Newsletter 2024/07

Principal's Message

Kia ora koutou

Today’s newsletter contains information about:

  • Te reo night classes
  • Upcoming dates for your awareness
  • Netball Trials

I want to start with an extra reminder that school finishes early on Thursday next week so please note this on your calendar.  Our teachers have a paid union meeting on this day so PBS will close at 1pm on Thursday, 28 March.  The following day is Good Friday, so effectively we are starting the Easter break a little earlier.  The Easter break for all New Zealand schools is five days long – so we are closed Friday 29 March, Monday 1 April and Tuesday 2 April. 

On another note, how fantastic it is to see so many PBS mums showcased in the Womanhood Journal, released on International Women’s Day recently! Our school community has a lot to be proud of – and it all comes down to hard work, determination and a great growth mindset.  Thank you for inspiring us Vanessa Webb, Cherie Wood, Rebecca Casey and Karolina Stus.

Ngā mihi nui
Jess Ward
Principal – Tumuaki

P.S. We have sold 8000 Hot Cross buns in our senior camp fundraiser!  Thank you for your incredible support 🙂

Upcoming dates for your awareness:

  • Teacher’s Paid Union Meeting – school closes at 1pm on Thursday, 28 March
  • EASTER BREAK – school closed Friday, 29 March – Tuesday, 2 April.  Back to school Wednesday, 3 April
  • Friday, 5 April Fancy Feet and Wheels Day parade
  • Friday, 12 April – Last day of Term 2


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

Nothing makes me happier than sharing in great student work.  Ella, McKenna and Fergus filled my office with information about ‘Animal Classification’ yesterday and I was amazed with all the factual information they were able to share.  Awesome work kids!

Welcome to Our Recent New Students

Frankie – Rm 19 and Flint – Rm 25


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

Te Reo Māori Night Classes

We are delighted to let you know that Paraparaumu Beach School will be hosting Te Reo Māori night classes for adults again this year! These Kāuru Education evening classes were so popular last year, we can’t wait to start up again.

Even better news…this year we are offering three separate classes (Level 1, 2 and 3). Classes will take place on Wednesday nights at school (starting in Term 2) and each are limited to 30 people, so get in quick! 

Timing: Wednesdays at PBS from 6.30pm – 8.30pm  

Programme duration: 20 weeks (two hours each week)

To Register: Click on this link (Yes we are aware it says “Paraparaumu School” not “Paraparaumu Beach School” but this is the right form)

Registration closes 22 April.

Yr 7/8 Camp Fundraising 2025

Win a Double Family Pass to "Madagascar the Musical" - Last Days to Order

Be in to win a Double Family Pass for this live show at Wellington’s St James Theatre in the April School Holidays valued at $130.

Get your tickets now!  Raffle Tickets only $5 each available through Kindo; or outside the staffroom before and after school until Thursday, 21 March (cash sales only)

The raffle will be drawn this Friday, 22 March

Delivery of Delicious Dough Boys Hot Cross Buns

If you ordered hot cross buns, they are being delivered on Tuesday, 26 March.  (Please note this is a change to the original date due to overwhelming orders).  We will confirm the pick up time closer to the day.

Collection is only to be done by the person who put the order through KINDO please.

Using the @school App

I will regularly highlight a button on the @school app. This week it is

This button takes you to our school website. The website is the place to find information about PBS.

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.

This week you will find our Haka Kura (School Haka).  This Haka was gifted to us by Rangi Halbert who was at the time our Kapa Haka kaiako.

