Waipawa School

Term 2, Week 1, 4 May 2022

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Kia ora koutou

Welcome to Term 2. It was great to see everyone back on Monday and even better to see some faces that we have not seen in a long, long time.

We know the Term is likely to be disrupted with Covid, flu, tummy bugs, winter colds and many other things so it has been wonderful to start the term with such high attendance and such wonderful weather.

We are kick starting all the routines that we have been unable to do over the last couple of terms. We'll see our children playing House Sport, doing Fundamental Skills with Danny, coming together as a House, Assemblies, Kapa Haka, Singing, classes mixing together - all the things we have had to put on hold due to the restrictions.

A reminder about Whanau /Teacher Conferences in Weeks 2 and 3. Please make the effort to come in and meet the teacher and have a conversation about your child and how they are going at school.

All the best to everyone playing winter sport, coaching, managing and supporting. Most of it kicks off this weekend and I hope everyone gets stuck in and has lots of fun. A huge thanks to Yvette who has done a wonderful job pulling it altogether.

Ngā mihi nui

Paul Jamieson

Welcome to Waipawa Primary School

We have had some small staff changes. Ranier Davie who was in the Tech Centre has moved to Rm 11 as a classroom teacher. We also welcome Deirdre Malcolm to the Tech Centre for the term and Sharon Middleton joins us as a teacher aide in Kākano for a few weeks.

This week we welcome Arlo to Kakano.

Covid Update

A reminder that at Orange level, face masks are no longer required at school, although they are encouraged when indoors for Year 4-8 students and staff. We ask that visitors to the school, including parents and whānau, continue to wear a mask whenever they enter classrooms or indoor spaces. Masks are not required when outdoors.

Aside from the change of the mask mandate, we will keep all the other health measures in place. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate physical distancing whenever we can and, most importantly, staying home if we are sick.

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Learning Conferences Term 2

Learning Conferences are coming up over the next two weeks. It would be fantastic if we could achieve 100% attendance.

These are held over two afternoon / nights across two weeks.

The first will be held next week on Wednesday 11th May.

The second afternoon / evening will be on Thursday 19th May.

We have kept the same booking times as in March. If you are new to the school, would like to change your time or can't remember your time please make contact with Sue in the Office.

A Message from Harry Twinn

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

It is with a heavy heart that I have had to make the decision to discontinue my services as a music tutor. You may be aware of a few personal challenges that have been thrown my way and unfortunately they have cumulatively led to this decision. The main factor is that I intend to move closer to my children who are with their mother in Hastings, and as a result it is no longer viable for me to remain in CHB (especially with fuel prices). I want to thank you for supporting your child’s start/growth in music and I have hope that the service will resume (in time) with another provider. Please see below for directions regarding credit/payment arrangements.

  • Please cancel all direct debits to H Twinn

  • If your child is in credit with his/her lessons, either email me with your bank details to receive a refund, or request that the difference is paid into your child’s school account.

I apologise for any disappointment this may have caused and I sincerely hope that your child continues to develop his/her interest in music as it is a powerful tool for mental wellbeing and expression.

Nga mihi,

Harry Twinn

We obviously don't have a ready replacement for Harry Twinn. We would love to see these music lessons continue in some form so if someone is out there with musical and teaching talent then please do pop in and see us.

Head Lice

Unfortunately we have had notification from a parent that their child has had Head lice. Just a reminder to check every member of the Household for Head lice on a regular basis and treat if required. We do have a some supplies of Head lice treatment in the school office if required, just make contact with Sue.

Money owed to school

A reminder to parents and caregivers accounts for Uniform purchases are due at the time of taking them.


Sports News

Kia Ora Whanau,

Term 2 is upon us with the start of Winter Sports! We would like to wish everyone the best of luck for the season ahead. Have fun and really get stuck in.

Waipawa Primary School is about thriving to do the best we can and being proud of what we

accomplish, no matter what the scoreboard says.

I will be visiting different games throughout the season to tautoko (support) you and maybe even a couple of paparazzi pics for our school newsletter!!

Make sure you are all in proper uniform looking sharp, ready to go and have everything you need to play. Don't forget about thanking our volunteers/coaches and officials as they are volunteering their time so you can participate in these sports.

Again thank you to all the Whanau that have stepped up to help out this season. We couldn't have done it without you.

Nga Mihi


Netball Draw for this week

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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

Calendar Events

  • Whanau & Teacher Learning Conferences - Wednesday 11 May (Week 2)
  • Whanau & Teacher Learning Conferences - Thursday 19 May (Week 3)
  • Queen's Birthday Weekend Monday 6th June
  • Matariki Celebrations Friday 24th June
  • Last Day term 2 Friday 8th July


Happy Birthday to the following students that celebrated their Birthdays in the Holidays:

Evie, Rayn, Makayde, Evangeline, Angus, Tilly, Johnathon, Kate, Cooper T, Anna, Kat & Sam, Phoenix, Alexis C, Doris and Amarni.

Celebrating this week is: Braxton K, Manaia H, Abel, Luka F, Brylee, Sally, Addison J and Mason L. Please come and get your Birthday Juicy on Friday at lunchtime

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.

Waipawa School Term Dates 2022

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 17 October to Friday 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


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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.