Pupils at Paparoa Street Primary School, Christchurch, New Zealand

Welcome to our school

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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Principal's Appointment

Thank you to those who have taken part in the survey about what parents believe Paparoa Street School most needs in its new principal.

If you haven’t completed the survey please take the time (it doesn’t take long) and give the BOT your feedback before Wednesday 3 August. We value your input and perspective. The link is below. 


We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the focus groups to be held on 3 August in the library at 8:45am, 3.00pm and 6.15pm.

Kind regards

Anna Fox, BOT Chair

Art Day Celebration

Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who attended yesterday's wonderful celebration of art across the school. Teachers and children have spent days preparing for the Heart for Art focus led by Judy West, our Arts Co-ordinator.

The work will be on display until the end of the week, and if you missed it, pop in any time and go for a wander...



Click onto the link below to log onto your child's report


Whooping Cough Update

Dear Parents and Community

Paparoa Street School is currently experiencing an outbreak of whooping cough, (pertussis). There have been six cases reported this week. Whooping cough is a highly infectious bacterial disease that spreads easily by coughing and sneezing. It commonly causes bouts of severe coughing that can disturb sleep and can last for up to 3 months. It is especially severe in young infants under 12 months old, who often require hospital admission and who occasionally die.

Anyone can get whooping cough because protection (immunity) after immunisation or natural infection decreases over 4-6 years.

Key messages for parents:

·         Ensure your children are up to date with their immunisations to best protect them

·         If you have a young child at home (under 12 months) or are pregnant consider being immunised.

·         This should be discussed with your GP or Practice Nurse

·         Teach children to cover coughs, and to wash and dry their hands well. Keep coughs away from young babies

Any child with the following symptoms should be sent home with a parent with the advice to see their GP for assessment for whooping cough before returning to school:

·         a cough that has lasted for more than two weeks

·         a cough that ends in a whooping noise, gagging, or vomiting, that disturbs sleep, or that causes any breathing difficulties

Keep unwell children separate from others until they can be collected from school.


Exclusion of Children with Whooping Cough from School

Children with whooping cough are to be excluded from school in accordance with the Health (Infectious and Notifiable Diseases) Regulations 1966 in order to limit the spread of infection. Children with whooping cough are infectious from the time they first become unwell until three weeks after the bad coughing attacks start.

Exclude children with whooping cough from school:

·         for three weeks from the start of the bad coughing attacks if they are not taking antibiotics

·         or until they have completed at least five days of the course of antibiotics

Children who have had at least 5 days of antibiotics are no longer infectious although they will still cough. To stop whooping cough returning, they must complete all the antibiotics prescribed.


Other Children/Staff who were Exposed to Whooping Cough at School (Contacts)

Anyone who is exposed can get whooping cough because immunity (protection) to whooping cough decreases over time even if you have been immunised or have had a whooping cough infection before.

So – we will be contacting parents of children at school who have a persistent cough, and requiring that the child is withdrawn until they can be seen by their GP.

Thank you for your support as we try to get on top of this outbreak.


Philip Harding


3-Way Conferences 2016

3-WAY CONFERENCES These are scheduled for 13 and 20 June, running from 1pm to 8pm both days. An emailed letter went out this week, and is attached for your information. You are encouraged to make your bookings early, through www.schoolinterviews.co.nz, using the access code 3tgen.

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Support Paparoa Street School - Order your NEW 2016 | 2017 Entertainment™ Membership now!

20% ($13) of every membership sold contributes to our fundraising for educational resources for our children. Please Help us achieve our fundraising goal by sharing this link with your family and friends. Thanks so much for your support! 

Follow Us on Twitter!

Following a review of our recent water main problem, we are keen to strengthen our ability to contact parents during the day. Why not follow us on Twitter? Download the app onto your smartphone, and follow PaparoaSt. If you then turn on "notifications" for our account, your phone will alert you to any messages - and it's FREE!

Why not do it now?


ASB Supporting Our School


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


Fonterra Milk For Schools


Some Housekeeping Information

General Information

Sports Link

Click on the link below to find out the latest information from Sport Canterbury such as results, draws, rules, maps, and dates of events.


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 Nathan Burford  burford@paparoastreet.school.nz or 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.

Our newsletters

About our school

Our school is fortunate to have wonderfully hard working and committed staff and an active involved parent community. This makes for a happy and positive school environment.

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our school

The education we offer

At Paparoa Street School children are engaged, challenged and enjoy learning. Their work is shared and celebrated and they develop positive self-esteem through building on success.

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the education we offer

We welcome international students

New Zealand is a great place to study. We welcome international students and the contribution they bring to our vibrant multicultural school.

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international enrolments