Rākau Nui Newsletter

Term 1, Week 6

Newsletter 08 March 2022


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Everything you and your child will need for hybrid learning is in one place, the Rākau Nui Hub. This has been shared directly to the Rākau Nui Links Google Classroom to make access easy. If you would also like it shared with you and you have a Gmail account, please let us know. All the Classroom codes that take students through to Google Classroom for maths, literacy and STEAM are available here. Students have an opportunity to access STEAM learning but they will need to join the correct Google classroom for their STEAM rotation.


To minimise the noise from teacher videos being played in the classroom, we are allowing students to bring their own headphones/earbuds to school if they wish. If students choose to do this, please make sure that they are not expensive or precious items as it is possible that they may be misplaced or broken. School will provide a limited number of sets for those students that need them. Please make sure that where possible, they are also clearly named so they can be returned to your child if lost.


Google Classroom will be the place where we put learning activities for students to do independently. This is how we are also working in the physical classroom so students are familiar with using Google Classroom. The Rākau Nui links Google Classroom (code: vxjto3t) has the Google Meet link for maths and literacy starters and for hui. Other links for Google Meet can be found in the relevant maths, literacy or STEAM class.


For digital safety reasons, it’s important that there is an adult in the room while students use Google Meet.


Our wonderful road patrollers have been hard at work already this term making sure your tamariki are crossing the road safely. As it is the start of the year, here are a couple of reminders about using the crossing and the road outside the school:

- Please do not park on the yellow lines. The yellow lines around the crossing are there so that there is enough space for our road patrollers to see oncoming traffic to then be able to make safe decisions about stopping and entering traffic. If they can't see because a car is on the yellow lines blocking their view, they cannot safely do their job. If you are using a vehicle to pick up your child, please consider other options such as parking slightly further away and walking to meet your child (ie: Catherine Crescent) or for older students, arrange to meet them at a spot a bit further away from school.

- On both sides of the road, there are painted white lines behind the road patrollers. When you want to cross the road please stand behind this line and wait until the road patrollers have said "cross now" and lowered their arms. The road patrollers have a number of checks they must complete before they let you cross. When the road patrollers have said "cross now", it means the road patrollers have assessed the dangers and decided it is safe for you or your child to cross. So please, for your safety, wait until the road patrollers have said these words and dropped their arm.

Thank you for your cooperation and for supporting our road patrollers!

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:


alisha@paparangi.school.nz

sarah@paparangi.school.nz

christinel@paparangi.school.nz

trelise@paparangi.school.nz

jharrison@paparangi.school.nz


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)