School Newsletter Week 5 - Term 4

19 November 2021

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Nau mai, Haere mai

Transition Afternoons and Parent Tours

Next Wednesday is the last afternoon in a series of visits for tamariki from Y1 and Y3 who are moving to a new team next year. The visits have been very positive and the students are enjoying getting to know next year's teachers, classrooms and classmates. Letters with 2022 home class placements and stationery lists are sent home with your child's end of year report near the end of term.

Next week, tours for the parents of Y1 and Y3 children are starting so those parents have a chance to see Pounamu and Rākau Nui learning programmes in action. An email with visiting times and the booking code were emailed home yesterday. Please contact the office if you have questions about making a booking. Extra tours will be organised if there is enough interest.

Tour groups will sign in, scan and wear a mask during classroom visits. Because tours run between 9-3, parents must also provide proof of vaccination. Proof may be emailed directly to the office in advance of your visit to Please meet outside the school office 5 minutes before the start of your tour.

Community Survey

The thank you draw has taken place and Diana Salvi is the recipient of a $50 grocery voucher. Thanks again to everyone who took part. The Board of Trustees are analysing the survey responses and will use the information to design the school's next strategic plan.

Health Curriculum Survey

In Health Education the focus is on the well-being of students and our community. Through health education, students develop their understanding of factors that influence the health of individuals and groups: lifestyle, economic, social, cultural, political, and environmental factors. Students develop competencies for mental wellness, reproductive health and positive sexuality, keeping safe, moving and physical activity and they develop understandings of nutritional and healthy eating. Students build resilience through strengthening their personal identity and sense of self-worth, through managing change and loss, and through engaging in processes for responsible decision making. They learn to demonstrate empathy, and they develop skills that enhance relationships.

Next week parents, whānau and care-givers will be invited to share what is important to them in relation to Health Education and the needs of their child/ren. Your opinions are important and are carefully considered when determining the Health Education programme at Paparangi School. Feedback from the community is sought every two years. Survey details will be sent home after the weekend.

For background reading go to the SchoolDocs website, log-in to Paparangi School and search 'Health Education' to read the school's current Health Curriculum Statement. Login details are on our website.

Thank you and Goodbye

For the last three weeks Room 4 has been extremely lucky to have Erin in supporting our classroom programme while Caroline has been away. She has made everyone feel great and helped us practise sign language. We have really enjoyed having her as part of Room 4. Here are some thank yous from the tamariki:

  • Luke - She helped me with spelling a tricky word when I was writing.
  • Klara - She is as cheerful as a sunflower.
  • Zoey - She always helped me when I was stuck.
  • Adam - She always helps by using sign language and we really like Erin helping us. Erin also helped me with my writing.

Alert Level 2

Like you, schools are waiting to find out more about the new protection framework, the 'traffic light' system and what it will mean for schools. In the meantime our Level 2 conditions are still in place, with a few minor changes - The Flying Fox is operating for Y3-6 students; The sandpit is open; Adventure Zone is open to each team one day per week and the boundaries between play spaces have been eased so that children may play around the school in other areas. Children are enjoying spending time with friends from the other syndicates and many Uenuku students are loving the chance to explore the junior playground for the first time; Water fountains are open too but we encourage everyone to bring their own water bottle from home. We appreciate the support we have from parents for the staggered pick up times, and thank everyone for spreading out to ease the congestion on the footpath directly outside the the school gate.

Big Grocery Raffle

Home and School is running a Grocery Raffle. Tickets for families to sell on our behalf will be sent home at the end of the month. But first we need your help to make the hampers! Please can every family donate a grocery item for the hampers. Each class has something different to bring along. Please ensure all items have a valid expiry date. Home and School are fundraising for Y6 Leavers Gifts and the Senior Camp in February next year. Thank you for your support.

Coming soon - Activity Kits with a Christmas theme! Watch out for these after the success of mid year holiday packs that were very popular!

What to donate for the Big Grocery Raffle:

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Ordering School Photos

Envelopes for ordering school photos were sent home earlier this week. Families may order online using your child's unique code or send cash payments to the office. Orders close on Wednesday 1 December.

This year the Home and School are selling photo frames as a fundraiser. They fit the small portrait photos. You can place an order for photo frames using Kindo or send your order to the office in a sealed envelope - details below. Order forms were sent home with the photo envelopes.

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Upcoming Events

Due to remaining at Alert Level 2 for an extended period, we may have to postpone or cancel more school events. We will let you know what events we can and cannot run as the term unfolds.

  • Basketball Lessons, all classes, weekly on Thursdays and Fridays; catch up lessons on Tuesday 23 November for lessons missed last week due to wet weather
  • Road Patrol Training for next year's student wardens, Wednesday 24 November
  • School Photo orders close, Wednesday 1 December
  • Board of Trustees meeting, Monday 6 December, 6pm in the staffroom
  • EOTC Week (weather permitting), Monday 06 December to Friday 10 December. Various activities are planned - Teams will be in touch about what's happening!
  • Big Day Out for Y6 students, Friday 10 December
  • Last day of Term 4, Wednesday 15 December at 1pm

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Community Section

Goodtime Music Academy - Enrolments for 2022

Goodtime Music Academy is taking enrolments for 2022 in-school music lessons now. If you want your child to be a part of these award winning music lessons, and may not want to commit to taking your child anywhere after school, then in-school lessons may be the solution for you. Learn in a group setting, and choose between Drums, Guitar, Keyboard, Ukulele. Or try the 'Intro to Music' course. Please visit to enrol and enquire. You can also call them on 04 568 2237. Spaces are limited so get in quick!

Newlands-Paparangi Tennis Club Open Day

Love Tennis OPEN DAY, November 21st, 10am – 4pm. Rackets provided! Free BBQ! Come along! 26 Black Rock Rd, Newlands. Go to for more information.

Bigair Gym - Pre-Christmas Drop and Shop

Bigair Gym is running its popular Pre-CHRISTMAS DROP & SHOP HOLIDAY PROGRAMME on

Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st & Wednesday 22nd of December 2021. Book your kids in for some active fun, giving you time to finish work, and complete Christmas preparations & shopping!

Bigair Gyms JANUARY HOLIDAY PROGRAMME is running from the 10th – 28th Jan 2022. This involves gym circuits, challenges, competitions, free play, structured games, and talent quests.

Spaces are limited, so book online today!

Contact Us

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.