Principal's Weekly Review 17th February 2023

Kia ora,

It has been so nice to complete a full week of school for the first time in a long time and to see an extensive list of co-curricular and classroom activities keenly participated in by the student body of Papanui High School.  As such, our sympathies are with some of our North Island colleagues, students and schools who have not enjoyed the same settled start because of the weather conditions there. 

This week the Year 13 Outdoor Education class was due to head out on our first tramp of the year, to Arthur's Pass.  Because of the effects of Cyclone Gabrielle, which was due to impact our region later in the week, we made the difficult decision to postpone this trip.  That decision, with Wednesday’s rain and wind, was the correct one, however we do anticipate that trips will start to go out again next week. 

Following on from the Orientation Year 9 Meet the Teacher evening two weeks ago, we held our Year 10—13 ‘Meet and Greet’ evening last Thursday night.  It is important that families/whānau and caregivers have the opportunity to meet subject teachers and get an overview of the year’s learning.  I would like to thank the community for supporting this event, and for the positive feedback.  I would also like to thank staff for their organisation and extra effort to build relationships with the wider whānau of our students.  Once those relationships are formed it becomes easier to work together towards each students' personal achievement goals 

The first PTA meeting of 2023 will be held on Monday 20 February, and I invite all new parents to attend.  

Ngā mihi

Stacey Fry

Associate Principal


Secondary Teachers Set Date For First National Strike - Thursday 16 March 

Last year teachers began negotiations for their collective agreement. At Paid Union Meetings at the end of last year, members agreed on a one-day national strike if they felt there was no satisfactory progress with their collective agreement.  As such all secondary school teachers in New Zealand will hold a national one-day strike on Thursday 16 March.  As no PPTA members will be available for teaching duties on that day it will not be possible to run normal classes.

For any students who do attend, supervision will be arranged.  Please phone the school office (on 352 6119) if you require supervision for your child.


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