Newsletter, Week 2, Term 1 2023

Kia ora koutou BDS whānau,                                                                  Week 2, Term 1, 2023   We have had a wonderful start to

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Announcement : 

SchooI Board Parent Election 2022 – nominations close on Wednesday 3 August at 12 noon. Election day is Wednesday 7 September. Please follow this link for more information:

Newsletter – Week 10, Term 3, 2022

Kia ora koutou BDS whānau,                                                   Week 10, Term 3, 2022


Our Arts Celebration Evening was an amazing success last Thursday. We were so incredibly happy to see our BDS whānau attending this event despite the weather. Thank you from all of us at BDS, including your tamariki, for your enthusiasm and support.

Our lead teacher who organised this event was Mr Sojung Yoon along with his capable team of Mrs Joanne Hughson who organised the food, Mrs Kylee Holmes and Mrs Kirsten Hartnoll as our liasions with our PTA, our PTA, and Mr Mark Insley and Mr Paul Laloli for organising the presentation of our art. Thank you so much for your mahi to ensure our Arts Celebration Evening was organised and ran smoothly. To our outstanding staff and tamariki at BDS who created their art and practised their items we say THANK YOU!!

Term 3 has been a very busy term with high attendance, engaged students and sporting, cultural and the arts school activities underway again. Thank you to all the staff for their mahi and dedication to every aspect of learning and pastoral care at our kura. 

We wish you all a happy and safe holiday.

Ngā mihi nui,
Vicki Parkins, Principal (

Coming up @ BDS…

Fri 30 Sept – Last day of Term 3
Mon 17 Oct – First day of Term 4

Wed 19 Oct – BoT meeting
Fri 21 Oct – Cultural Day dress up
Mon 24 Oct – Labour Day (public holiday)
Tues 25 Oct – Yr 5 camp departs
Fri 4 Nov – Yr4-6 Athletics day
Wed 9 Nov – Yr 6 visiting Howick Intermediate (am)

School Magazine 2022 – $20

At BDS we celebrate the year at our kura with photos and stories in our school magazine. This is a wonderful summary of the school year and we know many of our whānau treasure this magazine.  

Over the years, and particularly this year, the costs have greatly increased and we now need to ask for a contribution towards the printing of the magazine. This will ensure the cost of the school magazine will not be impacting on our students’ learning activities and resources. To make this a viable option we need to charge $20 for each school magazine. The school will still be subsidising most of the cost of the magazine.

We also need to have an idea of how many magazines we need to have printed before we go ahead. Please complete this quick survey with a yes or no: School Magazine Survey

Thank you.


Term Certificates 

Damien Kim, Ken Hoang, Vera Zuo, Cooper Jiang, Dhyan Patel, Sean Davey, JD La Grange, Ofa Fifita, Shana Chen & Ian Lopez Woo.

Botany BEST and Values Awards 

Botany BEST: 
Seniors Yrs 4-6 
Levi Xue, Kyan Norton, Amelia Dellow, Dana Kim, Theo Li, Maiia Kriukova, Lene Möll, Matthew Zhou, April Clements-Goh & Kayla Fegen.

Values – Consideration:
Seniors Yrs 4-6
Madison Kong, Jade Lundgren, Jonathan Huang, Daqi Mao, Lenè Venter, Khrish Ranchod, Justin Qiao & Nathan Li.

Week 10 – Senior School Assembly (Years 4-6)
Please be seated by 9:05am in the Hall.

Lost Property

The lost property collected during Term 3 will be displayed on the courts outside the school hall at 3pm on Friday. Please take the opportunity to find any of your children’s lost items. At other times, the lost property is located in the hallway behind the office.

Summer Uniform to Start Term 4

Starting at the beginning of Term 4 all tamariki will need to wear their summer school uniform which includes a hat while they are outside.  Students can wear sandals but shoes and socks are also an option.  Please name all clothing to help with returning uniform items when they are found.

A reminder that more information about uniform, including where to purchase items, can be found on the school website here: BDS uniform information.

2021 Prizegiving Cups to Return

* Thank you to everyone who has already returned their cups! 

It is now the time of the year when we require cups that were awarded at last year’s prizegiving to be returned to the school for this year’s names to be engraved. 

If your child received a cup or trophy at last year’s prizegiving, please return it to the school office as soon as possible – thank you. 

Face Painting @ Arts Evening

A huge thank you to Maria and Irene from Fairies Facepaint who painted about 50 little faces at our Arts Evening and raised more than $200 for our school. Just amazing! 

Please contact Maria if you need some gorgeous face painting at an event!

Follow us on Instagram: fairies_facepaintnz
Other services: Birthday Cakes

New World Howick Heroes Campaign

Thank you to the families who nominated us to go into the draw to win a share of $3000.  During the month of October, if you are shopping at New World Howick, please place a free token into our box. 

We are looking for to raise funds to revamp our playgrounds and update all line markings around the school.  We appreciate your support with this.

Help Wanted…

Help wanted to make obstacles for a fun school event planned for Term 4.  Please contact Kate Keenan by emailing if you have materials such as old tyres or pallets that you would like to donate to the school. 

We are also looking for someone who could help us by building obstacles like the one pictured below.  We look forward to hearing from you.

BDS Learning and Fun

Year 0, Room 5a Pepeha – This term the Year 0 students in Room 5a created artworks of their Pepeha for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori:


Year 4-6 STEAM with Mrs Carr – This term the Year 4 to 6 children have been scientists, making their own water filter and turning dirty water clean. They also used their engineering and maths skills to construct a 3D pyramid using toothpicks and modelling clay. Tino pai senior school!

ESOL with Mrs Keenan – English Language Learners who attend ESOL classes have been learning about water as part of our Science topic, Planet Earth and Beyond. They designed posters to teach others about why water is important, how we use water, how we waste water, how we can save water, things that can pollute water, and how we can prevent pollution.

Children Turning Five 

If your child is turning five in the next six (6) months please ensure you enrol them as soon as possible. Our roll is steadily growing and we need to plan for classes and teachers during the year. Please collect your enrolment pack from the office, or email 

Joanne Hughson DP/SENCo – Year 0-3 (


Fun in the School Holidays…

Follow this link to discover the many fun, FREE activities on offer at Auckland libraries throughout the school holidays: Unbelievable Holiday Events



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