School Newsletter

4 March 2022, Term 1 - Week 5

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Dear Parents, Whānau and Caregivers

Thank you for your support since the notification of our first case on Monday. While we understandably now have a few more absences, our on-going focus is on ensuring our school is as safe as possible for as many tamariki as possible to continue their learning onsite at school for as long as possible. The number of positive cases in our school has not increased, although we do now have a small number of students who are isolating due to being household contacts.

#7 Covid Notice is out today with information for household contacts and about self-isolating. Please contact the school if you have any queries - we are happy to help.

Emergency Packs

Thanks to everyone who has either ordered an emergency kit for their child or provided their own pack for their children. There are still some children who don't have a pack of their own yet so these families will be contacted by the office next week. Every student must have their own emergency kit.

It's not too late to order - pay $7 and an emergency kit will be supplied for your child. You can pay using Kindo, Eftpos or send $7 to the office. Thanks to the Home and School Committee who are organising emergency kits for families who order them.

Ngā mihi nui

Tracey Arthurs


Wacky Hair Day

Wow! Check out some of our crazy hair styles today - looking good Paparangi! What a lovely way to end the week. There were some very funky hairstyles moving and grooving at Jump Jam this morning. Thanks for the wacky hair mahi at home - it's obvious Paparangi has plenty of creative helpers at home!

Photos: Some of the wacky hair styles in Rākau Nui (top), Pounamu (middle) and Uenuku students (bottom)

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Introducing our Office and Support Staff

Paparangi is lucky to have an amazing group of Teacher Aides who work in classrooms, along with Kerry and Lorraine, our 'dream team' who work in the office.

What Teacher Aides do

  • Teacher Aides enable classroom teachers to directly work with children with additional needs, and to implement teaching and learning programmes for a range of diverse learners

  • Carry out learning activities with small groups of children or one-to-one

  • Help with other students in the class and encourage students to play and work together and learn from each other
  • Provide extra supervision in the playground
  • If a child has additional communication, health or physical needs, the Teacher Aide may help with medicines, feeding, toileting, moving about the school and using specialised equipment.

Top Row: Angela, Caroline and Haley

Second Row: Lynn, Kerry and Kuini

Third Row: Lorraine, Meerza and Megan

Fourth Row: Min, Selu and Tanya

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Movin’ March is here!

We’re proud to be a Movin’ March school, and this month we’re looking forward to seeing whānau and students walking or wheeling to or from school. Walking, biking and scooting is a great way to improve well-being, to kick-start learning for the day and to save the planet! All students who wish to take part have been given a Movin' March 'passport' that they can get signed/stamped by a teacher whenever they have walked or wheeled to school. Students can give their completed passports to their teacher by the end of March. All passports go into the draw to win a $400 MYRIDE voucher.

Fancy winning a scooter? Parents who take part in the Whānau Facebook competition will be in to win 1 of 5 adult or child Micro Scooters or a Family Pass to Staglands or Zealandia. Check out the Movin’March website for more on these competitions and how you can take part.

Board of Trustees

Paparangi School is governed by a democratically elected group of people called the Board of Trustees. These trustees make important decisions about our school’s strategic direction, student progress, management, school culture and more.

Being a trustee is an important and rewarding role. Parents, caregivers and people who believe in making a positive difference to our children’s learning can all be trustees. Elections are being held in September this year.

If you would like to contact a member of the board, the school office staff will be happy to provide contact details. The current Board of Trustees is comprised of:

  • Board Chair/Presiding Member– Helen Ashton
  • Cameron Sherley
  • Duncan Kennington
  • Gary Mitchell
  • Richard Ng
  • Principal – Tracey Arthurs
  • Staff Representative – Amanda Newbery

The Board of Trustees meets twice a term. Due to the current Red Light Settings next week's meeting is being held online. For more information about attending next week's or any Board Meeting please contact the office.

Term 1 Dates:

  • Monday 7 March - Board of Trustees meeting at 6pm
  • School Picnic at Waikanae Pool, Friday 11 March - unfortunately our picnic is postponed until further notice.
  • Friday 8 April - Applications for Term 3 Out of Zone enrolments close today
  • Monday 11 April - Board of Trustees meeting at 6pm
  • Last Day of Term 1, Wednesday 13 April at 3pm
  • Teacher Only Day, Thursday 14 April
  • Good Friday, Easter Public Holiday, Friday 15 April

Community Notices

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Positive parenting during COVID-19

To support mental health, resilience and emotional wellbeing for our tamariki, the Ministry of Health has partnered with Whāraurau to offer Parents, Whānau and Caregivers free online versions of the Triple P: Positive Parenting Programme across the country. These programmes provide families and whānau with a toolkit to help guide behaviour positively and encourage children’s learning.

Find out more about Triple P and register for programmes.

There are three free Triple P online programmes available to help positively support children to reduce anxiety, build emotional resilience and life skills and cope with challenges:

  • Fear-Less Triple P Online – for parents and caregivers of children and teenagers (aged six to 14 years) who have significant anxiety
  • Triple P Online – for parents with toddlers to 12-year-olds
  • Teen Triple P Online – for parents with ‘tweens’ or teenagers aged 10 to 16 years.

Marrzipan Drama Classes

Come and join the revolutionary self-confidence programme - Marrzipan! We run awesome classes at Paparangi School, which focus on key life skills and public speaking ability. All scripts are original, engaging, educational and HILARIOUS. You can sign your child up for a Trial Lesson via our website
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Goodtime Music Academy - Music Bus lessons

The Music Bus has returned to Paparangi for another year - register for Monday lessons on the GTMA website or collect a flyer from the office.
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Contact Us

Parents, please use the App to send a message about a student absence. It is our preferred method of contact for non-attendance and is quick and easy to do.

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