Newsletter 6, Week 1 Term 2

Waiau School ⎪ 5th May 2022


Kia ora e te whānau,

Welcome to our first newsletter for term 2. We start our term with 40 students at Waiau School. A warm welcome to the Anderson family, Quinn, Frank and Becca.

This term is going to be a very full one, with our annual Trail Ride, Cross Country, Camp and lots of other happenings too.

At the moment Covid has taken some of us out of circulation, but we are so fortunate knowing that all is ticking along smoothly at school. It is such a busy time with staff and the Trail Ride team working hard to ensure that our annual fundraiser goes ahead next weekend (14 & 15 May). I am looking forward to experiencing my first official ‘Trail Ride’, it is a whole new learning experience. I now know what an ‘enduro’ is and I’m sure to learn more about spark arrestors!

Have a great fortnight and keep well.

Ngā mihi nui,


Cross Country

Cross Country (new date) - this will take place on the afternoon of Thursday 19th May up at the Domain. We will begin our Cross Country up behind the Rugby Clubrooms and all of the courses will finish in the rugby grounds. Our postponement date will be Monday 23rd May.

Last Day of Term

We finished Term 1 with a fun day- Mufti Day, Fish ’n’ chip lunch, Easter Egg hunt and hot cross buns with our visitors. A huge thank you to the Community Response Group for generously supplying hot cross buns for parents, students and staff to enjoy. Who knew there were so many versions of hot cross buns! The chocolate ones were very popular. It was lovely to have parents on site enjoying the chance to have an informal catch up over a cuppa and a hot cross bun.

The Easter Egg hunt was a great opportunity for our senior pupils to buddy up with a junior friend and work out the clues to find where their easter egg treat was hiding. Thanks to the Culverden Takeaway shop for kindly providing the paper bags for our easter egg baskets.

Room 2 Camp

Room 2 will be heading off to Christchurch for our ‘City’ camp this year. The dates are Tuesday 21st June until Thursday 23rd June. Our camp will tie in with our Inquiry learning about Matariki and coincides with the first official Matariki public holiday (Friday 24th June).

Camp information/consent forms will be sent out in Week 2. Camp will be in Week 8. We have some exciting activities organised. The cost will be approximately $150 per student.

Anzac Day

This year Waiau hosted the Amuri Anzac Day event and it was fantastic to see a number of our students turn up to this important community event. Room 2 had made a wreath as part of their studies about Anzac Day at the end of the term. Thank you to those students who represented our school and placed the wreath on the Monument.

Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou (We will remember them)

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School Garden

The Working Bees have been in our garden and this week they harvested lots of feijoas. They prepared the fruit and we all got to enjoy the unique taste of these healthy treats.

The gardening group is busy planning on what to spend their grant from Amuri Irrigation on. We have an enthusiastic group of students who don’t mind rolling their sleeves up and doing the hard mahi with Hayley.

Extra support

At Waiau we are fortunate to have Alison Nimmo support our Literacy teaching and work alongside some students over Term 2 & 3 each morning. Karen and Jenni will continue to support our staff and students with weekly visits and Julie Green will be working in our school on Friday mornings on a fortnightly basis supporting our Literacy teaching using new resources/ideas. We have regular contact from our RTLB Louise Douglas and she offers us guidance across the school.

Year 6 Leaders

This term our Year 6 Leaders are learning how to film a ‘What’s up, Waiau?” clip to be presented in our fortnightly assembly. The short clip is like a news broadcast about happenings at Waiau School. This term we will still continue with our Wednesday lunchtime activities. These were very popular last term.

Money raised for BBBS from mufti day

On the last day of Term 1 our Year 6 Leaders organised a Mufti Day to raise funds for Big Brothers, Big Sisters organisation. This is based in Rangiora and supports some children through a regular big buddy system that involves regular one-on-one time with a trained big buddy. The organisation also provides experiences that would otherwise not be available to the little buddies. We managed to raise $57.60!

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Waiau School Trailride 14th - 15th May 2022

Our Trail Ride is just over a week away!

Planning is going well and the courses are looking great! A massive thank you goes out to our organisers working behind the scenes and thank you to everyone who has filled in the volunteer form. You should have heard from a main organiser to let you know when and where you will be required. If you have not and have any questions please get in touch with Cath: 027 349 1144

Board Elections

We have board elections coming up on the September 7th and we will be looking for new parent representatives. If you are interested in joining our board please get in touch.

We will call for nominations mid July.

What do trustees do?

Trustees on a school board of trustees work together to make sure every child/ tamariki reaches their highest possible standard in educational achievement. As part of that key responsibility, here are some of the things boards do:

  • Work with the principal and consult with staff, students and the community
  • Set the educational goals and strategic direction of the school
  • Monitor progress and let parents know how the school is progressing against its annual targets and how well students are achieving
  • Decide how the school's funding will be spent
  • Support the school's principal and support the development of all staff
  • Oversee the management of staff, property, finances, curriculum and administration.

For our board to be the best it can be we need people around the board table with a range of these competencies, skills and personal qualities. We would love you to join our BOT!

If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact our board chair Annabel Harris or returning officer Liv Pinckney.

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Spud in a bucket

On the last day of term Michelle from Waiau Hardware came and presented our ‘Spud in a bucket’ prizes. Mrs Macfarlane had organised this competition as part of the Amuri A&P Show and the children got to keep the spuds they had grown as well as some pretty exciting prizes. I think this will be a hotly contested competition for next year’s A&P Show.

Upcoming Events

  • Assembly - Friday, May 13⋅2:30 – 3:00pm
  • Waiau School Trailride May 14th -15th
  • Cross Country - Thursday, May 19 - 1.30pm (pp Monday 23rd May)
  • Board Meeting - Wednesday, May 25⋅7:30 – 8:30pm
  • Assembly - Friday, May 27⋅2:30 – 3:00pm
  • Queen's Birthday (School Closed) - Monday, June 6
  • Hurunui Cross Country (Yr 4 - 6) - Tuesday, May 31
  • Assembly - Friday, June 10⋅2:30 – 3:00pm
  • Room 2 Camp - June 21 – 23
  • Matariki Public Holiday (School closed) Friday 24 June
  • NZ Playhouse - Wednesday, June 29
  • Student Led Conferences - Monday July 4 & Tuesday, July 5
  • Assembly - Friday, July 8⋅2:30 – 3:00pm
  • Term 2 Ends - Friday, July 8
  • Term 3 Begins - Monday, July 25

House Wanted

House urgently required for local family wanting to stay in the area, anything considered could also work for rent situation.

Please contact txt/ring Olivia 0274227240

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