Open Day 2015
14 September 2015


We are all living at a time of rapid change and education is no different, with those working in the sector examining closely how we enable our children to be successful 21st century citizens.

We now operate composite classes, teachers are working more closely together in teams, your children are working more independently in open learning spaces, and are being expected to take responsibility for their learning in a supportive environment.

Questions do arise from these developments and we would like you have the opportunity to see the school at work and discuss these initiatives with management and staff.

If you were unable to attend our Open Day a video picturing life in our modern learning environment can be viewed here

ANZAC 2015
28 April 2015

To  commemorate the centenary of the ANZAC landings on the Gallipoli we held a very special ANZAC service  at school organized by Mrs A and the students of  room 20. Our service included a guest trumpeter playing the Last Post and Reveille, and crosses bearing the names of 31 Soldiers being laid on the field.

Poppies were sold this morning and money collected was used to make a coin trail, and then delivered to the RSA by the School Council.




The Competition
17 September 2014


We held a giraffe design competition to see who would have the honors of painting and decorating the giraffe.  There were so many entries it was hard to narrow it down to just a few.  
Here are some of the winners with their designs.



Christchurch Stands Tall Project
17 September 2014


Paparoa Street School is taking part in the Christchurch Stands Tall Schools Programme.
Christchurch Stand Tall is a mass appeal public art project organized by the United Kingdom organization, Wild in Art.  More than 50 giraffes standing at 2.5 metres tall will be painted by local artists and planted in parks, streets and open spaces.  Christchurch schools will decorate another 50 baby giraffes.  During November through to the end of January giraffes will be out on a trail and in shops in town.Our giraffe arrived and we had to carefully unwrap it.  Each class from Year 2 through to Year 6 had one person represent their class and help with the unwrapping.  We've never seen zoo much bubble wrap and corrugated cardboard.







The Final Design
17 September 2014


From the winning designs, a final designs was created, using a special piece of each winners creation.
This was drawn onto the giraffe in pencil so that it would be easier to paint.  
It's finally decorating time.  Art shirts on, paint brushes ready.  Let's paint!
Holly, Lana, Charlotte and Bruce started painting our school house colors onto the giraffe design, while Jessika and Liam painted the giraffes legs.  I wonder what the design is of.
Keep watching and see how our giraffe changes and becomes more colorful.











The focus of our giraffe design is about highlighting aspects of Paparoa Street School. Each leg is painted like trees to represent our house colours - Rata, Totara, Kowhai, and Kahikatea.

Down the back of the neck the black pathway links in with our school mission statement - enhancing the pathway for lifelong learners. Expanding out from the pathway are korus to represent our maori heritage.

Around the giraffes neck are beads of courage which each child and staff members names are written on individual beads. They represent our support for our students and teachers(present and past), our families and wider community who live with cancer.

Our giraffe, Rainbow,  will be displayed, along with a number of other school giraffes at Riccarton House - Deans' Cottage during the trail from 3rd November to 25th January 2015.  Rainbow will be returned to the school in early February.A 48 page souvenir brochure that will include pictures of all the school and sponsor sculptures as well as information on the charities and artists involved will be available from school soon. The price is still to be confirmed, but approximately $5 each. They will also be on sale during the trail as a keepsake for people who follow the trail.