Rākau Nui Newsletter

Term 2, Week 10

Newsletter 05 July 2022

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Staffing News

Megan Gill will be leaving Paparangi School at the end of this week. We would like to thank her for all her hard work and dedication over the years and wish her all the best in her new job.

We would like to welcome Angela Morgan to the Rākau Nui team from term 3. Anglea will be working with several students across the classes.

NZ Playhouse - The Emperor's New Clothes

We are looking forward to having NZ Playhouse come to the school at the end of the first week next term to perform their Emperor's New Clothes play for the whole school. The tamariki thoroughly enjoy these shows, which allow us to bring the experience of the theatre to the children. As this is the first time in a few years that we will be coming together as a whole school, we will be asking children to wear a face mask during the performance.

The Emperor's New Clothes performance is on Wednesday 27 July at 11:45am. The cost per student is $6.00 per person. Please pay via Kindo, internet banking or EftPos at the office.

Health Information Evening

There is an additional notice attached to this newsletter with information about our health programme running in term 3. We will be holding a parent information evening on Tuesday 26 July at 5.30pm in Room 11, Rākau Nui to give you the opportunity to view the teaching material and answer any questions you may have.

Information for Parents of Year 6s

Important dates for you to note regarding Newlands Intermediate are:

Thursday 7 July - Open evening in Newlands Intermediate School hall, 7 - 8.30pm

Tuesday 26 July - School in Action, 9 - 10.30am

August 31, 2022 - Enrolments close

Lunch boxes

With the colder weather, we’ve noticed that some students are eating more food and some have finished everything by morning tea. Could you check with your child and add a little bit more if they tell you they don’t have enough please?


Seesaw is a simple way for teachers and students to record and share what's happening in the classroom. Seesaw gives students a place to document their learning, be creative and learn how to use technology. Each student gets their own journal and will add things to it, like photos, videos, drawings, or notes. Each week more and more learning is being shared there. We highly recommend you check it and engage in conversation with your child about their learning.

There’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing choices…

As the weather starts to change, the type of clothes students will need at school will also change. In order to continue giving everyone the much needed breaks from mask wearing, we will be continuing to spend as much time as possible outside and this will include when it is drizzling and there are rain showers. We would appreciate it if students could have a named rain jacket and, if possible, a change of named clothes in their bag just in case. We will be taking a common sense approach to being outside when it’s wet and won’t be outside when we’re experiencing heavy rain, or if it is very cold and wet, as student well being is important.

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, Angela and Megan

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

Friday 08 July - Term 2 ends 3.00pm

Monday 25 July - Term 3 starts

Tuesday 26 July - Health Information Evening 5.30pm

Wednesday 27 July - NZ Playhouse - The Emperor's New Clothes

Monday 01 August - Cook Islands Language Week

Monday 08 August - Maths Week

Monday 05 September - Tongan Language Week

Friday 19 August - Rākau Nui Swimming Sports @ Tawa Pool

Friday 26 August - Northern Zone Swimming

Monday 12 September Māori Language Week

Wednesday 14 September - Māori Language Day

Wednesday 14 September - DanceSplash (more information to follow)

Thursday 22 September - Interzone Swimming

Friday 30 September - Term 3 ends 3.00pm