School Newsletter Week 9 - Term 4

Last day, 15 December 2021

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Farewell to the Class of 2021!

It’s time to say goodbye to our year six tamariki, our class of 2021. We are very proud of the way you have become Adventurous Learners, taking on Leadership Roles, and participating and contributing to the life of your school - through Road Patrol, Assemblies, Buddy Classes, Library Monitors, Enviro Days, Peer Mediation, Kapa Haka, Recycling and Jump Jam. I enjoyed hearing the memories you shared at your graduation ceremony last week. You will continue making special memories as you embark on new adventures at Intermediate.


A shout out to the parents & whānau of the year six students, who have supported their children throughout their six or so years at Paparangi. I know that for some of these families, this is the end of an era as your youngest child leaves our school - so a special goodbye to you, haere ra. We wish you well, knowing that you take piece of Paparangi with you wherever you go.


Y6 Awards - congratulations to students who were recognised for their outstanding contributions in the following areas:

Enviro - George and Dario

Sport - Emma and Otis

Kapa Haka - Lien and Louis

Thank You Paparangi Parent Helpers!

It was lovely to see some of our parent helpers at our thank you morning tea on Monday. We are very grateful for all the ways parents contribute to our school. Many of the extra curricular activities on offer are only possible because of the wonderful volunteers who give up their time to help. There are many ways parents support our school:


  • Home and School Committee
  • Board of Trustees
  • Parent help in the classroom
  • Road Patrol
  • Photographer's
  • Enviro-Day helpers
  • Sports team Coaches and Managers
Morning tea guests

School News

We have reached the end of another successful year for Paparangi. Thank you Parents and Whānau for your support during 2021, another most unusual year! I wish Staff, Students and their families safe and happy holidays and look forward to your return in 2022. Meri Kirihimete me ngā mihi o te tau hou!


School Grounds

We encourage families to use the grounds to play over the summer break, but as always recommend supervision of your children, especially as there are often contractors working on property projects during the holiday period. I also ask school families to report any concerns over the summer break to Police - let’s take care of our school together.


SAFETY ALERT: The bank behind the school is cordoned off and out of bounds due to a slip caused by heavy rain during the year. Stay away from this area at all times, including weekends and after school.


School Picnic at Waikanae Pool

Save the date - our popular family picnic is scheduled for Friday 11 March next year. A notice will be sent home at the beginning of Term 1. You will be given the option to indicate whether your child/ren will be travelling by bus or private car. Many parents join us for the day, we hope you can too!


Farewell from the Board of Trustees

A separate notice from the Board is being emailed to parents today.


Reports and Class Placement Letters

Reports were sent home on Monday with information about your child's class placement for 2022. Stationery Lists, Classroom Consumables and information about the school report are also in the envelopes.


Back to School Stationery 2022

Qizzle are suppliers of school stationery packs next year. This is a stress free way to order stationery for your child/ren for the start of the year and ensures they have the correct stationery items at the start of the new school year. A brochure providing details on how to order stationery is attached to next year’s stationery list. You will find stationery lists on the website from the middle of January.


Lost Property

There is a mountain of lost property to return to families but we understand that due the current Covid conditions it's been tricky for parents to check through lost property in our usual ways. Usually we donate leftover clothing to a charity over the summer break, but we won't do this until next year so that families have a chance to look through all the leftover belongings. Thanks to Home and School who have volunteered to wash and sort leftover clothing for next year.


Emergency Packs for Next Year

In 2022 there are two options for providing your child with an emergency pack. More information was sent home with stationery lists on Monday:


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

  2. Pay $7 and an emergency kit will be supplied for your child.Thanks to the Home and School Committee who are organising emergency kits for families who order them.


2021 Emergency Packs

This year's emergency packs were sent home yesterday to those families who requested this. All other food items were sent to the local food bank.

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Big Grocery Raffle

Awesome effort Paparangi! The raffle was drawn last Friday and all the lucky winners were contacted over the weekend. We had a tremendous response from our community - thanks to everyone who sold tickets or donated grocery items. Instead of three prize hampers, there were ELEVEN hampers to give away! And over $3000 has been raised from the raffle alone! Home and School are fundraising for a new Outdoor Sound System, Y6 Leavers Gifts and the Senior Camp in February next year. Thanks everyone for your overwhelming support.


Spot prizes for students were given out at the assemblies: Congratulations to Henry, He Koha, Leo & Josie, Aylin, Ryan, Izzy S, Evan, Lucas N, Zac and Ella, Mason M, Jasper W, Cassie, Joseph Y, Ryan, Paige and Leo and Michaela S. Congratulations to all the grocery hamper winners:

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Olympian visits Rākau Nui

Last week, Olympic swimmer Lewis Clareburt came to our school. He taught us about the Olympic values Excellence, Friendship and Respect, showed us a video about all the sports like football, rugby, basketball and told us about his experience at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. He also asked questions such as ‘how many medals did New Zealand win in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?' I answered correctly with 20, for which Lewis gave me a signed NZ cap! Thanks to the NZ Olympic Committee for organising for Lewis' visit with Rākau Nui students! Written by student reporter Emile.

Great job Paparangi!

A massive thank you to all the tamariki and other helpers who showed lots of GRIT on Monday to do an amazing job of tidying up our school environment for our last enviro day of the year! We were lucky that the weather held off which meant we all got to spend some time outside and even make up for some of the missed EOTC week activities. A special thank you to the Eco-Warriors who ran activities for the rest of the school such as the obstacle course, games and scavenger hunt. It has been wonderful working with you and you should all be very proud of your efforts this year. I know Miss Vesty is very proud of the champions for the environment you have become, as am I. Have a great Christmas break and we look forward to more enviro learning and fun in the new year! Christine Latimer, Acting Enviro Lead Teacher.

Kindo school shop - tips for school leavers

If your family is leaving our school and moving to another school that does not use Kindo for school payments, you need to close your account. If you’re not sure about the new school, log in, go to My Details and click on the list of schools, scrolling to find your new school.


If your new school is NOT on the list, use the 'close account' button on that screen. You can choose to donate your balance to school or have it paid out to your nominated bank account.

Term 1 2022 Dates:


  • First Day, Wednesday 2 February at 8:55am
  • Waitangi Day observed, School closed, Monday 7 February (Public Holiday)
  • School Picnic at Waikanae Pool, Friday 11 March
  • Camp Kaitoke, Y5&6 students, Wed 23-25 February
  • Last Day of Term 1, Wednesday 13 April at 3pm
  • Teacher Only Day, Thursday 14 April
  • Good Friday, Easter Public Holiday, Friday 15 April

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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