School Newsletter

17 June, Term 2 - Week 7

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Dear Parents, Whānau and Caregivers

A special welcome to Charlotte who has started school in Team Uenuku. Kia ora and welcome to our friendly school!

Covid Update

We are averaging 39 students (15%) absent per day at the moment, due to the many bugs and illnesses that are prevalent in our community - in addition to Covid. Parents will be asked to collect their child if they become unwell at school for any reason and we strongly encourage Y4-6 students, all staff and visitors to keep wearing face coverings when indoors. There is information about winter ailments in the Community Notices.

If we have an increasing number of cases within a class, syndicate or across the school, we will re-introduce compulsory mask wearing in Y4-6 for a set period of time to minimise the risk of spreading Covid. Parents, please make sure that Y4-6 students continue to bring a mask to school every day should the need arise to wear one. We will keep in touch with parents as the situation at school changes eg if there is a significant increase in staff sickness we may return to hybrid learning at very short notice, which could mean some classes or a syndicate learn from home because of staff shortages.

All adults attending tonight's disco are required to wear a mask. We thank you for helping to minimise the spread and to keep our tamariki and volunteers safe.

InterZone Cross Country

Congratulations to three senior students who represented Paparangi and the wider Northern Zone at the big cross country event this week. Well done to Joey who placed 24th and Kaitiaki who came 11th. A special mention to Lauren who finished in 8th place and will be heading to Regionals in Upper Hutt in July. Tu meke!


Teachers in our school attended paid union meetings this week in the run up to the

re-negotiation of their collective agreement. The meetings were to discuss the teachers’

"Time 4 Tamariki | Wāwāhi Tahā" campaign, with a focus on

  • smaller class sizes
  • more support for high needs students
  • better recognition of cultural skills
  • greater job security for our essential relievers
  • to fairly value and recognise teachers’ work

The union, NZEI Te Riu Roa, scheduled online meetings to minimise disruption to teaching and learning so teachers were able to attend whilst ensuring the least disruption to our students' learning.

Matariki Public Holiday, next Friday 24 June

Next week it is the inaugural new public holiday celebrating Matariki. Matariki is a special time to reflect, remember those who have passed on, gather with whānau and show respect for our environment. It marks the beginning of the Māori New Year. Matariki blessings to you and your whānau and safe travels if you are heading out of Wellington.

Ka Rawe to the Y1 tamariki in Uenuku who have contributed artwork to a Matariki art display at the Newlands Community Centre. Artwork from local schools will be on display from June 22 and the community is welcome to visit.

Ngā mihi nui

Tracey Arthurs


Thank you and Goodbye to Life Education, Marsha and Harold the Giraffe!

It's been wonderful having Marsha and Harold the Giraffe from the Life Education Trust onsite, taking Health Education lessons with all our tamariki, with final lessons taking place today. Visits like these complement the health lessons that our teachers provide each term.

Children in Uenuku syndicate have learned about friendship, kindness and expressing their emotions. They learnt about what being a good friend means and the metaphor of 'filling each other's bucket.'

  • "We learnt that Harold can sing! He also taught us about bucket fillers and bucket dippers." Paytan
  • "We learnt what a bucket dipper is and what a bucket filler is. You have to be nice to your friends to fill their bucket." Julian

  • "Filling someone's bucket means you are making someone happy and dipping in someone's bucket is making them sad because you're, like, doing something mean." Isabella
  • "I learnt bucket filling and bucket dipping. That means helping someone or being nice. Bucket dipping is, like, pushing someone over." Hadley

Children in Rākau Nui have been learning about emotions and decision making, as well as being healthy. Here's a moment in time written by Sophie from Rākau Nui:

When the class enters the Harold Bus, you're greeted by a warm smile. There are many fun games to do, but I won't name them all. Marsha gets us into groups and hands us a piece of paper with a picture, and tells us to choose whether it should belong in the red brain or the green brain. Green brain emotions - where choices would be good, red brain emotions - where choices would be a bad decision. Then HAROLD COMES OUT!!! He shows us a video that he and his friends ‘made’. The message of the video is about getting fit and staying healthy, which is important to live a good life.

