School Newsletter Week 7 - Term 2

Paparangi School, 18 June 2021

Nau mai, haere mai

A very warm welcome to tamariki and their families who have started at Paparangi School in the last two weeks. Welcome to our friendly school!

  • Uenuku: Haon Song and Avleen Kaur
  • Pounamu: Eevee Proffitt

Student Led Workshops - Wed 30 June

Student Led Workshops are a time for parents and whānau to find out more about their child’s learning. It is an opportunity for each child to tell their special guests about their learning and what they’re proud of. It’s a ‘special time’ when the children are in charge of the talking and parents are listening, encouraging and asking questions.

Student Led Workshops are most successful when children have their parents’ complete attention - therefore we ask that siblings do not attend the Student Led Workshops. The library in Room 9 will be open for supervision of other school-age children. It would be appreciated if families could make alternative arrangements for the care and supervision of pre-school aged children for the duration of your child’s Student Led Workshop (about 30 minutes).

Student Led Workshops are taking place on Wednesday 30 June at the following times:

  • 3:30-4:00pm

  • 5:15-5:45pm

  • 6:00-6:30pm

Please select the time that is convenient to you. Bookings for Student Led Workshops are available online and open from today. See the instructions about how to make an online booking in the separate notice sent home today.

Casual vacancy for a parent representative on the Board of Trustees

Zak Sutton, a trustee since September 2018, has stood down from the Board of Trustees. We thank Zak for his service to the school, with much of his time spent as Chairperson. Zak's resignation creates a Casual Vacancy on the School Board for an elected parent representative. The board has decided to fill the vacancy by selection. However if 10% or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held. A request for a by-election should be sent by email to Helen Ashton, Helen is the Presiding Member/Chairperson of our school's Board of Trustees.

School Board Members play an important role in shaping the education experience and achievements of our students. To know more about being a Board Member go to the Community Guide to the Role of the School Board or talk to the Principal or one of our current trustees - Cameron Sherley, Duncan Kennington, Helen Ashton or Susan Parker who can all be contacted through the office.

Board members are active leaders in their school. People often think board members need to have a legal or business background - but that’s not the case at all. The most valuable skills board members can bring to the board table are:

• Work well as part of a team.

• Not afraid to ask challenging questions.

• Have good communication skills.

• Be connected to their community.

If this sounds like you, why not come along to the next Board Meeting, which is scheduled for Monday 28 June at 6pm. Interested parents may come along to find out more about being a trustee - please register your interest at the school office.

Teacher Paid Union Meetings (PUM)

Paparangi teachers who are members of NZEI Te Riu Roa will be attending a paid union meeting before the end of term, with some teachers attending in the morning and others in the afternoon. The purpose of these meetings is for teachers to discuss the priorities for the renegotiation of their collective agreement in 2022. Issues being discussed, such as school staffing levels, directly impact on the education of our tamariki. While there will be some impact on the usual school programme during these meetings, we have adjusted the programme to minimise disruption, and the school will remain open.

Home and School Committee News

Thank you to all the families who purchased pizzas from Dominos in Johnsonville for our 'Doughraiser'. We raised $600 to towards a Friendship seat for the school. Thanks to Harman and his team at Dominos for working so hard on the night! We are in the process of arranging the friendship seat and hope to have this in place early next term.

Disco tickets are on sale so please remember to return slips and payment by Wednesday 23rd June. We have a great night planned!

Just in time for the school holidays we have our next fundraiser - a range of Kids DIY Kits for sale - you just need to pick the ones right for your children. There is candle making, bath bombs, beeswax wraps, decorating a Star for Matariki, painting, colouring and collage kits. There's something for everyone with great ideas for things to do during the holidays, or the kits would make great birthday presents too! A order form has been sent home with your child. Payment is due by 3pm Thursday 1st July, with collection ready on the last day of the term, Friday 9th July.

Thanks to everyone who ordered a hoodie to which we had an overwhelming response. The arrival date has been delayed once more due to the amazing number of orders that were received! Uenuku students have received their hoodies this week. Others will be delivered next week. Once again we apologise for the delay.

Finally we say farewell and a big thank you to Nadine Hall who has resigned from the committee after many years of being on the team. Nadine is our Disco Queen so it’s fitting her last contribution to Home and School has been to organise this term's Disco. With other recent changes, we have plenty of space for new members. Please contact us on if you are interested or would like further information.

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Dances for Schools

We enjoyed the family dance sessions last Friday. It was wonderful to see our tamariki showing off their dance moves - taking risks, showing grit and having fun! They did very well to learn a couple of different dances during their sessions with Mark, the dance instructor. Thanks to parents and whanau who came along to watch - we hope you enjoyed the show and joining in too!

We thank parents and families who have already paid a donation towards their child's dance lessons. A reminder notice will be sent home shortly for remaining families.

Road Patrol Reminder - Wait for the signal to cross from the Wardens

A friendly reminder to wait behind the white line until the warden gives the signal to cross. Do not cross before the patrollers have given the signal that it's safe to cross. This applies to children and adults too. We ask that parents use the crossing too, rather than taking a shortcut by the bus stop, even when they're arriving or leaving school by themselves - it sets a good example for our tamariki. Please consider the safety of our tamariki and the amazing job our road patrollers do to keep them safe. Thank you for your co-operation.

Sports News

This term has seen the beginning of Netball and Basketball. Netball has been played by the year 5 and 6 teams on a Saturday and everyone is enjoying playing. Basketball is on a Monday or Tuesday afternoon depending on the grade. All students are having a blast playing this too. We also had our school cross country from which some Rakau Nui students went to represent Paparangi School at the Northern Zone cross country. From there we had 6 students make it into the Inter zone cross country, they all ran their best and did an amazing job in the mud. Neve Hermann is heading to the Regional Cross country next month and we wish her the best of luck.

Upcoming Events

  • Junior and Senior Discos - Friday 25 June (Thanks Home and School for organising these!)
  • Board Meeting - Monday 28 June, 6.00pm
  • Student-Led Workshops - Wednesday 30 June, 3:30; 5:15 and 6pm
  • Bee Healthy Dental Van - 5-9 July (returning Term 3)
  • Last Day of Term 2 - Friday 9 July, 3.00pm
  • First day of Term 3 - Monday 26 July at 8:55am
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