Uenuku Newsletter

Term 1 Week 9

Nau mai, Haere mai ki Uenuku

Kia ora


It's been wonderful welcoming you all back onto school grounds this week. We love to chat and share news about your children and being able to do this in person this week has been fantastic. Please feel free to pop down if you have any quick queries.


We are pleased to have welcomed Owen, Aadhi, Pippa and Jack and their families to our Uenuku whanau.

Wheels Day

Next Tuesday, as a school, we celebrate the amazing mahi of our tamariki and the amount of kowhai rewards they have received throughout the term. Children are welcome to bring their bike or scooter to school and they will have the opportunity to ride it during break times and the afternoon. There will be a special circuit for them to follow if they wish. It is essential that your child brings their bike helmet for this day - we have a no helmet no ride policy to ensure the safety of our children.

Learning in Uenuku

The tamariki have enjoyed experimenting with objects to discover if they float or sink and learning about reactions by making a volcano with vinegar and baking soda lava. They particularly enjoyed the experience of observing the reaction between fizzy drink and mentos when they are combined. The effect can be quite spectacular!


We continue to learn about the sounds of the letters in the alphabet, blending them together to make words. The children use actions tapping their head, tummy and knees to show where they can hear a sound in a word (beginning, middle or end) and work out what the word is as they say the sounds quickly together. We have learnt about syllables (beats) in words - see if they can clap their name to you!


Our reading programme concentrates on shared reading in a group, discussing the texts, understanding new vocabulary, learning about different aspects of books and exploring fiction and non-fiction books from the library. We are lucky to be able to visit the library twice a week so that the children have lots of opportunity to bring books of their own choice home to share with you. Children may also bring home an individual reading book.


In maths solving number problems based on a short word story has been a focus. We have also explored the concept of length and height.

How can you help?

We would love to keep our stock of craft materials and recycled boxes etc at a premium. If you have any to donate please send them with your child and they will be made great use of. Thank you.

Safety information

Please let us know if your child has any type of allergy or intolerance. We are hands on with many activities and are enjoying conducting science experiments, doing painting with our hands and exploring outdoors amongst other things. We want to keep your children safe, so would be grateful to know of any issues of this kind (not just food related).


We thank you for remembering that we are a nut free school. We do have children with nut allergies so it is important to exclude any food items containing nuts from your child's lunch box. Food that is labelled 'may contain traces of...' is fine.

How can we help?

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or wonderings. We can respond via email or phone, or a quick verbal chat at drop off or pick up time.
Ngā manaakitanga,


Team Uenuku teachers

Team Uenuku

Mr M - Jason Middlemiss jason@paparangi.school.nz (part time teacher)

Miss Jensen - Michaela Jensen mjensen@paparangi.school.nz

Rebecca - Rebecca Arrowsmith rebecca@paparangi.school.nz (team leader/AP)