Newsletter 14, Week 7 Term 3

Waiau School ⎪ 9th September 2022


Kia ora e te whānau,

Last week both classes each had an outing that was exciting and provided opportunities to meet new friends and play games. The year 1-3 students were invited to Amuri Area School and from all accounts they had a lovely time exploring the big library, playing games with a rubber chicken and other various sporting items!

The senior class entered two teams in the 7 Aside tournament held at Hurunui College. Both teams showed determination, competitiveness and a huge amount of sportsmanship topped off with a lot of natural ability. Year 4-5 team were undefeated 7 wins and 1 draw. The year 5-6 team had a number of wins and a couple of very close games. The students represented our school with pride and it was a well organised day.

Both of these experiences were only possible by parents volunteering to transport students to the locations. We really appreciated your support and encouragement at both venues. It is great to be able to access events like these now, as covid has previously impacted school events such as the 7 Aside tournament.

In week 9 we all travel to Scargill Domain for a fun day of Kiwi Sports challenges.

Many thanks to those of you who have given us feedback in our recent community consultation survey. We will work through the surveys and report back to you by the end of this term.

There is a lot to look forward to over the next 3 weeks, I hope you are able to join us at all or some of the events planned. I know our students love having their parents share in their school experiences. From the perspective of the staff, we would not be able to offer such a variety of learning experiences if we did not have such proactive parents.

Mā te wā, (see you soon)


Kiwisport - Tuesday 20th September

Thank you to those of you that have returned Kiwi Sport forms. If you can take transport please let us know as we are currently quite short on Transport. This is a really fun day out!

Takahanga Marae Update

Due to a number of circumstances we are now rescheduling our Noho Marae experience to take place in Term 1, 2023. Instead we will be having a day trip to Kaikōura on Thursday 29th September. On the day we will visit Hapuku Kura Kaupapa (Māori immersion School), the rockpools as part of our Life Cycles learning (tide dependent) and some significant Māori sites in and around Kaikōura. We hope you can join us.

Assembly- Week 8

Week 8 Rāmere 16th Mahuru. Our final assembly for this term will be on Friday 30th September. Please come along for a 2:15 start. You are most welcome to stay and have a cuppa and a catch up afterwards.
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Waiau School 2022 Scholastic Book Fair

During Week 9 from the 19th - 23rd September we will be having our much anticipated Scholastic Book Fair here at Waiau School so be sure to check out the amazing display during that week and purchase some fantastic books. The more books you buy the more free books we get for our school. We encourage all members of the community to come and check out our amazing book fair!

Some of the activities/experiences we have planned:

  • Come dressed as your favourite book character and join in the parade 9:30am Wednesday 21 September

  • Book quiz

  • Readers from our community

  • Reading at Waiau Playcentre

  • Reading at the Village Green

  • A possible museum visit to check out olden day books/magazine

Daffodil Day

Thank you to everyone who donated on Daffodil Day. We raised $71.50 for the Cancer Society. A great effort!

Whānau Ora Navigators from Takahanga Marae

We have established a connection with Courtney and Miriama (Whānau Ora Navigators based at Takahanga Marae) and they will be coming over to our School on Wednesday afternoons to spend time with us. They have lots of games and challenges planned for the students and it is an awesome opportunity for us to strengthen our ties with Ngāti Kuri & Takahanga. Your child was given a pamphlet about Whānau Ora to take home on Wednesday.

Free Old Uniform

We are clearing out some old uniforms that is taking up valuable cupboard space. We have a number of green track pants and a few cotton jerseys. These would be great for around home/farm clothes. Please see Liv in the office or we will have them on hand to give away at the working bee on Friday.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori

Māori Language Week Week starts on the 13th of September. The week is a popular initiative promoting the use of Māori language. Held each year in September, the week is part of the broader Māori language revival and raises public awareness for Māori language revitalisation, learning, and public usage.

Mairehau High School Concert

A big thank you to the Mairehau High School Band that came to perform to our school and community on Friday. The children had a wonderful time dancing and singing along.

Room 1 Writing

Room 1 Inquiry- 'Way Out in Space'

Spring Art

Inquiry Learning

Before the end of this term we are hosting two visitors as part of our Life Cycles learning. Kirsten from The King Salmon farm and Ant Brett will come into school to share their knowledge with our tamariki and staff.

Joke of the Fortnight

"Jokes" was a suggestion from our Community Consultation Survey

Q18. What would you like to see more of in our newsletter? : )

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Upcoming Events

  • Working Bee - Friday, 9th September⋅ 2pm
  • Wiki o te Reo Māori- 12-16 Mahuru (September) Māori Language Week
  • Assembly - Week 8 Rāmere 16th Mahuru (September)
  • Scholastic - Book Week - September 19 – 22
  • Board Meeting - Tuesday, September 20 7:30pm
  • Kiwi Sports Y1-8 - Tuesday, September 20 (pp 22nd Sept)
  • Marae Visit - September 30, 2022

  • Fish and Chip Friday will take place on the last day of term Friday 30th September.

  • Term 3 Ends - Friday, September 29

  • Term 4 Begins - Monday, October 17

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“What’s Going on for My Child or Teen?” Attend the whole series or choose which webinars you’d like to attend. The series is offered by the Christchurch-based MHERC - Mental Health Education & Resource Centre. You can register to take part on their website.
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