We ask for a $6 donation per child towards the costs of running the Life Education programme. Payment can be made on Kindo, internet banking or please send a named envelope to the office with the money enclosed. Thank you to the families who have already made a contribution. Without your support we are unable to run special events like visits from specialist teachers.

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Health Education

Thank you to the 52 families who took the time to respond to our Health Education Survey. The feedback we received was helpful and constructive. Your comments will contribute to the future design of our local curriculum.

Congratulations to Clare Marlow-Eilbeck, winner of the thank-you draw, with a $50 grocery voucher coming her way! A donation to the Newlands Community Foodbank will also be made in the name of Paparangi School, as we reached our target of 50 responses. Thanks to the parent who suggested this idea!

Advance Notice - Health Education Information evenings

In term three as part of our Health Education programme, all teams will be teaching Relationships and Sexuality Education lessons (RSE). Parent information evenings will be held before the lessons begin and information about the RSE programme will be sent home with the next newsletter. Please save the date:

  • 5:30pm, Tuesday 26 July - Y4-6, Rākau Nui
  • 5:30 pm, Tuesday 2 August - Y1-3, Uenuku and Pounamu
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Tonight! Matariki Super Glow Disco

It's time to light up the dance floor at the Matariki Super Glow Disco tonight. Pizza, hot chips, ice blocks and lollies will all be available to purchase on the night along with other goodies like glow in the dark jewellery and stickers. Students must be collected from the hall at the end of the event.

  • Y1-3 Juniors 5 - 6.30
  • Y4-6 Seniors 7 - 8.30

Winter Holiday Packs

Have you seen the brochure for the Home and School's great Winter Holiday Packs - wonderful for those long winter days! Order forms have been sent home and this year we will have the items out on display for you to look at throughout the sales period.

Thank you for your continued support and if you would like to join our amazing team of volunteers, please contact us through the office or send an email. Home and School

Teacher Only Day - Combined Local Schools Event

The combined Professional Learning Day two weeks ago was a pleasing success. Teachers and teacher aides met with their colleagues from the other primary schools and intermediate for a wonderful day of professional development. A special thank you to Amanda Newbery, Christine Latimer and Sam Diggins for presenting workshops on behalf of the school, sharing their expertise and representing our school with positivity and pride. Days like this are quite unique, with time spent learning about the amazing things that are happening in each other's schools. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to meet together, it was incredibly valuable. Thanks also to William Yip from First National Real Estate for making a generous donation toward the catering costs on the day.

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Attention all "in zone" parents - please let the school know if you are intending to enrol your child at any time later this year or next year. Notify the school as soon as possible to assist the school to plan appropriately for the rest of the year.

OOZ Enrolments for Term 4 close 1 July

Enrolment at our school is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available on our website, The board has determined that up to 9 places will be available for out-of-zone students in our 4th enrolment period. We are currently accepting applications for out of zone students at all levels of the school. The exact number of places will depend on the number of applications received from students who live within the school’s home zone.

The fourth enrolment period for Term 4 runs from Saturday 1 October - 16 December 2022. For students seeking enrolment within term four, the deadline for receipt of applications for out of zone places is 9am, Friday 1 July 2022. 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 on Monday 4 July 2022. 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.

This notice is published on the Paparangi School website, in newsletters and has been emailed to the families we know who live out of the zone. A copy may also be requested from the school office - email or call 04 4786617. Please note a public notice will no longer be published in the local newspaper. We ask that families ensure their contact details, including address, are always up to date.

Enrolment periods are termly in 2022 with four application periods and the dates for each term are available on the school website. Paparangi School Board of Trustees

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Board Election on the way, New members wanted!

Every three years, school communities elect their parent representatives to help govern their schools - it's time to prepare for the next Board election which is being held in early September. There will be vacancies on our School Board as some of the current trustees are standing down. Please consider whether you have something to offer our school community, and if a role on the School Board would be a good step for you.

