School Newsletter

09 December, Term 4 - Week 8

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Dear Parents, Whānau and Caregivers

A special welcome to Yuvaan who has started school in Team Uenuku. Kia ora and welcome to our friendly school!

End of Term Assemblies

  • Wednesday 14 December - 9.15am - Y4-6 End of Year Assembly, parents welcome

  • Thursday 15 December - 9.15am - Y1-3 End of Year Assembly, parents welcome

End of Term

School closes at 1.00pm on Friday 16 December.


Lessons have finished for the term. These were very successful for our Year 1-6 tamariki. Thank you to all the parent helpers who assisted at the pool. Payment would be appreciated for lessons and can be made using Kindo or EFTPOS at the office. Thank-you.


It is that time of year when we ask for all library books, reading books, school t-shirts and any other school equipment to come back to school. You might even come across some of our blue, green and yellow GROW tokens in pockets or at the bottom of school bags - these can be added to the GROW tower in the office please.

Building Work - keeping safe around the building site

This week contractors have started the school's new building project. A bathroom and learning support office are being built at the end of Room 1, right next to the driveway. The area is fenced off to keep us all safe and please be aware of the extra traffic on the driveway as you are entering or leaving school.

End of Year Reports

All students will receive their end of year report on Wednesday 14 December. 2023 class placement letters and stationery lists are also sent home at the same time. Photo or calendar orders will be sent home later next week as well.

Grocery Raffle

The raffle was drawn this afternoon, Friday 9 December by the Principal, Tracey Arthurs. Prize winners will be notified and prizes can be collected from the school office next week. Thank you very much for your support, this has been a very successful fundraiser for the school!

Ngā mihi nui

Tracey Arthurs


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Marvellous Mural project

At the end of term three, we challenged our Paparangi students to design a mural panel to be part of the new mural that is going up on the Paparārangi Kindergarten wall as part of a joint mural project between Paparangi School and Paparārangi Kindergarten. We designed two panels - one with the train and viaduct and the other with elements of Seton Nossiter Park as a reflection of the local history.

Over 80 children took part in the design challenge and from there, we selected designs from Kaitlyn, Gracie, Stella, Matilda, Tayelyn, Zoey, Zara, Eevee, Lila, Jenson, Myca and Nova to create the final design. Elements from each child’s designs were incorporated into the final mural design. Artists from Rākau Nui, Pounamu and Uenuku have all had the opportunity to contribute to the process. Now that it is finished, the children are all very excited to see it installed and are already talking about how this has been an opportunity to learn more about the rich Paparangi history and how being a part of the experience is something they will remember for a long time.

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End of Year Kindo Tips

It's nearly the end of 2022 school year! Here are a couple of important notes from Kindo for those students who are moving to a new school.

  • Not sure if your new school is using Kindo? If you’re not sure, you can either ask the school directly or go to “My Details” in myKindo and click on the list of schools to see if your new school is listed.
  • New school IS using Kindo. If your new school is using Kindo, simply click on the new school from the list in “My Details” of your Kindo account and you’ll be attached to the new school’s menu. Any balance on your Kindo account will remain available to spend with the new school. If you have personalised accounts on your myKindo portal, there may be a slight delay as the schools switch records over.
  • New school is NOT using Kindo, or you no longer need Kindo. You may need to close your account (you can keep it open if a sibling will be starting within the next 14 months). If you need to close your Kindo account:

  1. Please stop any regular automatic payments now.
  2. Use the “Close Account” button within the “My Details” page on myKindo. You can either withdraw your account balance or choose to donate your balance to the school. Please note that all withdrawals will be made via electronic payment to your New Zealand bank account. Kindo is unable to process cash withdrawals.

If you are wanting to withdraw your Kindo account balance, or make a donation that exceeds Kindo’s threshold (currently more than $10,000 total within one year), Kindo will need to undertake some identity checks on you to comply with its obligations under the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Countering Financing of Terrorism (CFT) Act 2009. Please action the withdrawal or donation in your Kindo account as outlined above and if these AML checks are necessary Kindo will advise of the next steps required in this regard. Kindo has endeavoured to make this process as pain-free as possible and appreciates your patience. More information is available here.

What's happening this term?

Tuesday 13 December

Parent Helpers Thank you Afternoon tea @ 2:15pm

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

Next year's Term Dates

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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.

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