Pārāwai School

Newsletter 15th December 2016

Dear Parents, Caregivers & Whanau, Kia Orana

On Monday night we held our End of Year Celebration at the High School. The evening was enjoyed by all and I would like to thank all parents and families for joining us on this special occasion. Here are the main prizegiving winners.

End of Year Prizegiving – Pārāwai School 2016

ICT Award

Contribution & Assistance in all areas of Information Technology

Alexander Foster

Carole Rudd - Speech Award

Excellence in Speech Writing & Presentation

Lillian Balfour

The Pheonix Auld - Art Award

Excellence in Art & Creativity

Dustin Railey

Snowden's Menswear - Y8 Boys Sports Award

Excellence in Sports & Sportsmanship

Clayton Ross

Snowden's Menswear - Y8 Girls Sports Award

Excellence in Sports & Sportsmanship

Tiana Russek

Jade Palethorpe

Kapa Haka Awards

Year 4

This year we are giving Excellence Awards to our Year 4 Kapa Haka students as well as to our older students because we want to acknowledge the enthusiasm & energy they bring with them.

The Year 4 Excellence Awards for Kapa Haka go to

Leiana Tukia

Ahiātaewa Royal

Year 5 & 6

Our Year 5 & 6 Excellence Awards for Kapa Haka go to:

Lavidicus Oka-Gage

Torin Young

Year 7 & 8

Excellence in Kapa Haka - for his support and leadership in Haka this year.

Harris Roberts-Tuahuru

Year 7 and 8

Our Year 7 & 8 Excellence Awards for Kapa Haka go to two students who have participated in Kapa Haka since they were both year 4. In addition, both students have been willing to step up and take leadership roles (sometimes at short notice) They have spoken on behalf of the school and regularly lead our ropu when they perform; always acting as role models guiding and supporting our younger performers:

Lania Taylor

Luca Fox

Pārāwai School Student Leaders Awards

Bradley Sayer, Tiana Russek, Pippa Richards, Lillian Balfour, Alexander Foster, Lania Taylor

Pārāwai 2017 School Student Leaders

Aiden Doherty, Izzy Fox, Alex O’Grady, Faith Wilson

Judith Twentyman - Citizenship Award

Contribution to School life at Pārāwai School

Bradley Sayer

Principal’s Award

All Round Excellence

Lillian Balfour

Thank you

As we prepare to take a break from school for the Christmas holidays we want to express our gratitude for everyone who makes it possible for as many students as possible to come to school every day, on time, ready to learn. We thank:

• Our students and families for making daily attendance a priority because they know the habit of attendance will help them do well in the classroom and in their future careers.

• Our wonderful teachers who pour their energy into making each classroom an exciting place for exploration and knowledge so children are motivated and do not want to miss out on learning

• Our support staff and community volunteers who provide the extra hands and attention our children need. We appreciate each one of you so much.

We look forward to seeing you after the Christmas holiday. School will reopen on Tuesday 31st January. We especially appreciate everyone’s efforts to avoid taking extra days off during the term time. Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and leave your child behind in their learning and progress. We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Teaching Changes

It gives me much pleasure in announcing that Mrs Frances McLaren, Mr. Ivan Bax, Miss Candace Deadman and Mrs Linda Keepa will be joining the teaching team next year. Frances will teach in Room 5 , Candace will be team teaching with Erin Bergersen in Room 2. Ivan will be teaching in in Room 14. Linda will be teaching with Maree Jamieson in Room 10 and Paul Jennings in Room 11.

Frances has been a part of the staff for the past 2 terms and will be continuing with us, Ivan has been teaching at Ngatea Primary this year. Candace is an experienced Early childhood educator and has retrained as Primary Teacher & recently finished teaching at Netherton School. Linda has been DP at St Joseph's School in Te Aroha.

We look forward to Frances, Candace, Ivan and Linda being part of our teaching team next year.

2017 Classes

Room 1 New Entrant/Year 1 Rochelle Sawyer / Marlene Baty

Room 2 Year 2 - 3 Erin Bergersen / Candace Deadman

Room 3 Years 3 - 4 Tammy Malcolm

Room 4 Years 2 - 3 Sue Cato

Room 5 Years 1- 2 Frances McLaren

Room 6 Years 5 - 6 Libby Hodgson

Room 10 Years 7 - 8 Maree Jamieson / Linda Keepa

Room 11 Years 7 - 8 Paul Jennings / Linda Keepa

Room 14 Years 5 - 6 Ivan Bax

Room 15 Years 4 - 5 Eleanor Lee

In 2017 Erin Bergersen will be our Deputy Principal when Julie Crimmins-Crocker is on study leave completing her Masters degree in Education Leadership. Congratulations to Julie for winning a paid scholarship to study (one of 75 out of 400 applicants NZ wide).

