Waipawa School

Term 2, Week 3, 18 May 2022

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Kia ora koutou

COVID, general illness and injury have already hit our staff this term. We've had three teacher aides, a couple of teachers and Sue in the office all out of action so far this week. Unfortunately, there is not a lot we can do apart from fill the gaps when we can and find a way to keep going.

Tomorrow we have our second afternoon / evening of conferences. Teachers really enjoyed the opportunity to sit down and talk face to face last week and we are hoping for a good turn out tomorrow. We realise some families have been unable to make the scheduled time so next week teachers will check in with you and possibly plan another day / time to catch up.

As we aim to get 'normal routines' resumed this term it was fantastic to see our house leaders run their first House Hui on Friday. They actually ran two as we split the year groups. It was a pleasure to watch the leaders working together in preparation and they all did an awesome job. Hopefully the first of many.

We have decided to cap the sports fees to $20 per child this term. We are able to do this because Whanau and Friends have committed to making a donation to subsidise sports. Our aim is to get the cost per sport down to $10 next term and hopefully one day make all sport free. Over the years the Board and Whanau and Friends have really committed to doing what they can to limit whanau dipping into their pockets. It makes such a difference and we're not too far away from having a 'free' school!

Finally, the Year 8's hoodies arrived this week and they look fantastic. A huge thanks to the Board for funding these.

Pink Shirt Day

This Friday 20th May is Pink Shirt day https://www.pinkshirtday.org.nz/

This is a nationally recognised day where we encourage students to wear a pink shirt or something pink if they can. Otherwise, they can just wear mufti.

Ngā mihi nui

Paul Jamieson

Year 8 visit to CHBC Open Day

The Year 8's represented Waipawa School with pride yesterday at the CHB College Open Day. Throughout the day they experienced 8 module classes, including French, Spatial Product Design, Drama and PE, just to name a few. It was a fun day, and there were many laughs had by our students as they explored various aspects of a day at college.

House Hui

Our Year 8 house leaders held their first hui last week. They worked hard to plan engaging meetings, mixing up the session with waiata, certificates and a game.


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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.

HBRU Women's Rugby Development Officer.

Girls Only Rugby Skills Sessions with Xavier Hill - HBRU Women's Rugby Development Officer.

Venue: CHB College Rugby Field

When: Monday's 16th, 23rd, 30th May and 13th June

Time: 3.30-4.30pm

Who: These sessions are available to any current female players as well as those interested in learning new skills and keen to give rugby a go. Ages 7 and over, including secondary school.

No registration and no fees, just turn up.

Email geoffandfionastrong@gmail.com with any queries or PM the CHB Girls Rugby Facebook page.

Whanau & Friends of Waipawa Primary School

Hello to Term 2 and welcome back to school.

If you are interested in joining the PTA (Whanau & Friends) or just want to know what it is we do, how we help the children of Waipawa Primary and how you could help please join us at the first meeting of Term 2:- Wednesday, 18th May, 7pm at Skinny Mulligans

Please contact Wendy Sheehan Jla Kaio Emily Muggeridge or Diane Sorensen for further information

Thumbs Up

- to our amazing coaches for running sports practices, and supporting our tamariki at their games.

- to our W&F volunteers for running Breakfast Club every morning.

Sports fees subsidised

Sports fees account have been emailed to families for Term 2 sports. The school has subsidsed these fees and are only charging $20 per player for Netball, Hockey and Miniball. W&F

Money owed to school

A reminder to parents and caregivers accounts for Uniform purchases are due at the time of taking them.

If you would like to setup a weekly/fortnightly payment scheme to school please make contact with Sue in the office.

Calendar Events

  • Whanau & Teacher Learning Conferences - Thursday 19 May (Week 3)
  • Pink Shirt Day - Friday 20th May (Week 3)
  • Book Club closes today Friday 20th May (Week 3)
  • Queen's Birthday Weekend Monday 6th June (Week 6)
  • Fish & Chip Friday Rooms:- Kakano to Room 7 (Week 6)
  • Fish & Chip Friday Rooms:- 8 to 12 (Week 7)
  • Matariki Celebrations Friday 24th June (Week 8)
  • Last Day term 2 Friday 8th July


This week we wish Happy Birthday to the following students:

Lydia, Lilly, Myah, Jacob, Payton, Millie, Leah and Esther
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.

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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