Student News

Student News November

Awesome Student Work

Recently I have enjoyed seeing lots of incredible student work, including the inquiry projects in Room 21, Jack’s “Jolly Roger” pirate – hand stitched with love and effort, and some creative Blossom Artwork by Room 4.  All of these efforts remind me how cool it is to be a kid!

Tennis Excitement - Year 5 & 6 Students Shine at Have-A-Go Interschool Event

Last Wednesday, 52 students from the Te Moana Syndicate participated in the Have-A-Go Tennis Interschool event, hosted by the Kapiti Council and the Paraparaumu Tennis Club. 

The event was filled with exciting activities that helped our students learn the essential skills to play tennis. They were guided by dedicated volunteers from the Paraparaumu Tennis Club, who made the learning experience both educational and fun.

Congratulations to Angus, Sophia, Lucie, Olive, Cash, Phoenix and Aki who were nominated by the volunteers as students who stood out as shining examples of sportsmanship.

Te Moana Syndicate Athletic Day

Over the past five weeks, Te Moana Syndicate has been preparing for our annual athletic event. Last Monday, they gave it their all, showcasing sportsmanship and determination that impressed us all. Congratulations to every student who participated and gave their best; your efforts were commendable.

Congratulations to:

Year 5 Girls: 1st Ceejay Kraus, 2nd Lucie Thomson, 3rd Jermayne Inoke, 4th equal Sophie Tee and Frankie Houston-Manuel

Year 5 Boys: 1st Jackson Grant, 2nd equal Jake Sales and Ryan Carter, 3rd Campbell Stratford, 4th Ty Gardiner

Year 6 Girls: 1st Eden Kavakura, 2nd Zoe Gee, 3rd Sophie Stevens, 4th equal Kaya O’Brien and Alyssa Hudson

Year 6 Boys: 1st Phoenix Tee, 2nd Zavier Gardiner, 3rd Francis Forsyth, 4th equal Leo Holloway and Noah Hunt

Senior Production

“NZ’s Top Survivor Island” was clever, entertaining, informative and hilarious.  Congratulations to all involved – there were definitely stars on the stage, in the band and behind the scenes. From the art work and props to the additional video segments – every Te Motu staff member and  student played a part in this success.  Special mention must go to Colin Siversen – Script Writer and Teresa Robertson – Director.


Playground Painting

This week the Student Council added some playground painting for Tātahi Syndicate. Here’s some photos of them doing the mahi. Thank you Mr Trask for helping us to do this!

Scholastic Book Fair

Thank you to all families who supported our Scholastic Book Fair at PBS last week.  It sounds like we have earned around 1400 points to buy more books for our own library.  Kids also loved the visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog who was another well-behaved doggo on school grounds.  Thanks to Kathryn Siversen for organising this fundraising event for PBS and helping to spread the love of literacy.

Instrumental Session

E-Pro8 Challenge

Last week, teams selected from Year 5-8 students enjoyed participating in the EPro-8 challenge.  Unfortunately we didn’t make it through to the finals this year, but the teams showed great teamwork and perseverance with the technology problem solving tasks.  We looked defeat in the eye this time, held our heads high and said “Bring it on 2024!”

Student News at PBS


Dakota Bell has been selected to compete at the Global Games Cheerleading Competition in Hawaii in May 2024.  There were well over a hundred athletes who trialed to make one of the 2 teams attending this event (youth & senior teams).  Congratulations!

Dakota is in the youth team and is also very lucky to have her aunty and former PBS student Chantelle Black also be selected but for the senior team.

Dakota and Chantelle

U12 Girls Football

Congratulations to Anika Rehal who was an integral part of the Under-12 Girls’ Football Team, proudly representing New Zealand clubs. Their journey took them to Australia, where they participated in the Sydney International Cup.  Anika and her team emerged as the champions of this prestigious championship. Their victory not only highlights their athletic prowess but also serves as a testament to the spirit of dedication and sportsmanship!

