School Newsletter Week 8 - Term 3

17 September 2021

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Nau mai, haere mai

A very warm welcome to tamariki and their families who have started at Paparangi School recently, welcome to our friendly school: Paytan Russell and Zachary Vautier in Uenuku.

Teacher Only Day - Friday 22 October, Labour Day long weekend

Our next scheduled Teacher Only Day is early 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.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori - Maori Lānguage Week

Classes have been taking part in Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori this week and it was lovely to hear and see staff and students sing and speak as part of the Maori Language Moment on Tuesday. Tumeke Paparangi! Kia kaha Te Reo Māori! Go to for ideas about using reo at home, in the car, anywhere!

Coming to School in Level 2

A big shout out to our staff who have worked closely together to support their students, families and each other through the lockdown and return to school in Levels 2 & 3. I am proud of the way they have been learners themselves, trying new things from home and their professionalism for their work. Maharo Team Paparangi!

Thanks to parents and whānau for all your help as we've returned to school in Alert Level 2. We appreciate your support to implement the L2 plan to keep us all safe at school. Tamariki have had a very positive return to school and our focus on well-being has aided the transition back into regular routines and daily programmes. After a full week in L2, we are making some tweaks to the Health and Safety Plan:

  • All visitors who come on site must wear a mask
  • Pick up times are changing from Monday 20 September (No changes to the morning drop off)

We'll be in touch again after the next government announcement about the alert levels.

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Keeping our kids safe!

These rules are in place to keep everyone safe:

  • Do not park on yellow lines or at the bus stop.
  • No stopping on the drive-way or parking across a neighbour's driveway to let kids out.

We encourage families to park on a nearby side street to give their children an opportunity to walk to school part of the way independently, a big step for their growth and confidence!

Our wardens are back on Road Patrol duty too. Show your support for this important job:

  • wait for the signal to cross from the wardens
  • wait behind the painted line to cross
  • everyone crosses at the pedestrian crossing; don't take shortcuts please and do not cross on the blind corner

Supporting a local charity

Dear Paparangi School

For my birthday this year I want to help people who don’t have much money to be able to buy enough food for their family. Last year my friends helped me by bringing food instead of birthday presents to my party and I felt really happy when I dropped off lots of food to the foodbank so I want to do it again this year. Anything like cans of food or fruit, biscuits or muesli bars, chips, potato sticks, pasta, cereal or bags of flour is a good idea.

If you would like to, please bring some food to donate to the Newlands Food Bank to school on Friday 24th September. There will be boxes available at school to put the food in. Thanks to my Mum and Dad who are going to help me deliver the donation to the Foodbank. Thank you from Joe, Rakau Nui

Welcome new members on the Board of Trustees

It's great news that the recent vacancy on the Board has been filled. We are very pleased to welcome two new parents to the Board. They are Gary Mitchell and Richard Ng, who join existing members - Helen Ashton (Chairperson), Cameron Sherley, Duncan Kennington and Susan Parker. There will be another opportunity next year for parents to join the Board when the BOT elections are held.

Welcome Gary Mitchell

Hi, my name is Gary Mitchell and I am Harvey (Rakau Nui) and Elise's (Uenuku) dad. I have recently joined the Board of Paparangi School to be more involved in decision making around my children's education and to take on a new challenge. I have a passion for volunteering and am actively involved in the Northern suburbs community, as founder of Keep North Wellington Beautiful, Predator Free Grenada Village and Grenada North, Neighbourhood Support, White Ribbon Ambassador and Justice of the Peace. In my paid role, I am currently a Custody Officer, National Trainer Custody and currently a Woolf-Fisher Fellow for the New Zealand Police.

Welcome Richard Ng

I am a 4th generation Chinese Kiwi and grew up in Johnsonville attending my local schools. My wife Merridith and I have three daughters; Siena, Savannah and Skylar. During the week I work as an Optometrist in an independently owned and operated practice serving the public as a primary healthcare professional.

