Waipawa School

Term 4, Week 7, 30th November 2022

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Kia ora koutou

What an unbelievable turnout on Friday. A huge thanks to everyone who supported the Twilight Gala. I was standing at the Top Schools event and I couldn't quite believe the amount of people that were streaming into school from all directions. It was a huge team effort from a lot of people and all should feel very proud of what was achieved. Wendy and her Whanau and Friends team and other helpers did an outstanding job in the lead up and on the day. All the classes and staff worked hard, did a lot of learning and produced some wonderful stalls. The Top Schools competitors all had a lot of fun and created great energy. The weather even sorted itself out!!

We're just over two weeks from the last day of the year. Some teachers have finished their Term 4 reporting requirements while others are getting close. You can find these on HERO or request your child's hard copy folder to have a look at. We've been reporting this way for 3 years now and there is a very comprehensive record of learning being developed.

We're in the final phases of completing our classes for 2023 and plan to have these out at the end of next week or beginning of week 9. On that note if your circumstances are changing and your children won't be returning to Waipawa in 2023 please let us know as soon as possible.


For the last 18 months we have coped really well without a hall but at times it is a real nuisance! One of those times is at the end of the year.

The Year 8 dinner is an important evening and it is the time we give out a number of cups and trophies. We learnt last year that doing it this way, with whanau in attendance was a much more personal and better way to do it.

Last year we also did individual class end of year celebrations. We also felt that this suited the way we do things at Waipawa and we will stick with these this year. We don't have a set template for this - each class and teacher will set their kaupapa for this so it closely reflects the classroom culture. Please see the timetable below and your child's teacher will be in contact soon regarding specific details.

2023 CAMPS

Yr 7/8 Camp

The 2023 Year 7/8 Camp to Tutira is from Tuesday 21 February to Friday 24 February (Week 4 of term 1).

While most of the organisation will be completed during January we need to organise our camp parents as soon as possible. The first step for this is to have interested parents police vetted. If we leave this to next February we will run out of time. We will need between 12-15 parents!

We need parents on camp who:

  • Are able to attend the camp for the full 4 days

  • Are prepared to muck in, get stuck in and take direction from teachers and camp staff

  • Will attend a camp meeting prior to the camp

  • Have a good level of fitness to handle the demands of being on camp with 80+ children

  • Are able to provide transport for themselves and at least 4 children

  • Are positive and active with the children and there to help out

  • Will have fun

There is also a strict no smoking, vaping or drinking alcohol policy on camp.

If interested (thank you) please see Sue in the office and she will provide you with a form and instructions.

Yr 5/6 Camp

The three Year 5/6 classes will also be attending camp in 2023. These classes attend individually and are 3 day camps. The three camps will take place from March 1 to March 10. As soon as the 2023 classes are finalised we will be requesting parent help for these camps as well.

Ngā mihi nui,

Paul Jamieson

End of Year Celebrations timetable

Monday 12th December

Room 5 at 12.40pm
Room 6 at 2.00pm

Tuesday 13th December

Rooms 2 at 11.40am

Room 3 at 11.40am
Room 1 at 12.10pm
Room 7 at 12.40pm
Kākano at 2.00pm

Wednesday 14th December

Room 9 at 12.10pm

All Year 7 Students at 12.40pm

Room 4 at 2.00pm

Room 8 at 2.00pm

Year 8 Students Prize Giving and Leavers Dinner is on Wednesday 14 December.


Waipawa School Swimming

Swimming at the CHB Memorial Pool, Waipawa will be until Wednesday 14th December. Each class has a daily 30 minute slot to develop their swimming ability and water safety skills. This year we are lucky to have the support of a team of people from NZ Water Safety to work alongside teachers for 4 sessions per class.

It would be much appreciated if all clothing is clearly named as this makes returning clothes to the correct owner easy. Please could your child have suitable shoes for walking to the pools and a bag to carry their togs and towel. Goggles are optional. Swimming is part of the New Zealand Curriculum and we encourage your child to take part daily.

Kakano parents, please could you let either Jess or Karena know if your child is not confident in the water by Friday. We also need to know if your child is unable to undress/dress themselves independently.


Fish & Chip Friday for Kakano to Room 7 this week

LOOK What we have been up to ...

