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From the School Wide Activities:
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.



From the School Wide Activities:
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.


From the School Wide Activities:
Environmental Initiatives
16 September 2014

Paparoa Street School Environmental Initiatives

As part of our move towards creating an environmental club within the school we will be focussing on a number of initiatives for the rest of the year that will consolidate some of the movements already established. One of

these will be a fresh kick start to ‘Nood’ food within the school. A small group of children have been working on a play, focussed on the concept and rationale behind ‘Nood’ food. The children will be presenting this to the school. To follow this up each week in the school newsletter there will be a ‘Nood’ food goal that the children will be working towards. Each classroom teacher will track children's participation in this and once children have reached all 10 goals they will be awarded a special Environmental Certificate that will be presented by Mrs Saunders. It would be wonderful if you could get behind this movement as it not only benefits the school environment, with less rubbish, but also promotes healthy eating and establishes great life skills.

We would also love to hear from you if being involved in the startup of an environmental group within the school would interest you. Please email or

Thank you for your support and remember to keep an eye out in the newsletter for the weekly ‘Nood’ food goal, or click here.
Kind regards,
Kate Walcott

From the Sports Blog:
Rippa Rugby
11 September 2014

Rippa Team 


Our Rippa rugby team took part in the national competition in Wellington this week which involved 20 teams representing 20 provinces. It was a highly competitive tournament with all the teams having to win tournaments in their home province first. Our team came second, which was a phenomenal effort. In their pool play they won against Taranaki, Wanganui and South Canterbury and lost to Counties Manukau by one try. In the quarter finals we played Thames Valley in what was a very fast game and try for try throughout, with Isaac scoring the winning try in the last seconds of the game to put us through to the semis. Once again the game against Manawatu was very even and at fulltime it was a draw. We then had to go into extra time with Manawatu taking the tap to begin. We put pressure on them with our line speed and they dropped the ball, we then scooped it up and with good team work set Sophie up to take it down the sideline to score the winning try to put us in the finals! In the final we were up against Counties Manukau who were the favourites for the tournament. They had great line speed and were too good for us on the day, taking the title out. We played hard, enjoyed the moment and had fun. Congratulations to Isabella Galvan for winning the Small Blacks award of best and fairest girl of the tournament.

Outside playing time the team met the All Blacks in a fun skills session. Our team was assigned Wyatt Crockett and when the children moved around to each skill they met another All Black. A lot of fun was had by everyone. We would just like to thank the Challenge Service Station group for sponsoring our travelling tops and backpacks - it was very much appreciated. We can’t forget our parents who gave us amazing support , Hugh Galvan for helping coach this team, and Brendon Patchett, whose passion and vision for the team took us through to the final. Thank you so much.








From the Senior School:
Antarctic Centre Visits
03 September 2014

In the senior school we have been looking at the sustainability of Antarctica. Over the past two weeks all of our senior classes have visited the Antarctic Centre to learn more about life in Antarctica. We have learnt some interesting facts, had an awesome time and come up with some new wonderings from our experiences at the Antarctic Centre.


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