Principal's Blog

April 2017
12 April 2017

Kia ora te whanau! Kei te pehea koutou? Kei te matao me mākū ahau. Greetings Paparoa Street Family,

How are you doing today ? I am cold and wet … as I have been out on road patrol in this fabulous autumn weather we are having. It does look like we are in for a bit of a long haul with the wet weather for the rest of the term and of course this is quite frustrating for the children and a bit taxing for managing restless behaviour. We would love parents to ensure children have adequate wet weather gear for being out and about between classes at school and for travelling to and from school- that way if we need a brief puddle jumping break we have some children kitted out to do so! Cross country Obviously the weather has put paid to our cross country events this week, the good thing is we will now be able to have one full school event rather than a two day programme. Check the new dates in the newsletter and calendars and book some time off work to cheer your children on in their efforts! Scooter use We have had some concerns expressed by neighbours about the use of scooters on the public walkway section of the scooter highway especially during our lunch breaks. I love the fact we have so many children scooting to school and don’t want to curtail any of this action at all however we have some responsibilities around public safety on the walkway as it is a shared pathway. Could we ask for your support in helping your children understand the right etiquette for scooter use in a public place. This includes : Keeping to the left of the pathway at all times.  Stopping when a pedestrian is approaching and only proceeding once the pedestrian has passed.  Ensuring the pathway is clear for pedestrians and cyclists Keeping themselves safe by keeping a distance between scooters and most importantly avoiding the tricks that involve swinging scooters above shoulder height. We are particularly concerned about the possibility of head or facial injuries from scooter swinging. There is a whole set of guidelines for scooter use on the NZTA website which might be useful for you to check out.

March 2017
12 April 2017

Kia ora Whanau, 

Congratulations to those of you who made it to the Nathan Wallis seminar on Monday evening. We had a very full hall and it was great to have parents from across our wider community including parents from Elmwood, St Albans and Heaton. The biggest numbers were our own - not that it’s a competition. Nathan was, as always, very informative and provided some good provocations for thinking about brain development, gender difference, birth order, the importance of relationship building and when children are ready for formal learning. Some key points raised included: The importance of the first 1000 days in the cognitive development of the brain . Early years are all about social and emotional skills and brain development.  Moving is part of learning. The brain develops through deep relationships and responses from a significant other.  Every child is different in terms of stages of development.  If your child is a black and white thinker (often a trait of eldest in the family) help them to develop their grey thinking by asking questions that don’t have definite answers

23 February 2017
23 February 2017

Kia ora te whanau

Things are really settling into routine at Paparoa Street this week and we have covered off some more firsts especially those of us who are new to the Street. Our first Year 5/6 camps headed off to Wainui this week and what spectacular weather they had for all their wild outdoor activities. A special Thank you to Jen Laird and Eleanor Smith for all their camp organisation and to a top group of parents who supported the children as camp leaders and transportation. I am sure the next Year 5/6 team will look forward to their adventure even more with all the stories shared. Our Wendover Readers, Rutland Street Readers and Boys Reading Club are all getting underway. I am thrilled with the excitement and passion these groups generate for Literacy. I have visited all teams many times in these first few weeks and have seen some fantastic engaging learning activities happening in all spaces - this is a very exciting and positive place to work, play and learn. This week is always one of remembering in our city and has been no exception this year with some significant milestones in our 'earthquake healing process' taking place. Like many of you, I joined the throngs at AMI stadium for Bruce Springsteen on Tuesday night. I have seen him perform twice before but there was certainly something about having him perform here in our home town that was cathartic. I hope you find an opportunity over the coming weekend or next week to find the time to "COME ON RISE UP" and visit our memorial wall with your children and share stories of Christchurch old and new. (If you are a child of the mid 80s or later the references to Springsteen might not mean too much - a loose interpretation - get out and have a great time in our city this weekend. Explore and create great memories with your children)

Pene Abbie