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

PBS Toonsquad Success

A massive congratulations to the PBS Toonsquad who have won their division following an undefeated season! Many thanks to each of the boys and their coach, Kaden, who represented our school well on and off the court. Well done, lads!


Kapiti Basketball Association congratulates Samuel Scriven upon his selection to the 2022 U/14 Basketball New Zealand National Development Programme.  As one of only 3 players selected from the region, Samuel will attend the National Camp held in Rotorua in April, along with athletes from all over the country.

The U/14 Camp is the entry point to the national player development pathway, and is the first opportunity for athletes to participate in a national camp delivered by Basketball New Zealand. This is a fantastic achievement, and we wish Samuel all the best in his future basketball endeavours.


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

Road Patrollers

Each year, Kapiti Coast District Council run a competition for the school road patrollers to design a banner to represent the school and how to keep our tamariki safe while crossing roads.  This year’s road patrol banner has been created by Kayla Collett and Olivia Rolls. They have done an excellent job of capturing our school community and the importance of safely crossing the road using the patrolled crossings. They have even highlighted the need for parents to wear masks as they enter the school gates in 2021! Ka pai, Olivia and Kayla.

Kayla and Olivia with the banner they designed


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!

Phoebe and Grace with Carolyn Press-McKenzie
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


Eloise Barber from Room 11 danced at the Impact Dance Experience National Finals in the school holidays and was awarded 1st place for both classical and jazz in her age group. Well done Eloise!

Eloise Barber


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