Term 4, Week 8, 7th December 2022
At Waipawa we value:
Kia ora koutou
COVID has come back for another go and we have a number of students and staff affected. It's disappointing but it is what it is and we just have to deal with it. Today we have 3 teachers not here (not all COVID related) and I have my fingers crossed that number won't increase over the next week. It does feel like we may limp to the finish line next week!
On Monday 12 December you will receive notification (through old fashioned paper) of your child's class next year and their teacher. While you will just be focussed on your child's placement our teaching team have been focussed on placing all 307 children that will start the 2023 school year. It is a complex task and one that is never perfect - especially for the teachers!! We've made decisions and judgements based on what we think is best for each class and the children in it. I have 100% faith in all the teachers here that they will create awesome and inclusive classroom cultures that will see your child have a wonderful 2023 school year. I always get a few emails or people popping in wanting a change. While I will always listen, it is highly unlikely any changes will be made - it just creates too much of a ripple effect through many of the classes.
Waipawa and the 2022 Sporting Year
2022 has been an amazing year on the sporting front for Waipawa Primary School. You certainly don't set out to win everything, you set out to give it your best shot, go as hard as you can and have some fun. Winning is just a bonus. With the exception of the swimming we have cleaned up anything and everything! I don't think we will have another year like it! We will really try and we will work hard to do it again but it is unlikely! To win athletics last week was amazing. We had a number of children who couldn't compete though we still won comprehensively. Add Cross Country, 4 cups at Onga and wins in Rippa, Cricket, Top Schools and a few others. Yes we have some exceptional athletes, but you don't win everything just with them, so it is a great effort from everyone to improve and get better. We've had huge participation numbers this year and that is the most pleasing part. We've been hunting that crew over the bridge in green for a few years and it seems we've well and truly caught up!
Ngā mihi nui,
WAIPAWA V WAIPUKURAU SOFTBALL
We have 8 teams and we desperately need 3 parents to manage a team. It is a short tournament with our neighbours over the bridge and the focus is on enjoying the sport and participation. The staff taking the 5 teams are by no means softball experts so please help us out so we can ensure it goes ahead!
NO SCHOOL BUSES WEEK 9
Yr 7/8 Camp
The 2023 Year 7/8 Camp to Tutira is from Tuesday 21 February to Friday 24 February
(Week 4 of Term 1).
While most of the organisation will be completed during January we need to organise our camp parents as soon as possible. The first step for this is to have interested parents police vetted. If we leave this to next February we will run out of time. We will need between 12-15 parents!
We need parents on camp who:
Are able to attend the camp for the full 4 days
Are prepared to muck in, get stuck in and take direction from teachers and camp staff
Will attend a camp meeting prior to the camp
Have a good level of fitness to handle the demands of being on camp with 80+ children
Are able to provide transport for themselves and at least 4 children
Are positive and active with the children and there to help out
Will have fun
There is also a strict no smoking, vaping or drinking alcohol policy on camp.
If interested (thank you) please see Sue in the office and she will provide you with a form and instructions.
Yr 5/6 Camp
The three Year 5/6 classes will also be attending camp in 2023. These classes attend individually and are 3 day camps. The three camps will take place from March 1 to March 10. As soon as the 2023 classes are finalised we will be requesting parent help for these camps as well.
End of Year Celebrations timetable
END OF YEAR CELEBRATIONS
For the last 18 months we have coped really well without a hall but at times it is a real nuisance! One of those times is at the end of the year.
The Year 8 dinner is an important evening and it is the time we give out a number of cups and trophies. We learnt last year that doing it this way, with whanau in attendance was a much more personal and better way to do it.
Last year we also did individual class end of year celebrations. We also felt that this suited the way we do things at Waipawa and we will stick with these this year. We don't have a set template for this - each class and teacher will set their kaupapa for this so it closely reflects the classroom culture. Please see the timetable below and your child's teacher will be in contact soon regarding specific details.
Monday 12th December
Room 5 at 12.40pm
Room 6 at 2.00pm
Tuesday 13th December
Rooms 2 at 11.40am
Room 3 at 11.40am
Room 1 at 12.10pm
Room 7 at 12.40pm
Kākano at 2.00pm
Wednesday 14th December
Room 9 at 12.10pm
All Year 7 Students at 12.40pm
Room 4 at 2.00pm
Room 8 at 2.00pm
Year 8 Students Prize Giving and Leavers Dinner is on Wednesday 14 December.
LOOK What we have been up to ...
ROOMS 1 & 2
Kākano’s visit to see Santa
Last Thursday Kākano was invited to visit Santa at the Waipawa Post Shop. We had some entertaining reasons why we had been good…
“I have been helping Mum do the dishes and I have only moaned a little bit about it.”
“I have tried to be kind to my family but it is hard sometimes.”
“I put out the rubbish but don’t tell Mum because I dropped some and it went down the drive.”
“I cleaned my room - not really I just put the things under the bed”.
Followed up by some Christmas wishes…
I wish for a unicorn with wings, wheels and lights.
I would like a makeup table with make up.
A John Deere tractor.
A wand that turns me into a REAL fairy not a pretend one.
A pony that does you know what.
A huge thank you to Mark, Meredith and Santa. We had a truly magical time.
Fish & Chip Friday for Rooms 8 to 12 this week
MINIBALL THIS WEEK - LAST GAME
Tennis Sessions over the School Holidays
Tennis sessions are available for those students interested in having a go, running over 4 weeks during the School Holidays. These sessions will then take place after school during Term One of 2023. The first session will take place on Monday 19 December - 9.00am-10.30am
For more information please call or text Anna Oosterkamp 027 3376531
We have plenty of polo shirts and shorts in stock along with Bucket Hats. Baseball Caps are currently sold out but more will be arriving soon and Snap-Back Hats we have only a few left. Our supply of size 4 shorts hasn't arrived yet.
The prices are $15.00 for Hats, $25.00 for Polo shirts and $20 for Shorts. Please note prices continue to increase but we are not passing these on and do not intend to.
New students to our school will be given a free bucket hat.
- TERM 4
- Week 8 9th Dec Fish & Chip Friday for Rooms 8 to Room 12
- Week 8 9th Dec Waipawa V Waipukurau Softball (Yr 5-8)
- Week 9 12th Dec Yr 8 Fun Day at Ranui Farm
- Week 9 14th Dec Yr 8 Leavers Dinner and Yr 8 Prizegiving
- 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 4: Monday 17th October to Thursday 15th December at 1pm
Technology Fees, Sports Fees and Uniform Accounts
Good news for Year 7 & 8 Technology students - there will be no fees charged for Term 4 this year.
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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.
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