Waipawa School

Term 2, Week 9, 29th June 2022

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Kia ora koutou,

As we near the end of term we need to take some time to reflect on the term to see what we did well and what we could do better. We've kept school going and managed to get through most days with a teacher in each class, we have got back into a number of school routines, we've had classes work together, education outside of school is back in action and learning programmes have remained fairly consistent through all rooms. We're nearly ticking along like we were in Pre-COVID days. However it has not always been easy to 'find a way' and keep going and keep moving forward. At times our teachers and staff have shown real 'grit' to push on through illness and be their best in the classroom. I am extremely appreciative of this. The other thing I am extremely proud of is how our children have coped with disruption. The other week when we were 5 teachers down so I had to take a couple of classes. The children were amazing and it made me reflect on how adaptable our children have been. At times we've had to spread them and they have coped so well. Their attitude and mindset is always so positive and on point. It's a good reminder that no matter what the scenario is there is always something positive to take out of it and some learning. While part of our focus and our planning now moves to Term 3 we do know that it will be a similar term to this term. The HBDHB did tell us last week to expect in late July / early August to expect a second and harder wave of illnesses to hit us. We know we'll take it in our stride and still aim to make it the best term possible.

Ngā mihi nui,

Paul Jamieson


This week we welcome Angus and his family to our school.


To Rooms 4,5,6 students, teachers, staff and whanau for the big 'bike ride' to Waipukurau today and walk up to Pukekaihau Pa. What an awesome term it has been for these classes and how wonderful it has been to see them all being so successful with their cycling skills.



On Thursday last week Room 11 went to the MTG in Napier to learn more about the Musket Wars and in particular about the wars that happened in our area. As part of their learning, they got to make their own Maori Pa site. Some of the things they needed to think about were defence, food storage, living space, food growing and areas of plants for shade and medicinal purposes. All students were engaged in making these and were very proud of the efforts they made.

Ki-o-Rahi Tournament held yesterday in Waipukurau

About 200 local school children took part in a Ki-o-Rahi Tournament at Russell Park yesterday. This traditional Māori game has made a comeback in recent years. Thank you to the parents that came along to help and support our teams.

Room’s 7,8 & 9 Matariki session

Last Thursday, Rooms 7, 8 & 9 had a productive session creating ocean going waka. They were

given a briefing of the requirements and then had 45min to create their masterpieces. We are all very proud of their team work and determination to create wonderful ocean going waka. Tino pai tō mahi Rooms 7, 8 & 9.

Cell Phones At School

A reminder that students who bring a cell phone to school must put them into the locked drawer in the school office. They need to go into a named plastic bag and put through the drawer slot on arrival to school and collected at 3pm. We would appreciate it if parents and caregivers could reinforce this please.



Could parents and caregivers please check that their children have enough food. With the cooler weather we all need some extra fuel.

We make sandwiches each day for quite a few regular "customers" although we don't mind making these sandwiches, we do ask that if students require a sandwich or top up of extra food that they come to the office during the lunch eating time 1.10pm to 1.20pm.


Please do not send your children to school with food that requires heating or cooking. We have 314 children on our roll and as parents and caregivers you can appreciate that heating and cooking for even half of the roll is impossible.


We are so grateful to be 1 of 20 lucky schools to win a Facebook promotion, run by Big Save, in conjunction with Inside Hockey. We won 25 hockey sticks for our school. Yesterday, Room 6 students tested the sticks and had a heap of fun playing some invasion games. These sticks will be such a valuable addition to our PE programme.


Onga Sevens

Early next Term is the annual Onga 7's Tournament. This sports tournament (Rugby, Football, Hockey, Netball) is open to all schools in CHB and caters for the Yr 5-8 children in a school. Once we were unable to enter a team in each sport but now we could enter 2 or 3 in each sport such are our numbers. Unfortunately we are only allowed to enter one team per sport so from tomorrow we will start to have a few trials to select teams. We have encouraged children to have a go at a few sports and made it clear they may miss out on their preferred sport. However we have also been asked by Ongaonga School to join with them in a few sports to make combined Waipawa/Onga teams so this will enable more Waipawa children to participate in this wonderful event.


The final competition night for Term 2 basketball will now take place on Friday 8th July.

This Friday there are no games due Matariki Public Holiday and next Friday 1st July there are also no games due to the Matariki festivities taking place at the complex. The draw will be updated to reflect this.


HB Netball draw: https://www.hawkesbaynetball.co.nz/centralmeff

HB Miniball draw https://websites.mygameday.app/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-3990-0-0-0&a=COMPS

Please make sure you check regularly as the draws can change at short notice.

I will put Sports draws up on the noticeboard at the school gate by lunchtime each Thursday.

Kia Ora all,

We have an exciting opportunity for anyone who is umpiring this season is CHB whether that is for Junior Netball on Saturdays or Club Netball on Wednesday nights this workshop will be beneficial for you. Please see the flyer for more information or visit our website HERE to view the information and to register for the workshop. Collectively we can improve the understanding and quality of the game.

