Board of Trustees

Term 1, 13 April 22

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Kia ora Parents, Whānau and Families

As we come to the end of Term 1, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and efforts to make a successful start to the school year. Despite the emergence of Covid-19 community transmission causing disruption and the cancellation of our usual start-of-year events we recognise that families have worked hard to provide continuity for our tamariki. It has also been heartening to see how our whole school community has pulled together to care for each other— our GROW values in action!

The School Board would also like to thank the teachers and support staff. The move to hybrid learning and other new ways of working in response to Omicron has been challenging and the Board has been impressed by the professionalism and dedication of staff to keep our community safe and provide consistent, high-quality learning opportunities for our students. Particular thanks must go to Mrs Arthurs, who has navigated the complex and ever-changing Covid-19 requirements often with very little time to get plans up and running. Her strong leadership has meant that Paparangi School has been well placed to respond to the Omicron outbreak.

Keeping in touch

If you would like to contact the Board, or if you want to find out more about what the Board does and how we operate, please speak to the School Office who will put you in touch.

The Board wishes you a safe and enjoyable Easter break and look forward to seeing you all again for Term 2.

Helen Ashton

Presiding Member, on behalf of the Paparangi School Board

Board Members

The Paparangi School Board makes important decisions about our school’s strategic direction, student progress, management, school culture and more. Your Board comprises:

  • Parent Elected member and presiding member – Helen Ashton

  • Parent Elected member and deputy presiding member – Duncan Kennington

  • Selected member – Cameron Sherley

  • Selected member – Gary Mitchell

  • Selected member – Richard Ng

  • Principal – Tracey Arthurs

  • Staff Elected member – Amanda Newbery

In September this year, the triennial Board elections will be held, giving parents a chance to vote for board members. We will also be looking to welcome new parent representatives on to the Board—if you’re interested in finding out more about how the Board works or being a parent nominee for the September elections, please contact the school office who will put you in touch with a Board member.

Board activities

By now you will have seen the extension to the school car park, the latest item of work to our school ground improvements made possible by property funding from the Ministry of Education. The larger space enables a better flow of traffic on school grounds, a safer environment for tamariki and staff walking through that area and helps to each traffic congestion on Beazley Ave at peak times. Further improvements to the playground and building spaces are planned for later in the year. The Board will be using a blend of grant applications and fundraising to assist with the cost of implementing the next playground project.

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