Pounamu Newsletter

Week 8 Term 4 2022

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Kia ora e te whānau,

We have enjoyed having some beautiful weather this week. Our trip to the gully was a lot of fun and we had a great day hut building, golfing and having a treasure hunt today.

On Monday is our trip to Battle Hill. We are leaving at 9.30 and the bus is leaving Battle Hill again at 2pm.

We have lots of helpers now thank you and the children are looking forward to feeding the eels and exploring.

I will put a list of what they need in this newsletter.

Friday the 9th is supposed to be wheels day. The forecast says rain but it may hold off until the afternoon so at this stage it is still on. Remember helmets are essential.

Ngā mihi,

Pounamu Teachers.

Wednesday - Market Day

At 3pm on Wednesday Pounamu is having a market day outside Room 3. We have some items left over from the fair to sell. Some great xmas presents for whānau! Everything is a gold coin.

Battle Hill - What the children need to bring!

On Monday the 12 it is our trip to Battle Hill. The children need:


Hats, togs if they want to swim in the stream, a towel, lunch and a drink bottle. A change of clothes is also good for those who tend to get wet!


We will be looking at the animals, going on a short nature walk, swinging on the giant tree swing, feeding the eels (carefully!) and having a swim/splash in the stream.

The woolshed will be open if we need it too.

I will check the weather forecast on Sunday and advise if it is going ahead or not on Sunday night.

Year 4 - 2023

The teachers have begun planning what the year 4 programme will look like for 2023.

We are finalising which teachers will be working with this group. The year 4s are to be based in Rooms 4 & 5. They will be working collaboratively together, separately most of the time from the y2/3s. We are looking forward to it being an exciting and challenging year for them.

Hats - Ngā Pōtae/Sunscreen

Term 4 is a hat wearing term. All children are expected to wear a wide brim hat outside when playing. Hats are available for purchase from the office.

IF YOU HAVE ANY SPARE WIDE BRIM HATS AT HOME WE WOULD LOVE SOME MORE AT SCHOOL.

If you have a child that needs sunscreen we appreciate it if you could put this on in the morning. We have some spare sunscreen for top ups if needed too.

No Nuts!!

Pounamu syndicate is NUT FREE. This means no nuts or nut products including nutella and muesli bars with nuts in them.

We appreciate your co-operation.

What's happening in Term 4

Week 8 -Friday - Wheels day (Scooters, skateboards, bikes and helmets)

Week 9 - Monday - Trip to Battle Hill

Wednesday - After school market stall outside Pounamu

Thursday 15th December - Pizza lunches

Friday 16th December - Last day of school for the year. School finishes at 1pm.

Important Reminder!

Unless you hold a mobility parking permit please do not park in our disabled parking space. This space is needed multiple times each day by at least one of our families and vehicles not displaying a mobility parking permit have been preventing them from accessing it.
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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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