Pupils at Paparoa Street Primary School, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Welcome to Paparoa Street School, one of Christchurch’s leading primary schools. We offer a happy, positive learning environment and a family atmosphere.

We are in a Decile 10 area and accept students from Years 1 – 6. We welcome visits from interested families at any time. We would love to meet you and show you what makes our school so special. Why not ring the Office and make an appointment?

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From Our Principal

Dear Parents and Community

It is with a sense of real sadness that I must announce today my resignation from the role of principal at Paparoa Street School, effective from 23 September 2016, (which is the end of term three).

Some parents may be aware that I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in March 2014 when I was in Wellington. My last visit to my specialist informed me that the time has come to begin chemotherapy treatment for this condition, and while I can continue to work through the first stage of the treatment, I am headed towards a stem cell transplant in term four, and have been assured that I will be unable to work during that time.

Leading a school is a task for a fit and energetic leader, and not for someone coming and going on sick leave for an unknown period. By making this decision now, the new board of trustees will have an exciting opportunity to consider and plan a great process to appoint the right person to lead Paparoa Street forward and upwards. It will also allow me to focus on my treatment and a hopeful remission down the track.

We have a fabulous team of teachers and support staff, led by a wonderful senior management team, who will easily see Paparoa Street School through any transition, with school life continuing as normal. I know that the reality of this decision for me will  only sink in over the next few months, and amongst all the things I will miss about this school, the wonderful attitude and disposition of all of your gorgeous children, and the great people who work here to make it so special, will be the most difficult.

The great PTA Quiz Night on Saturday was a typical reflection of the close community of parents which lies within the hidden village which is this part of town, and I hope that everyone recognises how important that community support is, and looks after it.

I especially wish to thank the board of trustees for their unwavering support during the eight years of my principalship, and for their approval for my time away serving as the NZPF national president – it proved to be a challenging but special time in my career. They have also been unfailingly kind and supportive recently, as I have worked through a few personal matters to reach this decision.

It feels very strange and somewhat surreal talking about future chemotherapy and extended sick leave, especially given that I don’t really feel very unwell at the moment. 

Warm regards - aroha nui

Philip Harding


Philip Harding


Paparoa Street School

Wk +643 352 8160

Mo +27 335 6490

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Uniform Sales Now Available Online

Items can be purchased from Mainland Uniforms, 511 Wairakei Road or 405 Ilam Road (formerly Grasshopper Clothing) – or online at www.mainlanduniforms.co.nz; and/or Susan Ross Maternity (69 Rutland Street).  Check availability first.

The school PTA run uniform shop is open in the hall from 2.45- 3.15pm every Tuesday. Some brand new items also in stock. New house T-shirts available.

Paparoa Street School Environmental Initiatives

See the newsletter and goals under School Blogs / School Wide Activities


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Keeping in touch

The best way to keep up with news is to check the daily bulletin. Just ring 352 8160, and hit "2" for the bulletin. You can also email Linda Halliday at office@paparoastreet.school.nz and have an email address added to our email tree. The updates are also being sent daily via this method to subscribers of that service.

Message for International Students & Parents

Message for International Students & Parents

Our school is situated in the North West of Christchurch and has been unaffected by the earthquakes. We offer:

  • a caring and supportive environment for students and parents
  • a quality education
  • additional English tuition
  • relevant field trips

If you have any queries please contact Raewyn Saunders atsaunders@paparoastreet.school.nzor 3528160 ext 801


Could you please be vigilant and report any suspicious behavior in the school grounds, especially over the school holidays, to School (3528160) or Sub 5 Security Ph: 3561200.

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