Rākau Nui Newsletter

Term 1, Week 2

Newsletter 08 February 2022

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We would like to welcome the following students and their families to Paparangi School and Rākau Nui; Nazar Roskolii, Josiah Samarasekera and Erin Pugong. Thank you for your response today with our unexpected emergency evacuation. We appreciate how quickly you all came to pick your child up. School will continue as normal tomorrow unless you hear otherwise.

Thank you to everyone for your support with our return to school last week, we understand how difficult it is not being able to come on site to see your child’s classroom and teachers. Everyone has settled back into school really well and it’s really nice to see all our students again. From tomorrow (Wednesday), there won’t be a Rākau Nui teacher at the gate in the morning as our students have shown us they are very independent and confident. There will still be a teacher greeting students outside the Rākau Nui classrooms with hand sanitiser every morning. If you would like to talk to us before school, send us an email and we can pop up to meet you. Teachers will still be bringing students up to the gate at the end of the day.

In 2022 there are two options for providing your child with an emergency pack:

  1. Supply a pack for your child or children, the same as previous years, which must be provided by 28 February:

➢ 1 small tin meal eg spaghetti, baked beans

➢ 2 small tins of fruit

➢ 3 snack items

➢ 6-10 (wrapped) barley sugar lollies

➢ 1 plastic spoon

➢ 2 large plastic bag

If a pack hasn’t been supplied for your child by Monday 28 February then we will presume you wish to order one through the school.

  1. Pay $7 and an emergency kit will be supplied for your child. These kits are nut free to cater for students with allergies. An order form will be sent home next week, where you will be able to pay using Kindo, Eftpos or sending $7 to the office.

Thanks to the Home and School Committee who are organising emergency kits for families who order them.

Our usual start of year presentations have been moved online. Rākau Nui will send this out to families on Thursday 10 February after school. The presentation will have information about learning, routines, digital safety including use of Chromebooks and the internet and where to find information should we need to move to online learning.

Then in the following week (15-17 February) we are running "Getting to Know You" interviews - by phone or a Zoom video call. More information about these will be sent home next week about how parents can book a time to talk with their child's teacher.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything with us, please remember that your first point of contact is your child’s home class teacher. Our email addresses are:






08 February (today) is Safer Internet Day and a good chance to talk to your children about digital citizenship and online safety at home. By talking about these things early, it should help the children be better equipped to deal with potential issues as they get older. You can find information about current trends, potential problems and ways to talk to children about it at https://www.netsafe.org.nz/advice/parenting/. For younger children, you could show them this Pause and Think Online video from www.commonsensemedia.org and talk about the ideas there. Google also provides a game-based web app to teach children about digital citizenship and online safety called Interland. If these links do not work or you are reading a paper copy of the newsletter, you can Google search the links instead.

At this stage Touch is still going ahead this term, under restrictions due to the red traffic light setting. Games are played Monday afternoons from 4pm (starting with the Year 1's and 2's). They’re 30 mins in duration and go for 6 weeks, starting 21 February. It costs between $25-$35 per player depending on numbers. Teams will be refunded for any games cancelled due to covid. No spectators will be allowed at the fields. It would be amazing to have more adults volunteer to help with teams - a reminder you must have a vaccine certificate to manage or coach - and the BONUS of volunteering is that you get to watch the kids play!

Click here for the Rego form for Term 1. Regos close 13 February. For more information contact Bronwyn Jahnke <admin@totaltouch.org.nz>.

We think we have attached this week's optional homework to this newsletter. Please let Jenni know if this doesn't work as we're trying something new and can find a different way if doing it if needed. More information about homework will be in our start of year presentation, but it is optional, provided for those who would like it, not something that has to be done every week.

Hei konā mai

Jenni, Trelise, Sarah, Christine, Ali, Judy, Kath, Andi, Leah, Kuini, Haley, Min and Megan

Useful Dates - Please note that all dates are subject to COVID restrictions and events may be cancelled or postponed

Wednesday 13 April - Term 1 ends 3.00pm

Thursday 14 April - Teacher Only Day

Friday 15 April - Good Friday (School Closed)