School Newsletter Week 9 - Term 2

Paparangi School, 02 July 2021

Nau mai, haere mai

A very warm welcome to tamariki and their families who have started at Paparangi School in the last two weeks. Welcome to our friendly school!

  • Uenuku: Oliver Blake
  • Pounamu: Jah Bennett
  • Rakau Nui: Liceth Majia

Celebrating Student Learning!

Thanks for coming along to the Student Led Workshops which were held this week. We're really pleased with the turnout and proud of our tamariki for sharing the ways they are learning at school.


Students will receive their mid-year report about their progress and achievement next week on Wednesday. The purpose of reporting is to provide clear, meaningful information about each child’s learning. We report on reading, writing and maths because doing well in these areas ensures students are equipped with the range of skills, knowledge and attributes needed to access other areas of the curriculum - science; technology; learning languages; the arts; physical education and health.


At mid year, Year 1 students receive a photo report with a general comment about their learning in relation to the Key Competencies. In reports for Y2-6 tamariki, a child’s achievement in reading, writing and maths is compared against the Learning Progressions according to the child’s year level. In addition, there are written comments which celebrate each child’s recent achievements, and where appropriate, suggest possible next steps for learning.

Staffing News

We are delighted to announce that Rhiann Baker will continue teaching in Room 3 for the rest of the year. Rhiann joined our staff in Term 1 when Sam Diggins went on sick leave.


We are also pleased to let you know that Sam has responded very well to her treatment while she's been away and is returning to work part time in term three. Sam will be the replacement teacher in Room 4, while Jason Middlemiss takes parental leave for the rest of the year. Sam will teach for three days and Clare Adams will teach in Room 4 for the other two days each week.


We warmly congratulate Loreece Vesty and her partner Ciaran on their wonderful news that they are having a baby later in the year. Loreece will continue teaching in, Rākau Nui until the end of term three, before taking parental leave. Work is underway to find a replacement teacher for, Rākau Nui for the final term.


After the July term break Trelise Curle will open our ext roll-growth class in Team Uenuku. We look forward to welcoming the next group of families to our school. Up to now Trelise has been providing release for other teachers. We welcome Vanessa Janes who will cover release in the Year 1 team. Vanessa is a part time teacher who has worked in our school before.

Enviro Morning and Kowhai Rewards!

On Tuesday 6th July we are having an Enviro morning, 9-11am. Each syndicate will be looking after their areas around their classrooms and take part in nature based activities. It's a great opportunity for outdoor learning, so hopefully the weather is nice or we will postpone until early term 3. Kids, bring along your gardening gloves, gumboots, garden equipment - make sure everything is named. As always, let your child's teacher know if you'd like to help out, as parents are always welcome on Enviro Days.


The Kowhai basket is full so that means we've been recognising lots of students showing the values of grit, respect, others and wonder. As a reward for the huge amount of mahi put into showing such positive behaviour this term, we are having a movie session after the Enviro morning. What an exciting day ahead!

Bake Sale, Rākau Nui

On Tuesday 6th July, Rākau Nui are running a bake sale. The money raised on the day will go towards the Year 6 day out, Year 6 graduation and STEAM resources.


We are asking that if you are in a position to do so, Year 6 Rākau Nui students bring one plate of baked goods (cupcakes, cakes, biscuits, slices etc) to sell on the day. Year 4 and 5 students are also welcome to bake. Please bring baking to school in a clearly named container (if parents would like containers returned) with a list of ingredients. To keep our children with allergies safe, please do not bring items with any nuts or loose eggs/egg products (eggs in baking is fine).


These items will be available to buy during morning tea and lunchtime for all the students in the school. Baking will be priced $1-2 per item. Thank you in advance for your support.

End of Term Assembly - Thursday 8 July, 9.15am

Parents, Caregivers and Whānau are invited to our end of Term assembly which is going to be hosted by the students in Team Pounamu, Rooms 2-5. The assembly will start at 9.15am next Thursday, 8 July.

NZ Playhouse - Rumpelstiltskin

We are looking forward to having NZ Playhouse come to the school at the end of the first week next term on Friday 30 July to perform their Rumpelstiltskin play for the whole school. The tamariki thoroughly enjoy these shows, bringing the theatre to our school. The cost per student is $6.00 per person. Please pay via Kindo or internet banking.

Home and School Committee News

Thanks for your patience as we all waited for the hoodies to arrive. The rest of the order was distributed today and they look great! If you'd still like to order a hoodie, Home and School will be taking more orders in Term 3.


The new disco date is Friday 13 August. If you'd already ordered, your ticket is still valid for the 13th. Ticket orders are still open on Kindo if you'd like to now purchase a ticket.


Ordered closed yesterday for the Kids DIY Kits. Kits will be collection ready on the last day of the term, Friday 9th July.


All fundraising this term is going towards a friendship seat. We are in the process of ordering one to have in place early next term. Please contact Home and School at paparangihomeandschool@gmail.com if you'd like to join the committee or want to know more about any of the events underway.

What's on in Term 3 - Extra Curricular School Events

Several extra curricular events are planned for next term, providing learning experiences beyond the classroom. Parents are notified and parent helpers are often required so trips can go ahead.
  • A Performance by NZ Playhouse Theatre - each year we welcome the actors from NZ Playhouse to perform for students - their shows are lively and topical, with a different theme each year. This year's show is on 30 July and costs $6.

