Wairau Valley School

Newsletter Week 8 Term 3 2021

From the Principal

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

We have had a fabulous week back at school. I spoke to the school yesterday about how nice it is for everyone to be somewhat back to normal. The children were all a bit 'starstruck’ last week and amusing to watch. Things are ticking along as normal now.

The staff are all very aware of, and concerned about, the amount of face-to-face learning that has been missed this term. Teaching and learning is always a priority at school and we have increased our expectations for the last few weeks of this term and all next term to help catch up. The children have certainly picked up the pace as well.

I want to extend a warm welcome to Mr Michael Gasson, our student teacher who is co-teaching in the middle room this term. Mr Gasson is a second-year student at Massey University and we hope he continues to see your fabulous children as ‘some of the most caring and responsible children he has worked with’.

At alert level 2 we will hold Pet Day as planned, however all student exhibits will need to be made at home this year to avoid taking up precious learning time. Prior to the school holidays we will send out all of the resources and information we normally provide at school. At this stage we will not be able to hold Group Day here unless we move to alert level 1 before Monday 18th October.

Parents and PTA had planned a working bee for the 3rd of September. PTA have advised that they would like to reschedule before the end of term with the new date being Friday 24th September at 1.30 p.m. prior to Pet Day, Group Day, and ERO visiting. We would really appreciate all the help we can muster to generally tidy the school, trim small trees, weed gardens, and paint the old picnic tables. If you are able to help out with tools and a trailer for waste that would be fantastic.

Have a wonderful weekend

Nga mihi




Wairau Room is back into the swing of learning and have worked hard after the lockdown period. We are learning to write recounts of the weekend, the topic of wool and some picture writing, to get our reading levels up by practicing Steps Web spelling and reading programme.

In Maths we are looking into shapes, we have looked into 2D shapes. Tamariki have sorted into different shapes according to their sides and created shape designs. Here are our students working together giving instructions to one another to make their shapes on Geoboards using rubber bands. Then using a ruler, they drew that shape in their books.

Mrs Kumar and Rachel

Wairau team


It is wonderful to be back and the students seemed to have settled back into school well. We have plenty of work planned over the coming weeks and catching up on as much work as possible while having plenty of fun along the way.

Our focus has been explanation writing - how or why something happens. Maths: we are working on number, basic facts and fractions. Each morning we have included Steps Web as part of our daily programme and in the reading programme we are focusing on reading comprehension. Art and science are combined and we will be dyeing some carded wool and dyeing wool using natural dye.

Explanation writing:

How to make toast? It seems very easy, but it really isn’t! We have been working on making sure we explain how to do this so that we end up with a slice of yummy toast.

So far Alice and Waipuna have had success and got to enjoy their yummy slice of toast. We ended up with some pretty funny results.

Lisa McDonald

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Student Teacher Visiting Chalice Room

Tēnā koutou

I am Michael Gasson, from Blenheim.

I have fifteen years of experience in aeronautical electronics and seventeen years in aeronautical engineering. I spent four years instructing young adults in engineering and two years instructing leadership - two of the most satisfying periods of my working career! My qualifications include an NZCE in Electronics and Computer Engineering, an Advanced Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering, a Bachelor of Defence Studies, and a Master of International Security.

I was raised in a loving family of nine, adjacent to the primary school my parents taught at. I am now a father of four, ranging in age from ten to twenty-two. As a family we have enjoyed traveling and living at various locations within New Zealand and overseas, experiencing various adventures together. I enjoy reading, tramping, and walking in the hills of Marlborough and generally keeping as fit as my busy work and family schedule allows me to.

With my enjoyment of instructing and the satisfaction of watching my children grow, it's time to share my experiences and learn new things together with a younger generation.



Our lockdown learning was scheduled by the hour: 9.00 school work, 11.00 look after siblings and so on. We had Zoom meetings every day and the internet kept our brains alive as our learning was uploaded onto google classroom. "Business on the top and pjs on the bottom" - we were feeding our minds from the comfort of our home. Online shopping to the moon and back, just for the fun of it arriving. It was all fun until the realization that there is a world pandemic in our country. Now we are back in level 2 with 6 weeks of work to catch up on - a project in every area of the curriculum: times table, puzzle, and inventions all to be finished in the next 3 weeks…..

Written by Ivy & Isabella

Gemma Allen

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Pet Day is on Friday 29 October (unless Alert Levels go up). For those parents who are new to Wairau Valley School, this is a big day on our school calendar. No classes on this day and the community is invited to the school to participate in our big day. PTA will be fundraising with Sausage Sizzle, Bake Stall, Cake Auction, Grocery Raffle etc. There will be Animal Classes to be judged as well as indoor entries which include flower arrangements. A Timetable will be put up on Facebook as soon as it becomes available. Usual start time will be 9.30 am. All students are asked to wear their school shirts and hats, so please let us know if your child does not have a school shirt and hat. More information will come out closer to the time.


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The Motorcross fundraisers have been very successful, with the second event on 15th August raising approximately $1500! Thank you to all the helpers on the day. The Cheese Rolls fundraiser has been a bit more difficult due to the recent Lockdown, however we would like to continue this until the end of Term (1 Oct). Some orders have been delayed due to Lockdown, however if you are waiting for your cheese roll order it has not been forgotten, we will be in touch shortly. Please return any orders to the school office before end of Term 3.

A PTA meeting is scheduled for FRIDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER at 3pm in the Library. Please come along if you can as we will be discussing fundraising for Pets Day - so lots of helpers will be needed!

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Important Dates Term 3

First bell 8:50 a.m.

Finish time 2:45 p.m.

Last Day of Term 3 - 1 Oct

First Day of Term 4 - 18 Oct


Please remember to call or message the school office if your child is sick

(telling the bus driver is not an appropriate method of informing the school).

Please inform the school if you are removing your child from class early.