Waipawa School

Term 4, Week 1, 19th October 2022

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Kia ora koutou,

Welcome to the beginning of Term 4. This year Term 4 is a shorter one (9 weeks) but it will be a busy one with lots to look forward to. Always great to start the term and see the children back. They were very excited on Monday - even the big cool kids!

So many of our children were busy during the holiday period. There were children at various tournaments playing hockey, basketball and there was Ross Shield and Wakely Shield for Rugby. Waipawa had 9 students in the Ross Shield team this year and the team did so well winning two games and drawing one. Congratulations to Ritchie Neemia and Nation Walker for making the Hawkes Bay team. We also had individuals such as Diana Neemia who went to Argentina for her Taekwondo and came back with a couple of gold medals. Tyler Le Prou also walked in on Monday morning with a box of trophies he won during the holidays for his remote-control car racing.

As mentioned it is a busy term so keep an eye on our calendar of events. Things change so this is continually updated so checking it each week is best. The Disco is this Thursday. Our awesome Whanau and Friends do the heavy lifting for this so we are hoping there is a great turnout.

Enjoy your long weekend.

Ngā mihi nui

Paul Jamieson


This week we welcome Delilah and her Whanau to Kākano.

LOOK What we have been up to ...

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Ross Shield

We were so proud of the nine Waipawa students chosen to represent CHB in the Ross Shield. The CHB team came away with the Life Members Salver, for the Rural District with the most points, and the Tino Amato Trophy, which is up for grabs each time they play Wairoa.

They finished the week with 2 wins, a draw to Hastings West & 2 losses.

At the team's prizegiving, Nation received the Coaches Cup, Lockie the Barry Smales Cup, Ritchie the Robbie Stuart Cup and Rikki-Lee received the Wilson Family Trophy for Best Female.

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Ruby Finch, Ruby Martel, Noah Waite and Tobie Oosterkamp played Hockey in the Under 13 Lower North Island Hockey Festivals, held in the holidays. Noah was recognised by Hockey Wanganui for always giving 100% and great stick skills.


Congratulations to Petesa Manihera-Murdoch, Mia Power, and Leah Frid who played Basketball in the holidays. Petesa was in Hawke's Bay A team which secured 1st place in the Central New Zealand championships. Mia and Leah’s team B managed to place 4th. Brilliant work girls!

The Wool Shed

You may have spotted the big red container in the Staff car park this week. The Wool Shed is at school for two weeks. This container travels around New Zealand, and is part of The Campaign for Wool charity. PGG Wrightson have helped deliver our Wool in Schools initiative since it began in 2015 and they have been instrumental to its ongoing success. Classes have the opportunity to explore the shed, and learn about wool processes, innovative thinking, design, and technology and have lots of fun along the way.

Yesterday some of the Year 7/8 girls explored the shed before school. They were so surprised to see all of the woollen clothing, and the fashion show was quite a treat.

Did you know?? New Zealand wool is used to make the felt that covers the tennis balls used at Wimbledon each year. 1 fleece (4kg) makes enough felt to cover 520 tennis balls! 54 000 tennis balls are used in the 2 week tournament.


This week we wish Happy Birthday to the following students:-
Faeryn, Penny, Blake H, Elizabeth and Brax.

Please come to the school office tomorrow at lunchtime to receive your free juicy.


Our uniform wearing had started to get a bit scraggy towards the end of last term so we will put a focus on it this term. One of our issues has been regular supply but at the moment we are really well stocked in all sizes for the polos and polar fleeces. The other issue has been the shorts. We have far too many varieties and we need to tighten this up. So we now stock shorts. We trialled some children in these shorts last term and we got the thumbs up. We do have supply issues with the smaller size shorts at the moment but hopefully this is sorted shortly. Please note prices continue to increase but we are not passing these on and do not intend to.

Term 4 is also the term for hats. A supply of bucket hats should be here next week. At this stage we are encouraging hat wearing but by the end of next week hat wearing will be compulsory.

Top School

At the Twilight Gala there will be a CHB Top Schools event - loosely based on old Top Town events. One item that is really needed for this event are plastic drums or barrels around the 200 litre size. We need quite a few of these so please let us know if you can help us out.

