Paparangi School Newsletter

Week 5 Term 2, 4 June 2021

School is closed tomorrow and Monday

A reminder that tomorrow is a Teacher Only Day so there's no school on Friday. It's also a public holiday on Monday so we wish all our families a happy and relaxing long weekend. Teachers and teacher aides are working together on Friday at school, taking part in workshops on understanding behaviour and learning through play.

Home and School Committee News

Today is the 'Dough-Raiser' through Domino's Pizza. Order pizza and earn money for the school. For every pizza ordered between 4-9pm at the Johnsonville Domino's the school will received $1. Spread the word - tell your friends and extended whanau!


Friday 25 June - Save the date! Junior and Senior Discos are coming soon. See the poster at the end of the newsletter for more information. Ticket can be purchased next week using Kindo. Parents are needed to run the discos so if you can volunteer to help on the night please email paparangihomeandschool@gmail.com.

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Congratulations to the winners of the Pink Shirt Day Design competition. We love your creativity!

Dances for Schools

The 'Dances for Schools' programme is off to a fantastic start, with children moving and grooving each day this week thanks to Mark, the dance instructor. ‘Dances For Schools’ is a curriculum based dance programme in which children develop social skills through the enjoyment of dance. Over two weeks all students, along with their classmates, are taking part in daily sessions led by an experienced dance teacher. All students take part in this programme as part of learning through the Arts Curriculum. We thank parents and families who have already paid a donation towards the dance lessons. A reminder notice will be sent home soon for remaining families.


Parents and whānau are welcome to come along to the family dance sessions on Friday 11 June. There are different times for Uenuku and Pounamu (together) and Rakau Nui.


  • Junior School (year 1-3) - 9.15am
  • Senior School (year 4-6) - 2.00pm

Road Patrol Reminder - No parking on yellow lines!

A friendly reminder that whilst we understand parking around the school is limited for pick up and drop offs, please do not park on the yellow lines or in the bus stop. Parking on the yellow lines is illegal and inhibits the road patrollers ability to see oncoming traffic and therefore, to allow your children to cross the road safely. The yellow lines are also there to allow residents of Beazley Avenue to be able to enter and exit their driveways safely and at any time. Please consider the safety of our tamariki and the amazing job our road patrollers do to keep them safe. Thank you for your co-operation.

Northern Zone Cross Country

On Thursday, 27th of May, 30 Y4-6 students went to the Northern Zone Cross Country race. The top 5 runners from each year group went to Grenada North Park for the race. Everyone gave it their best shot and showed lots of grit. We even had a student come first in his race - congratulations Kaitiaki Jahnke! There are seven students who are going to Inter Zones Cross Country on the 15th of June. We wish those students the best of luck. Thank you to the parents and staff who helped out with cross country. Written by student reporters, Lara and Charlie

Junior School Cross Country

We're really proud of our Y1-3 runners who represented the school today at the junior cross country race. For many of them today was their first time to participate in an inter-school sports event. The course was muddy and slippery so it was pleasing to see our runners demonstrating grit during their races. A special thanks to all the parents who helped with transport, supervision and marshalling on the course. Tumeke Paparangi!

Variance Report

Each year the Board of Trustees lodges a copy of the school's charter with the Ministry of Education. The charter document is made up of the following sections:-


  • Introduction: Containing the school’s vision statement and values.
  • Strategic: The Board’s 4 year broad aims/goals.
  • Annual: Current year’s aims/goals; planned improvements.


Our School Charter guides the Board of Trustees, Principal and Staff and in fact the whole community, in the work we do. The Charter, and the planning and reporting that stems from it, is intended to ensure a culture of continuous improvement based on regular self-review. Through planning and reporting processes, the Board, Principal and Staff work together to:

  • gather comprehensive information about student achievement

  • identify specific areas for improvement

  • implement programmes to lift performance

  • report on progress each year.


As part of this on-going process our annual targets from last year have been reviewed and the Variance Report sets out what was accomplished in 2020. From this analysis the 2021 Annual Plan Goals are set. The Variance Report, Charter and Finance Report are available on the school website or you are welcome to request copies at the office.

Hoodie Fundraiser

Thanks to everyone who has ordered a hoodie so far. The arrival date has been delayed due to the amazing number of orders that we received! Hoodies will be ready for collection by the end of next week.... and don't worry, we'll be taking more orders for hoodies later in the term. We'll let you know when orders open again.


A special thank you to the generous families who have donated a hoodie for another child. So far we have donations for eight more hoodies! There is an option on Kindo to donate a hoodie for another child or please talk to the office if you would like to make a contribution in this way.

