School Newsletter

1 April 2022, Term 1 - Week 9

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Dear Parents, Whānau and Caregivers

A special welcome to the new students who have started at Paparangi in the last two weeks in Uenuku: Aadhi Vimalanathan, Jack Parsons and Pippa Sandford - Nau mai, Haere Mai! Kia ora and welcome to our friendly school!

Teacher Only Day

A reminder that school is closed on Thursday 14 April for staff to undertake professional development. Our focus this year is Literacy and Oral Language. The 14th is at the end of term, the day before Good Friday, Easter weekend. The last day of term is Wednesday 13 April.

Ngā mihi nui

Tracey Arthurs


Covid19 Update

Thanks for your support as some of our Red Traffic Light settings eased this week. It has been delightful to watch our tamariki re-connecting with friends and siblings from other syndicates out in the playground!

Our absence rate is starting to decrease as more students return to school after periods of isolating or recovering from Covid19. School is open for those who are not required to isolate and are well. Our focus is on ensuring our school is as safe as possible for as many tamariki as possible to continue their learning onsite at school for as long as possible.

The last Covid Notice was published last week (#12) with information about changes to the Red Traffic Light setting. Thanks to the families who are sharing daily health updates with the office. Your information is appreciated and is helping us with our day-to-day planning.

  • We have a small number of students isolating at home because they are a positive case or a household contact (8%). Most are Pounamu or Rākau Nui students.

  • This week we have had 3-4 staff away each day or working from home. Our hybrid learning programme is fully operational.

Please contact the school if you have any queries - we are happy to help. Contact the school at or or call 04 478 6617 (Mon-Friday, or leave a message after school or at the weekends).

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Uenuku: Aadhi, Avleen, Estella, Haon and Owen

Pounamu: Cassie, Catherine, Joseph, Klara, Lincoln, Marcus and Spencer

Rākau Nui: CooperB, Fletcher, IsabellaB, Jamie, JasperW, LeviS, Liam, MasonM, RyanM, Rhys and Samantha

Our tamariki have been working hard to use the GROW values this term and have earned enough kowhai tokens to fill the GROW basket! As a reward, Paparangi School will be holding a wheels day on Tuesday 5th of April. Tamariki may bring their wheels such as bikes, scooters and skateboards but please also ensure they bring a helmet. The rule is simple: no helmet, no ride! We look forward to celebrating the wonderful mahi and grit the tamariki have shown this term.

Enviro Day - Tuesday 12 April

Paparangi School's first 'Enviro Day' of 2022 will be held in week 11. The theme is Waste Free Paparangi where over the first three days of that week, tamariki from all syndicates will be focusing on revisiting recycling, composting, zero waste lunch boxes, litter bug prevention around the school and the tidying up and prep of our areas ready to plant, decorate or redesign! It is also a time where the Eco Warriors will introduce themselves and explain the new and exciting projects they are undertaking within the school.

A new initiative we are trialling is a Gardening Drive where students can bring a “donation” to Enviro Day of seeds, cuttings, bulbs, plant pots, plants, unwanted gardening tools, gloves etc. If you have any of these items going spare, we would love to have them! Please send them along to school with your child any day in week 11 and place them at the collection point outside the office where they will then be sorted and put to good use within the school. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Enviro Lead Teachers, Sam Diggins or Christine Latimer (Y1-3) or (Y4-6)

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Pounamu Enviro Group Update

We have been really busy on Fridays during Enviro Time.

  • Room 3 have looked at our garden and planned all sorts of trees and plants we want to grow and eat. We are going to get a LOT of topsoil so we can refill our vegetable gardens and tyres ready for us to plant lots of yummy vegetables and smelly herbs.
  • The Garden Gurus have weeded and dug, pulled and tidied up the garden ready for this new soil. It looks amazing!!!
  • Room 2 has planned what creatures we want and don’t want in our gardens and have designed some bug hotels. We are looking forward to making these.
  • Room 5 has set up the worm farm and the Worm Warriors are ready to collect food scraps on a Friday to feed these hard working worms.
  • Room 4 has started cleaning up the compost bin area and we will be setting up Compost collectors to empty all of our food scraps from our lunch boxes into the compost bins.

Thanks to Stefan and Bob our caretakers, the shadehouse is all weeded, ready to put the new weed mat floor down. Next we will set it up to grow some seeds and cuttings.

We would love you to help us, if you have any plants, pots, tools, seeds, stakes or labels that are cluttering up your garage or garden. We would love to give them a good home!

Eco Warriors update

Kia ora e te whānau! So far this term, the Eco Warriors have been working hard on developing a plan for what Enviro initiatives and projects they would like to pursue this year. We started by taking a look at our school environment and how the current systems such as recycling and compost are running to see what areas needed our help. We also looked at areas in the school which could be developed and used these to gather inspiration for new initiatives. As a result, the Eco Warriors have organised themselves into six teams:

* Recycling Team

* Compost Team

* Wildlife Team

* Rat Trapping Team

* The Green Team

* Fundraising/PR Team

Each team is currently drafting a letter to you, our school community, outlining their developing goals and action plan of what they are hoping to achieve this year. First up to introduce themselves is the Rat Trapping Team!

Keep an eye out in future newsletters for more information about our awesome teams and what they are up to!

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Miniball Term 2

Registrations are now open for Miniball played in Terms 2/3 & 4 at Nairnville Rec Centre. Teams are made up of Years 3/4 (playing Monday afternoons) and Years 5/6 (playing Tuesday afternoons).

