Waipawa School

Term 1, Week 5 - 2nd March 2022


Kia ora koutou

My word the weeks are rolling around quickly at the moment. While one eye is always on Covid the other eye was firmly planted on Room 7, 8, 9 Swimming Sports yesterday. What a wonderful hour and a half it was. We had so many very brave swimmers who got stuck in and gave it their best. We are not a swimming club but we are making really good gains with swimming across the school. A few years ago we had to include width races, we had a number of swimmers not putting their heads in and a bigger number not participating. This year we had high participation numbers and a group of children who all swam lengths and really put their best effort in. It was fantastic. We're looking forward to Room 10, 11, 12 Swimming Sports tomorrow.

Mr J

Reminder: TEACHER ONLY DAY is next Friday 11 March



Girls Freestyle: Sophie 1st, Brooklyn W 2nd, Sally 3rd
Boys Freestyle: Luke 1st, Harry 2nd, Charlie 3rd

Girls Backstroke: Sophie 1st, Sally 2nd, Sam 3rd
Boys Backstroke: Luke 1st, Harry 2nd, Freddie 3rd
Girls Breaststroke: Sophie 1st, Sam 2nd, Emma 3rd

Boys Breaststroke: Luke 1st, Charlie 2nd, Freddie 3rd

Girls 2 lengths: Sophie 1st, Brooklyn W 2nd, Hayley 3rd
Boys 2 lengths: Harry 1st, Luke 2nd, Freddie 3rd
Girls Flutter board: Meja 1st, Emily 2nd
Boys Flutter board: Oscar 1st, Harley 2nd, Archie C 3rd

Girls back flutter: Meja 1st, Emily 2nd
Boys back flutter: Race 1 Archie C 1st, Blake S 2nd, Lucian 3rd
Race 2 Harley 1st, Oscar 2nd, Tobie 3rd
Girls Dog Paddle: Race 1 Emily 1st, Indigo 2nd, Brooklyn L 3rd

Race 2 Laycee 1st, Meja 2nd, Lacey 3rd
Boys Dog Paddle Race 1Mathew 1st, Blake H 2nd, Reuben 3rd
Race 2 Louie 1st, Theo 2nd, Jhasper 3rd
Year 5 Girls Bomb winner Imarni
Year 5 Boys Bomb winner Donavan
Year 6 Girls Bomb winner Sophia

Year 6 Boys Bomb winner Harry

Learning Conferences are NEXT WEEK

Learning Conferences with Teacher, Whanau and Student are being held next week on Wednesday 9th March and Thursday 10th March. These conferences will run from 3:15pm to 7:15pm on both days. You will receive your booking timesheet today. Please make contact with Sue in the office as soon as possible if the your time is not suitable. If you haven't received a yellow or green booking sheet please phone the school office to find out your day and time.

The purpose of these meetings is for teachers to connect with Whanau and learn more about your child. We will have had 6 weeks in class so by that stage teachers will have seen many positive actions and may also have a few questions about things they aren't so sure about. These are so important and we really hope everyone can make it in during these 2 days.

Student Leadership at Waipawa

We are very lucky to have a number of ways in which students can show leadership while at school. Our Yr 7/8s have recently had the chance to choose one or more of the following to be involved in - Road Patrol, Big Buddies, Wet day monitors, PALs leaders, GamesMasters, Whippers and Office duty. It is awesome to see so many choosing more than one role to become involved in.

Congratulations to our House Captains for 2022

Money owed to school

A reminder to parents that have purchased uniforms and have been sent an account. These accounts are due for payment immediately please.

COVID - Update

We are still waiting for our first Covid case in our school.

Schools are a reflection of what happens in the community so as cases in our community increase, they will appear in our school. We are doing our thing to keep any spread of the virus – should it appear – to a minimum.

You may have seen Dr Jin Russell in the media noting research from New South Wales about their recent Omicron outbreak showing that onward transmission within the school setting is very low. For every child who is infected and attends school only 3.7% of their close contacts at school subsequently tested positive. We have seen that in New Zealand as well – public health teams on the ground have seen that even though cases pop up in schools, there has been very little onward spread through the school because of the measures schools have in place.

This is why we remain open at Red. It’s great for a child’s wellbeing and learning to be at school with their friends and school staff, and we have good systems in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Your job remains the same, too: please continue to keep a really close watch of your whānau for anyone with symptoms. If unwell, please stay at home and get advice about getting a COVID-19 test.

With Phase 3 of the Omicron response, the key change is that it is only confirmed cases and their household contacts who need to self-isolate. Everyone else, including those who may have had close contact with the case but aren’t in the household, must continue to monitor really closely for any symptoms of COVID-19.