Anika & Her Team

Eager Helpers

We have had an eager bunch of helpful students helping to move segments of the (second-hand) artificial turf.  We are in the process of using this turf in spots around the school which need a little lift.  Thanks team, we love your team spirit!


For the past 6-8 weeks PBS student Keeva Strawbridge has been involved with the WOW show in Wellington. Check out this Kea Kids interview that provides some insight into her very cool opportunity. 

Keeve Strawbridge

PE & Music Challenge

In Term 4 the weather usually starts to even out and get warmer, which encourages us all to get outdoors.  Yesterday, whilst sitting in my office, the sounds of music filled the air.  I popped outside to investigate and was delighted to see the students of Room 13 undertaking a PE and music focused challenge.  Their skill and energy levels definitely made me feel like joining in!  We will try and get a video of this for our facebook page soon.

Collective Artwork

I spotted this cool collective artwork by Room 1 students, which links with their inquiry unit Exploring Aotearoa New Zealand’s history through The Arts.


Thanks Kobe for sharing your recount writing with me! I was very impressed! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the gymnastic trips.


Congratulations to Jordan Esterhuizen from Room 23 who competed in the Wellington Regional Wrestling Championship on Saturday and won 1st prize in his weight division.  Well done.

News at PBS

Aimes Games

Well done to the contingent of PBS students who attended the AIMS Games last week in Tauranga. From all accounts it was a well organised event and everyone enjoyed the experience. This year’s efforts might inspire more parents and students to take up the opportunity in future years.


Saturday netball finished up on the weekend. Thank you to all of the coaches and managers for your mahi this season. Here are the impressive results (official confirmation yet to come):

  • Galaxy (Year 5 team playing in Year 6 grade) – 1st in grade
  • Conquerors – 2nd in grade
  • Dynamites (Yr 6 team playing in Year 7 & 8 grade) – 3rd in grade
  • Blazers – 3rd in grade
  • Express – 3rd in grade
  • Acers – 4th in grade
  • Hotshots – 4th in grade and won the Kapiti Netball Sportsmanship Cup

Rm 10 Waka

Check out Room 10s collaboratively built waka as part of their current inquiry unit. Very cool!

Kukkiwon Cup

Congratulations to Joey Olsen of Room 11 who competed at the New Zealand Kukkiwon Cup in Auckland and who won a Bronze medal in his weight division in the Nationals (making him 3rd in his weight division).  He has come a long way since he started training at just 5 years old.

His next competition will be the Wellington TUNZ Open Championship end of September.

Joey Olsen

Kowhai Tree Planting

Some Student Councillors represented PBS at the 10th anniversary ceremony for the Coastlands Aquatic Centre. Annabelle, Ruby G & Ruby B along with the Mayor, Koro Don and other community leaders planted 4 kōwhai trees at each of the corners of the building. This was to commemorate the event and keep the positive energy flowing for this well used community resource.

Tournament of the Minds

Tournament of the Minds is a problem solving program. Its aim is to enhance the potential of our youth by developing diverse skills, enterprise, time management, and the discipline to work collaboratively within a challenging and competitive environment.

Over the weekend we had 6 teams of Year 5-8 students compete in the Regional competition held at Victoria University of Wellington. Ngā mihi nui to Mr Parr and Mrs McKenna for all of your mahi behind the scenes coordinating the teams (see photos below).

All PBS teams placed either first, second or third in their chosen area. An outstanding result!

Term 1 2022 Student Achievements


Theo and Mila competed in the National Wakeboarding Championships over the weekend of 1/2 April.  Theo placed 4th in the 8 & Under Boys Division and Mila came 2nd in the Under 15 Girls.  Well done!

Theo and Mila

Waka Kori Play

The whole school had fun using all the play equipment on the WAKA KORI play trailer.  This play trailer is organised through KCDC and can be hired out to schools free of charge. The aim of the Waka Kori play trailer is “to remind us that play is super important for our tamariki’s physical and mental health”.  Below are just a few photos of kids at play.

