Pounamu Newsletter

Week 4- Term 3 2022

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Kia ora e te whānau,

We have all been enjoying our inquiry into the oceans. Different classrooms have gone into different directions as to what they are learning. These include learning about ocean topography, tides and currents, the water cycle, ocean animals, the importance of the ocean as part of the world's ecosystem and the effects of pollution.

This coming week we will all be making a piece of artwork that will be used as calendar art and available for purchase as a calendar or note book. Keep warm and dry!

Ngā mihi,

Pounamu Teachers.

Relationship and Sexuality Education - Monday

We have started our Relationship and Sexuality Education programme.

The topic this coming Monday is as follows:

Y2s -Learning outcomes

• Students will discuss the changes in their bodies from birth to


• Students will identify things that they can do now and set goals to

work on.

The focus is on how the people can do different things at different ages such as crawling, walking, running.

Y3s -Learning outcomes

• Students will recognise the ways that they look different to

each other.

• Students will identify the things that they like about their own


The focus is on positive body image.

For those of you who were unable to come to the parent meeting the link to our presentation is here.

If you have any questions please contact Amanda at amanda@paparangi.school.nz.


Many children are finding that they need new stationery.

We sell all the books needed at school and can add the cost to your account for you to pay later. We will send you an email to let you know we have done this. Most of the books are about $3.

Let us know if you would prefer to provide your own.


Reading at home

Every week your child has a selection of readers to choose from to take home for reading practise. These readers should be at a level that your child can read by themselves. If they need help try pausing, prompting and praising. Ask them to look at the initial letter of the word, and think about what looks right, sounds right and makes sense.

We find that reading consistently with children is the best way to help them progress, especially when they are first starting to learn to read.

Try to keep if fun, be positive, and make it a time for you to have some quiet time with your child.

To support reading you can also login to Sunshine online and Epic books. They have online reading and activities you can do. Sunshine online is login paparangi password - school. Epic is a site you can login yourself.

If you need any help contact amanda@paparangi.school.nz

Library times

We have turns going to the library on Fridays. On an odd week Rooms 3 & 5 go, on an even week Rooms 2 & 4 go.

What's happening in Term 3

Week 1 - School starts at 8.55

Wednesday - Playhouse theatre production in the hall.

Week 2 - Cook Islands Language Week

Tuesday 5.30 - Relationship and Sexuality Education information evening.

Week 3 - Maths week

Week 5 - 23.8.22 - New Entrant information evening

Week 8 - Te wiki o te reo Maori

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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