School Newsletter

20 October, Term 4 - Week 1

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Dear Parents, Whānau and Caregivers

A special welcome to Erica, Hazel, Olive, Alexi, Liam, Charlie, Evelyn and Kobe who have started school in Team Uenuku. Kia ora and welcome to our friendly school!

Welcome to Term 4!

I hope your holiday was full of family, friends and fun. It's lovely to see the sun, which means our tamariki can get outside with their friends during break times. I've enjoyed the holiday stories some of them have shared with me this week.

It's great to have our tamariki back at school with us for an action packed term of learning and GROW.There are lots of extra curricular activities that are planned for Term 4 and we are very pleased these will be able to go ahead for the first time in two years!

Staff News

Welcome back to Loreece Vesty who has returned from parental leave to be the Room 4 teacher in Team Pounamu for the rest of the year.

Welcome also to Mrs Fui and Ms Daly who have joined Team Uenuku this term as the new roll-growth class teachers. As you can see from our welcome list at the start of the newsletter, we have had a lot of tamariki start school this week!

Teacher Only Day - School Closed: Friday 21 October

A reminder that the school is closed to students TOMORROW. Our staff are working on student assessments in preparation for the end of year progress and achievement reports that come home with your child later in term four.

Hats, Sun Block and Water Bottles - Time to get ready for Term 4!

A reminder that during Term 4 all students need to wear a wide brimmed hat when outside. Please ensure that your child’s hat is named. We have school hats available from the school office for $25, however due to manufacturing delays we have limited sizes until further notice. Students who are not prepared for the sun play in the shaded areas of the school.


It's great to see that swimming is back on the school calendar. Swimming is a skill for life - especially as living in New Zealand provides us with access to many different water-ways like the ocean, rivers, lakes and public or private swimming pools. Children have 8 lessons this term. Uenuku students started their lessons yesterday and will go weekly on Wednesdays until early December. Please return permission and payment by 4 November for Y2-6 students.

First Aid Training

During the term break many staff attended St Johns First Aid Training. This training included how to administer an epipen in case of life threatening allergic reactions and CPR as well as the first aid required for cuts, breaks or burns. We appreciate that our staff used some of their non-contact time to upskill in first aid so that every member of the school can respond to the first aid needs of our community at any time.

ShakeOut next Thursday

Our school is taking part in the nation-wide Shake Out challenge on 27 October and will practice what we do at school in the event of an earthquake. You may also like to take the chance to talk about what to do at home in an earthquake with your child. Check out the Get Ready website to find out what to do before, during and after an emergency.

Can you help?

Volunteers are needed to plant more trees after last term's successful Enviro-Day. If you're able to spare an hour here or there to work with a small group of students, please let the office know. There is no set time, we can be flexible depending on when parents are available to help. We have lots more seedlings to plant on the bank beside the kindy gate.

Thank You!

Thanks to Kylie Lamont for using her creative super powers to make the most amazing felt version of our Paparangi logo, we love it!

Ngā mihi nui

Tracey Arthurs


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Calendar Art

Tamariki have designed their own beautiful art creations that can be made into unique products for treasured keepsakes and gifts for family and friends. You will be able to order calendars, cards, diaries, mouse pads and sketch pads. These make awesome Christmas presents or birthday gifts.

Order forms have been sent home to be returned by Tuesday 25th October please, after the long weekend. The student's artworks have been shared with you online.

Thank you for your support of this fundraiser. Money raised will go towards building a climbing wall on the bank between Uenuku and Pounamu. Please contact with any queries.

Halloween Disco - save the date!

Ghouls and boys of Paparangi! Join us for a spooktacular Halloween Disco on Friday 28th

October. Tickets are $5 per child and available now via Kindo. Ticket orders close Tuesday 25th October.

  • Juniors (Years 1 - 3) 5.00 - 6.15pm. Please note parent/caregiver supervision is required at the Junior Disco.
  • Seniors (Years 4 - 6) 6.30 - 8.00pm

Show off your creative crazy costumes and gruesome groovy moves and you might just win a

prize. Pizza, hot chips and lots of sweet treats will be available to purchase along with frightfully fun stuff like stickers and jewellery. Thanks to our wonderful Home and School Committee for running this much loved event!

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News from the Home and School Committee

Our amazing Home and School Committee are organising our biggest fundraiser of the year - a Festive Family Fun Day to be held on Saturday 19 November. There are lots of ways families will be able to support this important project. To volunteer your help or to make a donation contact the Home and School on <>

2nd Hand Clothing Stall

The Home and School Committee is collecting children's clothes for a 2nd hand clothing stall at our upcoming market. Have you got any good quality, clean second hand children's clothes that you are wanting to get rid of? We are accepting newborn through to Size 14 items. Please send them to the office before the 11th of November.

Grocery Hamper Raffle

Home and School is running a big Grocery Raffle this term. We'll be sending home tickets for families to sell on our behalf at the beginning of November to coincide with the Family Fun Day on Saturday 19 November. But first we need your help to make the hampers! Please can every family donate a grocery item for the hampers. Each class has something different to bring along - a chart is attached with suggested donations for each class. Please ensure all items have a valid expiry date. Please send donations to school by Friday 11 November. Many thanks for your support!

Grocery Hamper Raffle Donations

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Raising Concerns

Where appropriate, we try to deal with concerns and complaints informally in the first instance. If you would like to raise a concern with us, please follow the steps below. If you believe your concern cannot be resolved informally, it may be appropriate to make a formal complaint – see Making a Formal Complaint or Serious Allegation.