Movin' March

Thank you to our incredible PBS Sports Ambassadors for encouraging us all to get active.  Here are some PBS kids getting active in the sun!

Some of the fruit and vegetable characters roaming around the school!

Track & Field

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

May, Hayley, Aglika and Lara

Manawatu Wanganui Children's Champs

Congratulations to Phoebe Corin & Mia Thomson who both went up to Palmerston North on 27 March for the Manawatu Wanganui Children’s Champs. Each athlete is allowed to do 5 events and they both did very well:
*Phoebe – 1200m race walk Gold 9:16 new PB; Discus Gold Shot Put Gold; 200m Silver 32.4s new PB
*Mia – 1500m Gold (only 10 year old running); 800m Gold 2:28.50 new PB; High Jump Silver; Discus Silver new PB of around 19m

Phoebe & Mia


Some amazing results achieved by Mia and Phoebe at Wellington athletics champs…
*Mia gold 1500m (breaking the Wellington record) 5:01.56, gold in 800m, silver in 400m & 200m and bronze in high jump
*Phoebe Gold in discus 25.62 gold in shotput 10.08, gold in race walk

Mia & Phoebe

Student Council 2022

Congratulations to this year’s newly appointed PBS Student Council!

Back row: Benjamin Ross, Ella Stevens, Hunter Page, Isobella Marshall, Fletcher Cooper, Max Darton, Kayla Turner

Front Row: Alex Kenny-Schlup, Kayla Collett, Jessica Ellames, Peycience Seymour, Bailey Hunt, Monty Parr, Luka Dinou & Samantha Barrington

Student Councillors 2022


Last week Maxwell from Room 10 shared his brilliant Maths work with me.  Maxwell was very proud to share his measurement work with me.  It was great to see his ‘workings’, showing how he arrived at his final answer.  Great work!



Mila and Theo competed in the North Island Wakeboarding Championships recently.  Mila won the under 15 girls division and Theo came 3rd in the under 8 boys.  Wonderful results from these two specialist athletes!


Unicycle Star

Amy in Room 29 has been learning to ride a unicycle!  I asked Amy about her new passion and this is what she told me.  “I started unicycling about 2 months ago. My sister helped me learn how to unicycle because she started unicycling about a year before me. It is really fun but quite hard when you start. I did a lot of falling off.  Now I can unicycle to school and home again for Moving March.



Ema and Aglika from Room 11 have been sharing the tradition of Martenitsa with their classmates.  Ema and Aglika’s families are from Bulgaria and last week they proudly shared this tradition with me too.  They presented me with a small bracelet made from white and red wool. Martenitsa are worn from Baba Marta Day (March 1 when Spring starts in Bulgaria) until the wearer first sees a stork, swallow or blossoming tree (or until the end of March).  The red and white woven threads symbolize the wish for good health, which is of paramount importance right now. 

Ema & Aglika

PBS Actor

It was awesome to see Griffin (Room 28)  acting in “Wellington Paranormal”, on TVNZ recently.  It’s awesome to see that he’s so passionate about pursuing his acting career.  Griffin is registered with a talent agency and hopes to get another role soon. Well done Griffin; keep aiming for the stars!


Former Student's Outstanding Recent Achievement

Former PBS student Nicholas Harman being applauded for an outstanding recent achievement. Nicholas, who went on to become Head Boy at Paraparaumu College, received a New Zealand Qualifications Authority Premier Award.  This achievement is due to the scholarships he received last year in biology, health and physical education, physics and statistics as well as a scholarship in calculus and chemistry.  This year Nicholas is off to Otago University to study health-science; he will receive $10,000 each year for three years, provided he maintains a B average. 


Treaty Waka Project

Emily, Alyssa and Sofia from Room 11 presented me with their Treaty Waka project last week.  They had been reading about Tiriti o Waitangi and learning what treaties are all about.  They then created their own treaty and presented it in a ‘waka’ with other important items.  This is great learning kids!

Emily, Alyssa & Sofia

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