• Social


Details on the various programmes and initiatives that are offered/promoted at Paparangi. Could also include our sporting endeavours.


Students celebrating joining SchoolGen and having our Solar Panels installed

– Schoolgen

Paparangi School is a SchoolGen School. SchoolGen is a program organised by Genises Energy which encourages schools to look at renewable sources of energy.

In 2013 Paparangi School joined the program. Joining has meant that Paparangi, along with a number of other schools nationwid,e have had a small PV (solar panel) system installed , at no cost to the school.

The PV system allows our school to generate some of the schools electricity from the sun, and for our students to learn about solar energy, climate change and electricity generation.

You can see how much energy our solar panels are creating and find out further information including details of the installation by going to the SchoolGen website and looking at our profile page here http://www.schoolgen.co.nz/schoolgen-schools/paparangi-wellington#!

Image of installed solar panels? 

Peer Mediation

The Cool Schools Peer Mediation Programme teaches students and teachers how to use conflict scenarios as an opportunity to build positive relationships with others. Non-violent, constructive, co-operative, WIN/WIN solutions to a problem are negotiated. Agreements are made which are mutually acceptable to all parties concerned. When implemented as a whole school programme, it has a positive impact not only on students, teachers and parents but also for the wider school community.

Paparangi School operates a Peer Mediation Program.  Students can volunteer to become a peer mediator. They are then given training in helping to resolve disputes which occur in the playground.

The programme was written in 1991 by the Peace Foundation and due to its success, has been introduced to over two-thirds of all schools in New Zealand. There is growing interest and demand for the programme both nationally and internationally. The programme has already been introduced to schools in Australia, Fiji and Pakistan.

Schools successfully implementing the programme report that 80-85% of minor disputes are settled permanently by peer mediators helping to make the school environment (both playground and classroom) a happier, safer, more peaceful place to be. Students are providing a service for other students as “peace-keepers”. They are modelling skills and processes, which will last a lifetime and are readily transferable to the home, workplace, community and beyond.

Cool Schools Programmes:

  • helps individuals develop life long conflict management skills
  • focuses on building positive relationships with others
  • creates win/win situations for students, teachers, parents, caregivers and the wider community
  • provides life skills for school, home and the workplace
  • empowers students to help other students
  • is proactive, helping to prevent bullying and other levels of conflict
  • provides a better learning environment
  • fosters the development of self esteem and leadership skills
  • enhances inter-personal and intra-personal communication skills.

The Cool Schools Programmes develop key skills such as:

  • Active listening
  • Using “I” statements and affirmations
  • Recognising different types of responses to conflict
  • Effective questioning
  • The role of the mediator
  • The mediation process (including a process of junior students).


– Enviro Schools (link back to existing page – but still mentioned here as people may look for it here)

Paparangi School has a strong Enviro School link. We currently hold a silver reflection and we are working towards out green-gold reflection. More information about enviro schools can be found here http://www.enviroschools.org.nz/in_your_region/wellington



Paparangi School runs a Perceptual Motor Program (PMP), each class in years 0-2, attend this program twice a week in terms 1 and 4.

PMP is a programme which aims to develop the child’s perceptions and understandings of themselves in relation to their world, through movement/motor experiences. It aims to develop perceptions of height and space, the pattern and order of the child’s natural world, the laws and limitations that govern the human body. PMP is seen as part of the programme of total experiences. It is not a physical education programme alone, or music, or fitness, or dance, or gymnastics. It is a programme that uses facets of all of the above in order to develop children’s perceptions. The perceptions and judgments that are formed over time help determine how children react to their environment, to others, and to new ideas.

PMP is different because it aims to develop the child rather than the skill. It is not purely a motor programme. It is a perceptual motor programme where language is the key factor in providing the perceptual knowledge about the motor experience. The programme has it’s roots in the development of language, the gaining of problem solving skills, and general readiness areas.

When this is well developed, consequential reactions are more likely to be appropriate for any given situation. When it is not, it can impede learning. Children with common problems such as inattention, day dreaming, wandering, laziness, clumsiness, and disruptive behaviour are often those with a poorly developed “perceptual world.” These children risk becoming frustrated and stressed which can shut down their ability to concentrate and comprehend.

A consistent and varied “diet” of physical and sensory;experience is the key to developing perceptual judgments. Many gross motor skills developed in the early years support the finer motor skills and learning processes which occur at primary school. Through practice these skills become automatic and can assist in classroom based learning, and confidence in and outside the classroom.

Each session is supervised by a classroom teacher who has the support of parent volunteers.

Without Parent volunteers this programme could not operate.  If you would like further information about volunteering to help with sessions you can contact the teacher running the program here…… link to email for Liz Daniels


Images from PMP sessions?


– School Patrol


– Gardening Gang

– Netball

– Cross Country

Every year in Term 2 children participate in our school cross country. Differing courses are offered to the various ages throughout the school Because of the expansive grounds it is possible to run an interesting and challenging course within the school grounds.

Children enjoy cheering and supporting each other through the run and a number of parents and community members also attend to support.

Senior students who have good results in this challenge are offered the opportunity to run in the Northern Zone Cross Country which is in a different location each year. This is a wonderful opportunity for children who enjoy cross country  to challenge themselves against other children.

Junior Students  in a similar position are offered the opportunity to run at a more local inter school cross country run.