Date – Saturday 2nd July
Time – 1pm – 2pm
Venue – Centralines Sports Complex
Cost – FREE


There is an exciting opportunity for all Mini Sticks and Kwik Sticks players and coaches, tomorrow afternoon. Come along and have some fun!

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Holiday Netball Programmes

Tēnā koe,

If you are looking for something to enrol your child/children in over the school holidays look no further. We have a range of programmes on offer that will create a quality experience. Check out the flyers below or click on the link to register, get in quick as sports are limited!

Register here - Hawke's Bay Netball - HOLIDAY PROGRAMME (hawkesbaynetball.co.nz)⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

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Waipawa Primary School 2022 Board of Trustees Election

Nominations will be soon be open for the election of five parent representatives to the Board.

All eligible voters will receive a nomination form and a notice calling for nominations either by email or by post if we do not have an email address – you can use this form to nominate yourself or someone in your community.

If you need more nomination forms, these will be available from the school office from next week or email office@waipawa.school.nz

Nominations close at noon on Wednesday 3rd August 2022 (Week 2 Term 3). You may provide a signed candidate statement and photograph with your nomination.

The electoral roll will be on display from 13th July 2022 at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.

As nominations are received, there will be a list of candidates’ names kept at the school up until election day, which you can view.

Voting closes at 4pm on 7th September 2022.


Sue England

Returning Officer

Whānau & Friends (PTA)

Doughboys Fresh Family Pies

Each family has received an order for the Whanau & Friends Fundraiser for Family Pies. These yummy pies are $9.00 each or $25.00 for 3. Orders will need to be returned by 8th August and pickup will be from the Tech Centre at Waipawa School on Friday 19th August. More order forms are available from the school office.


Update on delivery of First Aid Kits

The small compact kits will be delivered in the next week or so and will be available for collection. There is a bit of a delay on the Large Kits due to shipping but these should be here by the end of July - will keep you updated on this.

Calendar Events

  • Last Day Term 2 Friday 8th July
  • 25th July Term 3 begins
  • 26th August Teacher Only Day (week 5)
  • 1st Sept Y8's to Sports Park Hastings (week 6)
  • 20th Sept School Photos taken (week 9)
  • 23rd Sept Switch Gala Day Netball (week 9)
  • 30th Sept Term 3 Ends


This week we wish Happy Birthday to:- Archie H, Ocean, Theo, Eva, Jeffrey, Tash & Missy, Piper and Ffion.

Please come and get your Birthday Juicy on Friday at lunchtime.

Contact Details

Have we got the correct details for your Whanau?
Have you moved house?

Changed your phone number?

Changed your email address?

Want to delete or add a new contact?

Is there a new medical condition we need to know about?

Please email Sue at office@waipawa.school.nz to update your details or to check and see what details we have.



We have been notified by a parent that they are treating their child for Scabies. Scabies are contagious and infections can be within days or weeks. Infection is direct skin contact with infected person and sharing sheets and clothes. Early signs are an Itchy rash in places such as forearm, around waist, between fingers, buttocks and under armpits. Treatment is required and children should be away from school for at least 24 hours after treatment is started.

Waipawa School Term Dates 2022

Term 2: Monday 2nd May to Friday 8th July

Public Holidays: Queen's Birthday 6th June, Matariki 24th June

Term 3: Monday 25th July to Friday 30th September

Term 4: Monday 17 October to Friday 16th December

Public Holidays: HB Anniversary Day 21st October, Labour Day 24th October

Teacher Only Days:
Term 3: Friday 26 August
Term 4: Friday 18 November

STARTING SCHOOL : 4 Year Old Mornings

- These take place in Kākano Class - the Hall from 8:40am until 12:00pm every Friday morning unless there has been prior notification. Please come to the office first and meet Sue England.

- We find 4 visits before starting school is usually sufficient. However, if your child requires more we would be in close communication with you.

- Whanau are welcome to stay for the first visit and leave when the child / parent feels comfortable. Subsequent visits we ask that parents be brave and leave so that the child experiences what school is like.

- Please pack a snack for brainfood (fruit, sandwich, muesli bar) and something for morning tea.

- Children can wear mufti clothing or school uniform if they have it available.

Please don't hesitate to pop in and see us if you have any questions or concerns.

Jess Stewart and Karena Finch

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Pure Sports & Leisure

Pure Sports & Leisure, Ruataniwha Street, Waipukurau will provide all Waipawa Students with a 10% discount off sports equipment & items. All you need to do is to inform them that you are from Waipawa School. This as an incentive to get more kids outdoors & into sports.

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To whom it may concern,

My name is Alanna Barkle and I run performing arts classes in Waipukurau for 7-12 year olds. I am back from maternity leave and starting back classes for Term 3 in Drama and Music Theatre on a Tuesday afternoon in town.

If any children are interested then I can be reached on this email address or they can fill in this registration form via the link:


All other information is below in the poster. Thank you very much!

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