School Newsletter

30 September, Term 3 - Week 10

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Dear Parents, Whānau and Caregivers

A special welcome to Mehal and Farah who have joined Rākau Nui, Sione and Lilian who have started school in Team Uenuku. Kia ora and welcome to our friendly school!

Positive Behaviour for Adventurous Learning (PB4AL)

Tumeke Paparangi! We celebrated filling the GROW Tower yesterday with an amazing science afternoon. Classes buddied up and spent the afternoon thinking like scientists, taking part in science experiments that explored transportation, the chemistry of magic milk and snow fluff, the science of oobleck and dry erase pen magic! What a wonderful way to celebrate our GROW values and see how amazing our tamariki are at using Grit, showing Respect, caring for Others and sharing Wonder. Enjoy the science photos later in the newsletter!

Teacher Only Day - School Closed: Friday 21 October

Just a reminder that the school is closed to students on the Friday of the first week back. Our staff will be working on assessment and reporting in preparation for the end of year progress and achievement reports that come home with your child in the last week of the term four.

Hats, Sun Block and Water Bottles - Time to get ready for Term 4!

A reminder that during Term 4 all students need to wear a wide brimmed hat when outside. Please ensure that your child’s hat is named. A school hat is available from the school office for $25.

Looking ahead to when we have warmer weather, please remember to apply sunblock to your child before coming to school. There is sunblock in classes for children to apply before break times. Alternatively, you are welcome to send your own sunblock with your child if you prefer. Please name this clearly. A reminder that we are a water only school. We encourage tamariki to drink water throughout the day, every day - it's one of the the best brain foods! Please provide your child with a named water bottle every day for the warmer spring and summer months.

To find out more about our SunSmart or related policies go to SchoolDocs website where our policies are published for your convenience.


It's great to see that swimming is back on the school calendar. Living in New Zealand with access to many different water-ways like the ocean, rivers, lakes and public or private swimming pools, swimming is a skill for life. Children have 8 lessons next term. Notices were sent home last week. Please return permission and payment by 4 November for Y2-6 and today for Uenuku students.

  • Y0-Y1 - Wednesday afternoons
  • Y2-Y6 - daily lessons, Tues-Friday 22 November - 2 December

Enviro Day and Gardening Materials Drive

Thank you to everyone who came along and supported Enviro Day on Tuesday. Thanks also for donations of seeds, compost, pots, tools and plants. The gardens have been mulched and weeded and are ready for the remainder of spring-time. A special thanks to the tamariki from Uenuku and Rākau Nui who buddied up to plant the new Kowhai garden beside the kindy gate. This garden has been dedicated to Ilona Szakats, a former teacher who passed away in September last year.

Thanks to a generous grant from Matariki Tu Rākau we have lots more seedlings for planting next term - if you would like to help groups of children plant these trees after the term break, please contact the school office to volunteer your help.

News from the School Board
The Paparangi School Board wishes to thank Amanda Newbery, who stepped down as staff representative from the Board this month at the end of her three year term. We greatly appreciate your mahi and contribution to the Board, and wider support of the students, staff and Paparangi School community.

The triennial Board elections are now complete. We welcome Michael Heyes, who joins the Board as the new staff representative and Roshane Samarasekera the new parent elected representative.

The Board would also like to thank all of the families and whānau who came along in support of our working bee. Thanks for your donations and help in the gardens. The grounds look amazing!

Happy holidays

Finally to all our families and whānau have a safe and happy holiday. We will see you back at school after the break on Monday 17 October. Remember the gates open at 8:30am. Thanks to all our parents helpers this term - it's great having you back in the classroom with us. Thanks to our teachers and support staff who have earned a well deserved break - happy holidays everyone!

Ngā mihi nui

Tracey Arthurs


Garden Dedication and Enviro-Day!

Keeping our kids safe around the roads

A concerned neighbour has reported they've seen children darting across Beazley Ave up around the bend by Jay Street.

