School Newsletter

18 November, Term 4 - Week 5

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Dear Parents, Whānau and Caregivers

A special welcome to James and Isla who have started school in Teams Pounamu and Uenuku this week. Kia ora and welcome to our friendly school!

It's time for the Festive Family Fun Day!

Come along and support our school tomorrow - rain or shine the festive family fun day is on! There is something for everyone - raffles, face-painting, food stalls, kids clothing, games and crafts. Each team has been busy making things to sell at the fair - stock up in time for Christmas! Starts at 11am.


Lessons begin next Tuesday for Y2-6 students. Students swim every day - Tuesday to Friday - for two weeks. Thanks for returning permissions slips so that transport and groups could be organised. Payment would be appreciated before lessons commence and can be made using Kindo or EFTPOS at the office. Thank-you.

Northern Zone Athletics

Congratulations to our Y4-6 tamariki who attended the Athletics tournament on Monday. As always the teachers were impressed with how students represented our school. Well done for competing with grit and cheering on your team mates with respect! Thanks to parent helpers who provided transport or supervised activities and children.


The incidence of COVID-19 infections across New Zealand has increased recently and it is probable that this increase will continue over the next few weeks. The BA.5 sub-variant continues to dominate but with several other new Omicron sub-variants increasing in incidence. There is no evidence that these new sub-variants cause more severe symptoms than the current variants, even where they are more transmissible.

Positive case or household contacts numbers in our school community remain very low. Under current Ministry of Health guidelines, positive Covid cases must isolate at home for 7 days. Day 0 is the day your symptoms started or when you tested positive, whichever came first. If your child tests positive, please contact the office immediately, so that we can work with you to calculate your child's return to school date. If your child is a household contact they must test daily for 5 days from the first positive test result in their house.

Paparangi School’s Covid-19 policy is that we may choose to re-introduce masks if our risk assessment determines it is appropriate. We currently encourage mask-wearing for staff and students but it is not mandatory. Our Pandemic Response Team regularly reviews mask-wearing depending on rates of student illness and staff absences. The school continues to follow Ministry of Health guidelines regarding sanitation and ventilation. Let's keep working together, so we are able to keep school open and fully staffed for the rest of the year.

NZEI Paid Union Meetings for Teachers Thursday 17 and Friday 18 November

Across the country, teachers are having paid union meetings to discuss the progress of ongoing negotiations about their collective employment agreement. These meetings are an important opportunity for teachers to decide whether any offers received from the Ministry of Education meet the goal of ensuring teaching is an attractive and sustainable profession, which is extremely relevant for all kura due to the critical teacher shortage we are currently experiencing. We will be covering classes within our school to enable as many of our teachers as possible to attend these meetings, while minimising disruption to our families. This will mean an alternative programme will be in operation for classes on Thursday and Friday this week.

Ngā mihi nui

Tracey Arthurs


Te Korowai ō Horokiwi Kapa Haka Festival

Our year 6 students did Paparangi proud today when they performed at the Kapa Haka Festival after a two year break. It was an uplifting, very special occasion with all four local primary schools performing along with Newlands Intermediate. Tumeke to our tamariki - ātaahua waiata! Thanks to the parents who came along and provided audience support. It was great to see you there. Thanks for all the cheers!

Come along to our biggest fundraiser of the year! One more sleep to go!

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Grocery Raffle

Tickets for the raffle were sent home to families this week. Please keep selling your raffle tickets - there are plenty of amazing prizes! If you require any more sheets to sell, please collect from the office. Return all sheets by Thursday 8th December. The raffle will be drawn on Friday 9 December by the Principal, Tracey Arthurs. Thank you very much for your support!

Y5 and Y6 Camp Kaitoke

Thanks to the Camp Kaitoke team (staff and parent volunteers) for running an excellent camp for our Year 5 and 6 students last week in conjunction with the instructors from YMCA. Well done to all our student campers who participated in outdoor activities such as kayaking, giant swing, challenge course, archery and rock-wall climbing. It was great to see everyone using grit during the outdoor rotations, respect and others in the dining hall and cabins.

Sharing Images of Students

There are several community events this term so here's a timely reminder about the guidelines for sharing and NOT sharing images of students.

Paparangi School follows guidelines to protect students' privacy and safety at school when we publish student information. This includes sharing photos of our students. We encourage our school community to also consider privacy issues when sharing photos and videos taken at school events. We are happy for parents to take photos/videos of their children at sports day, cultural day, or other public school events. If copyright issues apply, such as at a school play, which forbid photos or videos to be taken, the school makes this known. If parents want to share photos/videos on social media, they should consider the following:

  • Show the images to your children and discuss them before posting them on social media. This will help your children understand that they should always think about what goes out to the public on the internet.
  • If the images have pictures of other students, think about editing to remove them.
  • Make sure that other students are not named in any online posts.

