Principal's Weekly Review

Kia ora,

We have just completed Week 6 which is just over halfway through the first term. 

This week saw the annual Ministry of Education’s ‘March 1st Return’ take place.  Essentially, this is the official count of the number of students attending each school nationwide.  Students’ attendance is noted over a three day period to formulate the count.  Student numbers form the basis for funding, and, in particular, for staffing.  Our overall roll including international students will be somewhere around 1560, to be confirmed by the above process. 

At Thursday’s Board of Trustees meeting, the annual election of Board Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson was held.  I am pleased to announce that the Board Chair for 2023 is Lana McCarroll and the Deputy Chair is Allison Arrow.


We are very excited to see some physical evidence of our new building currently known as Westhub (Mathematics and Science) taking place.  The structural framing process should take approximately six weeks.  The Easthub worksite is currently being prepared, which includes service channeling (heating etc), and when completed the foundation work will begin.  

The final dress rehearsal (the FiaFia night) for the Polyfest celebration will take place next Wednesday 15th March in the school hall.  Everyone welcome, entry by gold coin donation.  On Saturday we look forward to their performance at Hagley Park (time to be confirmed). 


It is with regret the Papanui High School Board of Trustees has accepted the resignation from Mark Soltero, Head of Art.  After 25 years, Mark has made the decision to focus on his health and will take this time to work on his art before considering future employment opportunities.  The Board is appreciative of the many years of service Mark has given to the Papanui High School community.  We expect there to be minimal disruptions to the Art department as the leadership of the department and classes are currently being covered. We wish him all the best with his next endeavours.    

Ngā mihi 

Jeff Smith




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

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.


If making alternative arrangements for care for your student is difficult, we can supervise a small number of students if required. They will be supervised by non-PPTA teaching staff. Please note that because there will be no formal lessons, your student will be supervised.


Please contact the school office [email protected]  or phone the school (on 352 6119) if you require supervision for your child.


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