Uenuku Newsletter

Term 4 Week 2

Kia ora

We hope that you enjoyed the long weekend and managed to have fun the sunshine.


The five-day period of celebrations for Diwali, the Indian New Year and festival of Light, is upon us. Today Mr M created a big rangoli with chalk outside, and the tamariki designed their own smaller versions on paper, which we hope they will transfer to the court later this week.

We read a big book all about Diwali celebrations, and talked about some of the festivities we all enjoy such as dressing up, eating sweets, and watching fireworks. We hope that you were able to check out the finished artwork on the Uenuku court this afternoon.

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Swimming. Lesson 2 tomorrow!

Please remember to send your child with their NAMED togs, towel, swim hat and goggles (if they like to wear them) in a separate swimming bag to school tomorrow.

It is a good idea to include an extra snack or two in their lunchbox too, as the children often get very hungry after their lessons.


Thank you to those of you who came along last week to support your child and also those who offered to help. If you would like to help at the pool and have not already indicated so on the reply slip that you sent back to school previously, please let Rebecca know (rebecca@paparangi.school.nz) so that she can set up a roster for parent help over the coming weeks. We are keen to encourage the tamariki to be as independent as possible, and also need to ensure that the changing rooms do not become too crowded, whilst having enough adults to help if required.


We would like to share with you the routine that we have for the children to help them be independent when getting changed at the pool. Parent helpers, teachers and our teacher aide use this to remind and guide the children as they get ready.


Swimming with Uenuku tamariki


Thank you for helping support our children at their swimming lessons.

We like to encourage all of them to be as independent as they can. Please encourage them to dress and undress themselves, and support them by giving verbal instructions. It is fine to help them turn their clothes the correct way. Sometimes they may need help to dry their hair, especially if it is long.


We have discussed with them a process for getting themselves ready to swim, and then dressed again afterwards.


Arrive at the pool.

Walk quietly around the pool to the changing rooms.


Bags to be hung on one side of the changing room so that there is space for the next class.

  1. Take off shoes and socks, place socks in shoes under the bench.

  2. Take towel, togs, swimming hat and goggles out of the bag.

  3. Get undressed (turning clothes the right way round) and put them into bag.

  4. Get togs on.

  5. Hang bag on hook, hang towel on top of bag.


  1. Return after lesson. Get towel from hook, take off togs, get dry.

  2. When dry, place towel on floor and get dressed (any clothes dropped will land on towel not wet floor).

  3. Dry feet and put on shoes and socks.

  4. Roll togs into towel and put them in bag.

  5. Sit and wait for the rest of the class by the side of the pool.

Library Days

The children visit the library once a week and are allowed to take two books home. They can return these each week and choose new books. We have had to change some of the days that the children attend due to swimming and other timetable changes.


Room 6 and Room 7 children will now visit the library on Wednesdays.

Room 8 children will visit the library on Thursdays.

Hats, sunblock and water bottles.

In term 4 all tamariki and staff must wear a wide brimmed sun hat whilst outside. We have a school policy of no hat, no play. School sun hats are available to purchase from the office.


Looking ahead to the warmer weather, please remember to apply sunblock to your child before school. We have bottles of sunblock in class for the children to apply before lunch time. Alternatively, you are welcome to send your own sunblock with your child if you prefer. Please name this clearly.


We ensure that the children drink water throughout the day, every day. Please make sure that your child has a named water bottle with them every day. Thank you.

Daily reminders

  • Classrooms open at 8:30am. Prior to this teachers may be in meetings or busy preparing for the day and are not available to supervise the children.
  • Please provide a change of clothes in your child's bag. It's also helpful to have a warm jersey and a raincoat even if the weather seems warm and dry in the morning.
  • Please check your child's school bag each day - they may have a new reading book in their book bag, a notice, or have some of their wonderful creations to share. Wet/dirty clothes might be a possibility too!
  • Please send your child with a water bottle every day.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us with any queries, or pop in to see us for a quick chat either before or after school.


Ngā manaakitanga


Team Uenuku teachers

Team Uenuku

Mrs Fui - Leah Fuimaono leah@paparangi.school.nz (Mon, Tues, Wed)

Mrs Daly - Marilyn Daly marilyn@paparangi.school.nz (Thurs, Fri)


Mr M - Jason Middlemiss jason@paparangi.school.nz (part time teacher)

Miss Jensen - Michaela Jensen mjensen@paparangi.school.nz

Rebecca - Rebecca Arrowsmith rebecca@paparangi.school.nz (team leader/AP)