School Newsletter Week 10 - Term 3

1 October 2021

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Nau mai, haere mai

A very warm welcome to tamariki and their families who have started at Paparangi School in the past two weeks, welcome to our friendly school: Jaxon Flaws and Brooklyn Hardie in Uenuku.

Wow, what a term it's been! It's fair to say I think we're all pleased the holidays are here! I wish or students and staff a relaxing break with friends and family. I'm looking forward to visiting whānau in Napier and spending time in my garden.


Today we farewell Loreece Vesty who is taking parental leave. We wish Loreece all the best for the arrival of her baby and offer her warm wishes for the special times ahead.


We welcome to Andi Fancy who started this week as Rākau Nui's replacement teacher for the rest of the year. Once schools are able to move back to Level 1, Rākau Nui parents are welcome to pop in and meet Andi.


A newsletter from our Board of Trustees is attached with today's newsletter.


Keep safe over the break, and if you're out and about over the holidays, let's all support local!

See you next term, our first day back is Monday 18 October.


Ngā mihi nui

Tracey Arthurs, Principal

Paparangi has a new sign!

A big thank you to the creative team at Childspace, who built our new sign in the same shape as our 'P' logo. We love that it represents Paparangi’s special features. Our school name is a combination of the names of the earth mother and sky father from the Māori creation myth - Papatūānuku and Ranginui (Papa and Rangi), so the green and blue represents this connection. Our school was the first one in Wellington City to become a Green Gold Enviro School so the blue and green colours also strongly reflect our standing as guardians of the environment. There are four Kowhai to represent the four GROW Values - Grit, Respect, Others and Wonder and of course they are represented in the enduring school colour ‘yellow’. Here are some of the tamariki from Uenuku checking the new sign out! They like how the sun shines through the P!

Here are some of the tamariki from Uenuku checking the new sign out! They like how the sun shines through the P!

Onesie Day!

Well done Paparangi for making great choices and using the GROW values! We filled the GROW basket and celebrated today by having a onesie or PJ day. Here are a few of the tamariki dancing at Jump Jam in their onesies!

School is closed on Friday 22 October, Labour Day long weekend

Our next scheduled Teacher Only Day is the first week of next term on Friday 22 October. School is closed on this day. Teacher Only Days are valuable opportunities for all of our staff to come together for professional development. Our focus in term four is our local curriculum 'Growing Adventurous Learners' and quality assessment and reporting.


You will find dates for the entire year's teacher only days on the school website at the end of each page, under the term dates. This is the last TOD for 2021.

Hats on in Term 4

Term 4 is a no hat - no play term - wide brimmed hats must be worn outside. Hats with the new school logo may be purchased from the school office for $25 each. Orders taken on Kindo.

Calendar Art Fundraiser

The children have been creating amazing art work as part of our Calendar Art Fundraiser. A separate notice will be sent home today that gives information about the selection of items that can be purchased with your child’s artwork on the cover and how to order them. They make fabulous Christmas gifts!


The closing date for receipt of orders is Thursday 21st October (the first Thursday of term 4). Even given the delay we have experienced due to the lockdown, we are still hopeful that the items ordered will be with you before the end of term 4. Details for payment are included on the order form. We appreciate that, due to Level 2 restrictions, you are not currently able to come into school to view your child’s art. So that you have an idea of the finished product, we will be sharing photos of each home group’s artwork later today. Thank you in advance for your support. We are fundraising for a new playground.

Head lice, nits, or kutis

Head lice, nits, or kutis, are very common in kids and easily spread around school. They can be annoying but are treatable. We have been advised that there is a head lice outbreak in the school at the moment - and it's in all three syndicates so please check your child’s hair during the holiday period.


How can I tell if my child has head lice?

Your child may have an itchy scalp, especially around the nape of the neck, crown and ears. You may see live lice on the scalp, or hard, pale grey or yellow-white eggs (nits) like grains of salt attached to the hair, close to the scalp. Or the first indication you may have is when we tell you there's an outbreak.


Will my child have to stay away from school?

The Ministry of Health advise that a child with live lice should stay away from kura or school until treatment has started. Once the treatment has started, it's okay to return to school.


How can I stop my child getting head lice?

Head lice is really common in children but here are some things you can do to help prevent them:

  • brush your child’s hair every day (or remind them to do this)
  • don’t share brushes, combs, towels or hats
  • check your child’s hair for lice regularly, and act straight away if you find any
  • you don’t need to shave your child’s hair, but it can help to keep it short or tied up when at school.


What can I do if my child keeps getting re-infested?

It is very frustrating when you have treated your child and find they keep getting re-infested.

Please tell us every time your child comes home with a fresh batch of lice – so that the whole school community can take responsibility for the problem. If head lice are an ongoing problem the public health nurse may assist us to provide information and advice to families. It’s also common for children to re-infest themselves - it only takes a stray nit or lice to start the cycle again. Make sure you complete any treatment, keep checking, and follow the prevention tips.


For more information go to https://parents.education.govt.nz/primary-school/wellbeing/head-lice/ .

Home & School News

Thanks to the Home and School Committee for running a sausage sizzle today and thanks for buying lots of sausages! Fund-raising from Home and School is going towards a new outdoor stereo system. The second run of orders for school hoodies closed today. There will be no more orders taken this year.


With great disappointment the movie night that was planned for Tuesday 5 October has been postponed. We look forward to offering a similar event one day in the future when we return to Alert Level 1 settings.

After School Sport

Paparangi School Touch Teams Year 1-Year 6

Summer is coming, which means so is the exciting touch season for the kids (and parents!). We are now taking registrations for those keen to play in Term 4. Here are the details:


  • Games are played at Alex Moore Park Monday afternoons from 4pm.
  • Games start 1st November for 6 weeks.
  • Games are 30 minutes and once the draw is done, generally the same time every week.
  • Both boys and girls are invited to play.


To play costs $25 per player for the term and everyone gets a prize at prize giving on the last day. Once Level 1 resumes we will offer some touch training sessions before school for students to try it out. Touch is easy to learn, fun and well supported within the Paparangi School community. Come give it a go! Register your child here before 20 October: https://forms.gle/k1Dn2yukTV5tZScx6

Scholastic Book Club Orders

There is a delay in receiving book orders due to Auckland being in lockdown. We had hoped to receive the orders by the end of the term but they are still yet to arrive. We will be in touch in Term 4 when they finally arrive.

Upcoming Events

  • 9am, 15 October, Out of Zone Enrolments close; refer to Newsletter #8 or go to the school website for more information
  • First day of Term 4, 8:55am, Monday 18 October
  • Calendar Art Orders Close, Thursday 21 October
  • Junior Parent Information Session - Sexuality Education in Y0-3; 5:30pm, Thursday 21 October, a separate notice is being emailed to Pounamu and Uenuku parents
  • Teacher Only Day, school closed; Friday 22 October
  • Labour Day Public Holiday, school closed; Monday 25 October
  • Last day of Term 4, Wednesday 15 December at 1pm

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KELLY CLUB OCT HOLIDAY PROGRAMME

Kelly Club 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 are packed with activities to entertain and inspire children. We have some exciting days planned: Dragons & Unicorns Day, Arty Party Day, Under the Sea Day and Battle Royale Day. We have heaps of fun craft, lots of games, cooking and trips to Wellington Zoo and Mini Golf!

Kelly Club is available at: Churton Park School, Amesbury School, West Park School, Island Bay School, Kelburn Normal School. To enrol www.kellyclub.co.nz, email adminwgtn@kellysports.co.nz or ph. 04 972 7201

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