Rākau Nui Newsletter

Term 4, Week 3

01 November 2022

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The Year 4s will be looking at the lessons titled ‘Managing relationships and challenging situations’.

The Year 5s will be continuing to learn about looking after our bodies and examining the effects of advertising around self-care products.

The Year 6s will be learning about inclusive language and healthy friendships.

This week will be the last week for our in class health programme this year.

Swimming Lessons

Towards the end of last term, a notice came home about swimming lessons at Cannon’s Creek pool later this term. We would appreciate the permission slip being signed and returned before Friday 04 November so that we can work out numbers and liaise with the pool. If you have any questions, please contact Jenni jharrison@paparangi.school.nz

Road Patrol Celebration Lunch

This Friday 4th November, there will be a shared lunch for all children trained for road patrol thanks to the Wellington City Council and the New Zealand police. If your child is a road patroller/road patrol trained, you should have received an email with a Google Form attached to collect information about your child’s dietary requirements. If you could please fill that out as soon as possible, that would be great. If you have any questions, please contact christinel@paparangi.school.nz.

Medication at School

Any medication brought to school MUST go to the office with the following exceptions:

  • Asthma inhalers should be labelled and kept in school bags, which remain zipped up, so that they are safe and close to hand when needed.

  • Medication for serious conditions such as diabetes and anaphylactic reactions should be left daily in the Rākau Nui medical room so they are easily available and monitored by an adult.

If you need medication to be administered to your child at school, there is a form in the office that must be completed and signed first.

Zespri Young and Healthy

During this term, Rākau Nui will be participating in the Zespri Young and Healthy Virtual Adventure. It’s a fun program that runs for 5 weeks, using the pedometers that came home last week, and encourages activity, drinking plenty of water and other simple daily actions to support health and well being. You can find more information at www.youngandhealthy.org.nz.

Lollies at School

It has come to our attention that some students have been bringing lollies to school and giving them out to other students. Some students are also going to the dairy before school to buy lollies to give to others. We are aware that lollies are sometimes being eaten at school and sometimes being put in bags for later. Could you please talk with your child about not bringing lollies to school and not accepting lollies, or any other food, from others?

Activities for Year 4s

There are several activities planned for our Year 4 students, while our Year 5 and 6 students are away at camp:

Monday 7 November - St John will be running some age appropriate first aid training

Tuesday 8 November - Wheels Day - students can bring bikes or scooters and their helmets

Wednesday 9 November - Capital Basketball will be running a day of skills and games

Grocery Hamper Raffle

Home and School is running a big Grocery Raffle. We'll be sending home tickets for families to sell on our behalf at the beginning of 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. Please ensure all items have a valid expiry date. Return to school by Friday 11 November.

Te Korowai o Horokiwi Kapa Haka Festival Term 4
As many of you will know the Newlands area has a long tradition of sharing and celebrating kapa haka through an annual festival. Initially this festival was hosted at Newlands Primary School and in recent years it was hosted by Newlands Primary School at Newlands College. Due to the ongoing challenges with the pandemic we have not been able to hold a festival since 2019. As our Horokiwi cluster continues to grow and build connections we are keen to not miss the opportunity to hold a festival before the year is out. With the unavailability of the college hall in Term 4, Newlands Intermediate has offered to host this streamlined event in their hall. To ensure this is a positive and safe event for all in attendance, each school will have to consider carefully the size of their groups to ensure tamariki and whanau from across Horokiwi can attend. At Pararangi School this means only our Year 6 tamariki will be part of this festival. There will be opportunities in the future for other tamariki to take part.

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:







Hei konā mai

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

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

Thursday 03 November to Friday 04 November - School Photos

Friday 04 November - Road Patrol Shared Lunch

Monday 07 November to Wednesday 09 November - Year 5 & 6 Camp

Monday 07 November - St John’s First Aid Training for Year 4s

Tuesday 08 November - Wheels Day for Year 4s (weather permitting, helmets required)

Wednesday 09 November - Basketball Day for Year 4s

Monday 14 November - Northern Zone Athletics (pp 21nd)

Saturday 19 November - Paparangi Market Day 11am - 4pm

Tuesday 22 November to Friday 25 November - Swimming Lessons

Tuesday 29 November to Friday 02 December - Swimming Lessons

Tuesday 29 November - Interzone Athletics (pp 1 December)

Tuesday 06 December - Year 6 Leavers Celebration (More information to come)

Friday 09 December - Year 6 Day Out (More information to come)

Wednesday 14 December - Rākau Nui End of Year Assembly (More information to come)

Thursday 15 December - Home and School Pizza Lunch (More information to come)

Friday 16 December - Term 4 ends 1.00pm