Newsletter 3 Week 6 Term 1

Waiau School ⎪ 10th March 2022


Tēnā koutou,

Welcome to our Week 6 newsletter. The past fortnight has been a busy time for both students and staff. Room two students have been working toward the O’Malley Cup competition and getting on with the task of ‘regular’ schoolwork!. In Room one the students have been getting on with their learning and also producing some lovely, vibrant art making their learning space a colourful and lively place to work in.

This week our tamariki have been delving into the different learning styles and we had an afternoon of trying a variety of activities to determine what our preferred learning style is. This all links in with our topic ‘learning to learn’ and it is great to see our students show such a growth mindset when undertaking new challenges.

We held our first school assembly this week. It was led by Beth and Hunter and we all enjoyed celebrating successes and sharing quality work. It will be super when we can have our school whānau along to join in with our events. Fingers crossed this will be happening in the very near future, as I know that our students appreciate having their support crew at our school wide events.

I feel that we as a school are extremely well supported and this was very evident last night when I attended the Trail Ride meeting. Being a complete novice in the business of trail rides, I was very impressed at the organisation and enthusiasm of the people that turned up and I look forward to learning more as we prepare for our annual fundraiser. I’ll get to learn more about trail bikes too, no doubt!

This is such an important event and it benefits all of our tamariki, I look forward to working with the school community to ensure its continued success.

Kia pai tō rā


Waiau School Trailride 14th - 15th May 2022 (Save the Date!)

Please keep this date free, all parents/caregivers are expected to help with this awesome event! The money raised benefits our tamariki and kura massively. We expect all our whānau to help out and ensure this event continues to be a success. A digital form for parent helpers will be sent to you soon or please see Cath or Liv if you require a paper copy.

Book Club Orders - Issue 2

The Lucky Book Club Catalogue will be sent home tomorrow.

Please order direct at

We are no longer accepting cash payments due to limited bank hours and not storing cash onsite. No online payments to the school.

We encourage parents to order online as this means less processing at our end. The orders will still be sent to the school at no charge. Waiau School earns 20% in Scholastic Rewards on all Book Club orders.

Instructions for ordering:

- Go to -

- Click on the Register tab - add your contact details and your child/children's details.

- Select your school and your child's class select - Whole School

- Add your child's first name & last initial (so the school knows who the book is for)

- Go to the orders tab to start your order. Enter the item number from the Book Club catalogue.

- All orders are sent directly to the school for submission to Scholastic. Books will still be delivered to your child's classroom if you order by the close date.

Orders close Thursday 24th March

Year 6 leaders Wednesday Lunchtime activities

Last week Hunter worked with students in our Library. He offered a session on drawing and the keen artists who attended learned all about how the simple eraser can be your friend when creating pencil drawings. It was a popular class and great to see Hunter, as one of our Year 6 leaders, share his passion for drawing with some of our artistically minded students.

This week Jorja and Beth led a very physical session with many of our students joining in and practicing their gymnastic skills.

Library Books

We are seeing some real progress with books coming back on Fridays ready for our library visit. Returning books ensures children are able to take out new books each week or re-new a current loan. We will be sending out a reminder on the app on Friday mornings for the rest of Term 1.

Police Vetting

In preparation for any school trips or camps this year we like to be organised with police vetting our parent helpers. Parents are required to be police vetted if staying overnight on school camps or trips (ie. marae visit). This can take some time to process so if you would like to be police vetted through our school please let Liv or Megan know and we will provide you with a Police Vetting Request form.

Crusaders Jigsaw gifted by Adam Whitelock - Bayleys North Canterbury

Adam Whitelock from Bayleys Rural has kindly donated a Canterbury Rugby puzzle to the school. Some students have successfully completed the puzzle and we will make use of this gift during our wet lunchtimes.

Room 1 - Writing

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Assembly Awards

Our Values Whetū (Star) Student of the Fortnight was awarded to:

Miah Thomas for being a great role model.

Our Class Super Whetū Awards

Evie P received the Room 2 class certificate for showing perseverance when completing new learning.

Mia M received the Room 1 class certificate for being a super helper and a super reader.

Upcoming Events

  • Board Meeting - School Staffroom Wednesday, April 6⋅7:30pm
  • Softball Yr 5/6 and Teeball Yr3/4 is on the 11 April.
  • Term 1 Ends - Thursday, April 14
  • Term 2 Begins - Monday, May 2
  • Waiau School Trailride May 14th -15th (Please keep this weekend free)

Community Dental Service

Community Dental Service is suspending some of its services from 5pm Wednesday 9th March 2022 to provide support to the Canterbury health sector in response to Omicron.

We will continue to provide relief of pain clinics by appointment only from Thursday 10th March. You can access these appointments by calling our Contact Centre on 0800 846 983.

For any dental advice please call the Contact Centre on 0800 846 983.

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