Pounamu Newsletter

Week 4 - Term 2 2022

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Kia ora e te whānau,

I hope your week is going well!

We have been busy at school and many children have now finished their writing books and have started a new one. Some children took scrap books and writing books home in term one. If you could please return them it would be appreciated!

Also can everyone bring a few blue pens - we seem to have run low.


Pink shirt day was great fun. We certainly had a colourful syndicate! This week we are having assembly in the hall with Uenuku. It is the first time we have had an assembly with another syndicate for quite some time. We are planning on doing this 3 times a term.


We have quite a clothes collection in our lost property. If you are looking for something please check the clothing bin outside Room 4 or let us know and we can do it for you.

If you have any spare clothes, particularly tracksuit pants or trousers we would appreciate any donations. We also need some for kids who get wet, particularly over winter.


Next week is Sāmoan language week. We will be learning some songs and celebrating Samoan culture.

Ngā mihi,

Pounamu Teachers.

Eating times

Our children have two break times, at 11 and 1.10. During these times we supervise children for 10 minutes while they have something to eat.

The teachers then have their lunch, unless they are on duty over lunchtime. There are always adults around but if your child is a slow eater we may not always be able to stay with them the whole time unless they have a particular health need that we have applied for teacher aide help for.

If you have any concerns though let us know and we will ensure they eat the more filling items, like sandwiches first!

Covid - Orange level expectations

There are no requirements for masks at our year level but Pounamu children and teachers may decide to wear masks if they choose to.

We are able to have syndicate assemblies inside.

Parents are allowed onto the grounds but are asked to wear masks if they are coming into a classroom.

Library times

We have turns going to the library on Fridays. On an odd week Rooms 3 & 5 go, on an even week Rooms 2 & 4 go.

This week is week 4 so Rooms 2 & 4 will be going.

What's happening in Term 2

Week 2 - Tuesday - Cross country (postponement day Thursday)

New Zealand Sign Language Week

Week 3 - Pink Shirt Day on Friday

Kindness week

Week 5 - Friday - Teacher Only Day

Samoan Language Week

Week 6 - Queens Birthday - No School Monday

Life Education trust (Harold the Giraffe visiting)

Week 8 - Friday - Matariki holiday - No School

Week 10 - Wednesday - Reports going home

Friday - Last day of school for the term - 8th July.

Team Pounamu are:

R2 - Michael Heyes michael@paparangi.school.nz

R3 - Sam Diggins sam@paparangi.school.nz

R4 - Wendy Blue wendy@paparangi.school.nz

R5 - Amanda Newbery amanda@paparangi.school.nz (Assistant Principal)

R5 - Carolyn Collis (Part time teacher)


We are also supported by our hardworking teacher aides. They are Meerza, Tanya, Angela, Caroline, and Selu.

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