We encourage all students to cross at the pedestrian crossing and ask that parents check their children know the safe routes for walking home.

Calendar Art

Tamariki have designed their own beautiful art creations that can be made into unique products for treasured keepsakes and gifts for family and friends. You will be able to order calendars, cards, diaries, mouse pads and sketch pads. These make awesome Christmas presents.

Order forms are coming home today to be returned by Tuesday 25th October (week 2, term 4) please. Rākau Nui artwork has been photographed and shared with Parents/Caregivers. Pounamu artwork will be shared via email next week and Uenuku artwork will be photographed in week 1 next term (currently work in progress!).

Thank you for your support of this fundraiser. Money raised will go towards building a climbing wall on the bank between Uenuku and Pounamu. Please contact with any queries.

Amazing Science - Wonder and Wow PB4AL time!

Ballet at Paparangi

This week a dance educator from the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company visited Paparangi and ran workshops with classes to introduce them to the world of ballet! Here's what some of the tamariki had to say about this learning experience.

  • Kiana said it was fun spinning and jumping. Alexis liked skipping and doing the ballet walks. They discovered that ballet is for boys and girls and hopes Jamie the ballet teacher comes back again!
  • I learned a lot of ballet actions which was fun. It was tricky to balance on one leg. Jerome
  • We got to do lots of exercise and it felt good for my body! Vivaan
  • It was very fun and entertaining because we could do lots of different things that we haven't before! Courtenay
  • I loved leaping across the room, I really liked doing splits in the air! Curtis
  • My favourite part was music mannequins when we danced to the music and stopped at the correct time! MaxS

Halloween Disco - save the date!

Ghouls and boys of Paparangi! Join us for a spooktacular Halloween Disco on Friday 28th

October. Tickets are $5 per child and available now via Kindo.

  • Juniors (Years 1 - 3) 5.00 - 6.15pm. Parent/Caregiver supervision is required at the Junior Disco.
  • Seniors (Years 4 - 6) 6.30 - 8.00pm

Show off your creative crazy costumes and gruesome groovy moves and you might just win a

prize. Pizza, hot chips and lots of sweet treats will be available to purchase along with frightfully fun stuff like stickers and jewellery. Ticket sales close Tuesday 25th October.

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Enrolment Scheme

Enrolment at our school is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available on our website, The board has determined that up to 10 places will be available for out-of-zone students in our first enrolment period for 2023. The exact number of places will depend on the number of applications received from students who live within the school’s home zone.

The first enrolment period for next year runs from 17 December 2022 - 6 April 2023. For students seeking enrolment within term one, the deadline for applications for out of zone places is 15 October 2022. If the number of out of zone applications exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected by ballot. If a ballot for out of zone places is required, it will be held on Tuesday 18 October 2022. Parents will be informed of the outcome of their application within three working days of the ballot being held. Details of how applications from out of zone students are processed are available on our school website.

Parents of students who live within the home zone and intend to enrol their child at any time during this year or next year please also notify the school as soon as possible to assist the school to plan appropriately. This notice will be published on the Paparangi School website, in newsletters and emailed to families who live out of the zone. A copy may also be requested from the school office - email or call 04 4786617. Please note a public notice is no longer published in the local newspaper. We ask that families please ensure your contact details, including address, are always up to date.

Paparangi School Board of Trustees

Festive Family Fun Day

Our amazing Home and School Committee are organising our biggest fundraiser of the year - a Festive Family Fun Day to be held on Saturday 19 November. There are lots of ways families will be able to support this important project, starting with seeking interest from stallholders. If you or someone you know would be interested in running a stall on the day please complete the attached application form and submit to by 30 September. Confirmation of a market space will be made by 7th October 2022. Event Information:

Date: Saturday 19th November 2022

Time: Set up from 9:30am for an 11am event start. All cars need to be off-site by 10:30. Event finishes at 4pm.

Venue: Paparangi School, Beazley Avenue, Paparangi.


