Principal's Weekly Review 4 November 2022

Kia ora, 

Week 3 has now come to a close, and signified the last formal timetabled day for our senior students, and the welcome evening for our new students for Year 9 in 2023.  Once again this has been a busy week.  

On Tuesday evening we held our Māori and Pasifika Awards night, and I would like to thank all whānau who were able to attend (please see the article on the following page). 

On Wednesday evening we held our Year 8 Transition evening to welcome next year’s Year 9 students and families.  The evening began in the hall with a number of speakers sharing a wide range of information that will support our new students transitioning in next year, and for our parent community to get an understanding of the school’s philosophy.  Following this, tours of the school were taken, and a cup of tea and a chat was available in the Johns Wing to close out the evening.

 Our senior students had their final assembly on Wednesday, which included significant information in relation to the  NCEA externals and Scholarship exams which begin on Monday 7th November.  Over the examination period it is important that students continue to study hard, which will give them the greatest opportunity to succeed. Students will also still have the opportunity to complete internal assessment work throughout the remainder of the year.  I wish them all the very best.  

Papanui High School is a member school of the Tōtaranui Kāhui Ako. We will be participating in the annual cultural festival for 2022 which will be happening next Wednesday from 4.00pm until approximately 6.45pm on the fields at Casebrook Intermediate.  We invite you to come and share in the celebration. Our Kapa Haka and Aiga are due to perform at 6.15 pm.   

Homestays wanted

Over the last six weeks, we have had considerable interest from international students returning to Papanui High School for 2023, which we are very excited about.  Many of these students require a family to live with for the duration of their stay, which can be from anywhere between three weeks, and the duration of their high school education.  Currently we have a definite shortage in homestays, and would like to encourage anyone who has thought about, or would like to learn more about being a homestay family to please contact our International Department on 352 0705. 

In concluding this week, I would like to acknowledge and thank our Papanui High School Community on behalf of The City Mission for our recent food collection, a considerable donation of 2234 items, which they greatly appreciate. 

Ngā mihi nui 


Jeff Smith



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