Pounamu Newsletter

15.3.22 - Week 7

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Kia ora e te whānau,

We hope this newsletter finds you well. Pounamu has had a child who has tested positive to covid this week. The child was at school on Monday but there were no obvious symptoms. We are following our hygiene routines at school. Please be vigilant about keeping children at home who are showing symptoms of covid.

Our hybrid learning programme is up and running. If children are at home they are able to access this through google classrooms. Children each have an email login. Contact us with any queries you have.

Children should be bringing a selection of reading books home each week. Some children will bring home a chapter book, others easier readers. Any reading you do with your child hugely benefits them. It's also fun.

Let us know if you have any questions or queries.

Stay safe and be kind!

Team Pounamu

Pounamu Enviro Group update

We have been really busy on Fridays. During Enviro time Mrs Diggins and Room 3 have looked at our garden and planned allsorts of trees and plants we want to grow and eat. Mrs Arthurs is going to order us a LOT of topsoil so we can refill our vegetable gardens and tyres ready for us to plant lots of yummy vegetables and smelly herbs. Amanda and her gang of Garden Gurus have weeded and dug and pulled and tidied up the garden ready for this new soil. It looks amazing!!! Room 2 has planned what creatures we want and don’t want at our school and have designed some bug hotels. We are looking forward to making these at some stage. Room 5 has set up the worm farm and the Worm Warriors are ready to collect food scraps on a Friday to feed these hard working worms. Room 4 has started cleaning up the compost bin area and we will be setting up Compost collectors to empty all of our food scraps from our lunch boxes into the compost bins. Last week we started to pull out all of the nasty Wandering Willie plant and put it in big bags to go to the dump! It was hard work, we still have lots to get rid of! We will then make our compost bins healthy and full of worms and creatures to create some delicious food for our gardens. We have some flower seedlings to plant in the pots around Pounamu. These will brighten up our area Thanks to Stefan and Bob our caretakers, the shadehouse is all weeded ready to put the new weed mat floor down in. Then we can set it up to grow some seeds and cuttings. Mrs Diggins has made a lot of mushrooms, stepping stones and small creatures out of concrete that we will be starting to paint soon and put out in our tree area. We would love you to help us, if you have any plants, pots, tools, seeds, stakes or labels that are just cluttering up your garage or garden. We would love to give them a good home! Finally a huge thank you to those parents who looked after the gardens over the holidays you rock!

Library times

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.

This week is week 7 so Rooms 3 & 5 will be going.


We are still keeping lunch boxes in the classroom at the moment. This seems to be helping stop things going missing.

We always have food at school we can give children who don't have enough lunch for whatever reason. We will let you know if we think your child needs a bit more.

If you are worried that your child is not eating enough let us know. We supervise them at eating time and encourage them to have their sandwich, or similar items first and leave packets till last as they can always bring them back another day.

RED Traffic Light Setting.

Here are a few reminders to about coming to school in the RED traffic Light setting. We are looking forward to seeing our lovely tamariki!

  • We ask parents to say goodbye to children at the gate. Teachers will be at the gate to welcome students. No entry before 8:30am and please use the main Beazley Road entrance, as the shared kindy pathway is closed for the time being.
  • Other arrangements are available in limited circumstances, please contact your child's teacher for more information - eg new enrolments.
  • Bring a water bottle every day. Drinking fountains are open but everyone is encouraged to drink from their own bottle.

Team Pounamu are:

R2 - Michael Heyes michael@paparangi.school.nz

R3 - Sam Diggins sam@paparangi.school.nz

R4 - Wendy Blue wendy@paparangi.school.nz

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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