From the Principal

During the 2 week break, I was fortunate to be able to attend the 30th NZSTA (NZ School Trustees’ Association) Conference in Dunedin along with the other Pigeon Mountain Primary  School board members. The conference reinforced for me the importance of the role of trustees, and the value of effective governance in education to ensure all students reach their potential. We have a newly elected group of 3 board members, and a staff trustee who will be working alongside 3 re-elected representatives, and I know each trustee found the event extremely useful in reinforcing the importance and immense responsibility each has over the coming 3 years. To find out more about our new board, visit our website

School Uniforms

Our contract with NZ Uniforms to supply Pigeon Mountain’s uniform is almost complete, and we have already begun work with John Russell Schoolwear ( to provide high quality garments. Between August and late November, items of uniform will steadily appear in the John Russell shop, and our complete range of uniforms will be available in-store from December. We are already grateful to John Russell Schoolwear for ordering and supplying long-sleeved polo shirts to a number of our parents, and would like to let you know that if you need items of uniform in coming months, especially polo or PE shirts, the friendly staff at the John Russell shop on Moore Street in Howick are able to order and supply them for you. Generally, the items in John Russell Schoolwear are very similar in price from NZ Uniforms- a number are even slightly cheaper. Where the new price is higher, the garments are of higher quality and will be more durable than before. The PE shirts are now made of a moisture wicking material, specifically designed for sport, which will be longer wearing than the old cotton shirts. Old PE shirts can still be worn during 2020, and will become obsolete in 2021.

Girls’ culottes were $52, now $58

Boys’ shorts were $48, now $38

Long unisex pants were $50, now $50

Short sleeved polo shirts were $35, now $28

Long sleeved polo shirts were $40, now $32

Polar fleeces were $54, now $62.50

Outdoor rain jackets were $50, now $50

PE shirts were $13, now $20

PE shorts were $28, now $23

We are purchasing unsold items of uniform from NZ Uniforms and we will be selling these through school at a number of events and pop up stores- more information to follow.

Principal’s Email Group

Please take time to check out the responses of the Principal’s Email Group to our 4 surveys so far in 2019. This group of parents support our school by participating in short surveys on a number of themes throughout the year. We use the responses to help our review and planning processes.

If you would like to be included in future surveys, please email [email protected] to be added to the group.

Dates for your diary 

Class Photographs  Tuesday 30 July

PTA Meeting Wednesday 31 July

Rugby Field Day Wednesday 31 July

Kahikatea Bake Sale Friday 2 August

BOT Meeting  Thursday 22 August

Daffodil Day – Mufti Monday 2 September

Welcome to

Our New Entrant Teacher – Caitlin Myers

Our New Students – Zara Wang Rm 20, Archer Kemp Rm 5, Chrissy Chu Rm 1, Khloe Borrageiro Rm 4, Amy Borrageiro Rm 9, Eden Jiang Rm 1, Natalie Wong Rm 1, Amanda Ventura Rm 14, Antonio Liu Rm 8, Ariel Ho Rm 8, Austin Shen Rm 1, Matthew Song Rm 9, Jeremy Wang Rm 9, Isla Bowie Rm 8, Camille Li Rm 22, Violet Ching Rm 3, Felix Ching Rm 9, Caroline Cai Rm 11, Hanwen Miao Rm 17, Kaiming Yue Rm 23, Steven Zhu Rm 17


BOT News

The Board of Trustees all attended the NZSTA (NZ School Trustees’ Association) Conference in Dunedin during the July holidays. This event is an important professional learning and development opportunity for board members. 

The board are currently working on compiling a conditions assessment of the school buildings and infrastructure for the new 10 Year Property Plan. We are funded each 5 years for major repair and redevelopment works, and this funding is used to address priorities identified in the assessment such as Health and Safety issues, structural work, roofing and drainage problems. Remaining funds will then be utilised to modernise more learning spaces. This work is likely to take place in 2020. 

Next meeting Thursday 22 August


PTA News

Bake Sale – Kahikatea Friday 2 August

Next Meeting Wednesday 31 July


Sports News

Netball A Team Vs Shelly Park School Won 12-9

Netball B Team vs Elm Park School Won 6-5

Well done!


Upcoming Events

Chess Competition  Thursday 1 August 2019

Zone Cross Country  Tuesday 13 August 2019

Gymnastics Competition  Wednesday 21 August 2019

Special Blokes’ Event   Thursday 29 August 2019

Kōanga Festival  Friday 30 August 2019

Daffodil Day Monday 2 September




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