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Twilight Market

Thank you to the Waipawa Community for supporting our stalls at the Twilight Market last Friday night. The classroom stalls were a great success with each class making the following:-

Kakano $452.10

Room 1 $299.30

Rooms 2 & 3 $585.40

Room 4 $366.00

Room 5 $481.00

Room 6 $147.00

Room 7 $226.00

Room 8 $300.00

Room 9 $250.00

Rooms 10, 11 & 12 $1287.00

Technology $118.00

Well done Kaden

We happened to come across the Orca beached at low tide about lunch time on a secluded stretch of the beach, there were a couple of people keeping the Orca wet and cool as it had been beached for a few hours before we arrived.

Kaden helped ferry water to and from the ocean and helped dig a channel which was later used to re float the Orca - Kaden spent at least 4 hours doing both of these tasks until the Department of Conservation and reinforcements arrived.

Inter-school athletics

Congratulations to our group of 35 students who competed in the Inter-school Athletics over the last two Tuesdays. They all performed to the best of their abilities and did our school proudly.


Dallas Ross - 1st Yr 7/8 100m, 2nd Yr 7/8 200m, 2nd Boys open long jump

Ritchie Neemia - 3rd Yr 7/8 100m, 3rd Boys open high jump, 2nd Boys open shot put

William Foster - 3rd Boys open 800m

Harry Kittow - 3rd Yr 5/6 100m, 3rd Yr 5/6 200m

Dylan Smith - 1st Yr 3/4 60m

Charlie Smith - 2nd Yr 5/6 200m

Nathan Chhour - 3rd Boys open shot put


Yr 5/6 Girls - 3rd

Yr 5/6 Boys - 1st

Yr 7/8 Girls - 4th

Yr 7/8 Boys - 1st

We also came away as the winning school. Well done!

Thumbs Up

Thumbs Up to past students Maia Watene and Hezekiah Schaumkel who competed recently in the National Junior Ki O Rahi Tournament held in Hamilton.

Thumbs up to Waipawa team in the Yr 7/8 Top Schools Competition. They came first - by a long way and displayed awesome team work right throughout.


This week we wish Happy Birthday to the following students:-

Evie W, Lennix-Ray, Brooke & Reghan, Casy, Summer-Rose and Blake S

Please come to the school office at lunchtime on Friday to receive your free juicy.




We have plenty of polo shirts and shorts in stock along with Bucket Hats. Baseball Caps are currently sold out but more will be arriving soon and Snap-Back Hats we have only a few left. Our supply of size 4 shorts hasn't arrived yet.

The prices are $15.00 for Hats, $25.00 for Polo shirts and $20 for Shorts. Please note prices continue to increase but we are not passing these on and do not intend to.

New students to our school will be given a free bucket hat.

Whanau & Friends Christmas Raffle

Coming home with the eldest in each family will be a sheet of Raffle Tickets for families to sell. More tickets are available from the school office. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.00. There will be 10 draws. Tickets and money will need to be returned to the school office by Thursday 8th December. Raffle will be drawn on Monday 12th December.

Calendar Events

  • TERM 4
  • Week 7 30th Nov Road Patroller Splash Planet treat
  • Week 7 1st Dec Y8 to Sports Park Hastings
  • Week 7 1st Dec Cricket tournament at Elsthorpe
  • Week 7 2nd Dec Fish & Chip Friday for Kakano to Room 7
  • Week 7 2nd Dec Bookclub closes today
  • Week 8 9th Dec Fish & Chip Friday for Rooms 8 to Room 12
  • Week 8 9th Dec Waipawa V Waipukurau Softball (Yr 5-8)
  • Week 9 12th Dec Yr 8 Fun Day at Ranui Farm
  • Week 9 14th Dec Yr 8 Leavers Dinner and Yr 8 Prizegiving
  • Week 9 15th Dec Last day of School - Finish at 1:00pm


  • Week 1 30th January - First Day of School
  • Week 1 3rd February - Teacher / Whanau Meetings throughout the day - No school today

Waipawa School Term Dates 2022

Term 4: Monday 17th October to Thursday 15th December at 1pm

Technology Fees, Sports Fees and Uniform Accounts

Could all outstanding debts please be paid either to the school bank account or school office by the end of next week.

Good news for Year 7 & 8 Technology students - there will be no fees charged for Term 4 this year.

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.

Guitar Lessons

Every Friday Sam Oosterkamp will be taking guitar lessons at Waipawa Primary School. Sam's lessons will focus on teaching students the skills they need to either start playing guitar or to further enhance their ability to play guitar.

Sessions start at $25 per half hour for 1 : 1 coaching.

Or group coaching up to 3 children per half hour session at $15 per half hour.

To book a session please email samthedesigner71@gmail.com


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