From the Principal

It is very likely that by the time you are reading this newsletter, Mrs Lowden, myself and 8 Pigeon Mountain students will be in China visiting our sister school in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province. This is the 4th group to visit China as ambassadors of PMPS, and each time we meet up with our colleagues and friends at Yuyao Experimental School #2, we enjoy a rich educational and cultural experience. The students selected to travel this year have enjoyed 6 months preparation leading up to their visit, and depart NZ with a great sense of anticipation about what they will see, hear, feel and taste in China. Throughout their 10 day stay overseas, the children will draw upon the 4 school values, whilst enjoying the company of other intrepid explorers from Wakaaranga, Hingaia, and BBI schools. The first newsletter of Term 4 will contain more details about their experiences overseas.

Principal’s Email Group

The latest responses from our Principal’s Email Group are available on the school website at

The most recent survey focused on the successes of this year and looked ahead to next. We are always looking for new people to be part of this growing group, and we appreciate the feedback we receive from the short surveys (5-10 minutes maximum). If you are interested in receiving new surveys- the latest will be coming out ahead of the holidays- please email

Elearning Expo Thursday 24th October 6:30- 8pm in the school hall

This special eLearning Expo onThursday 24th October  is an informative and practical evening showcasing eLearning at Pigeon Mountain Primary. The Elearning expo is a special evening when you are free to browse the displays and information tables and hear what eLearning looks like at Pigeon Mountain Primary from some of our students. You will also have the opportunity to experience new technologies supplied by PB Tech. 

There will be displays and information on: 

  • Coding- in the junior and middle school
  • BYOD- guidelines, devices, software
  • Robotics
  • Digital Citizenship
  • eTAP Parent Portal- what this is and how to use it
  • Google and Hapara- how we use Google Apps for Education managed by Hapara teacher dashboard
  • Accessit library programme – how to use and access Accessit  at home.
  • Online Learning – Reading Eggs, Lexia, Mathletics etc.

Feel free to drop in anytime from 6:30 onwards The evening finishes at 8pm.

Dates for your Diary

Term 3 ends – Friday 27 September

Term 4  commences – Monday 14 October

Term 4  ends –  Thursday 19 December at 3pm

HPPA Touch Rugby Field Day Tuesday 22 October

Elearning Expo Thursday 24th October

Welcome to 

Connor Blumrick Rm 22,  Michael Niu Rm 25, Anna Li Room 25, Avreez Kaur Room 1, Kumail Raza Room 25

BOT News

Next Meeting 24 October

PTA News

Puriri Bake Sale – Friday 27 September

Next Meeting Wednesday 16 October 7.30pm

Family Photo Days 26/27 October

Sports News

Soccer:  The last round of the inter house soccer games have been played.

The results for the Inter house soccer are as follows:

Kereru 1st
Tui 2nd
Kiwi 3rd
Pukeko 4th 

School News

Chess – Kenneth Liu, Eric Zhang, Alexander Pan and Anthony Hu will be representing Pigeon Mountain at the Auckland Interschool Chess Final on Wednesday 25th September. Goodluck Boys!

Speech Contest Results

The overall winner (representing PMPS at Eastern Zone) and Year 6 winner was:

 Finn Wai-Poi with the topic I am a Failure

2nd Year 6 was Kelly Zhou with Perspective

3rd Equal for Year 6 was Harriet Schmidt with Why is chocolate good for you and Georgia Priestley with Camping, the fun and not so fun!

Year 5 winners:

1st Gladness Saumani with Cyber bullying

2nd Ahrathi Mathan with Pollution

3rd Harini Paramatharan with Tamil language and culture

Year 4 winners:

1st Diya Guan  with Screen time

2nd Rohan Prasad  with Detector Dogs

3rd  Amey Padalkar with  Cricket

Year 3 winners:

1st Kayden Wood  with Lionel Messi

2nd Hannah Richardson  with Dogs

3rd  Rina Zhang with Sea Creatures

Cultural X-Factor Winners – 

1st – Maggie Li with Chinese dance

2nd – Cameron and Sofia Dixon with Line Dancing

3rd – Haka boys with the haka

Runners up:

Rubiks Cubers with rubik’s cubing

Katya and Danica with African dance

Book week

A successful book week was held from 16 – 20 September. We have earned $3835.00 in books for the school.

The book parade on Friday was  amazing and everyone looked fabulous. There was a surprise visit from Geronimo Stilton. Activities were held during the week that the students participated in and enjoyed.

Uniform Sales

Uniform is  available for sale, however we have  a limited supply of some items,  so please complete the order form available from the office. 

Upcoming Events

Puriri Bake Sale  Friday 27 September

End of term Friday 27 September

Term 4 commences Monday 14 October

HPPA Touch Rugby Field Day Tuesday 22 October

Community Notices

Chess – There is a 10 week chess coaching program running on Thursdays from 17 October 2019 till 19 December 2019 from 12.45 pm – 1.45 pm. The fee will be $120/student for the term. The sessions will be held in the Room #24. REGISTRATION If your child would like to be part of this please visit our website. Both registration and payment can be done online. at

Howick Pakuranga Netball Centre – Junior Summer Netball League commencing Tuesday 22 October, registrations and information please see

Bucklands Beach Yacht Club – Learn to Sail – Contact ph 534 3046

Howick Sailing Club – Learn to Sail – Contact Malcolm 027 649 4912

Bizzy Bodz – have a school holiday programme available, please contact then direct.


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