  • Year Y4-6 students are invited to participate in Dance Splash which is on Friday 17n September at the Michael Fowler Centre in the city. Information about tickets and costumes is sent home in the weeks before the concert. Tickets are $5 and will be available for purchase closer to the time.
  • Swimming lessons for Pounamu and, Rākau Nui are moving to term three and to a different location. Y2-6 children will be swimming everyday for last two weeks of Term 3 at the Cannons Creek Pool. Notices with more information will be sent home early T3. After the KiwiSport subsidy has been applied, the cost is approx $70 per child for transport and the cost of instructors.
  • Camp Kaitoke - Every two years a two night camp is held in term one for Y5-6 students. Camp is next year in February and parent volunteers required - collect a volunteer form from the office. A range of outdoor activities are offered such as kayaking, rock-climbing, flying fox, archery and raft building. The cost of attending camp should be $285 per child. However, our amazing Home School Committee makes a donation of $2000 to every camp which brings the cost down to $260 per child. The camp fee covers the cost of accommodation, transport and meals. Parents may pay at any time from now on, with a $90 deposit required in August 2021 from students in Year 4 and 5 this year. Future instalments are due in November and then January next year.

Casual vacancy for a parent representative on the Board of Trustees

There is a Casual Vacancy on the School Board for an elected parent representative. The board has decided to fill the vacancy by selection. However if 10% or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, by 16 July (28 days of this notice first being published) to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held. A request for a by-election should be sent by email to Helen Ashton, helena@paparangi.school.nz. Helen is the Presiding Member/Chairperson of our school's Board of Trustees.


School Board Members play an important role in shaping the education experience and achievements of our students. To know more about being a Board Member go to the Community Guide to the Role of the School Board , talk to the Principal or one of our current trustees - Cameron Sherley, Duncan Kennington, Helen Ashton or Susan Parker who can all be contacted through the office.


Board members are active leaders in schools. People often think board members need to have a legal or business background - but that’s not the case at all. The most valuable skills board members can bring to the board table are:

• Work well as part of a team.

• Not afraid to ask challenging questions.

• Have good communication skills.

• Be connected to their community.

Upcoming Events

  • Enviro Morning - Tuesday 6 July, 9.00 -11.00am
  • Rakau Nui Bake Sale - Tuesday 6 July
  • Bee Healthy Dental Van - 5-9 July (returning Term 3)
  • Assembly Hosted by Pounamu - Thursday 8 July 9.15am
  • Last Day of Term 2 - Friday 9 July, 3.00pm
  • First day of Term 3 - Monday 26 July at 8:55am
  • Newlands Intermediate "School in Action" - Tuesday 27 July, 9.00 - 10.30am
  • NZ Playhouse Performance: "Rumpelstiltskin" - Friday 30 July

Community Section

A great idea for family time! Take part in the Garden Bird Survey

The New Zealand Garden Bird Survey takes place over nine days between June 26 and July 4. People are asked to go into their gardens/backyards/marae/schools/local parks for one hour on any one of those days and count all the birds they see or hear. With 15 years of data we are starting to see patterns of environmental change. But we need you to keep the count going. The more we know about our birds, the better we can protect our environment for the future. It’s easy to take part in the NZ Garden Bird Survey. All you need to do is…

  1. Visit the NZ Garden Bird Survey website to get started.
  2. Select a garden, or a local park or school grounds.
  3. Choose any ONE day between June 26 and July 4, 2021.
  4. Look and listen for birds for ONE hour.
  5. For each species, record the HIGHEST number seen or heard at one time.
  6. Submit the results online at the NZ Garden Bird Survey website

Enter the very best bird pic you take during survey week and a pair of Nikon binoculars. Every completed survey goes in the draw to win a family nature escape weekend.

Marrzipan Drama Holiday Workshop

The Marrzipan Drama Holiday Workshop runs from 9.30am-4pm on Mon 19 - Fri 23 July. Students will devise their own play from scratch, create characters, direct each other, design the set, bring in costumes and get to perform to family and friends at the end of the final day! Past workshops have been a great hit! As well as having fun, the children develop confidence and public speaking ability, in a fun, relaxed environment. For more information check out our website! Spaces are limited to 16 per group so get in quick!

W: marrzipandrama.co.nz E: wellington@marrzipandrama.co.nz

KidzStuff Theatre - Badjelly The Witch

These school holidays KidzStuff Theatre for Children are presenting Badjelly The Witch, Adapted by Alannah O'Sullivan from the book by Spike Milligan and Directed by Hilary Norris

By arrangement with Playmarket.

What: Badjelly The Witch

When: 10th - 23rd July 2021

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

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

Tickets $12.00pp, Children under 2 Free

Bookings: www.kidzstufftheatre.co.nz

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Contact Us

Remember that parents can 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.

Staffing News

We are delighted to announce that Rhiann Baker will continue teaching in Room 3 for the rest of the year. Rhiann joined our staff in Term 1 when Sam Diggins went on sick leave.


We are also pleased to let you know that Sam has responded very well to her treatment while she’s been away and is returning to work part time in term three. Sam will be the replacement teacher in Room Four, while Jason Middlemiss takes parental leave for the rest of the year. Sam will teach for three days and Clare Adams will teach in Room 4 for the other two days each week.


We warmly congratulate Loreece Vesty and and her partner Ciaran on their wonderful news that they are having a baby later in the year. Loreece will continue teaching in Rākau Nui until the end of term three, before taking parental leave. Work is underway to find a replacement teacher for Rākau Nui for the final term.


After the July term break Trelise Curle will open our next roll-growth class in Team Uenuku. We look forward to welcoming the next group of families to our school. Up to now Trelise has been providing release for other teachers. We welcome Vanessa Janes who will cover release in the Year 1 team. Vanessa is a part time teacher who has worked in our school before.