Sports T-shirts for Sale

We are pleased to let you know that sports t-shirts with our new school logo are ready to buy. If your child plays a sport for the school please order one of these t-shirts to wear as the school can no longer provide t-shirts to all the sports teams who represent our school. Orders can be made directly with the supplier so are not available on Kindo. Please order directly from the supplier at http://www.ultrafootball.co.nz and go to the 'Paparangi School Club Shop'.

Social Media Warning

An unknown person has created a ‘Tik Tok’ account in the name of Paparangi School and I wish to notify you that this account has not been authorised by the school and has no connection at all to the school.


We have requested that Tik Tok terminate this account but in the meantime I wanted to advise you of the situation. Our investigation shows that more than a dozen Rākau Nui students are ‘following’ or are being ‘followed’ by this fake account. The teachers have spoken with these children about keeping safe online. We ask that parents to ensure that any social media their child uses is approved by you and keeps them safe.


We would like to take this opportunity to remind parents and whanau of our Community Social Media Guidelines. This policy applies to everyone who uses school-related social media. We rely on parents to monitor their child's out of school online activities. If you have questions or information regarding this matter please contact your child’s home-class teacher. Thank you for your support.

Community Social Media Guidelines

Expectations

Administrators and users of all Paparangi School social media accounts must use their best judgement when using school social media. Posts and comments must be:

  • polite and represent the school in a good light
  • relevant to the school community
  • consistent with relevant school policies (e.g. Privacy, Digital Technology and Cybersafety, Harassment, Bullying).

Posts and comments must not contain or link to:

  • abusive content, bad language, personal attacks, spam
  • advertising (unless this is thanking a business for their support)
  • identifiable images of a student's face (unless with relevant permission).


If users breach the conditions above, the post/comment may be deleted and the user may be blocked. (Refer also to Sharing Images of Students and Publishing Student Information on School Docs).


Administrators

Administrators of social media accounts must be currently associated with the school. If an administrator's association with the school ends, they must be removed as an administrator. A senior staff member will always be an administrator on the account. Anyone setting up a social media page that is associated with the school must seek permission from the principal/board. Administrators are responsible for:

  • monitoring posts/comments regularly
  • removing inappropriate posts/comments (and blocking users if necessary)
  • documenting harmful content with a screenshot and removing it as soon as possible
  • reporting inappropriate content to senior staff.


Concerns

We encourage parents to contact the school directly when issues arise. If you have a concern, please let us know before sharing negative personal views online. Also refer to our Complaints Policy. This policy and many others can be found on the SchoolDocs Paparangi Site.

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Help us review our 'Reporting to Parents on Student Progress and Achievement' Policy

Our 'Reporting to Parents on Student Progress and Achievement'

Policy is due for review. Parents and caregivers are invited to have a say! Here are instructions to provide feedback about this policy.


  1. Visit the SchoolDocs website https://paparangi.schooldocs.co.nz

  2. Enter the username (paparangi) and password (beazley).

  3. Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.

  4. Read the policy.

  5. Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.

  6. Select the reviewer type "Parent".

  7. Enter your name (optional).

  8. Submit your ratings and comments.


If you don't have internet access, school office staff can provide you with a printed copy of the policy and a review form. If you would like to speak to a staff member about this policy please contact the office or email principal@paparangi.school.nz.

Community Fundraiser for Blind Low Vision Newsletter

It's great to hear about school families who are supporting worthwhile causes in our community. Here's one that encourages reading too! Go to The Great Kiwi Bookathon if you want to know more: https://www.bookathon.co.nz/. It's running for the month of June. Well done to students taking part in their own time!

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Upcoming Events

  • Domino's Dough-Raiser Fundraiser - Thursday 3 June, 4-9pm
  • Family Dance Sessions - Friday 11 June at 9:15am for Y1-3 and 2pm for Y4-6
  • Teacher Only Day, School Closed - Friday 4 June
  • Queen's Birthday Public Holiday, School Closed - Monday 7 June
  • Junior and Senior Discos - Friday 25 June (Thanks Home and School for organising these!)
  • Board Meeting - Monday 28 June, 6.00pm
  • Student-Led Workshops - Wednesday 30 June, after school and early evening. We'll send out more information closer to the time.
  • Bee Healthy Dental Van - 5-9 July (returning Term 3)
  • Last Day of Term 2 - Friday 9 July, 3.00pm
  • First day of Term 3 - Monday 26 July

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