Rākau Nui Newsletter

Term 1, Week 3

15 February 2022

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As we are currently at ‘red’, with Omicron getting closer, we thought it would be useful to remind you that we have started by putting everything you and your child will need in one place, the Rakau Nui Hub. This link has been added to Google Classroom and is available to all students. Google Classroom is the place where we put learning activities for students to do independently. This is how we normally work in the physical classroom so students are familiar with using Google Classroom. Students can access these learning sites using their school login details. This is their email address (firstname.surname@paparangi.school.nz) and the password that they normally use to login to Chromebooks at school. We strongly recommend having a go at this at home so that your child is prepared in the event of a move to hybrid learning. Please note that students do not have access to email facilities while everyone is learning onsite. More information about hybrid learning will be sent home soon.

In 2022 there are two options for providing your child with an emergency pack:

  1. Supply a pack for your child or children, the same as previous years, which must be provided by 28 February:

➢ 1 small tin meal eg spaghetti, baked beans

➢ 2 small tins of fruit

➢ 3 snack items

➢ 6-10 (wrapped) barley sugar lollies

➢ 1 plastic spoon

➢ 2 large plastic bag

If a pack hasn’t been supplied for your child by Monday 28 February then we will presume you wish to order one through the school.

  1. Pay $7 and an emergency kit will be supplied for your child. These kits are nut free to cater for students with allergies. An order form will be sent home next week, where you will be able to pay using Kindo, Eftpos or sending $7 to the office.

Thanks to the Home and School Committee who are organising emergency kits for families who order them.

If your child brings a cell phone to school for any reason, could you please remind them that they must be taken to the office before school and can be collected at 3pm. Student cell phones are not permitted in the classroom or cloak bays and school cannot take responsibility for any missing or broken phones that are left in pockets and bags. Additionally, mobile devices should not be used to take videos or photographs on school grounds as the images captured may include both adults and students who have not given consent to be recorded.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything with us, please remember that your first point of contact is your child’s home class teacher. Our email addresses are:






Hei konā mai

Jenni, Trelise, Sarah, Christine, Ali, Judy, Kath, Andi, Leah, Kuini, Haley, Min and Megan

Useful Dates - Please note that all dates are subject to COVID restrictions and events may be cancelled or postponed

Wednesday 13 April - Term 1 ends 3.00pm

Thursday 14 April - Teacher Only Day

Friday 15 April - Good Friday (School Closed)