Kia ora and a huge welcome back to the 2021 school year.

From our first day at school on Tuesday the 2nd EVERY student at Te Papapa School will receive a healthy school lunch every day at school. This is a part of the governments Ka Ora, ka Ako programme and we will be partnering with the Ministry of Education and our lunch provider, Spotlight, to provide a free nutritious lunch from the first day for every student at Te Papapa School.

The children will be eating their kai together at 11.30am each day in their classrooms following their first play.

We are aware that some children have specific dietary needs due to specific food allergies, religion or being vegetarian etc.

We will try our best to cater for this in the first week the best we can, but we will be sending home a form to be completed early in the week to ask for this information.

The school will also continue to provide fruit every day for every child in addition to the lunches so children will be fully fed at school during the day. Fruit will not be provided until week 3 of the school term so we suggest that you may want to send your child with  a snack for second lunch break if you think they might need it.

We also recommend that children bring a water drink bottle to school that they can keep in their classroom although we do have plenty of water fountains in the school children can use. We are hoping we can establish a water only policy in the school this year so please help us to do this. Fizzy drinks are already banned and we are working hard to also avoid sugary cordial drinks and fruit juices.

We are very excited to be one of the first schools to be included in this government scheme and we love the fact that it is for everyone in our Kura!

See you all on Tuesday and a special huge welcome to any new students starting with us this year. Thank you for choosing TPS!!

Ngā mihi mahana ka kite koutou akuake nei.


Robyn Curry

Te Papapa School