Kia Ora Koutou / Warm Greetings

Welcome to Pakaraka School's HomePage -  Term 1 2014

Monday, 14 April 2014 (last week of Term 1, 2014)

This is a 4-day school week. School closes on Thursday, 17 April 2014 for a period of 2 weeks (term break). 

A highlight of last week was a visit to our school by Alastair MacIntyre (Duffy Role-Model), author of Doug the Digger. Alastair spoke to the students at a Duffy Assembly. He shared his story about being fearful of Reading and Writing, and how he had to overcome these fears at the age of about 35, when he wanted to write a story for children about the work he did. He came along with his lovely wife Barbara. The Duffy Assembly was also attended by Barbara Collins and Paik Shearstone (two representatives from our Duffy sponsors, the St James Anglican Church of Kerikeri). Our students were thrilled to each receive a book or two presented by Alastair, Paik and Barbara Collins. The message was very clear... READING is COOL!!!

Have a great week.

Nga mihi

Vee Singh (Principal)


Monday, 7 April 2014 (Week 10 of an 11-week Term)

We have had a few staff and students away from school last week due to being unwell with influenza ('flu). We advise all parents to please keep their children at home if they are feeling unwell, and to take them to their local clinic / doctor for a medical check-up. This is to ensure that the child is getting the best treatment possible, and by keeping sick children at home, it reduces the risk of illnesses spreading across the school.

As we approach the end of this term, teachers are busy finalising their assessments of their students. I am pleased to confirm that Ms Mary Sweetapple will continue  teaching Ruma Rua for Term 2.

Some students have been very busy doing concept drawings of murals to be painted at school. If there are some parents out there who are able to come along and assist with this, the help would be most appreciated.

In our effort to promote Math learning across the school, and to address high levels of under-achievement in Math, we are going to trial all students for two weeks on Mathletics (a computer-based Math learning support programme). We already have students being part of target groups who are receiving increased support in their learning.

Have a great week. We hope you remembered to turn your clocks back an hour over the weekend, as daylight savings have come to an end. Do also remember that Term 1 ends on Thursday, 17 April 2014.

Nga mihi

V. Singh (Principal)


Tuesday, 1 April2014  (Week 9 of an 11 week school term)

Mornings are getting a bit cooler. We encourage all students to come dressed appropriately for the weather. Parents, please support us by ensuring that your child is wearing a warm layer of clothing that they can peel off later in the day when it gets warmer. Thank you. 

Our new SWIS (Social Worker in Schools), Jacqui Firth visited school today. She works out of the Ngapuhi Iwi Social Services offices in Kaikohe.

Our next BoT (Board of Trustees) Meeting will be held on Monday, 14 April 2014 at 5:15pm in the staffroom. 

We are working with targeted students on various Learning Support programmes, including Lexia Reading, Building Oral Language skills and StudyLadder. Parents, as always, thank you for supporting your child at home with their learning. Keep listening to them read (take some time to read to them too... they love it!); ask them about their school day, and celebrate their achievements (even the very small ones).  Have a great week.

V. Singh (Principal) - updated 01/04/2014


FRIDAY - 14 March 2014 (9:45am) UPDATE: Severe weather warning issued by Metservice for Northland

Parents / Whanau - please note that Cyclone Lusi is approaching Northland. It is expected that there will be very strong wind gusts and rainfall later this afternoon / evening. If you have any safety concerns regarding this, or you fear that access to your property / road may be compromised due to the expected weather, we ask that you make appropriate arrangements for the safe travel of your child home this afternoon. In the event we may need to evacuate school, we will update this website, and will endeavour to send out text messages to all the mobile numbers we have for parents / whanau (these are the numbers you have supplied us with). Where the bus may need to run early, we will again update these details on the website, and leave a recorded message on our school's answerphone. 

Reminder: Contact numbers for school are: 09 - 405 9608 (landline); 021 164 2399 (school mobile)

Thank you. Vee Singh (Principal) 

UPDATE 2: (2:15 pm on Friday, 14 March 2014)

There has been no significant change in the weather so far. We are on track to have our school bus run on time (leaving school at approximately 2:40pm), for its usual bus run. Parents / Whanau, please keep safe this weekend, as the severe weather warning for our area is still in place. Indications are that the weather will change for the worse later this evening. Thanks. Vee Singh (Principal)



Parents - we hold a weekly assembly every Monday at approximately 1:55pm. Each week the assembly is held in a different class, and the event is student-led. Learning and achievement is celebrated. You are always welcome to attend any of our assemblies.

Click on the word to access LearnAnywhere   from any internet enabled device to view your child's work / homework.

 Click on the word to access StudyLadder from any internet-enabled device so that your child can access learning activities in most curriculum areas. Parents are also able to access this account (with assigned username and password) to be able to check progress the child is making, and to be able to print certificates. 

Click here to visit MangaHigh

We continue to promote the use of te reo -  “Arohatia te Reo – cherish the language”.

Click on the link below to view some resources relating to Maori Language Week

LEARNING OUR REO... for learners; for speakers; and for businesses.


Hiwi the Kiwi visited our school and put on the Hiwi the Kiwi Fishing Show. Click here to watch the Hiwi the Kiwi video.



We are very proud to offer a fantastic literacy programme called 'Reading Together'. This programme was developed by Jeanne Biddulph and has been used in NZ for 30 years - and is supported by the Biddulph Group.


SECRETS OF SUCCESS   (Click on this link to watch)

This is an excellent video to watch. It talks about what it takes to enjoy success. It is short and to-the-point. Highly recommended.

Careers Education resources for our Y7/8 students. Click here


 Some things to do to help your child with reading:

  • Help them realise that reading books can be a refreshing and rewarding alternative to TV, movies, shopping, or hanging out with friends.
  • Help them discover, or remember, the pleasures of reading.
  • Require and encourage the reading of a variety of fiction and non-fiction, and steer them toward good Young Adult books.
  • Help them connect with what they read, and nudge them to works related to what they’ve just read, or, if they’re in a reading rut, nudge them into something different.
  • Read some of their books yourself and talk to your children about what you read.
  • Listen to them read
  • Read aloud to them, and give them a set time to read every afternoon, evening or night.



More Centenary Photographs


Please use our excellent online resources to benefit your child's learning.


We will continue updating information and pictures (please see the 'Classes' section for the latest updates, with photographs) so you will be able to keep current with newsletters, events and what's going on in the classes here at school. Our latest newsletters are now available online.

If you wish to get in contact with us, please use the contact form on the website. It will send an email to the office.