Who can join a School Board?

The School Board plays an important role in the governance of our school. Parents/caregivers and people in the wider community can be parent representatives on the Board. Board members are entrusted by the community to ensure the success of our schools and a bright future for our children. We need an education system where all children are expected to succeed and one where we all take shared responsibility in ensuring this happens. As a member of a school board, trustees can make things happen and make a difference. (Lorraine Kerr, NZSTA President)

School Boards need people with a wide range of skills but most of all with an interest in education and the well being, progress and achievement of all children. If you would like to know more about the rewards of being a Board Member you can

Nominations will be called for by the middle of July - and then potential candidates will be asked to submit a blurb to the Returning Officer so that these can be shared with our community by early August. We encourage those of you who are keen to stand for election to start preparing – take a great ‘head & shoulders’ photo of yourself and write 1-2 paragraphs about what you have to offer.

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What's happening?

Term 2
  • Matariki Disco, Friday 17 June 5-6:30pm Y1-3 and 7-8:30pm Y4-6
  • Matariki Public Holiday - Friday 24 June (school closed)
  • Last Day of Term 2 - Friday 8 July at 3pm

Term 3 begins - Monday 25 July at 8:55am
  • Y4-6 Health Education Parent Info Evening, Tuesday 26 July at 5:30pm
  • Y1-3 Health Education Parent Info Evening, Tuesday 2 August at 5:30pm
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Community Notices

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NZ Garden Bird Survey: 25 June- 3 July 2022

Participate in the New Zealand Garden Bird Survey (GBS) and have fun outside while contributing to our understanding of bird populations. The GBS website has detailed information with instructions for how to take part with your children.

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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. The July programme is packed with activities to entertain and inspire children. We have some exciting days planned:

"Manic Monday", Kelly Club Speed Races Day", "Pyjama Party Day", "Bricktastic Day", "A Magical Madness day with Zappo the Magician who is coming to Kelly Club with his brand new Magical Workshop". Plus trips to: The movie "Lightyear", Laserforce, Ten Pin Bowling!

To see the activity plan go to: Churton Park Activity Planner. For full details and to enrol into our programmes visit email or call 022 010 9972


(Yrs. 1–8) Green Room, Wests Rugby Clubrooms, Wilton (all weather indoor surface).

WEEK 1 - Tues 12 July, Weds 13 July, Thurs 14 July - 9.30am-12.30pm
WEEK 2 - Tues 19 July, Weds 20 July, Thurs 21 July - 9.30am-12.30pm
Perfect for beginners and those just wanting to have some Football Fun! Come along and improve Technique, Knowledge and learn more about the Basic Skills of "The Beautiful Game" (Football).
We will focus on the core skills of Control, Dribbling, Passing, Tackling, Shooting but most importantly having as much fun as possible!


Week 2 ONLY – Tues 19 July, Weds 20 July, Thurs 21 July - 9am-12pm

Come along and grow your child’s confidence at the Kelly Sports Netball Holiday Programme. We will use fun drills and games to develop and challenge young players focusing on the key skill areas for their level of development while also have fun!

Years 1-4 - For Beginners, these sessions will work on improving basic netball skills and help start to develop technical and tactical knowledge in accordance with the Future Ferns Programme. Children will work towards the following skills Passing, Shooting, Spatial Awareness and Defensive Skills.

Year 5-8 - These sessions will work on sharpening the basic skills (from the above session) Passing and Shooting and we will start to develop a better understanding of the 7-aside game and the different positional roles.


Does your little human like to be weird? How about playing silly games? Or maybe they want to try out a new fun hobby? Then why not give Marrzipan a go?! Marrzipan is a drama-based self-confidence programme suitable for all ages and ability levels. As well as playing games, we also work towards a performance to show parents at the end of each term. This term is: The Golden Trophy of Super Duper Awesomeness! Numbers are strictly limited so get in quick! Free Trials are offered if your child would like to come check it out.

Where: Paparangi School Library
When: Tuesday 3pm-4pm

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Parents, please 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.

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