Pounamu Newsletter

Week 4 Term 4 2022

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Kia ora e te whānau,

I hope you all enjoyed the Festive Fun Fair on Saturday. The children worked hard preparing items to sell and looking after the stall.

This week we have swimming coming up on Tuesday. This is at Cannons Creek pool. If you haven't sent in your permission slip you can email amanda@paparangi.school.nz to give your child permission to attend.

Also please return any school readers and library books asap. We appreciate your support on this.

Ngā mihi,

Pounamu Teachers.

Swimming on Tuesday

Swimming starts on Tuesday and will be Tuesday to Friday this week and next.

We will be catching a bus in our groups to Cannons Creek Pool.

Your child will need:



Bag for them to go in

Possible extras - spare undies or socks! These can easily get dropped on wet floors


We have split the syndicate into 3 groups.

If you would like to know when your child is swimming please email their classroom teacher.




Room 5 is making sculptures. We would love some wire, pliers, foam, any kind of bits and bobs that could be used to make our creations. Thanks!

Year 4 - 2023

The teachers have begun planning what the year 4 programme will look like for 2023.

We are finalising which teachers will be working with this group. The year 4s are likely to be based in Rooms 4 & 5. They will be working collaboratively together, separately most of the time from the y2/3s. We are looking forward to it being an exciting and challenging year for them.


We have had a few positive covid cases at school.

Under current Ministry of Health guidelines, positive Covid cases must isolate at home for 7 days, starting at Day 0 on the day that they test positive. if your child tests positive, please contact the office immediately, so that we can work with you to calculate your child's return to school date.

If your child is a Household Contact they must test daily for 5 days from the first positive test result in their house.

We encourage mask wearing to keep everyone safe. Let's keep working together, so we are able to keep school open and fully staffed for the rest of the year.

Hats - Ngā Pōtae/Sunscreen

Term 4 is a hat wearing term. All children are expected to wear a wide brim hat outside when playing. Hats are available for purchase from the office.


If you have a child that needs sunscreen we appreciate it if you could put this on in the morning. We have some spare sunscreen for top ups if needed too.

Toys and Lollies

We would appreciate it if toys and lollies don't come to school. We cannot be responsible for looking after children's toys and it is upsetting for everyone if they get lost or broken.

Lollies are great as a treat but we would prefer them not to be at school.

We appreciate your cooperation with this.

No Nuts!!

Pounamu syndicate is NUT FREE. This means no nuts or nut products including nutella and muesli bars with nuts in them.

We appreciate your co-operation.

What's happening in Term 4

Week 6 -Swimming (Tues - Fri)

Week 7 -Swimming (Tues - Fri)

Week 8 -EOTC (Education outside the classroom) week

Week 9 -

Thursday 15th December - Pizza lunches

Friday 16th December - Last day of school for the year. School finishes at 1pm.

Important Reminder!

Unless you hold a mobility parking permit please do not park in our disabled parking space. This space is needed multiple times each day by at least one of our families and vehicles not displaying a mobility parking permit have been preventing them from accessing it.
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Team Pounamu are:

R2 - Michael Heyes michael@paparangi.school.nz

R3 - Sam Diggins sam@paparangi.school.nz

R4 - Marilyn Daly and Leah Fuimaono

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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