our Football Ferns made to their World Cup campaign! Last week our Student Councillors, along with the help of Mrs Houston and Mr Parr, did a live draw to see what country each class will support and represent as our school follows the international event. This week students will get the opportunity to predict match results or answer key questions to earn points for their Whānau Groups. 

Along with the help of a PBS parent, we had over 100 free tickets to give away to PBS students and their whānau for this Saturday’s match between Sweden and Italy (29 July, 7:30pm kick off in Wellington). The response we got from our Skool Loop notification on Sunday was great and envelopes will be sent home today (so check your child’s bag). There are now only 30 tickets left. Please contact the school office if you would like to take your child/ren to the match.

July 24-30 marks Netsafety Week. Netsafe New Zealand have a number of free insightful webinars that parents can register for. One that may be of particular interest is presented by Tik Tok and will share the tools that are available to put you in control. They will cover topics like Family Pairing, managing comments in a way that work for you, how to report content and share the tools that are available to protect younger users. ‘Dummy’ phones are also becoming a more popular option for parents. Read more in our Digi Tech section of the newsletter regarding the benefits of adopting a ‘dummy’ phone as opposed to a ‘smart’ one.

Our Administration refurbishment is coming along and we hope to be able to move back into this space in the next few weeks. The next refurbishment project will be Rooms 28 & 29.

And finally, our Little Heart Day Fundraiser will be held this Friday. Our Student Councillors will be grateful for any donations towards this charity fundraiser.

Noho ora mai rā, nā
Sarah Chambers
Acting Principal

Upcoming dates for your calendar:

  • Friday, 28 July- Little Heart Day Fundraiser by the Student Council, Te Motu at Technology Centre instead of Thursday this week
  • Wednesday, 2 August Storylines National Story Tour – Te Moana (Year 5 & 6)
  • Tuesday, 15 & Wednesday 16 August- Tātahi Class photos & Portraits (Year 1-2, Rm 16), sports teams and extra curricular groups
  • Monday, 21 August –  Tātahi Little Dog Barking Show
  • Tuesday, 29 August –  Senior Winter Tournament 9am – 3pm, Epro8 Internal Event Year 5 & 6 
  • Wednesday, 30 August – Epro8 Internal Event Year 7 & 8


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

Ka rawe Blake, Dante and Kade who have been working with Mr Trask to repair an antique pedal cart gifted to the school by Melissa Chrystal. The boys disassembled the cart, did repair work, sanded back the wood, reassembled and painted the cart. The pedal cart will be a great resource for our high needs students.

Welcome to Our Recent New Students

Makenzie – Rm 16
Ethan – Rm 24

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

Property Damage

Unfortunately we’ve been experiencing some vandalism along our Martin Road entrance. Our beautiful greeting panels that students worked hard on, with the guidance of Mrs Franks, have been ripped off the fence. This has been so disheartening to see. Please get in touch if you know anything about this.

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.

Asking questions:

Aha – what?
When you ask a ‘what’ question you use the kupu ‘aha’

Kei te aha koe? (What are you doing?)
Kei te panui ahau (I am reading)

Kua aha koe i tēnei ra? (What have you done today?)
Kua tuhituhi au i ngā reta e toru (I have written three letters)

Ka haere koe ki te taone ki te aha? (What did you go to town to do?)
Ka haere au ki te taone ki te hoko hū (I went to town to buy some shoes)

From the Student Council - Little Heart Day

This Friday we’re holding a fundraiser for the Little Heart Day Charity, which supports children with heart conditions. Every year, 600 families living in Aotearoa NZ are told their child has a heart condition. Some of our friends right here at PBS have heart conditions, so it would be awesome if we could show our support. On this day we’re asking everyone to wear their Whānau Colours so that we can create a massive whole school heart. We’re also holding a Junior lunchtime Disco for Tātahi tamariki. The $5 entry includes chippies, ice blocks, music and face painting!

Digi Tech Corner

A number of health professionals and tech experts recommend delaying children’s access to smartphones for as long as possible due to the following concerns; children forming a digital dependency, the link between increased screen time and behavioural issues, viewing inappropriate online content, impact on socialisation skills, cyber bullying and exposure to blue light before bed time. 

Many parents are now adopting ‘dummy’ phones instead of ‘smart’ phones as these provide their child with the ability to ring or text when needed, which tends to be the predominant purpose for why a parent might provide a phone for their child in the first place. Dummy phones don’t have the capacity to connect to the internet and so eliminate the issues that can arise from having access to it. For further related reading see below.

The PTA Presents Rock'n Bingo!

Limited tickets available – book yours now on Kindo!



Midweek Munchies

Yr 5-8 Spelling Bee

Recent Student Achievements

Our Students Shine as FIFA Women’s World Cup Player Escorts:  PBS students Solomon, Hosheia and Mahālia Bolton-Smithson and Lilly James, were chosen as official player escorts for the FIFA Women’s World Cup at the Westpac Stadium.  Player escorts get to walk with the teams onto the field and join in singing the national anthems with players and fans. Solomon had the special honour of being the flag bearer for Spain. 

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

AIMS Games Pie Fundraiser

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