  • Craft stall: $25.00 for a 2.5x2m stall inside or 3x3m stall outside. You will need to provide your own tables, gazebos etc. We also ask for a donation of an item for either a spot prize or to use as a raffle prize.
  • Food stall: $50.00 or by negotiation for a 3x3m stall/space. Limited power sites available. You will need to provide your own tables, gazebos etc.
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Paparangi Touch Teams

Summer and Touch season are coming! Touch is a great game for all tamariki, offering a space to connect with friends, keep fit, develop skills and enjoy success. Touch is an easy game to learn and heaps of FUN! Paparangi enters teams for students from Year 1- Year 6.

Games are held at Alex Moore Park from 4pm for 6 weeks from 31 October. Player fees are $25-$35. A Coach and Manager is required for each team to be entered in to the competition. As a coach, you will be well supported and valued so please don't be shy.

Register here-

Bee Healthy Dental Van

The Bee Healthy Dental Van has been onsite this week to carry out dental checks. They will return next term in Week 1:

  • Monday 17 October to Friday 28 October 2022.
If your child requires any dental treatment you will be notified, so an appointment can be made and this work will be carried out at the Dental Hub at Raroa Intermediate.

What's happening?

Term Four - first day Monday 17 October, school opens at 8:55

  • Wednesday afternoons - Swimming Lessons for Y0-1 students
  • Bee Healthy Dental Van - Monday 17 October to Friday 28 October
  • Friday 21 October - Staff Development Day - School Closed
  • Monday 24 October - Labour Day (School Closed)

  • Tuesday 25 October - Information evening for year 5 & 6 camp, 5.15pm in the hall

  • School Camp Y5-6 students - 7-9 November
  • Monday 14 November - Northern Zone Athletics (pp 21nd)
  • Kapa Haka Festival - Friday 18 November
  • Tuesday 22 November to Friday 25 November - Swimming Lessons for Y2-6 students
  • Tuesday 29 November to Friday 02 December - Swimming Lessons for Y2-6 students
  • Tuesday 29 November - Interzone Athletics (pp 1 December)
  • Tuesday 06 December - Year 6 Leavers Celebration
  • Friday 09 December - Year 6 Day Out
  • Wednesday 14 December - Rākau Nui End of Year Assembly
  • Friday 16 December - Term 4 ends 1.00pm

Next year's Term Dates

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Community Notices

New te reo Māori App – Wellington City Council

New te reo Māori App – Wellington City Council

Taranaki Whānui, Ngāti Toa and Wellington City Council are excited to launch Mahau, a new Māori language app to celebrate, encourage and share te reo Māori in Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

Mahau was developed alongside Mana Whenua to enable the community to give te reo Māori a go any day and anywhere. Mahau will also help to engage, speak and understand our local dialects of te reo Māori. It’s a free, easy-to-use, interactive app to help locals and visitors to the city get started on their reo journey. The app is being launched on the 23 September and will be available for download soon after.

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Kelly Club Churton Park October Holiday Programme

Kelly Club Churton Park Holiday Programmes focus on giving children aged between 5 and 13 the opportunity to do things they enjoy in a safe, supportive and encouraging environment.

This programme is packed with activities to entertain and inspire children. We have some exciting days planned: Time Travellers Day, Kiwiana Day, Spy Academy, Island Gateway Day, Top Speed Day plus trips to Awesome Bounce, Space Place, Roller Skating and Wellington Museum.
Click on the link to see the activity planner -
Kelly Club Churton Park Activity Planner

To enrol, email or ph. 022 010 9972

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KidzStuff Theatre

These school holidays KidzStuff Theatre for Children are presenting 'Why Are My Parents So Boring?', Written by Dan Bain and Directed by David Ladderman

When: 1st - 14th October 2022

Where: Tararua Tramping Club, 4 Moncrieff Street, Mt Victoria, Wellington

Times: Weekdays 10am & 11:30am, Saturdays 10am, no show Sundays

Tickets $12.50pp, Children under 2 Free


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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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