2022 Student News


The 2022 season is now well underway for all of our 10 teams. The Year 5 – 8 teams started their first games of the season last Saturday. It was so much fun to watch our netballers learning new skills, working together and enjoying the game of netball.  

Check out the awesome Acers and Blazers’ teams for 2022.

Measuring & Estimating Skills

Rooms 1 & 2 have been honing in on their measuring and estimating skills.  Maths minds at work – keep up the super mahi!


Congratulations to Callum Rice who won the Royal Wellington 9 Hole Junior Golf Open last week with a great round of 38! This is a competition for kids aged 18 and under in the Wellington region.  This season the Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club (PBGC) entered a team of Juniors in the Interclub 9 Hole Competition held from February-April. Callum was also part of this team, which included three 10 year olds and a 16 year old. None of them had ever been in Interclub competitions before, but performed really well as a team, and proudly represented PBGC – managing to make it into the finals, finishing 3rd overall on Sunday – a great result for their first season!



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

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

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!

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

2021 Student News

Diorama Projects

Students in Room 4 started creative diorama projects in lockdown and have completed these this term. Here are a few inspiring examples from Keely, Isabelle, Josh and Charlie


PBS Swishes

Congratulations to PBS Swishes who made it through to the Interschool Basketball girls final and came second in the grade. By all accounts it was a great game, however, Kapakapanui came away with the win.  I have a feeling that 2022 will be your year girls, so keep up the excellent game play!

PBS Swishes

Thanks to Our Helpers

Many hands make light work – a saying which has been proved over and over again at PBS this term. With all your work comes genuine gratitude; thank you so much to all who have helped out recently.

Kids, staff and parents clean our local beach and estuary
Family members and staff helped move heavy rolls of turf ready for collection


Congratulations to Mason Pulepule who was asked to trial for the HHA U13 Boys team to compete in the U13 Lower North Island Festival. He was selected for the top squad and they competed well and finished unbeaten over the 4 day event.  Mason has now been awarded MVP for his U13 HHA Team. Well done!

Mason Pulepule (left)

Thanks to Our Gardening Volunteers

Many thanks to our hard working gardening volunteers who helped tidy up the school frontage gardens recently! A very big thank you also to Gus and Glenys Evans for their generous support in plants.

Kerry, Mr Trask, Shaun, Joan and Nicki
Mr Trask, Marcin, Max, Ethan, Thomas, Zac and Leo


David Parr has set this group of students up to work independently every morning to broadcast the daily messages to classrooms. Classes tune into the TV station at 9.05am for the daily news and weather, there are also advertisements included. Of course this is only the beginning of what we hope this group will achieve in the future. We hope that in 2022 we’ll be able to share more of this with a wider audience. Thanks for bringing the joy team!

The crew prepped for the morning's broadcast

Visit from HUHA Co-Founder

Recently Student Councillor Phoebe organised for Carolyn Press-McKenzie, Co-Founder of HUHA, to speak to the students of Te Moana. HUHA, which stands for Helping U Help Animals, is a charity that teaches empathy to the community and provides shelter for less fortunate animals. Carolyn brought a puppy named Olive with her to explain her life journey and how we can give animals a good life. The students had a lot of patai (questions) for Carolyn!

HUHA Co-Founder giving her speech to students

New Junior Playground

Children are buzzing with excitement over the new junior playground near the office. It’s been so great for the students to have had input into the playground design and watch it’s construction first hand!

Students trying out the new junior playground

Mayoral Visit

Recently our senior school had a visit from Mayor Gurunathan of the Kapiti Coast District Council. Jack, one of our councillors, invited the Mayor to share his life story and some wisdom that might inspire others.

Mayor Gurunathan with Jack & Boston


Lewis Chandler and Sam Scriven were selected for Kapiti Basketball U13 Representative teams for 2021. Although the main BBNZ tournament was once again cancelled due to Covid restrictions, the Kapiti teams were able to play in a number of smaller regional tournaments over the last 5 weeks and were very successful, winning against top rep teams from Wellington, Hutt Valley, Porirua and Levin.  An awesome achievement for the boys!

