School Newsletter

25 November, Term 4 - Week 6

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Dear Parents, Whānau and Caregivers

Thank you to our wonderful Home and School Committee!

Thanks to the Home and School Committee members for running a wonderful community event last weekend, our first for more than two years! The Festive Family Fun Day was a great time for all with lots of families coming along to show their support during the day, despite the wet weather to begin with. It is lovely to welcome families back into the school for events like this that bring our school together and showcase our super school spirit!

There is a separate notice about the Family Fun Day to say thanks to the fair sponsors including a few photos from the Fun Day. The school is very grateful for the support of Home and School who fundraised for special projects such as the koru friendship seat and outdoor sound system last year and this year's projects, Y6 leaving gifts, School Camp and the Junior Climbing Wall for the bank between Pounamu and Uenuku (to be installed behind R8 and the library).

Staffing Shortages

We are currently experiencing higher than usual teacher sickness with extremely limited numbers of relief teachers available. Therefore at times we may be required to implement some of our emergency measures to ensure we can keep the school open over the next few weeks. These include:

  • moving teachers between teams
  • split/join classes
  • running an alternative programme

Ngā mihi nui

Tracey Arthurs


Wellington North Primary Schools Citizenship Award

Each year local primary schools are asked to nominate a Year 6 student to be awarded the Wellington North Primary Schools Citizenship Award. These awards are sponsored by Johnsonville Rotary Club and tonight there is a special ceremony to recognise these amazing students.

Our 2022 Wellington North Primary Schools Citizenship Award recipient is Xavier Walker. Xavier was voted by his peers as being a positive role model who is respectful in his interactions with other members of the school and who contributes to our school community in a positive way.

This year has been incredibly successful for Xavier. He has taken part in a huge range of sporting events including going to Northern Zone Cross Country and Athletics, for sprints and long jump, demonstrating perseverance and enthusiasm at each event. Xavier also enjoys playing a range of sports at break times but is particularly passionate about playing soccer with his classmates.

Xavier has also taken a lead role in our Green/Gold Enviro School, helping improve the sustainability of our learning area and making valuable contributions to our efforts at composting each lunchtime by going to each classroom to collect food scraps and carrying them to our composting bins.

Xavier not only finds the time to ensure he is prepared for learning and upcoming events, but also has time to help and support others. He takes time to help students who are hurt or upset and helps resolve conflict where he can. Xavier greets everyone with a smile in the morning and takes time to chat with his teachers and check on their welfare.

With his additional roles of road patroller, kapa haka performer and jump jam presenter, as well as a fantastic sense of humour, it’s no surprise his peers voted him Paparangi School Citizen for 2022. Our congratulations to Xavier, we think he truly deserves it, as a shining example of an adventurous learner!

Staffing News

Next year Paparangi says bon voyage to Jenni Harrison, Deputy Principal and Team Leader of Rākau Nui. The School Board has granted Jenni long-term leave to travel and she will spend time with family and friends in the UK. We wish her safe travels and look forward to her return in 2024. During Jenni's absence Amanda Newbery (Pounamu, Y2-4) and Rebecca Arrowsmith (Uenuku, Y0&Y1) will be Acting Deputy Principals and Christine Latimer will be the Rākau Nui Team Leader (Y5&Y6).

The School Board is pleased to welcome Bina Chauhan who will join the Paparangi teaching team for 2023. Bina is a Beginning Teacher who will be teaching with the Year 1 team next year.

Introducing Bina Chauhan

Kia ora, my name is Bina and I am so excited to be teaching at Paparangi School next year! I was born in Wellington, and I have spent most of my life living in the northern suburbs. I was working in financial services for a while after finishing university, then I packed up, and moved to London for five years. I have been back home for 11 years now, and after spending more time in corporate banking, I was given an opportunity to follow my passion and complete a Graduate Diploma in Primary School Teaching at Victoria University.

I live in Churton Park with my husband and three children: Natalia (13), Kaelan (10), and Dilan (6). When I’m not studying or spending time with my family, I love to read, write, weave, bake, play card games and be outside with my dogs, Coco and Ruby. I’m looking forward to working alongside the tamariki, staff and whānau of the Paparangi School Community. Ngā mihi

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Syndicate Organisation for 2023

In 2023 syndicate structures are temporary changing to accommodate lower numbers in the junior school and to minimise disruption for older students while our senior classrooms are refurbished sometime next year. We are expecting Rooms 10-13 to have a “make-over” as part of the school’s building and maintenance programme.

To help children settle back into school smoothly next year, students spend time getting to know their new teachers and classmates this year as part of our transition programme. Our transition programme will begin later in the term with a focus on the Y1s who are moving to Pounamu, their new syndicate. I will send more information out to Y1 families next week, inviting parents of Y1 students to come along for a school visit to Pounamu classrooms.

