Pounamu Newsletter

Week 4 Term 4 2022

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Kia ora e te whānau,

Welcome to term 4,

We are all busy getting ready for the Festive Fun Fair on Saturday the 19th of November. The children will be helping to make items to sell. It has been a lot of fun and we hope you can come along. You should have received a notice asking if you can help. Any help or support is much appreciated.

On Thursday and Friday afternoon, teachers will be going to union meetings. We are covering each others classes so school will still be open.

Ngā mihi,

Pounamu Teachers.

What's happening in Term 4

Week 5 -

Thursday and Friday afternoons - Union meetings for teachers (School will be open)

Saturday 19th November - Xmas fair

Week 6 -Swimming (Tues - Fri)

Week 7 -

Swimming (Tues - Fri)

Week 8 -

EOTC (Education outside the classroom) week

Week 9 -

Thursday 15th December - Pizza lunches

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


Room 5 is making sculptures. We would love some wire, pliers, foam, any kind of bits and bobs that could be used to make our creations. Thanks!

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 likely 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.


Please remember to return library books! Some children have not been able to get new ones because they have books still at home.

We have turns going to the library on Fridays. On an odd week Rooms 3 & 5 go, on an even week Rooms 2 & 4 go.


We have had a few positive covid cases at school.

Under current Ministry of Health guidelines, positive Covid cases must isolate at home for 7 days, starting at Day 0 on the day that they test positive. if your child tests positive, please contact the office immediately, so that we can work with you to calculate your child's return to school date.

If your child is a Household Contact they must test daily for 5 days from the first positive test result in their house.

We encourage mask wearing to keep everyone safe. Let's keep working together, so we are able to keep school open and fully staffed for the rest of the year.

Toys and Lollies

We would appreciate it if toys and lollies don't come to school. We cannot be responsible for looking after children's toys and it is upsetting for everyone if they get lost or broken.

Lollies are great as a treat but we would prefer them not to be at school.

We appreciate your cooperation with this.

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 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.


Many children are finding that they need new stationery.

We sell all the books needed at school and can add the cost to your account for you to pay later. We will send you an email to let you know we have done this. Most of the books are about $3.

Let us know if you would prefer to provide your own or if you have any that were sent home in Term 1 you can return them for us to use.


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.

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.

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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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