Outside of my work, my wife and I have always served our local community as volunteers and we currently oversee the support of around 400 people in our Young Families network. I have volunteered on several Board Committees for various Community and Educational Groups over the years. My wife and I are currently on the Board for New Life Foundation NZ, a charitable organisation that oversees support for a School and Orphanage in Tanzania with an emphasis on self sustainability. In my spare time I really enjoy hanging out with my kids and extended family, culinary arts, travel, the outdoors, health and fitness and life as an avid sports fan.

The thing that really draws me to being on the Paparangi School Board of Trustees is the fact that my kids absolutely love Paparangi School. I can also appreciate the importance of having good community, awareness and positive interaction in helping to create strong learning environments. The current Board of Trustees along with the School Teaching Staff have done an exceptional job of creating and implementing a distinct set of values, especially the concept of lifelong learning. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to serve on the Board of Trustees and excited to see the continued development, growth and success of Paparangi School.

Enrolment Scheme 2022

Enrolment at our school is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available on our website, or parents may request the street names in the school's home zone from the office.

The board has determined that up to 5 places will be available for out-of-zone students in our first enrolment period for 2022. 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 Term 1 runs from Thursday 16 December 2021 to Thursday 14 April 2022. For students seeking enrolment within the first enrolment period, the deadline for receipt of applications for out of zone places is 9am, Friday 15 October 2021.

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 18-21 October 2021. 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 2022/23 should also notify the school as soon as possible to assist the school to plan appropriately.

This notice will be published on the website, in newsletters and emailed to families who live out of the zone. A public notice will no longer be published in the local newspaper but a copy may be requested from the school office - email We ask that families please ensure their contact details, including address, are always up to date.

Enrolment periods will be set termly in 2022. So there will be four application periods instead of two. Information about enrolments for terms 2-4 will be available in term one next year.

Kind Regards, Paparangi School Board of Trustees

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Home & School News

If we are back in Level 1 before the end of term, there will be a sausage sizzle on the last day. Helpers welcome! Contact the Home and School committee if you would like to join our friendly and dedicated team:

The close off date for the second run on school hoodies has been extended until Friday 1 October. This will be your last chance to order in 2021, no other orders this year.

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:

Year 3/4 Miniball Term 4

Paparangi have two Year 3/4 teams looking for a couple of extra players. If you have a keen Year 3/4 basketball fan who is wanting to give it a go please contact Andrea ASAP on Games are played on Monday afternoons at Nairnville Recreation Centre.

Upcoming Events

  • Board Meeting, 6pm in the staffroom, Monday 27 September (please note this is a new meeting day)
  • No end of term assembly due to Alert Level changes
  • Cancelled: Y2-6 swimming and DanceSplash
  • Last day of Term 3, 3pm, Friday 1 October

  • First day of Term 4, 8:55am, Monday 18 October
  • Teacher Only Day, school closed; Friday 22 October
  • Labour Day Public Holiday, school closed; Monday 25 October

Monday mornings: Goodtime Music Academy

Mondays after school: Kelly Sports

Tuesdays after school: Marrzipan Drama

Thursdays after school: Art Club

Scholastic Book Club Orders

There is a delay in receiving book orders due to Auckland being in lockdown. We hope to receive the orders by the end of the term. Thank you for your understanding.

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Community Section

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Children's Asthma Study

My name is Claire Houghton, I am a doctor and researcher at the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand (MRINZ) based in Wellington Hospital. The MRINZ is currently running a study for children with asthma. We can be contacted for more information using any of the following methods:

More information:

Our study website:

Email: or Telephone: +64 4 805 0250 / +64 4 805 0201

We have had great uptake in the Greater Wellington area and are keen to make sure that as many whānau as possible have the opportunity to take part. Ngā mihi nui,

Dr Claire Houghton, Medical Research Institute of New Zealand

Kelly sports


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, email or ph. 04 972 7201

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.