Children who are staying in the same syndicate may sometimes have the same home class teacher the following year as well. Please talk to your child’s class teacher or Team Leaders (Jenni Harrison, Amanda Newbery and Rebecca Arrowsmith) if you have a query about your child’s placement next year. We strive to provide safe and stimulating learning environments that support all sorts of learners. Therefore when looking at class composition, our teachers take the following factors into account when considering placement for students.

  • Individual student's strengths, needs and achievement

  • Learning and friendship groups

  • Age and year group combinations

  • Gender and numbers of students

  • Siblings in other classes and year groups

Class placements and stationery lists will be sent home with your child's end of year report in mid-December.

Grocery Raffle organised by Home and School

Tickets for the raffle were sent home to families last week. Please keep selling your raffle tickets - there are plenty of amazing prizes! If you require any more sheets to sell, please collect from the office. Return all sheets to the office by Thursday 8th December. The raffle will be drawn on Friday 9 December by the Principal, Tracey Arthurs. Thank you very much for your support!

Can you help ?

The Pounamu teachers are getting organised to make some Christmas crafts with their tamariki in the last 2 weeks of term and would really appreciate any help with the items below. I am after the following things to add to the collection I have started to gather. Please drop these off to Room 3 or the office. Thank you in advance for your help. Ngā mihi, Sam Diggins, R3 teacher.

  • glass baby food jars ( lids not necessary)
  • any battery tea lights even those that need new batteries
  • wooden jenga blocks
  • plastic lids from jars and tins
  • plastic fizzy bottles any size
  • cd discs
  • beads
  • flower wrapping and ribbons
  • cardboard rolls - wrapping paper/paper towel
  • any anything else you may think we can use!

What's happening this term?

Wednesday afternoons

Swimming Lessons for Y0-1 students

Tuesday 29 November to Friday 02 December

Swimming Lessons for Y2-6 students

Tuesday 29 November

Interzone Athletics (pp 1 December)

5-9 December

EOTC Week, various activities

Tuesday 6 December

Year 6 Leavers Celebration

Friday 9 December

Year 6 Day Out

Tuesday 13 December

Parent Helpers Thank you Afternoon tea @ 2:15pm (this is a date change)

Wednesday 14 December

Y4-6, Rākau Nui End of Year Assembly @ 9:15am

Thursday 15 December

Y1-3, Uenuku and Pounamu End of Year Assembly @ 9:15am

Thursday 15 December

Home & School Pizza Lunch

Friday 16 December

Term 4 ends 1.00pm

Next year's Term Dates

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Community Notices

Goodtime Music Academy

Goodtime Music Academy is taking enrolments for In-School music lessons now for next year. If you want your child to be a part of these award winning music lessons, and may not want to commit to taking your child anywhere after school, then in-school lessons may be the solution for you. Learn in a group setting, and choose between Drums, Guitar, Keyboard, Ukulele. Or try the 'Intro to Music' course. Please visit to enrol and enquire. You can also call them on 04 568 2237. Spaces are limited so get in quick!

Summer Reading Adventure, Wellington City Libraries

From 1st December 2022 through to 31st January 2023, we’re inviting the tamariki, rangatahi and pākeke of Wellington on a Summer Reading Adventure — an adventure that will take them around the city, into their own backyards, down to their local library, into the pages of more than a few books, and back home again in time for tea.

Along the way, children and teens will be reading books, drawing pictures and maps, taking videos, completing challenges, getting out into nature, and maybe fighting off the odd monster or two — all in the name of seeing who shall have the honour of being crowned Supreme Champion of Words, Books and Deeds. Along the way, our intrepid young adventurers will be earning all kinds of awesome prizes for their efforts, from collectible badges to ice-cream vouchers, free books, movie tickets, family passes to Zealandia, Wellington Zoo, and the Space Place, and much more.

This year is the first time there is a Summer Reading Adventure for adults, and our librarians have delved deep into the book mines to come up with challenges and book lists that should satisfy readers of many tastes and sensibilities. As they review books and participate in challenges, adults will be earning digital achievements and tickets towards one of our awesome Grand Prize draws. Children, teens and adults can visit our Summer Reading site at to find out more and pre-register for the Adventure, or they can download the free Beanstack Tracker app from Google Play or the iTunes Store to participate on the go.

Entertainment Books

BLACK FRIDAY SALE! For the first time ever, when you support our school's fundraising with a purchase of an Entertainment Membership from us between 6.00pm, Thursday 24th November and 6.00pm, Monday 28th November AEDT you will receive a second membership FOR FREE. Yep, that’s double the fun, double the dining, and double the savings!

This year's Entertainment Membership is packed with hundreds 25% off or 2 for 1 offers from all your favourite local restaurants, takeaways, attractions, shopping and more. Plus, for only $69.99 you only need to use your membership twice and you’ll save what you spent on it. So order now to get double the savings!

Most importantly, 20% of every Entertainment Membership purchased through us goes directly towards supporting our our school's fundraising !

Thank you so much for your support

Order here at our fundraising page:

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