Uniforms 2017

As part of our long term plan, it is compulsory for ALL students to wear the Pārāwai School uniforms in 2017. This includes a Pārāwai School hat. Please ensure all uniform uniform items are clearly named.

Uniform Pop Up Shop at Pārāwai School Library - Tuesday 31st Jan. - 10am to 3pm

On the first day of Term 1, Tuesday 31st Jan, our Uniform suppliers will be setting up a Pop Up shop in the school library, 10am to 3pm, where they will have all uniform items for sale, including hats for you to purchase, eftpos available.

Pre-Enrolment Days 2017

Enrolments for the 2017 school year will be taken at the school office on:

Thursday 26th and Friday 27th January 9:30am-12:30pm

If any parent/caregiver is aware of families wishing to enrol here at school, please encourage them to visit our school on either of those days. Thank you for your support


Paper Power

This can be purchased from mid-January onwards at Paper Power in Pollen Street. Simply go in and ask for the room number your child is in and you can purchase all the necessary equipment. Please see the Paper Power advert at the end of the newsletter for further information and discounts.

Warehouse Stationery

If you were not already aware, here at Warehouse Stationery we offer you the opportunity to support your school when you make a purchase with us. By nominating your school before payment we link one point to the school for every dollar you spend.

These points are collected throughout the year and not only over the back to school period, so you can allocate points to your school all year round on all purchases made at Warehouse Stationery.

Help over the holidays

We are always grateful for members of our community who keep an eye on the school during the holidays. If you are around or near the school during the holiday period, then please come and check if everything is alright. Please notify the police if you have any concerns. Any damage means the school has to pay to get it fixed and this deprives our children of valuable resources for their learning.


Congratulations to James Harvey, Eleanor Smith, Leiana Tukia, Josh Cochran and Courtney Rohrlach who represented Thames Valley in a tennis tournament against Counties in Pukekohe last Sunday. They battled hard for Thames Valley and showed great sportsmanship, well done.

Touch Rugby

This term Pārāwai School has had 3 teams compete in the local competition at Rhodes Park on Thursday afternoons. Last Thursday was the final round of the competition and congratulations to all of our school teams who made it to the finals. The year 5 and 6 team, the Pārāwai Panthers came second. Both Pārāwai teams made it to the year 7 and 8 final, which was very intense. Congratulations to the Pārāwai Taniwhai team who won. A big thank you to the parents who coached the teams, Larissa Davy; Pārāwai Panthers, Tom and Nico Fox; Pārāwai Taniwhai, Aaron and Kieran McShane, Pārāwai Untouchables. Without your commitment these results would not be possible


Term 4

  • Year 8 Leavers Dinner Thurs. Dec 15th
  • Last day of term Fri. Dec 16th
  • First day of Term 1 Tues. Jan 31st 2017


Te Kupu o te Wiki for the week starting Rāhina, 19 Hakihea 2016 is Waimarie!

Waimarie! - Lucky!

Check out our Facebook page, Proudly Pārāwai’, to link to; and to listen to; each weekly phrase as an mp3 recording or download the pdf.

Tirohia atu tō tātou whārangi Facebook, ko 'Proudly Parawai', ki te hono, me ki te whakarongo te rerenga kupu ia wiki. Hei whakarongo mp3, hei perēhitanga ranei.

Ākina te Reo - Give Māori Language a Go!

Value of the fortnight - Respect - Whataute

Value of the fortnight: Respect Whakaute

You are showing respect when you…

· Treat everyone the way you would like to be treated

· Treat the property of others with special care

· Speak politely to people

· Follow the rules of your school and family

· Understand other people’s need for time and space.

Community Notices

Thames Centennial Pool Learn to Swim

Taking new enrolments next week Mon12th to Fri 16th - 3pm-430pm

What to bring - togs and towel

A quick 2 minute assessment and then you are fine to enrol for next Term.

Be in quick limited spots available.

Paul Dufty

Pool Manager

Thames-Coromandel District Council

Private Bag, 515 Mackay Street, Thames.
p: 07 868 8441 M:027 2738592
e: paul.dufty@tcdc.govt.nz
w: www.tcdc.govt.nz

Thames Athletics

Athletics has finished this year due to construction work being done at the High School and will be starting up again on the 8th February 2017

For more information please check our FB page.

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