Newsletter - 23 February 2024


Cheers and Chats - Parents Meet Teachers!

Imagine a school buzzing with excitement as parents stroll in, ready to meet their child's guides for the year. That was the scene at our school on Wednesday night, and boy, was it heartwarming! Parents mingled with teachers, sharing laughs and stories like old friends catching up. It was a chance to connect faces with the names kids bring home daily.

In classrooms, conversations flowed about everything from math homework to funny class moments. It wasn't just about the daily expectations, it was also about building a team to support our kids. Some parents felt a wave of nostalgia, seeing their own school days reflected in the halls. Others admired the colorful artwork, a testament to their child's creativity. As the evening wrapped up, there was a sense of gratitude in the air. Grateful for the chance to bond, to learn, and to shape our children's future together.

So here's to more cheers, chats, and collaborations ahead. Our school and our parents make a great team, and we can't wait to see what we'll achieve together!

Kyle Brewerton
Principal/APPA President



February 26 Year 8 Camp -  Rooms 20,21,22
February 27 Central Zones Softball Girls
February 28 Year 8 Camp - Rooms 6,19,29
February 29 Central Zones Softball Boys 
MARCH 2024
March 5 Central Zones Cricket Boys 
March 6 Year 8 Water Wise - Room 3
March 7 Central Zones Cricket Girls                        Year 8 Water Wise - Room 24
March 8 William Pike Students Trip to Totara Park
March 12 PTA Meeting - Online
March 13 Year 8 Water Wise - Room 30
March 14

Central Zones Swimming                            Year 8  Water Wise - Room 7                        RI Community Picnic

March 15 Auckland Grammar Music Performance    Year 8 Water Wise - Room 23  
March 18 Year 8 Camp 3,4,5
March 19 Central Zones Orienteering
March 20 Water Wise Room 29                                 Year 8 Camp Rooms 2,7,30
March 25 Year 8 Camp - Rooms 23,24,25
March 29 Good Friday - School Closed 
APRIL 2024
April 1 Easter Monday - School Closed 
April 2 Easter Tuesday - School Closed 
April 3 Year 8 Water Wise - Room 22
April 4 Year 8 Water Wise - Room 2
April 5 Year 8 Water Wise - Room 20
April 8 Year 7 - Camp #1 - Rooms 11,12,13,14, 26, 27 & 28
April 10 Year 7 - Camp #2 - Rooms 1, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 & 18
April 12 Term 1 Ends
April 29 Term 2 Starts



Notices are going out for pupils to sign up for special interest groups. There are lots of extra-curricular opportunities such as Chess Club, Orienteering, Epro8, Cheerleading, Dance, Kapa Haka, Trees for Survival, Social Changency, Mad Scientists and Sign Language.

Here are some students who attended the first meeting of Trash to Fashion. There were about seventy of them at the first meeting with Mrs Billie Sturgiss, but already they have hundreds of creative ideas!



The recent warm dry weather has been perfect for restocking our school's gardens with veggie seedlings. Year 8 Garden to Table students have been preparing the garden beds for planting; weeding, digging in compost, planting, watering and protecting the plants from pests.
The photos below show students from Rooms 2, 3, 4 & 5 planting beetroot, broccoli, cauliflower, curly kale, parsley, spinach and brown onions.

If you or someone in your family is keen to help our gardeners please contact Mrs Sonja Potter at [email protected]


Last week, students from Rooms 23, 24 & 25 dug up a box full of Desiree potatoes in their veggie patch. This week they learned to cook potatoes in 6 different ways, honing their knife and stove appliance skills at the same time.
Potato recipes included mashed Potatoes, Hash Browns, Wedges, Greek-style Roasted Potatoes, Potato Salad, and Scalloped Potatoes. A delicious spud feast.


On Tuesday Feb 20, Room 25 embarked on an EOTC (education outside the classroom) experience at Orakei Basin.

The waterwise program in year 8 allows students to learn about safety on the water through various water sports including Kayaking, Standup Paddleboarding, Sailing and Windsurfing. These experiences are all run by very capable men and women from Youth Town and students got to experience three of the 4 sports on offer.

Fun and learning were had by all - the wind was sufficient for some minor league opti-racing in the sailing boats as well as plenty of kids drifting downwind if they stopped paddling for too long. Most chose to jump into the water at some point - whether that be purposefully from the super-sized multi-person stand-up paddleboard, accidental kayak capsizes, or a sailing mishap that flipped the boat upside down.

All in all, it was a fun, safe, and educational experience! - Mr Alaric Nicholls

Room 6 students participated in activities including Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Sailing and Windsurfing on Feb 6.
For many, it was their first experience of these activities and they had a great time out in the sun learning new skills. - Mr Alan Whitehouse


All absences need to be reported by 8:45 a.m. at the latest. To report an absence please:

Use the 'Report an Absence' link in the top right corner of the school website homepage

Use the school app or phone the office on 09 522 9890 Option 1
Please do not email absence notifications to classroom teachers.


Your children’s safety is of paramount importance to us.  In order to ensure the safety of all our students, at 9:45 am if your child has not been marked as Present we will send out a text notification to alert you of his/her absence. 

We are aware many parents are simply very busy people and forget to notify the school so please respond with a Y and a reason for the absence/lateness.
Respond with an N if you have dropped your child at school or know that he/she was coming to school and we can investigate this promptly.

Should your mobile number change, please notify the school immediately so that we can update our records accordingly.


Parents are able to use our portal to pay for their child’s donations and fees. We encourage anyone who has not already signed up to do so. 

The address is


You can download the free SchoolAppsNZ from the App Store or Google Play. It works on both Android and Apple phones. It sends important school messages and forms a big part of our school communications

Features of the App:​

  • You can subscribe to alert groups of interest to you and your child
  • You can complete the absentee form directly from the App
  • You can access the school calendar, news and events directly through the App
  • We can send out targeted alerts to everyone with the App or to specific groups