Term 1 2022
Kia ora Koutou, Talofa Lava, Malo e lelei, greetings to you all
It is a pleasure to be able to write with the latest news from our student community here at Waiopehu College and we look forward to bringing you more information and updates throughout 2022.
This has been a rather interesting start to the year, thanks once again to the challenges of COVID. Our students and teachers have had to change and adapt in order to embrace a hybrid learning model, which has seen various groups of young people having to learn from home when they have become either positive cases or household close contacts. In addition, a number of our teachers and support staff have had to isolate on occasions. Despite these various challenges we have remained in good heart and we are now seeing our overall attendance starting to rise. I want to acknowledge the resilience and positivity amongst our staff, students and wider community as we head towards a much needed school holiday break.
A major highlight for us in 2021 was the introduction of our new Free and Healthy Lunches programme. Despite the challenges mentioned above, the team have still managed to ensure that all students attending school receive a delicious free lunch. In addition, Hamish and his crew have worked closely with Muaūpoko Tribal Authority to get food parcels out to families who have been in isolation. The final touch to our new lunch programme saw the completion of our fabulous new café. Students are now able to enjoy this new facility at intervals and lunchtimes, where they are able to access a grazing fridge as well as purchase hot drinks if they wish.
As we approach the end of term and reflect back, it always amazes me how much we manage to pack into the time we have. It has been wonderful to see our new Year 9 students settling in so well, winter sports trials and musters are well underway, and we started the year once again celebrating some great NCEA results. I would particularly like to congratulate Miles Harrington, who was awarded a Scholarship in Music. An amazing achievement for Miles, as well as his very proud Music teacher, Mr Tim Shirriffs.
May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Easter and end of term break, and we look forward to bringing you more news throughout the year ahead.
Ka kite ano
A Big Welcome to our New Staff for 2022
Introducing Waiopehu's 2022 Senior Executive Team
Junior Leadership 2022 Nominations now open
Nominations are now open. Students can nominate a Year 9 student who they think would make a good leader. Click here to download a nomination form or collect one from the school office. Nominations close 3pm Thursday 7th April 2022.
Wai-O-Beehu Sustainable Honey
Discovering our Computational Thinker!
A huge congratulations to Marion Serrano, Year 9, for participating in International Challenge on Informatics and Computational Thinking 2022 and being the top Waiopehu computational thinker while also securing a place in the top 20 nationwide.
He receives a Merit Certificate. 2756 students through-out New Zealand participated this year while Omicron presented its own challenges. Marion had 120 points out of a total of 180.
If any student is interested in trialing logical and computational thinking skills, see Ms Kaur in Room 109.
We need your junk!
If you have any broken motors, random large nut/bolts, springs, old/broken tools etc could you please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange pick up or drop off.
Thank you for your support.
English Language Partners New Zealand
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Classes in Levin (2 hours a week)
Classes in person or online
Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing
All levels (beginners to advanced)
Our tuition is …
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To contact English Language Partners phone 0800 NEW KIWI or 0800 639 5494
At present, all our classes – and most of our help - run online.
Up coming events and Teacher Only days
Wednesday 6th April - Athletics Day
Thursday 7th April - Nominations close for Junior Executive
Monday 11th April - Board of Trustees Meeting
Thursday 14th April - Last day of Term 1
Monday 2nd May - Start of Term 2
Please note the following Teacher Only Days for 2022
May 2022 - Wednesday 11th May Teacher Only Day
August 2022 - Friday 19th August Teacher Only Day
November 2022 - Friday 25th November Teacher Only Day
November 2022 - Monday 28th November Teacher Only Day