Principal's Weekly Review 10 November 2022

Kia ora,

 This week saw the start of the NCEA exams for our senior students, I hope they are progressing well for them.  Equally, it is important for our junior school to maintain a strong focus on engagement to support their learning for the remaining five weeks of the school year.  During this time, conversations will take place through various forums to help set the scene for the transition of Year 9 to Year 10, and Year 10 into an NCEA focussed Year 11.  It is also nice for our junior students to have the school to themselves for a little while.

On Wednesday afternoon the Tōtaranui Kāhui Ako held its annual cultural festival at Casebrook Intermediate. The afternoon consisted of performances from all of the Kāhui Ako schools;  Te Kura Mareko Casebrook Intermediate, Te Kura Papakōhatu Bishopdale School, Te Kura o Matarangi Northcote School, Cotswold Mātāhae School,  Papanui School, Te Kura o te Rakau Whero Redwood School and our school, Papanui High School. Students from preschoolers to Year 13 were performing.  

Hundreds of families were at the event, enjoying the performances and the food stalls.  The Papanui Kapa Haka performed as well as our Aiga class.  A highlight was our staff once again joining in the Haka with the whānau class and the impromptu Haka between Casebrook and Papanui Kapa Haka groups.  

It was a joy to be part of this relaxed, happy event.  Our new head student team were there helping to serve kai and representing our school positively, and all of our participating students were there to help with pack up at the conclusion of the event.  Thank you to all of these students and the staff who were there to help. 

A huge thank you to Casebrook intermediate for hosting and running this event. 

On Thursday afternoon it was delightful to have an enthusiastic group of Alumni visit the school for an ‘Alumni Reconnection’ get-together and afternoon tea.  The group consisted of ex-students from over a number of decades.

Over the remainder of the term we can look forward to the opportunity for some student to go on the Year 10 Outdoor Education camps, our junior school Work Day, Activities Day towards the end of the term, and finishing with the Year  9 and 10 Prize Giving ceremonies on Tuesday 13th December.

I hope everyone has an opportunity to enjoy the long weekend, and that the weather plays its part.


PPTA PAID UNION MEETING—Tuesday 29th November

On the morning of Tuesday 29th November, Papanui High School teachers will be attending a paid union meeting from 8.30am until 11.00am.  The right to hold a meeting of this nature is contained in the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Employment Agreement.  All union members are expected to attend.

Accordingly on Tuesday 29th November the school day will begin with Period 3 (11.35am)

 If you wish to have your son/daughter supervised during morning school hours please register with the school office (phone: 352 6119)

Ngā mihi nui 


Jeff Smith



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