Please register your interest by 4th April to Andrea at Please note that numbers are limited and priority will be given to those who have previously played in Paparangi teams. There is a cost per player to register each team per term. School sports tshirts can be purchased online from the supplier at - go to the ‘Paparangi School Club Shop‘.

Enrolment Scheme

Enrolment at our school is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available on our website, The board has determined that up to 4 places will be available for out-of-zone students in our third enrolment period for 2022. The exact number of places will depend on the number of applications received from students who live within the school’s home zone.

The third enrolment period for Term 3 runs from Saturday 9 July - Friday 30 September 2022. For students seeking enrolment within the third enrolment period, the deadline for receipt of applications for out of zone places is 9am, Friday 8 April 2022.

If the number of out of zone applications exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected by ballot. If a ballot for out of zone places is required, it will be held on 11 April 2022. Parents will be informed of the outcome of their application within three working days of the ballot being held. Details of how applications from out of zone students are processed are available on our school website.

Parents of students who live within the home zone and intend to enrol their child at any time during this year or next year please also notify the school as soon as possible to assist the school to plan appropriately.

This notice is published on the Paparangi School website, in newsletters and emailed to families who live out of the zone. A copy may also be requested from the school office - email Please note a public notice will no longer be published in the local newspaper. We ask that families please ensure your contact details, including address, are always up to date.

Enrolment periods are termly in 2022. There are four application periods and dates for enrolment periods are available on the school website.

Kind Regards, Paparangi School Board of Trustees

Movin’ March – It’s a Wrap!

Handing in Passports..

We’re collecting up all the WOW passports so we can send them into the Movin’ March team. Please return these to your class teacher or the school office. Remember you don’t have to complete a card (just one trip will do!) to go into win one of 12 x $400 MYRIDE vouchers!

Movin’ March would love to hear from parents – and you could win!

The team at Greater Wellington would love to hear what parents and whanau thought about Movin’ March. Please complete the short whānau survey here. You’ll also get the chance to win a $100 Prezzy card! Students can also take part by completing the student survey and be in to win a $50 Prezzy card.

Movin’ March – Thank you Whānau and Tamariki!

It’s been amazing to see the flurry of stamping during the last week of Movin’ March. A huge thanks to all the students, whānau and teachers who got behind Movin’ March and got into the spirit of walking, scootering, biking, skating and park-and-striding to school.

Don’t stop now – coming to school has been more fun & the school gate is much safer with all the walking and wheeling! Check the Getting to School website for ideas and resources that encourage active travel all year round.

Term 1 Dates:

  • Tuesday 5 April - Wheels Day - PB4AL reward!
  • Friday 8 April - Applications close for Term 3 Out of Zone enrolments
  • Monday 11 April - Board of Trustees meeting at 6pm
  • Tuesday 12 April - Enviro Day
  • Last Day of Term 1, Wednesday 13 April at 3pm
  • Teacher Only Day, Thursday 14 April
  • Good Friday, Easter Public Holiday, Friday 15 April

  • Term 2 begins - Monday 2 May at 8:55am

Community Notices

The Newlands Paparangi Progressive Association (NPPA) Survey

The Newlands Paparangi Progressive Association (NPPA) committee are volunteers who live in Newlands Paparangi Woodridge they want to try to make a difference in the community they live in. They like to do Resident Surveys every few years so we have an idea of what residents in our/ your Community would like in the Community. The 2022 Newlands Paparangi Woodridge Resident Survey is out NOW. They value resident feedback.

Survey is online or paper copies available to complete are at Newlands Community Centre and Newlands New World, There is also Survey collection boxes at Newlands Community Centre and Newlands New World. Survey closes 20th April 2022.

THANK YOU for your Support, NPPA Committee

Bigair Gym

At Bigair Gym, the classes are structured and follow a badge programme. This quality coaching & structure creates motivated and focussed learning, which allows children to focus on goals, gain feedback, reflect, and apply this to achieve through the levels! This type of training develops confidence, resilience and a positive attitude towards personal challenges and new learning. Parents keep telling us that Bigair Gym Classes are having a positive influence on their children, and they are benefiting from learning these lifelong skills outside of the gym. So, don’t miss out on this for your children! Book online for Term 2 classes from the 4th April into GYMNASTICS, TUMBLING, FREE RUNNING (Parkour with flips), TRAMPOLINING & CHEERLEADING!

Bookings are OPEN NOW online for Bigair Gyms active, fun & popular upcoming April HOLIDAY PROGRAMME. Half day & full day sessions: 8.30am-1pm or 1-5.30pm = $30, & 8.30am – 5.30pm = $45. We offer BIRTHDAY PARTIES at Bigair too, so please inquire today.

KidzStuff Theatre

These school holidays KidzStuff Theatre for Children are presenting Pirates vs Ninjas (vs The Evil Vampire Wizards), Written by Russell King from the book by Spike Milligan and Directed by Amalia Calder

What: Pirates vs Ninjas (vs The Evil Vampire Wizards)

When: 18th - 29th April 2022

Where: Tararua Tramping Club, 4 Moncrieff Street, Mt Victoria, Wellington

Times: Weekdays 10am & 11:30am, Saturdays 10am, no show Sundays

Tickets $12.50pp, Children under 2 Free


Helen O'Grady Drama Academy Drama Classes

Helen O'Grady Drama Academy Drama Classes. For over 40 years. Our international curriculum will help explore performance skills and creativity, overcome shyness, develop positive self esteem, grow imagination, , make new friends and have lots of fun. Fun after-school classes for 5 – 17 year olds held in Khandallah, Tawa, Whitby, Lower Hutt,. To enroll or for more information please visit our

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