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A Word From The Principal – Tracey Arthurs

Welcome to Paparangi School. Just fifteen minutes from the central city, we have lots of outdoor play spaces and gardens, and overlook Seton Nossiter Park and Gully. Paparangi School is a contributing primary school with ten classes (just over 220 children and growing!) The Board of Trustees and staff strive to provide a quality education where children can be ‘enthusiastic, confident achievers.’ We are close to the local Intermediate and College, working together to provide a coherent pathway for learning in the Newlands area. I welcome you to Paparangi School on behalf of our tamariki, teachers and community.

2017 TraceyKia Ora, Ko Tracey Arthurs ahau. I am the proud principal of Paparangi School and have been since the beginning of 2016. Before joining Paparangi School, I worked at two other Wellington primary schools for over twenty years. I am Mum to two boys, one who is at University and one who attends college in Wellington city. At the weekends you’ll find me watching their sporting endeavours, in the garden or walking our dog Jed.

Paparangi is a Green-Gold Enviro-School and has a strong outdoor play philosophy, of which Adventure Zone is our much loved free-play space. Our school values of respect, responsibility, care and courtesy are woven throughout our learning and play, with friendly kids and warm, positive classrooms. We have an amazing team of teachers and teacher aides who work together for the benefit of all children, delivering a curriculum that focuses on literacy and numeracy; with a special focus on environmental education and sustainability. All this makes Paparangi a fabulous place to teach and learn!

I believe that it takes ‘a village to raise a child’ and know that here at Paparangi teachers, parents and everyone in-between are working together to ensure our students grow to be good citizens of tomorrow and great kids of today! Learning is an adventure, and at Paparangi we are working hard to develop learning dispositions like risk-taking, curiosity, independence and creativity.

We are fortunate to have an active Home and School Committee, a fantastic group of parents; who give generously of their time and skills, working together to run school GGevents each term and fund-raise for the school. Our current project is to re-open the library which we hope to do by the end of the year. We welcome parents to participate and contribute to the life and work of the school in many different ways, and are grateful to parents who help coach sports teams, volunteer for gardening projects or who spend time helping in classrooms.

If you’d like more information about Paparangi School or wish to take a tour of classes in action please call the school on 04 478 6617 or email office @paparangi.school.nz. I look forward to meeting you and would be honoured to show you around our wonderful school. And to current parents – I am always available to hear your feedback, suggestions or queries about your child’s learning – why not call in and see me too?