Parents should remember that posting photos of other people can amount to harassment and they should take care to ensure photos are fair to other people. Students are also expected to consider privacy and cyber-safety issues when sharing photos and using social media.

Can you help ?

The teachers are getting organised to make some Christmas crafts with Team Pounamu in the last 2 weeks of term and would really appreciate any help with the items below. I am after the following things to add to the collection I have started to gather. Please drop these off to Room 3 or the office. Thank you in advance for your help. Ngā mihi, Sam Diggins, R3 teacher.

  • glass baby food jars ( lids not necessary)
  • any battery tea lights even those that need new batteries
  • wooden jenga blocks
  • plastic lids from jars and tins
  • plastic fizzy bottles any size
  • cd discs
  • beads
  • flower wrapping and ribbons
  • cardboard rolls - wrapping paper/paper towel
  • any anything else you may think we can use!

Well done Paparangi! Photos from Wacky Hair Day - PB4L Reward!

What's happening this term?

Wednesday afternoons

Swimming Lessons for Y0-1 students

Saturday 19 November

Festive Family Fun Day

Tuesday 22 November to Friday 25 November

Swimming Lessons for Y2-6 students

Tuesday 29 November to Friday 02 December

Swimming Lessons for Y2-6 students

Tuesday 29 November

Interzone Athletics (pp 1 December)

5-9 December

EOTC Week, various activities

Tuesday 6 December

Parent Helpers Thank you Afternoon tea @ 2:15pm

Year 6 Leavers Celebration

Friday 9 December

Year 6 Day Out

Wednesday 14 December

Y4-6, Rākau Nui End of Year Assembly @ 9:15am

Thursday 15 December

Y1-3, Uenuku and Pounamu End of Year Assembly @ 9:15am

Thursday 15 December

Home & School Pizza Lunch

Friday 16 December

Term 4 ends 1.00pm

Next year's Term Dates

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Community Notices

Goodtime Music Academy

Goodtime Music Academy is taking enrolments for In-School music lessons now for next year. 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!

Summer Reading Adventure, Wellington City Libraries

From 1st December 2022 through to 31st January 2023, we’re inviting the tamariki, rangatahi and pākeke of Wellington on a Summer Reading Adventure — an adventure that will take them around the city, into their own backyards, down to their local library, into the pages of more than a few books, and back home again in time for tea.

Along the way, children and teens will be reading books, drawing pictures and maps, taking videos, completing challenges, getting out into nature, and maybe fighting off the odd monster or two — all in the name of seeing who shall have the honour of being crowned Supreme Champion of Words, Books and Deeds. Along the way, our intrepid young adventurers will be earning all kinds of awesome prizes for their efforts, from collectible badges to ice-cream vouchers, free books, movie tickets, family passes to Zealandia, Wellington Zoo, and the Space Place, and much more.

This year is the first time there is a Summer Reading Adventure for adults, and our librarians have delved deep into the book mines to come up with challenges and book lists that should satisfy readers of many tastes and sensibilities. As they review books and participate in challenges, adults will be earning digital achievements and tickets towards one of our awesome Grand Prize draws. Children, teens and adults can visit our Summer Reading site at to find out more and pre-register for the Adventure, or they can download the free Beanstack Tracker app from Google Play or the iTunes Store to participate on the go.

Entertainment Books

BLACK FRIDAY SALE! For the first time ever, when you support our school's fundraising with a purchase of an Entertainment Membership from us between 6.00pm, Thursday 24th November and 6.00pm, Monday 28th November AEDT you will receive a second membership FOR FREE. Yep, that’s double the fun, double the dining, and double the savings!

This year's Entertainment Membership is packed with hundreds 25% off or 2 for 1 offers from all your favourite local restaurants, takeaways, attractions, shopping and more. Plus, for only $69.99 you only need to use your membership twice and you’ll save what you spent on it. So order now to get double the savings!

Most importantly, 20% of every Entertainment Membership purchased through us goes directly towards supporting our our school's fundraising !

Thank you so much for your support

Order here at our fundraising page:

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Newlands Intermediate School Music Centre

The Music Centre provides opportunities for students in the Newlands/Johnsonville are to develop their musical education outside of normal school hours. Classes are held on weekdays during the school term. Concerts are held at the end of the year. In 2023 tuition will be offered in the following instruments : Violin, Piano and Guitar. For further information please ring the NIS school office on 4788195 or email Kay Good at

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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.

Our newsletter is proudly sponsored by Ashton D'Silva

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