Panui Week 1 Term 3

Waikawa Bay School Thursday 29th July 2021

Principal's Message



Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Tēnā koutou

Welcome back to the start of a new Term that we know will be full of opportunities and learning for all our students.

Over the Holidays we received the news that our roll had grown sufficiently to allow us to increase the hours of our part time teachers.

Andrea Askin -Mills is now the full time teacher in Kereru class, which allows MaHala Faulkner to work in Weka and Tui classes during literacy time. I am also working in Weka and Tui class during maths time, so there are now three teachers in these classes until 1pm during the key learning times.

Ten children were moved from Kiwi class to Pukeko class, which allows for further children to join Kiwi class throughout the year when they turn five. Greta Black has joined Leah Robinson in Pukeko class so we now have two teachers working with those children.

Thank you to all those who participated in our mid-year conferences at the end of last term. It was fantastic to see so many of you encouraging the children to share with you their accomplishments and goals. Education is a partnership between school and whānau, and this was a great opportunity to see this in action.

One of our major focuses this Term is Art, with an exhibition of children's work planned for the end of the Term. We look forward to the end results and the opportunity for our children to use their creative minds and skills.

Picton school has cancelled this years combined school cross country run originally planned for Tuesday 3rd August - but we still hope to go ahead with our own school event. The senior course will hopefully be at Endeavour Park on Tuesday or Wednesday next week. The junior course will be at School, possibly on Friday 6th August. These events are of course weather dependant and the days/times will be confirmed tomorrow.

Thank you for your support

Enjoy the weekend

Ka Kite anō

Peter Knowles

Maramataka - Dates for your Diary

  • 3rd or 4th August - Year 3 to 6 Cross Country - Endeavour Park - to be confirmed
  • 6th August - Year 1 & 2 Cross Country at School - to be confirmed
  • 10th August - Marlborough Schools Cross Country for qualifying students
  • 17th -20th August - Year 5 & 6 Lake Rotoiti Camp
  • 26th August - EPRO8 Challenge
  • 29th August - Sunday - Spring Garden Clean up at School 10am to 1pm
  • 20th September - Choir Festival

Kaitiaki Group Raffle

Thank you to everyone who brought tickets for the Kaitiaki raffle. The lucky winner was Liza Bowler! Congratulations Liza.

We would love donations of the following from our Wish List:

  • Used/Secondhand Board Games
  • Used/Secondhand Puzzles, Jigasaws etc
  • Lemon trees to add to our Fruit Garden
  • Used/Secondhand Single sheets and Blankets for Sick Bay
  • Used/Secondhand Towels

Please drop them off or contact the office if you have any items to donate.

Matariki Vegetable Soup

Mīharo! What an awesome job the senior chefs did on July 8th: chopping, grating, frying, scrubbing, serving and packaging up their Matariki vegetable soup. They all worked super hard and the proof was in how yummy the soup and fry bread was. Thanks so much to everyone who donated vegetables, especially Four Square - Picton and FreshChoice, we really appreciated your generous contributions. We would also like to thank Waikawa Marae for allowing us to use the kitchen and supporting our desire to give back to the community that always looks after us. We also had some help from Belinda, Dailee and Lydia, which is super appreciated. The tamariki felt blessed to be able to provide hot meals to Kaumatua, the school children and their families, the food bank plus more. Ngā mihi o Matariki, te tau hou Māori.

Student Profile

  • Name - Blake
  • Age - 6
  • Family - Mum Louisa, Dad Lester and big brother Spencer
  • Interests - Flags, scootering and Duplo
  • Heroes - Spencer
  • Fav Subject - Writing
  • Fav Sport - Running
  • Fav Food - Chocolate
  • Fav Holiday - Nana and Grandads
  • I like Waikawa Bay School because - There are so many things to do.

Success in the Community

Well done Connie and Erin who completed the Picton Vet Clinic's Kids Animal Care Course recently. Christine from Picton Vet Clinic came to our last assembly of Term 2 to present their certificates. Great work! See the advert later in this Newsletter for details of the next course.
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Spring Garden Clean Up - Sunday 29th August 10am to 1pm

Join us for our annual garden tidy up - we'd love to have your help. We will be spreading mulch, weeding and cutting things back. Bring a spade if you have one, secateurs and gloves. Let the office know if you can make it for catering purposes. Thanks!

Pre-enrolments for Children turning 5 in 2022/2023

Do you have a child turning 5 next year or in 2023? If so, please complete the form below to pre-enrol them. It is important to note that if you have a child already at Waikawa Bay School, but do not live In Zone, their sibling does not automatically become eligible to enrol. Please check with the office if you have any questions about the enrolment process.
Pre Enrolment Form

Pre Enrolment form for Waikawa Bay School

Have you moved or changed contact details recently?

If you have moved or changed phone numbers/email address please contact the office so we can update your details.

Garden mulch available

Contact the office if you would like some mulch - $20 for a trailer load, $25 for a double axle trailer, other quantities by arrangement. Various pick up times available - spread the word.
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Marina2Marina - coming up on 9th October - Register your child online and name WBS for a chance to be in to win!

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