1. Raise the concern with the right person. In all instances, you may have a support person to help you raise a concern or make a complaint. If you approach a board member with your concerns, you will be asked to follow the actions below and the board member will inform the Principal and Board Chair. If several people share the same concern, the process is the same. We ask that you approach the school directly, rather than use social media to raise your concern.

  • If you have a general concern about the school or its programmes, discuss it with the person involved or with a member of the management team or the principal.
  • If you have a particular concern about a staff member or a school activity, contact the person involved to discuss the matter privately. We ask that you make this direct approach as soon as possible.

    If you do not wish to approach the person involved, contact a Team Leader or the Principal to discuss your concern. They may communicate with the person involved.

  • If you have a concern about your own child or one of our other students, contact the student's class teacher or the principal to discuss the matter. The school monitors, records, and responds appropriately to any concerns about a student's safety and welfare. If your concern relates to another student, you must not approach that student or their parents/caregivers/whānau directly. Speak to their teacher or the principal.
  • If you have a concern about another parent, caregiver, or member of the school community on a school-related matter, raise this with the principal.
  • If the matter concerns the principal and you have not first resolved it by discussion, or you feel uncomfortable directly approaching the principal, contact the board chair.
  • If the matter concerns a board member, contact the board chair, or deputy chair if it concerns the board chair.

2. Work towards a resolution In most cases, concerns can be resolved informally with constructive discussions.

  • Be prepared to make a time to discuss your concern if the person involved is unable to talk with you straight away.
  • Be open to listening to the other side of the story to avoid communication breakdowns.
  • Follow-up actions or later check-ins may be able to be agreed where appropriate.
  • Involving a third party to facilitate discussion or participate in a meeting may be appropriate.

If you are unhappy with the outcome of your initial meeting, contact the principal, a member of the management team, or the board chair to discuss further resolution. If this process does not resolve your concern, you can make a formal complaint.

3. Follow-up and feedback Resolution of the concern or complaint may include checking that the solutions have been implemented and are working. The effectiveness of the solutions may be fed back to the person who raised the issue where appropriate. This follow-up may be recorded in the concerns and complaints register. In some circumstances it will not be possible or appropriate for the school to advise you of a final outcome. For an overview of the process, refer to our Concerns and Complaints Process flowchart, displayed here or go to the School Docs website for more information.

Paparangi Touch Teams

Summer and Touch season are coming! Touch is a great game for all tamariki, offering a space to connect with friends, keep fit, develop skills and enjoy success. Touch is an easy game to learn and heaps of FUN! Paparangi enters teams for students from Year 1- Year 6.

Games are held at Alex Moore Park from 4pm for 6 weeks from 31 October. Player fees are $25-$35. A Coach and Manager is required for each team to be entered in to the competition. As a coach, you will be well supported and valued so please don't be shy.

Register here-

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What's happening this term?

Monday 17 October to Friday 28 October

Bee Healthy Dental Van

Wednesday afternoons

Swimming Lessons for Y0-1 students

Friday 21 October

Staff Development Day - School Closed

Monday 24 October

Labour Day - School Closed

Tuesday 25 October
Information Evening for Year 5 & 6 Camp, 5.15pm in the hall

Thursday 27 October
Vision and Hearing Nurse visit

Friday 28 October

Junior Disco - Years 1-3, 5.00-6.15pm

Senior Disco - Years 4-6, 6.30-8.00pm

Monday 31 October

Board of Trustees Meeting - 6.00pm Staffroom

Tuesday 1 November

New Entrant Parent Evening, 6.00pm

Thursday 3 & Friday 4 November

School Photo Days

7-9 November

School Camp Y5-6 students

Monday 14 November

Northern Zone Athletics (pp 21nd)

Friday 18 November

Newlands Paparangi Kapa Haka Festival

Saturday 19 November

Festive Family Fun Day

Tuesday 22 November to Friday 25 November

Swimming Lessons for Y2-6 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

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

Bee Healthy Dental Van

The Bee Healthy Dental Van are back this term to complete dental checks. They plan to be here until Friday 28 October 2022.

If your child requires any dental treatment you will be notified, so an appointment can be made and this work will be carried out at the Dental Hub at Raroa Intermediate.

Next year's Term Dates

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Community Notices

New te reo Māori App – Wellington City Council

New te reo Māori App – Wellington City Council

Taranaki Whānui, Ngāti Toa and Wellington City Council are excited to launch Mahau, a new Māori language app to celebrate, encourage and share te reo Māori in Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

Mahau was developed alongside Mana Whenua to enable the community to give te reo Māori a go any day and anywhere. Mahau will also help to engage, speak and understand our local dialects of te reo Māori. It’s a free, easy-to-use, interactive app to help locals and visitors to the city get started on their reo journey. The app is being launched on the 23 September and will be available for download soon after.

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Newlands Intermediate School Music Centre

The Music Centre provides opportunities for students in the Newlands/Johnsonville are to develop their musical education outside of normal school hours.

Classes are held on weekdays during the school term. Concerts are held at the end of the year. .

In 2023 tuition will be offered in the following instruments : Violin, Piano and Guitar.

For further information please ring the school office on 4788195 or email Kay Good at

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Contact Us

Parents, please use the App to send a message about a student absence. It is our preferred method of contact for non-attendance and is quick and easy to do.

Our newsletter is proudly sponsored by Ashton D'Silva

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