School Newsletter

09 September, Term 3 - Week 7

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Dear Parents, Whānau and Caregivers

A special welcome to Darius who has joined Rākau Nui, Jack in R4 in Team Pounamu and to Noelle and Taj who have started school in Team Uenuku. Kia ora and welcome to our friendly school!

Pizza Fundraiser

A big thank you to families who supported the school by taking part in the Dominos pizza fundraiser. We are fundraising for a climbing frame for the bank between Pounamu and Uenuku next to the junior playground. Thanks Dominos for supporting our school! Together we raised $600!

Mask Update

From Monday 12 September, we will no longer be requiring students to wear masks indoors. Mask wearing is still encouraged at school. Should COVID cases begin to increase or we start to see in school transmission, we will review this decision. All adults will still be required to wear masks.

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L)

What a great "P" day the school had last week, celebrating our GROW values and how amazing the tamariki are at showing Grit, Respect, Others and Wonder. I hope you enjoy the few photos scattered through the newsletter!

Ngā mihi nui

Tracey Arthurs


Mobility Car Park

Unless you hold a mobility parking permit please do not park in our disabled parking space. This space is needed multiple times each day by at least one of our families and vehicles not displaying a mobility parking permit have been preventing them from accessing it.

Parents are asked to park on the street as the car park is for staff vehicles only.

Enrolment Scheme

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 10 places will be available for out-of-zone students in our first enrolment period for 2023. 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 next year runs from 17 December 2022 - 6 April 2023. For students seeking enrolment within term one, the deadline for receipt of applications for out of zone places is 15 October 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 Tuesday 18 October 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.

Parents of students who live within the home zone and intend to enrol their child at any time during this year or next year please also notify the school as soon as possible to assist the school to plan appropriately.

This notice will be published on the Paparangi School website, in newsletters and emailed to families 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 please ensure your contact details, including address, are always up to date.

Paparangi School Board of Trustees

Conservation Week

This week the Rākau Nui Eco Warriors visited classes across the school to teach enviro themed lessons supporting the message of ‘acting for nature’ for Conservation Week. The tamariki were involved in all sorts of student designed and led lessons such as planting seeds, learning about native birds and their calls, recycling, identifying pests and identifying different types of worms we might find in our backyard! It was great to see the older tamariki supporting both their peers and the younger children to show wonder and take action for our environment in such a meaningful way. Thank you to all the Eco Warriors involved who designed these lessons and volunteered their time to help invoke wonder and spread their messages promoting sustainable practice and kaitiakitanga in our school and community. Ka rawe!

Want to know how you can take action for Conservation Week as a family this weekend? Take a look at these awesome ideas from the Department of Conservation!

Twigland Garden Centre Donation

A few weeks ago, the Eco Warrior Public Relations Team wrote and sent letters to local businesses asking for donations of gardening items to help us rejuvenate our school gardens. We had an amazing reply from Ryan and the team at Twigland Garden Centre who were more than happy to help support our tamariki with their endeavours and donated a large amount of planting goods including soil, gloves, tools and a lot of seeds to help our Eco Warrior Planting Team to continue to learn, explore and teach others about growing edible plants.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Twigland Garden Centre for their donation. We are so incredibly lucky to have local businesses in our community such as this who are willing to help support our school. With Spring in the air, what better time to think about your own gardens and show you support in return by visiting the expert team at Twigland Garden Centre to browse their huge selection of plants, gardening gear and gifts!

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Festive Family Fun Day

Our amazing Home and School Committee are organising our biggest fundraiser of the year - a Festive Family Fun Day to be held on Saturday 19 November. There are lots of ways families will be able to support this important project, starting with seeking interest from stallholders. If you or someone you know would be interested in running a stall on the day please complete the attached application form and submit to by 30 September. Confirmation of a market space will be made by 7th October 2022. Event Information:

Date: Saturday 19th November 2022

Time: Set up from 9:30am for an 11am event start. All cars need to be off-site by 10:30. Event finishes at 4pm.

Venue: Paparangi School, Beazley Avenue, Paparangi.


  • Craft stall: $25.00 for a 2.5x2m stall inside or 3x3m stall outside. You will need to provide your own tables, gazebos etc. We also ask for a donation of an item for either a spot prize or to use as a raffle prize.
  • Food stall: $50.00 or by negotiation for a 3x3m stall/space. Limited power sites available. You will need to provide your own tables, gazebos etc.
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Paparangi Touch Teams

Summer and Touch season are coming! Touch is a great game for all tamariki, offering a space to connect with friends, keep fit, develop skills and enjoy success. Touch is an easy game to learn and heaps of FUN! Paparangi enters teams for students from Year 1- Year 6.

Games are held at Alex Moore Park from 4pm for 6 weeks from 31 October. Player fees are $25-$35. A Coach and Manager is required for each team to be entered in to the competition. As a coach, you will be well supported and valued so please don't be shy.

Register here-

Bee Healthy Dental Van

The Bee Healthy Dental Van is visiting our school to carry out dental checks. These will take place towards the end of this term and carry on in Term 4 on the following dates:

  • Thursday 22 September to Friday 30 September.
  • Monday 17 October to Friday 28 October 2022.
If your child requires any dental treatment you will be notified, so an appointment can be made and this work will be carried out at the Dental Hub at Raroa Intermediate.

What's happening?

  • DanceSplash at Michael Fowler Centre, Y4-6 students - Wednesday 14 September
  • Working Bee - Sunday 18 September
  • Board Meeting - Monday 19 September at 6pm
  • Enviro Day - Tuesday 27 September
  • Bee Healthy Dental Van - Thursday 22 September to Friday 30 September
  • Last day of Term 3 - Friday 30 September at 3pm

Term Four - first day Monday 17 October, school opens at 8:55

  • Bee Healthy Dental Van - Monday 17 October to Friday 28 October
  • School Camp Y5-6 students - 7-9 November
  • Kapa Haka Festival - Friday 18 November

Term Four - last day Friday 16 December, 1.00pm finish

Community Notices


The Johnsonville Community Association invites everyone to come and hear candidates speak and answer questions.

When: Saturday 10 September 7.30pm

Where: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall

Hosted by the Johnsonville Community Association


The Johnsonville Community Association invites everyone to come and hear the mayoral candidates speak and answer questions.

When: Saturday 17 September 7.30pm

Where: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall

Hosted by the Johnsonville Community Association

Mothers Network

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Kelly Club Churton Park October Holiday Programme

Kelly Club Churton Park 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 is packed with activities to entertain and inspire children. We have some exciting days planned: Time Travellers Day, Kiwiana Day, Spy Academy, Island Gateway Day, Top Speed Day plus trips to Awesome Bounce, Space Place, Roller Skating and Wellington Museum.
Click on the link to see the activity planner -
Kelly Club Churton Park Activity Planner

To enrol, email or ph. 022 010 9972

Consultation on the Grenada Village play area concept design

The WCC is very excited to let families know that consultation is now open on the renewal for the Grenada Village play area. They would love to hear your thoughts on the proposed concept design which can be viewed at:

Opportunity for feedback will close at 5pm on Friday 18 September 2022. Send through your thoughts, ideas or suggestions for this play area renewal to Please pass onto other people within your community who would be interested, so WCC can gather feedback from as many people as possible. WCC looks forward to hearing your thoughts.

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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.

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