Paparangi School Charter
Paparangi School is a contributing state primary. Established in 1968 we are located in an established North Wellington suburb only ten minutes drive from Wellington Central. We are situated in park-like surroundings with two playing fields and ample play space. In addition, playgrounds are located in both the Junior and Senior areas and we have a large loose parts free-play space called ‘Adventure Zone’.
For the past seven years, the school has experienced an above-average increase in student enrolments, with the school roll currently the biggest it has been in over thirty-six years (270 enrolments). This can be attributed to the standing the school has in the community, the impact of enrolment schemes across all local primary schools and nearby housing developments. With a change in roll size our school profile is changing too – New Zealand European (45%), Asian (19%), Māori (16%), Indian (6%), Pasifika (5%) and the remaining 9% of students coming from more than fifteen other ethnic groups.
A special feature of Paparangi School is the focus on Environmental Education, with students encouraged to respect and care for our environment as part of participating and contributing to their school. We are recipients of two Bronze, a Silver and two Green/Gold Reflection Awards, achieving our most recent GreenGold award in 2020. We are very proud of the accomplishments from the many enviro-projects our school has initiated and we continue to invest in this special feature of our school.
Our school revised its Charter after consulting with parents, whānau, staff and students in 2017. We believe our new vision “Growing Adventurous Learners”, introduced the following year, sets high expectations for learners to be ‘confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners’ as inspired by the New Zealand Curriculum. We look forward to working in partnership with our staff, students, parents and whānau as we strive to make Paparangi School a learning community where children are supported and challenged to be the best they can be!