Te Maatui

Kaea:    Taringa whakarongo…Ka rite, ka rite,        Kia mau!
Katoa:   Hi
Kaea:    Kia whakata hoki au i ahau!
Katoa:   Hi, aue, ksss!
Kaea:    Kia whakarongo ake au ki te tangi a te manu nei, e te                     Matui
Katoa:   E te Matui, e te Matui
               Tuia i runga, tuia i raro
               Tuia i roto, tuia i waho
               Nuku-a-rangi, matutua ia raua kotahi
Kaea:    Torona titaha!
Katoa:   Titaha!
Kaea:    Tuia te here tangata
               Ka rongo te po, ka rongo te ao
Katoa:   Tuia te muka tangata
               takea mai i Hawaikinui, i Hawaikiroa, i Hawaiki                                   Paamamao
               Ki Te Hono-i-Wairua
               Ki te whai ao,
               ki te ao marama e
Kaea:    Tuia te ahurewa o matapono
Katoa:   Manakitia, Whangaihia, Whakaritehia
               Nau te rourou, naku te rourou
               Ka ora ai te iwi e
               Kss- ana – kss – ana – hii, aue, hi!

Kid's Quote

Young students looking at the Easter display in the office informed the office staff …

“The Easter Bunny has a husband you know…. or a wife.  Actually husbands can have husbands, and wifes can have wifes”.

Netball Trials

Year 7/8 players trials will take place at school on Tuesday, 19 March and Tuesday, 26 March from 3.15pm – 5.00pm. Please ensure that you wear the appropriate clothing and have a drink bottle. 

Year 5/6 players trials – forms to register for netball for this season will come home later this week.

Year 3/4 players trials – forms will also be coming home soon.

Also, please consider if you are able to coach or umpire any of our teams. Without coaches or umpires I cannot enter teams into the 2024 season.

Vicki Wilson

Te Motu Kāpiti Island Trips

A huge thank you to all parents for your support in getting our Te Motu students over to Kāpiti Island last week.  We had four extremely successful trips to the Island, learning heaps and creating memories on the way.

Thank you also to all of the parents who joined us and helped make this all possible.

Updating Student Records Form

Please send back any outstanding “Updating Student Records” forms to the office urgently.  These are required to make sure all your details are correct in case of emergency (whether or not there are any changes to be made).  Thank you.

Out of Zone Applications Second Half of 2024 - Applications Open

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 Year 0/1 student here in Terms 3 or 4 2024, please ask them to contact our school office asap.  Thank you.

“Out of Zone” applications for Terms 3 and 4 Yr 0/1 students will be advertised in the Kapiti Observer on Thursday, 28 March.

Applications close at 12 noon on Monday, 6 May.

Te ara o ngā whetū o Matariki - Follow the Stars of Matariki

Tuesday, 25 June 2024 (PPD: Wednesday, 26 June)

The PBS Whānau Rōpū is excited to announce that the organisation is underway to prepare for a fabulous evening. We’re excited to embark on a journey to explore Māori Tikanga as we follow the stars of Matariki.

To ensure a successful evening for our tamariki, we need your support, which may involve preparing kai, assisting at stations or helping with setup. Look out for a newsletter coming home soon with details and tasks. Your support is appreciated for a memorable evening for your tamariki.

We’re currently seeking sponsors and donations to support this event. In return for your support, we’ll acknowledge your business in our newsletter and on our Facebook page, reaching a wide audience in our community. If your business can assist, please contact Rae Bolton at, or Hillary Houston at

Class Photos - 26/27 March

As per the flyer below class photos/family photos/individual portraits will be taken on 26 & 27 March. 

  • You do not order/pay for your child’s portraits or class photos until after photoday
  • Family/sibling photo orders MUST be returned to the school office before photoday for photos to be taken

Sport/team photos will no longer be taken at school.

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

Fundraising with Entertainment

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Want to know the best part? Your purchase directly supports us as 20% of the proceeds will be donated directly to our cause to help us reach our fundraising goal.


Waitārere Forest Run

We invite you and your whānau to join the P.B.S Team and be part of the excitement at the Waitārere Forest Festival on Sunday, 14th April. This event is a fantastic opportunity for our community to come together, walk or run alongside our tamariki. 

Registering under the PBS Team will receive a 20% entry discount.

For more information about this event, visit You can then register and join the PBS Team using the password PBSTEAM.

If you have any questions, please contact Hillary Houston at

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