Kapiti Basketball U13 Rep Team

Inter-Regional Cross Country

Congratulations to PBS student Mia Thomson, who today won the Inter Regional Cross Country final for Year 5 girls. Mia not only won an individual gold, but was part of the Wellington team to win a team gold. We are all very proud of you. Ka rawe!

Mia Thomson

Acers Netball Final

The team had a really tough final for the plate on Saturday and came together to support each other and seal a well desired win. They should all be proud of the growth and progress they have made since coming together in April for their first round of games!

Acers Netball Team

Kiwi Competitions

Every year PBS enters students into the University of Canterbury’s “Kiwi Competitions” for English, Mathematics and Science. A number of students achieved merits for their efforts and seven PBS kids received EXCELLENCE awards! Congratulations to Chester Jackson and Cuinn Walmsley who achieved excellence in Mathematics; Isobel Chisholm and Monty Parr for excellence in English; and to Callum Rice, Monty Parr and Benjamin Ross for excellence in Science. We are so proud of you all!

Chester & Cuinn
Callum, Monty & Benjamin
Isobel & Monty

Senior Speech Cup

This year’s winner was the highly talented Isobel Chisholm with her speech on “English”. This is the fourth year in a row that Isobel has won one of our Speech competitions, having won the Year 5-6 Speech Cup in 2018 and 2019, and the Year 7-8 Speech Cup in 2020. Phenomenal work Isobel!

Isobel Chisholm

Wellbeing Awareness Day

Eva, Vienna and Chester got to meet some of the Kapiti Youth Support (KYS) team and explained about the KYS fundraiser they had organised, and the support they received from the PBS community for their Wellbeing Awareness Day.  KYS were very impressed and grateful for the money raised!

Vienna, Eva &Chester with the KYS Team

Gardening Bee

Thanks to our “Green Thumb” kids – Ethan, Max, Jack, Emily, Amy, Callum, Josh and Shaun, and adult helpers – John Trask, Zoe Pearson and Nikki Bradley for their gardening bee recently. The garden beds around the hall are looking so refreshed and tidy as a result of your mahi!

Green Thumb Kids & Adult Helpers

Poetry Challenge

Congratulations to Olive Knap, Danika Stratford, Mahālia Bolton-Smithson, Hosheia Bolton-Smithson, Jacob Wood, Sonny Rehal and Carter Harris who have been selected to have their poems published on our school website from the recent Poetry Challenge!

By Olive Knap, Age 8


I love living at Paraparaumu
I love doing DAPA with my friends
I go to DAPA to learn to dance
I like going to the parks
It is fun because they have swings
I like the beach

By Mahālia Atawhai Bolton-Smithson
Age 6


Watching movies, playing games, going on trips, living by friends.
Cool house, big back yard, living by beach, going fishing.
Catching big fish about 2cm wide.
Living in Kāpiti is so fine.

By Hosheia Wairua Bolton-Smithson
Age 8


5 kiwis live in dens

7 big flightless wings and small feet

5 brown body, long beak


By Jacob Wood
Age 8


A limerick is a five line poem with the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme and the third and fourth lines rhyme

I love the Kāpiti beach,
It has a lot to teach:
I can count shells,
Can spell on sand well,
And hear the seagulls screech.

By Sonny Rehal
Age 9


Kāpiti Island I see every day on my walk.
A playground for every day of the week.
Peka Peka Beach we like to visit.
Interesting animals at Nga Manu.
Touch at Mazengarb Park.
I love playing at the local parks.

By Carter Harris, Age 7


Growing up in Kāpiti is so much fun
Come visit Kāpiti, It’s number 1
The people here are super friendly
Also kind and caring
I love the beach
And the playgrounds too
Everything is so colourful
And also very fun!
If I had to pick a favourite place, its PBS!

By Danika Stratford, Age 9