Rapid antigen tests (RATs) are now being used to diagnose COVID-19 as well as PCR tests. This means that you will get an almost immediate test result back if a RAT is used.

If anyone in your family is confirmed as having COVID-19, you will be asked to notify your close contacts yourself. Please get in touch with us as soon as you can if your child has tested positive for COVID-19.

Transmission of COVID-19 is still most likely to happen in your home – so please keep doing all those good things to keep your whānau safe. Wash your hands, get lots of fresh air, cover any coughs and sneezes, clean surfaces regularly, and seek advice if anyone is not feeling well. Please wear a mask when you are out and about. There is information online to help your family prepare to isolate if you need to.

If you have any concerns about sending your child to school, please do get in touch. We are here to help.


Tough Guy and Gal

Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge information is now available online. The Hawke's Bay event is to be held on 2 June 2022.

Sports Coordinator

Kia Ora Waipawa Whanau,

I am very humbled and honoured to be able to introduce myself as the newly appointed After School Sports Coordinator. I will be working closely alongside teachers to make sure that all children that love and would like to be involved in a sport get that opportunity.

I am Yvette Spindler mother of 5 girls, 3 of which are here at Waipawa Primary. I am an avid Hockey and Netball Mum/Coach/Parent Help and love the comradeship I see my children get out of being in a team sport and not to mention the personal, social-based skills, self-esteem and confidence that they also benefit from through the means of sport.

Please, if you have any questions concerns or would like to get your children involved in any of the after school sports we have available at Waipawa Primary or you yourself would like to get involved with helping coach or help any of our teams, do not hesitate to either contact me directly at sportscoordinator@waipawa.school.nz or pull me aside and together we can make it happen.

Ngā mihi nui, Yvette

Sports Academy

Congratulations to Lachie Butler, Ashla Holt and Michael Holt who have been chosen to attend the CHB Sports Academy this year. While attending sessions, they will learn about general

aspects of sport and physical education, furthering their sporting knowledge, skills and involvement in sport at a high level.


Room 4 have been focussing on water safety during our pool sessions. We have learnt about being a 'mushroom', a 'starfish' and floating free on our backs. Today we had a go using our new life jackets. The children found it pretty tricky to get them on by themselves, and we have learnt that you need to have your life jacket on before you even go near the water.


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STARTING SCHOOL : 4 Year Old Mornings

- These take place in Kākano Class - the Hall from 8:40am until 12:00pm every Friday morning unless there has been prior notification. Please come to the office first and meet Sue England.

- We find 4 visits before starting school is usually sufficient. However, if your child requires more we would be in close communication with you.

- Whanau are welcome to stay for the first visit and leave when the child / parent feels comfortable. Subsequent visits we ask that parents be brave and leave so that the child experiences what school is like.

- Please pack a snack for brainfood (fruit, sandwich, muesli bar) and something for morning tea.

- Children can wear mufti clothing or school uniform if they have it available.

Please don't hesitate to pop in and see us if you have any questions or concerns.

Jess Stewart and Karena Finch

Hungry Students

We have a very limited supply of extra food and sandwiches to give students who are hungry after swimming. If you could please pack some extra food for your children in lunchboxes it would be appreciated. Perhaps an extra sandwich or piece of fruit.

Calendar Events

  • Year 7/8 Swimming Sports - Thursday 3rd March
  • PHN Visiting Yr 7/8 re immunisations - Thursday 3rd March
  • Teacher / Whanau Meetings - Wednesday 9th March
  • Teacher / Whanau Meetings - Thursday 10th March
  • TEACHER ONLY DAY - Friday 11th March
  • FISH & CHIP FRIDAY 18th March - Rms: Kakano, 1,2,3,4,5,6&7
  • Yr 7/8 Immunisations - Friday 25th March
  • FISH & CHIP FRIDAY 25th March - Rms: 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12
  • LAST DAY OF TERM - Thursday 14th April

Waipawa School Term Dates 2022

Term 1: Wednesday 2nd February to Thursday 14th April

Public Holidays: Waitangi Day: 7th February, Good Friday 15th April

Term 2: Monday 2nd May to Friday 8th July

Public Holidays: Queen's Birthday 6th June, Matariki 24th June

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

Term 4: Monday 17th October to Thursday 16th December
Public Holidays: HB Anniversary Day 21st October, Labour Day 24th October

Teacher Only Days:
Term 1: Friday 11 March
Term 3: Friday 26 August
Term 4: Friday 18 November



This week we wish Happy Birthday to: Ariki, Isabella K, Savannah C, Ben W, Ryan and Isla.

Please come to the office on Friday at lunchtime to receive your Birthday Juicy.


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