Class of 69

During the middle weekend of the holiday break the 'Class of 69' arranged a get together and had a tour of the school. They were an enthusiastic group who had many fond memories (and lots of stories) of their time at Waipawa Primary School. The groups camaraderie was heart warming to see. They also won the Duck Race! The group have kindly donated $650 to the school and we will use this to update our school and house flags / banners.

If you are late, you are going to an appointment, you have been to an appointment or a student is away from school.

Please sign in or out on the Vistab in the school office if you are late or are leaving school for any reason during the school day. Parents please remind your children that they need to do this as if we have an evacuation or lockdown we need to know where everyone is.

If your child is not attending school for any reason please make contact with either the school office or the classroom teacher by phone, using the Hero App or Seesaw. Relying on siblings to inform us often doesn't work.

Junior Disco Kakano to Room 6 - 5.30 to 6.30pm

Senior Disco Rooms 7 to 12 - 6.45 to 8.00pm

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Twilight Gala and Top Schools - Friday 25th November 2022

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Calendar Events

  • TERM 4
  • Week 1 20th October W&F Discos at CHB Municipal Theatre - Out of this World
  • Week 1 Out of Zone Ballot closes
  • Week 1 21st October HB Anniversary Day
  • Week 2 24th October Labour Day
  • Week 3 3rd Nov HPV 2nd Dose Year 8's
  • Week 4 10th Nov Road Patrol Training
  • Week 4 9th Nov Athletics for Kākano, Rm 1, Rm 2, Rm 3
  • Week 4 10th Nov Athletics for Rm 4 - Rm 12
  • Week 5 18th Nov Teacher Only Day
  • Week 6 22nd Nov CHB Athletics
  • Week 6 25th Nov Night Gala
  • Week 7 30th Nov Road Patroller Splash Planet treat
  • Week 7 1st Dec Y8 to Sports Park Hastings
  • Week 9 12th Dec Y9 Fun Day at Ranui Farm
  • Week 9 15th Dec Last day of School - Finish at 1:00pm


  • Week 1 30th January - First Day of School
  • Week 1 3rd February - Teacher / Whanau Meetings throughout the day - No school today

Waipawa School Term Dates 2022

Term 3: Monday 25th July to Friday 30th September

Term 4: Monday 17th October to Thursday 15th December at 1pm

Teacher Only Day: Friday 18 November

Public Holidays: HB Anniversary Day 21st October, Labour Day 24th October

School Uniform

We have plenty of school uniform in stock and will be sending off another order this week. Uniform prices haven't changed they are $25.00 for polo shirts in all sizes and $35.00 for Polar Fleeces in sizes 4 to 14 and $40 for Sm, M & L. A reminder that invoices for uniform are due on the date of purchase.

Contact Details

Have we got the correct details for your Whanau?
Have you moved house?

Changed your phone number?

Changed your email address?

Want to delete or add a new contact?

Is there a new medical condition we need to know about?

Please email Sue at office@waipawa.school.nz to update your details or to check and see what details we have.

Guitar Lessons

Every Friday Sam Oosterkamp will be taking guitar lessons at Waipawa Primary School. Sam's lessons will focus on teaching students the skills they need to either start playing guitar or to further enhance their ability to play guitar.

Sessions start at $25 per half hour for 1 : 1 coaching.

Or group coaching up to 3 children per half hour session at $15 per half hour.

To book a session please email samthedesigner71@gmail.com

CHB College enrolments for 2023 Parents of Year 8 Students

If your child is intending to enrol at CHB College could you please complete the enrolment form online through the CHB College website as soon as possible. The College is currently taking enrolment appointments for next year's Year 9 Students. It is important that enrolments are completed prior to students sitting the Entrance exam which is due to take place on Friday 11th November. (Further information on the entrance exam will be sent out to you nearer the time.). The link is http://www.chbc.school.nz/


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Pure Sports & Leisure

Pure Sports & Leisure, Ruataniwha Street, Waipukurau will provide all Waipawa Students with a 10% discount off sports equipment & items. All you need to do is to inform them that you are from Waipawa School. This as an incentive to get more kids outdoors & into sports.

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